Advisory: Abortion Clinic Harassment to be Addressed

COLUMBUS, OHIO — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Progress Ohio will join with members of the Ohio House of Representatives to talk about the violent rhetoric that permeates the anti-choice movement and will unveil newly introduced legislation to address harassment of doctors, patients, and staff at Ohio’s nine abortion clinics. The legislation creates creates a civil court right of action for employees of reproductive health facilities to protect them from increasingly dangerous harassment and a buffer zone around clinic entrances to prevent protesters from blocking access to facilities.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland offered the following statement: “No one should be shamed or assaulted for providing abortion care or choosing an abortion. This bill keeps abusive protesters out of the face of medical professionals and women who are seeking privacy and respect. This bill is urgently needed because we know that harassment at clinics has the capability of becoming violent.”

WHEN: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Ladies Gallery, Ohio Statehouse
WHO: Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan
Rep. Stephanie Howse
Kellie Copeland, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
Sandy Theis, Executive Director of Progress 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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