Published on September 3rd, 2018 | by Guest Contributor1
Kavanaugh Nomination Threatens Reproductive Choice in Ohio
By Emma Schultz
United States circuit judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination to the Supreme Court endangers the balance of the courts and the lives of Americans for decades to come. Kavanaugh’s record of restricting access to reproductive care is particularly dangerous considering Donald Trump promised only to appoint judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade and strip away the right to safe abortion.
If Roe is overturned, laws pertaining to abortion access would be determined by states – something that would be devastating in Ohio. In just the last seven years, Ohio has seen 20 new abortion restrictions be put into place – more than any other administration before. Without the protection of Roe, there would be nothing to stop Ohio’s government from completely banning abortion.
Access to affordable healthcare should get easier with time, not more difficult. To ensure that Ohioans remain able to obtain the reproductive health care they need regardless of the actions of the President and Supreme Court, we must elect candidates who have shown themselves to be unapologetically supportive of reproductive rights – candidates like Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton. Cordray and Sutton are determined to fight for the health and rights of Ohioans and are poised to protect and expand access to health care if they are elected.
Mike DeWine, on the other hand, would increase the already extreme attacks on abortion access in Ohio. DeWine voted against an amendment to reaffirm Roe, and he has a long history of restricting access to healthcare. His crusade to ban abortion will continue if he is elected governor, which will prove detrimental to the most vulnerable among us in our state.
Sen. Rob Portman will introduce Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearings. Come protest to #SaveSCOTUS on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 12-1pm at Portman’s Downtown office #OHActivistEventshttps://t.co/5EVzRzsUyA
— Swing State Voices (@SwingStateVoice) September 3, 2018
To keep DeWine out of the governor’s office, Ohioans have to step up and vote for candidates who will represent what Americans overwhelmingly support: the right to safe and legal abortion. The Ohio legislature works for us, and they must stand by the vast majority and protect access to abortion and reproductive care. Otherwise, an overturn of Roe would be detrimental to our most basic rights.