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State Agrees To Pay Planned Parenthood's Legal Fees

Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally at Ohio Statehouse in 2015
Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally at Ohio Statehouse in 2015

The state of Ohio has settled its legal battle with Planned Parenthood, agreeing to pay thousands in legal fees and to not enforce controversial rules on disposing of remains of abortions.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally at Ohio Statehouse in 2015
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Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally at Ohio Statehouse in 2015

Under a federal court agreement, the state will pay more than $45,000 in legal fees for Planned Parenthood. Attorney General spokesman Dan Tierney says the deal reached back in December also said the state would not enforce a health department rule involving disposal of fetal remains.“What this really was was an agreement between the department of health and the plaintiffs for attorney fees,” said Tierney. 

Planned Parenthood’s attorney, Al Gerhardstein, says the rule is unconstitutionally vague and says his client wasn’t violating it.

“In fact, the state was using the same thing with respect to some of their medical facilities,” said Gerhardstein. 

Ohio lawmakers are considering two different bills to require fetal remains be disposed of with either cremation or burial.

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