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Abortion rates rise in Ohio despite efforts to ban it

BY: - October 5, 2021

Over the last year, state data shows that abortions have risen in Ohio despite several efforts to deepen regulations on the practice. The 2020 “induced abortions” report from the Ohio Department of Health shows terminated pregnancies increased by 3% from 2019 to 2020. Since 2000, however, there has been a steady decline in abortions, about […]

Reproductive rights: How gerrymandering impacts abortion access

BY: - August 16, 2021

Those promoting drastically redrawing district lines in Ohio see the impact of those districts in all sorts of areas from voting access to education and even in the doctor’s office for some patients. Reproductive rights have been a hotly contested issue that has been a touchpoint in national and local campaigns since the 1970s, when […]

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Ohio lawmakers reintroduce medically unproven ‘abortion reversal’ bill

BY: - July 16, 2021

Ohio lawmakers are once again proposing that patients be made aware of a controversial and unproven “abortion reversal” method. State Reps. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, and Sarah Fowler Arthur, R-Ashtabula, are the main sponsors of a bill they are calling the “Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act.” Two-dozen Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives have signed […]

Judge blocks telemedicine abortion ban, marking second win for clinics

BY: - April 8, 2021

For the second time in a week, a Hamilton County judge ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood and against a recently passed state law on abortion services. Hamilton County Judge Alison Hatheway gave Planned Parenthood a two-week restraining order, preventing a law banning telemedicine abortion services from taking effect as planned on April 12. The […]

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Ohio abortion ban with felony charges back in the works, targeting Roe v. Wade

BY: - March 12, 2021

The battle on abortion in Ohio will only be stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court or a change in the U.S. Constitution, according to reproductive law experts and those once again pushing for abortion bans. Two state legislators have introduced a bill making abortion procedures a felony, which marks the second time in as many […]

Ohio abortion clinics praise lifting of global gag rule, set hopes on domestic funding

BY: - February 8, 2021

While local women’s health clinics are optimistic after President Joe Biden lifted a gag rule on federal funding to abortion-related international organizations, they still want to see domestic funding for abortion providers brought back as well. Biden rescinded the “Global Gag Rule,” also called the Mexico City Policy, brought in originally by President Ronald Reagan […]

Reproductive rights battles will continue after small election changes to judiciary, legislature

BY: - November 6, 2020

While anti-abortion groups claim victory in Ohio with little change to the majority conservative Ohio legislature, abortion-rights groups are ready for continued fights in the Statehouse and in the courts. The Ohio Supreme Court saw one seat flipped, with Judge Jennifer Brunner overtaking incumbent justice Judith French in unofficial results Tuesday. It doesn’t flip the […]

Abortion-rights and anti-abortion groups in Ohio react to Barrett confirmation

BY: - October 28, 2020

Ohio organizations on both sides of the abortion debate spoke out this week following the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis called the confirmation a “victory for women everywhere,” and a step toward abolishing Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case […]

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Abortions continue to decline in the state

BY: - October 5, 2020

As court battles continue over legislation related to abortion, the Ohio Department of Health last week reported a 2% decline in the procedures. The annual report gathered information about abortions occurring in the state from confidential abortion reports and “post-abortion care reports for complications.” Last year, 20,102 “induced pregnancy terminations” were reported in Ohio, according […]

AG’s office orders stop on ‘non-essential’ abortions; legislators, advocates condemn move

BY: - March 23, 2020

Legislators and advocates around the state are reacting after the Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Office ordered two Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio to stop performing surgical abortions during the coronavirus outbreak, calling them “non-essential and elective.” In a letter to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio’s Cincinnati Surgery Center on March 20, Deputy Attorney General […]

Abortion opponents: Telemedicine too risky for women

BY: - February 20, 2020

Abortion opponents were in agreement on Wednesday that the woman’s safety should be the focus of care in Ohio abortion cases. Advocates spoke in support of a bill that would ban telemedicine as a way to receive abortion-related medicine, in particular the chemical abortion drugs mifepristone and misopristol. Dr. Lindsay Rerko told the Health, Human […]

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Study on unproven ‘abortion reversal’ drug halted due to risk to patients

BY: - December 9, 2019

A study on an unproven “abortion reversal” treatment that relates to a senate bill currently sitting in the Ohio Legislature has ended because of its risk to the female patients. The study was being conducted at the University of California, Davis, to see if the hormone progesterone could be used to stop abortion performed using […]