PLANNED PARENTHOOD ADVOCATES OF OHIO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
CONTACT: [email protected]
Politicians Continue to Support Misinformation to the Detriment of Ohioans
COLUMBUS, OH — Earlier today, the Ohio Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 155. This dangerous piece of legislation were designed and intended to ignore medical best practices, mislead Ohioans, and further stigmatize safe, legal abortion.
Senate Bill 155 (SB 155) would force health care providers to lie to their patients about the medically-inaccurate and unproven concept of reversing a medication abortion. The American Medical Association and the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologist oppose bills similar to SB 155 because they are “simply false and not backed up by science.”
Statement from Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio:
“Politicians continue to place their radical and political agenda above the health and lives of Ohioans. Senate Bill 155 will force physicians to spread unproven and dangerous information to pregnant patients that have turned to them for their medical expertise. Legislators should never mandate that health care providers give their patients inaccurate information about an unproven treatment.
“President Obhof remains a pawn of Ohio Right to Life and their crusade against medical professionals that provide the full spectrum of reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion. This should lead us to question the ability of the leaders within the Ohio Senate to work on behalf of all Ohioans – not just special interest groups.”
Since 2011, politicians have quietly passed 334 new abortion restrictions in 32 states across the country, including 22 bans or restrictions in Ohio under the Kasich and DeWine administrations. Similar bills have been introduced and passed into law in eight states (Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah); several of these bills are currently being litigated.
Senate Bill 155 will now move on to the Ohio House for consideration.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio supports advocacy for reproductive health care and rights, including grassroots organizing, community education, and lobbying. www.ppao.org