Podcasts

Body slamming America’s health care system

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This week, Jaime, Vashitta, and Gabe discuss the new CBO estimate on the AHCA. Approximately 23 million Americans would lose health insurance under Paul Ryan’s plan.

In Ohio, we’re continuing to put pressure on Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharen Kennedy to recuse herself in the Capital Care case. This week, the Columbus Dispatch weighed in:

Justice Maureen O’Connor, however, has publicly stated that Kennedy’s speech was appropriate, noting she had not mentioned abortion or any pending case. And Kennedy, in a statement, noted she had appeared before numerous civic organizations to give a similar speech about “the founding of this republic, the Constitution and the separation of powers.” But it’s disingenuous to compare a speech to Right to Life — on any topic —with a public address at, say, the Rotary Club or a chamber of commerce. Kennedy should step aside.

Yesterday, the Ohio House Committee on Health held a fourth hearing on HB 149, which stigmatizes abortion providers and bans fetal tissue research that’s already not happening in Ohio. The committee removed an awful requirement that physicians providing abortions be labeled as “abortionists” in state law. The remaining bill is still deeply flawed and doesn’t bring any benefit to any Ohioan.

In good news, Rep. Stephanie Howse and Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan introduced HB 234, which creates provisions to protect women and doctors at abortion clinics across the state.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3 — Dayton Pride Festival
JUNE 3 — Pride in the CLE
JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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.

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Podcasts

More calls for Justice Sharen Kennedy’s recusal

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This week, Vashitta and Gabe discuss the effort by ProgressOhio to call on state Supreme Court Justice Sharen Kennedy to recuse herself in the Capital Care Network case out of Toledo. ProgressOhio was joined by 51 different individuals and organizations signing on to the formal complaint, including NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. Justice Kennedy participated in a fundraiser for Greater Toledo Right to Life this March, which many feel impacts her ability to be impartial in the case.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

The executive and legislative branches in Ohio have passed a series of laws that compromise women’s health. The judicial branch must be beyond reproach.

Previously, the Columbus Dispatch editorial board called on Justice Kennedy to recuse herself, and this week the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board agreed.

Sharon Broussard, chief editorial writer for cleveland.com said:

The life of an Ohio Supreme Court justice comes with some uncomfortable but necessary restrictions, including the demand that you avoid creating a perception of bias. Justice Kennedy’s March speech to the anti-abortion group crosses that line, especially in light of the judge’s voter survey answers three years ago. The justice should recuse herself, and I support an investigation.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3 — Dayton Pride Festival
JUNE 3 — Pride in the CLE
JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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

Are Republicans looking past Trump?

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This week, Jaime, Vashitta, and Gabe discuss whether Donald Trump will survive his own mess of political scandals, and which Republicans might challenge him in the 2020 GOP Primary.

Jaime testified before the Ohio House Committee on Health against House Bill 149. The bill makes research on fetal tissue double-illegal and tries to label doctors as “abortionists” in state law. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio objects to the bill adding unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers, as well as placing an inflammatory slur into the Ohio Revised Code.

The Down Syndrome Abortion Ban was reintroduced. This unconstitutional proposal blocks women from terminating a pregnancy following a positive prenatal diagnosis for the disorder. After this idea was first introduced two years ago, it was opposed by families currently raising children with Down Syndrome who don’t want options removed from women facing the same decision. Read David Perry’s column on CNN.com for more.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3 — Dayton Pride Festival
JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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.

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Blog Post

NARAL testimony on HB 149

Testimony of Jaime Miracle, Deputy Director for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, to the House Health Committee opposing House Bill 149 on May 10, 2017.

Chairman Huffman, Ranking Member Antonio and members of the House Health committee, my name is Jaime Miracle. I am the Deputy Director for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. I am here to speak in opposition to HB 149 on behalf of our activists and members across Ohio.

Given that Ohio law currently restricts the donation of fetal tissue from abortion, such that no such donation programs exist in Ohio, H.B. 149 is a classic example of a solution in search of a problem. It is a waste of taxpayer dollars, and does exactly the opposite of what the sponsors and proponents say it does.

Last week Representative Merrin asked why abortion rights organizations would oppose this bill if it wouldn’t change the practices of providers in our state. In that, Rep. Merrin was correct. This bill will not change how abortion clinics operate, since no fetal tissue donation programs exist. Unlike the other 18 restrictions on abortion and other reproductive health care services that this legislature has passed, HB 149 will not close the doors of clinics in our state. Instead, we oppose this bill because it stigmatizes medical professionals who provide abortion care by creating a wholly separate set of laws governing the donation of fetal and embryonic tissue from abortion. This is directly contrary to proponents’ claims that HB 149 creates equality under the law.

