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"Ohio After Roe" documentary looks at the state's abortion landscape

Ryan Loew
Ideastream Public Media
A medical assistant cleans an operating table at an abortion clinic.

Last June, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years. That decision had a cascading effect in states across the country as policy making was returned to legislatures.

Access to abortion was severely curtailed in many states including, for a three-month period, in Ohio. The "Heartbeat Bill," which banned abortion once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks into pregnancy, was quickly enacted when Roe fell, but suspended three months later by an Ohio judge after a group including abortion clinics challenged its constitutionality.

That bill got before the Ohio Supreme Court this year and many expect it to be upheld. There also is a possible effort by the conservative legislature to pass an outright abortion ban. Meanwhile abortion rights advocates say they will push to enshrine the right to abortion in the Ohio constitution.

Ohio's abortion landscape is shifting, and regardless of where one stands on the abortion issue, confusion, anxiety, and a mix of emotions persist.

Ideastream Public Media's Morning Edition host Amy Eddings explores that landscape in an hour-long radio documentary debuting tomorrow at 8 p.m. on WKSU. It's called "Ohio After Roe." In addition to tomorrow night at 8 here on 89.7 WKSU, the doc airs at 4 pm Sunday, the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe decision.

This hour, we'll talk with Amy Eddings about her work and what we might expect from the documentary.

Later in the program, a conversation with Otis Moss III. He’s the son of former pastor at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. and he has a new book out.

- Amy Eddings, Host of “Morning Edition” and “Ohio After Roe”, Ideastream Public Media
- Otis Moss III, author, “Dancing With Darkness”
- Kabir Bhatia, Senior Arts Producer, Ideastream Public Media

Drew Maziasz is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and also serves as the show’s technical producer.
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