State of Ohio Archives: on Abortion


Mike DeWine: Deflects questions about abortion during pandemic

The issue has become a political hot potato as DeWine and Attorney General David Yost seem to have conflicting views on whose role it is to settle the issue. When Health Director Amy Acton was asked about abortions, DeWine interjected and said the issue was being addressed by "lawyers" and Yost's office. Earlier, Yost's office said whether clinics are in violation of Acton's order will be decided by the health department and, if so, the attorney general would then take legal action.
Source: USA Today on 2022 Ohio gubernatorial race Mar 25, 2020

John Kasich: Vetoed "fetal heartbeat" law (abortion ban after 6 weeks)

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have filed bills which would halt abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy. That's often before a woman even realizes she is pregnant and would amount to an unconstitutional ban on abortions in Kentucky, said the deputy director of the ACLU..

A court struck down such a bill in North Dakota. That leaves Iowa as the only state with a fetal heartbeat bill enacted into law and that remains suspended by a pending court challenge, said the ACLU spokesperson. Should Kentucky enact such a law, the ACLU is ready to challenge it.

Several states have expressed interest in or enacted similar "fetal heartbeat" laws, most recently in Ohio where the Republican-controlled legislature approved such a law last year, only to have it vetoed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Ohio's legislature taking office in a few days will likely pass a fetal heartbeat bill in 2019--and incoming Gov. Mike DeWine has said he will sign it.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on Ohio voting records Jan 9, 2019

Mike DeWine: Supports "fetal heartbeat" law (abortion ban after 6 weeks)

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have filed bills which would halt abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy. That's often before a woman even realizes she is pregnant and would amount to an unconstitutional ban on abortions in Kentucky, said the deputy director of the ACLU..

A court struck down such a bill in North Dakota. That leaves Iowa as the only state with a fetal heartbeat bill enacted into law and that remains suspended by a pending court challenge, said the ACLU spokesperson. Should Kentucky enact such a law, the ACLU is ready to challenge it.

Several states have expressed interest in or enacted similar "fetal heartbeat" laws, most recently in Ohio where the Republican-controlled legislature approved such a law last year, only to have it vetoed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Ohio's legislature taking office in a few days will likely pass a fetal heartbeat bill in 2019--and incoming Gov. Mike DeWine has said he will sign it.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Jan 9, 2019

Jim Renacci: De-fund Planned Parenthood; 100% pro-life

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Sherrod Brown (D): Legal. "I will always trust Ohio women to make their health care decisions, plain & simple."

Jim Renacci (R): Ban. "I firmly believe in the sanctity of life. proud to have a 100 percent pro-life voting record since being elected to Congress."

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Sherrod Brown (D): No. "Healthcare decisions should be between you & your doctor, not the government & your boss."

Jim Renacci (R): Likely yes. ObamaCare requirement for faith-affiliated employers like hospitals to provide contraceptive coverage was "an assault on religious freedom."

Q: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Sherrod Brown (D): Yes. They offer "lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV/AIDS prevention & contraception education."

Jim Renacci (R): No. Supported defunding.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mike DeWine: Supports heartbeat bill (no abortion after 6 weeks)

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Richard Cordray (D): Legal. Women should have the right to make their own personal decisions.

Mike DeWine (R): Ban. Would have supported "heartbeat bill," banning abortion at 6 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Q: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Richard Cordray (D): Yes. Will work to restore funding.

Mike DeWine (R): No. Nothing requires Ohio to support abortion providers.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Richard Cordray: Women's right to make their own personal decisions

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Richard Cordray (D): Legal. Women should have the right to make their own personal decisions.

Mike DeWine (R): Ban. Would have supported "heartbeat bill," banning abortion at 6 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Q: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Richard Cordray (D): Yes. Will work to restore funding.

Mike DeWine (R): No. Nothing requires Ohio to support abortion providers.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Sherrod Brown: Trust women to make their own healthcare decisions

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Sherrod Brown (D): Legal. "I will always trust Ohio women to make their health care decisions, plain & simple."

Jim Renacci (R): Ban. "I firmly believe in the sanctity of life. proud to have a 100 percent pro-life voting record since being elected to Congress."

