Mahoning women officeholders criticize Ohio budget with abortion restrictions

YOUNGSTOWN — Two Democratic elected officials — Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Youngstown Clerk of Courts Sarah Brown-Clark — criticized Gov. John Kasich and his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature today for approving a budget the duo says restricts women health-care access.

Standing near the city’s Planned Parenthood facility on East Midlothian Boulevard, the two said Republicans are targeting women in the $62 billion biennium state budget signed into law Sunday by Kasich.

The budget bill requires a doctor to conduct an ultrasound for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion, places Planned Parenthood at the end of the list for family-planning federal money which will result in the loss of about $1.4 million for the organization, and makes it more challenging for new abortion clinics to open.

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