Texas’s sweeping anti-abortion bill may have been defeated, but the push to restrict abortion at the state level continues. A last-minute change to the Ohio state budget bill that was passed last night would ban abortion clinics from having transfer agreements with public hospitals. Because the state requires all ambulatory surgical facilities, including abortion providers, to have such hospital agreements, the bill would force many clinics to close. Among other anti-abortion provisions in the bill is one requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and inform them of the presence of a fetal heartbeat and another that would made it difficult for Planned Parenthood to access state family-planning money. The Republican majority is “obsessed with abortion,” said state representative Mike Foley, a Cleveland Democrat.
If passed, last-minute amendment may force clinics to close.