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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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