women's health

With Democrats now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, it might appear that the fight over abortion rights has become a standoff.

After all, abortion-rights supporters within the Democratic caucus will be in a position to block the kind of curbs that Republicans advanced over the past two years when they had control of Congress.

But those on both sides of the debate insist that won't be the case.

The new CHOICES domestic violence shelter which opened in January and can accomodate up to 120 people and currently has a waitlist of more than 40 people.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Domestic violence survivors in Franklin County only have one place to go if they need to seek refuge: a shelter called CHOICES. For the last 40 years, CHOICES has been operating out of an old house from the early 1900s.

A study comparing the effectiveness of 3D versus 2D mammography is enrolling participants in Greater Cincinnati.

With a newly configured U.S. Supreme Court, the stakes are high for abortion-rights battles at the state level. Abortion-rights advocates and opponents are preparing for a busy year — from a tug-of-war over Roe v. Wade to smaller efforts that could expand or restrict access to abortion.

Ohio Senate

Backers of the six week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill” are upset after lawmakers’ attempt to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto failed. The measure passed the Ohio House but failed by a single vote in the Ohio Senate.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Gov. John Kasich has once again vetoed the six-week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” while signing into law another bill restricting abortions after 12 weeks.

Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

The Ohio House has passed a bill that bans a surgical procedure commonly used in abortions. It’s the second abortion-related bill to pass in this lame-duck session, following the six-week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill.”

A controversial bill that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected is on its way to Gov. John Kasich. Overnight, the Ohio House passed the bill 53-32 with changes made by the Senate Tuesday.

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

The Ohio Senate passed the controversial “Heartbeat Bill” on Wednesday, setting up a potential veto fight between Republican legislative leaders and outgoing Gov. John Kasich.

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

Backers of the so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” legislation that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected, are getting some help from evangelical leaders. The supporters are sending a strong message to Gov. John Kasich and Ohio lawmakers.

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.

Opponents of Heartbeat Bill gather on the Statehouse steps, a few hours before a hearing on the bill in a Senate committee.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Opponents of the "Heartbeat Bill," which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, rallied outside the Ohio Statehouse while supporters gathered inside for a Senate committee hearing.

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A new study from Ohio State examined if mailing human papillomavirus, or HPV, tests to women increases screening rates. Screening women for HPV can help prevent cervical cancer.

Al Behrman / Associated Press

The Ohio House has already passed the “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Ohio Senate appears ready to follow suit.

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

A federal judge in Mississippi has permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country — a ban on the procedure after 15 weeks of gestation.

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