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Two hearings, volunteer event, & a new pro-choice editorial

We’re staring down another big week for pro-choice activism.

Monday – The Akron Beacon Journal editorial board issued a new editorial against the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban bills: Don’t make conversation a crime.

They said:

Ohio already has put in place many restrictions on the right to an abortion, including a ban after 20 weeks. The courts largely have struck down those limits applying an ‘undue burden,’ most recently in the form of medically unnecessary regulations. House Bill 214 takes aim at something even more fundamental. The courts have held firm to the right of women to make this choice, drawing a crucial line at “viability,” or when the fetus could survive outside the womb. Up to that point, a woman has full control of her body. This legislation would take that away. Which helps explain why a similar law enacted in Indiana has found tough going in court. Let’s not take a step that seeks to make criminals out of doctors who have conversations with their patients.

Email your state legislators to oppose these bills.

Tuesday – Lawmakers in the Ohio Statehouse will hold two hearings on anti-abortion bills. These hearings are open to the public, and we always encourage pro-choice Ohioans to attend. Follow us on Twitter for live updates.

1:30 p.m., House Criminal Justice Committee, Statehouse Room 114 – First hearing for the Abortion Method Ban, Senate Bill 145. This bill would ban the most common method of second-trimester abortion. You remember our actions against this bill when we staged Handmaid’s Tale protests in the Ohio Senate this Spring.

3:15 p.m., Senate Health Committee, Statehouse South Hearing Room – Fourth hearing on the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban, Senate Bill 164. The committee will likely vote on the bill after hearing the last of the witnesses against the bill.

Wednesday – This is the first opportunity for the Ohio Senate to vote on Senate Bill 164 if it is passed by the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

1:30 p.m., Senate Session – Possible vote on the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban.

Thursday – NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Keep Abortion Safe and Legal in Toledo calling on ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, the last abortion provider in Northwest Ohio.

Noon in Toledo – Join us to send a message to ProMedica CEO Randy Oostra. Email Annie Krol for details.

5:30 p.m. in Columbus – Activist Night at NARAL: Volunteers will be calling Toledo residents to ask them to urge ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network. This may be the last and only chance to ensure women have access to abortion in that community.

It’s a busy week, but our staff is ready. They really depend on your support, so please participate in an action – online or in person – when you can.


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

Podcast rewind: Patients to Advocates

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Last November, Kellie and Gabe sat down with the participants in Patients to Advocates, a fellowship program sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, New Voices Cleveland, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Preterm. Their work has involved a variety of efforts to talk to their community about the importance of abortion access.

As a group, they were a part of the All Access concert in Cleveland this September to share a poem about their experiences. More recently, they were interviewed by Bustle.


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

 

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DIY Sexy IUD costume

Don’t you love it when the title of your post is almost exclusively an acronym?

Anyway, let’s say that you’re a reproductive rights activist who needs a last minute Halloween costume that conveys what you’re about – safer sex, contraception, and a good do-it-yourself ethic! Enter the sexy IUD costume. Easy, quick, and real weird.

You’ll need:

  • floral wire
  • copper spray paint
  • 16in extension tube
  • center outlet continuous waste kit
  • string/rope to hang your IUD
  • little black dress

Step one, acquire all your supplies.

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Step two, assemble your IUD.

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Step three, wrap IUD with floral wire. You may want to use packing tape to have the beginning and end of the wire stay where you put it. The wire isn’t super visible after spray painting, so it’s really an optional step. I just wanted to be accurate (but also recognizable)!

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Step four, go outside and spray your IUD with the copper paint.

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Step five, add string, pair with little black dress, and voila! You are a sexy IUD.

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The above intrauterine device is the copper IUD, Paragard. It can be used as 99.9% effective birth control for up to 12 years. Hormonal IUDs would be harder to recognize, I think, which is why I went with the telltale copper.

Anyway, it was a quick and easy silly costume. After all, in an administration trying to rollback progress on reproductive rights, what could be scarier than asserting them?


 

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

Podcast: Pro-Choice House floor speeches

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This week, Kelley introduces some of the pro-choice floor speeches we heard as the Ohio House debated HB 214, the Down syndrome abortion ban bill.

