We’re staring down another big week for pro-choice activism.
Monday – The Akron Beacon Journal editorial board issued a new editorial against the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban bills: Don’t make conversation a crime.
Ohio already has put in place many restrictions on the right to an abortion, including a ban after 20 weeks. The courts largely have struck down those limits applying an ‘undue burden,’ most recently in the form of medically unnecessary regulations. House Bill 214 takes aim at something even more fundamental. The courts have held firm to the right of women to make this choice, drawing a crucial line at “viability,” or when the fetus could survive outside the womb. Up to that point, a woman has full control of her body. This legislation would take that away. Which helps explain why a similar law enacted in Indiana has found tough going in court. Let’s not take a step that seeks to make criminals out of doctors who have conversations with their patients.
Tuesday – Lawmakers in the Ohio Statehouse will hold two hearings on anti-abortion bills. These hearings are open to the public, and we always encourage pro-choice Ohioans to attend. Follow us on Twitter for live updates.
1:30 p.m., House Criminal Justice Committee, Statehouse Room 114 – First hearing for the Abortion Method Ban, Senate Bill 145. This bill would ban the most common method of second-trimester abortion. You remember our actions against this bill when we staged Handmaid’s Tale protests in the Ohio Senate this Spring.
3:15 p.m., Senate Health Committee, Statehouse South Hearing Room – Fourth hearing on the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban, Senate Bill 164. The committee will likely vote on the bill after hearing the last of the witnesses against the bill.
Wednesday – This is the first opportunity for the Ohio Senate to vote on Senate Bill 164 if it is passed by the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.
1:30 p.m., Senate Session – Possible vote on the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban.
Thursday – NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Keep Abortion Safe and Legal in Toledo calling on ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, the last abortion provider in Northwest Ohio.
Noon in Toledo – Join us to send a message to ProMedica CEO Randy Oostra. Email Annie Krol for details.
5:30 p.m. in Columbus – Activist Night at NARAL: Volunteers will be calling Toledo residents to ask them to urge ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network. This may be the last and only chance to ensure women have access to abortion in that community.
It’s a busy week, but our staff is ready. They really depend on your support, so please participate in an action – online or in person – when you can.
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