State law restricts fetal tissue donation from abortion, which is why these programs currently do not exist in our state. Moreover, existing federal law controls how the donation of tissue can occur in the US and forbids all sale of tissue, whether fetal tissue from abortion, or tissue or organs from another source. Current law, both federally and in Ohio, does allow for the reimbursement of various expenses related to the donation of tissue. This practice occurs not only in the donation of fetal tissue, where programs exist in other states, but in other tissue donation programs as well. H.B. 149 will change this law, stating that if someone were to donate fetal tissue from abortion, these fees could not be collected. This bill will only change the practice for fetal tissue from abortion. Doctors and procurement agencies will still be able to charge these fees when a woman decides to donate fetal tissue following a miscarriage, for example, or if a cornea or tendon is donated following someone’s death. H.B. 149 sets up two separate systems of laws, one for fetal tissue from abortion, and another for all other tissue.

Not only does this bill create a separate set of laws for fetal tissue from abortion but it also sets up different laws based on who is processing the tissue. It creates one set of laws for the physician performing the abortion or a “person associated with” the physician, and another set of laws for anyone else who may be handling the tissue. Only the physician or someone associated with them are forbidden to receive compensation for services surrounding the donation of fetal tissue following an abortion. A procurement agency or another medical facility not owned or partnered with the physician who performed the abortion would not be covered under the same set of rules.

Over and over again proponents of this legislation have stated that H.B. 149 is simply about making the laws equal when it comes to these kinds of processes. As you can see, this couldn’t be further from the truth. If this bill were about treating these donations, wherever the tissue came from, with the dignity and respect that I think we all agree should be conferred, why is this bill singling out a certain type of tissue and a certain type of provider for regulations that others are not subject to?

Additionally, the codification of the anti-choice, pejorative term of “abortionist” reinforces this bill’s intent to stigmatize and shame physicians who provide abortion care and those who turn to them for health care services. We do not define other physicians by a single service that they provide, why then are we doing it for physicians who provide abortion services? A search in medical literature finds no reference to this term, but a simple google search shows that it appears time and time again on the websites of anti-abortion organizations. This unnecessary addition confirms the political nature of this bill and puts it in line with all the other restrictions this legislature has passed based on anti-abortion talking points rather than facts and medical science.

I would also like to clear up several misconceptions from testimony last week. In states where these donation programs exist the decision to donate this tissue begins and ends with the woman, not the physician performing the abortion. The woman gives her consent to the donation of the tissue, she is in control, and she makes the decision. In fact, federal law requires this consent. Tissue is not being donated without her knowledge.

There were also insinuations that we don’t know how clinics that were not part of the Ohio Attorney General’s investigation are handling fetal and embryonic tissue in Ohio. One just needs to turn to the Ohio Department of Health for all the information you need on this subject. All ambulatory surgical facilities, including those that provide abortion care, are inspected every year as required by law. The Ohio Department of Health is tasked with ensuring that these ambulatory surgical facilities handle this tissue properly, and there have been no citations for mishandling this tissue from the Ohio Department of Health. The state of Ohio already regulates these practices, again showing that we do not need additional, politically motivated, unnecessary, and stigmatizing legislation like H.B. 149. Thank you for your time today, I am happy to answer any questions you may have.


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.

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Podcasts

#RoeTogether Advocacy Day was a huge success!

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This week, Jaime and Gabe are joined by our newest staff member, Vashitta Johnson! Vashitta is our Field and Political Director, a new position that NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is adding to increase our capacity for political and electoral work across the state.

We start with the news that our Field Organizer Randi Gregory has left us. Randi has accepted a position with SPARK, an excellent reproductive justice organization doing work in the South. While we’re very sad to lose our outstanding field organizer, we know she’s making a great step forward in her career as their new Director of Programs!

Apply for the Field Organizer position here.

This Wednesday was the Roe Together Statehouse Advocacy Day, and it was terrific. We heard from Rep. Stephanie Howse and Rep. Brigid Kelly in our morning session. Later, we rallied on the Statehouse steps to hear from House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn, Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, Sen. Charleta Tavares, and Sen. Sean O’Brien. We were also joined at the rally by Sen. Cecil Thomas, Rep. Kent Smith, and Rep. Kristin Boggs.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3  — Pride in the CLE™ 2017
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Parade and Festival 2017
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride 2017 – Annual Parade, Rally & Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival 2017
JULY 29 — 2017 Pride Youngstown Festival


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.

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Blog Post

Trump’s first 100 days

Saturday marks the 100th day of the Trump administration. One glance at this horrifying journey through the past makes it clear just how much is at stake for women and families under the Trump presidency. The administration’s actions fly in the face of the millions of Americans who have rallied, marched, and called to support healthcare access, including a woman’s constitutional right to access abortion care. The fact that anti-choice groups have literally been standing side-by-side with Donald Trump the entire time should be evidence enough of this misogynist administration’s misplaced priorities.

Each step of the way, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio has been working to RESIST against the Trump agenda. Help us add 100 new members to our ranks before his 100th day.

Right out of the gate, Trump started making good on his promise to take away healthcare from millions of Americans and also take away access to affordable birth control from millions of women by authorizing agencies to start chipping away at the Affordable Care Act. He reinstated the “global gag rule,” and defunded the United Nations Population Fund.

By nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Trump delighted extreme anti-choice groups across the country. He has fulfilled his promise to appoint a justice dedicated to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Become a member of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio with your donation today.

For choice,

Kellie Copeland
Executive Director
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio


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.

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