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October 19, 2013
“News broke earlier this week that two more abortion clinics here in the state of Ohio will close,” said Mallory McMaster-Ullman of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. “We know that’s not going to stop abortions; that’s just going to make them less safe and put women in danger.”
10tv.com
October 19, 2013
Ohio’s abortion clinics are facing more restrictions after the state budget bill banned the clinics from signing transfer agreements with public hospitals. The budget bill also requires women to listen to the fetal heartbeat before an abortion. Earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sued the state over the new legislation. At the same time, the number of women seeking abortions in Ohio increased by 2.8 percent for the first time in a dozen years. More than 25,000 abortions were performed last year in Ohio and 1,101 were performed on women living in Montgomery County.
Dayton Daily News | Amanda Seitz
October 18, 2013
“This move is an abuse of power motivated by pressure from Ohio Right to Life, an anti-choice organization led by Governor Kasich’s appointee to the State Medical Board, Mike Gonidakis,” she stated. “Kasich’s agenda is clear: to put politicians in charge of women’s personal, private medical decisions by closing every abortion clinic in this state, despite their incredible safety record.”
Christian News Network | Heather Clark
October 10, 2013
The lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court says that three abortion restrictions in the budget “have nothing whatsoever to do with budgeting, appropriations, spending or taxation. Rather, they are controversial riders, added in the eleventh hour to a must-pass bill in order to ensure that they would pass easily and without opposition.”
The Columbus Dispatch | Darrel Rowland
October 9, 2013
Ohio has become a laboratory for what anti-abortion leaders call the incremental strategy — passing a web of rules designed to push the hazy boundaries of Supreme Court guidelines without flagrantly violating them. Many of the rules, critics say, are designed to discourage women from getting abortions or to hamper clinic operations, even forcing some to close.
The New York Times | Erik Eckholm
October 9, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio today challenged the constitutionality of new abortion-related restrictions passed in the new state budget. The suit contends that the changes violate a state constitutional provision prohibiting lawmakers from slipping unrelated issues into one law, in this case the $62 billion, two-year budget. The litigation was filed on behalf of Preterm, a Cleveland women’s health clinic.
The Toledo Blade | Jim Provance
October 4, 2013
If a once little known state senator like Wendy Davis, who at age 50 found friends and followers when she delivered a filibuster against a harsh anti-abortion bill the Texas legislature was ready to pass and Gov. Rick Perry was eager to sign, can be elected governor in Texas, following Perry's three elected terms in office, by harnessing the power of female voters angry and upset with lawmakers obsessed with controlling their health rights, what happens in Texas may not stay in Texas. The Texas model could become the Ohio model with enough money to spur more women voters to turnout to install candidates who support them rather than politicians who make their lives more difficult.
Examiner.com | John Michael Spinelli
October 3, 2013
The number of abortions performed in Ohio rose nearly 3 percent to 25,473 last year, the first increase in more than a decade, according to an annual Ohio Department of Health report released Tuesday. Most of the abortions, 24,080, were obtained by Ohio women, including 91 from Muskingum County, according to the Ohio Department of Health report. That represented an increase from 81 abortions in 2011; since 2000 the number of abortions obtained by local women has fluctuated from 127 in 2004 to 75 in 2008.
Zanesville Times Reporter | Jessie Balmert
October 3, 2013
“We won’t go back!” That was the message from the hundreds of Ohioans who rallied at the state capitol Wednesday, demanding that the Republican legislature and GOP Governor John Kasich stop legislating women’s bodies. The rally came just a few days after the Democrats in the state house introduced a bill that would undo the myriad of attacks on reproductive health that were passed as amendments to the state’s last budget bill, many of which were added last minute and without any hearings or debate.
