Abortion ruling sends message, though Ohio impact unclear

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Texas restrictions on abortion clinics might bring renewed focus on a pending Ohio bill that would require cremation or burial of aborted fetal remains.

Abortion rights advocates say Ohio lawmakers should take Monday’s ruling as a sign to stop trying to limit abortion access without medical justification.

Cincinnati attorney Jennifer Branch has represented some abortion clinics as they sought to remain open or challenge state rules. She says she thinks the new ruling could help challenge Ohio’s restrictions, either in pending cases or new litigation.

Ohio Right to Life says the ruling doesn’t change its approach. Its president, Mike Gonidakis, says the group won’t try to mimic the nixed Texas rules, but is undeterred in pushing for other changes to help end abortions.