Congressman Tim Ryan's Statement on Recent Attacks in Ohio Against Women's Health Care


By: Tim Ryan
By: Tim Ryan
Date: Dec. 6, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

In response to the Ohio Senate's recent push to pass sweeping restrictions that radically limit women's access to health care, Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement:

"My entire career, I've worked to thoughtfully balance decisions that impact families, women, and children.

Two years ago, Congress passed sweeping reforms that gave men, women and children greater access to health care. Today, the Ohio Senate is poised to abuse and distort those reforms in an effort to push a radical and ideological social agenda to deny women the most basic right to use their own resources to purchase the health care of their choice. This is unjust, unfair, and potentially unconstitutional in light of the recently passed Issue 3.

The Ohio Senate has also insisted on pushing an abortion ban that is so expansive, even the Ohio Right to Life opposes it. The "Heartbeat' bill is one more step in a radical direction that would prohibit women who are victims of rape or incest from making decisions about their own health care. This is wrong.

Instead of focusing on job creation, Ohio's legislators are again taking a path just as radical as Senate Bill 5 that promises to divide the state and invite costly litigation. These bills are not the work of people thoughtfully balancing their impact on families, women and children and I hope legislators in Columbus will reconsider this path."