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Ohio Minority Caucus's Medical Professionals Celebrate Passage of Issue 1

November 8, 2023
Beth Liston News

COLUMBUS – State Reps. Anita Somani (D-Dublin), Rachel Baker (D-Cincinnati) and Beth Liston (D-Worthington) issued a joint statement following the passage of State Issue 1 by Ohio voters. 

“As state representatives, medical professionals, and mothers, we believe all individuals should be trusted to make their own healthcare decisions and consult their physicians, family, and faith to make a choice that best fits their situation. The passage of Issue 1 protects these choices without the state getting involved and allows providers like us to continue the work of improving our healthcare system, so no patient goes without the care they need,” said Reps. Somani, Baker, and Liston.

Issue 1 enshrines reproductive rights into the Ohio Constitution, ensuring women have access to all aspects of reproductive healthcare, including abortion. The passage of State Issue 1 restores the patient-physician relationship, allowing physicians the ability to provide the best care possible without fear of criminal penalties. It is consistent with evidence- based medical practice, and medical professionals appreciate that Ohioans understood that and voted for it.