Abortion-rights and anti-abortion groups in Ohio react to Barrett confirmation

    U.S. President Donald Trump (L) introduces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).

    Ohio organizations on both sides of the abortion debate spoke out this week following the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis called the confirmation a “victory for women everywhere,” and a step toward abolishing Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide.

    “The era of Roe v. Wade is swiftly drawing to a close,” Gonidakis said. “It’s time to begin building a post-Roe America.”

    Ohio’s chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice had asked that the vote be postponed until after Inauguration Day, saying the “everything from the basic human right to abortion and bodily autonomy, to civil rights and voting rights,” were at stake with the court vacancy.

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine applauded the confirmation and called Barrett “both highly qualified and highly respected.”

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    Susan Tebben
    Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.