Eleventh-hour Lawmaking Brings Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation To Gov. Kasich's Desk
Ohio joins unconstitutional protest against women's access to healthcare
December 07, 2016
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Eleventh-hour lawmaking brought the strictest abortion ban in the nation to Gov. John Kasich’s desk this evening, for his signature into law. With U.S. Senate inaction giving way to a pending U.S. Supreme Court justice appointment from President-elect Donald Trump, Ohio Republicans appear to be counting on a new federal bench to re-litigate the constitutionality of their attacks on women’s health care. But Roe v. Wade is settled law upheld most recently by the Whole Women’s Health decision which overturned undue burdens on women’s access to abortion. 

“I am extremely disappointed that the Ohio General Assembly thinks it can intervene in a woman's constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. These private decisions need to remain between a woman and her doctor,” said State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus)

The unprecedented six-week abortion ban was amended into House Bill 493, legislation that strengthens Ohio’s child abuse reporting system. The last-minute amendment comes as the legislature closes out the 131st General Assembly on Thursday. 

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