Columbus — On Wednesday night, the Ohio Senate Committee on Health, Human Services, and Medicaid heard over two hours of testimony from more than two dozen Ohioans who oppose the unconstitutional six-week abortion ban bill. At the end of the hearing, the committee did not vote on the bill, despite a previous expectation that they would. After recessing for the night, the committee resumed Thursday morning again without a vote and adjourned.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “This delay is not a victory, but it is an important, positive sign. With a bill this horrific and immoral, we’re very pleased to see Ohio legislators taking pause to consider the devastating consequences that would happen if abortion access was blocked across the state. We believe the testimony from patients, physicians, faith leaders, rape survivors, parents, and health care advocates has played a crucial role in helping everyone understand that this bill is entirely unacceptable, just like all of the other abortion restrictions introduced this session.
“We’re encouraging every Ohioan who values access to safe and legal abortion care to continue the dialogue with their elected officials. With two weeks remaining in Lame Duck and Governor-elect Mike DeWine entering office already siding with anti-abortion organizations, we know the fight for reproductive freedom will continue for many weeks, months, and years to come.”