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Democrats Try to Block Ohio's New Abortion Rules From Taking Effect

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Several abortion related items in the state budget become law next week.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

They include the stripping of state funding from Planned Parenthood, a requirement that women seeking abortions have ultrasounds, and an order banning rape crisis counselors from discussing abortion.

House Democrats say they’re going to try to stop those measures from taking effect. Rep. Kathleen Clyde says those items shouldn’t become law, because they were added into the budget with no hearings.

"We will not be silenced," she says. "And these provisions are very harmful to Ohio women and we will introduce legislation to repeal them."

Clyde and other Democrats held what they called an informal hearing last week to hear from pro-choice activists who said they’d never had a chance to testify before Republican leaders.

It’s very unlikely the attempts to repeal the abortion-related items in the budget will find any traction, though Clyde says Democrats will try to find Republican co-sponsors.

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