Abortion

Planned Parenthood advocates holding signs
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Abortion rights advocates in Ohio are worried about the effect of what they call a “gag rule” that would ban family planning clinics that get federal funds from referring women for abortions or from sharing space with abortion providers.

The rule concerns facilities that receive Title X funds, which pay for wellness exams, cancer screenings, HIV tests and birth control.  Right to life groups are celebrating, saying abortion is not family planning.

A photo of the Senate chamber on the first day of session, January 2017.
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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, May 17:

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A new bill would require health classes in Ohio cover fetal development and offer students information on where they can find prenatal care. But it doesn’t include other related information.

Republican Rep. Niraj Antani’s “Unborn Child Development Education Act” would require high school students to be taught about development of fetuses, "including what happens when the unborn child is in the womb and what happens during an abortion," Antani says. 

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The only abortion clinic in the Toledo area has stopped performing surgical abortions, at least for now. 

The Ohio Supreme Court is not going to reconsider its decision allowing the state to revoke the license of the Capital Care Network of Toledo. Its attorney, Jennifer Branch, says surgical abortion appointments this week have been canceled, but the clinic will remain open for medication-induced abortions.

A photo of Emily Chestnut and her daughter Nora.
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A lawsuit has been filed over a new state law that bans abortion at the point a Down Syndrome diagnosis is made. This legal challenge might mean the law could be put on hold.

Emily Chestnut of Cincinnati has a 6-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. Sitting before reporters with Nora in her lap, Chestnut argues why she thinks the abortion ban shouldn’t be allowed to take effect.

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