Ohio Republican Lawmakers Attacking Reproductive Freedom

As Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Stephanie Howse Visits El Salvador to Learn Devastating Impact of Abortion Bans, Ohio GOP Lawmakers Introduce Total Abortion Ban

COLUMBUS — During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump called for women to be punished for abortion and committed to nominate Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, and now Ohio Republicans are following Trump’s lead, introducing legislation that could lead to doctors and patients being charged with murder for abortion care.

“Instead of focusing on the growing number of Ohio kids who lack health insurance or helping more than half a million Ohio children who live in poverty, Ohio Republicans are pushing a divisive agenda with the end goal of criminalizing abortion,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Gov. Mike DeWine signed a six-week abortion ban earlier this year — which Gov. John Kasich had vetoed — and he refuses to say whether he would sign this bill. He needs to answer that question for the people of Ohio.

“Even after Ohio Republicans have passed law after law attacking reproductive freedom — harmful laws that have been blocked again and again — they keep trying to insert themselves in the intensely personal decision of whether or not to continue with a pregnancy and become a parent.”

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Stephanie Howse is in El Salvador this week, as part of a delegation representing the State Innovation Exchange’s (SiX) Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, “to witness firsthand the horrors of abortion bans.”

“This Republican proposal would criminalize abortion and punish women and doctors — which is precisely what Donald Trump called for during his campaign,” said Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro. “We know what happens when you try to ban abortion because we saw it before Roe v. Wade and we see it in other countries like El Salvador that have outlawed it. It does not end abortion; it only makes it dangerous and often deadly, especially for people of color and those in poverty.”