Ohio's State Budgets Have Big Impacts On Abortion Industry
Ohio's state budgets have a big impact on abortions.
Kellie Copeland, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, says five clinics closed as a direct result of the last budget in 2013. There are now 8 currently in operation. But with this latest biennial budget, more closures are expected.
"The provisions that were added ... they are designed to close the clinics in Toledo, Dayton and Cincinnati and effectively outlaw abortion in half the state," Copeland says.
Under the latest budget, all abortion clinics must have an agreement with a hospital no more than 30 miles away where it can send women in case of an emergency. And, those agreements must be approved by the Ohio Department of Health within 60 days.
"It was a good day to ensure that abortion clinics which are constitutionally allowed to operate in Ohio are meeting the standards to protect women's health, which is what they claim that they are for," says Mike Gonadakis is president of Ohio Right to Life.
Gonidakis says the budget also allocated money to support a pro-life initiative for pregnancy counseling centers as alternatives to abortion clinics.
Story by Sarah Jane Tribble