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Could Ohio's anti-abortion bills chase doctors from Ohio?
Debate continues over how far state lawmakers will go

Jo Ingles
In The Region:

Some Ohio doctors and medical-clinic managers says anti-abortion bills Ohio lawmakers are considering could cause a shortage of doctors and medical facilities to serve women. And the doctors warn more Ohio women will die due to complications from pregnancies. Mike Gonidakis from Ohio Right to Life doesn’t believe that.

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“There’s no basis in fact there because I don’t know of one doctor who’s going to leave the state of Ohio because we are trying to make sure abortion clinics are safe, clean and legally operated.”

Gonidakis also denies the bills will cause more deaths, and says most Ohio lawmakers are anti-abortion and doing the will of voters. But Dr. Jason Melillo says the politics of these bills shouldn’t matter.

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“When I wear this coat, I am neither pro-life or pro- choice. I am not red nor blue. I am not Democrat or Republican. I am an advocate for my patients in all regards. And if a woman can’t trust that her doctor is doing what is in her best interest because he or she is mandated by the State of Ohio to either say or do things that might not be the best for her, then the entire doctor patient relationship is compromised.”

Ohio lawmakers is considering four bills that would make it harder for abortion clinics to operate and tougher for Planned Parenthood to get federal family planning dollars.


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