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Case Name Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Hodges PB-OH-0010
Docket / Court 1:16-cv-00539-MRB ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Planned Parenthood Litigation
Case Summary
On May 11, 2016, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio filed this lawsuit in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs sued the Ohio Department of Health under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the ... read more >
On May 11, 2016, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio filed this lawsuit in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs sued the Ohio Department of Health under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief to enjoin the defendants from cutting off the plaintiffs' access to state and federal funding.

The plaintiffs claimed that on February 21, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law to bar Ohio Planned Parenthoods from receiving government funding for non-abortion services and programs. The plaintiffs claimed that the funding in question was necessary for vital health and education services used by the men, women, and teenagers of Ohio. Specifically the plaintiffs claimed that the law violated the First Amendment, and the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment by denying funding in retaliation for the plaintiffs' constitutionally protected advocacy for abortion rights.

On May 23, 2016, Judge Barrett granted the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order to enjoin the defendants from cutting off funding until June 6, 2016. He held in abeyance the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction. For the next few months both parties carried out discovery.

On August 12, 2016, Judge Barrett granted the plaintiffs' motions for preliminary and permanent injunctions. The court found that the law in question did violate the plaintiffs' First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment Due Process rights. Judge Barrett permanently enjoined the defendants from enforcing the law against the plaintiffs and other similarly situated.

On September 6, 2016, the defendants appealed to the Sixth Circuit, where the case is ongoing.

Gabriela Hybel - 03/03/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
Medicaid
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Abortion
Funding
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Medical/Mental Health
Reproductive health care (including birth control, abortion, and others)
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Type of Facility
Non-government non-profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Ohio Department of Health
Plaintiff Description Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 2016 - n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
1:16-cv-00539-MRB (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/19/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief [ECF# 1]
PB-OH-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/11/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion & Order [ECF# 19] (188 F.Supp.3d 684) (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 05/23/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion & Order [ECF# 60] (2016 WL 4264341) (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/12/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Barrett, Michael Ryan (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-0002 | PB-OH-0010-0003 | PB-OH-0010-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Branch, Jennifer L. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-0001 | PB-OH-0010-9000
Diamond, Michelle Nicole (New York)
PB-OH-0010-9000
Flaxman, Carrie Y. (District of Columbia)
PB-OH-0010-0001 | PB-OH-0010-9000
Gerhardstein, Alphonse A. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-0001 | PB-OH-0010-9000
Krasnoff, Helene T. (District of Columbia)
PB-OH-0010-0001 | PB-OH-0010-9000
Parker, Kimberly (District of Columbia)
PB-OH-0010-0001 | PB-OH-0010-9000
Schoenfeld, Alan E. (New York)
PB-OH-0010-0001 | PB-OH-0010-9000
Simon, Stephanie N. (New York)
PB-OH-0010-9000
Sprangers, John Barrow (District of Columbia)
PB-OH-0010-9000
Wolfson, Paul R. Q. (Illinois)
PB-OH-0010-0001 | PB-OH-0010-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Carwile, Tiffany L. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-9000
Florez, Michael Gerard (Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-9000
Friedmann, Roger Edward (Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-9000
Richardson, Ryan L (Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-9000
Sears, Pamela J. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-9000
Voigt, Steven T. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0010-9000

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