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Thanksgiving Femorandum

 

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For Thanksgiving, Kellie and Ashley sat down with the participants in our 2017 class of Patients to Advocates, a fellowship program sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, New Voices Cleveland, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Preterm. In its second year, the program involves a variety of efforts to talk to their community about the importance of abortion access.
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ProMedica action
ProMedica is currently refusing to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care, the last remaining abortion clinic in Toledo. Without that agreement, Capital Care Toledo could close, eliminating abortion access for thousands of area women. ProMedica leadership, doctors, and staff need to know how destructive this decision could be for the women of Toledo and their families. They need to hear from you.

Abortion Access Toledo

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Last week, pro-choice Toledoans delivered a petition signed by 5,000 activists to ProMedica CEO Randy Oostra.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “I know ProMedica would prefer to remain neutral on abortion and I am appalled that Governor Kasich has put them in this position. However, ProMedica must either sign a transfer agreement with Capitol Care Network, or admit they are a part of Kasich’s quiet strategy to eliminate abortion access in Ohio.”
Stop The Bans
The creator of the six-week abortion ban bill is busy in Alabama promoting rapist Roy Moore in his race for the US Senate. Meanwhile, the Ohio House will be giving the latest version of the bill yet another hearing. You can attend the hearing for House Bill 245 and tell your state legislator to #StopTheBans!
Wednesday, November 29 at 9 AM – 11 AM
Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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Join this monthly Craftivist event with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio! We’ll stitch and discuss the reproductive ‘state of the state’ for folks who might be interested in what’s going on in the repro justice world. It’s basically, a Repro Health Happy Hour for folks who’d rather craft and want family-friendly events.
Sunday, December 17 at 3 PM – 5 PM
Wholly Craft
3515 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Transgender Day of Remembrance

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At least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record, according to advocacy groups that have been monitoring the grim phenomenon and seeking ways to reduce the toll.

Down syndrome abortion ban passes Ohio Senate

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On a 20-12 vote, the Ohio Senate approved their version of the Down syndrome abortion ban, Senate Bill 164. Three Republican senators — Matt Dolan, Gayle Manning, and Stephanie Kunze — joined the full Democratic caucus in opposing the bill.  The Senate action follows a separate vote on matching legislation by the Ohio House last month. Either the House or Senate version of the bill would still have to go through the opposite chamber before going to Gov. Kasich for signature or veto.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “It is not our place to judge or decide for any woman what she should do, or prevent her from having honest conversations about her options with her physician—especially following a complicated medical diagnosis. This legislation criminalizes those important conversations and callously disregards the unique circumstances that surround each woman’s pregnancy. This abortion ban is both immoral and unconstitutional.”
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Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive healthcare 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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Happy Thanksgiving from Patients to Advocates

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For Thanksgiving, Kellie and Ashley sat down with the participants in our 2017 class of Patients to Advocates, a fellowship program sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, New Voices Cleveland, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Preterm. In its second year, the program involves a variety of efforts to talk to their community about the importance of abortion access.


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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Two hearings, volunteer event, & a new pro-choice editorial

We’re staring down another big week for pro-choice activism.

Monday – The Akron Beacon Journal editorial board issued a new editorial against the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban bills: Don’t make conversation a crime.

They said:

Ohio already has put in place many restrictions on the right to an abortion, including a ban after 20 weeks. The courts largely have struck down those limits applying an ‘undue burden,’ most recently in the form of medically unnecessary regulations. House Bill 214 takes aim at something even more fundamental. The courts have held firm to the right of women to make this choice, drawing a crucial line at “viability,” or when the fetus could survive outside the womb. Up to that point, a woman has full control of her body. This legislation would take that away. Which helps explain why a similar law enacted in Indiana has found tough going in court. Let’s not take a step that seeks to make criminals out of doctors who have conversations with their patients.

Email your state legislators to oppose these bills.

Tuesday – Lawmakers in the Ohio Statehouse will hold two hearings on anti-abortion bills. These hearings are open to the public, and we always encourage pro-choice Ohioans to attend. Follow us on Twitter for live updates.

1:30 p.m., House Criminal Justice Committee, Statehouse Room 114 – First hearing for the Abortion Method Ban, Senate Bill 145. This bill would ban the most common method of second-trimester abortion. You remember our actions against this bill when we staged Handmaid’s Tale protests in the Ohio Senate this Spring.

3:15 p.m., Senate Health Committee, Statehouse South Hearing Room – Fourth hearing on the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban, Senate Bill 164. The committee will likely vote on the bill after hearing the last of the witnesses against the bill.

Wednesday – This is the first opportunity for the Ohio Senate to vote on Senate Bill 164 if it is passed by the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

1:30 p.m., Senate Session – Possible vote on the Down Syndrome Abortion Ban.

Thursday – NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Keep Abortion Safe and Legal in Toledo calling on ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, the last abortion provider in Northwest Ohio.

Noon in Toledo – Join us to send a message to ProMedica CEO Randy Oostra. Email Annie Krol for details.

5:30 p.m. in Columbus – Activist Night at NARAL: Volunteers will be calling Toledo residents to ask them to urge ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network. This may be the last and only chance to ensure women have access to abortion in that community.

It’s a busy week, but our staff is ready. They really depend on your support, so please participate in an action – online or in person – when you can.


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

Podcast rewind: Patients to Advocates

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Last November, Kellie and Gabe sat down with the participants in Patients to Advocates, a fellowship program sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, New Voices Cleveland, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Preterm. Their work has involved a variety of efforts to talk to their community about the importance of abortion access.

As a group, they were a part of the All Access concert in Cleveland this September to share a poem about their experiences. More recently, they were interviewed by Bustle.


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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DIY Sexy IUD costume

Don’t you love it when the title of your post is almost exclusively an acronym?

Anyway, let’s say that you’re a reproductive rights activist who needs a last minute Halloween costume that conveys what you’re about – safer sex, contraception, and a good do-it-yourself ethic! Enter the sexy IUD costume. Easy, quick, and real weird.

You’ll need:

  • floral wire
  • copper spray paint
  • 16in extension tube
  • center outlet continuous waste kit
  • string/rope to hang your IUD
  • little black dress

Step one, acquire all your supplies.

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Step two, assemble your IUD.

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Step three, wrap IUD with floral wire. You may want to use packing tape to have the beginning and end of the wire stay where you put it. The wire isn’t super visible after spray painting, so it’s really an optional step. I just wanted to be accurate (but also recognizable)!

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Step four, go outside and spray your IUD with the copper paint.

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Step five, add string, pair with little black dress, and voila! You are a sexy IUD.

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The above intrauterine device is the copper IUD, Paragard. It can be used as 99.9% effective birth control for up to 12 years. Hormonal IUDs would be harder to recognize, I think, which is why I went with the telltale copper.

Anyway, it was a quick and easy silly costume. After all, in an administration trying to rollback progress on reproductive rights, what could be scarier than asserting them?


 

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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Podcasts

Podcast: Pro-Choice House floor speeches

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This week, Kelley introduces some of the pro-choice floor speeches we heard as the Ohio House debated HB 214, the Down syndrome abortion ban bill.

Our podcast audio includes:

  • Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
  • Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron)
  • Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown)
  • Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)
  • Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati)
  • Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)
  • Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo)

Unfortunately, we lost the vote 64-31 and the bill moves to the Ohio Senate for deliberation.

Email your Ohio state senator to stop HB 214.

*Some speeches were edited for time. Visit OhioChannel.com or the full floor debate.


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

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.

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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