Senators Tavares And Schiavoni Respond To Governor's Action On Abortion Bans
Ohio will now have one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation

Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statements after Governor John Kasich vetoed the so-called "heartbeat bill" (H.B. 493) but signed a 20-week abortion ban (S.B. 127): 

Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senate Minority Leader:

"While I am grateful that Governor Kasich vetoed the unconstitutional 6-week ban, I'm disappointed that he chose to sign the 20-week ban, which also may be unconstitutional. S.B. 127 is still a radical attack on women’s reproductive rights, as it does not include exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal anomaly. The governor’s decision will still cost Ohio thousands of dollars in legal fees at a time when we are 'on the verge of recession,' as the governor recently warned."

Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), Assistant Senate Minority Leader:

“I would like to applaud Governor Kasich for being responsible by vetoing the heartbeat provisions in H.B. 493, which would have made Ohio’s abortion laws the strictest in the country. However, I am extremely disappointed that Governor Kasich would choose to sign the 20-week ban into law. The law has no exception for rape or incest and will endanger the reproductive health of women in Ohio. The State of Ohio should not be in the business of making decisions for women. We should allow women to make these personal decisions for themselves with the input of medical professionals.”

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