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Pro-choice lawmaker praised by anti-abortion group
Ohio Right to Life is pleased with a bill co-sponsored Nina Turner to allow rape survivors to terminate their attacker’s parental rights

Kabir Bhatia
Turner acknowledges she was stunned by Right to Life support
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The anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life is praising staunchly pro-choice state Sen. Nina Turner. And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, it’s not the first time.
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Sen. Turner’s bill allows rape survivors to ask courts to terminate a convicted attacker’s parental rights, including having a say in adoption. Currently, rape victims can be sued for those rights in Ohio and 30 other states.

The state senator from Cleveland has taken a pro-choice stance in the past, and was an opponent of abortion restrictions in the state budget. That put her at odds with Ohio Right to Life. But President Mike Gonidakis says his group’s mission statement aligns perfectly with Turner’s bill.

“We’re endorsing the legislation that just happened to be introduced by Nina Turner. We would have supported it regardless of who would have introduced it at the state, federal or local level.”

Ohio Right to Life and Turner were also both strong supporters of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed Medicaid expansion, which would have covered the state’s working poor.

Turner’s bill is similar to a federal bill introduced last month in the House of Representatives. It’s supported by Democrat Marcia Fudge of Warrensville Heights, and Geauga County Republican Dave Joyce.

Both pieces of legislation would address cases like Ariel Castro’s. He fathered a daughter with one of the three women he kidnapped and imprisoned for about a decade. As part of his guilty plea, he’s barred from having contact with the 6-year-old girl.
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