In Ohio, reproductive rights are under attack through a never-ending stream of anti-choice legislation that attempts to ban or restrict abortions, implement trap laws, and restrict insurance companies from providing reproductive healthcare. At the ACLU of Ohio, we litigate, advocate, and educate in order to protect Ohioans’ reproductive rights, especially when it comes to individuals having full control over their reproductive lives, from access to birth control to unbiased sex education to the right to have an abortion.
Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed today, and it’s incredibly safe. However, there has been a constant barrage of laws that make it difficult if not impossible to get an abortion if needed or wanted, and this has effected already marginalized communities. Alarmingly, since 2011, states have enacted more restrictions to abortion than they did in the previous 10 years.
The ACLU of Ohio firmly believes that everyone should have access to a full range of reproductive health care services, including access to safe and legal abortion. Since its inception, the ACLU has recognized that personal privacy and reproductive rights are among our most important constitutional liberties. In the 1920s, we successfully appealed the obscenity conviction of one of our founders, sex educator Mary Ware Dennett. In the 1940s, we opposed bans on the sale and use of birth control devices and information. Since the mid-1960s, we have been pioneering legal advocates for the right to contraception, the right to abortion, and the right to bear a child – essentially affirming the right to make your own family-planning choices. In the early 1970s, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg founded the ACLU Women’s Rights Project to push for change and systemic reform in institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women, focusing its work in the areas of employment, violence against women, and education.
The ACLU of Ohio is part of a vast, diverse coalition of reproductive rights advocates and organizations that aims to educate Ohioans far and wide about their reproductive rights and the fact that abortion is still legal in Ohio – and in all fifty states. Visit abortionislegalinohio.com for more information.