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Across the street from the Women's Med Center in Kettering is a "crisis pregnancy center" that counsels women against getting abortions.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

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.

U.S. Supreme Court
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.

Niraj Antani
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.

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

A newly introduced bill from Ohio Republicans that would outlaw abortion entirely is getting a lot of attention on social media and around water coolers. But will it get serious consideration from lawmakers, especially considering some abortion bills – including far less extreme proposals – have not passed? 

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

After a federal judge put the brakes on Ohio’s latest abortion restrictions, a group of Republican lawmakers are trying to take a step even further: banning all abortions in Ohio.

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

Last week, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against Ohio’s newest abortion law. It banned abortion at the point in which Down syndrome could be detected in fetal tests. Within hours, state officials were mounting a legal defense of the law.

Abortion advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

Ohio Department of Health statistics show the number of abortions in Ohio was at an all-time low in 2016, but that didn’t keep the legislature from passing more abortion legislation this year.

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.

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