COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Leaders of Ohio’s Democratic party spoke at the Ohio Statehouse Sunday at a rally two days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, effectively eliminating the constitutional right to abortion.
In Ohio, the heartbeat bill was put into law in the state Friday. The bill prohibits abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
“We got an out-of-touch legislature and a really out-of-touch governor who have been spending their entire careers to take away a right,” Whaley said.
A full interview with Whaley after the rally can be seen in the video player above.
Ohio Democratic Party Chair Liz Walters said the rally had at least 3,000 people in attendance.
Sunday’s rally comes two days after hundreds protested in downtown Columbus just hours after the court’s ruling. It is estimated that nearly 3,000 people attended Sunday’s event.
Below you can watch remarks from Brown and Ryan.
Gov. Mike DeWine issued an on-camera statement Friday regarding the court’s decision.
“My purpose tonight is not to debate the merits of this decision. There will be plenty of time to do this in the days and weeks ahead,” DeWine said. “I think it’s important as we discuss the abortion issue we in Ohio do it in a civil way and recognize there are people of goodwill on both sides who have strongly and honestly held beliefs.”
DeWine added he plans to work to lower the infant and child mortality rate, increase mental health funds for children, and identify vulnerable others to make sure they are taken care of.
The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned two cases that set the standard for abortion access in the country for nearly 50 years: the 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade and the 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The former determined a constitutional right to abortion, and the latter deemed illegal any restrictions on abortion that constituted an “undue burden” on a patient seeking an abortion prior to a fetus’ viability.
The ruling leaves decisions on whether to make abortion illegal up to the individual states. Several Republican-controlled states have either made abortion illegal via trigger bills or are in the process of outlawing or severely restricting abortion access.
Two trigger bills have been introduced in the Ohio Statehouse. Should one of those bills be approved by both the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives and signed by DeWine, abortion would become illegal in Ohio. DeWine did not address those “trigger bills” but did reinforce his longstanding stance against abortion.