In Ohio, more women are registering to vote than men, and abortion clinics are set to close soon. Democrats also raised some heat to criticize the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness plan.
We break down what that means in this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.
USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau’s podcast for state political news in under 15 minutes. This week, host Anna Staber is joined by reporter Jesse Balmart.
1) Closure of abortion clinics
Dayton’s only abortion clinic has announced plans to close in mid-September.
Women’s Medical Center operates two clinics, one in Dayton and one in Indianapolis. After the U.S. Supreme Court ends federal protections against abortion, both facilities will close unless legal intervention overturns state laws that went into effect this summer.
“We are going to see as many people as possible and do everything we can for these people until we close,” Dr. Jeanne Corwin told the Associated Press.
But the clinic no longer has enough patients to stay open. Ohio law prohibits abortion if fetal heart activity is detected approximately four weeks after conception.
2) Post-Roe Voter Registration
Two different analyzes of voter registration in Ohio since the Roe v. Wade overturn showed women outnumbering men.
TargetSmart, a Democratic data company, has 11% more female subscribers than males, while the New York Times estimates about 6%. And Democratic groups large and small reported an influx of volunteers, especially among suburban women.
Republicans say they won’t change the outcome of November’s statewide elections, but Democrats see a new path to victory in a post-Roe world.
3) Student Loan Cancellation?
Tim Ryan and Nan Whaley, two Democrats running for statewide office, were hit by both parties this week after their support for student loan forgiveness appeared to tip over. received some criticism.
“This policy is not fair to the thousands of Ohioans who have decided not to go to college because of the cost, and those who have already paid off their loans,” Whaley said in a statement Monday.
But in December 2020, she signed a letter written by another mayor asking President-elect Joe Biden to extend her student loan forgiveness.
A spokesperson for Whaley’s gubernatorial campaign said the former Dayton mayor has always been wary of student loan forgiveness and signed the 2020 letter because it also included policies to help working families.
4) Backyard oil well
Ohio was once the center of American oil and gas exploration. There are now more than 250,000 of her oil wells drilled underground in Buckeye State, of which about 40% may be abandoned.
These orphaned wells (without owners) are the state’s responsibility to find and plug properly before they leak or damage nearby waterways. This is a big undertaking, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is just beginning to ramp up its research.
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