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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 20, 2018

CONTACT: Sarah Inskeep, [email protected], 614-390-4164

ICYMI: Cordray Stands up for Women in First Debate Showdown

ICYMI -- In the first Ohio gubernatorial debate this year, women’s health champion, Rich Cordray pulled no punches when it came to reproductive rights. When asked point blank if he would defend a woman’s right to access safe and legal abortion, he answered directly, “a woman’s right to make her own personal health decisions should be protected in Ohio. I am for a woman’s right to choose, Mike DeWine is against it.”

See full clip here: “I am for a woman’s right to choose, Mike DeWine is against it.”

Mike DeWine on the other hand, after dodging the question and being pressed by Cordray, said he would sign the a six-week abortion ban, which would ban abortion before most women even know they’re pregnant. With Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, this is a real threat for women in Ohio.

See full clip here: “I would sign that bill. I’ve said that many times…”

Statement by Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, Campaign Director, Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio:

"Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine made it clear for Ohio women the difference between a governor who will stand with them and one who will stand against them. It's very simple, DeWine, in his own words, would ban abortion and strip women of their rights and freedoms to control their own bodies. And with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, this threat is not hypothetical. If Mike DeWine becomes Governor, he will push hard to ban abortion in Ohio full-stop.

“We now have a responsibility to go to the ballot box and elect Cordray, a man who unapologetically vows to support a woman's right to decide what is best for her. With the balance of the Supreme Court on the line, who we put in the Governor's seat will be our last line of defense, our backstop to the attacks from the Trump-Pence administration."


 Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.