NY Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has teamed up with 15 other AGs to oppose a law defunding Planned Parenthood and other health service providers that perform abortions in the state of Ohio.
AG Schneiderman and his fellow AGs signed an amicus brief, filed last night, that challenges the law, which would have prohibited the state of Ohio from issuing public-health grants to health service providers that either perform or promote abortions. Those public-health grants would affect health services having to do with HIV and AIDS prevention, STD testing, cancer screenings, and infant mortality prevention, among others.
The Ohio law was blocked by a federal judge, but could be revisited. The brief warns that at least 15 states have taken similar actions against Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, even if the funds do not go toward funding abortions. The other Attorneys General who signed the brief were from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Though the amicus brief does not have a direct impact on a potential ruling, it does advise the court.
“We won’t stand by while a woman’s fundamental right to make her own reproductive health choices is under siege,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Health care providers should not have to choose between protecting a woman’s right to reproductive health care, and providing other vital public health services - yet that’s exactly what the Ohio state law, and so many other regressive measures around the country, seek to do.”
In the wake of Donald Trump's election, Schneiderman has emerged as one of the highest profile figures opposing the Trump administration's agenda, particularly following Trump's firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last month. Schneiderman most recently sued the Trump administration for violating laws that set energy efficiency standards; he also joined a federal lawsuit challenging Trump's first executive order issuing an apparent Muslim ban and launched a coalition against Trump's emissions standards rollback.