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This week, Vashitta and Gabe discuss the effort by ProgressOhio to call on state Supreme Court Justice Sharen Kennedy to recuse herself in the Capital Care Network case out of Toledo. ProgressOhio was joined by 51 different individuals and organizations signing on to the formal complaint, including NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. Justice Kennedy participated in a fundraiser for Greater Toledo Right to Life this March, which many feel impacts her ability to be impartial in the case.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

The executive and legislative branches in Ohio have passed a series of laws that compromise women’s health. The judicial branch must be beyond reproach.

Previously, the Columbus Dispatch editorial board called on Justice Kennedy to recuse herself, and this week the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board agreed.

Sharon Broussard, chief editorial writer for said:

The life of an Ohio Supreme Court justice comes with some uncomfortable but necessary restrictions, including the demand that you avoid creating a perception of bias. Justice Kennedy’s March speech to the anti-abortion group crosses that line, especially in light of the judge’s voter survey answers three years ago. The justice should recuse herself, and I support an investigation.

Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3 — Dayton Pride Festival
JUNE 3 — Pride in the CLE
JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival

NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice 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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