2 high-profile abortion cases to be heard by Ohio Supreme Court

By Catherine Candisky - The Columbus Dispatch:

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear two high-profile abortion cases this month. The first will decide whether to shutter Toledo’s last abortion clinic, and abortion opponents call it “the most significant abortion case in state history.”

The second case, to be heard Sept. 26, involves a lawsuit challenging the legality of patient-transfer agreements, the ban on public hospitals from providing them, and a requirement that doctors inform pregnant women about detection of a fetal heartbeat before they undergo an abortion.

Abortion-rights advocates say that if the Toledo clinic in the first case is forced to close, that city would become the first major city in Ohio without access to abortion services.

Both cases stem from abortion regulations enacted by state lawmakers.