Ohio High Court Rules For Abortion Record Privacy

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that parents of a 14-year-old girl who had an abortion cannot get records of other minors treated at the same Cincinnati clinic. The court said in a ruling Wednesday that the family has no right to obtain child abuse reports or medical records on the other patients.

The girl’s parents have sued Planned Parenthood and the physician who performed the abortion. The couple says the clinic didn’t notify them or get their consent and claim the facility had a pattern of violating Ohio’s parental consent law and failing to report abuse.

The clinic says consent for the March 2004 abortion came from a man at a phone number the girl said was her father’s. Court records indicate the girl gave her boyfriend’s number.

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