Don’t Restrict Abortion Rights in Ohio

ProgressOhio

Target: Ohio Senate Minority Leader, Eric Kearney

Goal: Reject extreme anti-abortion legislation in Ohio

Ohio’s Senate has agreed to consider a bill that would make abortion illegal after a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus. When the bill was originally proposed, the state’s Senate President suggested that the anti-abortion groups revise the bill to make it less extreme so that it would not be rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. The groups are now working on the bill and trying to come to an agreement before it is reviewed by the state Senate, but it is unclear how much less restrictive the revision will be. Urge Ohio’s senators to reject the bill to ensure that women in Ohio will continue to have reproductive rights.

If the proposed bill is approved by the state’s government, it will be the most restrictive bill of its kind in the country. The state law that currently holds that title is in Arizona where abortion is illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Ohio’s bill puts the limit at around six weeks and does not make exceptions for rape, incest, or health reasons. The bill was resurrected just a few days after a poll showed that a majority of Ohio’s residents believe that abortion should remain a legal option for women. Passing the law would require legislators to blatantly ignore the needs and opinions of the state’s citizens.

Although in the recent election, Ohio voters chose both the Democratic presidential candidate and a Democratic senator, Ohio’s General Assembly is still overwhelmingly Republican. In addition, the Governor of the state has appointed members of anti-choice groups to important positions in the state government. The President of the Senate, who is strongly anti-choice, encouraged the anti-abortion groups to revise their bill, and he has stated that he would then be willing to approve this dangerous legislation.

Conservatives in the U.S. seem to feel threatened by the country’s preference for more progressive ideas and leaders, and instead of trying to compromise by becoming more moderate, they are hoping to gain more conservative supporters by pushing the most extreme legislation possible. Democrats in Ohio’s Senate must ensure that this radical bill does not get passed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Kearney,

The Senate President has agreed to consider an anti-abortion bill that would give Ohio the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Although the anti-abortion groups who are presenting the legislation have agreed to revise the bill, it will likely remain restrictive enough to threaten the health of women in your state.

The results of the recent election show that most Americans prefer more moderate leaders and reject the most extreme efforts to take away women’s rights. When polled, the majority of Ohioans agree that abortion should remain legal and women deserve the right to make their own health decisions.

Conservative members of Ohio’s Senate have expressed intentions to approve a bill of this sort, and it is up to the Democratic members of the Senate to prevent this from happening. Please ensure that the Senate rejects this dangerous anti-choice bill so that Ohio will continue to be a safe place for women.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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