COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - All abortions would be banned in Ohio under a proposal introduced by Republican lawmakers. It would prohibit abortions even in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's life. Cleveland.com reports the proposal would allow criminal charges against women seeking abortions and would characterize an "unborn human" as a person under Ohio's criminal code regarding homicide. An abortion-rights group criticizing the bill says it could let doctors face murder charges for providing abortions.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks is pushing to get his sentence overturned using arguments already rejected in court. An attorney for 72-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. says Mullet's previous lawyer made mistakes during trial and in prior appeals. In a new court filing, prosecutors say that there were no errors that amounted to Mullet's rights to due process being violated and that his request should be rejected.
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a fire at a southwestern Ohio apartment complex displaced families from a dozen apartments that were left uninhabitable, but no one was hurt. The fire early Tuesday spread on the third floor of a complex in Fairfield, north of Cincinnati. The American Red Cross says a total of 35 people were displaced from apartments that were damaged or had utilities shut off because of the blaze.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge has ordered an Ohio fertility clinic that experienced an equipment failure that may have damaged thousands of frozen eggs and embryos to stop reaching out to patients. The Plain Dealer reports University Hospitals cannot contact patients who were affected by the March 4 failure at a clinic in suburban Cleveland. Lawyers for a couple suing UH say it was offering an out-of-court settlement that could hurt their changes to participate in a class action lawsuit.
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