Abortion

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A bill to prevent doctors from using telemedicine to provide abortion-inducing drugs has been introduced. But backers of the bill don't know of any cases where that is happening in Ohio right now.

Supporters of legal abortion at Ohio Statehouse
Sam Aberle

A Cincinnati abortion clinic that recently lost the variance it needs to operate thinks the problem is now resolved. 

Abortion supporters and opponents
Jo Ingles

Cincinnati’s only abortion clinic is in business now but its future is uncertain. It is fighting to keep its doors open. 

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke at an Ohio Right to Life rally at the Statehouse in January 2016.
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator and most of its Republican Congressional delegation have signed onto a court document that could lead to the overturning of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.

Dan Konik

Abortion was a big issue in Ohio in 2019, as it has been for several years.  A strict abortion ban was one of the 21 bills that passed, and more bills are still under consideration. 

Gov. Mike DeWine (center), surrounded by anti-abortion activists and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (right), talks to reporters after signing the "Heartbeat Bill" six-week abortion ban in April 2019.
Karen Kasler

One of the first big pieces of legislation Gov. Mike DeWine signed was an abortion ban. But he said it’s only part of an overall agenda he’s pushing.

Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)
Jo Ingles

An Ohio lawmaker who went to El Salvador recently on a fact-finding mission says her experience there is strengthening her resolve to fight abortion bans here at home. 

Abortion opponents demonstrate outside Governor's office
Statehouse News Bureau

Opponents of the death penalty say they are concerned about a newly proposed abortion ban that could charge a woman who gets an abortion and a doctor who provides it with a capital crime. It would make abortion punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole or death. 

Ohio House Democrats
Jo Ingles

Leaders of the Republican dominated Ohio Legislature have expressed frustration in recent weeks that more of the bills they consider “priorities” have not been passed by lawmakers. But Democrats in the House say they think lawmakers are spending too much time debating the wrong issues. 

Opponents of abortion bills protest at Ohio Statehouse In May 2019
Jo Ingles

A new bill that would ban abortions in Ohio has been introduced by Statehouse Republicans.  A similar total ban bill was introduced last year didn’t pass. So why is this bill being introduced now? 

Abortion ban protestors dressed in Handsmaid Tale costumes at Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles

A new bill outlaws all abortions and subjects medical professionals who facilitate in the procedure to possible murder charges.

Women's Med Center of Dayton
Paige Pfleger, WOSU

The Ohio Department of Health has granted a license to Women’s Med Center of Dayton. It is the last abortion clinic in the Dayton area.

Rep. Stephanie Howse (at microphone)
Jo Ingles

Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) is one of five lawmakers from states that have or are considering abortion restrictions who are going to El Salvador to experience what life is like in a country that has an abortion ban. 

Backers of abortion pill reversal bill
Jo Ingles

Two Democratic lawmakers are fighting back on bills now under consideration that would require doctors to provide patients with information mainstream medical groups consider inaccurate and not scientifically sound. 

Mike Rogal, Shutterstock.com

The Ohio Senate has passed and sent two controversial abortion bills to the Ohio House. One involves abortion reversal, a practice that is not backed by mainstream medical professionals. That other subjects doctors to steep penalties for failing to deal with aborted remains in a particular way. 

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An Ohio Senate committee has paved the way for the two controversial bills to hit the chamber floor tomorrow. Both would put restrictions on doctors performing those procedures. 

Ohio's top court is, once again, has refused to hear an appeal from the last abortion clinic in Dayton. It has been fighting with the state to avoid closure of the facility. But the center isn't taking "no" for an answer. It is looking to a federal court to step in now.

Backers of bill (top) and opponents (bottom)
Jo Ingles

An Ohio Senate committee is set to hear from opponents of a bill that would provide what’s being called “reversed abortions.”

Planned Parenthood, Athens, Ohio
Dan Konik

As many as 99,000 low income Ohioans who want birth control and reproductive health care services have fewer options now that Planned Parenthood nationwide has pulled out of the federal Title X program. In nine counties, it’s the only provider that accepted Title X funds. 

Dr. Amy Acton watches as Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a press conference on banning flavored vaping products.
Karen Kasler

The top doctor in state government said she’s concerned about one of at least three bills in the Ohio legislature that opponents say have some dubious medical science behind them.

There were slightly fewer abortions performed in the Buckeye state in 2018 than the year before. Supporters and opponents of legal abortion disagree on the reason for the decline.

The former Capital Care Network in Toledo
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Toledo’s only abortion clinic is no longer doing surgical abortions. New owners recently took over the facility. And that means it will need a new ambulatory care license to do surgical procedures. 

Outside of the Ohio Supreme Court
Dan Konik

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to take up an appeal from Dayton’s only abortion clinic that would pave the way for it to keep operating. The Women’s Medical Center doesn’t have a transfer agreement with a local hospital as required by state law. But despite the ruling, the clinic will remain open for now.

Elvira Koneva, Shutterstock.com

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. 

Peter Brown, Quinnipiac University Poll
Statehouse News Bureau

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. 

A Planned Parenthood in Columbus
Karen Kasler

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. 

Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown)
Ohio Legislature

The Butler County Democratic Party wants the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee, the state panel that deals with ethical violation of lawmakers, to investigate Republican Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown), saying she potentially violated ethics rules by sponsoring a bill which would directly benefit an anti-abortion women’s health center she runs in southwest Ohio. 

Protestors unfurl sign as House approves "Heartbeat Bill"
Jo Ingles

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.

Ohio Statehouse
Statehouse News Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up a case on Alabama’s ban on an abortion method most commonly used in second trimester abortions. This means a lower court ruling that said the ban was unconstitutional will stand.  But what might the high court’s decision mean for Ohio’s similar ban, which is in the courts right now?

Birthright is among the pregnancy resource centers operating in Ohio.
Karen Kasler

Among the changes the Senate made to the House version of the budget was a $5 million boost to a program that funds centers that counsel pregnant women against abortion.

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