Podcasts

The Debate, Defunding, and Abortion Access Without Apology (podcast)

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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss the 3rd GOP debate. Last night, 10 candidates slugged it out on CNBC. Did you see a clear winner? (We didn’t.)

The Ohio Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood. We’ll review the hearing and floor vote to pass SB 214. Ohio Sen. Pres. Keith Faber gets our Walk of Shame award this week.

The 20-week abortion ban bill is still being considered by the legislature. One patient, Sheva, spoke to the media this week to tell her story. Sheva had to terminate a failing pregnancy at 22 weeks. Her painful story of having to abort her pregnancy just days after finding out she was having a very wanted daughter ran in the USA Today.

To reverse the damage done by Gov. John Kasich, some of Ohio’s pro-choice legislative leaders are working together. They’ve introduced a package of six bills, which we’re calling the Abortion Access Without Apology legislation.

HB 356 — PUBLC FUNDING FOR ABORTION CARE
Sponsors: Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze, Rep. Greta Johnson
HB 356 removes restrictions in current Ohio law that forbid rape crisis counselors from referring clients to abortion providers. The bill also allows the use of a public fund to pay for abortions for rape survivors.

HB 357 — REMOVE ABORTION WAITING PERIODS
Sponsors: Rep. Greta Johnson, Rep. Kent Smith
The bill removes waiting-period restrictions on when a woman can obtain an abortion. It also repeals requirements governing the provision of notice to a woman’s relative, custodian, or guardian, if the woman is seeking an abortion and is pregnant, unmarried, a minor, and unemancipated.

HB 360 — PERMIT INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR ABORTION
Sponsors: Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze, Rep. Nickie J. Antonio
The bill repeals the prohibitions against including abortion coverage in insurance plans purchased through the federal health insurance exchange and in health insurance policies, contracts, or plans offered to public officers and employees.

HB 370 — ENDING TRANSFER AGREEMENTS
Sponsors: Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Rep. Teresa Fedor
This legislation removes the requirement that ambulatory surgical facilities have transfer agreements with local hospitals. The medically-unnecessary gimmick makes it harder, if not impossible, for abortion providers to stay open.

HB 376 — REMOVE CPC FUNDING
Sponsors: Rep. Janine R. Boyd, Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes
HB 376 says that any entity receiving funds through the Ohio parenting and pregnancy program has to tell the truth. Crisis pregnancy centers would be banned from lying to women about their reproductive options.

Ending Abortion Clinic Harassment
Sponsors: Rep. Stephanie Howse, Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan
This bill is yet to be formally introduced, but will combat the harassment of doctors and patients at Ohio abortion clinics. Some Ohio physicians have been targeted at their homes by anti-abortion protesters with inflammatory rhetoric.

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Sending women’s health Back to the Future?

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Great Scott! Wednesday is Back to the Future Day and the Ohio legislature is going to send women’s health care back to 1955!

You don’t need a time machine to save the day, just use this form to email your elected officials.

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In Back to the Future II, Marty McFly, Jennifer, and Doc Brown flew into the future, all the way to October 21, 2015. While the Chicago Cubs and science fiction nerds celebrate from here to Hill Valley, politicians in the Ohio Statehouse are working on a plan to defund women’s health care.

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Three bills that are pending in the state legislature seek to defund Planned Parenthood. You don’t have to be Einstein to know this is a bad idea.

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Abstinence-only programs just treat our teens like a bunch of slackers. A comprehensive sex education program, however, arms them with the knowledge and confidence they need to make smart choices. Gov. John Kasich is scheming to make the funding for these programs disappear.

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Women shouldn’t have to gamble with their health, but when you’ve got a womanizing casino operator running things, everybody acts like they have to do what he says.

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We could have leaders that respect Ohioans, but Gov. Kasich is no Johnny B. Goode. We’d like to fax him a note that says “You’re Fired!!!”

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Ohioans aren’t demanding a hoverboard (ok, maybe we are), but we really just want our tax dollars to pay for services that help keep us healthy.

The defunding plan will stop people from accessing services made possible by the Violence Against Women Act; the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act; the Infertility Prevention Project; the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative; Infant Mortality Reduction or Infant Vitality Initiatives; and the Personal Responsibility Education Program. (There’s no joke here because this is very serious.)

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John Kasich’s plan for women is a load of manure, and I hate manure. He must have hit his head on a toilet or been struck by lightning.

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We’re OUTATIME! Thanks for reading. You might not be familiar with every joke here, but your kids will love it.


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 Quickie: This week’s defunding hearings

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This week, the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio staff are busy putting on Comedy for Choice shows in Columbus and Cleveland.

What do you do when you’re busy? Have a quickie!

Gabe briefly discusses the defunding hearings that took place this week. Ohio Senate President Keith Faber led the charge against Ohio’s largest dedicated provider of women’s health care. He gets the Walk of Shame for sacrificing AIDS prevention, cancer screenings and treatment, infertility treatment, infant mortality reduction, and comprehensive sex education. All of those programs are on the chopping block because he can’t stop Planned Parenthood from offering abortions.

Senator Edna Brown gets the That’s What She Said award. Sen. Brown asked Ohio Right to Life if they were aware of the ties between the people who bomb abortions and the people who made the anti-Planned Parenthood videos. ORTL said they were aware, and also said they were not troubled by the connection.

We’ll be back next week for a full episode to discuss the Abortion Access Without Apology legislation.

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All of the anti-abortion bills in Ohio (Podcast)

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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss ALL of the anti-abortion legislation in Ohio. As the Ohio House and Senate return for session this autumn, we review the bad bills that are under current consideration. We’ll return next week with a look at good legislation to restore abortion access and funding.

