Mike DeWine on Abortion
Former Republican Sr Senator (OH, 1995-2007)
Deflects questions about abortion during pandemic
The issue has become a political hot potato as DeWine and Attorney General David Yost seem to have conflicting views on whose role it is to settle the issue. When Health Director Amy Acton was asked about abortions, DeWine interjected and said the issue
was being addressed by "lawyers" and Yost's office. Earlier, Yost's office said whether clinics are in violation of Acton's order will be decided by the health department and, if so, the attorney general would then take legal action.
Source: USA Today on 2022 Ohio gubernatorial race
, Mar 25, 2020
Enacted abortion ban if fetal heartbeat detected
SB23: Prohibit abortion if detectable heartbeat: NPR Summary: One of the Ohio Statehouse's most notable moments this year was the passage of the controversial "Heartbeat Bill." The bill contains exceptions for the life of the woman,
but no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, and institutes criminal and other penalties for doctors who violate the law.
OnTheIssues explanation: Fetal heartbeats can be detected at about 9 to 12 weeks gestation
(by stethoscope) and potentially as early as 6 to 7 weeks gestation (by transvaginal ultrasound). Both of those timeframes are prior to the 13-week cutoff for banning abortion established by the 1973 "Roe v. Wade" Supreme Court case.
Legislative Summary: Passed House 56-40-3 on Apr/10/19; passed Senate 18-13-2 on Apr/10/19; signed by Governor Mike DeWine on Apr/11/19.
Source: WOSU 89.7 NPR News on Ohio SB23 voting records
, Dec 31, 2019
Supports "fetal heartbeat" law (abortion ban after 6 weeks)
Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have filed bills which would halt abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy. That's often before a woman even realizes she is pregnant and would amount to an unconstitutional
ban on abortions in Kentucky, said the deputy director of the ACLU..
A court struck down such a bill in North Dakota. That leaves Iowa as the only state with a fetal heartbeat bill enacted into law and that remains suspended by a pending court
challenge, said the ACLU spokesperson. Should Kentucky enact such a law, the ACLU is ready to challenge it.
Several states have expressed interest in or enacted similar "fetal heartbeat" laws, most recently in Ohio where the Republican-controlled
legislature approved such a law last year, only to have it vetoed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Ohio's legislature taking office in a few days will likely pass a fetal heartbeat bill in 2019--and incoming Gov. Mike DeWine has said he will sign it.
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race
, Jan 9, 2019
Supports heartbeat bill (no abortion after 6 weeks)
Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Richard Cordray (D): Legal. Women should have the right to make their own personal decisions.
Mike DeWine (R): Ban. Would have supported "heartbeat bill," banning abortion at 6 weeks with no exceptions for
rape or incest.
Q: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Richard Cordray (D): Yes. Will work to restore funding.
Mike DeWine (R): No. Nothing requires Ohio to support abortion providers.
Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Governor race
, Oct 9, 2018
Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
This bill prohibits taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions. Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to save the life of the minor. Authorizes any parent to sue unless such parent committed an act of incest with the minor. Imposes a fine and/or prison term of up to one year on a physician who performs an abortion on an out-of-state minor in violation of parental notification requirements in their home state.
Proponents recommend voting YES because:
This bill deals with how young girls are being secretly taken across State lines for the purpose of abortion, without the consent of their parents or even the knowledge of their parents, in violation of the laws of the State in which they live. 45 states have enacted some sort of parental consent laws or parental notification law. By simply secreting a child across State lines, one can frustrate the State legislature's rules.
It is subverting and defeating valid, constitutionally approved rights parents have.
Opponents recommend voting NO because:
Some States have parental consent laws, some don't. In my particular State, it has been voted down because my people feel that if you ask them, "Do they want their kids to come to their parents?", absolutely. But if you ask them, "Should you force them to do so, even in circumstances where there could be trouble that comes from that?", they say no.
This bill emanates from a desire that our children come to us when we have family matters, when our children are in trouble, that they not be fearful, that they not be afraid that they disappoint us, that they be open with us and loving toward us, and we toward them. This is what we want to have happen. The question is: Can Big Brother Federal Government force this on our families? That is where we will differ.
Reference: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act;
; vote number 2006-216
on Jul 25, 2006
Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives.
Vote to adopt an amendment to the Senate's 2006 Fiscal Year Budget that allocates $100 million for the prevention of unintended pregnancies. A YES vote would expand access to preventive health care services that reduce unintended pregnancy (including teen pregnancy), reduce the number of abortions, and improve access to women's health care. A YES vote would:
Reference: Appropriation to expand access to preventive health care services;
Bill S.Amdt. 244 to S Con Res 18
; vote number 2005-75
on Mar 17, 2005
- Increase funding and access to family planning services
- Funds legislation that requires equitable prescription coverage for contraceptives under health plans
- Funds legislation that would create and expand teen pregnancy prevention programs and education programs concerning emergency contraceptives
Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime.
Bill would make it a criminal offense to harm or kill a fetus during the commission of a violent crime. The measure would set criminal penalties, the same as those that would apply if harm or death happened to the pregnant woman, for those who harm a fetus. It is not required that the individual have prior knowledge of the pregnancy or intent to harm the fetus. This bill prohibits the death penalty from being imposed for such an offense. The bill states that its provisions should not be interpreted to apply a woman's actions with respect to her pregnancy.
Reference: Unborn Victims of Violence Act;
; vote number 2004-63
on Mar 25, 2004
Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life.
S. 3 As Amended; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. Vote to pass a bill banning a medical procedure, which is commonly known as "partial-birth" abortion. Those who performed this procedure would then face fines and up to two years in prison, the women to whom this procedure is performed on are not held criminally liable. This bill would make the exception for cases in which a women's life is in danger, not for cases where a women's health is in danger.
; vote number 2003-51
on Mar 12, 2003
Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions.
Vote on a motion to table [kill] an amendment that would repeal the ban on privately funded abortions at overseas military facilities.
Bill S 2549
; vote number 2000-134
on Jun 20, 2000
Voted YES on banning human cloning.
This cloture motion was in order to end debate and move to consideration of legislation banning human cloning. [A YES vote opposes human cloning].
Status: Cloture Motion Rejected Y)42; N)54; NV)4
Reference: Motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed to S. 1601;
Bill S. 1601
; vote number 1998-10
on Feb 11, 1998
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record.
DeWine scores 0% by NARAL on pro-choice voting record
For over thirty years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America's mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women's health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL Pro-Choice America works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government. The NARAL ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Source: NARAL website 03n-NARAL on Dec 31, 2003
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