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Ohio Abortion Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Aug 2015 12:41 AM

Ohio’s strict abortion laws have stirred controversy between pro-choice and pro-life activists throughout the state and nation. Critics of Ohio’s regulations claim the restrictions have interfered with access to abortions, which pro-life advocates often praise.

Seven of 16 abortion providers in Ohio closed or cut services between 2011 and 2015, according to The Associated Press. The report stated tightened restrictions by state legislators including banning abortions after a fetus becomes viable outside of the womb, requirements for women to undergo ultrasound and listen for a fetal heartbeat, and difficulty for abortion clinics to obtain hospital transfer agreements for procedures.

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Viability of a fetus outside of the womb has been debated, but many people consider 24 weeks as the standard time. Some medical facilities set lower limits as a precaution. A 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a small minority of infants born at 22 weeks could survive outside of the womb with medical treatment.

Pro-life groups and some legislators in Ohio are considering a “heartbeat bill,” which has been attempted in Arkansas and North Dakota, but failed to materialize after being struck down in the courts. The legislation would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The push for such a law reveals persistence and hope among pro-life advocates across the country. After the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down North Dakota’s heartbeat law as unconstitutional, Bette Grande, the former state representative who sponsored the bill, told the Christian Post the judges appeared “almost apologetic” in their ruling, which was “very positive for defending life.”

Other regulations in Ohio’s abortion laws include state-directed counseling for women who want an abortion and requiring them to wait 24 hours before the procedure. Abortions are only covered in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest under public funding, insurance policies for public employees and health plans within the Affordable Care Act.

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Ohio's strict abortion laws have stirred controversy between pro-choice and pro-life activists throughout the state and nation. Critics of Ohio's regulations claim the restrictions have interfered with access to abortions, which pro-life advocates often praise.
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