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Abortion Issue Draws Protesters from Both Sides

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JO INGLES
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Supporters of legal abortion rally in Columbus

Supporters of legal abortion rallied in state capitals throughout the nation Tuesday. One such rally took place in Columbus.

Hundreds of protesters chanted outside the Statehouse. Many carried homemade signs, urging lawmakers to stop passing abortion bans and restrictions. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) said the bans being passed lately are dangerous.

“People are going to still have abortions. They are going to because it’s a real health care need.”

John Tuttle of Columbus, a supporter of the new abortion bans, used a bullhorn to drown out the protesters.

“These children are individuals who have a right to life.” 

The ACLU has sued to stop Ohio’s most recent abortion restriction, which bans the procedure at around six weeks when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

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Credit JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Protesters rally outside the Ohio Statehouse

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.