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Ohio Senate Budget Plan Could Harm Abortion Clinics

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. One requires a "local" hospital used for emergency patient transfers to be within 30 miles. The other gives two months to obtain state permission to operate without a patient-transfer agreement. An Associated Press analysis conducted last month shows seven of Ohio's 16 abortion facilities have closed or curtailed services since 2011 thanks to laws passed by majority Republicans.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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