Anti-Abortion Groups

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
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Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio (PPSWO) and the Women's Med Group have filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of abortion restrictions in the two most recent state budgets.

House Republicans in Ohio are pursuing a proposal that targets abortion providers like Planned Parenthood while directing public health care dollars to other programs that help uninsured and underinsured women.

To avoid constitutional issues, lawmakers placed Planned Parenthood at the back of the line for money rather than defunding it entirely.

COLUMBUS, Ohio(AP) - The anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life is throwing its support behind a ballot issue that seeks to keep the government from requiring people to buy health insurance.

The organization said Tuesday it was endorsing what's called the Health Care Freedom Amendment. The proposed amendment to the state's constitution would prohibit any law from forcing Ohioans to participate in a health care system.

Voters will decide the issue on Nov. 8.

CINCINNATI, Ohio - A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit by an anti-abortion group that claimed Ohio law restricts political speech.

The judge also Monday refused to dismiss former U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus' defamation lawsuit against the group over advertising criticizing his vote on the health care overhaul.

The lawsuits stem from disputes over billboards the Susan B. Anthony List planned during Driehaus' unsuccessful 2010 re-election campaign. The Democrat sought an Ohio Election Commission order blocking the billboards over possibly false claims.