WASHINGTON, D.C. — Elected officials from Ohio released statements Friday regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the overturning of Roe v. Wade:
• Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): “Today’s ruling is consistent with my view that policy questions regarding abortion should be decided by the elected representatives of the people, not the Supreme Court. Through its ruling today, the Court made this clear. The states already play a significant role in abortion policy, but have been constrained by various Supreme Court rulings. Now the issue of abortion will be decided by the states and the elected representatives closest to the people.
“While abortion is a very sensitive and emotional issue with strong feelings on both sides, I think most Americans agree that human life is precious and should be protected wherever possible. To that end, we should do more to work together in a bipartisan manner to promote adoption, reduce the number of abortions, and provide support for pregnant women in difficult circumstances.”
• Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio): “For fifty years, women in America had the right to make their own personal health care decisions. Today, five judges handed that right over to politicians. This will be the first generation of women to grow up with fewer rights and freedoms than their mothers and grandmothers, and this burden will be disproportionately carried by low-income women and women of color. This is a radical decision by an increasingly out-of-touch court, and Americans won’t stand for it.
“When, how, and whether to have a family is one of the most personal and meaningful decisions we make in life, and the freedom to make those decisions for yourself, free from political interference, should be available to everyone. The president and Congress must take action restoring protections for women to make their own health choices, and women will make their voices heard in voting booths around Ohio and the country this November.”
• U.S. Rep. Mike Carey (Ohio-15): “Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Constitution by restoring the power to determine when life begins to the people and the states. I understand that there are many who disagree with this decision, but I believe it is our duty to protect every person’s God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, including the unborn.”