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Ohioans Protest Abortion Bans At Statehouse, Part Of National Effort

Sam Aberle
Abortion protest at Ohio Statehouse

Supporters of legal abortion rallied in state capitals throughout the nation earlier today, including at the Ohio Statehouse. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Hundreds of protestors chanted "My Choice" outside the Statehouse. Many carried homemade signs, urging lawmakers to stop passing abortion bans and restrictions. 

Representative Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) said the bans and restrictions being passed lately are unconstitutional, not based on science, and she said passage of the legislation puts a woman's life in danger.

“People are going to still have abortions. They are going to because it’s a real health care need," Howse said.

While most of the people who participated in the rally were there to protest abortion bans, some were there to support the crackdown on the procedure. John Tuttle of Columbus, a supporter of the new abortion bans, used a bullhorn to drown out the protestors. He said abortion is murder. 

“These children are individuals who have a right to life," Tuttle said.

Ohio has passed 21 abortion restrictions since 2011. The most recent one was a bill that bans abortion around six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Ohio ACLU has filed a lawsuit in federal court, asking it to stop that law from taking effect.

Ohio is one of eight states that has passed the so-called "Heartbeat Bill." It has been struck down by federal courts in some other states. Supporters of that new law hope the U.S. Supreme Court will take up one of these abortion restriction cases and use it to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

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