Celebrezze: 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 extremely saddened by the actions of my colleagues who passed this legislation in the veil of lame duck session despite it being a clear constitutional infringement,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma). “To enforce one’s beliefs upon our citizens, especially in what are their most private and personal life decisions is unconscionable to me.” 


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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