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Attorneys general from 16 states have joined Planned Parenthood in their fight to overturn an OH law that prevents healthcare providers that offer abortion services from participating in publicly funded health programs.

This is because in the late twenties, my great-grandmother experienced a miscarriage and in the aftermath was sent to what was then called the American Birth Control League to receive her very first contraceptive device, a diaphragm, which Margaret Sanger had brought to the US just four years prior.

Ernst and U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee introduced the legislation, with Ernst saying states should be able to make their own decisions about where to spend federal money.

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) and his counterparts in 15 other states ― including California, Iowa and Virginia ― filed an amicus brief supporting Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Region. They know fewer unwanted pregnancies mean fewer women seek abortions. Planned Parenthood abortion services are offered separately from their clinics and made up 3 percent of procedures done in 2015, according to the organization's latest report.

The Old Line State is drawing a clear line-it will reimburse Planned Parenthood if Congress cuts funding to the health clinics, making it the first state to legally pledge to do so.

Planned Parenthood serves primarily women, many of which are low income and live in medically underserved communities.

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If it wasn't for Planned Parenthood, I would not be alive today, although not for the reason that so many people would like to imagine.

The Attorneys General argue that the OH law violates the First Amendment and Due Process Clause because the law imposes an unconstitutional condition on state grants that infringes on plaintiffs' right to free speech, as well as plaintiffs' right to provide access to abortion services, and their clients' right to receive such services.

And while Planned Parenthood is controversial due to its abortion services, it doesn't actually use federal funds for them.

Davis previously called Planned Parenthood's opposition to the regulations "crazy", adding in particular that the admitting privileges "protect the women".

The Supreme Court ruled on June 27 that restrictions Texas had placed on abortion providers had no health benefits for women and unconstitutionally limited women's access to legal abortions. Critics say they're meant to shut down abortion providers by imposing unnecessary and burdensome requirements.

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