Yesterday, the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee voted 12 to 11 on the "Heartbeat Bill" (HB 125) that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and prevent them from obtaining abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill does not make an exception for cases of rape or incest.
Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, stated, "It's obvious this committee is a lot more interested in making headlines than in giving women better access to health care or doing something to bring jobs to the state or trying to fix the state's budget mess."
Although the bill received the necessary votes to move to the Ohio House floor, House Speaker William Batchelder (R-Medina) stated that he wanted consult with medical experts before the bill proceeds.
Media Resources: National Partnership for Women and Families 3/31/11; Dayton Daily News 3/30/11; NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio 3/14/11
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
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UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .