Continued attacks on reproductive health care access

This original blog post was published on Monday, February 19, but has been updated to reflect changes as of Friday, February 23.

At the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session, state lawmakers passed Ohio House Bill 214 (the Down syndrome abortion ban) out of the Ohio House and Senate. Governor Kasich then signed the bill into law before the end of the year, making it the 20th restriction to abortion and reproductive health care since he took office in 2011.

Now, with the 2018 legislative session in full swing, lawmakers are once again moving forward with a number of other bills that would further restrict access to abortion care. In fact, one of these bills (both of which have already passed out of one chamber) will receive committee hearings this upcoming week.

  • SB 28 (Uecker) – Abortion: Imposes medically unnecessary funeral ritual on patients choosing abortion by requiring burial or cremation of fetal tissue. The bill was passed out of the full Senate by a 24-9 vote in January and will receive a third hearing for all testimony in the House Health Committee this upcoming Wednesday, February 28.  The Committee will meet at 9:00 AM in Statehouse Room 121.

Abortion is an essential component of comprehensive reproductive health care for women, and the passage of these bills would threaten the health care of Ohio women unable to access or afford abortion care as a result. Reproductive health care is directly tied to the economic security of women and their families. Harmful restrictions like SB28 would undoubtably have an impact on women’s economic security.

That’s why we need you to mobilize in support of reproductive health care and show up against these harmful bills. Here’s how you can push back:

Join advocates in crowding the hearing room to stand in opposition to Senate Bill 28. Advocates will meet at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, February 28th in Statehouse Room 121. Find out more here.

Use the advocacy tools from our partners at NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio to raise your voice in opposition to this abortion ban.

Sign up for our email updates to get timely alerts and updates on this bill and other women-centric legislation moving at the Ohio Statehouse.