Maharath Urges Passage of Bill Allowing Women to Sue Men for Causing Unintended Pregnancy
July 7, 2022
Today, state Senator Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) issued the following statement urging passage of Senate Bill 262:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the longstanding constitutional right to an abortion means that Ohio’s draconian ‘Heartbeat Bill’ was able to became law. Right now in Ohio, women and girls cannot abort a fetus after only six weeks of pregnancy, although this timeframe is typically before many women even know they are pregnant.
“This law is already having devastating effects, as we learned that a 10-year-old rape victim had to travel out of state to receive an abortion. While this situation is tragic and should never have happened, I am relieved that she had the resources to leave Ohio to have a necessary medical procedure.
“Many women and girls in Ohio do not have the resources to either travel or afford having a baby. The average cost of giving birth in our state is over $15,000, and can rise substantially if there are complications. Too often, this cost is solely the mother’s to bear, especially in the case of an unintended pregnancy. However, the father shares equal responsibility for the pregnancy and it is only right that he pays equally for it. That is why I introduced Senate Bill 262, which would allow women to sue for damages an individual who causes an unintended pregnancy. I urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass S.B. 262.”