Rep. Lepore-Hagan Testifies On Prevention First Act
Says legislation will improve health, reduce infant mortality

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today gave sponsor testimony before the Ohio House Health Committee on House Bill (HB) 184, the Prevention First Act, which aims to improve the overall health and well-being of Ohioans by addressing access to contraception and comprehensive sex education.

“The Prevention First Act gives Ohio families what they are asking for. They want comprehensive sex education, not politically motivated abstinence-only education,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “For Ohio’s working families to thrive, we must focus on prevention first.”

HB 184 would mandate comprehensive sexual health and sexually transmitted infection education in schools, provide certain hospital and pregnancy prevention services for victims of sexual assault, and provide insurance coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices. It would also establish the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force and require hospitals and pharmacies to have policies maintaining patients’ right to access birth control without judgment or delay.

“Ohio is not doing well when it comes to infant mortality and teen pregnancy. Ohioans need medically accurate information to be prepared for pregnancy and a child,” added Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Parents and children deserve better.”

Rep. Lepore-Hagan previously introduced the Prevention First Act during the 132nd General Assembly.

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