reproductive rights

Abortion, ballot board lawsuit moving forward

BY: - March 29, 2023

The Ohio Supreme Court has set a schedule for briefs and evidence in a lawsuit claiming the Ohio Ballot Board was wrong to approve a proposed abortion constitutional amendment as one issue. The state has until Wednesday to formally respond to the lawsuit. All parties  in the suit have until April 7 to get documents […]

Ohio Ballot Board sued over approval of proposed abortion rights constitutional amendment

BY: - March 22, 2023

A new lawsuit claims the Ohio Ballot Board made the wrong call when they approved the validity of a constitutional amendment proposal on abortion. In the lawsuit, filed this week with the Ohio Supreme Court, Cincinnati attorney Curt Hartman asks the court to demand the ballot board vacate their March 13 decision, in which they […]

Ohio Ballot Board moves abortion amendment initiative forward

BY: - March 14, 2023

The Ohio Ballot Board verified Monday that a proposed amendment for the November ballot to cement abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution can now move forward to the full signature-gathering stage. In a short Monday meeting, the board, composed of Secretary of State Frank LaRose; Republican state Sen. Theresa Gavarone, Democratic state Sen. Paula Hicks-Hudson, […]

Ohio Supreme Court appointee in abortion law case tied to anti-choice pregnancy center

BY: - March 13, 2023

The judge chosen to take over for an Ohio Supreme Court justice who recused himself from the state’s abortion law case served on an advisory board for a crisis pregnancy center, and is open about his conservative and religious values in personal social media accounts. Judge Matthew Byrne, of the 12th District Court of Appeals, […]

Strategies emerge as abortion rights fight ramps up

BY: - March 6, 2023

As abortion rights groups prepare to collect the amount of signatures needed to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, anti-abortion rights groups may have shed light on statements they plan to use against the initiative. In three separate press releases sent by anti-abortion groups after the Ohio Attorney General approved proposed amendment language, the […]

Doctors recount ‘heart-wrenching’ stories in new study on medical care post-Roe

BY: - February 28, 2023

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) are trying to piece together how the end of Roe v. Wade has so far transformed pregnancy-related medical care in America, and the yet-to-be-released preliminary data are alarming, the lead principal investigator told States Newsroom in an exclusive interview. The team has already received dozens of […]

Democratic governors in 20 states form reproductive rights alliance

BY: - February 23, 2023

Democratic governors from 20 states across the U.S., led by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have formed a Reproductive Freedom Alliance to safeguard and improve abortion and reproductive health care access “in the face of an unprecedented assault by states hostile to abortion rights,” according to a joint statement. The announcement represents another divide in the […]

Ohio abortion rights groups send proposed amendment to state attorney general

BY: - February 22, 2023

Abortion rights groups preparing to put a constitutional amendment on the Ohio ballot released the proposed language Tuesday, the same day they sent it to the state Attorney General’s Office for review. Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights and Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom will now await approval of the amendment, starting the signature collection process to […]

Ohio abortion rights groups merge and set sights for amendment on November ballot

BY: - February 17, 2023

Two groups who had already committed to separate efforts to get reproductive rights in the hands of Ohio voters have now merged and set an end goal: abortion access on the November ballot. Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom and Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights announced Thursday that they are joining together to “file language with the […]

Ohio abortion rights advocates prepare for more legal fights

BY: - February 10, 2023

With the abortion landscape changing in Ohio and around the country, one abortion rights group is building up its legal effort for those seeking or providing abortion care. Abortion Fund of Ohio recently announced the launch its Legal Access Program, through a partnership with law firm Friedman, Nemecek, & Long, L.L.C., that will provide free […]

Study: State regulations on abortion depend on bureaucratic implementation

BY: - February 6, 2023

A study done by legal and academic researchers found that implementation of abortion regulations in Ohio “have become exceedingly difficult to comply with,” even as clinics attempt to adhere to state law. The difficulty may be intentional, with “bureaucratic discretion” that “may exert greater influence on abortion availability across the nation as states scramble to […]

Ohio IVF patients feel attacked by abortion ban law, fear more pain coming for their families

BY: - January 17, 2023

With a new General Assembly comes new legislative measures, and for those watching the battle over reproductive rights, that raises concerns. Lancaster resident Melissa Hintz and her husband have strongly considered moving on from the state over fears that abortion bans or regulations could impact her family. Moving on could mean finding a way to […]