Women speak and (good) politicians listen.
Over one hundred pro-choice warriors stormed into the Ohio Statehouse today with one message: Trust Women to make their own personal medical decisions! They were joined by some terrific feminist leaders, including Rep. Teresa Fedor, Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan, Rep. Heather Bischoff, Rep. Greta Johnson, Rep. Alicia Reece, Rep. Stephanie Howse, Sen. Capri Cafaro, and Sen. Charleta Tavares. On a day when the Ohio House was voting on the state budget and the Ohio Senate was beginning their deliberations on the bill, these women took time from their schedules to speak up alongside citizen-activists. We’re grateful for their support.
The timeliness of the budget vote is significant: two dangerous sections of the budget will harm women seeking assistance. $500,000 of your tax dollars has been allocated for “crisis pregnancy centers” that lie to women. Separately, coverage in three Medicaid Optional Programs has been rolled back, creating a gap that low-income women will fall through. These Medicaid programs treat women with breast and cervical cancer; fund family planning care; and help women have healthy pregnancies. That’s right: “pro-life” John Kasich wrote a budget that harms the infant mortality reduction efforts he brags about in his speeches.
These budget battles follow FOUR bills to ban abortion introduced in 2015. Email your senator now and tell them to stop the attacks on women.
While the House voted on the budget today, there are still many steps in the process before it becomes law. We can fix John Kasich’s errors if we act together.
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 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.