6-week abortion ban (AKA the “heartbeat” bill) — HB 69, sponsored by Rep. Christina Hagan.
This unconstitutional bill bans all abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectible, without exception for rape, incest, or the health of the mother. This bill would effectively ban all abortion in Ohio.
HB 69 was approved by the Ohio House and is currently dormant in the Ohio Senate

20-week abortion ban — HB 117, sponsored by Rep. Kristina Roegner, Rep. Robert R. Cupp; SB 127, sponsored by Sen. Peggy Lehner and Sen. Shannon Jones
This unconstitutional bill bans abortion based on a false belief that a fetus develops pain sensitivity at 20 weeks in development. Ohio law already bans abortion at viability, around 24 weeks.
HB 117 is dormant in the Ohio House
SB 127 was approved by the Ohio Senate and is currently moving in the Ohio House

Down syndrome abortion ban — HB 135, sponsored by Rep. David Hall and Rep. Sarah LaTourette
This unconstitutional bill bans any abortion following a pre-natal diagnosis for Down syndrome.
HB 135 is is moving in the Ohio House, with a floor vote expected in 2015

Defunding Planned Parenthood — HB 294, sponsored by Rep. Bill Patmon, Rep. Margaret Conditt; SB 214, sponsored by Sen. Keith Faber; HB 257, sponsored by John Becker
Ohio “reprioritized” family planning funding in 2013, ending a fair bidding process for women’s health funding. The new defunding bills attempt to stop Planned Parenthood from receiving funding for HIV/AIDS programs, reducing infant mortality, treating breast and cervical cancer, and administering comprehensive sex education programs.
HB 294 is moving in the Ohio House
SB 214 is moving in the Ohio Senate
HB 257 is dormant in the Ohio House

Fetal tissue restrictions — SB 203, sponsored by Sen. Frank LaRose
Following the heavily-edited videos attacking Planned Parenthood in other states, SB 203 attempts to ban any use of fetal tissue for research and any product derived from such research. These banned products may include common vaccines to multiple deadly diseases. Current Ohio law already bans the sale or use of fetal tissue in research.
SB 203 is dormant in the Ohio Senate

Medical abortion restrictions — HB 255, sponsored by Rep. Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. and Rep. Christina Hagan
Current Ohio law severely restricts the use of abortion drugs, such as Mifepristone or RU-486. Ohio physicians must use the medication as dictated by the FDA, even if a physician knows it is in the best interest of the patient to receive a smaller dose. The results are increased patient costs and side-effects from additional medication. HB 255 continues to complicate rules around the use of these medications.
HB 255 is dormant in the Ohio House

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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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The Art of Prevention

The 2015 theme of The Art of Prevention is Protect Your Head. This year, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio field organizer Annie Krol is a participating artist at the event.

The title of her work is called Boudicca after the fearless feminine warrior from the second century British resistance movement against Roman colonization.

Annie said:

When brainstorming about headpieces, I knew I wanted to do a fusion headpiece incorporating elements of nature (I’m using foliage from my yard) and juxtaposing them drastically with the bright pink latex pop of condoms. The silver head will sport the headpiece permanently as part of a sculpture, embodying Boudicca herself.

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Annie continued:

When people look at my sculpture at AoP, I would like them to get lost in the spectacle of wild brambles and erotic shapes. In an attempt to glorify the strength of feminine identity, my helmet of protection is a whimsical interpretation of the strength of the divine feminine.

To see Annie’s final piece, and support Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, visit http://www.artofprevention.com/


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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Comedy for Choice!

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Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio for a night of comedy in Columbus or Cleveland!

This month, we’re hosting two great events:

  • October 15 enjoy four hilarious comics and try some great wine!
  • October 16 at The Nash in Cleveland, two of our comics return and the night includes free bowling!

All proceeds go to fight against attacks on reproductive rights in Ohio. Those attacks aren’t funny, but these events are!


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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#ShoutYourAbortion

Abortion has been a “bad” word since prior to Roe v. Wade because conservative legislators and society at large want to make women ashamed to talk about wanting or needing to end a pregnancy.

Abortion is often talked about as a woman’s choice; however, for the majority of women who seek to terminate a pregnancy it is not just about choice but survival because they already have children they can barely take care of, they are in an abusive relationship, or they have been sexually assaulted etc.

EVERY story and decision is different because every woman is different; and she should feel comfortable to make whatever decision is right for her and her family.

Some people may say that even though they are pro-choice, they don’t think it is right for women to feel proud and confident about the decisions that they have made. However, I would again say that it is every woman’s individual choice on how to express herself on the issue of abortion.

I also believe that by whispering it, then we are perpetuating abortion stigma and the myth that abortion is inherently bad or evil. Abortion is necessary healthcare. Women have been having abortions since the beginning of time and will continue to have them – the question is whether or not they will be safe.

In most developed nations, healthcare is not tied to political ideology, and abortion is therefore not the political issue that it is here in America. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists view abortion as an important procedure that must be included among the reproductive healthcare services available to women.

We don’t whisper about any other medical procedure or right, so we shouldn’t have to whisper about abortion. 1 in 3 women will obtain an abortion in her lifetime so this is not a rare procedure – it is a needed medical procedure that is safer than having colposcopy.

It is up to every individual woman who has had an abortion on how she wants to discuss or not discuss the issue, but we shouldn’t shame women who want to speak about their abortion any more than we shame women who have the procedure and don’t tell anyone.


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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