This letter to the editor was published in the Akron Beacon Journal by Ohio RCRC board member Megan M. Hunter, Esq.

I’d like to thank the editorial board for its Nov. 13 editorial that takes a stand against Ohio House Bill 214. The bill would prosecute doctors for simply talking to their patients about possibly seeking an abortion based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

As the mother of a young infant and a toddler, and as a proud pro-choice Catholic, I trust the moral agency of women to decide what is best for their reproductive lives and families. The decisions to become a parent, when, and under what circumstances, are deeply personal and sacred. These matters are best left to a woman to discern for herself in consultation with her family, her faith and others she may bring into the conversation.

If the Ohio legislature and Gov. John Kasich are truly serious about supporting women and families, they would actively support policies to expand Medicaid, as well as improve funding and resources — such as paid family leave and special education — to raise children with developmental and physical disabilities. But that is not the case. This bill is nothing more than an attempt to end access to safe, legal abortion — all while undermining the moral dignity of women.