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Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Governor Kasich Signing Controversial Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

December 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) made the following statement after Governor John Kasich signed the 20 week abortion ban into law – which does not include any exception for rape or incest.

"I am extremely disappointed Governor Kasich signed this controversial and restrictive bill into law. Ohio women deserve better. This law is a continuation of Governor Kasich’s assault on women’s reproductive health in our state – making this the 18th law he has signed that restricts the rights of Ohio women.

"There are too many scenarios, too many variables and too much complexity for pregnancy to be anything but a personal decision – and the vast majority of those faced with this difficult situation at 20 weeks are carrying a fetus that the doctor has told them has no chance of surviving.  Under this Ohio law, a woman who learns during a routine 20 week ultrasound that the fetus has no lungs or no brain will be forced to go through months of agony and carry to term. I cannot imagine the emotional and physical heartbreak that so many woman in these situations must feel, but I do know that Governor Kasich didn’t think of them when he signed this law. These situations are hard to talk about and extremely difficult, but the ultimate decision should be made by women and families, not government officials."