Ohio Bill Would Increase Penalties for Blocking Entrances to Abortion Clinics

Members of URGE talk with reporters in Columbus.
Members of URGE talk with reporters in Columbus. (Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau)
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A group called Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity is supporting an Ohio bill regulating protests at abortion clinics, and imposing stiffer rules against intimidation. From our Statehouse Bureau, Jo Ingles has more.

The group is called URGE. Spokeswoman Allie Fahey says the group wants passage of the bill that would increase penalties for blocking entrances and exits from abortion clinics and targeting doctors who perform the procedures.
 
“No one should have to hear the hate filled speech, simply for going to see their doctor,” Fahey said.
 
Katie Franklin of Ohio Right to Life says she doesn’t condone violence at clinics but says abortion opponents have rights too.
 
“I think they are also aware of their first amendment rights to protest and to speak up,” Franklin said.
 
The bill in question had a hearing recently but is not likely to come up for a vote anytime soon.

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