Anti-abortion groups warn of potential ‘late-term abortions’ in Ohio. Experts say term is false.

BY: - May 30, 2023

Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment have said Ohioans should be wary of legalizing abortion for fear of “late-term abortions.” But medical experts and abortion rights advocates are quick to point out that the term isn’t used in reproductive health. In a recent publication by the Catholic Conference of Ohio, the group encouraged standing against […]

Abortion clinics working away as lawsuits, ballot initiative move forward

BY: - May 17, 2023

Abortion clinics in Ohio are still serving patients, and in some cases are as busy as ever, according to administrators. Nevertheless, the clinics and abortion service centers are still recovering not only from the abortion ban that cut their services before it was tied up in court battles, but also from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re […]

18 other states throw two cents into Ohio abortion ban lawsuit

BY: - May 16, 2023

Outside interests flooded into an Ohio lawsuit against the state’s six-week abortion ban, in the form of 18 other states filing a “friend of the court” brief supporting Ohio’s abortion ban law. While the Ohio Supreme Court is currently only considering a procedural case to allow the state to appeal a pause on the six-week […]

Post-Roe abortion bans force pregnant people with life-threatening complications to travel

BY: - May 11, 2023

Jennifer Adkins’ first pregnancy was near-perfect.  She sailed through her appointments and screenings with no complications, ticking every box and making lists of all the right questions to ask her medical professionals. By the time her unmedicated labor was over and the nurses placed her newborn son on her chest, Adkins felt like a superhero.  […]

Federal lawsuit seeks to keep abortion medication in place

BY: - May 10, 2023

A federal lawsuit that has two of Montana’s abortion providers at the center of it has been filed in Virginia as the Center for Reproductive Rights has challenged the Food and Drug Administration for the way it has handled the requirements surrounding the drug mifepristone. Blue Mountain Clinic and All Families Healthcare are both Montana […]

From credit card restrictions to wastewater: What abortion foes have been up to since Dobbs leaked

BY: - May 4, 2023

Anti-abortion leaders could not stop paraphrasing Winston Churchill last June after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a victory that took 50 years to realize.  “While we celebrate the momentous ruling in Dobbs, we must remember that overturning Roe was not the beginning of the end, but it was the end of the […]

Fighting for appeal of Ohio abortion ban injunction, state attorneys argues merits of law

BY: - May 2, 2023

Amidst an Ohio Supreme Court case on whether to allow the state to appeal a pause in Ohio’s six-week abortion ban, the state’s attorneys also explained their stance on the ban itself and the challengers to it. While the basis of the court filing was procedural, requesting that the state’s highest court allow their appeal […]

Several New Mexico towns are using an 1873 federal law to push back against a new state law to protect abortion access. (Getty Images)

Anti-abortion legal strategy revives Comstock moral purity laws of late 1800s

BY: - May 2, 2023

When officials in a small New Mexico city sued the governor and attorney general over their ordinance placing restrictions on abortion clinics earlier this month, they argued that a late 19th century federal anti-obscenity law superseded state law. In March, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law a measure prohibiting public entities from interfering with […]

U.S. Senate Democrats denounce post-Dobbs landscape of state abortion bans, restrictions

BY: - April 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats at a Wednesday hearing explored how nearly a year after the Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to an abortion, multiple states and conservative-backed lawsuits are restricting access to reproductive care. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, said the recent Texas lawsuit challenging […]

Fact Check: Michigan law similar to Ohio’s abortion amendment didn’t get rid of parental consent

BY: - April 26, 2023

Michigan may provide the greatest proof that the anti-abortion ads claiming that Ohio’s abortion amendment will cause mass “sex changes” is utterly false. As more experts weigh in on the false anti-abortion ads, the similar Michigan law didn’t lead to health care without parental content. This is the second installment in Statehouse Bureau reporter Morgan […]

Abortion-rights attorneys help patients and providers navigate legal chaos

BY: - April 25, 2023

These days Kylee Sunderlin is often the first person people will talk to about needing or wanting to terminate a pregnancy, even though she’s not a nurse or doctor or a loved one. She’s a lawyer.  This is Sunderlin’s third year overseeing a national hotline dedicated to helping people navigate legal questions around abortion in […]

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost jumps into Florida abortion fight

BY: - April 24, 2023

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and 14 other attorneys general are arguing in federal court that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his powers when he removed a local prosecutor who had spoken out against the state's restrictive new abortion law. But the group that represents Ohio's local prosecutors doesn't seem to agree with that claim, expressing worries that the Florida case threatens the principle of "prosecutorial discretion:" that faced with many possible crimes and limited time and resources, prosecutors need great latitude to decide which cases are most wisely brought.