H.B. 90 would impose numerous resource-intensive obligations on the Ohio Department of Education that are likely to be costly, time-consuming, and difficult to implement. And yet, this bill does nothing to address the current shortcoming in the current sex education offered in Ohio.
While it is certainly the right of every Ohioan to vigorously contend for their ideology and convictions within the greater public discourse in our state, it is another matter entirely when ideology and convictions are promoted using the resources of the state for the purpose of indoctrination or persuasion. House Bill 90 in its current form does exactly that.
No matter what happens with the six-week abortion ban, know that we will never stop fighting for you and for all Ohioans to access the reproductive health care you need and deserve.
On behalf of Ohio’s faithfully pro-choice communities, I ask you to do the right thing and to oppose this extreme and immoral bill.
God's call to care for the vulnerable means that we should look first to the actual persons who are already breathing in this world. In domestic violence situations, men often withhold contraception as a way to control their partners. Forcing a birth isn't going to do anything about that.
Senate Bill 23 is not about life or love. It is not about compassion for the unborn. It is a punitive measure that seeks to enforce a fundamentalist, sexist religious agenda on the women of Ohio and, as such, it must be defeated.
My faith teaches that it is a gift from God that a woman can have a safe and legal abortion if she believes that is best for her and her situation. So whose moral, spiritual, and scientific belief should prevail in Ohio?
It is dark and dangerous to substitute the moral posture of certain legislators (based solely on those lawmakers’ religious beliefs vs. medical or public health concerns) for a woman’s own judgment, spiritual and theological discernment, and deliberation about her own physical and mental health and how her reproductive choices impact her future.
Those who feel compelled to take away the rights of women moves from one of service, seeking the welfare of all — to one willing to commit violence through stigma and denigration and the imposition of a patriarchy that betrays the well-being of We the People.
As crushing as that pregnancy loss was, I came through it because of the love of my family and the care of a medical system and a legal system which took me as a woman, as a mother, as a human being with a unique and difficult circumstance — as well as that potential life inside me — seriously.