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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

Ohio Legislature Considering An Abortion Bill That Is More Restrictive Than The “Heartbeat Bill”

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A new bill would ban most private insurance coverage for abortions. But opponents say it would also ban effective methods of birth control. One fifth of the representatives in the House have signed on to a bill sponsored by Republican John Becker that would prohibit most insurance companies from offering coverage for abortion services. “The intent is to save… Read More

Tougher ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban Heads to Ohio House Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A committee of the Republican-led Ohio House has voted along party lines on legislation banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Tuesday’s vote came after the House Health Committee altered the bill to assure state rules allow “standard medical practices” to detect the heartbeat. That could include abdominal or transvaginal… Read More

ACLU and Top Kentucky Lawyer Differ on Tackling Abortion Law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – An abortion-rights group is disagreeing with Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general over the validity of a state law that could determine if the state’s only abortion clinic stays open. The disagreement stems from a legal brief filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear supporting EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville. Beshear urged a… Read More

State Senate OKs Bill on Burial, Cremation of Fetal Remains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Republican-controlled state Senate has approved a bill requiring Ohio abortion clinics to arrange for fetal remains to be buried or cremated. Legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Joe Uecker, of Miami Township, mandates that abortion providers inform women prior to the procedure of those two choices. The bill, which passed 24-7… Read More