"Today is the day we say no!": Pro-choice rally takes over Ohio Statehouse steps


A pro-choice abortion rally took over the sidewalk in front of Gov. Mike DeWine's office and the steps of the Ohio Statehouse.

"For too long women have been regarded as the weaker sex," said Jes Stein, one of the event coordinators. "We've never been weaker, just compliant. And it stops now."

Hundreds of people attended the demonstration. It was part of a National Day of Action hosted by Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice organizations.

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"I'm here to support my wife and my daughters, and being able to make choices associated with their own bodies," said Mike Ahern, a husband and father of girls. "If they ever, God-forbid, ended up in a situation where they had to make that hard choice."

The rally comes about a month after Gov. Mike DeWine signed the Heartbeat Bill into Ohio law which prohibits abortions once a heartbeat can be detected.

"When you start to take away one right, that gives them momentum to take away more than that. Today is the day we say no. No more," said Stein.

Protestors against abortion also showed up to the event holding large pictures of fetuses.

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