Ohio Democrats Call on Dave Yost to Resign
July 19, 2022
Columbus, OH — Today, Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) Chair Elizabeth Walters called on Dave Yost to resign as Attorney General. Yost rushed to implement a six-week abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest and then questioned the story of a ten-year-old rape victim who suffered even more by having to travel out of state to receive critical reproductive healthcare because of Yost’s ban.
Yost has refused to apologize to the victim and continues to spread misinformation about the law he helped implement, demonstrating that he’s not qualified to serve as Ohio’s Attorney General any longer.
“Dave Yost is clearly incapable of shame. He’s incapable of doing the right thing. As attorney general, Yost should be looking for justice, not getting in the way of it. An apology is not enough, Dave Yost must resign. And if he does not, we’re ready to defeat him at the ballot box in November,” said Walters.
Chair Walters was joined on the call by family medicine doctor and abortion provider Dr. Catherine Romanos, who has firsthand experience with reproductive health and the risks the dangerous new Ohio laws may pose to patients.
“I don’t think that our leaders should be setting examples like this. People should feel comfortable going to law enforcement, people should feel supported when they go to law enforcement. When stories like this circulate, we should do everything to make people believe that we believe them. That we trust them, care about them and are going to support them,” said Dr. Romanos.
Yost also asserted without a doubt that the ten-year-old victim could have gotten an abortion in Ohio. Now legal experts, doctors and even Ohio’s own Legislative Service Commission (which helps state lawmakers draft laws) have weighed in on that assertion and made clear the six-week abortion ban makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
Yost either doesn’t understand the law or is pretending not to, once again demonstrating why he is unfit to serve as Attorney General.
A full video of today’s press conference can be provided upon request.