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Rep. Sobecki: Ohioans still deserve the freedom to make their own health care decisions after Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade

June 24, 2022
Lisa A. Sobecki News

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) 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.

“Today, a fistful of activist judges overturned 50 years of settled law and stripped away freedom from millions of women,” said Rep. Sobecki. “Without guaranteed access to abortion, women would not have made the progress they had in increasing their participation in education and the workforce. This decision is a step backwards for democracy, women’s rights and equality. This decision does not uphold justice.”

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.