Ohio Sangbad: This year Ohioans have an important decision to make, in order to protect the right to make their own medical decisions. First, what is Issue #1? Issue #1 protects Ohioans from the government interfering in your personal medical decisions.
How does this affect Bangladeshis? Women are the foundation of each and every family and their rights need to be protected. If you are a woman or have a mother, daughter, wife, sister in your life, it affects YOU. And you should VOTE YES.
Vote YES if like my family and I, you chose to move to the United States because you believe in all the opportunities and FREEDOMS this country provides. And you believe in the FREEDOM to make your own medical decisions.
Vote YES because 1 in 3 Bangladeshi women suffer from PCOS, 1 in 5 Bangladeshi women suffer from other forms of infertility and Bangladeshis (both men and women) have one of the highest percentages of thyroid disease. These conditions affect their ability to have children. This law PROTECTS your rights to seek medical care and fertility treatments such as IVF, IUI, etc so you CAN HAVE children.
Vote YES because 1 in 4 Bangladeshi women suffer from a miscarriage in their lifetime and miscarriage care uses the SAME medical procedures as abortion care. Without appropriate miscarriage care, women suffer unnecessarily, which can affect their ability to have children in the future.
Vote YES because cervical cancer is the second most common cancer for Bangladeshi women and ovarian cancer rates are rapidly rising among Bangladeshi women and without this amendment, cancer screenings and cancer treatments for women will be negatively affected. This amendment gives doctors the ability to provide the FULL medical care needed for their patients.
Vote YES because no one wants a politician to make YOUR healthcare decisions for you. If and when YOU choose to start a family is a personal decision. Vote YES and tell the Government that it’s none of their business.
Vote YES to keep your medical history private. If this amendment fails, a woman's medical history no longer belongs to just her and her doctor, it becomes government information.
Vote YES for our children. Our children deserve to have the FULL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS we came to the United States for. I don’t want less for them, and neither do you. And a YES vote secures our children’s ability to grow up with their full rights and freedoms as we did.
YOUR Ohio Bangladeshi Doctors want you to know they support a YES vote.
Dr. Shamsun Nahar, Dr. Shahed Hasnat, Dr. Samiya Saklayen, Dr. Kamrul Hassan
Lastly, don’t miss this vote!!! As a defense attorney, I fight the government every day. I know once your rights are taken from you, it’s one of the hardest things to get back. Don’t let politicians steal your rights from you. Early voting has already started. VOTE YES by November 7 th , 2023.
By: Ajmeri (Linda) Hoque, Attorney at law Below is the exact language of the Issue #1 Amendment.
A. Every individual has a right to make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions,
including but not limited to decisions on:
1. contraception; 2. fertility treatment; 3. continuing one’s own pregnancy; 4. miscarriage care and 5. abortion.
B. The State shall not, directly or indirectly, burden, penalize, prohibit, interfere with, or
discriminate against either:
1. An individual’s voluntary exercise of this right or
2. A person or entity that assists an individual exercising this right, unless the State demonstrates that it is using the least restrictive means to advance the individual’s health in accordance with widely accepted and evidence-based standards of care. However, abortion may be prohibited after fetal viability. But in no case may such an abortion be prohibited if in the professional judgment of the pregnant patient’s treating physician it is necessary to protect the pregnant patient’s life or health.
C. As used in this Section: 1. “Fetal viability” means “the point in a pregnancy when, in the professional judgment of the pregnant patient’s treating physician, the fetus has a significant likelihood of survival outside the uterus with reasonable measures. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.”
2. “State” includes any governmental entity and any political subdivision.
D. This Section is self-executing.