This week at progressive state blogs: Buying elections; GOP rep calls ethnic cleansing 'voluntary'
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the October 27th edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents.
At Plunderbund of Ohio, Kellie Copeland writes: With Roe Expected To Get Overturned, Ohio Needs Pro-Choice Governor, AG:
Nov. 6 is a landmark election for reproductive freedom in Ohio and who wins the governor’s race will determine whether our reproductive rights stay [or] are taken from us. Republican Mike DeWine has pledged to criminalize abortion if he is elected governor. Democrat Richard Cordray promises to protect access to abortion and contraception.
Along with electing a new governor, Ohio will elect a new attorney general. Both offices are vital to preserving abortion access and reversing the setbacks Ohio has endured under Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General DeWine. Ohio has gone from 16 abortion clinics to eight, and a recent court ruling could force the Dayton Area’s remaining clinic to close. Ohio also has seen 20 new restrictions on reproductive health care under Kasich and DeWine.
DeWine is so eager to outlaw abortion that he’s pledged to ban abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy. He would likely go even further by signing House Bill 565, which would outlaw all abortions, without exception, subjecting anyone who receives or provides one to murder charges. Either bill would force tens of thousands of women each year to continue pregnancies against their will–even the critically ill, and rape and incest survivors—or face the death penalty.