COLUMBUS — State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) issued a statement after a Hamilton County judge temporarily blocked Ohio’s six-week abortion ban for 14 days. The ruling immediately restored the ability to access abortion care through 22 weeks.
“I am encouraged by the news that the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas has granted a temporary restraining order against the onerous six-week abortion ban, which bans abortion before most women even know they are pregnant. This action will at least temporarily restore the ability for a woman and her doctor to make choices about her own healthcare, as should be her right. I hope that the law will be permanently overturned,” said Rep. Lightbody.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bill that would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks.
“On the other hand, I am deeply disturbed to learn of the introduction of a national 15-week abortion ban,” said Rep. Lightbody. “I fear that it is one step forward and two steps back, and there is still much work to be done to restore the reproductive freedom we have had for the past 50 years.”