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What would overturning Roe mean for birth control?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Overturning Roe v. Wade could have implications for more than access to abortion; medical and legal experts say it could open the door to restrictions on other types of reproductive health care. “To say that we are incredibly concerned would, I think, actually be putting it mildly,” said Dr. Kavita Arora,… Read More

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Lawyer in a landmark abortion rights case discusses a potential Roe reversal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — A leaked early draft of a coming Supreme Court decision suggests Roe v. Wade could be struck down. The landmark decision established the constitutional right to abortion and the last major challenge to it came in a 1992 case called Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. Kathryn Kolbert, an attorney… Read More

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Ohio prepares to establish six-week abortion ban if U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio will almost certainly have strict limitations on abortion in short order if the U.S. Supreme Court does as a draft opinion published last week says and allows states to set their own regulations on the procedure. That’s even if Republican lawmakers haven’t passed the so-called “trigger ban” on… Read More

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Abortion could have played a key role in Ohio’s gubernatorial campaign

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The leak of a U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion to overturn the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade came one night before Ohio’s primary, and it may have played a key role in how Ohioans voted on Election Day. Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, has signed every abortion bill… Read More

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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

Protestors denounce abortion bills under consideration at Ohio Statehouse on Dec 4, 2018 at Ohio Statehouse

Bill would ban abortion in Ohio if U.S. Supreme Court allows states to decide the issue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle unloaded several questions about a bill — that would outlaw abortion in Ohio if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — during its first House committee hearing. Medical personnel would face prison time and fines under the bill which contains… Read More

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An Ohio bill would require in-person exam before abortion pills are distributed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has proposed legislation that would regulate the use of abortion pills, an increasingly common method of ending unwanted pregnancies. Republican state Sen. Steve Huffman, of Tipp City, introduced the bill Tuesday. It follows a February decision by the Food and Drug Administration to permanently lift a long-standing requirement… Read More

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As the Supreme Court deliberates abortion rights, access is already limited in the Ohio Valley

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Reproductive Health in the Ohio Valley 02/18/22 KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (OVR) – On a cold Wednesday morning in February, cars arrive at an abortion provider in Knoxville, Tennessee. The women inside their cars are met with a line of people, mostly men, on either side of the parking lot entrance. “Don’t turn… Read More

From the Capitol riot to abortion rights, here are the top political stories of 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — This year was supposed to be one of recovery, but it has been far from that. It began with the insurrection at the Capitol, a second impeachment of former President Donald Trump and President Biden’s inauguration. As the year went on, Trump continued to lie about the election results while he… Read More

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GOP Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs ‘born alive’ abortion bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill imposing criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the rare circumstance when a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday, the same day it it arrived from the Republican-controlled Legislature. The… Read More

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Ohio lawmakers are considering another restriction on abortion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio House committee is considering yet another abortion bill – one that would require doctors to provide life-saving care if a fetus is possibly viable after an abortion. But opponents of the bill say it isn’t needed. Abortion rights advocates like Dr. Erika Boothman of Columbus said the… Read More

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

Roe v. Wade’s future is in doubt after historic arguments at Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The right to an abortion in the United States appeared to be on shaky ground as a divided Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on the fate of Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States. At issue in Wednesday’s case — Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s… Read More

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Another New Ohio Abortion Law Is Temporarily Put On Hold

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — For the second time this week, a new Ohio abortion law has been put on hold. This one affects the use of telemedicine in abortions. A Hamilton County judge temporarily blocked the law that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to write prescriptions for medical abortions. The hold lasts until… Read More

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New Abortion Law Won’t Be Enforced For Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A law that requires burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion will not go into effect Tuesday as planned. An Ohio judge granted a preliminary injunction, stopping enforcement of the new law requiring fetal remains from an abortion be buried or cremated. Abortion clinics had requested this delay,… Read More

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“Trigger Bill” To Ban Abortion In Ohio If Roe Is Overturned To Be Introduced Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Anti-abortion activists in Ohio are cheering the nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court – and they plan to celebrate with a bill that would ban all abortions in Ohio if the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. “This is what we’ve been waiting… Read More

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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