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

June 24, 2022
Monique Smith News

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Monique Smith (D- Fairview Park) 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 angry, and I grieve for our daughters and the future generation of women after today’s Supreme Court announcement of a full reversal of Roe v. Wade,” said Rep. Monique Smith. “Women no longer have our constitutionally guaranteed right to make our own health care decisions and decide what is best for our own bodies. The Ohio GOP will stop at nothing to fast track bills to criminalize abortion access here in Ohio. I will continue to be on the front lines, fighting for a woman’s right to choose.”

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.