In 2011 Jim Hughes voted in support of a bill, House Bill 79, that prohibited qualified health plans from covering “non-therapeutic” abortions. The argument for the bill is that since these plans are offered under the Affordable Care Act that they are taxpayer-supported and that taxpayers should not be forced to pay for abortions if it violates their conscience. Arguments against the bill include the fact that it disproportionately affects the poor who cannot afford to pay out-of-pocket for abortions and who are least capable of providing a child with the necessities of life. This bill helps perpetuate the cycle of poverty that occurs when women are denied their reproductive rights. It also places the beliefs of one person above the beliefs of another, violating the separation of church and state. Numerous published reports and emergency room doctors I have talked to agree that there has been an increase in injuries resulting from self-induced abortions since this bill and similar bills in other states have passed. Finally, it restricts the availability of legal and safe abortions as guaranteed by the Supreme Court. If elected I would vote to overturn the bill.
Women’s Rights And The Ohio Legislature