Five of Ohio’s fourteen abortion clinics have closed this year or are on the brink of closure.
Three of the abortion clinics were ordered closed by Kasich’s health director, and two closures were ordered while Republican Gov. Bob Taft held office. The state did not shut down any abortion clinics under Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland.
Ohio’s clinics are facing more restrictions after the state budget bill banned the clinics from signing transfer agreements with public hospitals. The budget bill also requires women to listen to the fetal heartbeat before an abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has sued the state over the new legislation.
Meanwhile, the number of women seeking abortions in Ohio increased by 2.8% for the first time in a dozen years.
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