Reproductive Health

Joe has consistently fought back against attacks on women's health in the Statehouse. He has a proven track record as an advocate for access to care. Ohioans who support reproductive freedom can feel confident voting for Joe.

  • Joe has consistently fought back against attacks on women’s health in the Statehouse. He has a proven track record as an advocate for access to care. Ohioans who support reproductive freedom can feel confident voting for Joe.
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  • The Ohio Senate Democrats face an uphill battle as the minority party, but Joe and his colleagues continue to loudly oppose outrageous restrictions on women’s reproductive rights and GOP efforts to defund quality providers like Planned Parenthood.
    • Planned Parenthood provides affordable healthcare services, such as life-saving preventative care and cancer screenings, to over 80,000 Ohioans each year.
    • Ohio Planned Parenthood helps combat infant mortality with programs like “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” in Mahoning County.
    • More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically-underserved areas. Without them, many Ohio patients would have nowhere else to turn.
  • Joe trusts women to make their own decisions about their medical needs. He supports access to affordable birth control, safe and legal abortion, and accurate medical information from qualified professionals.
  • Reproductive freedom means respecting working parents as well. Every Ohio worker deserves paid leave to care for a new child or sick relative. Joe cosponsored his colleague Senator Cafaro’s paid leave bill. He also co-sponsored this bipartisan bill to require accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding workers.
  • Joe knows that “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) and other alternatives offered by his GOP colleagues to replace quality providers are often purely political.
    • Crisis pregnancy centers do not have the ability to provide reproductive healthcare, cancer screenings, HIV testing, STI/​STD prevention services, or even sex education.
    • When Joe is governor, he will work to make sure state funds support legitimate medical options.
  • Joe will veto any bill (or item) that attacks a woman’s right to choose or access to care.
  • Click here to read more about this issue in Joe’s own words.