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Court Refuses to Overrule Ruling that Stops Ohio from Closing Abortion Clinics

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A panel of three federal court judges won’t get involved in a dispute over abortion and the state’s coronavirus order regarding elective surgery – which keeps facilities that perform abortions open for now. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the state’s request to appeal a federal judge’s ruling preventing it from closing the six Ohio clinics that perform surgical abortions – two of… Read More

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State Mulls Over Its Next Move in Fight Over Abortion Clinics

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Earlier this week, a federal judge temporarily ruled Ohio cannot force abortion clinics to close under the coronavirus order banning elective, non-essential surgery. Now,  the state is considering its next move. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says the state still wants to stop clinics from performing surgical abortions, despite the court ruling that said it could not do that. He… Read More

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Federal Judge Halts State from Restricting Abortions with Coronavirus Order

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A federal judge has temporarily blocked the state from using the coronavirus order that bans elective, non-essential surgeries to stop the six clinics in Ohio that offer surgical abortions from performing those procedures. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett means for the next 14 days, Ohio officials cannot use the COVID19 order barring… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Controversy Over Whether Order Stopping Elective Surgery Applies to Abortion Clinics

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is ordering abortion clinics to stop all non-essential procedures. Those facilities are fighting back, saying their services are essential. Yost sent letters to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and the Women’s Med Center of Dayton, telling them to immediately stop performing non-essential and elective surgical abortions. Predictably, Ohio Right to Life… Read More

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Where Trump’s 2019 State Of The Union Promises Stand

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The State of the Union this year may make for a seriously awkward moment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be seated over President Trump’s left shoulder Tuesday, less than two months after the Democratic-controlled House impeached him — and just as the Republican-controlled Senate will be deciding whether to keep or or remove him from… Read More

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2019 Year in Review – Attempts to Ban Abortion in Ohio Continue

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Abortion was a big issue in Ohio in 2019, as it has been for several years.  A strict abortion ban was one of the 21 bills that passed, and more bills are still under consideration. The remnants from Gov. Mike DeWine’s inaugural party were barely removed from the Statehouse before the controversial bill to ban… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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State Agency Reports 2% Drop in Induced Abortions in 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Department of Health says the number of induced abortions in the state continued a downward trajectory last year. The department said in a report released Tuesday that 20,425 abortions were reported last year for a drop of 2% from the 20,893 reported in 2017. Officials say last year’s decrease… Read More

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Number of Abortions in US Falls to Lowest Since 1973

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NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017…. Read More

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ACLU Of Ohio Asks Court To Block Controversial Abortion Ban Permanently

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The ACLU of Ohio is asking a federal court to permanently block a ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Pro-choice advocates had secured an order to temporarily stop the so called “heartbeat law” from going into effect as planned in July. Here’s what is happening with the latest court filing. Freda Levenson, legal director for… Read More

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How Planned Parenthood Change Could Affect Ohio

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Planned Parenthood says it will no longer provide birth control, HIV and STD testing and other health services with federal money known as Title X funds. The group says it cannot comply with what they call a gag rule that just went into effect that prohibits its doctors from talking about abortion with their patients. Here is what that means in Ohio. Lillian… Read More

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Bevin Pushes Abortion to Front of Kentucky Governor’s Race

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has pushed abortion to the forefront of his reelection campaign by lashing out at his Democratic challenger and a federal judge who struck down an abortion law. The Republican incumbent accused Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear of taking “blood money” from an abortion-clinic operator who attended a… Read More

Poll Shows Ohioans Favor Legalized Abortion And Gun Restrictions

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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Ohioans support background checks for gun sales, favor legalized abortion and oppose one of the most recent state restrictions on it. The poll shows just over half of Ohio voters oppose a ban on abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It is on a court… Read More

A Planned Parenthood clinic on the west side of Columbus

Some Ohio Planned Parenthoods Are Getting Help To Serve Low-Income Women

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Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is tapping into the national organization’s emergency funds to be able to provide birth control and other health care services to low income women. This move allows the organization to comply with a Trump administration order that bans federal dollars from going to clinics that refer clients for abortions. Planned… Read More

Democrats Question Time Spent On Abortion Bills Instead Of Budget

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Ohio is operating on a budget extension since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally mandated June 30th deadline. Some Democrats are whether time that was spent on a controversial abortion law recently put on hold by a federal court could have been used better hammering out details of the state budget…. Read More

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Judge Blocks “Heartbeat Bill,” Abortion Clinics to Remain Open

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has temporarily blocked an Ohio law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, allowing clinics to continue to provide the procedure as a legal battle advances. Wednesday’s decision halts enforcement of the so-called heartbeat bill law that opponents argued would effectively ban the procedure as early… Read More