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Ohio Right to Life: Yesterday, the House Committee on Community and Family Advancement heard opposition testimony on our Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which protects pre-born babies from the discriminatory violence of abortion.
Ohio Right to Life: Today, Ohio Right to Life obtained documentation of enforcement actions against three abortion facilities by the Ohio Department of Health. Among them is a $25,000 fine issued to Planned Parenthood of Bedford Heights due to severe violations of health and safety standards. Such violations include the facility’s failure to adhere to infection control policies, including exposed urine samples.
The Columbus Dispatch: Wait times could be slashed to 60 days from a year and Ohioans would get thousands more in tax credits under a new proposal to make it easier to adopt in the Buckeye State. The plan, designed to lower costs that can range from $20,000 to $40,000 in Ohio, is expected to be introduced soon in the state Senate.
LifeNews: Today, Ohio Right to Life urged Attorney General Mike DeWine to expedite the litigation against Planned Parenthood and its practice of off-label prescribing the abortion pill RU-486 (mifepristone) in Ohio. This request comes in light of 42 reports of failed uses of the drug in the state.
David Crary at Bay News 9 (AP): “Anti-abortion groups divided over legal tactics”
AP: The leader of the Ohio Senate put a stop Tuesday to a bill that would have imposed the most stringent restriction on abortions in the nation.
The Columbus Dispatch: A report released by the Ohio Department of Health yesterday doesn’t say why fewer abortions were performed last year but noted a sharp drop in use of the abortion pill, which had been an increasingly common method of terminating early pregnancies.
Columbus Dispatch: House Republicans added a provision to the mid-biennium review today that would significantly cut or eliminate federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
One News Now: Ohio Right to Life, Texas Right to Life, and the Susan B. Anthony List are backing HB 298, a bill that would take tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood and similar facilities and give them to other organizations.
Mary Wisniewski and Jo Ingle at Reuters: Reality check: States tough on abortion face legal costs
NYTimes.com: A widening and emotional rift over legal tactics has split the anti-abortion movement, with its longtime leaders facing a Tea Party-like insurrection from many grass-roots activists who are impatient with the pace of change.
News from The Associated Press: A nationwide coalition of anti-abortion groups is preparing to push legislation in all 50 states requiring that pregnant women see and hear the fetal heartbeat before having an abortion.
Columbus Dispatch: “Ohio Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion advocacy group, fears House Bill 125 — to outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, generally six or seven weeks into a woman’s pregnancy — could backfire.”