Ohio protesters march for abortion rights around Statehouse

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Exactly one month until the election and a day after an Ohio judge blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban, a few hundred protesters marched around the Ohio Statehouse advocating for abortion rights. 

“O-H! I-O! Abortion bans have got to go!”

“Abortion is health care.” 

“Not the church, not the state, the people must decide their fate!” rang out Saturday afternoon on South Third and High and East Broad and State streets.

A handful of speakers, including two women running on the Nov. 8 ballot, spoke up during the rally before the march. 

“Over the years, I have seen too many restrictions on women’s health and their access to care,” said Dr. Anita Somani, the Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 11th House District. “We all know that politics do not belong in the exam room.”

Dr. Anita Somani, of Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights, speaks during an abortion-rights rally outside of the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday in Columbus.

She referenced the 10-year-old Columbus girl who went to Indianapolis to receive an abortion and other young girls who have also had to cross state lines to get an abortion.

“What about the girls who don’t have support or are afraid to share their stories?” Somani asked.

She praised the temporary block of Ohio’s six-week abortion ban but gave a warning. 

“You can bet if the Republicans win the Ohio Supreme Court and the governor’s race, they will once again ban abortion at six weeks,” Somani said. 

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