State, Planned Parenthood seek delay in Ohio abortion case

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A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in St. Louis. On Monday, June 10, 2019, a judge in St. Louis issued another order allowing Missouri’s only abortion clinic to continue operating. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer granted Planned Parenthood’s request for a preliminary injunction, which extends his temporary restraining order prohibiting Missouri from allowing the clinic’s license to lapse. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Republican Attorney General Dave Yost has joined Planned Parenthood in asking a federal judge to postpone information-gathering in a legal challenge to Ohio’s law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure.

In a joint filing Monday, the parties asked U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati to halt discovery in the Ohio case while a similar Kentucky case is decided.

Both cases challenge laws outlawing dilation and evacuation abortions. A federal judge struck down the Kentucky law as unconstitutional in May. Kentucky is appealing.

Barrett has blocked part of the Ohio law from taking effect. He forbid the state in April from bringing criminal charges against doctors who perform D&Es under most circumstances until the legal challenge is resolved. Other parts of the law were allowed to proceed.

Ohio has appealed.

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