Ohio Republicans Using Trump As Excuse To Push Unconstitutional Legislation

COLUMBUS — Ohio Republicans aren’t waiting for Donald Trump to take office in January to follow his lead in pushing extremist, unconstitutional legislation that puts politicians in charge of a woman’s most personal decisions regarding her health care.

When Sen. Keith Faber was asked today why he advanced a ban on all abortions after six weeks, he said, “New president, new Supreme Court justice appointees change the dynamic.”

“When Donald Trump said ‘there has to be some form of punishment’ for a woman who makes a personal decision about whether or not to become a parent, Ohio Republicans took him seriously and literally,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Even before he takes office, Republicans in the Ohio Statehouse are emulating Trump in passing legislation that would ban abortion after six weeks.”

“This bill — which was tacked on as a last-minute amendment to a child abuse prevention bill — makes no exceptions for rape or incest victims,” said Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro. “It is cruel and plainly unconstitutional — but it seems like Ohio Republicans don’t care about the Constitution. Trump’s vision for America is already alive and well in the Buckeye State.”