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Rep. Jarrells Recognizes 51 Years Since Roe v. Wade Amidst Ohio's Fight for Reproductive Rights

January 22, 2024
Dontavius L. Jarrells News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today reflects on the journey of reproductive rights in America, exactly 51 years after the Roe v. Wade decision, particularly in light of Ohio's recent strides. Ohio’s November passage of Issue 1, a constitutional amendment to protect abortion and reproductive rights, represents a significant victory in the ongoing battle for reproductive freedom.

“This year, as we mark over half a century since the Roe v. Wade decision, we find ourselves in a bittersweet moment. While we are faced with the overturning of this historic ruling, Ohio has shown remarkable resilience and commitment to reproductive rights through the passage of Issue 1,” said Rep. Jarrells. "This amendment, passed by a decisive majority of Ohioans, enshrines the rights to abortion, contraception, fertility treatment, miscarriage care, and the continuation of pregnancy into our state constitution."

The passage of Issue 1 is a testament to the unwavering spirit of Ohioans in the face of challenges to reproductive rights. This amendment was a direct response to state and federal attempts to regulate abortion through bans and limits. It reflects a growing trend across the nation where states are taking bold steps to protect reproductive freedoms.

"While we commemorate the historical significance of Roe v. Wade, we also celebrate the proactive stance Ohio has taken with Issue 1,” Rep. Jarrells added. “This is a powerful reminder that the fight for reproductive justice is alive and well. It is a movement that echoes the voice of millions who believe in the fundamental right to make decisions about one's body and future."

Rep. Jarrells remains committed to upholding these values and ensuring that Ohio continues to lead the way in protecting and advancing reproductive rights. Today is not just a day of remembrance, but also a day of action and hope for the future of reproductive freedom in Ohio and across the nation.