A heartbeat ban that would have made Ohio’s abortion restrictions the most far-reaching in the country failed Wednesday in the state house by a vote of 46 to 39. The bill needed 50 votes to pass.
For those of us who want justice for Eric Garner and Mike Brown specifically, the truth of the matter is that the Department of Justice doesn’t have a lot of options.
HB 248, which represents at least the second time Ohio has tried to pass a heartbeat ban, was pushed hastily to a vote in the House Health and Aging Committee.
The city’s last abortion clinic will remain open for now after state health inspectors granted an exemption to an anti-choice state law that requires all abortion clinics to have a transfer agreement with local hospitals, but also bans public hospitals from entering into those agreements with providers.
Recent efforts by reproductive justice organizations in Cleveland, including New Voices Cleveland, show that women will not stand idly by and watch their rights be taken away or have others—be it mainstream media outlets, anti-choice organizations, or anti-woman politicians—dictate their health and safety needs through racist billboard campaigns.
Cincinnati is a metropolitan area of more than two million residents, and if state Republicans get their way, it will become the nation’s largest urban area without a single abortion clinic.
The decision is the first from a federal appeals court to rule in support of state same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.
The only remaining abortion clinic in the greater Cincinnati area, which serves an estimated 2.1 million people, was hit with a citation this month from the Ohio Department of Health for failing to have a written transfer agreement with a local private hospital.
Marriage equality gains across the country have created significant divisions within the Republican Party, with right-wing activists threatening to leave the party and actively campaign against some lawmakers over their support for same-sex marriage.
While Congressional Republicans continue to call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a growing number of Republican state governors have begun to qualify that position. Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday added himself to that list, telling the Associated Press that repealing Medicaid expansion under the ACA is “not gonna happen.”