The Oberlin Review

Heartbeat Bill Represents Skewed Priorities for Ohio Governor, State Legislature

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

April 12, 2019

 The infamous “heartbeat bill” passed the Ohio state legislature this Wednesday, and after several years of emotional debates, numerous vetoes, and amendments to the bill, Governor Mike DeWine officially signed the bill on Thursday night. The passage of this bill effectively hinders every woman’s ability to get an abortion in the state of Ohio.  Ohio now has the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The bill bans abortion after six weeks into a pregnancy and makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Furthermore, doctors who do not test for a heartbeat or proceed with abortion procedures if a heartbeat is detected will be charged with a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to a year in jail and a ...

Women’s Rights Discussions Should Not Focus on Abortion

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

February 8, 2019

At the State of the Union address Tuesday, President Donald Trump asserted a harsh anti-abortion stance. This comes after several weeks without mention of abortion policies from the Trump administration; of the past four addresses to Congress, the State of the Union address was the first time Trump has even mentioned abortion to members of Congress. Many have been quick to assert that the reason Trump commented on abortion at all was to attempt to fire up his religious base for his upcoming re-election campaign. However, I would argue that it is highly significant that this sudden harsh stance just happened to coincide with one of the most powerful displays of women’s solidarity in congressional history. The...

Students Phone Representatives In Protest

Students Phone Representatives In Protest

November 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: This caption contains mention of abortion, rape, and incest. Students call Oberlin representatives Democrat Dan Ramos of the Ohio House and Republican State Senator Gayle Manning to protest the passing of HB 258, more commonly known as a “heartbeat bill.” The bill outlaws abortions after six weeks of an individual’s pregnancy, including for victims of rape and incest. The phone bank event, taking place three hours after the bill passed, was organized by College senior Lotte ...

Falsely Equating Gun Control With Abortion Restrictions Prevents Productive Reform

Editorial Board

March 30, 2018

While the student-led movement to tackle gun reform has spread across the country, culminating in hundreds of thousands participating in the March for Our Lives throughout the U.S. on Saturday, many Americans still want to protect the status quo of gun accessibility. Pro-gun advocates often argue that people kill people, not guns; point out cases of armed officers in schools foiling the attempts of shooters — whether true or not; or express fear that a restriction on legal circulation of guns will endanger people who relinquish their arms to the government from criminals. As frustrating as these excuses are for failing to address how absurdly easy it is to obtain firearms in this country — especially the AR-15, which...

Feminism Will Become Law Under Clinton

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2016

As a country, we’ve finally made it through all three presidential debates. The matches were tense and personal, which gave us a deep look at the candidates’ characters. One resorted to insult, accusation and primal displays of arrogance while the other prioritized policy over performance. She may not make great TV, but Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is the model of poise and compassion in the face of ugliness. During the second and third debates, Clinton heatedly challenged Republican nominee Donald Trump’s mistreatment of women. She admonished his unforgiving position for women who receive abortions and condemned his alleged sexual misconduct. Call me biased, but I don’t blame her for her indignation. ...

Abortion Access Event Celebrates Triumph in Face of Adversity

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

September 16, 2016

Editor’s Note: This article contains language pertaining to abortion rights, and personal stories from women who have received abortions. It's hard to be optimistic about abortion access. Clinics are at constant risk of being defunded and have to jump through arbitrary hoops to remain open. Patients have to navigate barriers of distance, cost, stigma and legally mandated misinformation. Watching new access-denying laws appear as fast as they are struck down can feel like watching a heartbreaking game of legislative whack-a-mole with profound consequences for all those who seek access to their legal right. Few people hold neutral positions on abortion, and abortion rights organizations like All Access are fighting...

Feminist and activist Maria Miranda, who spoke at the Cat in the Cream Thursday

On the Record with Maria Miranda, Artist and Activist

February 5, 2016

Maria Miranda, a reproductive health activist from Cleveland, serves on the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio board, works at an online reproductive health-oriented publication called RH Reality Check and has worked with other social justice organizations including Greater Cleveland Community Shares and Preterm. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to social activism. She has visited Oberlin twice before for reproductive health workshops and is one of three artist-activists who participated in ...

Sundance Film Humanizes Late-Term Abortion Seekers

Logan Buckley, Staff Writer

February 21, 2014

Too often, the heated debate over abortion policies focuses on ambiguous medical arguments about fetal pain or sweeping declarations about morality that ignore the stories of women and other female-bodied individuals who choose to have abortions. In an effort to combat this, Students United for Reproductive Freedom and the Oberlin College Democrats screened the documentary After Tiller in Dye Lecture Hall on the night of Feb. 13. Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s documentary, a 2013 Sundance Film Festival selection, works to redress imbalance in the public conversation about abortion with a powerful, tragic and moving look at the doctors who perform late-term abortions and the people who undergo them. The film’s title ...

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