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The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by an abortion rights group over a public records request seeking communication between the state's health department and an anti-abortion organization. 

House Committee To Vote On "Heartbeat Bill"

Mar 24, 2015
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An Ohio legislative panel has scheduled a possible vote on a proposal to effectively ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

The Department of Health has warned that Cincinnati's last abortion clinic risks losing its license if it doesn't get a patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital as required by Ohio law. The notification was sent this week to the facility run by Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. Its vice president for external affairs, Rick Pender, said it can't meet the requirement.

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Last week a judge ruled that a Cincinnati area women’s clinic would have to stop providing access to surgical abortions. This leaves the Cincinnati area with one abortion provider; a total of 10 remain in the state. This hour we'll hear from both sides on the practical implications of the latest restrictions to abortion in Ohio.


National Abortion Update

Dec 12, 2013

10:00 With abortion-related provisions in the state budget and the number of clinics down to 9, Ohio women have fewer options when seeking an abortion. This hour we'll take a look at abortion regulations in Ohio and around the nation and examine what's left to restrict and what's left to defend. Guests

  • Esme Deprez, reporter for Bloomberg News
  • Karen Kasler, Bureau Chief for Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau

10:00 Ohio's newest budget will be signed on Sunday, but it's already been hailed as "exciting and positive," and dismissed as a "train wreck." The $62 billion budget includes increased school funding, some income tax cuts and greater restrictions on abortions.  This hour, our panel of reporters will offer their analysis on what's in store for the Buckeye State. Guests

Politics with Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Jun 20, 2013

10:00 There's lots of news from Washington this week: On Tuesday, congressional budget analysts determined that immigration reform would yield major economic benefits. That same day, the House passed a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And a new poll shows an increasing number of Americans think the White House was behind the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal. This hour, Ken Rudin joins us to sort out the latest headlines.   Guests

  • Ken Rudin, NPR's Political Junkie

10:00 Today, voters in Mississippi will consider an amendment that would end all abortions and could also restrict in vitro fertilization and certain kinds of birth control. The ballot initiative is part of a national campaign called Personhood USA that next year will target Florida, Montana and Ohio. On this hour of "All Sides," we'll hear from a reporter covering the campaign in Mississippi, as well as proponents and opponents for the campaign already begun in Ohio. Guests

10:00... This past Tuesday, language was placed into the Ohio Budget that added new abortion restrictions to the document. We'll talk about what these new restrictions entail this segment on All Sides. 10:40... As our nation faces many economic, social and national security threats, author and former Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell believes the road with the most promise travels back in time to the fathers of the constitution. We'll talk about this "constitutional conservatism" this segment. Guests:

Listen to two points of view about legislation about abortion introduced in the Ohio General Assembly, with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland, and State Representative Lynn R. Wachtman. LA Times Washington Bureau Reporter Kathleen Hennessey talks about about the recent focus on abortion-related issues in Congress. Related information:

Bills being considered in the Ohio General Assembly would abolish the collective bargaining rights of employees of the state, ban most abortions, and eliminate the estate tax. Analysis with Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler and Associated Press Reporter Julie Carr Smyth.