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GOP senators confirm Gorsuch, sacrifice integrity for political gain

After the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement:

In short order, the Gorsuch Court will rule on many issues that affect the daily lives of women, families, and working people in this country. Every single senator who voted to confirm this judge will own all of those decisions and what they mean for our constitutional rights in this country. When President Trump’s nominee could not meet the 60-vote threshold that has been used for more than 200 years, Senate Republicans made the choice to ram him through anyway by changing the rules instead of changing their unpopular nominee.

Senate Republicans did this despite the fact that Judge Gorsuch failed to demonstrate that he can represent the experience of all Americans while he serves on the Supreme Court. He is the most far-right Supreme Court nominee in a generation, handpicked by Donald Trump to help fulfill his campaign promise of overturning Roe v. Wade, increasing the power of dark money in our elections, and ensuring powerful businesses can trample the rights of American workers and their families. By marching in lock-step with Donald Trump and his dangerous agenda, Senate Republicans showed their true colors—a fact that Americans won’t soon forget.

The People’s Defense released the following statement:

Today is a sad day for all Americans, whose interests were given a backseat to partisan politics and our tainted president’s extreme agenda. The only way Senate Republicans were able to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch for a seat on the Supreme Court was by choosing to blow up 200 years of Senate tradition and changing the rules in the middle of the game. They even knew that the majority of Americans—their constituents—strongly opposed Republican efforts to ram President Donald Trump’s nominee through the process with the nuclear option. But they didn’t care. Instead, they sided with Trump over their constituents and put a man on the court with a demonstrated record of dismissing the basic freedoms of all Americans. This follows nearly a year of blocking the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for purely partisan reasons. They would be ashamed if that was an emotion they were capable of.

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

Women of all backgrounds have been in the crosshairs of every policy this Congress has pushed — from undermining maternity care to attacking Planned Parenthood to forcing through the confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. There is a reason that women make up the core of the resistance. Too many people still face barriers to health care, especially young people, people of color, those who live in rural areas, and people with low incomes.  Women have made incredible gains, and we will not stand to see that progress walked back.  When members of Congress go home next week, they will have to answer for their positions on women’s health and rights, at their town halls, public appearances, and even at the corner store.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Podcasts

#WeObject to Judge Neil Gorsuch

Find us on iTunes: http://bit.ly/naralpodcast

This week, Jaime and Gabe discuss the latest effort to defund Planned Parenthood, this time involving a vote in the US Senate. The 50-50 tie vote was broken by Vice President Mike Pence, who does in fact hate women.

This past Saturday, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio organized a rally in Cleveland to oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. We heard from Rep. Stephanie Howse, Rep. Nicki Antonio, and our own Kellie Copeland!

The full event video is on our Facebook page:


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners at an event near you:
(* NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio sponsored events)

4/13/17 in Athens
Learn and Take Action Night
Come join NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and URGE for a night of fun, learning, and action. We will discuss the Supreme Court, Federal defunding as well as what we can do to keep our legislators accountable and to have our voices heard!!

4/24/17 in Cleveland
Reproductive Justice 101
Reproductive justice is about more than abortion access. To ensure that everyone can access equitable health care and bodily autonomy, we must dismantle the oppressive systems that affect women and families at the intersections of race, class, and gender. Join Preterm for a conversation that puts an intersectional and human rights lens on important aspects of the ongoing struggle for reproductive freedom. This is your opportunity to learn about reproductive justice from the experts in Cleveland. We’ll take a deeper dive into the reproductive justice framework and the pivotal work being done by New Voices Cleveland.

4/27/17 in Cleveland
Preterm Bowl-a-thon
The Preterm Access Fund provides financial assistance to our low-income and uninsured patients so they can afford compassionate, high-quality abortion care at Preterm. The money you raise will give our patients the freedom to make the best decisions for their lives and their families.

4/29/17 in Columbus
Women Have Options — Ohio Bowl-a-thon
Every year, WHO/O supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio! Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.

5/3/17 in Columbus
Freedom of Choice Ohio Lobby Day
FBRoe_FB Event

Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold our annual Advocacy Day on May 3, 2017. This year, Ohio women and men will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to demand an end to the anti-woman agenda pushed by Governor Kasich and the legislature. Kasich has passed multiple abortion bans, defunded Planned Parenthood, and is using his Department of Health to harass abortion providers. We’ll learn more about the multiple threats to reproductive health care and a forthcoming proactive legislative agenda. Armed with information and training, participants will engage their legislators to show that their constituents do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.


NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

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Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Podcasts

Trumpcare is dead! Long live Obamacare!

Find us on iTunes: http://bit.ly/naralpodcast

This week, Jaime, Randi, and Gabe discuss the complete failure that was the GOP attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act. Gabe questions why Republicans in Congress should continue to support Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House.

In the US Senate, Chuck Schumer emerged as a key voice in opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch. His nomination was put on hold as the senate committee delayed a vote until April 3. Increased public pressure will attempt to delay that vote further. Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio in Cleveland on Saturday to speak out against the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

We also reviewed a horrible op-ed in the New York Times that expressed the view that Democrats should abandon abortion rights as an issue.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners at an event near you:
(* NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio sponsored events)

4/1/17 in Cleveland
The People’s Filibuster: Cleveland
Please join thousands of other Americans to protest and rally against the extreme agenda of President Donald Trump, including his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. The People’s Filibuster will take place in cities across the US and feature everyday Americans speaking on why they object to the extreme agenda of the President and how the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court would advance that agenda for decades to come.

4/27/17 in Cleveland
Preterm Bowl-a-thon
The Preterm Access Fund provides financial assistance to our low-income and uninsured patients so they can afford compassionate, high-quality abortion care at Preterm. The money you raise will give our patients the freedom to make the best decisions for their lives and their families.

4/29/17 in Columbus
Women Have Options — Ohio Bowl-a-thon
Every year, WHO/O supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio! Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.

5/3/17 in Columbus
Freedom of Choice Ohio Lobby Day
FBRoe_FB Event

Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold our annual Advocacy Day on May 3, 2017. This year, Ohio women and men will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to demand an end to the anti-woman agenda pushed by Governor Kasich and the legislature. Kasich has passed multiple abortion bans, defunded Planned Parenthood, and is using his Department of Health to harass abortion providers. We’ll learn more about the multiple threats to reproductive health care and a forthcoming proactive legislative agenda. Armed with information and training, participants will engage their legislators to show that their constituents do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.


NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

SunriseWide4


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Podcasts

I’m Just a Pill – Talking with Lady Parts Justice

Find us on iTunes: http://bit.ly/naralpodcast

This week, Gabe and Kellie discuss the hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, which concluded this week. Judge Gorsuch made comments respecting Roe during his questioning, but it’s his actual record that worries us. He voted to strip women of access to contraception coverage in the Hobby Lobby case, and women everywhere are taking note.

In fact, because of the threat to the contraception coverage guarantees, the women at Lady Parts Justice have released their newest video, I’m Just a Pill! Gabe spoke to Julie Rosing and Abby Holland from the LPJ team.

Other LPJ videos have been hilarious, sharp commentary on politicians and sexual politics. Check out their YouTube channel for more, but definitely watch their Beyoncé parody, inFormation.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners at an event near you:
(* NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio sponsored events)

3/25/17 in Columbus
Swap For Our Sisters
Empty your closets of unwanted items that are gently, barely or never used (clothes, dressy scarves, outerwear, shoes, costume jewelry, sunglasses and purses) and bring them to St Stephen’s Episcopal Church on March 24 between 4:30-8pm to get your “golden ticket” that allows you to take unlimited items at the swap the next day.

3/30/17 in Dayton
Dayton NARAL & PP Learn and Take Action night
Hosted by NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio : If you missed our awesome Roe Together bootcamp ( or you did attend but want more info and organizing training) then this is your chance to get updates on what’s happening at the Statehouse and how you can get your voice heard.

3/30/17 in Canton
Microphone Training
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation will train volunteers in communications techniques that fill in the gaps of inadequate or incomplete media coverage; add balance to biased and one-sided reporting; pursue topics and points of view that are being ignored. We will also prepare Ohioans for the ramifications of the pending Supreme Court decision on abortion access, as well as the confirmation battle to fill the vacancy on the Court.

4/27/17 in Cleveland
Preterm Bowl-a-thon
The Preterm Access Fund provides financial assistance to our low-income and uninsured patients so they can afford compassionate, high-quality abortion care at Preterm. The money you raise will give our patients the freedom to make the best decisions for their lives and their families.

