abortion bans

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.

Affidavits: More pregnant minors who were raped denied Ohio abortions

BY: - September 22, 2022

At least two more minors made pregnant by sexual assault were forced to leave Ohio to avoid having their rapists’ babies, according to sworn affidavits filed by abortion providers. The affidavits were filed in Cincinnati as part of a lawsuit aimed at stopping enforcement of Ohio’s strict new abortion law, which it temporarily did last […]

State constitutions have played second fiddle since the Civil War. Justice DeWine says that’s bad

BY: - September 19, 2022

In a speech last Tuesday, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine said that since the Civil War, state constitutions “too often” have become “secondary.”  In the same speech, he highlighted that due-process protections in the Ohio Constitution are different from those in the federal 14th Amendment, which was passed in the wake of the Civil […]

Michigan Supreme Court decision has implications for women in Ohio, Indiana, even Kentucky

BY: - September 12, 2022

A Thursday ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court could have profound implications for women and their doctors in Ohio as well as other neighboring states. The court ruled that a petition signed by a record 730,000 voters was valid and ordered that an amendment protecting abortion rights be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot, the […]

Ohio docs say new abortion law has them working against oaths to do no harm

BY: - September 7, 2022

Set aside the fact that Ohio's newly enacted abortion law forces many women and girls to have their rapists' babies or leave the state for abortions. Even so, because of Ohio's new abortion restrictions, doctors are describing other scenes of almost unimaginable anguish — and increased risks to women and girls who become pregnant.

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, […]

IVF patients, doctors share concerns about new Ohio bill recognizing ‘personhood’ at conception

BY: - July 18, 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.   It took Mindi Axner three-and-a-half years, at least one miscarriage and […]

Docs dispute AG’s claim that Ohio law allows 10-year-olds to get abortions

BY: - July 15, 2022

A defiant Dave Yost on Wednesday told News 5 in Cleveland “I never apologize for speaking the truth” when asked if he should apologize for an interview he did on Fox News a night earlier. That was when he raised doubts with host Jesse Watters that a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim had actually been forced […]

Ohio lawmakers join attorney general in national push to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - August 4, 2021

The fact that a host of Ohio legislators have now followed state Attorney General Dave Yost in filing their support for overturning nationwide abortion rights law isn’t surprising to advocates. The fact that so many states are preparing or already planning to challenge Roe v. Wade is a little more concerning. “Roe is in the […]

COMMENTARY

On Roe v Wade anniversary, fighting for abortion access is more important than ever

BY: - January 22, 2021

Forty-eight years ago today the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, which established the legal right to an abortion across the United States. At that moment, a patchwork of state laws that too often restricted access to vital health care was swept aside. For the first time, courts recognized that patients deserve the right […]