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Op-Ed: Ohio 20-Week Ban Would Cause 'Needless Suffering,' Waste Taxpayer Dollars

Op-Ed: Ohio 20-Week Ban Would Cause 'Needless Suffering,' Waste Taxpayer Dollars

April 7, 2015 — "Ohio's proposed 20-week abortion ban, which has no medical basis," would "cause countless women needless suffering and waste scarce tax dollars on litigation," writes Anita Rios, president of the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for Women and president of the Toledo, Ohio, chapter of NOW, in a Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion piece.

Rios notes that the bill would restrict "access to safe and legal abortions," rather than allowing "each woman to make these intimate important medical decisions for herself, with the input of medical professionals and if she chooses in consultation with those closest to her."

Further, she writes that "[s]hortening the window of time during which Ohio's women can have legal abortions will only create problems for poor women," who are less able to travel to states with fewer abortion-rights restrictions and "result in needless suffering and injury."

Rios notes that the effort to pass the 20-week ban "is clearly an effort to challenge current [abortion-rights] standards" under the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood decisions and "would probably result in a lawsuit that would end up before the Supreme Court." She adds, "The State Legislators who are behind this effort are probably hoping for that outcome and are indifferent to the women who their actions will harm and to the tax payers who will pay the legal bills" (Rios, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/5).