Care2 | Robin Marty
October 3, 2013
Opponents of new laws restricting abortion in Ohio took their message back to the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday. They recent laws are taking away rights that women have fought hard for. But supporters of those new laws say they are here to stay. Lincoln Park, a former housing project on the far south side of Columbus. About 500 Ohioans gather on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, holding signs and chanting. The group’s speakers say new abortion laws in Ohio are hurting the state’s women. Dr. Lisa Parerria, an OB/GYN from Cleveland, holds her newborn daughter as she forcefully explains to the crowd why this new law is driving high risk maternity patients out of Ohio.
WOSU Public Media | Jo Ingles
October 3, 2013
Mostly female crowd carries signs depicting Kasich, Portman, and Boehner as pregnant
The Toledo Blade | Jim Provance
October 2, 2013
As state legislators returned from their summer recess and prepared to debate even more anti-woman bills, hundreds of demonstrators from more than 50 women’s, labor and other groups marched on the Ohio state capitol in Columbus. Angered by draconian attacks on women’s health care, they vowed to defeat the politicians supporting such legislation.
Ms. Magazine
October 2, 2013
The number of abortions performed in Ohio rose nearly 3 percent last year after more than a decade of decline. Still, the 25,473 abortions performed in 2012 marked the second-lowest rate of pregnancy terminations since the state began tracking them in 1976. The report released yesterday by the Ohio Department of Health showed a jump in the number of African-American women getting abortions and a drop among white women.
The Columbus Dispatch | Catherine Candisky
October 2, 2013
Abortion in Ohio ticked upward in 2012, driven primarily by increases in the number of abortions by women who are black, according to a report by the Ohio Department of Health. The annual report, released this week, says that 25,473 abortions were reported in the state in 2012. That’s an increase of about 3 percent from the 2011 total of 24,764.
The Plain Dealer | Robert Higgs
October 2, 2013
A rally outside the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday decried legislative changes to laws affecting women’s health and made clear where they have set their sights: Gov. John Kasich and the Republican majority in the Ohio General Assembly. The rally, which drew an estimated crowd of 350, mostly women, railed against restrictions on abortion enacted by the Legislature, including requirements for tests they say are medically unnecessary and changes in funding formulas that could strip Planned Parenthood of support for its health centers in the state.
The Plain Dealer | Robert Higgs
October 2, 2013
With her two-week-old son in hand, Cleveland gynecologist Lisa Perriera told demonstrators at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday that new laws limiting access to abortions and other women's health care are creating unnecessary hurdles for her patients. Perriera said that because of the laws she recently had to require a couple forced to end a pregnancy for medical reasons to listen to the fetal heartbeat and undergo an ultrasound to determine the pregnancy's viability before sending them out of state for a legal late-term abortion. "I'm here today to speak in opposition to the continuous assault on comprehensive reproductive health care by our state elected officials and to demand that Ohio politicians get out of my exam room," Perriera told the crowd of several hundred at the "We Won't Go Back" rally.
nbc4i.com | Associated Press
October 2, 2013
IdeaStream.org | Jo Ingles
October 1, 2013
Ohio saw a 2.8 percent increase last year in the number of abortions performed, which marks the first uptick in a dozen years, according to a state Department of Health report released Tuesday. Last year, 25,473 abortions were performed in Ohio, compared with 24,764 in 2011. The overall trend line shows abortion has been steadily declining over the past 15 years in Ohio. And abortions in Ohio peaked in 1982 when more than 45,000 were performed.
Dayton Daily News | Laura A. Bischoff
October 1, 2013
Provisions in the state budget that took effect Tuesday will cut off federal family-planning funding to Planned Parenthood and other clinics. Under the Republican-sponsored budget passed earlier this year, Planned Parenthood and some other family-planning facilities are now last in line to receive federal family-planning money funneled through the state – a move that effectively prevents them from getting any of the funding. Legislators also inserted language into the budget allowing crisis pregnancy centers, religious charities, and other organizations to receive federal welfare money. Crisis pregnancy centers advise pregnant women against having an abortion and offer services such as counseling and adoption support.
The Plain Dealer | Jeremy Pelzer
 
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