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Rep. Sykes vows to protect Ohioans' freedom to make their own health care decisions after Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade

June 24, 2022
Emilia Strong Sykes News

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement after the Supreme Court’s conservative majority struck down Roe v. Wade, which established the right to access safe and legal abortion care in the United States.

“The impacts of today’s United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will be catastrophic. Banning access to safe abortion is dangerous policy that puts people’s lives at risk. State lawmakers in Ohio’s legislature are moving forward a bill that would ban abortion, without exceptions for rape and incest, while also criminalizing women who have an abortion, as well as the doctors providing them,” said Rep. Sykes. “This decision opens the door for more extreme, anti-choice policies that are both morally reprehensible and also out of touch with the views of the majority of Ohioans and Americans. As state representative, I have always fought and will continue to fight attacks like these on our reproductive freedom and right to privacy. More than before, Ohioans must get out and vote this November to have their voices heard and to protect the right to abortion and bodily autonomy.”

Over 60% of Ohioans agree with the Roe v. Wade decision to allow access to abortion. Despite this, Ohio Republicans continue to prioritize legislation to ban abortion, including the 6-week abortion ban signed into law by Gov. DeWine in 2019. House Bill 598 and Senate Bill 123 are current pieces of legislation that would completely ban abortion in Ohio without any exceptions for rape, incest or to protect the health of the mother. 

Meanwhile, Democrats have introduced House Joint Resolution (HJR) 5, a constitutional amendment that would ensure all people have the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and healthcare. This includes the ability to obtain surgical and medical abortion services. Additionally, the amendment would codify the right to access and use contraceptive devices and medications. 

HJR 5 still awaits assignment to a House committee and a first hearing.