State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) 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 that the U.S. Supreme Court today confirmed what common sense had already told us – that needless red tape in the form of transfer agreements and other restrictive measures do not help protect women’s health, but instead are imposed in order to shame and discourage women from seeking to exercise their legal right to an abortion.   


“Today’s historic Supreme Court decision calls into serious question the constitutionality of Ohio’s restrictive laws regarding women’s access to comprehensive healthcare and the wisdom of our attorney general’s unrelenting defense of those laws at taxpayer expense. 


“I hope today’s ruling moves us one step closer to the day when women in Ohio and across the country do not have to fight unsafe barriers simply to access legal, safe healthcare procedures.”   

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.