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.
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:
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