Women’s Reproductive Health

Any decisions about a woman’s health should be made privately by her and her doctor without government intrusion. A majority of Ohioans think that Roe v. Wade is settled law, and a vast majority of people in the state don’t support the more extreme bills that have recently been passed by the legislature (such as the fetal heartbeat bill). The latest proposed example of an extreme bill is HB413, which requires doctors to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy into a woman’s uterus. This is medically impossible. All that this bill, if enacted into law, and the fetal heartbeat bills will do is cost the state a lot of money to defend them.

If banning all abortions is your overwhelming issue, I don’t expect you to vote for me. However, if it is one of many issues that affect your decision, you will find that we have some common ground. Many of the positions that I hold affirm life, from supporting a fair educational system to covering everybody in the state with medical care.

Cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood because they perform abortions is shortsighted. Planned Parenthood is often the only source of birth control, Pap tests, and other gynecological health services for low-income women.

I do congratulate the legislature for HB19, which exempts feminine hygiene products from sales tax.

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