Cleveland, OH – Yesterday, two Republican Ohio lawmakers introduced House Bill 413, legislation that would ban all abortions in the state, criminalizing abortions by charging with murder any medical doctors who perform the procedure. Chrisse France, the Executive Director of Preterm, Ohio’s largest abortion provider, released the following statement on the bill:
“I am deeply concerned by the news that under the cover of darkness, anti-abortion politicians in the Ohio Statehouse introduced a total abortion ban, which would criminalize abortion and hurt women. Instead of making Ohio a safe place for women, children, and families, Ohio politicians are focused on outlawing safe medical procedures and punishing people for seeking abortion care.”
“If this dangerous proposal becomes law, doctors and pregnant people could be charged with murder for abortion care, birth control, help during their miscarriage and fertility treatments. Preterm is committed to fighting against this bill to ensure medical decisions are left between patients and their doctors and that all people are treated with dignity and respect.”
This bill is part of a coordinated plot to eliminate abortion access in Ohio. Instead of working to make Ohio a safe place for women, children, and families, they’re focused on outlawing safe medical procedures and punishing people for seeking abortion care and building their families. At Preterm, we honor our patients’ rights to make decisions and take action as the experts in their own lives. We create space for connection with physicians, staff, and community to support our patients’ decisions about their lives and their families. We treat people with dignity and respect, and they deserve the same respect from their elected officials. We won’t go down without a fight. Join us by supporting Ohioans’ access to abortion care and keeping Preterm a safe and welcoming place for all! Click here to donate.