Gov. DeWine’s Ohio is ‘a place women don’t want to be’

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By this time next week, the future of reproductive rights in the once-leading state of Ohio will be determined, and it depends largely on who occupies the governor’s mansion. Will voters re-elect Republican Gov. Mike DeWine or will Democrat Nan Whaley, former Mayor of Dayton, pull off a surprise victory?

“The future of the state will depend on whether or not we give women full access to health care,” Whaley said in a phone interview with Jezebel on Tuesday. “The choice in this governor’s race is very clear: Mike DeWine is not, and we will.”

Whaley garnered national attention in 2019 when she urged then-President Donald Trump to search for one mass shooting in her city, and her gubernatorial campaign has focused on reproductive justice, gun safety, and labor rights. But DeWine, the incumbent and career politician, has undeniably gained a foothold in the state. According to the state’s largest newspaper, the Cleveland Plain dealerwho endorsed him last week, DeWine wrote a “exceptionally strong” Economic record, and recent polls reflect not only a double-digit lead, but also an increase in voter favor.

During this campaign cycle, DeWine has tried to avoid speaking publicly about his opposition to abortion. In his Simple trader Interview he said he “will not deviate” on “[protecting] human lives”, but he is repeatedly rejected to debate the subject (or whatever) with Whaley.

Since Walley won her primary in May, she drew attention to DeWine’s alliances with anti-abortion advocates — namely, Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gonidakis, who DeWine appointed to the state medical board – and its legislative record on abortion. In 2019 he signed a “heartbeat bill‘, which banned abortion on first evidence of a putative fetal heartbeat. (The names of such bills are medically inaccurate: What sounds like a heartbeat at the sixth week of pregnancy is actually just one pulse created by ultrasound machines themselves.) Even former Ohio Governor John Kasich (R), remembered by abortion providers Kneecaps in most clinics in the state twice vetoed the bill. (A state judge indefinitely clogged DeWine’s ban went into effect last month.)

In July, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. calfa 10 years old The rape victim had to leave Ohio to have an abortion. It seemed like Whaley-a directly per choice Candidate – wouldn’t have to do much more than let Republican candidates and legislators in the state trip over themselves. Ohio Attorney General David Yost is also running for re-election. questioned the validity of the sacrifice during an appearance on Fox News. Senate candidate JD Vance, who is said He supported Ohio’s ban on abortion and recently fashioned a cautionary tale about “illegal immigration.” DeWine has largely remained a mom, aside from being a “tragedy.” When prompted refused to say if he agrees that minors should be forced to carry their rapist’s babies to term. However, his actions said enough. Corresponding affidavits published in September, there were over two dozen cases of minors being forced to leave the state to seek abortions – two of which involved cancer patients – after the Dobbs Decision.

“He doesn’t want to answer the question of whether he thinks it’s okay for a 10-year-old to carry her rapist’s child to term because I don’t think the answer will be popular with Ohioans,” Whaley Isebel said. In his confirmation interview with the Simple trader Editorial, DeWine called her stance on abortion a “radical position” without exception and claims She’s “the one who stands outside the mainstream of what Ohioans think.”

Is she? Not after a current survey. As of early October, nearly 60% of Ohio voters said they would support including abortion access in the state constitution. An August poll by the ACLU noticed, that 82% of Ohio residents support some form of access to abortion.

State doctors are also asking DeWine to explain. On Wednesday, a group of more than 1,000 doctors (Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights) said DeWine declined to answer nine questions they sent him about policies that unnecessarily endanger lives and make their jobs harder — just days after he did said He would consult with medical professionals on abortion legislation. In an email, DeWine Isebel’s office said it declined to answer the doctors’ questions because they “do not raise new issues not previously addressed by our office.” Issues that have clearly not been adequately addressed.

Ohio is also in danger of a shortage of doctors due to DeWine’s anti-abortion efforts, and Whaley told Jezebel that she had several meetings on the subject.

“I’ve done probably four or five rounds of talks with medical students and doctors now, and what I keep hearing from them — in addition to the harrowing stories they share in their effort to care for their patients — is that they call lawyers before they can even practice medicine,” she said. “That’s what’s happening in the state … Medical students are like, ‘No, I probably won’t practice here anymore.'”

Still is DeWine before Whaley in surveys, advertising supposedly stellar economic policies and a nationally respected answer on the COVID-19 pandemic as arguments that he deserves another term. His favor ratings are double those of most other state officials and candidates, although statistics show Ohio has lost that most jobs in the nation in September.

“The numbers tell the story that Ohio is at the top of the bad lists and at the bottom of the good lists, even when it comes to economic opportunity,” Whaley said. She’s not wrong. Ohio leads the nation infant mortality ratesand its economic health was considered mediocre at best. “The state is at a crossroads in this election,” she continued. “It will decide whether it will be a community that is about growth, opportunity, freedom, women’s rights and protecting workers’ rights, or, if it will continue to narrow, not support growth and be a place where women are to win. I don’t want to be.”

This week the Guardian reported on Michigan, a contiguous state, calling it a “draftfor access to reproductive health care in the Midwest, concluding that it may be abortion-only decides upcoming midterm races there. But Ohio is also a blueprint. Only with six full-service abortion clinics Remaining in the state, legislation like House bill 704—which would quite simply outlaw abortion—sitting in the statehouse and a high possibility of a second DeWine term, anti-abortion activists watch and learn.

“Ohio is neither a red nor a blue state. It’s a frustrating state of affairs that has been ignored by politicians from both parties for far too long,” Whaley said in her victory speech last May. However, by the end of this election cycle, Whaley is likely to be among the most frustrated along with pro-choice voters in the state. Gov. DeWine’s Ohio is ‘a place women don’t want to be’

Adam Bradshaw

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