Abortion-rights group sues Ohio Department of Health over records

From The Columbus Dispatch Fearing that Ohio Right to Life wields “improper” influence over the Ohio Department of Health, an abortion-rights group is suing the state for records of phone calls and emails exchanged with abortion opponents.

The Health Department refused to turn over records, saying that the request from NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation was “overly broad” and that the agency lacks the ability to search for specific emails and phone records.

NARAL has filed a lawsuit asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order the Health Department to turn over records it requested on Oct. 27. The justices referred the case to mediation yesterday, halting any additional filings.

The Health Department rejected the organization’s request for records reflecting phone calls to two telephone numbers associated with Ohio Right to Life and emails exchanged with people whose email addresses end with “ohiolife.org.”

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