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Abortion-rights groups say the Statehouse pulled a fast-one
A provision inserted in the budget will likely close the last abortion clinic in Toledo

Karen Kasler
Protesters gathered at the Statehouse gathered after Republicans inserted a provision in the state budget that will likely close Toledo's last abortion clinic.
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Reproductive-rights advocates rallied at the Statehouse todayregrouping after a last-minute addition to the Ohio budget that could force the closure of the only remaining abortion clinic in Toledo. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

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A requirement that an abortion clinic have a transfer agreement with a hospital no more than 30 miles away was added to the budget in the midst of a marathon late-night conference committee debate.

Rep. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, wasn’t surprised.

“I expected something, and it’s sad, because it is a political football,” Antonio said.

Antonio and other lawmakers appeared at pro-choice gathering – and Ohio Right to Life’s Stephanie Krider also stopped by, saying the amendment was the result of lots of talks.

 “We’ve been working for months, I guess behind the scenes, with a lot of those legislators just trying to figure out how we can close those loopholes and hold abortion clinics accountable,” Krider said.

However, a Toledo judge has ruled abortion language in the budget is unconstitutional.

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