COLUMBUS– Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) today issued a statement after the Supreme Court’s EXTREMIST conservative majority struck down Roe v. Wade, which established the right to access safe and legal abortion care in the United States.
“This ruling undermines women’s right to make their own healthcare decisions across the country. As a sexual assault survivor, no one should be forced to do anything with their bodies without their consent,” said Rep. Miranda. “Republicans want to control, dehumanize, and criminalize women by outlawing abortions without any exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect the health of the mother. This should not be a partisan issue- all Americans deserve the right to make private healthcare decisions that are best for them. We aren’t truly free unless we can control our own bodies, lives, and futures.”
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, House Minority Whip Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) and State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngtown) 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.