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Turner Disappointed by Reintroduction of “Heartbeat Bill”

State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) is disappointed by the introduction of a piece of legislation revealed at the statehouse on Thursday. Sponsored by forty Republican lawmakers in the House, the bill would ban abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat. Similar bills have been challenged in other states, and the measure is in direct conflict with Roe v. Wade.

“After passing a state budget which included egregious provisions that restrict women’s access to health care, including birth control, it is inexcusable that Republicans continue to prioritize the expansion of government regulation into intimately personal reproductive health choices over the creation of jobs in our slowly rebounding economy,” Senator Turner said.

Republican legislators are also pushing HB200, a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound prior to the procedure and force physicians to tell patients that having an abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer, a finding that the American Cancer Society denies.

Fifty-six percent of Ohio’s 2012 voters told exit pollsters that abortion should be legal all or most of the time.

“I am hopeful that lawmakers can work together to compromise on behalf of all Ohioans and focus on common-sense solutions to the problems that our hard-working constituents care about, such as expanding Medicaid to provide basic preventive health coverage for over 275,000 people. Our citizens need solutions to unemployment, poverty, and under-education, not more rhetoric that attempts to control the collective conscience of Ohio’s women,” Turner remarked.

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