Ohio Supreme Court Rules to Protect Patient Privacy

Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a Planned Parenthood clinic does not have to present lawyers representing the family of a minor patient with the medical records of all minor patients provided with abortion care at their clinic. Ohio Supreme Court justices said the confidentiality of medical records trumps claims by the parents, and that the privacy of medical records is sacrosanct.

This decision upholds a 2007 ruling by the Ohio First District Court of Appeals that stated that the records of other patients are not necessary for the parents’ lawsuit.

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