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.
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

Toledo event
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
knitting wool
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

Trans gender
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

Ohio Statehouse
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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