‘We have an obligation to protect that innocent life,’ Gov. DeWine says on SCOTUS ruling

DeWine makes statement on Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 4:31 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 5:59 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Gov. Mike DeWine spoke following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. v. Wade Friday.

In 2018 The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization challenged a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the law.

The ruling on the 1973 Roe v. Wade case now leaves it in the hands of state governments to determine their own abortion laws.

“Those of you who are pro-choice believe this is a matter of freedom and is a decision only the woman can make. Those who are pro-life, including my wife Fran and me, believe that the life of a human being is at stake and that we have an obligation to protect that innocent life,” DeWine said during a press conference.

Democrat Nan Whaley, who’s running against DeWine for governor, released a statement following his televised address regarding the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision :

“Once again, Mike DeWine is attempting to falsely moderate his extreme positions in an attempt to win an election. The facts are clear: Mike DeWine is one of the most anti-choice governors in the country. Abortion is on the ballot in Ohio this November and no matter how much DeWine tries to spin the need for ‘a civil discussion,’ voters won’t forget his actions when it came to failing to protect women’s rights,” Whaley said.

In Ohio, abortion is legal until the 22nd week of pregnancy.

Attorney General Dave Yost filed a motion Friday following the Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the injunction against Ohio’s Heartbeat Law.

Yost said the injunction prohibited the enforcement of the Heartbeat Law, which was signed in 2019 by DeWine.

The Heartbeat Law would ban abortions in Ohio after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

During the governor’s press conference, he mentioned the “Bold Beginning” initiative in the state.

DeWine said Ohio is investing more than $1 billion dollars to provide prenatal care, parenting classes, mentoring, education, and nutrition assistance to pregnant mothers and their families.

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