For Immediate Release
December 22, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on Dangerous Ohio Abortion Restrictions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a harmful abortion restriction that would shut down abortion clinics in southwest Ohio. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“Today, Gov. DeWine effectively shut down a fundamental right for thousands of Ohioans, and gave the government control of health decisions that should remain between the person and their doctor. By signing this law, reproductive health care will be more inaccessible for too many families, especially low-income families and people of color. This is a grave reminder of the importance of electing Democratic pro-choice women to all levels of government to stop these bills in their tracks. Gov. DeWine, the Ohio General Assembly, and Mayor Cranley have long anti-choice records that would be a threat to the reproductive rights of Ohioans, which is why EMILYs List is proud to support Mayor Nan Whaley in her campaign for Ohio governor. ”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.