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Rep. Miranda applauds President Biden's executive order on reproductive health care

Calls for action on the Ohio Reproductive Freedom Amendment
July 8, 2022
Jessica E. Miranda News

COLUMBUS- Today, State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) applauded President Biden’s executive order to protect access to reproductive health care services across the country. The executive order outlines several steps the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services will take to protect healthcare service delivery and promote access to critical reproductive healthcare services, including abortion. 

“I commend President Biden’s executive order to protect women’s reproductive healthcare. This is just the first critical step we must take to ensure that women have the right resources to make their own healthcare decisions,” said Rep. Miranda. “As a childhood survivor of sexual abuse and rape myself, no one should ever be forced to do anything with their bodies without their consent. That’s why the Ohio legislature must take action on the Reproductive Freedom Amendment. This amendment, like President Biden’s executive order, will save women’s lives, especially survivors of rape and incest.”

Rep. Miranda is a joint sponsor of the Ohio Reproductive Freedom Amendment, which would amend Ohio’s Constitution to guarantee reproductive freedom to all Ohioans. The proposed amendment would ensure that Ohioans are able to obtain surgical and medical abortion services, and would codify the right to access and use contraceptive devices and medications. The legislation awaits assignment to a House committee and a first hearing. 

Meanwhile, Ohio’s six-week abortion ban, which bans abortion before many women even know they are pregnant, took effect on June 24 following the overturn of Roe v. Wade. The ban has caused immediate complications for Ohioans seeking reproductive healthcare, including forcing a 10-year old abuse victim to travel across state lines for an abortion because she was past the 6-week cut-off by mere days.