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RELEASE - November 20, 2014
Columbus, Ohio—Today the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee heard testimony for HB 248, the so-called “heartbeat” bill. This bill would prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy—long before most women even know they are pregnant.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio President & CEO Stephanie Kight made the following statement:
Politicians do not know or understand a woman’s specific situation. They shouldn’t be allowed to make personal decisions on her behalf. Women, their families and physicians should be trusted and respected to make the health care decision that is best for their family.
All prior attempts to advance this so-called “heartbeat” bill have failed, as they should. HB 248 is bad law and bad medicine. It’s irresponsible for the legislature to entertain this legislation once again. This bill is unconstitutional and unnecessary. We need our legislators to work toward expanding access to health care instead of restricting it.
Planned Parenthood will continue to fight to ensure that women retain the right to make personal decisions about their health in consultation with their physicians—not politicians.
In April, when entering a permanent injunction blocking enforcement of a similar law in North Dakota, U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland wrote that the law "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge" because "a woman's constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before viability has been recognized by the United States Supreme Court for more than 40 years."
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September 26, 2014
Statement from President & CEO Stephanie Kight regarding
the Ohio Department of Health report Induced Abortions in Ohio, 2013
There are two major factors that impact abortion rates: comprehensive sex education and access to affordable contraception, both of which help prevent unintended pregnancy. With Medicaid Expansion and the Affordable Care Act, this was the best year yet for access to preventive health care. The abortion rate declined in all but one of the counties in which a Planned Parenthood health center operates. When people have access to preventive care and medically accurate health information, our communities see positive health outcomes.
We’re glad that women are getting the health care they need to prevent unintended pregnancy, thus reducing the need for abortion. Access to safe and legal abortion care remains an important option for women who seek to end a pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to provide quality care for the women in Ohio.
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RELEASE - June 30, 2014
SCOTUS TO WOMEN: YOUR HEALTH CARE, YOUR PROBLEM
Justices rule Hobby Lobby can withhold insurance coverage of contraceptives
RELEASE - June 12, 2014
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RELEASE - January 30, 2014
OHIO AG FIGHTS TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE
Planned Parenthood speaks out for women
RELEASE - January 24, 2014
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RELEASE - January 16, 2014