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Sherrod Brown (D): No. "Healthcare decisions should be between you & your doctor, not the government & your boss."

Jim Renacci (R): Likely yes. ObamaCare requirement for faith-affiliated employers like hospitals to provide contraceptive coverage was "an assault on religious freedom."

Q: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Sherrod Brown (D): Yes. They offer "lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV/AIDS prevention & contraception education."

Jim Renacci (R): No. Supported defunding.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mike Gibbons: Opposes abortion as a woman's unrestricted right

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Strongly oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Ohio Senate candidate Apr 24, 2018

Betty Sutton: Constitutionally protected decisions about personal health

Richard Cordray said he would fight what he considers an erosion of abortion rights in Ohio. "Rich Cordray and [lieutenant-governor candidate] Betty Sutton have been strong and consistent supporters of reproductive choice throughout their careers in public service," Cordray's campaign said in a statement. "As Ohio's governor and lieutenant governor, they'll stop the relentless attacks on women's health by Statehouse Republicans and will work to restore funding for Planned Parenthood. Rich and Betty will fight to ensure that all women in Ohio will be allowed to make constitutionally protected decisions about their personal health and will have expanded access to critical health screenings, prenatal and postnatal care, as well as measures to prevent infant mortality."
Source: Governing magazine on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Mar 8, 2018

Dennis Kucinich: Change of heart: I support a woman's right to choose

Critics of Dennis Kucinich, a former Cleveland mayor and congressman, have been highlighting his change of heart on the issue. Prior to 2003, he had a record of voting against many abortion-rights measures.

"I support a woman's right to choose," Kucinich said this week asked about his change of heart. "I looked at it and decided to address it in a nonpolarizing way."

Source: Governing magazine on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Mar 8, 2018

Joe Schiavoni: I trust women to make their own medical decisions

In a fundraising letter that calls him "a truly remarkable man of God," gubernatorial candidate Bill O'Neill is staking out his position as an anti-abortion candidate in the Democratic primary.

"I've always stood on the side of women, who I trust to make their own medical decisions," said state Sen. Joe Schiavoni. "I don't know why O'Neill is making this a position of his, but it's his decision. We'll see how it works out."

Source: Governing magazine on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Mar 8, 2018

Richard Cordray: Support abortion rights; fight for Planned Parenthood

Richard Cordray said he would fight what he considers an erosion of abortion rights in Ohio. "Rich Cordray and [lieutenant-governor candidate] Betty Sutton have been strong and consistent supporters of reproductive choice throughout their careers in public service," Cordray's campaign said in a statement. "As Ohio's governor and lieutenant governor, they'll stop the relentless attacks on women's health by Statehouse Republicans and will work to restore funding for Planned Parenthood. Rich and Betty will fight to ensure that all women in Ohio will be allowed to make constitutionally protected decisions about their personal health and will have expanded access to critical health screenings, prenatal and postnatal care, as well as measures to prevent infant mortality."
Source: Governing magazine on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Mar 8, 2018

Mike Gibbons: We need to end abortion in America

I'm pro-life. I believe that all life must be protected. If you send me to the Senate, I will vote to confirm originalist justices to the Supreme Court. I will vote to immediately de-fund Planned Parenthood. I will vote to end late-term abortion. We need to end abortion in America, but we must do it with compassion, support, and the understanding that we're all here by the grace of God.
Source: 2018 Ohio Senatorial website GibbonsForOhio.com Oct 15, 2017

Joe Schiavoni: Restore Planned Parenthood funding

As Governor, Joe Schiavoni will restore funding to Planned Parenthood to provide affordable healthcare to women across Ohio.
Source: 2018 Ohio Governor website JoeForOhio.com Aug 17, 2017

Jon Husted: Unwavering supporting for the unborn

Jon has been a steadfast pro-life leader. Having been adopted as a child, Jon's own story inspired his unwavering support for the unborn. He has consistently backed the work of Ohio Right to Life and earned their endorsement during every race. As House Speaker, he also championed initiatives to encourage adoption in Ohio by pairing children with healthy families.
Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial website, JonHusted.com Jul 15, 2017

