women's health

An estimated 1.4 million adolescent girls and young women in the U.S. might have received an unnecessary pelvic exam between 2011 and 2017, according to a new study. And an estimated 1.6 million might have received an unnecessary Pap test.

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The future of Cincinnati's only abortion clinic is in question after the state health director said the facility doesn't have enough backup doctors lined up. For now, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio remains open.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks before signing his first executive action alongside his wife Fran, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Cedarville, Ohio. The former U.S. senator took his oath in a private midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home.
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One of the first big pieces of legislation Mike DeWine signed as Ohio governor was a six-week abortion ban known as the "Heartbeat Bill." Almost a year into his tenure, DeWine said that law is only part of an overall agenda he’s pushing.

A study designed to test the effectiveness of a controversial practice known as "abortion pill reversal" has been stopped early because of safety concerns.

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, were investigating claims that the hormone progesterone can stop a medication-based abortion after a patient has completed the first part of the two-step process.

Black women have the highest mortality rates when it comes to a lot of diseases despite in some cases being less likely to have those diseases in the first place. Research shows stress and race play a key role in affecting outcomes. The Center for Closing the Health Gap is starting a movement to reduce those numbers.

Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
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Opponents of the death penalty say they are concerned about a newly proposed abortion ban in Ohio that could charge a woman who gets an abortion and a doctor who provides it with a capital crime.

Democratic Representative Stephanie Howse.
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State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) says her recent trip to El Salvador is strengthening her resolve to fight abortion bans in Ohio.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
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A new bill that would ban abortions in Ohio has been introduced by Statehouse Republicans. A similar total ban bill was introduced last year didn’t pass. So why is this bill being introduced now?

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

A new GOP bill would outlaw all abortions in Ohio and subject medical professionals who facilitate the procedure to possible murder charges.

With Missouri potentially on the verge of becoming the only state without a clinic that performs abortions, Democrats in Congress are holding a hearing Thursday to look into the regulation of clinics by state officials.

Opponents of abortion pill reversal bill gather in front of the  Statehouse.
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Two Democratic lawmakers are fighting back on bills now under consideration that would require doctors to provide patients with information mainstream medical groups consider inaccurate and not scientifically sound.

Boxes of tampons are displayed in a pharmacy, Monday, March 7, 2016, in New York.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law a measure repealing Ohio's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

The Ohio Senate has passed and sent two controversial abortion bills to the Ohio House. One involves abortion reversal, a practice that is not backed by mainstream medical professionals. That other subjects doctors to steep penalties for failing to deal with aborted remains in a particular way. 

On a recent, cloudy fall afternoon, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin stood outside the governor's mansion in Frankfort, flanked by a couple dozen activists in blue T-shirts, holding signs that read, "I Vote Pro-Life."

"It took me a while to figure out why I keep seeing these blue T-shirts," Bevin joked as he turned to the volunteers. "I wasn't sure who you were, but I'm just grateful to you."

These activists have been door-knocking across Kentucky on Bevin's behalf, to reach 200,000 voters before the election on Nov. 5.

The Kettering clinic is the region's only abortion provider still in operation.
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The Ohio Supreme Court is again refusing to hear an appeal from the Dayton area's last abortion clinic as the facility fights to avoid closure. In response, the clinic is pursuing a new state license and intervention by a federal court.

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