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A decision by the Ohio Department of Health to order a Dayton-area abortion clinic to shut down is drawing criticism and praise. Abortion opponents say it’s a step in the right direction, but supporters of legal abortion say it is politically motivated over-reach by a state agency.

NARAL Pro Choice Ohio’s Gabriel Mann condemns the decision by the Ohio Department of Health to revoke an operating license for a Dayton area abortion clinic. 

“Well, this definitely appears to be a witch hunt,” he said.

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A newly proposed ballot initiative filed with Ohio's attorney general woudl make make abortion a felony  in Ohio. 

Petition signatures have been filed with the AG’s office to put the issue on Ohio's ballot. It would ban all abortions, without exception, and classify them as aggravated murder. Doctors who perform abortions and women who have them would be prosecuted and could face 15 years to life in prison.

It would cover "from fertilization, whether fertilization occurs inside or outside of a human, until live birth."

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Attorney General Mike DeWine’s four month investigation into the activities of Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio clears the organization of wrongdoing in one way but opens up questions about another practice. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

After the high profile videos that came out this summer that accused Planned Parenthood of selling fetal body parts, Attorney General Mike DeWine started an investigation into the organization’s three clinics statewide where abortions are performed.