Overview

Voters need to see a choice between Nan Whaley, who is working class and shares their views on abortion, and Mike DeWine, who is out of touch with Ohio voters and is the most anti-choice governor in Ohio’s history.

8/24/22

Summary

When it comes to a woman’s right to choose, voters need to see and see on the go, and new voters need to read the following:

  • For nearly 50 years in political office, DeWine has been on the frontlines of the fight to take away a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion, take away access to contraception and take away the right for a woman to make her own health choices.
  • DeWine even signed into law a government mandate banning abortions after only six weeks, without any exceptions for rape or incest, which is before many women know they’re pregnant. This recently resulted in a 10-year-old rape victim needing to seek medical help outside of the state. And what’s worse, DeWine has said he wants to “go as far as [he] can” with his anti-abortion mandate.
  • Nan Whaley supports a women’s right to a safe and legal abortion and believes the government should not mandate such personal medical decisions. Nan believes the people of Ohio should decide what is right for Ohio, not politicians. That’s why as governor, she’ll support a ballot referendum to put the protections of Roe v. Wade into the Ohio Constitution.

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DeWine signed a 6 week abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape or incest. “Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill Thursday afternoon, just one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly. … Now known as the ‘Human Rights Protection Act,’ SB 23 outlaws abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That bans the practice as early as five or six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant.” [WOUB, 4/11/19]

DeWine has called himself the most “pro-life governor in Ohio history.” “His website includes this statement: ‘Mike DeWine is the most pro-life governor in Ohio history.’ One of the first bills he signed into law was the ‘Heartbeat Bill,’ which bans abortion in Ohio once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.” [Dayton Daily News, 4/12/22]

DeWine wants to go “as far as we can” to ban abortion. “In a call with Ohio Right to Life members on Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine said he wants to ‘go as far as we can’ to prohibit abortion based on what the U.S. Supreme Court decides in the coming days.” [Columbus Dispatch, 6/17/22]

The abortion ban signed by DeWine forced a 10 year old rape victim to leave Ohio for an abortion. “On Monday three days after the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, took a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio. Hours after the Supreme Court action, the Buckeye state had outlawed any abortion after six weeks. Now this doctor had a 10-year-old patient in the office who was six weeks and three days pregnant.” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/1/22]

Republicans have introduced an abortion ban that could also ban invitro fertilization and some types of birth control. “Click’s bill, which is being co-sponsored by seven other lawmakers, could also potentially ban other forms of birth control such as certain intrauterine devices (or IUDs) that interfere with an already fertilized ova. There are also a host of other questions raised with other medical procedures handling fertilized embryos, such as in vitro fertilizations. IVFs occur when fertilization happens in a lab, and the embryo can be later implanted into a uterus.” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/11/22]

As Attorney General, DeWine sued to block access to contraceptives. “The US Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case was a win for those who objected to the federal health care law’s requirement that the company offer insurance that covers contraceptives for women – and that includes Ohio’s Attorney General. Mike DeWine is an avowed opponent of the Affordable Care Act and wrote a brief that was signed by Republican Attorneys General from 19 other states.” [WOUB, 6/30/14]

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