Advocates and Experts Discuss State Issue 1, Importance of Protecting Reproductive Rights in 2024
November 2, 2023
As Ohioans Vote to Protect Their Reproductive Rights, Bernie Moreno, Frank LaRose, and Matt Dolan Support A National Abortion Ban
Columbus, OH – Today, Mini Timmaraju, President and CEO of Reproductive Freedom for All, and Dr. Kale Turner, an Ohio OBGYN, discussed the importance of voting Yes on State Issue 1 and electing a U.S. Senator in 2024 who will protect Ohioans’ reproductive rights. The entire field running for Ohio’s Senate seat supports dangerous abortion bans and would overrule Ohioans if elected by voting for a federal ban.
“When abortion is on the ballot, abortion wins. But even if we secure victory, there’s another fight coming swiftly on the horizon,” said Mini Timmaraju, President and CEO of Reproductive Freedom for All. “That’s because all of the Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate support dangerous abortion bans and would vote for a national ban that could overrule the protections Ohioans will secure next Tuesday.”
“Passing State Issue 1 is our chance to overturn Ohio’s dangerous ban and get politicians out of the doctors’ office,” said Dr. Kale Turner, an OBGYN based in Columbus. “But I want to be clear, our job isn’t over even if State Issue 1 passes. Because next year, whoever Ohioans elect as their next U.S. Senator could be the deciding vote on passing a national abortion ban – which would override Ohioans and be devastating for families across the country.”
The entire #OHSEN field supports dangerous abortion bans – including bans without exceptions for rape or incest – and have said they would overrule Ohioans by voting for a national ban if elected:
- Bernie Moreno supports a national abortion ban and does not support exceptions for rape, incest, or life of the mother.
- Frank LaRose supports a national abortion ban and opposes exceptions for rape or incest. LaRose rewrote the abortion ballot language to intentionally mislead and silence Ohioans. A new poll recently found LaRose’s language has a “big effect” on support for State Issue 1 and could be “critical” to the outcome despite a majority of Ohioans supporting abortion rights.
- Matt Dolan celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade, calling it “exciting.” Dolan has said defeating the November amendment is a priority, and is open to supporting a national abortion ban.