Jim Renacci: Opposes abortion and gay marriage

Renacci, a father of three, grew up in a blue collar family in western Pennsylvania and was the first in his family to graduate college. He began his career as an accountant before shifting to business management and ownership. He was a volunteer firefighter, city councilman and mayor in Wadsworth. He opposes abortion, capital punishment and gay marriage but supports Trump's proposals to build a wall on the border with Mexico, impose a temporary travel ban and repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Source: Dayton Daily News on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Feb 4, 2017

John Kasich: Ban abortions after 20 weeks; but no "heartbeat bill"

Gov. John Kasich signed a bill imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. The so-called heartbeat bill would have prohibited most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Kasich chose instead to sign off on a 20-week ban similar to those now in effect in 15 states and blocked from enforcement in two others. The measures are based on the assertion that fetuses can feel pain then, which opponents characterize as scientifically unsound. Ohio lawmakers rejected a Democratic amendment that would have added exceptions for rape and incest.

Kasich said the heartbeat provision would have been struck down: "The State of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit and will be forced to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists' lawyers," Kasich said. "Therefore, this veto is in the public interest."

Source: Chicago Tribune on Ohio legislative voting records Dec 13, 2016

John Kasich: Require abortion clinics to have nearby hospital & doctor

In Oklahoma this week, the state Supreme Court threw out a law requiring abortion clinics to have doctors who have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their facility. The court ruled that measure, which requires doctors with admitting privileges to be present for abortions, violates both the U.S. and Oklahoma constitutions. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed it into law in 2014, but courts had blocked it from going into effect. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year struck down a similar provision in Texas.

In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich signed a bill imposing a 20-week abortion ban based on the assertion that fetuses can feel pain then, which opponents characterize as scientifically unsound. Kasich vetoed stricter provisions in a so-called heartbeat bill that would have prohibited most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, noting that the heartbeat provision would have been struck down.

Source: Chicago Tribune on Ohio legislative voting records Dec 13, 2016

Warren Davidson: Life begins at conception

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Davidson: I oppose abortion. I know that life begins at conception and seek to see that reflected in our Constitution. In all cases both lives matter.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Ohio House race Nov 8, 2016

Ted Strickland: Supports some restrictions but Planned Parenthood ok

Q: On Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted?

Portman: Yes

Strickland: No, but supports some restrictions.

Q: On Contraception: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Portman: Yes. Filed Amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby.

Strickland: No

Q: On Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Portman: No

Strickland: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2016

John Kasich: Cut $1.3M in funding for discredited Planned Parenthood

Kasich claimed that he would find it "absolutely unacceptable" for women to be unable to access reproductive health care: "Women's health is very important to us, and we're not cutting the funding," Kasich said when an audience member prompted him to speak about the services Planned Parenthood offers beyond abortion. "But that's an organization that has largely discredited itself, but that doesn't mean we can have you not being able to get the help that you need as a woman. I mean that would be absolutely unacceptable, and we're not going to do that in our state.

But when Kasich signed a bill in February cutting $1.3 million in funding to Planned Parenthood, he did not cut funds for abortion care; those services are not covered by state money. Instead, he slashed funds for the organization's sexually transmitted infection testing, and mother and newborn care, and anti-domestic violence programs.

Source: Rewire.com FactCheck on 2018 Ohio Gubernatorial race Mar 30, 2016

P.G. Sittenfeld: Unwavering supporter of a woman's right to choose

As an unwavering supporter of a woman's right to choose, I am disappointed in the Ohio Legislature's latest efforts to undermine Roe v. Wade and intrude on women's reproductive rights.

Women should have the freedom to make decisions about their own bodies--period. As a U.S. Senator, I would do everything in my power to ensure those values hold true and that reproductive freedom and access to health care are protected for all women in Ohio.

Source: 2016 Ohio Senate campaign Facebook website, pg.sittenfeld Mar 27, 2015

Josh Mandel: Signed pledge to oppose abortion on demand without exception

Mandel was asked about a pledge he'd signed with Cincinnati Right to Life indicating he'd oppose abortion on demand without exception. He said abortion on demand does not include exceptions to protect the life of the mother.

