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Women, Activists, and Providers Trying to Navigate Ohio’s Rapidly Changing Abortion Landscape

It’s been a week since the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which guaranteed a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

The 6-3 ruling came just after our radio discussion ended last week in a case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The ruling – which had been anticipated due to a leaked Majority Opinion Draft – returned the regulation of abortion access to the states.

In Ohio, that meant lifting an injunction that had prevented the so-called “heartbeat bill” from going into effect. This bill prohibits abortions at approximately six weeks, after detection of fetal heart activity. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is among the organizations leading a new legal challenge and filed a lawsuit to ban the law in the Supreme Court of Ohio.

A Republican supermajority controls both houses of the Ohio Legislature and a total abortion ban is expected when lawmakers return from summer recess.

Major Ohio employers such as Giant Eagle and Amazon have said they will help employees who need abortion care with travel expenses. Many women will have to travel hundreds of miles to obtain abortion services — Illinois being one of the closest states expected to continue offering abortions to women.

Prosecutors in Columbus and here in Cuyahoga County say they will avoid criminalizing abortion, choosing not to prosecute those who seek or perform abortions.

Roe’s overthrow could impact the next general election.

But even as protests and politics have erupted over the end of a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, on a personal level, the decision has left women and healthcare providers trying to navigate the rapidly changing and confusing post-Roe environment.

The family of a man shot dead by Akron police following a chase say they want answers and accountability from police.

Jayland Walker, 25, died of multiple gunshot wounds after police said he fled an attempted traffic stop and shot at officers early Monday morning.

According to police, Walker fled first in his vehicle and then on foot. The officers first used the taser to subdue Walker, then fired their weapons.

The algal bloom expected to form in Lake Erie this summer will be less than last year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, released its forecast for Lake Erie yesterday. It predicts a bloom with a severity of 3.5 this summer compared to last year’s bloom which was rated at 6.

A bloom above 5 is considered serious.

Algal blooms form each summer on Lake Erie in the western basin, fed by runoff from farms. Blue-green algae can produce a toxin that impacts drinking water and recreation on the lake.

The nation will celebrate its independence on Monday, but you may already be hearing fireworks in your neighborhood. Unlike previous years, it is now legal to set off consumer-grade fireworks in Ohio.
A new law goes into effect today that replaces the old Liar’s Law, where buyers had to promise to set off the fireworks outside of Ohio. Ohio’s new law allows people to set off fireworks on several holidays throughout the year and on the days around those celebrations. But just because the law is on the books doesn’t mean you’re legal where you live. Communities can opt out of the new law.