NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

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At least 18 abortion restrictions have been put into place in Ohio since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. There are fewer abortion clinics now versus then. Yet the new abortion report compiled by the state shows the number of abortions actually increased last year. 

The Ohio Health Department’s 2017 Abortion report says the number of Ohio women getting abortions increased by one percent over the previous year. 

“It’s a tragedy to see the abortion numbers go up in Ohio," said Ohio Right to Life’s Jamison Weaver.

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A new clinic on Columbus’s north side is providing women’s health services, including medication that causes abortions. Some, including anti-abortion advocates, are calling it an abortion clinic. The organization that lobbies on behalf of abortion providers says it isn’t.

Planned Parenthood advocates holding signs
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Abortion rights advocates in Ohio are worried about the effect of what they call a “gag rule” that would ban family planning clinics that get federal funds from referring women for abortions or from sharing space with abortion providers.

The rule concerns facilities that receive Title X funds, which pay for wellness exams, cancer screenings, HIV tests and birth control.  Right to life groups are celebrating, saying abortion is not family planning.

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A new bill would require health classes in Ohio cover fetal development and offer students information on where they can find prenatal care. But it doesn’t include other related information.

Republican Rep. Niraj Antani’s “Unborn Child Development Education Act” would require high school students to be taught about development of fetuses, "including what happens when the unborn child is in the womb and what happens during an abortion," Antani says. 

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The Ohio Supreme Court has made two big decisions on abortion involving two separate but related cases, by ruling on a case involving one of Ohio’s eight clinics and not ruling in another. 

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