Ohio lawmakers attempt to restrict abortion access

The controversial law and those like it are threats to women’s right to choose

There was a shock around the nation when Texas proposed the most restrictive abortion law seen by the United States. Many people wondered how they could pass the Supreme Court scot-free since Roe v. Wade is still in effect. This feat was owed to the unique formulation of the law. The law specifically prohibits state officials from enforcing it.

Instead, it persuades citizens to enforce the law themselves, with the possibility of earning money from the judgment and attorney fees. This law was carefully crafted to avoid judicial enjoining or injunction since there is no one specifically charged with enforcing the law who can be sued.

Despite concern over the passing of the law, many states have declared goals of drafting similar laws to limit abortion, as well. Ohio has recently joined those states and, in many ways, surpassed their restrictiveness. Ohio’s proposed abortion law– the 2363 Act- calls for a total and complete ban on abortion. Not only does it ban abortions at any stage of pregnancy, but it also does not provide for any exceptions- even in cases of incest or rape.

Protestors at the Ohio Statehouse over the proposed abortion ban,
Photo Courtesy of the Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio law is the most restrictive proposal yet. By structuring their law similar to the Texas law, the Ohio government will also likely avoid judicial review. The argument surrounding the act is almost entirely religious and political, with conservative republicans leading the charge. This carefully crafted law could alter abortion laws across the nation, with other conservatives following suit and altogether banning abortion.

This law and laws like it are threats to women’s right to choose. This struggle is not over. Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups are actively protesting against the law. If you would like to see this law stopped, join the fight.

The Society of Intersectional Feminists is hosting a demonstration today, Nov. 23, in the Student Center Courtyard. This event is a partnership between many student organizations, including the Queer Student Alliance, CSU College Democrats, LGBTQ+ Student Services, Black Studies Sankofa Society, and more. More details can be found on Instagram or VikesConnect

Author: Dina Usanovic

I am an English and Political Science major at CSU in my third year at the university. I love writing for the Cauldron and I'm so excited to bring student opinions to the forefront of university news!