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Abortion rights supporters protest at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, June 26, 2022

What the Kansas abortion vote might mean for an Ohio ballot effort

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many Ohioans were watching as the Kansas vote came in Tuesday. Voters there turned down a measure that would have stripped protection for abortion rights from that state’s constitution. In Ohio, some groups are considering putting a constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights on the ballot next year. It’s too… Read More

Dr. Caitlin Bernard, the Indiana doctor who provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio, speaks during an abortion rights rally in June at the Indiana Statehouse.

Indiana doctor says she has been harassed for giving an abortion to a 10-year-old Ohioan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — An Indiana doctor says she has faced harassment after the story of one of her patients — a 10-year-old Ohio girl who became pregnant as a result of rape — captured the nation’s attention as a flashpoint in the debate over abortion rights. In the weeks since Roe v. Wade was… Read More

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., leads a hearing on the future of abortion rights following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court on July 14.

Bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage passes overwhelmingly in the House

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Updated July 19, 2022 at 6:58 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex and interracial marriages amid concerns that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access could jeopardize other rights criticized by many conservative Americans. In a robust but lopsided debate, Democrats argued… Read More

Dr. Catherine Romanos, a Columbus area OB/GYN and another doctor, protest on behalf of abortion rights at the Ohio Statehouse prior to the Dobbs decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that overturned abortion rights in the U.S.

New Ohio law could allow doctors to deny abortions even if the patient qualifies for an exception

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some abortions in Ohio are still legal, even under the new abortion ban, to save the life of a pregnant person, or to prevent permanent impairment of their organs. But there’s a different Ohio law, known as the “conscience clause,” that could factor into whether a doctor provides abortion… Read More

An abortion protest outside the Ohio Capitol

Debate over abortion in Ohio taking shape in U.S. Senate and other statewide races

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic candidates in Ohio are pushing for abortion to be a key issue in their campaigns for statewide office, from the U.S. Senate race to the contest for Ohio attorney general. The political landscape has shifted for candidates since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Ohio… Read More

Newly-elected Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery) offers the opening prayer for the first session of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 134th General Assembly on January 4, 2021.

With six-week abortion ban in place, new bill would confer ‘personhood’ from conception

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Less than a month after a six-week abortion ban went into effect in Ohio, a new effort has been launched to revive an old idea among anti-abortion activists — fetal personhood. The bill, HB704, is three sentences long, saying what’s called the “Personhood Act” would protect the constitutional rights… Read More

Abortion rights advocates and abortion rights opponents demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

How states are preparing for a Supreme Court decision that could overturn Roe v. Wade

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The U.S. Supreme Court is soon expected to issue what could be a momentous decision upending abortion rights. Last month, a leaked draft revealed the conservative justices were preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion regulation to the states. NewsHour’s Adam Kemp in Oklahoma City, Gabrielle Hays in St. Louis and… Read More

Abortion rights advocates and abortion rights opponents demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

A Canadian official says Americans can get abortions there if Roe is overturned

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — While it’s not yet clear what resemblance the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion will bear to the final version, its current form suggests Justices may soon reverse federal abortion protections. And if that does come to pass, at least one Canadian official says Americans who are able to travel across the… Read More

Abortion opponents (front row) and abortion rights supporters (dressed as handmaids in back) listen to testimony on an abortion bill in a committee at the Ohio Legislature

What could happen in Ohio if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It appears the U.S. Supreme Court might be on its way to overturning the landmark decision that allowed abortion as a constitutional right throughout the country. A decision on a Mississippi case is expected this summer. But Monday night brought stunning news, with Politico releasing a draft of the… Read More

Abortion advocates unfurl a banner and shut down a vote in the Ohio Senate on an abortion bill, September 28, 2021

Ohio State University study calculates travel, cost for procedure if Ohio bans abortion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio State University study examined what the result could be for people seeking an abortion if it were not an option in Ohio. The study comes as lawmakers consider a bill that would make abortion illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. The bill under… Read More