Civil Rights

As new Medicaid prescription program nears, some Ohio pharmacists are worried

BY: - August 9, 2022

Ohio’s community pharmacists are still worried that the state Medicaid program might drive them out of business — and deprive some communities of access to medicine. After years of complaints about under-payment and possible profiteering off of prescription drugs, the legislature in 2019 directed the Department of Medicaid to undertake a bold reform.  Instead of […]

How Biden’s executive order on abortion rights will impact Ohio

BY: - August 5, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   President Joe Biden’s latest executive order is aiming to expand reproductive […]

Yet another statement Yost made on that Fox News appearance now seems iffy

BY: - August 4, 2022

On July 11, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost made an appearance on Fox News during which he made several questionable statements.  The biggest, of course, were the doubts he was  trying to raise about the existence of a 10-year-old rape victim who had to travel to Indiana for an abortion because of a law he […]

Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to help pregnant patients cover the cost of travel to access abortion health care. The executive order does not protect access to abortion, which was overturned in late June by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court when it struck down the constitutional right […]

At State Fair, Vance downplays funding gap, explains opposition to same-sex marriage bill

BY: - August 3, 2022

At the Ohio State Fair Tuesday, J.D. Vance downplayed the gap in fundraising that has opened up between himself and Democrat Tim Ryan. The Republican U.S. Senate nominee also elaborated on his opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act. After a bruising primary, there were concerns that Vance might have a difficult time consolidating support […]

Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, called […]

U.S. House passes ban on assault weapons after spate of gun violence

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a ban on semi-automatic firearms — the weapons used in multiple mass shootings during the last three months — on a near party-line vote. With the 217-213 vote, the bill, H.R. 1808, will head to the evenly divided Senate, but it’s unlikely to advance there, as the ban […]

Vance would vote against codifying right to marriage for same-sex couples

BY: - July 28, 2022

Republican Ohio U.S. Senate nominee J.D. Vance would oppose legislation to codify the right to marriage for same-sex couples, according to Mission: America, a Columbus based non-profit which bills itself as a ministry. In a joint statement with Ohio Value Voters, Mission: America president Linda Harvey criticized the Ohio Republican congressmen who voted to pass […]

DeWine claims concern for “vulnerable,” still won’t talk about children who now have to have babies

BY: - July 27, 2022

As he celebrated passage and enactment of severe abortion restrictions in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine was lavish in expressing concern for “the most vulnerable among us, those who do not have a voice.”  On June 24, just after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the abortion restrictions he’d signed into law, DeWine added, […]

On appeal, lawyers for Strauss victims say OSU shouldn’t profit off ‘deception’

BY: - July 27, 2022

Lawyers representing the victims of an Ohio State University physician’s decades of sexual abuse asked a federal appellate court Tuesday to overturn a judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit against the school. Last year, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson dismissed a Title IX lawsuit the victims filed against the university, ruling that the statute of […]

GOP support for same-sex marriage protections builds in U.S. Senate

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate appears on track to send President Joe Biden a bill in the coming weeks that would guarantee same-sex and interracial couples can marry, even if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark cases that enshrined those rights. “I think we’re very close,” Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday of efforts […]

Climate change is already costing cities. It’s going to get much worse

BY: - July 22, 2022

Ohio’s cash-strapped cities and towns are going to need to find billions more a year to keep pace as challenges from climate change intensify over the coming decades, according to a new analysis. Climate denialists have long ignored the overwhelming scientific consensus around global warming. That got a little harder last year when the International […]