DeWine Pledges to Keep Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Politically Motivated Lawsuits

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine yesterday pledged to keep wasting state taxpayer dollars on politically motivated lawsuits, with his vow to defend unconstitutional legislation that attacks a woman’s ability to make personal decisions about her own health care.

DeWine told Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles that he “will certainly defend” a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, as well as legislation that would have effectively criminalized abortion in Ohio.

“Mike DeWine has pledged to defend a law that takes away a woman’s ability to make her own personal decision about whether or not to become a parent, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “It’s unconstitutional and cruel, but Mike DeWine can’t wait to waste Ohioans’ taxpayer dollars trying to defend it in court. It’s only the latest example of how DeWine has continually played political games with his office and our tax dollars, just as he has done over and over again.

“Now that we know where DeWine stands on this extremist legislation, it’s time for his colleagues to weigh in as well. This is a critical test of leadership — every Ohioan who is even thinking about running for governor should have the courage to say if he or she supports legislation that puts politicians in charge of a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions and seeks to punish women and health care providers.”

In December 2015, DeWine threatened Planned Parenthood with legal action in a bumbling news conference — and then abandoned the lawsuit later that month when a federal judge blocked his efforts. Ohio taxpayers actually had to pay Planned Parenthood’s legal bill because of DeWine’s failed witch hunt against the organization.