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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
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.