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Lobbyist had Hand in Bill Sparking Ectopic Pregnancy Flap

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio lawmaker who proposed legislation extending insurance coverage to a procedure considered medically impossible as a way of fighting abortion worked closely on the bill with a conservative lobbyist, newly released emails show. State Rep. John Becker, a southwestern Ohio Republican, got help from Barry Sheets, a lobbyist for the… Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court Building

Supreme Court Leaves Kentucky’s Ultrasound Law in Place

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court has left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment Monday in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Abortion Bill Suggests Doctors Reimplant Ectopic Pregnancies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio proposal aimed at outlawing abortions would present some doctors with the choice between facing potential criminal prosecution or attempting a procedure considered medically impossible: the reimplantation of an ectopic pregnancy. A doctor who terminates a pregnancy could face murder charges under the Republican-sponsored bill unless it is done to save a… Read More

Opponents of abortion bills protest at Ohio Statehouse in May 2019

Why the Bill to Ban Abortion Faces Challenges in Ohio’s Legislature

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A new bill that would ban abortions in Ohio has been introduced by Statehouse Republicans.  A similar total ban bill was introduced last year didn’t pass. So why is this bill being introduced now? The President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, Margie Christie, says this abortion bill has one goal. “We’re tired of it being regulated. We… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

New Bill Would Completely Ban Abortions in Ohio

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A new bill outlaws all abortions and subjects medical professionals who facilitate in the procedure to possible murder charges. This bill legally recognizes a fetus as a human. It would remove all authorizations for abortions in to take place in Ohio. The legislation, which is being sponsored by 21 of the 99 Ohio House members,… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Two More Controversial Abortion Bills Poised for Passage in Ohio Senate

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An Ohio Senate committee has paved the way for the two controversial bills to hit the chamber floor tomorrow. Both would put restrictions on doctors performing those procedures. One bill requires doctors to tell medication abortion patients about a controversial procedure known as abortion reversal. Under this bill, women receiving the two pills that cause abortion will… Read More

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Ohio High Court Again Refuses to Hear Abortion Clinic Appeal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Dayton area’s last abortion clinic is trying to avoid closure by pursuing a new state license and intervention by a federal court after the Ohio Supreme Court again refused to hear its appeal. That court decision Tuesday meant Women’s Med Center faced losing its license for not meeting certain state… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Bill Would Require Docs to Talk About Controversial Reverse Abortion Procedure

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An Ohio Senate committee is set to hear from opponents of a bill that would provide what’s being called “reversed abortions.” Chemical abortions require two pills to be taken 72 hours apart. Barry Sheets with the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio says abortions can be reversed before that second pill is taken, especially… Read More

Planned Parenthood, Athens, Ohio

How Planned Parenthood’s Exit from Federal Program is Affecting Ohio

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An estimated 99 ,000 low income Ohioans who want birth control and reproductive health care services have fewer options now that Planned Parenthood nationwide has pulled out of the federal Title X program. Planned Parenthood objects to a new rule that it says restricts the doctor-patient relationship. And In nine counties, it’s the only provider that accepted Title X funds. Athens… Read More