ACTION ALERT: Urge Governor Kasich to Veto Abortion Ban
Urgent action needed! Call Governor Kasich at
614-466-3555 and urge him to veto any abortion bans.
On Tuesday, with no warning,
the Ohio Senate amended the full text of the "Heartbeat bill" abortion ban onto HB 493, a bill that was intended to address child abuse and neglect. It would ban virtually all abortions from the time a heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, whether or not a woman is even aware that she is pregnant. Even worse, the Heartbeat Ban has NO exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal anomalies that endanger life or health. Late on Tuesday, the House concurred on the amendment, sending the abortion ban to Governor Kasich's desk.
testified against the Heartbeat Ban last year. We strongly oppose this legislation because it violates the right of individual privacy to make personal reproductive health choices.
But, wait, there's more. The legislature also fast-tracked and is expected to pass a second abortion ban, the pre-viability 20-week ban, SB 127, that also has no exceptions for rape, incest, or the health of the woman.
As advocates for good government, we are also deeply troubled that the legislature violated their own rules by rushing these highly controversial bills to a floor vote with zero public notice. Clearly legislative leaders are hoping the public is not paying attention. Please show them that we are by picking up the phone and calling today.
Make no mistake,
these two abortion bans are dangerous and unconstitutional. Please join us in calling on Governor Kasich to veto any and all abortion bans.
LWVO Advocacy Team
League of Women Voters of Ohio | 614-469-1505 | www.lwvohio.org