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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