Dave Yost Joins Long List of GOP Politicians Working to Overrule the Will of Ohio Voters
February 5, 2024
Columbus, OH – In case you missed it, Republican Dave Yost on Friday argued in court filings that parts of Ohio’s previous extreme abortion ban should be upheld, even as Ohio voters voted overwhelmingly to strike down the law last November. Before the election, Yost himself asserted: “the Heartbeat Act would not exist if Issue 1 passes.”
“All aspects of Ohio’s ban on most abortions might not need to be tossed out even though voters approved new language protecting abortion access, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office argued in a Friday filing,” reports Jessie Balmert for Cincinnati.com.
Yost joins a number of GOP politicians who have made clear that they plan to overrule Ohio voters by continuing to push for extreme abortion restrictions, from every Republican running for U.S. Senate supporting a national abortion ban, to statehouse legislation that would take jurisdiction over Issue 1 from the Supreme Court and put it in the hands of the GOP-gerrymandered legislature, to Matt Huffman saying, “This isn’t the end. It is really just the beginning of a revolving door of ballot campaigns to repeal or replace Issue 1.”
“Ohio Republicans from Dave Yost to Bernie Moreno, Frank LaRose and Matt Dolan on down have all made clear that they want to overrule voters and ban abortion – even after Ohio voters made their positions clear. Abortion is on the ballot in 2024 and beyond, and we must continue our work at the ballot box to tell these out-of-touch GOP politicians that we won’t go back,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
Read more from Cincinnati.com HERE and below:
- All aspects of Ohio’s ban on most abortions might not need to be tossed out even though voters approved new language protecting abortion access, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office argued in a Friday filing.
- The state asked a Hamilton County judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s ban on abortions after embryonic cardiac activity is detected, which is about six weeks gestation. The position confused attorney Jessie Hill, who represents abortion clinics challenging the law.
- Hill said there’s no question that the entire law is unconstitutional after voters approved Issue 1 in November. “It’s disappointing that they couldn’t just come out and say that,” Hill said.
- Yost all but said it in a legal analysis his office distributed before the November election: “Some of Ohio’s laws may be defensible, but the Heartbeat Act would not exist if Issue 1 passes.”