PLANNED PARENTHOOD ADVOCATES OF OHIO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio Condemns Abortion Bans Movement, Including Passage of Senate Bill 145
COLUMBUS, OH – Today, the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 145, the abortion method ban. This dangerous bill seeks to ban the safest, most common second-trimester abortion procedure, known as dilation and evacuation (D&E).
This bill would prevent physicians from using their best medical judgement when providing abortion care, interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, and put Ohioans’ health at risk.
Similar to other abortion bans and reproductive rights restrictions, Senate Bill 145 is just another attempt to block access to essential health care in Ohio by limiting the availably of second-trimester abortions.
Statement from Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, State Director, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio:
“This bill is another attempt by extremist politicians to limit safe, legal abortion in Ohio. If passed, Senate Bill 145 will be the 21st restriction under Governor Kasich’s anti-reproductive health care administration. With this, Ohio will be one-step closer to being one of the most hostile states in the country for reproductive rights and abortion access.
“This legislation is not designed to protect or improve Ohioans’ health. In fact, it will harm them by blocking physicians’ ability to provide their patients with medically appropriate care. Ohioans’ should be able to access the care they need and deserve without the interference of politicians.”
The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that it is unconstitutional to ban the most common method of second-trimester abortion. Relying on precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court, method bans have been blocked by courts in states that have tried to pass them as it will be in Ohio.
In addition to the committee passage of Senate Bill 145, the Ohio Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee held the third hearing for House Bill 258, the six-week abortion ban, but recessed without a vote, continuing the bill’s delay. It is clear that reproductive rights supporters’ strong opposition to this bill is effectively slowing the fast tracking of this legislation.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio supports advocacy for women’s reproductive health and women’s rights, including grassroots organizing, community education, and lobbying.www.ppao.org