women's health

Clinics that take federal Title X family planning funding are adjusting to a new set of rules that limit what health care providers can say to their patients about abortion.

The Kettering clinic is the region's only abortion provider still in operation.
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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.

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Portions of a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy were blocked by a federal judge just a day before the legislation was to go into effect.

U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued the order halting the law, whose provisions also call for physicians who perform an abortion after eight weeks to face possible prison time and have their license suspended or revoked.

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The ACLU of Ohio is asking a federal court to permanently block Ohio's "heartbeat" abortion law, which bans abortions early as six weeks into pregnancy.

A three-judge panel must now decide if it will uphold a decision keeping Kentucky's only abortion clinic open. EMW Women's Surgical Center and the the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin presented oral arguments in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Thursday.

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
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Columbus City Council voted Monday to provide free menstrual products at all the city's recreation centers.

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An Arkansas federal judge has temporarily blocked three new abortion restrictions, including a requirement that physicians providing the procedure be board-certified — a move that would likely have caused the closure of the state's only surgical abortion clinic.

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Planned Parenthood's President Leana Wen was removed from the position on Tuesday after less than a year on the job.

Wen, who said she and the board had been in negotiations about her management style, wrote on Twitter that she was ousted during a "secret meeting."

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.

The Butler County Democratic Party wants an investigation into state Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown), saying she potentially violated ethics rules by sponsoring a bill that would directly benefit an anti-abortion health center she runs in Southwest Ohio. 

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.

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.

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.

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