Thursday, December 8

“A Dark Day in American History” – Ohio LGBTQ+ orgs respond to Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade

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Friday saw the release of the previously-leaked Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which declared that there is no constitutional right to liberty including an individual’s right to privacy in choosing to have an abortion.

Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion further calls for the overruling of Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hodges, the cases that allow for same-sex relationships and marriage equality.

Reactions across Ohio were swift and condemning. We have gathered here reactions from key Ohio LGBTQ+ and ally organizations and figures.

Equality Ohio

Today’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Clinic is cruel and heartbreaking. The decision to take away the fundamental right to abortion, overturning 50 years of precedent with Roe and Casey, will drastically weaken the right to privacy and harm the people of this country for years to come. Today is a dark day in American history….Today’s decision is an attack on all of us. We all deserve the fundamental right to bodily autonomy and to make our own healthcare decisions. We know that abortion rights and LGBTQ+ rights are inextricably linked. We must act together.

State Senator Nickie Antonio

Access to comprehensive healthcare includes all forms of reproductive care, including contraception and abortion care. This decision not only erodes women’s rights, but also jeopardizes the health and wellbeing of Ohio families. That is why my colleagues and I have introduced Senate Joint Resolution 7, an amendment to enshrine reproductive rights in the Ohio Constitution by guaranteeing access to contraception and abortion care. It is egregious for the government to insert itself into the personal, private decisions of Ohio families.


Abortion is still legal in Ohio.
We will continue to fight discriminatory, inequitable, and unconstitutional laws that affect our community, including the recent SCOTUS decision in Dobbs (and any future attacks on Loving, Griswold, Lawrence, Obergefell, or any related landmark opinions).

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Jim Obergefell, Marriage Equality Plaintiff and Candidate for Ohio House of Representatives

Clarence Thomas is a Supreme Court justice appointed by humans, he is not the Supreme Deity. The millions of loving couples who have the right to marriage equality to form their own families do not need Clarence Thomas imposing his individual twisted morality upon them. If you want to see an error in judgment, Clarence Thomas, look in the mirror.

It’s a sad day for women’s rights. This U.S. Supreme Court continues to erode the rights of citizens at an alarming rate. We are facing a health and human rights crisis in this country and as a result countless lives will be at risk. Women deserve responsive leaders who support reproductive justice. Leaders who respect their basic right to have control over their own body. The reality is that women today will have less rights than their own mothers. We are going backwards and it’s both enraging and terrifying to see the excessive government overreach that this court is imposing on our country.

Iris Harvey, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

By overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has now officially given politicians permission to control what we do with our bodies, deciding that we can no longer be trusted to determine the course for our own lives. This dangerous and chilling decision can have devastating consequences in Ohio, forcing people to travel hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles for care or remain pregnant.

Make no mistake – this decision goes beyond abortion. This is about who has power over you, who has the authority to make decisions for you, and who can control how your future is going to be.

Nevertheless, you can still seek an abortion in Ohio today. Our patients have and will remain our highest priority.

Rhiannon Carnes, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Ohio Women’s Alliance Action Fund

We are devastated, but we are not broken because we know Roe vs. Wade has improved the lives of many. Many have fought hard and dedicated their lives over the last 50 years to ensure bodily protection for people who have the right to legal abortion. From holding power to decide when we want to start a family, to financial and economic security, to equal representation for women in career advancement, Roe vs. Wade was a layer of security that we won’t give up to an extremist conservative bench on Capitol Hill.

Ohio State Representative Juanita Brent, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President

Ever since the release of the Court’s draft decision exposing plans to undo Roe, I’ve been adamant about protecting a woman’s right to choose. Now that the Court’s ruling is upon us, it’s time to fight more than ever for women’s healthcare rights in our states. Striking down Roe v. Wade is not an act rooted in preserving life but rather in hatred and racism. As I’ve previously stated on this issue, it will undoubtedly result in unfavorable outcomes for Black women with the highest maternal mortality rate. This decision will allow for state legislation that would target women who seek abortions with extreme criminal penalties. It also poses a greater threat to poor women including Black women, who are already vulnerable to over-policing and mass incarceration

LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

Equitas Health 

We will stand unswerving on a founding principle that health care is a right, not a privilege.  This includes the right to reproductive and abortion-related care. While we affirm this belief in our work every day, it bears repeating today.  It also shows that all of our rights are on the line right now, as state lawmakers will be further emboldened to test the limits of our hard-won civil rights.

As a reminder, abortion is still legal in Ohio. The Supreme Court overturned Roe and Casey, but thankfully, the Ohio legislature has not yet passed a “trigger ban.” A “trigger ban” would have outlawed abortions and abortion-related care in our state right away.

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