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

June 24, 2022
Michael Sheehy News

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) 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.

“I am deeply disappointed by today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. For 50 years, Roe has provided a constitutional guarantee of essential health care to women across the nation. To overturn this decision now, despite the three recent SCOTUS nominees affirming Roe’s precedence in U.S. law, is a slap in the face to Americans who overwhelmingly support women’s access to abortion services.

Banning abortion care will criminalize health care, punish women and throw doctors in jail. Partisan politicians have no place interfering in someone else’s health care decisions, and women should be able to make their own choices about pregnancy and abortion without oversight from the government. We must also be vigilant against any other attempts by SCOTUS to roll back other due process precedents, such as Griswold and Obergefell. Congress should act, immediately, to codify these important rights nationwide,” said Rep. Sheehy. 

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.