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Ohio's Newest Abortion Restriction Heads to Kasich's Desk

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The Ohio Senate passed a controversial bill that bans the abortion method most often used after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill, which bans Dialation and Extraction abortions, passed along party lines with Majority Republicans, such as Senator Peggy Lehner, voting for it.

“It has no place for people who care about the sanctity of human life.”

Democrats disagreed and so did women who were in the chambers, dressed as handmaids from the series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” They were responsible for a short outburst after the vote was confirmed.

Chanting…..”Shame, Shame, Shame.”

Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill into law. And if that happens, abortion rights advocates say they will likely sue.

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.