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Abortion supporters gather outside the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to rally against the anti-abortion laws in the state.
Sam Aberle / Ohio Public Radio

One of the Ohio Statehouse’s most notable moments this year was the passage of the controversial “Heartbeat Bill.” The controversial abortion restriction been proposed for years but never signed into law – until 2019.

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An Ohio lawmaker who proposed legislation extending insurance coverage to a procedure considered medically impossible as a way of fighting abortion worked closely on the bill with a conservative lobbyist, according to newly released emails.

The Kettering clinic is the region's only abortion provider still in operation.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The Ohio Department of Health has granted a license to Women’s Med Center of Dayton, saving it from closure after years of legal battles. That health clinic is the last abortion provider in the Dayton area.

Opponents of abortion pill reversal bill gather in front of the  Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

A bill in the Ohio Senate would require doctors to give women who receive medication abortions information on a controversial reversal procedure. Opponents of the legislation got their chance to speak out to an Ohio Senate committee Tuesday.

Capital Care Network of Toledo will only perform medication abortions.
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Toledo's last abortion clinic is administering only medication abortions as it undergoes a management change.

The Kettering clinic is the region's only abortion provider still in operation.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

Attorneys for the Dayton area’s only abortion clinic are continuing to fight to keep the facility open, despite the Ohio Supreme Court’s refusal to hear their latest appeal last month.

Efforts to convince Dayton health systems to sign a state-mandated patient transfer agreement with the Miami Valley’s last abortion clinic remain unsuccessful, despite increased pressure from some politicians, and an ongoing petition campaign.

Clinic officials say without such an agreement, the facility may close.

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

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.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

A new Ohio bill would ban most private insurance coverage for abortions. Opponents say it would also ban effective methods of birth control.

This photo taken June 5, 2012, outside the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, shows a large balloon in support of the "Heartbeat Bill."
Ann Sanner / Associated Press

Ohio has moved again to impose some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in the nation, after Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a ban Friday on dilation and evacuation terminations and set up a showdown with lawmakers over his veto of the so-called "Heartbeat Bill."

In June 2017, protestors dressed in costumes from the dystopian TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" sit in a committee hearing to oppose a bill banning a common procedure used in second-trimester abortions.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Abortion is a big deal for Ohio lawmakers as they proceed through the lame-duck session of this legislature. There are two abortion bills that could end up on Gov. John Kasich’s desk soon.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The so-called "Heartbeat Bill," which Gov. John Kasich promises to veto, was expected to come up for a vote Thursday in an Ohio House committee. But there were too many questions about the controversial bill, which would ban abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected, for it to proceed to a vote.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

At least 18 abortion restrictions have been put into place in Ohio since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. There are fewer abortion clinics now versus then. Yet the new abortion report compiled by the state shows the number of abortions actually increased last year. 

Abortion rights supporters protest at the Statehouse.
JO INGLES / Ohio Public Radio

Abortion rights advocates in Ohio are worried about the effect of what they call a “gag rule” that would ban family planning clinics from receiving federal funds if they refer women for abortions or share space with abortion providers.

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Niraj Antani / Ohio House

A new bill has been introduced in the Ohio House that would require health classes cover fetal development and offer students information on where they can find prenatal care. But it doesn’t include other related information.

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