Jul 28, 2022 - Politics

DeWine demurs on abortion questions

Photo illustration of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine with lines radiating from him.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is staying mum when it comes to further restrictions on abortion access in Ohio.

Driving the news: Speaking to reporters at the Ohio State Fair's opening reception Wednesday, DeWine declined to advocate for any specific policy and said he welcomed the "public discussion" that will accompany lawmakers returning to work this fall.

What he's saying: "I'm going to let the debate play out a little bit," previewing the legislative debate expected through year-end.

  • "We're going to hear from medical experts, we're going to hear from other people," DeWine said. "Then there'll be a time when I'll certainly weigh in."
  • The governor also bemoaned the abortion policy debate going "off the rail" to involve other subjects like contraception and marriage equality. He called any effort to regulate contraception "absurd."

Separately, DeWine dismissed concerns about guns being allowed on the fairgrounds and declined to commit to a debate with Democratic gubernatorial opponent Nan Whaley.

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