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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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Kentucky Schools Working on ‘In God We Trust’ Displays

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Schools across Kentucky are working to fulfill a new state law requiring the national motto “In God We Trust” be displayed in a prominent place before classes begin. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports some school districts, including Jessamine and Franklin, have put up plaques while some, including Jefferson County Public Schools, plan to use… 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

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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

Report: Lawmakers Contributing To Prison Overcrowding

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Once again, the ACLU of Ohio is pushing for criminal justice reform with a new report on what it calls the “Statehouse to prison pipeline”. The ACLU’s Gary Daniels says the report shows too many Ohioans are being locked up. “Our prison system is about 11,000 to 12,000 people above capacity right now,” Daniels says. Daniels says lawmakers have loosened penalties… Read More