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Ohio AG sues Biden administration over abortion funds

Eleven other states join lawsuit.
Attorney General Dave Yost
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. (Photo courtesy of the Ohio Attorney General's Office)

COLUMBUS — A federal rule change allowing for taxpayer dollars to be used to support abortions has prompted Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost to sue the Biden administration.

Yost said in a press release that 11 other states have joined his fight.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. Southern District of Ohio, does not challenge the right to an abortion, which the U.S. Supreme Court affiirmed in Roe v. Wade.

Instead, it seeks to reinstate rule changes made in 2019 that required federally funded family-planning clinics to be physically and financially independent of abortion clinics and refrain from referring patients for abortions.

In May, Yost and attorneys general from 20 other states sent a letter warning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services against reversing the 2019 rules. Instead, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a rule lifting the program integrity requirements. 

Ohio’s challenge is joined by Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

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