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Ohio Right To Life

Candidates for political office in Ohio who want to be endorsed by the state’s largest organization opposing abortion will have to meet new criteria.

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Ohio’s largest group representing abortion opponents is cheering news that two clinics that offered abortions in the Buckeye State have closed their doors. 

Supporters wearing fetus shirts seated in front, women dressed like handmaids in back.
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Senate passed a controversial bill that bans the abortion method most often used after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Supporters wearing fetus shirts seated in front, women dressed like handmaids in back.
Jo Ingles

A bill that would ban a common procedure used in most second trimester abortions is on its way to the full Ohio Senate after being voted out of committee Tuesday morning. But the vote didn’t come without some controversy.

There was a silent yet visible demonstration at the Statehouse today as a bill that would ban an abortion procedure was introduced in committee. More than a dozen women dressed as characters from a well-known dystopian novel showed up as the Senate Judiciary Committee considered the legislation.

Abortion vigil at Ohio Statehouse
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A controversial abortion bill that Gov. Kasich vetoed at the end of last year has been reintroduced in the Ohio Legislature.

Karen Kasler

Legislation banning what anti-abortion activists call a "dismemberment abortion" has been introduced in the Ohio Senate.

A large majority of the House and Senate are made up of lawmakers with strong pro-life stances. And that’s been reflected in several changes to abortion laws in the past few years. Despite those odds, pro-choice groups want to make sure every lawmaker will hear what they have to say on the issue before casting a vote. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders is campaigning for Omaha, Neb., mayoral candidate Heath Mello Thursday night, and he's not apologizing for it.

"Absolutely, and I want him to win," Sanders, I-Vt., told NPR Thursday, after a rally in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The Thursday event with Mello, a Nebraska state senator who's running as a Democrat in the mayoral race, is one of several rallies Sanders is holding across the country this week. It's part of a Democratic National Committee-organized unity tour with DNC Chair Tom Perez.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy
Ohio Supreme Court

The state’s leading abortion rights group is asking an Ohio Supreme Court justice to remove herself from two cases involving abortion providers.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy spoke last week at a fundraiser for Greater Toledo Right to Life. The state high court will hear cases later this year involving a Toledo abortion clinic’s fight with the state over transfer agreements and abortion restrictions in the 2013 state budget. 

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A new law banning abortions after 20 weeks' gestation has taken effect in Ohio as anti-abortion activists plan further efforts aimed at curbing abortion access in the state.

Opponents of abortion rights have long argued that public funds for services like cancer screenings and contraception should go solely to health clinics that don't provide abortions.

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Anti-abortion rights protesters gathered outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country Saturday, in a series of rallies calling on politicians to end federal funding for the century-old organization. The activists planned to picket outside roughly 200 Planned Parenthood clinics — but at many of those locations, counterprotesters were there to meet them.

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Abortion opponents want the Ohio Legislature to ban a commonly used abortion procedure.

Gov. John Kasich made a somewhat surprising statement this week about a pair of abortion related bills from last year’s lame duck session – one he signed and one he vetoed.

Once more, the National Mall has swelled with demonstrators.

Just a week after President Trump's inauguration at the Capitol and six days after the Women's March on Washington, abortion-rights opponents were raising their voices in the nation's capital. The annual rally they call the March for Life attracted demonstrators from across the country Friday.

Marchers — many of them women — are descending on Washington, D.C., to send a message about abortion to the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress.

If that sounds like déjà vu, it's not: What the organizers call the March for Life is a protest against legalized abortion, unlike the Women's March last week, which included support for abortion rights in its platform.

A different kind of march

It's President Donald Trump's first official act on the abortion issue. On Monday, the new president signed a presidential memorandum reinstating the "Mexico City" policy — barring U.S. aid from any group that provides or "promotes" abortion overseas. The policy dates to 1984, when Ronald Reagan unveiled it at a United Nations Conference in Mexico City. The Trump version is even broader than the incarnations that previous Republican presidents have adopted.

What does this mean in practice? To help make sense of it we've put together an FAQ.

Guttmacher Institute

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute says the rate of abortion in Ohio, and across the country, has hit the lowest rate on record. Even as access to abortions has become more limited in Ohio, experts attribute the decline to wider use of contraceptives.

The abortion rate in the United States fell to its lowest level since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion nationwide, a new report finds.

The report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports legalized abortion, puts the rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (ages 15-44) in 2014. That's the lowest recorded rate since the Roe decision in 1973. The abortion rate has been declining for decades — down from a peak of 29.3 in 1980 and 1981.

If repealing the Affordable Care Act is the Republican Congress' job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second.

In fact, the two priorities might be paired. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization "would be in our reconciliation bill," referring to a measure Congress has put on a fast track in order to repeal major pieces of the health law.

Supporters of a strict abortion ban that was vetoed by Gov. John Kasich are not giving up. 

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
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Ohio lawmakers won’t be coming back into the lame duck session to override Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes on controversial legislation.

Andy Chow

Every two years there are more than a thousand bills introduced in the Statehouse that never get enough support to pass the House and Senate. At the end of the session, they're left to die. But this was the year many of those controversial bills actually passed. 

M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

A slew of bills that in other years might have been too controversial to touch not only got hearings at the Statehouse this year. They passed.

Abortion Legislation in Ohio

Dec 15, 2016
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On Tuesday, Governor Kasich signed 20-week gestation limit for abortions into law, while also line-item vetoing a separate abortion measure which would have effectively banned the procedure after 6-weeks. Today we discuss the decision and the future of abortion access in Ohio.

The Obama administration is trying to protect Planned Parenthood's federal funding before the president turns over the reins of government to Republicans who have historically been hostile to the family planning group.

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Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a controversial abortion bill that would have banned abortion at six weeks into a pregnancy. But he signed another abortion ban into law.

Gov. John Kasich
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Governor John Kasich has signed a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

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A judge has ruled that one of Ohio's few remaining abortion clinics can remain open while fighting to keep its state operating license.

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