Abortion

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

Anti-abortion activists packed a hearing to determine the fate of an Ohio abortion clinic's license on Tuesday as the facility's operators argued they are meeting emergency requirements laid out in a 2013 law that has contributed to clinic closures around the state.
 
Women's Medical Center of Dayton has been grappling with Ohio's evolving licensing requirements for abortion providers for more than a decade. Attorney Jennifer Branch said the clinic planned to argue it has a plan for transferring patients when emergencies occur that is safe and complies with Ohio law.
 

An Ohio House committee is set to consider possible changes to legislation regulating how abortion providers handle fetal remains.

One bill would require aborted fetuses to be buried, cremated or incinerated. The state's health director would help write the details.

A separate measure would require fetal remains to be buried or cremated, not incinerated. It leaves the decision up to the pregnant woman.

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
Statehouse News

An Ohio bill that seeks to divert government money away from Planned Parenthood is headed to Republican Gov. John Kasich for his expected signature.

The GOP-led state House cleared the legislation Wednesday.

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, says the federal money for preventative health care programs for low-income populations was awarded to Planned Parenthood after a competitive grant request process.

Joshua Lim – Scripps intern

Abortion is once again a front burner issue at the Ohio Statehouse right now, and lawmakers are taking action to defund Planned Parenthood and increase requirements for abortion providers. The Ohio Senate voted for a plan that would strip more than $1.2 million from the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics. Republican Senator Peggy Lehner says the reason for doing this is because of the organization’s choice.

“Planned Parenthood has chosen, you like the word choice, they have chosen to be the leading abortion provider in this state.”

Ohio Lawmakers who sponsored the fetal remains bill (Left to right: Representative Kyle Koehler, Robert McColley, Barbara Sears and Timothy Ginter)
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

  State lawmakers are introducing new legislation that would require women who have abortions or miscarriages to designate arrangements for burial or cremation of fetuses.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Planned Parenthood is suing Ohio's health director in a dispute over how the organization handles fetal tissue.

The federal lawsuit filed Sunday follows Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's investigation into the group's affiliates.

DeWine's office found no evidence that Planned Parenthood made money from aborted fetuses, but the report instead criticized the facilities for disposing of fetal remains in landfills.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

State lawmakers went home for the holidays after approving bills creating regulations for ride sharing services, banning questions about criminal convictions on public sector job applications, and restoring a sales tax exemption for rare coins and bullion. But not included in the list is the controversial bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

Ohio's top law enforcer says state investigators are getting close to finishing their review into whether Planned Parenthood violated its nonprofit status and made money from aborted fetuses.

Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine told reporters Tuesday that he hoped to have results within the next week or so.

Abortion rights groups say DeWine is using the probe to discredit Planned Parenthood.

A bill that seeks to divert more than $1 million in government funding away from Planned Parenthood has cleared the Ohio House.

Backers say the proposal targets grants Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio's health department. The public dollars - mostly federal money - support initiatives including HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and prevention of violence against women.

An Ohio bill that aims to divert more than $1 million in government money away from Planned Parenthood has passed the state Senate after Democrats and other opponents claimed it threatens access to health care services.
 
The proposal targets grants that the organization receives through the Ohio Department of Health. The taxpayer dollars support initiatives for HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings, prevention of violence against women and others.
 

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