COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio lawmakers are responding to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade on Friday.
While abortion remains legal in Ohio for the time being, several pieces of pending or blocked legislation could quickly alter access to abortion services in the Buckeye State.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced his office has filed a motion to dissolve an injunction against the state’s heartbeat law.
Yost says the motion was filed in federal court after a Supreme Court ruling Friday that struck down the constitutional right to an abortion in the U.S.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) released the following statement:
This decision returns abortion policy to the place it has always belonged: to the elected policy branches of government. Roe was poorly reasoned, a doctrine of shifting sands that invited perpetual litigation. We will continue to debate this issue. But passion is not a license to violence. I call again on my federal colleague, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and my fellow states’ attorneys general to publicly commit to holding violent protesters accountable under the law, no matter which side they are on.”Republican AG Dave Yost
You can watch his video statement here.
State senator Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and State Representative Jenna Powell (R-Arcanum) both said they celebrate the decision.
My strong Catholic faith, combined with thirty years as a practicing physician, drives my belief that every life should be valued. Since my election to the Ohio House in 2015, the Ohio General Assembly has passed more significant legislation to defend unborn children and protect their right to life than at any time since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark abortion ruling in 1973.
Today, we celebrate the court’s decision to rule in favor of the sanctity of human life, and our work continues. As Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, I will work with my colleagues and our legal counsel to ensure we uphold the Constitution and protect the unborn.
As we review the opinion, and look ahead, we are mindful that being pro-life is about more than just protecting a baby’s right to live, it is also about providing support for pregnant women and parents, reducing financial barriers for adopting families, reprioritizing federal funding for family planning organizations and providers—the list goes on.
Of all of my legislative accomplishments, I am most proud of the work we have done in Ohio to protect life and I remain committed to doing so.Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City)
Today’s decision is a historic victory in the fight to protect unborn babies across Ohio and our nation. The Court’s decision empowers states to defend the God-given rights of our unborn sons and daughters.
Every unborn child has the right to life. Thousands upon thousands of innocent lives were tragically ended in the decades since the Court’s wrongful decision in Roe. These lives did not have to end. I am thankful the Court’s decision in Dobbs finally rights Roe’s historic wrong.
I have introduced the ‘2363 Act,’ which offers protection to the 2,363 unborn children killed every day through abortion. I urge my fellow Ohioans and my colleagues in the Statehouse to support this urgent legislation.
The pro-life movement is strong today, and so is the Ohio House Pro-Life Caucus. We will analyze this decision and continue our commitment to defending the rights of the unborn here in our state. Work remains to be done with our state laws, and I remain willing and ready to collaborate with my colleagues on this issue in the coming weeks.Jenna Powell (R-Arcanum)
Lt. Governor Husted (R) also released the following:
As we transition as a nation from Roe to Dobbs, we all need to do our best to understand and respect the heartfelt, genuine differences of opinions among our families, friends, neighbors and communities. Being an adoptee who started life in a foster home, my own experience helped shape my views on this issue. I’m here today because my birth mother chose life and put me up for adoption, which I know could not have been an easy decision for her. My prayer for all of us is this collective experience will build a more compassionate nation that values life.Lt. Gov. Husted
But not all lawmakers were happy with the decision. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH 13th District) called the decision disastrous in his statement on Friday.
Today’s disastrous decision is the largest case of government overreach in my lifetime. By overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court is gutting a long-established right in order to put politicians between women and their doctors. Even worse, this ruling gives the green light to those here in Ohio who have introduced legislation that would deny women access to potentially lifesaving care and threaten to put women and doctors in jail.
We saw this coming, which is why as a member of Congress I’ve voted repeatedly to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, only to watch it die in the Senate along with so many other bills that would protect health care and help women and families. It’s clear the Senate is not working the way it’s supposed to and Ohio women will pay the price. It has never been more important that we expand our pro-choice majority, end the filibuster, and pass legislation to protect the fundamental right to an abortion.”Tim Ryan (D-OH 13th District)
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) also opposed the ruling
For fifty years, women in America had the right to make their own personal health care decisions. Today, five judges handed that right over to politicians. This will be the first generation of women to grow up with fewer rights and freedoms than their mothers and grandmothers, and this burden will be disproportionately carried by low-income women and women of color. This is a radical decision by an increasingly out-of-touch court, and Americans won’t stand for it. When, how, and whether to have a family is one of the most personal and meaningful decisions we make in life, and the freedom to make those decisions for yourself, free from political interference, should be available to everyone. The president and Congress must take action restoring protections for women to make their own health choices, and women will make their voices heard in voting booths around Ohio and the country this November.”Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
The Ohio Democratic Party also released a statement condemning the decision, and pushing Ohioans to action.
Ohioans’ fundamental right to reproductive care, including abortion and birth control, is on the line in this year’s election. This disastrous decision lays squarely at the feet of Ohio Republicans – from J.D. Vance to Mike DeWine to extremists in the statehouse – who have spent years working to strip women of their basic rights and enacting new, cruel restrictions that would punish survivors of rape and incest.
It is critical that Ohioans elect Tim Ryan, Nan Whaley and pro-choice Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in November who will protect the right to abortion. We will continue to fight so that women can make these personal decisions with their doctors and without unwanted and unnecessary interference from politicians. This November, Ohioans will take their outrage to the polls and defeat the extremist Republicans who gutted our freedom to choose.”Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters
Nan Whaley, who is running against current Ohio governor Mike DeWine, held a press conference on Friday afternoon.
I’m not gonna mince words, Today is an awful day. It’s an awful day for women and it’s an awful day for our country. As someone whose mother fought for these rights and has had the basic autonomy over my body for my entire life, I am absolutely heartbroken, and frankly, I’m angry beyond any words I can give you today. But also, I’ve never been more committed to this fight.Nan Whaley (Democratic Gubenatorial Candidate)
Check out the video below to hear more of Whaley’s statements on the decision.
DeWine issued an on-camera statement Friday that said in part:
My purpose tonight is not to debate the merits of this decision. There will be plenty of time to do this in the days and weeks ahead. But I have two reasons for talking with you tonight. First, I think it’s important that as we discuss the abortion issue, we in Ohio do it in a civil way and recognize there are people of good will on both sides who have strongly and honestly held beliefs.Ohio Governor Mike DeWine