4/29/17 in Columbus
Women Have Options — Ohio Bowl-a-thon
Every year, WHO/O supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio! Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.

5/3/17 in Columbus
Freedom of Choice Ohio Lobby Day
FBRoe_FB Event

Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold our annual Advocacy Day on May 3, 2017. This year, Ohio women and men will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to demand an end to the anti-woman agenda pushed by Governor Kasich and the legislature. Kasich has passed multiple abortion bans, defunded Planned Parenthood, and is using his Department of Health to harass abortion providers. We’ll learn more about the multiple threats to reproductive health care and a forthcoming proactive legislative agenda. Armed with information and training, participants will engage their legislators to show that their constituents do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.


NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

SunriseWide4


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

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This I believe…

This essay was written by NARAL Pro-Choice Intern Cole Wojdacz three years ago when Barack Obama was still president and things were very different than they are now. These words were relevant then, and they are even more relevant in the current political climate. We need to build our community strength, our organizing power, our support systems, our collective voice use these tools to fight back against the realities we are now facing. We have at least four years of a Trump administration, we have two years still left with the Kasich administration, with the very real potential for four more years under a different conservative governor. We need to speak out, we need to show up, we need to donate time and money, and most importantly, we need to speak our truths.

Throughout my life, I have never been drawn to conflict. I will bend over backwards to make a losing situation into a win-win scenario. This has worked well for me; I make friends quickly and I usually feel at ease in many different situations. But in the summer of my 16th year, I learned that sometimes avoiding conflict could come at too high a price.

We were all hanging out in the basement, which was about ten degrees colder than was comfortable and everyone was engaged in the conversation. Draped over the tattered collection of cast-off furniture were five of my best friends; lanky teenage guys who were smart, funny, and always sweetly protective of me. As an only child, being treated as an honorary little sister is one of my all time favorite feelings. Everything was relaxed and normal until one of them knocked his full drink off the table and onto another guy’s backpack. The backpack owner turned to the clumsy one and called him a faggot. When I heard that word it was as if battery acid was being poured into my stomach. The word appalled me. I chose not to speak up for fear of alienating myself from this group of people, and I dwelled on this choice for the rest of the night. The use of that word, my least favorite word in the entire English language, made me lose respect for these guys that I had come to love. And even worse, it made me lose respect for myself because I didn’t voice my discomfort.

The next time it happened a little bit differently. Instead of using the word faggot someone said that something was gay, implying that it was stupid. The use of the word gay in a derogatory fashion, though not as immediately nauseating as the previous incident, brought the night to a halt for me. I remembered how I had felt before when that terrible f-word was used and how much it had cost me in self-respect when I failed to call out my friend. As I thought about that experience I realized something that I hadn’t before. I have to fight for what I believe in. This time, I spoke up. I told them that using that kind of language was homophobic and hateful, even if they didn’t mean it that way, and that it was not okay with me. They were taken aback at first and didn’t really take me seriously, but at that point, the ice was broken. I was now able to confidently raise the issue of offensive language whenever it was necessary. I learned to let people know how much it bothered me, and, in general people really tried to change the way they spoke. This highlighted the fact that many people often just don’t think about what they’re saying. Most people don’t mean to be homophobic; they just don’t know any better and haven’t thought about what these words actually mean. My new, hard won habit of speaking these truths also elicited a change in me. I was no longer afraid of the judgment of others. The pride that I felt in advocating for what I found important allowed me to begin to feel comfortable doing it in all settings — formal or informal, with adults and peers alike. It helped me find the self-confidence that I had lost previously, and become the advocate that I am proud to be today.

This experience opened my eyes to two things I now consider to be fundamental to the way I want to live my life. The first being that I must stand up for the things that I believe in, because I can’t count on anyone else to do it. The second is that, though it might be risky or uncomfortable, you must always, without fail, speak your truth.

This essay was written by NARAL Pro-Choice Intern Cole Wojdacz three years ago when Barack Obama was still president and things were very different than they are now. These words were relevant then, and they are even more relevant in the current political climate. We need to build our community strength, our organizing power, our support systems, our collective voice use these tools to fight back against the realities we are now facing. We have at least four years of a Trump administration, we have two years still left with the Kasich administration, with the very real potential for four more years under a different conservative governor. We need to speak out, we need to show up, we need to donate time and money, and most importantly, we need to speak our truths.

