COLUMBUS, OH -- Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to overturn a Texas law which severely limited women’s access to vital healthcare services, Ted Strickland issued the following statement:
“Today is a victory for women’s healthcare, but our work is far from done. It’s ridiculous that in 2016 a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions is still under attack, and in the Senate I will lead the fight to ensure that all women have access to quality, affordable and lifesaving healthcare services. I believe a woman’s healthcare decisions should be between her and her doctor – end of discussion. But Senator Portman has led the charge to restrict women’s access to healthcare services, to give a woman’s employer the power to deny coverage for services like birth control, and force women and families to pay hundreds of dollars more every year for basic services and medicine -- and that’s just another example of how Portman is pushing the agenda of his rich and powerful friends while Ohio's families pay the price."
Strickland recently released his Ohio Families First Planto fight for women and working families – highlighting his support for protecting women’s healthcare as well as proposals on issues like equal pay for equal work, paid family leave and affordable childcare. Strickland also launched a new coalition group, “Women for Ted,” featuring over 100 Ohio women leaders who are supporting his campaign, and held a roundtable discussion with Ohio women and Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards on the importance of safe, accessible healthcare for women.