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A city resident speaks to the Athens City Council. The photo is taken from the back of council chambers and there are residents filling almost every seat.

Residents petition City Council to decriminalize abortion in Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio – The subject of abortion wasn’t on the agenda for Monday’s Athens City Council meeting, but city residents turned out in force to ask the Council to protect reproductive rights within city limits. It was the Council’s first meeting back after its summer break in July.  The request for Athens to become a… Read More

An abortion protest outside the Ohio Capitol

Debate over abortion in Ohio taking shape in U.S. Senate and other statewide races

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic candidates in Ohio are pushing for abortion to be a key issue in their campaigns for statewide office, from the U.S. Senate race to the contest for Ohio attorney general. The political landscape has shifted for candidates since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Ohio… Read More

Newly-elected Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery) offers the opening prayer for the first session of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 134th General Assembly on January 4, 2021.

With six-week abortion ban in place, new bill would confer ‘personhood’ from conception

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Less than a month after a six-week abortion ban went into effect in Ohio, a new effort has been launched to revive an old idea among anti-abortion activists — fetal personhood. The bill, HB704, is three sentences long, saying what’s called the “Personhood Act” would protect the constitutional rights… Read More

Planned Parenthood President Iris Harvey at a protest with a bullhorn

Abortion providers share stories of Ohioans seeking services

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s new six-week abortion ban is in place but Ohioans who want abortions still have options to get connected to those services. Dr. Adarsh Krishen, the chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, said staff at those facilities had to call patients scheduled for abortions — in… 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