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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

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

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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

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

Questions Raised About House Member And Bill She Supports

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The leader of the Ohio Democratic Party is criticizing a bill to give tax credits to people who donate to non-profit pregnancy crisis centers that steer women away from abortion. A co-sponsor of the bill operates one of the more than 100 centers around the state. The bill would give people fully-refundable tax credits for the amount they give… Read More

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Abortion Clinic’s Fate in Hands of State’s High Court

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KETTERING, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio abortion clinic’s future is now up to the state’s Supreme Court. Justices will decide whether to hear an appeal by Women’s Med Center, the Dayton area’s last abortion clinic. It continues operating during a long-running licensure dispute. At issue is Women’s Med’s inability to secure the waiver and written… Read More

ACLU Sues Over Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill” Six-Week Abortion Ban

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The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to challenge Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill”, a ban on abortion at the first detection of a fetal heartbeat. That can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The law was signed in April, but wouldn’t take effect for three months. The ACLU of Ohio’s Legal Director, Freda Levenson,… Read More