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Ohio TRAP Law Forces Cincinnati Clinic to Shut Down

Ohio TRAP Law Forces Cincinnati Clinic to Shut Down

The Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area will lose one of its abortion providers today when the Lebanon Road Surgery Center closes its doors. The clinic closure is another loss for Ohio women whose access to comprehensive reproductive care has been limited by a 2013 TRAP law. The Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville, Ohio once provided 2,000 abortions a...
Ohio Passes Laws Ending or Restricting Early and Absentee Voting

Ohio Passes Laws Ending or Restricting Early and Absentee Voting

With Ohio remaining a key presidential swing state, the voting restrictions could have national impacts if they remain in place.
Hundreds March at Ohio Statehouse to Protest Anti-Woman Legislation

Hundreds March at Ohio Statehouse to Protest Anti-Woman Legislation

Hundreds of people marched on the Ohio state capital Wednesday and vowed to defeat anti-woman legislation and the politicians who support them.
Ohio "Heartbeat" Bill Reintroduced

Ohio “Heartbeat” Bill Reintroduced

Conservative lawmakers in Ohio reintroduced a bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
Personhood Ohio Raising Funds with Assault Rifle Auction

Personhood Ohio Raising Funds with Assault Rifle Auction

Patrick Johnston, founder of the anti-choice group Personhood Ohio, sent an email this past weekend to members asking them to purchase assault rifles and ammunition as part of a new fundraising effort for the organization.
Ohio Senate Not to Consider "Heartbeat" Bill or Defunding Planned Parenthood

Ohio Senate Not to Consider “Heartbeat” Bill or Defunding Planned Parenthood

Ohio Senate President, Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond), announced Tuesday that he will not bring the two separate measures designed to attack abortion and family planning rights to the floor before the end of this legislative term. The “Heartbeat Bill,” House Bill 125, passed the House in 2011 and was awaiting the Senate. This bill would...
Ohio House Committee Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio House Committee Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives’ Health and Aging Committee approved a bill that would prevent Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio from receiving federal funding. House Bill 298 seeks to redirect $1.7 million of federal funding away from Planned Parenthood to other clinics in Ohio. The predominately conservative committee approved the measure despite testimony...
Ohio Judge: ‘I Don’t Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness’

Ohio Judge: ‘I Don’t Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness’

After making headlines for months because of court cases regarding early voting in Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted is once again battling with a judge over voting. This time, the case concerns Husted’s 11th hour directive that could cause legitimate provisional ballots to be thrown out in the state of Ohio. Provisional ballots were...

Ohio Early Voting Reinstated by Appeals Court

Ohio’s early voting option for all Ohio residents was reinstated by a federal appeals court Friday. The court upheld a lower court’s ruling striking down the law limiting early voting to military personnel. The law in question had allowed military personnel to participate in a three day early voting period, while barring civilians from the...

Early Voting Victory in Ohio to be Challenged

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will appeal a federal court decision granting early-voting in the state. Last week, a federal judge ruled that Ohio must reinstate early voting during the three-days before the election, a schedule that had previously been eliminated by Secretary of State, Jon Husted. The court ruled that the elimination of early...

Early Voting Restrictions in Ohio’s Democratic Counties

In a state known for its chaotic elections, early voting stations in Ohio’s Democratic-leaning counties will soon be restricted, while it’s Republican-leaning counties will see their early voting hours expanded. Starting October 1st, voters in Ohio’s urban centers will have early voting stations open from 8am to 5pm. Republican election commissioners blocked Democratic efforts to...

Ohio Personhood Amendment Lacks Signatures

A proposed Personhood amendment in Ohio likely will not be on the state ballot this November because the group circulating the petition has received only a small percentage of the necessary signatures. Personhood Ohio needs to collect 385,000 signatures in order for the Personhood amendment to be added to the ballot. With the deadline two...

Ohio Bill Could Cut Planned Parenthood Funds

The Republican members of the Ohio House introduced a bill Wednesday night that would defund Planned Parenthood in the state. House Bill 298 would allocate federal funding to health centers within the state. Under an introduced amendment, funding would be cut off from organizations that provide abortion services. Ohio lawmakers and women gathered on the...

Ohio Voters Reject Issue 2

Victory for State’s Public Unions Tuesday night, Ohioans voted to repeal a Republican-backed law that restricted the state’s 350,000 public workers’ collective bargaining power. Issue 2 (Senate Bill 5) on the Ohio ballot was defeated in a landslide by a 62 to 38 percent margin. This was a huge victory for Democrats and labor organizers...

Record-Breaking Signature Drive Blocks Ohio’s Anti-Union Law

Opponents of a controversial anti-union law in Ohio have collected more than five times the necessary signatures to put repeal question in front of voters on the November ballot. Union members and supporters paraded triumphantly through Columbus to the Secretary of State’s office behind a truck carrying some 1,500 boxes of petitions. The number set...

Chicago Man Arrested After Threatening to Attack Abortion Clinic on Social Media

19-year-old Farhan Sheikh was arrested in Chicago on Monday after making threats on social media to attack patients and doctors at an abortion clinic this coming Friday. Sheikh posted the threats on iFunny, a meme sharing app that is becoming a hot spot for right-wing extremists and white supremacists. He was taken into custody by...

Philadelphia Mayor Makes Public Plea for Gun Control in Aftermath of Police Shooting

Mayor Jim Kenney (D) held a press conference last night in which he called on legislators to strengthen gun control laws after an eight hour standoff between police and an active shooter in North Philadelphia. The mayor expressed frustration and outrage at the excessive amount of weapons and ammunition the gunman seemed to possess. “Our...

Suit has been Filed against Georgia’s Six-Week Abortion ban

Last Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit against Georgia’s restrictive six-week abortion ban in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The legal challenge states that the Georgia law is “an attack on low-income Georgians, Georgians of color, and rural Georgians, who...

States are Passing Extreme Anti-Abortion Laws to Challenge Roe v. Wade

Yesterday, Alabama’s female Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the most restrictive and cruel anti-abortion legislation in the United States, legislation that female Representative Terry Collins introduced in the state house to challenge Roe v. Wade. This past week both Georgia and Alabama have passed extreme anti-abortion legislation, revealing the conservative agenda to overturn Roe...

Anti-Abortion Extremist Testifies in Support of Louisiana’s 6 Week Abortion Ban

Today, the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee unanimously voted to advance a bill banning all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is frequently around 6 weeks, before many people know they are pregnant. It now goes to the full state House floor for a vote.