Justices issue legal blows to 2 Ohio abortion clinics

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has delivered a pair of blows to abortion clinics in Toledo and Cleveland.

Justices on Tuesday ruled Preterm of Cleveland lacks the legal standing to sue over abortion-related restrictions tucked into the state’s 2013 budget bill.

The high court also upheld a license revocation aimed at shuttering Toledo’s last abortion clinic.

Preterm of Cleveland had argued budget provisions imposed added administrative and caseload burdens on its operations that clearly qualified the clinic to proceed with litigation.

Justices said Preterm didn’t demonstrate true or threatened harm from the regulatory changes.

Separately, they ruled 5-2 that the Ohio Department of Health acted within its rights in 2014 when it decided to shut down Capital Care of Toledo.

New restrictions and falling abortion rates have prompted clinic closures statewide.

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