Entire #OHSEN Field Supports Dangerous Abortion Bans
October 2, 2023
Columbus, OH – As Ohioans prepare to vote on protecting abortion access and overturning Ohio’s current dangerous abortion ban, a new report shows that the entire primary field supports dangerous abortion bans – including bans with no exceptions for rape or incest.
Here’s what you need to know about the #OHSEN field and abortion:
- At his campaign launch, Bernie Moreno said he is “unequivocally pro-life.” 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, opposes exceptions for rape or incest, and celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade. After his amendment to silence Ohioans by making it harder to amend the constitution failed, LaRose put his political ambitions first and rewrote the November ballot language to mislead and confuse Ohioans. LaRose has also said he supports Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s attempts to block top military confirmations – saying Tuberville’s position is “the same position I would support in the Senate.”
- Matt Dolan celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade, calling it “exciting.” Dolan said defeating the November amendment is a “priority.”
- All three GOP candidates oppose the November amendment and support upholding the current restrictive law in Ohio – which bans abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest.
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- But the [Senate] race is getting overshadowed by another election: the November campaign over State Issue 1, which would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution and block Ohio’s six-week abortion ban that’s currently held up in court.
- But the November campaign also provides a natural runway for the Republican Senate candidates, who all oppose Issue 1, as anti-abortion activists and GOP party officials organize to try to defeat the measure. And as they look for support from GOP primary voters who polling shows remain staunchly opposed to abortion, the Republican candidates, Sen. Matt Dolan, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Cleveland businessman Bernie Moreno all say they plan to try to help defeat it.
- As a U.S. Senate candidate, Dolan said in an email to cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer that he will work to protect the Hyde Amendment, which forbids federal funds from paying for abortion…
- As a state senator, Dolan cast votes against a couple high-profile abortion-related bills that he may be asked about during the primary.
- LaRose has said that in the U.S. Senate, he would support legislation setting a national ban on abortion with an exemption for the life of the mother, but potentially not for rape or incest.
- In a June interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” LaRose called Ohio’s six-week ban “a good standard”…
- LaRose has touted his “100% pro-life voting record” while he served in the state Senate from 2011 through 2018.
- But he eventually voted in favor of [the heartbeat bill], joining his Republican colleagues in December 2019 to overturn a veto of the bill from then-Gov. John Kasich.
- Moreno, as someone who’s never held elected office, has no voting record to analyze.
- But he’s staked out a very conservative abortion position during his brief political career, telling Breitbart, the right-wing political website, in 2021 that he does not support exemptions for rape and incest.