This coming Tuesday at the URGE meeting (7-8pm in the library basement) and Wednesday (at lunchtime outside the CC), the Otterbein University URGE chapter and our statewide organizer, Allie Lahey, will be educating about the each woman act which has a radical agenda to reverse funding restrictions for abortion and address the disparity in abortion access for low income women and women of color. Note in the restrictions below that restrictions on public funding are among the many abortion restrictions in Ohio.
Restrictions on Abortion
In Ohio, the following restrictions on abortion were in effect as of December 1, 2015:
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided. Counseling must be provided in person and must take place before the waiting period begins, thereby necessitating two separate trips to the facility.
- Health plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortion in cases when the woman’s life is endangered, rape or incest.
- Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- Medication abortion must be provided using the FDA protocol, thereby preventing the use of a more common, simpler evidence-based regimen.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- Most women will undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion; since the provider must test for the fetal heartbeat. The woman will be offered the option to view the image.