December 13, 2016
EMILY’s List Responds to Gov. Kasich Signing 20-Week Abortion Ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law banning abortions after 20 weeks, without exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. This is the 18th restriction on abortion rights that Kasich has enacted as governor. In response, Jess O’Connell, executive director of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
"This is a dark day for the women of Ohio. These kinds of restrictions on women’s health are unconstitutional, and endanger the lives of countless women across the state. From cutting funding for rape crisis centers to forcing women seeking abortions to pay for medically unnecessary ultrasounds, Kasich has made Ohio a testing ground for anti-choice legislation. Emboldened by Donald Trump and his radical anti-woman agenda, Kasich has taken the next step in attacking women’s rights. Now more than ever women must continue to fight back against these attacks, and work to elect leaders who will defend our constitutional right to an abortion – not try, time and again, to destroy it.”
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.