In a fundraising letter that calls him “a truly remarkable man of God,” gubernatorial candidate Bill O’Neill is staking out his place as an anti-abortion candidate in the Democratic main.
The letter is elevating eyebrows as a result of few Democrats attraction to the anti-abortion vote, and since O’Neill triggered a stir final yr with a Facebook publish in which he stated he had slept with 50 women through the years.
“We’re expanding my appeal into the pro-life community,” O’Neill, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, stated Tuesday.
The Chagrin Falls resident already has taken positions meant to seize sure segments of the vote in the 4-means May eight main. For instance, he has repeatedly referred to as for legalizing marijuana and utilizing the proceeds to fight Ohio’s opioid epidemic.
But O’Neill’s stance on abortion is farther outdoors the Democratic mainstream — at the very least in the eyes of his opponents.
“I’ve always stood on the side of women, who I trust to make their own medical decisions,” stated state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman. “I don’t know why O’Neill is making this a position of his, but it’s his decision. We’ll see how it works out.”
O’Neill’s place on abortion has some nuance. He acknowledges that he is “a man who will never have to make an abortion decision,” and on the Supreme Court, he held that some Ohio abortion legal guidelines place an undue burden on a lady’s proper to an abortion.
He explains that, as a state Supreme Court justice, he was sure by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that claims women have a constitutional assure of entry to abortion.
But that does not imply that O’Neill agrees with the ruling. “I think it’s wrongly decided, there’s no question,” he stated.
As for his 50-lovers Facebook submit, O’Neill apologized for writing it. On Tuesday, he emphasised that he is been trustworthy inside the bonds of marriage.
“But before that, I was a child of the ’60s and ’70s when I got back from Vietnam,” O’Neill stated. “I have had consensual sex with multiple people in my youth. People who have a problem with that probably didn’t have the youth I had.”
When the Democratic candidates seem on the talk stage in Toledo on Wednesday, abortion rights might nicely be among the many subjects. Critics of Dennis Kucinich, a former Cleveland mayor and congressman, have been highlighting his change of coronary heart on the difficulty. Prior to 2003, he had a document of voting towards many abortion-rights measures.
“I support a woman’s right to choose,” Kucinich stated Tuesday when requested about his change of coronary heart. “I looked at it and decided to address it in a nonpolarizing way.”
Richard Cordray, a former Ohio lawyer common and former director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, stated he would struggle what he considers an erosion of abortion rights in Ohio.
“Rich Cordray and (lieutenant-governor candidate) Betty Sutton have been strong and consistent supporters of reproductive choice throughout their careers in public service,” Cordray’s marketing campaign stated in a press release. “As Ohio’s governor and lieutenant governor, they’ll stop the relentless attacks on women’s health by Statehouse Republicans and will work to restore funding for Planned Parenthood. Rich and Betty will fight to ensure that all women in Ohio will be allowed to make constitutionally protected decisions about their personal health and will have expanded access to critical health screenings, prenatal and postnatal care, as well as measures to prevent infant mortality.”