COLUMBUS– State Rep. Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) 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.
“50 years of a constitutional right have been stripped away from us. This ruling will affect poor women the most. We have lost our fundamental constitutional right. I am so angry that a far-right minority have pushed their radical agenda at the expense of our daughters’ lives. Women will die. The horrible thing about this is that this will not stop abortion, it will only stop safe abortion.
We must and we can, thanks to the initiative provisions of the Ohio Constitution, restore a woman’s right to control her body and her destiny,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Today marks the beginning of a battle we will win.”
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.