DSA Ohio-wide Statement on the Passage of Issue 1

Today, our members celebrate as Issue 1 is passed and abortion rights are secured for all Ohioans. Abortion is healthcare, and healthcare is a human right. We will not let politicians, lobbyists, or their billionaire financiers take away our right to reproductive freedom, nor will we let them punish medical providers for providing critical care. They lost in August, and they lost again today.

Many organizations and volunteers have come together to secure this victory. We are proud to be seven of those organizations, united for a common cause. Together, DSA chapters in Ohio contacted tens of thousands of voters. We gained invaluable knowledge and skills in this election cycle. We will use these skills to change the political landscape in Ohio.

We proved that the people of this state have not surrendered their rights. Republican power in state politics reflects only how they have gerrymandered the state, even after Ohio voters resolved, twice, to establish fair districting. We still have much more work to do to make Ohio a truly democratic state where basic human rights are guaranteed; DSA is committed to that fight.

The fight for abortion rights doesn’t end here, and our battle for universal healthcare is just beginning. We continue to call on federal and state elected officials to codify Roe. To the thousands who volunteered statewide: we need your help to secure an Ohio for all people. You can help us prepare for the next fight by joining and building your local DSA chapter!

We have work to do to make Ohio what it can and should be. Join us: dsausa.org/join

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