Our podcast audio includes:

  • Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
  • Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron)
  • Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown)
  • Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)
  • Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati)
  • Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)
  • Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo)

Unfortunately, we lost the vote 64-31 and the bill moves to the Ohio Senate for deliberation.

Email your Ohio state senator to stop HB 214.

*Some speeches were edited for time. Visit OhioChannel.com or the full floor debate.


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

We’re proud to announce that NARAL’s The Morning After will air in Columbus on WGRN94.1FM on Friday mornings at 9 a.m.

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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

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Wednesday will be busy.

Schedule for November 1, 2017:

9 a.m. — The Ohio House Health Committee will hold their first hearing on the six-week abortion ban. Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) and Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) return with their blatantly unconstitutional bill to ban abortion at a point in pregnancy when many women do not yet realize they are pregnant.
This hearing will be in Statehouse Room 121.

1:30 p.m. — The Ohio House may schedule has scheduled a vote on the Down syndrome abortion ban. We strongly oppose this unconstitutional attack on reproductive rights, and we know you do too.

Email your legislator here to urge a no vote on this latest proposed abortion ban.

The New York Times wrote an editorial about this ban: “It is hard to imagine any other circumstance in which Americans would tolerate this sort of government intrusion. But of course this is precisely the dilemma that opponents of the right to choose aim to create: instilling guilt and fear in women making intensely personal and private decisions about their own bodies. In fact, a significant majority of women who receive a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to abort their pregnancy. A smaller percentage choose to carry the fetus to term. In both cases, it is a personal decision.

But there’s good news, too!

3 p.m. — Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) will have the first opportunity to testify in support of their clinic protection legislation. These legislators are some of the best advocates for women in the General Assembly and we are so grateful for their work!
This hearing will be in Statehouse Room 114.

You can attend these public hearings. Show your support for reproductive rights!


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

Podcast: Delivering pro-choice petitions to the Statehouse.

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This week, Gabe, Kelley, and Jaime discuss this week’s committee vote on the Down syndrome abortion ban. After the hearing, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio went to the office of the Speaker of the House to deliver a petition “quilt” with 2,000 signatures to stop these attacks on reproductive rights.

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Kelley also coordinated a protest outside a crisis pregnancy center in Cincinnati.


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

We’re proud to announce that NARAL’s The Morning After will air in Columbus on WGRN94.1FM on Friday mornings at 9 a.m.

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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

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Thoughts from our Political Director on #MeToo

The past week, the hashtag #MeToo has been trending. What is #MeToo? It’s men and women detailing their sexual assault or sexual harassment and letting others know that they are not alone. It’s showing how we can come together to deal with the everyday problems that are becoming all too normal for our society. It’s expressing the volume of how prevalent these acts of violence are and how many choose to stay silent for whatever reason that may be. It’s showing others that they can be brave and speak out against their attacker. It’s telling us that as a society we can and should do better because no one deserves to feel ashamed.

We have seen it happen time and time again where those with more power use their power to maliciously get what they want. Unfortunately, that also includes rape, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. The hashtag #MeToo explains to victims that their stories are valid, their feelings are valid, and that they didn’t ask to be hurt sexually no matter what the circumstances were. Those who use their position to hurt someone else often do it over and over again without repercussions. It’s time we start holding these individuals accountable for their sick actions. Many people do not speak up out of fear of violence, victim shaming, retaliation, or that it may cost them their career that they worked so hard for or hasn’t even started yet. This is not okay!

We should not be a society that teaches it’s okay to sexually assault or harass someone. We should not be a society that elects a man President of the United States who brags about grabbing women by the p*ssy. We should not be a society that is teaching our youth that this type of behavior is okay instead of holding those fully accountable and responsible for their actions. What kind of message are we really sending?

Most of us are taught right from wrong as children in our households but as we get older society teaches us a whole new set of rules. Keep quiet, don’t rock the boat, women are less equal than men therefore our feelings aren’t valid, don’t bring yourself negative attention by standing up for yourself. No wonder so many people choose to stay quiet and suffer in silence. It’s horrific to think that individuals as young as kids have to hide this deep dark secret of being molested, raped, or sexually harassed usually by someone they know and trusted. They have more fear about speaking out than they do about how this might affect them in the long run. What kind of society are we? The kind that condones this type of behavior or the kind that says enough is enough!

For Choice,

Vashitta Johnson
Field and Political 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.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio