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Issue 1: Where do Cincinnati City Council candidates stand? - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Author: The Cincinnati Enquirer

Source: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2023/10/29/issue-1-where-do-cincinnati-city-council-candidates-stand/71314864007/

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This November, Cincinnati voters will be voting on state Issue 1.If the amendment passes, it would enshrine the right to abortion in the Ohio constitution up to viability, when the fetus can survive outside the uterus with medical intervention.This is typically around 24 weeks gestation.The Enquirer asked candidates for Cincinnati city council if they supported Issue 1, and why.Here's what they said.Anna Albi"Yes.I am unapologetically pro-choice and fully believe that Ohioans should have the right to access birth control, IVF (in vitro fertilization), and abortion care. "Jeff Cramerding" Yes"Reggie Harris"Yes"Mark Jeffreys"Yes.We need to enshrine in the Ohio Constitution reproductive rights.The notion that we are going to force a 10-year-old girl to deliver a baby when she is raped is repugnant.It does not conform to what I believe our values should be and have been for decades."Scotty Johnson"Yes."Liz Keating"I’ve supported expanding health insurance coverage for elective reproductive care for city employees.Children are a blessing, but sometimes women have to make tough choices that shouldn’t be dictated by politicians.I believe both an outright ban and no restrictions are harmful and I’m glad this divisive issue is finally in the hands of the voters and not the government."Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney"Yes. The right to privacy is enshrined into the Constitution, and as such our medical decisionsshould be kept between individuals and their doctors.Protecting a woman's right to choose hasbeen important to our Council as well, and we took steps to ensure that all City employees’benefits provide access to full reproductive care.Adding similar protections to the StateConstitution and ensuring that all Ohio women – regardless of socioeconomic status - haveaccess to comprehensive healthcare is vital, and I’m proud to support Issue 1.Meeka Owens"Yes.As a woman who raised her son by herself in Cincinnati, who spent time on CMHA’swaiting list, and relied on community support to get by - I know how hard it can be.I believeevery person with a uterus should have the choice to do what is right for them. A woman’shealthcare decisions are between her and her doctor."Victoria Parks" I absolutely support Issue 1.Protecting reproductive rights ensures that women have the right to control their bodies and is the best option for public health.Abortion and other reproductive care is a deeply personal decision between a woman and her doctor, not a woman and her state legislator."Seth Walsh"I fully support the right to reproductive healthcare.Contraception, fertility treatments, and the right to abortion care is between a woman and her doctor, not the business of the government."FacebookTwitterEmail

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