State of Ohio Archives: on Abortion


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

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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