Throughout my life, I have never been drawn to conflict. I will bend over backwards to make a losing situation into a win-win scenario. This has worked well for me; I make friends quickly and I usually feel at ease in many different situations. But in the summer of my 16th year, I learned that sometimes avoiding conflict could come at too high a price.

We were all hanging out in the basement, which was about ten degrees colder than was comfortable, and everyone was engaged in the conversation. Draped over the tattered collection of cast-off furniture were five of my best friends; lanky teenage guys who were smart, funny, and always sweetly protective of me. As an only child, being treated as an honorary little sister is one of my all time favorite feelings. Everything was relaxed and normal until one of them knocked his full drink off the table and onto another guy’s backpack. The backpack owner turned to the clumsy one and called him a faggot. When I heard that word it was as if battery acid was being poured into my stomach. The word appalled me. I chose not to speak up for fear of alienating myself from this group of people, and I dwelled on this choice for the rest of the night. The use of that word, my least favorite word in the entire English language, made me lose respect for these guys that I had come to love. And even worse, it made me lose respect for myself because I didn’t voice my discomfort.

The next time it happened a little bit differently. Instead of using the word faggot someone said that something was gay, implying that it was stupid. The use of the word gay in a derogatory fashion, though not as immediately nauseating as the previous incident, brought the night to a halt for me. I remembered how I had felt before when that terrible f-word was used and how much it had cost me in self-respect when I failed to call out my friend. As I thought about that experience I realized something that I hadn’t before. I have to fight for what I believe in. This time, I spoke up. I told them that using that kind of language was homophobic and hateful, even if they didn’t mean it that way, and that it was not okay with me. They were taken aback at first and didn’t really take me seriously, but at that point, the ice was broken. I was now able to confidently raise the issue of offensive language whenever it was necessary. I learned to let people know how much it bothered me, and, in general people really tried to change the way they spoke. This highlighted the fact that many people often just don’t think about what they’re saying. Most people don’t mean to be homophobic; they just don’t know any better and haven’t thought about what these words actually mean. My new, hard won habit of speaking these truths also elicited a change in me. I was no longer afraid of the judgment of others. The pride that I felt in advocating for what I found important allowed me to begin to feel comfortable doing it in all settings — formal or informal, with adults and peers alike. It helped me find the self-confidence that I had lost previously, and become the advocate that I am proud to be today.

This experience opened my eyes to two things I now consider to be fundamental to the way I want to live my life. The first being that I must stand up for the things that I believe in, because I can’t count on anyone else to do it. The second is that, though it might be risky or uncomfortable, you must always, without fail, speak your truth.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

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NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio budget testimony

Deputy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Jaime Miracle testified before the House Finance Subcommittee on Health & Human Services on the state budget, House Bill 49 on March 22, 2017. This is a transcript of her remarks:

My name is Jaime Miracle and I am the deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. I am here to testify on behalf of our over 50,000 members and activists on the Medicaid, ODJFS, and other healthcare related portions of H.B. 49.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio applauds the state for continuing its investments in the prevention of infant mortality. We encourage this body to effectively fund evidence-based programs that reduce health disparities and lower our embarrassing infant mortality rate. But, at the same time that the state is investing funding in these programs, it is promoting other policies that undermine the progress that could be made.

Charging premiums for Medicaid recipients between 100% and 138% of the federal poverty line is not a turn in the right direction. Increasing the cost of healthcare through premiums decreases the use of health care services (footnote 1) . For childless adults making between $11,880 and $16,400 a year, an additional cost — even of just $20 a month — can present an insurmountable obstacle for accessing health care, and will disproportionately impact people of color in our state, who already face a myriad of racial disparities in health.

Ohio should be in the business of reducing racial disparities in health, not increasing them.

The Centers for Disease Control has identified six key strategies to reduce infant mortality. Two of these strategies are improving women’s health before pregnancy and investing in prevention and health promotion (2). The state is investing more and more funds in programs to help pregnant women be healthy and to take care of women and newborns following the birth of a child, but this is only a part of what needs to be happening to reduce our infant mortality rate. Making sure childless adult women have access to the preconception care they need, making sure chronic illness is managed properly, and making sure that racial disparities of health are minimized are crucial to making real gains in our infant mortality crisis.

