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Abortion In Ohio

Abortion supporters gather outside the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to rally against the anti-abortion laws in the state.
Sam Aberle
Ohio Public Radio
Abortion supporters gather outside the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to rally against the anti-abortion laws in the state.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown examine the backlash against the strict abortion bans passing in Ohio and states across the county. Jo Ingles, statehouse reporter for Ohio Public Radio and Television, joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

On this week's episode:
The Legality Of Abortion

Abortion rights protesters marched on the Statehouse this week to denounce a flurry of anti-abortion laws passed in Ohio and around the country. Legal abortion faces these new attacks in part because the U.S. Supreme Court has a clear five-justice conservative majority after the appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Those new appointments have given anti-abortion groups new hope of overturning "Roe v. Wade," something Ohio activists made explicit with the recent "heartbeat" abortion ban.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Ohio House Republicans sparked controversy with a bill to bail out two aging nuclear power plants. Energy industry lobbyists have funded House GOP campaigns but legislators deny undue influence.

While the bill is still ostensibly a "clean energy" bill, it now may include money for two coal-fired power plants, and an amended version removes wind and solar from the types of energy eligible for clean energy credits. 

Do you have a question or comment for us? Email us at snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
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