He said he supported laws to encourage adoption, the ban of federal dollars to pay for abortions and abortions in the ninth month. "Sherrod Brown is an extremist on this issue," Mandel said.

"I trust Ohio women to make their own decisions about their health care," Brown said.

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Josh Mandel: I believe in protecting life

Asked about abortion, Mandel said, "I am pro-life, I believe in protecting life," and then pivoted to say the real issue for everyone was creating jobs.

Brown said, "I trust women to make their own health care decisions," and said Mandel also opposes abortion in cases of rape and incest.

Source: Toledo Blade on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Sherrod Brown: Women should make their own health care decisions

Asked about abortion, Mandel said, "I am pro-life, I believe in protecting life," and then pivoted to say the real issue for everyone was creating jobs.

Brown said, "I trust women to make their own health care decisions," and said Mandel also opposes abortion in cases of rape and incest.

Source: Toledo Blade on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Michael Pryce: ObamaCare makes doctors commit abortions against their will

Iran likely already has a nuclear bomb and a way to initiate its use, said Pryce, who served in military intelligence. The U.S. must be ready to defend Israel "by whatever means it takes," he said. "We have to be the world policeman in this issue."
Source: Cleveland Jewish News on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Feb 29, 2012

Josh Mandel: Endorsed by Ohio Right to Life PAC

Pro-life State Treasurer Josh Mandel now possesses a clear path to the GOP nod and a fighting chance at unseating pro-abortion Senator Sherrod Brown (D) in the general election.

Mandel brings a solid pro-life position to the race. Mandel received the endorsement of Ohio Right to Life PAC in his runs for State House and for Treasurer.

During his stint in the House, Mandel championed numerous pieces of life-saving legislation. He co-sponsored H.B. 280, the Protecting Pregnant Women from Coercion and Violence Act to increase penalties for domestic violence when the offender knew the victim was pregnant and to require abortion facilities to post a "No One Can Force You to Have an Abortion" notice.

Source: LifeNews.com on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 27, 2011

Josh Mandel: Umbilical blood is ethical source of stem cells

Mandel co-sponsored H.B. 314, the Ultrasound Viewing Option Bill and H.B. 102, a bill to promote umbilical cord blood donation as an ethical source of stem cells.
Source: LifeNews.com on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 27, 2011

Michael Pryce: Completely against abortion as a form of birth control

Q: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?

A: Pro-life.

Q: Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?

A: No.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?

A: Yes.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?

A: Yes.

Q: Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?

A: Yes.

Pryce adds, "As the only doctor in the race, I dislike terms like pro-life & pro-choice. It is not that simple. Abortion should never be 'legal', it is a medical issue that should be handled in a professional manner with the intent to always save the child if at all possible. I am completely against abortion to be used as a form of birth control! "

Source: Ohio Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Michael Pryce: No funding for embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

Source: Ohio Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Lee Fisher: Committed to upholding the rights guaranteed in Roe v. Wade

Lee has long been a leader in the fight to ensure that women are able to access safe reproductive health care, and he is committed to upholding the rights guaranteed in Roe v. Wade. As a state legislator, Lee sponsored a resolution "deploring acts of violence against reproductive health care facilities" and "exhorting law enforcement agencies to vigorously investigate such acts." As Attorney General, Lee filed suit against anti-abortion counseling centers accused of deceptive advertising, and sponsored a resolution encouraging the enactment of a federal law prohibiting force, physical obstruction or intimidation to deny patients access to clinics performing abortions. In November 2009, Lee called the anti-choice amendment to the health care reform bill before the U.S. House "discriminatory language far beyond existing law in restricting a woman's right to choose," and urged the U.S. Senate to reject similar language in its health care reform legislation.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, fisherforohio.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Steven Driehaus: Prohibit partial-birth abortion; and illegalize all abortion

Source: 2000 Ohio National Political Awareness Test Nov 4, 2008

Eric Fingerhut: I support Roe vs. Wade

I support Roe vs. Wade.
Source: Ohio Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 5, 2002

Charlie Wilson: Legal abortion only for incest, rape, or life of woman

Source: 1998 Ohio Legislative National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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