Another strong investment we could make would be to re-instate the family planning optional Medicaid program that was eliminated in the 2015 budget. This program not only improves the health and well-being of citizens of our state, it also makes financial sense. For every dollar invested in family planning services, we save seven dollars in other costs (3). In Ohio in 2010, the federal and state governments spent $824.6 million on unintended pregnancies, of this $218.8 million was paid for by the state (4). But that number could have been much greater. Publicly funded family planning services provided by safety-net health centers in Ohio helped save the federal and state governments $226.9 million in that year alone (5). Recognizing that family planning access is critical to the health and well-being of women and babies, both the National Governor’s Association and the March of Dimes have advocated for expanded Medicaid coverage for contraceptive services (6).

I also urge this panel to eliminate funding for the Parenting and Pregnancy Program in this budget. You may be wondering why I would be advocating for that based on the rest of my testimony so far. This program sounds like a great idea, but as they always say, the devil is in the details. State money should be going to programs that have proven track records for effectiveness. This program is not one of those. The Parenting and Pregnancy Program, funded out of the TANF block grant, gives funding to unproven, misleading, and coercive organizations known as “crisis pregnancy centers” or CPCs. TANF block grant money is one of the few remaining places where low income women and families can turn when they need emergency cash assistance. It can be used in a variety of ways, including helping low income families get out of lead contaminated homes. We need to use this money where it has the most impact, not give it to unproven programs.

In a 2013 study into the practices of these centers (7), our undercover investigators found that these centers routinely gave out medically inaccurate information. Thirty-eight percent of CPCs gave misleading information about complication rates for abortion. Forty-seven percent of CPCs gave false information about the non-existent connection between mental health and addiction issues, and abortion. Less than half of the centers were up front about what they stand for; and although they are getting this funding for providing material assistance to low income women and children, most CPCs provided limited material assistance. More than a third of centers had time consuming eligibility requirements, forcing women to earn “baby bucks” by attending parenting classes, volunteering at the center, or even attending Bible study classes. A low-income woman working three jobs to make ends meet doesn’t need to spend two hours in a parenting class before she can get a pack of diapers.

These are not the types of places that should be funded with our tax money.

Women facing an unintended pregnancy deserve medically accurate information presented in an unbiased and non-coercive manner. The state should not be in the business of sending our limited tax dollars to centers that deceive and lie to the people seeking their help. Finally, I urge this committee and all the members of the legislature to not continue to use the state budget as a weapon to attack access to abortion care in our state. These unconstitutional attacks have already been blocked by two Lucas County courts and two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of attacks on abortion access contained in the 2013 state budget are headed to the Ohio Supreme Court in the next few months. I encourage this body to stick to the issues that the state budget is supposed to cover, and not continue to misuse state tax dollars passing unconstitutional “Christmas tree” budget bills that violate our state constitution’s single subject clause.

Thank you for your time today.


  1. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, “Financial Condition and Health Care Burdens of People in Deep Poverty,” United States Department of Health and Human Services, July 16, 2015
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6231a3.htm
  3. http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/family-planning/pdf/OH.pdf
  4. Frost JJ, Frohwirth L and Zolna MR, Contraceptive needs and services, 2014 Update, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2016, https://www.guttmacher.org/report/contraceptive-needs-and-services-2014-update
  5. Frost JJ, Sonfield A, Zolna MR, and Fiener LB, Return on Investment: a fuller assessment of the benefits and cost savings of the US publicly funded family planning program, Millbank QuarterlyI, 2014, 92(4):696-749
  6. Guttmacher Institute, Wise Investment: Reducing the Steep Cost to Medicaid of Unintended Pregnancy in the United States, 2011, https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/14/3/gpr140306.html
  7. You can read the full report of this investigation at: http://www.prochoiceohio.org/what-is-choice/cpc/reporttext.shtml

Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

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New Analysis Shows Women Would be Hardest Hit Under GOP Healthcare Plan

Women would suffer the most under the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, according to a new analysis by the Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) of Ohio.

Dr. Anita Somani, an obstetrician-gynecologist and the president of the Columbus Medical Association, agreed with the analysis and said many of the increased health risks would come from the plan’s call to defund Planned Parenthood.

By defunding Planned Parenthood, the proposal would limit care and contraception – especially in underserved areas. This will cause an increase in HIV rates and unintended pregnancies. This already happened in Indiana and Texas.

