The Senate campaign of Democratic candidate Ted Strickland tells the Columbus Dispatch that Strickland supports repealing the Hyde amendment, a longstanding budget measure that bans federal funding of abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, and threats to the mother's life.
"Ted stands with the people of Ohio who believe that women have the right to make their own health care decisions, and that includes all women regardless of income," Strickland campaign spokeswoman Liz Margolis told the Dispatch.
The Hyde amendment is a popular measure has been in place since the 1970s, and it has even survived unified Democratic control of the federal government on more than one occasion. Democrats have turned the Hyde amendment into a campaign issue by changing their platform in 2016 to call explicitly for its repeal.
Donald Trump's disastrous campaign may have emboldened Democrats to lurch left on policy, but by openly embracing taxpayer-funding of elective abortions Democrats are putting themselves on the wrong side of 62 percent of voters (or more) nationwide. In swing states like Ohio, they're undoubtedly putting themselves in an especially precarious position.