Alabama, Iowa, Ohio


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The Center for Reproductive Rights was joined by partner organizations who filed lawsuits and motions on behalf of abortion providers in Alabama, Iowa and Ohio on March 30 to stop those states' attempts to block access to essential abortion care. That same day, Alabama and Ohio issued temporary restraining orders allowing abortion care to proceed.

Each state has used the COVID-19 pandemic to deny access to time-sensitive abortion care by declaring abortion care non-essential.

Plaintiffs are being represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, The Lawyering Project, and other local and national firms.

"These emergency abortion bans are an abuse of power and part of an ongoing effort to use sham justifications to shut down clinics and make an end run around Roe v. Wade," said Northup. "These same states have tried to ban abortion access for years; no one should be fooled that this is warranted by the current crisis. We will use every legal means to ensure that abortion care remains available during this critical time."

Legal filings in this case: