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Ohio reacts to overturn of Roe v. Wade

Several hundred people at the Ohio Statehouse for a protest against the #Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Karen Kasler
Ohio Public Radio
Several hundred people at the Ohio Statehouse for a protest against the #Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade and allowed states to regulate abortion once again, just like they could back in 1973.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what this means for a state whose leaders strongly oppose abortion rights.

Jo Ingles, a reporter for the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau, joins the show.

The case is not closed

Hours after the Supreme Court ruling, an Ohio judge lifted a stay on a law that makes abortion illegal after the point when fetal cardiac activity is detected, which is as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy.

Lawmakers plan to introduce a bill this fall that would make all abortions illegal - except when the life of the mother is endangered.

Meanwhile, some prosecutors have vowed not to prosecute such cases.

The ACLU and abortion providers have challenged the cardiac activity law saying the Ohio constitution protects the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage. 

The amendment in question states "No federal, state or local law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance."

Snollygoster of the week

The Intel Corporation plans to build a major computer chip factory complex just outside of Columbus. Work has already begun on two chip factories.

Intel was set to gather later this month for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the deal and the prospects of thousands of new high-paying jobs, but executives have canceled the groundbreaking.

They are upset that Congress has not yet approved $52 billion in federal money to subsidize Intel and other chip manufacturers to bring production back to American soil.

State and Intel officials were quick to say that there is nothing to worry about, but the cancellation did get a lot of attention on Wall Street and here in Ohio.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.