Podcasts

We’re on the radio!

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This week, JaimeVashitta, and Gabe recorded our first episode for the radio! We’re proud to announce that NARAL’s The Morning After will air in Columbus on WGRN94.1FM on Friday mornings at 9 a.m.

This morning, we got our first look at the Senate plan to repeal Obamacare. The bill is a shocking plan to repeal Medicaid and provide a massive tax cut to the nation’s super-wealthy.

NARAL Pro-Choice America released this statement:

The Republican proposal is a direct attack on the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of Americans and a savage attack on women’s healthcare in particular. It is just as cruel as the proposal approved by the House. By defunding women’s health centers, denying abortion coverage to Americans who get their insurance through the exchanges or who receive tax subsidies, and slashing healthcare for the families who need it most, it’s clear that the Trump administration and the GOP’s concern with being ‘pro-life’ only reaches as far as the nearest tax cut for millionaires.

In Ohio news, the state operating budget passed the Ohio Senate yesterday. The bill is also seen as an attack on the health and welfare of low-income citizens. The budget bill includes $600,000 for crisis pregnancy centers.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

Especially in our current economic climate, the state should be using its limited tax dollars to fund programs that have a proven track record for effectiveness. By giving funding to so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers,’ the Parenting and Pregnancy Program is directing money to centers that coerce and mislead the people turning to them for help. When women need urgent, legitimate medical advice, these facilities present inflammatory rhetoric and misleading information. These centers should not be getting state funding.

 


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you.

JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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

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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.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

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NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio statement on #BlackPride4 protest

Columbus, Ohio — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio cherishes Ohio’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities, and Ohio’s diverse communities of color. We are working to build a state where everyone has the right to make their own reproductive health care decisions and determine if, when, and with whom they have children or create a family. Black and transgender individuals are frequently targeted for violence, even by those who have sworn to protect and serve us all: the police. Reproductive freedom, nor reproductive justice, can be achieved unless this changes.

We call for all charges to be dropped for all individuals involved in protest at Columbus Pride.

The protesters were peaceably bringing attention the dangers faced by people of color in our nation. Fourteen trans women of color have been murdered this year, our country should take notice instead of averting our eyes and moving on. Black and transgender communities have been asking for solutions, and we have all failed to bring adequate assistance. This is a wake-up call we cannot ignore.

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Podcasts

The Ohio Handmaids

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This week, Vashitta and Gabe are joined by Elaina, the new Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Reproductive Choice! She joins the organization as Ohio RCRC and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio begin a new cooperative working relationship.

Elaina go off to a busy start, joining women from across Ohio in a power visual protest at the Ohio Statehouse. Dressed as women from The Handmaid’s Tale, our volunteers silently sat as Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 145, the Abortion Method Ban. The bill is an unconstitutional plan to prohibit the most common procedure for 2nd trimester abortions.

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NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Deputy Director Jaime Miracle said:

In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood said, ‘Whatever is silenced will clamor to be heard, though silently.’ Today’s Handmaid protestors are here to show the members of the Ohio legislature that Ohio women are done being silently restricted in what they may choose for their own health care.

Let’s call Senate Bill 145 what it is: part of a broader effort to end access to safe, legal abortion in Ohio. The General Assembly has already passed 18 restrictions that have been signed into law. These restrictions disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color. Our laws already create a system in which some women have the ability to exercise their rights to abortion care and some do not. It’s time to stop criminalizing women’s health care, interfering with the personal decisions of women, and substituting political agendas for the expertise of health care professionals.

Cleveland.com reporter Jackie Borchardt recorded the procedings in a Facebook Live video:

In the hearing room, the Handmaids were actually ignored by the legislators. Many men in the room did not understand why they were there. It was eerily similar to the parody on Saturday Night Live:


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 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.

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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.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Podcasts

What else happened on Comey Day?

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This week, Jaime, Vashitta, and Gabe discussed the Comey Hearing in the US Senate. As the nation watched the former FBI director testify, other members of Congress quietly readied their plans to continue the assault on women’s health care funding.

In the Ohio Statehouse, the Six-Week Abortion Ban was introduced and the Abortion Method Ban was scheduled for a first committee hearing. Both are unconstitutional threats to abortion access in Ohio.


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 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.

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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.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

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Guess what’s back in the Statehouse…

Returning for a fourth consecutive legislative session, the six-week abortion ban has yet-again been introduced.

Help us defeat the most extreme abortion ban in the nation. Donate here.

As with previous versions, House Bill 258 would ban all abortions at the earliest detectable fetal heartbeat. This abortion ban would outlaw abortions just six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even know that they are pregnant.

Over the years, this unconstitutional abortion ban has been rejected by the Ohio Senate, the Ohio House, blocked by federal appeals courts, denied by the US Supreme Court, and most recently, vetoed by John Kasich.

When a woman needs access to abortion care, her biggest concern shouldn’t be political maneuvering by state legislators or the governor. All she wants is to obtain an affordable, safe, and legal procedure in her community. Shame on any politician who steps in her way.

Join the fight for reproductive rights for all Ohioans.

For choice,

Kellie Copeland
Executive Director
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Podcasts

Talking with Rep. Stephanie Howse

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This week, Jaime and Gabe were thrilled to be joined by Rep. Stephanie Howse! Hailing from the east side of Cleveland, Rep. Howse is working to boost what she says is the poorest district in the state of Ohio.

Rep. Howse and Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan introduced House Bill 234, which creates provisions to protect women and doctors at abortion clinics across the state. She has also introduced House Bill 180, the Ohio Equal Pay Act with Rep. Kathleen Clyde.

Regular listeners will be familiar with her message that improving Ohioans economic status brings additional benefits, including better reproductive health.


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.

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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.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio