abortion access

Women in states that banned abortion were already a lot more likely to die, report says

BY: - January 23, 2023

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade last June, it allowed states to ban abortion altogether without regard to the consequences for women’s health in its decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health. The states that have come closest to outright bans already had big problems with maternal and infant health, a new […]

Ohio abortion foe calls for doctor discipline in miscarriage, doesn’t address other problems

BY: - December 5, 2022

The state’s most prominent anti-abortion group is calling on medical authorities to investigate emergency-room doctors reported to have denied care to a woman suffering a miscarriage.  But it won’t comment directly on other health problems doctors say have been caused by a restrictive abortion law that took effect when the U.S. Supreme Court repealed Roe […]

More than 140 groups oppose effort to limit citizen changes to Ohio Constitution

BY: - November 30, 2022

More than 140 groups representing voters, teachers, the faith community, and good government on Tuesday had a message for Secretary of State Frank LaRose and GOP lawmakers: Any attempt to make it harder for voters to amend the state Constitution will be unpopular, expensive, and likely unsuccessful. Representatives of some of those groups gathered at […]

LaRose wants to make it harder for voters to amend constitution but evidence of a problem is lacking

BY: - November 28, 2022

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose denied that he wanted to block abortion protections or anti-gerrymandering measures when he announced that he wanted to hustle through a measure that would make it harder for voters to amend the Ohio Constitution. But he’s failed to point to a single amendment in the Constitution as an example […]

In the wake of GOP Supreme Court sweep, Ohio activists plan abortion ballot initiative

BY: - November 10, 2022

When Republicans swept all three races for the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, they swept away hopes that the court would find that the state Constitution protects the right to an abortion. So on Wednesday, abortion-rights activists were strategizing over when and how to get a measure on the ballot that would amend the Ohio […]

Republicans take all three Ohio Supreme Court elections

BY: - November 9, 2022

Republicans appeared to be on their way to sweeping all three open seats on the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday. The eventual Republican majority that's likely to create will have big implications in the state for years to come.

While in effect, Ohio’s abortion ban led to chaos, suffering, and worse health care, doctor says

BY: - November 4, 2022

By June 24, David Burkons had spent as much time as a doctor could in the post-Roe world. The Cleveland native graduated the University of Michigan Medical School in 1973, the same year the landmark decision ensuring the right to an abortion was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Everything changed for the obstetrician […]

Doctors call on DeWine to answer questions about abortion laws

BY: - November 2, 2022

Days after Gov. Mike DeWine said the medical community will be consulted as Ohio considers future abortion legislation, a group of more than 1,400 doctors implored him to answer questions about a law he’s already signed. The Ohio medical community has said that to date, DeWine and Republican lawmakers have shown little interest in what […]

Despite reports of harm, DeWine refuses comment on abortion ban law

BY: - October 19, 2022

With Gov. Mike DeWine’s blessing, Ohio is in court, fighting to reimpose strict abortion regulations under a law he signed in 2019. But he’s refusing to publicly comment on the numerous stories of suffering it caused during the 11 weeks it was enforced. The law DeWine signed, Senate Bill 23, bans abortion after fetal cardiac […]

Three takeaways from the final U.S. Senate debate

BY: - October 19, 2022

Heated exchanges bookended Monday’s U.S. Senate debate in Youngstown. Democrat Tim Ryan and Republican J.D. Vance criticized one another sharply on their records and stances. Digging into those conflicts offers a glimpse into their contrasting plans for the U.S. Senate. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Democrats around the country have […]

Analysis: Theory vs. reality. The Dobbs ruling and women’s health

BY: - October 17, 2022

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned abortion protections in Roe v Wade, the majority wrote that it’s up to the states to decide whether to allow abortions, restrict them or to ban them altogether. In other words, the six justices were saying that the U.S. Constitution gives no more protections to people who […]

In response to Dobbs, abortion-rights activists turn to state constitutions

BY: - September 28, 2022

On June 24, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it couldn't find protections in the federal Constitution of a woman's right to abortion — in the process  overturning nearly a half-century of decided law. Now abortion-rights activists are turning to state courts and arguing that those protections exist in state constitutions. And at least temporarily, they're having some success.