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This week, Kellie, Jaime, and Gabe discuss a potential 20-week abortion ban being voted on during the end of the 2016 legislative calendar. Email your Ohio state legislators to halt this abortion ban.

In September, Ohio Right to Life indicated to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they intended to try to pass Senate Bill 127, which bans abortion at 20 weeks. There were 20,976 abortions performed in Ohio in 2015, but only 2% of all abortions reported were at 20 weeks are later. Anecdotal evidence shows that most of these procedures are performed after women receive diagnoses of medical complications, either threatening their own health or their pregnancy. Bans on abortions after 20-weeks punish women who wanted to have healthy pregnancies. Because 20-week bans block abortion before a point of viability, they are unconstitutional according to guidelines established in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Read one woman’s story of an abortion at 22 weeks in the USA Today.

Our Patients to Advocates fellows were at the Statehouse this week to warn legislators of the dangers of increased restrictions on abortion providers.

Also, the Ohio Department of Health is working to try to close Ohio abortion clinics. Here’s some of the news coverage of their actions:

Friday, November 11, 2016 — Ohio Department of Health denies variance request for Founder’s Women’s Health Clinic.
Columbus abortion clinic scrambling to stay open

Monday, November 15, 2016 — Ohio Right to Life announces ODH denied variance request for Women’s Med Center of Dayton.
Dayton abortion clinic in limbo after denied variance

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 — ORTL holds press conference announcing end to State Medical Board investigation of Women’s Med Center.
Kettering abortion clinic complaint closed without action

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 — Former ODH staffer Roy Croy writes letter in Columbus Dispatch critical of state handling of Founder’s Women’s Health Clinic.
State’s proposal is arbitrary

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — ODH revokes license for Women’s Med Center of Dayton.
Ohio pulls license of 1 of state’s last few abortion clinics


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Here’s an easy way to help support critical projects like Patients to Advocates on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and throughout the year. Select NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation as your designated charity on Amazon.com, and a small percentage of every purchase you make will be donated to us. Just use this link to register, and happy shopping!

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Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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