(12-14-21) The Mason (Ohio) City Council voted to repeal the city’s abortion ban Monday, with only former mayor Kathy Grossman voting against the repeal.

From last night’s agenda –

Ord. 2021 – 135 Repealing Ordinance 2021-108 regarding declaring Mason as a Sanctuary City for the unborn and declaring an emergency.

The repeal largely is due to community pressure in addition to a new group of council members who were elected in November and opposed the ordinance. The anti-abortion ordinance’s sponsor, T.J. Honerlaw, was not reelected to the city council and finished last in the race.

Kersha Deibel, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region

“From the beginning, this dangerous anti-abortion ordinance was unpopular among residents of Mason. Led by passionate community members, Mason, Ohio came together to elect local officials who represent and work for them. The residents of Mason and the majority of Ohioans support abortion access. Last night, Mason sent a clear message to politicians across Ohio — listen to us, or we will elect people who will.”

.Mason’s ordinance included:

“The City Council finds that: (1) Human life begins at conception.” and “(4) The Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), which invented a constitutional right for pregnant women to kill their unborn children through abortion, is a lawless and unconstitutional act of judicial usurpation, as there is no language anywhere in the Constitution that even remotely suggests that abortion is a constitutional right.”

There are no abortion providers within Mason’s city limits.

Another important piece of Mason City Council legislation considered last night was –

Res. 2021 – 27 Encouraging Santa to visit all local children to spread Christmas joy, magic, and cheer