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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 2, 2022
Contact: Aileen Day, [email protected]

Leaked Supreme Court Opinion overturning Roe

Columbus, Ohio — A leaked draft obtained by POLITICO shows the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to strike down Roe v Wade. Roe v Wade guarantees federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and was reaffirmed by a second decision, Planned Parenthood v Casey. Abortion is still legal in Ohio right now.

Statement from Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Advocacy:

To say this ruling is devastating is an understatement. Abortion is health care and supported by 80% of Americans. It should not be stigmatized, and it absolutely should not be illegal. While the leaked decision is a draft, we know the outcome will be the end of legal abortion in most of America including here in Ohio. Do not wait. Get involved. Together, we will get through this, and we will fight back stronger than before.

Statement from Iris Harvey, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio:

Abortion is still legal in Ohio right now. The fact that this was the first ever decision leaked while still pending shows how out of line this opinion is with the majority of Americans. 80% of Americans don’t want to see Roe be overturned. Abortion is still legal in Ohio and our doors will stay open.

We knew they were going to overturn Roe v Wade, just like we know that they won’t stop at Roe. In Alito’s leaked draft he explicitly criticizes Obergfell (same-sex marriage) and Lawrence v Texas (same-sex sexual activity) saying that like abortion, these decisions protect phony rights that are not “deeply rooted in history.” We will continue to fight for bodily autonomy for all.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio will be rallying in Cleveland (11am at Willard Park) and Cincinnati (11:30am at Fountain Square) on May 14th. Abortion is still legal in Ohio right now.


Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio supports advocacy for reproductive health and reproductive rights, including grassroots organizing, community education, and lobbying. www.ppao.org