NARAL fears Ohio Gubernatorial race has “national implications”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

By Dave Andrusko

It is a badge of honor when pro-abortion sites throw slurs such as “anti-choice crusaders” at you and warn that what you are doing (to save unborn babies) “may have implications in the 45-year battle over Roe v. Wade.”

Such was the near apocalyptic view of the pro-abortion site rewirenews. What was the trip wire, what sent them into hyperbolic overdrive?

The recent merging of the campaigns of “Anti-Choice Crusaders” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted to run for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively — to run as a team to succeed pro-life Gov. John Kasich.

Ally Boguhn’s argument is that pro-lifers in Ohio have been so successful that “abortion access” already is nearing the “breaking point.” Her story  documents what the Kasich administration has done and the assistance provided by DeWine as attorney general.

Translated out of abortion-speak, Kasich signed a bill that prohibits the state from contracting for health services with any organization that performs or promotes abortions, which includes $1 million in government funds to Planned Parenthood; signed another bill that banned the abortions of pain-capable unborn children; and signed still another bill that requires abortion clinics to have a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital in cases of emergency.

As a result, we’re told by Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, “we went from 16 abortion clinics to just eight, and some of those clinics are involved in litigation to remain open.”

DeWine has been a thorn in their side as well, which is why NARAL is worried. As NRL News Today has reported, he joined nine other state attorneys general and the general counsel for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to file an amicus brief supporting Trump administration’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court that the justices vacate a decision that allowed an undocumented, unaccompanied teenager to obtain an abortion. DeWine also has vigorously defended the right of conscience and various state pro-life laws in court.

The Ohio gubernatorial race has “national implications for reproductive rights,” Copeland told Boguhn. “Ohio anti-choice politicians,” she said have “pass[ed] restriction after restriction” which “all been designed to set up a buffet in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to say that these are a number of different ways that you could undercut or eliminate Roe v. Wade, and therefore access to abortion care.”