Indiana’s GOP-led state legislature was among the first to declare war against Planned Parenthood in 2011 when it passed a bill to cut off money to the popular family planning provider because some of its clinics offer abortion services. A federal judge later blocked the law from taking effect but the state’s continued cuts to Planned Parenthood left many rural regions without an HIV testing center, prompting an exploding HIV outbreak. Texas saw a similar public health crisis.

Under the Obamacare replacement, called the American Health Care Act, low-income women, women of color and women living in rural areas would be hardest hit because they tend to rely more heavily on Planned Parenthood for their reproductive care, according to WPPN.

Other anti-woman provisions cited by the WPPN analysis:

  • Deep, permanent cuts to Medicaid and the elimination of Medicaid expansion would threaten coverage for the millions of low-income women and families, pregnant women, women with disabilities, and elderly women that depend on the program for coverage. These cuts would shift costs to the states, likely leading to more limited eligibility for enrollment and cuts to coverage benefits. Women of color would be disproportionately impacted by these cuts as black women and Latina women are more likely than white women to be insured through Medicaid.
  • The House GOP bill would jeopardize the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) standard provided under the ACA, which has made groundbreaking advancements for women in healthcare such as guaranteed maternity coverage. The EHB would “sunset” by 2020, meaning that it would be left up to states to decide whether or not insurers are required to cover these services.  Without the EHB standards, women would be forced to pay out-of-pocket for maternity care, potentially costing them thousands of dollars to deliver a child.
  • Women may be forced to pay out-of-pocket for mental health treatment or substance abuse services. As the new proposal would phase out both Medicaid and eliminate the guaranteed Essential Health Benefits (EHB) standard which includes mental health services and substance abuse treatment, many women would no longer be covered for everything from opioid addiction to depression.  These individuals would now be forced to pay out-of-pocket to treat any mental health or substance abuse issues.
  • Expanded restrictions on abortion coverage for both public and private insurance plans could potentially dismantle insurance coverage for abortion. Insurance coverage for abortion already faces dangerous restrictions, but the House GOP bill would create further barriers to accessing.. abortion coverage.  Women would no longer be able to use tax credits to purchase insurance plans that cover abortion, with exceptions for rape, incest, or life of the pregnant person.  The loss of tax credits to afford policies covering abortion would make them too expensive for many individuals and businesses.  This cost-prohibitive provision would then drastically shrink access women have to abortion coverage, or possibly even lead to insurance providers completely dropping abortion coverage from their plans.  It would cause women to have to either buy an unsubsidized, far more expensive plan or purchase a separate “rider” on their healthcare plan for abortion coverage.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland noted:

As anti-choice members of Congress and the Trump administration are stepping up their assault on abortion rights, they are simultaneously crafting policies to block access to family planning services. Local health departments and federally qualified health centers have said they are not equipped to provide care to the people who will lose their insurance coverage if the ACA is repealed and the contraceptive mandate is reversed. Women of color, young women, and low-income people will be most seriously harmed by this dangerous political agenda.

Experts also insisted that the proposed changes would undercut Ohio efforts to lower the state’s shamefully high infant mortality rate.

State Sen. Charleta Tavares, helped win passage of Senate Bill 332 – last year’s landmark infant mortality reduction law:

The passage of S. B. 332 provided important education on safe-spacing and long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) to ensure women are safely getting pregnant when they and their bodies are ready. The changes proposed in the AHCA would drastically undercut our efforts to reduce infant deaths and post-partum depression.

Although some causes of infant death are unknown, access to prenatal care and proper spacing between pregnancies are proven ways to improve maternal health and lower infant mortality. While calling for defunding Planned Parenthood and proposing drastic cuts to Medicaid, which would force the state to make benefit cuts or reductions in eligibility, Trumpcare would reduce access to the very programs that are essential to combat infant mortality.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, 7.2 of every 1,000 babies born died before their first birthdays. The numbers are even more chilling for black infants, who died at a rate of 15.1 per thousand live births — nearly three times the rate of white babies.

A copy of the full report can be found online, at womenspublicpolicynetwork.org.

The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) is a coalition un-like any other group in the state.  Formed in 2015 and convened by Innovation Ohio Education Fund, the WPPN pulls together 25 key advocacy organizations focused on promoting policies that create economic security for women and strengthen Ohio families.


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