Columbus, OH — Following the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters released the following statement:
“Today’s vote is a reminder that the basic rights of all Ohioans to reproductive healthcare – including abortion and birth control – are at stake in this year’s election. Ohio Republicans, from J.D. Vance to Mike DeWine to extremists in the Statehouse, are on a relentless campaign to strip women of their fundamental rights and enact new, cruel restrictions that would punish women, including survivors of rape and incest.
“Thank you to Senator Brown for recognizing the urgency of this moment and voting to protect abortion rights. With Ohio Republicans already vowing to criminalize abortion, it is critical that Ohioans elect Tim Ryan and Nan Whaley, as well as pro-choice Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in November. This year’s election could not be more important and we will continue to fight so that women can make these healthcare decisions in consultation with their doctors – without unwanted and unnecessary interference from politicians.”