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Where Did Busy 2021 Leave Ohio's Abortion Laws?

Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
Julie Carr Smyth
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Associated Press

2021 was a frenetic year for the state of abortion law in Ohio.

The year saw an introduction of a Texas-style abortion ban, a bill outlawing the procedure if Roe v. Wade is overturned, local ordinances, stays by judges, and new lawsuits.

Just one new Ohio abortion law is in effect at year's end- a prohibition on abortions based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome upheld by a federal appellate court. Other abortion-related measures are either blocked, pending or awaiting action.

Several abortion-related pieces of legislation could resurface suddenly during 2022's lame-duck session. Of four potential local bans on the procedure, only one stands.