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Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Ohio is operating on temporary funding since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally-mandated June 30 deadline. The delay has Democrats wondering whether time spent on controversial abortion laws could have better used hammering out budget details.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 8, 2019
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A federal judge last week temporarily blocked an Ohio ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The decision benefits both abortion-rights supporters and opponents.

Supporters are pleased that the ban won’t immediately take effect. Opponents celebrate this next step in their hopes of reversing the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: The abortion ban, the delayed state budget and more.

Jim Salter / Associated Press

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Ohio's "heartbeat" abortion ban, following a lawsuit from the ACLU of Ohio. The bill was set to take effect July 10.

State Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown)
Ohio House

The leader of the Ohio Democratic Party is criticizing a bill to give tax credits to people who donate to non-profit “crisis pregnancy centers,” which steer women away from abortion.

The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors' group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion.

The group, which represents all types of physicians, has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial political issues, and until recently has done so concerning abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation that affects the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership.

U.S. Supreme Court
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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal of an Alabama law that bans dilation and evacuation abortions, the method most commonly used in the second trimester. That means a lower court ruling, which said the ban was unconstitutional, will stand.

State, Planned Parenthood Seek Delay In Ohio Abortion Case

Jun 25, 2019
Jim Salter / Associated Press

Republican Attorney General Dave Yost has joined Planned Parenthood in asking a federal judge to postpone information-gathering in a legal challenge to Ohio's law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure.

Melissa Santiago and Nicole Dempsey say they both regreted having abortions when they were teenagers.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This is the second of a two-part series on Ohioans and their experiences with abortion. Read part one here.

Nicole Dempsey remembers crying in a pew at church, watching a video of a woman with long dark hair and deep brown eyes. The woman was talking about her abortion, and how a local organization called Heartbeats helped her heal.

Marilyn Evans stands outside the Women's Med Center of Dayton, where both she and her daughter got abortions.
Paige Pfleger

This is the first of a two-part series on Ohioans and their experiences with abortion. Read part two here.

"This is the spot," Marilyn Evans says, standing in the empty parking lot of the Women’s Med Center in Kettering.

CEOs have become increasingly outspoken on a variety of political issues — from race relations to LGBTQ rights to higher age restrictions on gun and tobacco sales.

The latest example of this corporate activism came this week, when the leaders of more than 180 businesses — including MAC Cosmetics, electronic payments company Square and clothing-maker Eileen Fisher — signed a letter opposing restrictive abortion laws enacted recently in several states.

desks in a classroom
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A bill in the Ohio House that would establish health education standards initially contained a provision that said schools, restaurants and health care providers shall post a message about how to deal with problem pregnancies on their bathroom stall doors. However, that part of the bill has now been scrapped.

Three-quarters of Americans say they want to keep in place the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, that made abortion legal in the United States, but a strong majority would like to see restrictions on abortion rights, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.

Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET

The Trump administration is placing new restrictions on the use of human fetal tissue in medical research. Federal scientists working at the National Institutes of Health will be prohibited from obtaining new tissue samples from elective abortions for ongoing research projects at NIH.

Abortion-rights opponents hailed the move as a first step toward a complete ban on the use of human fetal tissue in research.

Updated at 3:39 p.m. ET

WarnerMedia, Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal will consider stopping productions in Georgia should the state's new abortion law take effect, echoing a threat made this week by Netflix.

WarnerMedia, which owns HBO, CNN and other channels, told NPR in a statement on Thursday, "We will watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions." The company said it operates in many states and countries where it may not agree with leaders' stances but respects due process.

Sen. Joe Uecker
Ohio Senate

The sponsor of a bill requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated is pleased about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a similar law from Indiana.

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