Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement condemning Senate Bill 123, the so-called “trigger ban” legislation that would automatically outlaw all abortions in Ohio if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. The bill, which had its first hearing in the Senate Health Committee today, does not contain any exceptions for rape or incest.
“This bill strips all women in Ohio of their ability to make decisions about their own bodies and makes victims of sexual violence feel vulnerable, unprotected and scared. For years, I have advocated for survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking to have agency over their own healing and future. Senate Bill 123 does not provide any support for individuals who have experienced these unfathomable traumas. This is not about the ‘sanctity of human life.’ It is about advancing a religious and ideological agenda. It is unconscionable that the legislature is, once again, considering such an extreme piece of legislation that would go contrary to the will of the majority of Ohioans. Enough is enough.”