A federal judge has ruled the last two abortion clinics in southwest Ohio may remain open while fighting to keep their state operating licenses.

Associated Press

Democrats and abortion rights groups say they will fight the Republican controlled Ohio legislature over pending bills that would further restrict abortions.

Two embattled abortion clinics in southwest Ohio may be forced to close after state health officials said they had failed to meet the criteria to receive the required variances. 

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of abortions last year continued a trend of decline in recent years.

Two last-minute amendments to the Ohio Senate's version of the two-year state budget bill could force abortion clinics in Toledo and Dayton to close.

Ohio Public Radio

Abortion rights supporters are asking state legislators to step back in their efforts to limit access.

During the past four years, Ohio legislators have passed several laws restricting abortion.

NY Daily News

Groups calling themselves pro-choice say recently passed state laws make it harder for women with difficult pregnancies to end them before they put the women’s lives in danger. 

Some new bills at the Statehouse would make abortion illegal at earlier stages of pregnancy than existing law, which bans abortion after around 24 weeks.

Ohio Democratic congressman Tim Ryan has switched his position and now supports abortion rights. 

Proposed new regulations on abortion could be among the first measures that lawmakers will see in the new session of the Ohio General Assembly. 

The annual number of abortions reported in Ohio has dropped below 24,000, its lowest level since the state began tracking the data in 1976. 

A suburban Cincinnati abortion clinic is appealing a state closure order issued under newly imposed restrictions on such facilities.

Both Sides Debate State Order To Close Abortion Clinic

Jan 22, 2014

Pro-choice and anti-abortion advocates plan events today to mark the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Opponents of Ohio laws limiting access to abortions and other women's health care held a protest at the Statehouse Wednesday, hoping to draw the attention of Governor John Kasich and majority Republican lawmakers.

Attempts To Repeal Abortion-Related Items In Budget

Sep 25, 2013

Statehouse Democrats say they're pushing new legislation on abortion-related measures that were included in the state budget.

The Democrat who would like to be Ohio’s next Governor is taking on Ohio’s Republican Governor and legislative leaders over the newly passed state budget.

When Governor John Kasich signed provisions in the two year state budget concerning abortion and birth control, abortion rights activists began raising questions about what they mean for women in the future.

Two Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a bill requiring a state study on gun injuries.

Senate Puts Abortion Provisions In State Budget Bill

Jun 6, 2013

The Ohio Senate today is expected to vote on its version of a 61.7 billion dollar state budget bill that revamps Governor John Kasich's school funding proposal and restores a tax cut for small businesses.

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of abortions performed last year was nearly 24-thousand-8-hundred.