OHIO (WJW) — Gov. Mike DeWine held a press conference Friday afternoon regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Opening up, DeWine said the purpose of his speech wasn’t to debate the merits of the decision.
“There will be plenty of time to do this in the days and weeks ahead,” DeWine said. “I think it is important that as we discuss the abortion issue, we do it in a civil way and recognize that there are people of goodwill on both sides, who have strongly and honestly held beliefs.”
He went on to say that work needs to be done to better support children and families.
“I believe that all Ohioans want this state to the most pro-family, pro-child state in the country,” he went on. “Though we have made progress, we agree that we must do even more to lower our infant and maternal mortality — especially among African American mothers and babies. We agree that no mother or child should go hungry or not have adequate housing. We agree that no child in this state should suffer the devastating effects of toxic lead-paint and we agree that all Ohio children have access to mental health services.”
He said the state has doubled investment in Ohio’s voluntary home visiting programs and invested more than $1 billion in prenatal care, parenting classes, education and nutrition help for families.
“In the weeks ahead, I will be working with the General Assembly and our local communities to improve the quality of pre-and post-natal care, to increase the frequency of maternal depression screenings, and to expand mental health resources for women who experience miscarriages,” he said.
He continued, “We will be working on efforts to increase awareness about adoption to ensure that every child finds a permanent, loving home and family, and we will seek to expand healthcare coverage to more mothers and children so that no child in Ohio goes without regular primary care doctor visits, preventative care and childhood vaccinations.”
The Supreme Court Friday ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday’s outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
“Roe and Casey have been a blight on the American judicial landscape for nearly five decades,” said Kate Makra, Executive Director of Cleveland Right to Life. “There is no constitutional right to abortion, and I am heartened that the Supreme Court has finally acknowledged that. Tragically, the decision has come too late for the more than 63 million innocent souls who have been slaughtered in the womb in the name of choice since 1973.”
The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicating the court was prepared to take this momentous step.