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This week, Gabe and Jaime reviewed the Freedom of Choice Advocacy Day, which was Wednesday, April 13. The event featured our own Kellie Copeland, who rocked the signature hat of Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice.
The new CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, Iris Harvey, introduced herself to the attendees and shared her grandmother’s moving story.
Rep. Stephanie Howse gave the keynote address. She is the ranking Democratic member of the Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement, AKA the “Abortion Committee.”
After lunch, we headed to the Statehouse for a press conference.
Inside, we heard from Rep. Janine Boyd, Sen. Charleta Tavares, Minority Leader Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Rep. Stephanie Howse, and Sen. Capri Cafaro. We were also honored to be joined by Reps. Emilia Sykes, Kristin Boggs, Dan Ramos, and Kenny Yuko.
While Advocacy Day carried on, Jaime was in House Health Committee testifying on House Bills 417 & 419, which add new restrictions to fetal tissue handling. The bills are another part of John Kasich’s efforts to end abortion access in Ohio.
We also looked back at last night’s Democratic Debate. Despite moderators continuing to refuse to #AskAboutAbortion, Hillary Clinton acknowledged the need to discuss the many issues the reproductive freedom movement is facing. She gets our That’s What She Said award of the week.
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