• State sues to take Amish family's daughter and force chemo on her after chemo nearly kills her and family chooses different treatment option

    amishColumbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today began representation of Andy and Anna Hershberger, parents of Sarah Hershberger, a ten year old Amish girl upon whom the State of Ohio, through Akron Children's Hospital, seeks to force an unnecessary and potentially-deadly form of chemotherapy.

  • Key features of Senate Bill 47 "reform" violate First Amendment speech and associational rights of Ohioans, restrict free trade Columbus, OH – A federal court enjoined the state from enforcing Senate Bill 47's new limits on Ohioans' Initiative and Referendum rights. Specifically, the Court held that Ohio's new ban on Ohioans contracting with non-Ohioans to circulate initiative petitions violates Ohioans' First Amendment Rights. The ruling, made by Judge Watson of the Columbus division of the Southern District of Ohio, paves the way for Ohioans advancing the Workplace Freedom Amendment and other freedom-oriented ballot issues to resume association and contracts with professional out-of-state signature gatherers. The legal action was filed on behalf of Ohioans for Workplace Freedom and Cincinnati for Pension