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Ohio State Senate Shelves Anti-Choice Bills
Cleveland, OH - Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, responded to comments from Ohio Senate President Niehaus that bills to effectively ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers will not be brought for a vote during lame-duck session.
"Make no mistake about it, the threat to women's health may be delayed, but it remains. We fully expect anti-choice forces to reintroduce these dangerous attacks on women's health when the legislature reconvenes in January. ” Copeland said.
H.B. 298 would have re-prioritized the way that federal family planning funds are distributed by the Ohio Department of Health, making it nearly impossible for Planned Parenthood or any other stand-alone family planning providers to get any of the available funds. H.B. 125 would have banned abortion at a point when many women do not yet realize they are pregnant.
Copeland continued, "When these legislative attacks return, Governor Kasich will be the one to decide whether or not they become law. He has a responsibility to the women and men of this state to let us know where he stands on these bills. We call on Governor Kasich to pledge to veto any further restrictions on access to reproductive health care.”