Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.
The resignation of Ted Wymsylo, and his legally contested order to close an Ohio clinic, come as Gov. John Kasich faces a Democratic opponent who plans to make abortion an issue in the November elections.
Friday’s ruling means that, for now, women in the Cincinnati area will not be forced to potentially travel out of state for abortion care.
The Women’s Med Center in Sharonville, Ohio, was ordered to close
by the state health department Friday, a decision that advocates are calling politically motivated and that lawyers for the health center plan to appeal.
HB 351 would prohibit insurance policies from covering abortions except in the case of ectopic pregnancies, and could effectively ban coverage of birth control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and emergency contraception.
Already, some women in Ohio are crossing the border to Michigan to obtain abortions because of clinic closures in their own state.
Think House Republicans are deficit hawks? Not when it comes to rolling back reproductive rights.