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To the editor:

Right now, Ohioans are voting on Issue 1, a citizen-led ballot initiative to stop Ohio’s extreme abortion ban — a ban that includes no exceptions for rape or incest — and to keep personal, private medical decisions between a woman and her doctor.

We know that anti-abortion politicians have pulled out all the stops to prevent this vote from happening: Scheduling a special August election after making them illegal earlier this year, rewriting ballot language to make the issue more confusing to voters and lying about what the issue would actually do.

All that tells me is that they’re running scared. Because they know their extreme abortion ban is wildly unpopular and Ohio voters support a woman’s right to make medical decisions without interference from politicians. Those same politicians rushed to federal court mere hours after Roe v. Wade was overturned to get their six-week abortion ban implemented in Ohio.

Meanwhile, on the other side, you have a broad, bipartisan coalition of medical providers, labor organizations, good government groups and concerned Ohioans who are simply pushing to protect reproductive rights in Ohio’s Constitution and keep politicians out of a woman’s doctor’s office. Democrats are not leaving anything out on the field as we work to protect a woman’s right to choose and prevent Ohio’s extreme abortion ban from taking effect, because next on the extremists’ agenda is birth control choices and following your whereabouts to see if you’ve traveled to a neighboring state for reproductive care.

We’re once again standing with Ohioans to tell out-of-touch politicians coming for our rights and freedoms: We won’t go back. Abortion should be your last choice, but it should be your choice. We’re voting yes on Issue 1.

Kathy Antinone

Steubenville





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