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RELEASE - December 10, 2014
OHIO HOUSE VOTES DOWN 6-WEEK ABORTION BAN
Columbus, OhioThe Ohio House today voted down HB 248, putting an end to an extreme bill that was tantamount to a six-week abortion ban. At six weeks, most women don’t even know they’re pregnant. This bill would have taken away a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions before she would have known she had a decision to make.
Stephanie Kight, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio president and CEO, made the following statement:
We are pleased that the majority of Representatives in the Ohio House have recognized that HB 248 is bad policy and bad medicine—and is too extreme and dangerous to become part of Ohio law. This is a great day for women in Ohio.
We join with women across the country in exclaiming that enough is enough when faced with extreme and dangerous legislation that threatens our ability to make health care decisions for ourselves and our families. We have already seen too many extreme laws restrict a woman’s ability to access safe and legal abortion care in Ohio, and it’s good to see that our politicians couldn’t justify one more.
safe and legal abortion care is critical for women’s health, and Planned Parenthood will always fight to provide quality health care for Ohio women, no matter what.
BACKGROUND: Thursday, November 20, HB 248 passed the House Health and Aging Committee and is pending a House floor vote. The bill would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detectable—often before most women even know that they are pregnant. Similar bills in North Dakota and Arkansas have been struck down as unconstitutional, and prior attempts to pass this legislation in Ohio have failed. Nearly 30,000 Planned Parenthood supporters signed a petition urging Speaker Batchelder to halt the bill’s progress.
RELEASE - December 10, 2014
Columbus, Ohio—The Ohio House is slated to vote on HB 248 today. HB 248 would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectible, which is at about six weeks of pregnancy. At six weeks, many women don’t even know they’re pregnant. This bill would take away a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions before she even knows she has a decision to make.
Nearly 30,000 voters added their names to a message to Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder in support of stopping the progress of HB 248:
Dear Speaker Batchelder,
The six-week abortion ban would put up unnecessary and dangerous barriers to women being able to access health care. In many cases, a woman doesn't even know she's pregnant at six weeks — it is unjust and outrageous to deny a woman the right to make her own medical decisions before she even has a chance to consult her doctor, her family, and her conscience.
Lawmakers shouldn't be forcing their way between women and their doctors, or taking options off the table in dangerous medical situations. This bill is unconstitutional, ignores public opinion, and endangers women's lives. Please, do what you can to stop the six-week abortion ban.
BACKGROUND: Thursday, November 20, HB 248 passed the House Health and Aging Committee and is pending a House floor vote. The bill would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detectable—often before most women even know that they are pregnant. Similar bills in North Dakota and Arkansas have been struck down as unconstitutional, and prior attempts to pass this legislation in Ohio have failed.
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September 26, 2014
Statement from President & CEO Stephanie Kight regarding
the Ohio Department of Health report Induced Abortions in Ohio, 2013
There are two major factors that impact abortion rates: comprehensive sex education and access to affordable contraception, both of which help prevent unintended pregnancy. With Medicaid Expansion and the Affordable Care Act, this was the best year yet for access to preventive health care. The abortion rate declined in all but one of the counties in which a Planned Parenthood health center operates. When people have access to preventive care and medically accurate health information, our communities see positive health outcomes.
We’re glad that women are getting the health care they need to prevent unintended pregnancy, thus reducing the need for abortion. Access to safe and legal abortion care remains an important option for women who seek to end a pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to provide quality care for the women in Ohio.
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