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On our site, you’ll find comprehensive information about reproductive rights in Ohio. The NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio's Online Newsroom is designed to provide easy access to important, up-to-date news and information about the reproductive health issues that matter to you.
The State of Choice in Ohio
Ohio is known for having some of the strictest and most unnecessary regulations on abortion care in the country. Since John Kasich took office as Governor of Ohio in 2011 he has enacted 17 anti-choice provisions that have severely affected access to reproductive health care throughout the State. There are only nine abortion clinics left in Ohio, and mandatory waiting periods as well as clinic closings have made travel costs alone unmanageable for some women. Evaluating the State of Choice does not stop at simply looking at abortion statistics. Birth and fertility rate, contraception access, sexual education, prenatal care, adequate OB/GYN services, domestic and sexual violence rates and response programs, paid family leave, the state of foster care and a whole host of other issues impact reproductive decisions and create a clearer picture of the safety conditions of women in Ohio. The purpose of this report is to make Ohio specific data on all issues related to choice accessible in one consolidated resource.
Pending State Legislation
Currently, nine pro-choice bills are pending in the state legislature. Six of these bills will have sponsor testimony presented to committees, likely in the lame duck session between November 8 and December 31.
Eleven anti-choice bills are pending in the state legislature. One freestanding anti-choice bill was passed in the current session of the General Assembly, in addition to the anti-abortion restrictions included in the state budget bill.
Latest Press Releases
March 22, 2017
Yet another bill introduced to ban non-existent practices
March 20, 2017
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio calls for actual health professional to fill position
March 17, 2017
Participation in anti-abortion event inappropriate before upcoming cases
February 9, 2017
Dangerous agenda will place women’s lives at risk
January 31, 2017
Latest Choice in the News
March 2, 2017
Excerpt: Nations and philanthropists pledged close to $200 million Thursday for family planning at an international conference that aimed to make up for the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion.
Dayton Daily News
March 2, 2017
Excerpt: Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women’s reproductive health care provider in the country, representatives from the organization said. “We are proud to provide sex education and birth control to thousands of people in southwest Ohio,” said Danielle Craig, director of communications for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, in an e-mail to the Springfield News-Sun. “We are also proud to provide abortion services to patients who have made the decision to end a pregnancy.”
Springfield News-Sun | Michael Cooper
March 2, 2017
Excerpt: Ohio advocates for Planned Parenthood descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday in an effort to thwart Republican plans to keep it from serving Medicaid patients. A leaked draft of a Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act show plans to block Planned Parenthood from getting reimbursed for treating Medicaid patients.
Cleveland.com | Sabrina Eaton