State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the court found that restrictions on access to comprehensive healthcare in Texas placed an undue burden on women, violating the American Constitution: 

“I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of women to have full and unfettered access to reproductive healthcare services. As the state of Ohio continues to place undue burdens on women who are simply seeking healthcare, state lawmakers should take note of this ruling and recognize that a woman’s right to make their own healthcare choices continues to be protected under the U.S. Constitution.”

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Sykes Statement On Profiling By Capitol Square Security


State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today issued the following statement in response to the latest in a string of incidents where she and other black women lawmakers have been subjected to additional security measures when entering the Ohio Statehouse and other government office buildings. Upon entering the Riffe Center in Columbus last week, security officials stopped the Akron-area lawmaker despite her presenting her security access badge.