Lepore-Hagan: Eleventh-hour Lawmaking Brings Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation To Kasich's Desk
Ohio joins unconstitutional protest against women's access to healthcare
 
 

Eleventh-hour lawmaking brought the strictest abortion ban in the nation to Gov. John Kasich’s desk Tuesday 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 totally disgusted with how the overwhelmingly male-controlled legislature used an end around move to ignore our constitution to remind women that they are not in control of their own bodies,” said State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown).  


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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