Woman holding a pro-choice sign

A new bill, House Bill 538, was introduced that would automatically ban abortion in Ohio following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning or severely limiting the Roe v. Wade decision. Addressing this new legislation, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “Abortion care is fundamental to equality and autonomy. Representative John Becker, Senator Kristina Roegner, and their ultra-conservative cronies despise those personal freedoms and want to make people in Ohio bend to their will. We won’t do it. Every person deserves to be able to make their own reproductive health care decisions so they can chart their own paths and futures. All people deserve quality affordable abortion care in their communities without stigma, shame, or delay.” Copeland continued, “It’s every Ohioans’ human right to make their own decisions about their bodies, their lives, and their futures. The abortion restrictions we’re seeing debated at the Ohio Statehouse and at the U.S. Supreme Court would deprive people of their ability to make their own health care decisions. In our state, and across the country, legislators have been waging a relentless assault on access to all forms of reproductive health care, all the while our infant and maternal mortality rates are at crisis level—especially in the Black community. Shame on these legislators and their allies for not working to increase access to health care, and for criminalizing physicians and the patients they serve.”  Contact your member of the Ohio House to demand they stop House Bill 538.