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New Analysis Shows Women Would be Hardest Hit Under GOP Healthcare Plan

Women would suffer the most under the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, according to a new analysis by the Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) of Ohio.

Dr. Anita Somani, an obstetrician-gynecologist and the president of the Columbus Medical Association, agreed with the analysis and said many of the increased health risks would come from the plan’s call to defund Planned Parenthood.

By defunding Planned Parenthood, the proposal would limit care and contraception – especially in underserved areas. This will cause an increase in HIV rates and unintended pregnancies. This already happened in Indiana and Texas.

Indiana’s GOP-led state legislature was among the first to declare war against Planned Parenthood in 2011 when it passed a bill to cut off money to the popular family planning provider because some of its clinics offer abortion services. A federal judge later blocked the law from taking effect but the state’s continued cuts to Planned Parenthood left many rural regions without an HIV testing center, prompting an exploding HIV outbreak. Texas saw a similar public health crisis.

Under the Obamacare replacement, called the American Health Care Act, low-income women, women of color and women living in rural areas would be hardest hit because they tend to rely more heavily on Planned Parenthood for their reproductive care, according to WPPN.

Other anti-woman provisions cited by the WPPN analysis:

  • Deep, permanent cuts to Medicaid and the elimination of Medicaid expansion would threaten coverage for the millions of low-income women and families, pregnant women, women with disabilities, and elderly women that depend on the program for coverage. These cuts would shift costs to the states, likely leading to more limited eligibility for enrollment and cuts to coverage benefits. Women of color would be disproportionately impacted by these cuts as black women and Latina women are more likely than white women to be insured through Medicaid.
  • The House GOP bill would jeopardize the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) standard provided under the ACA, which has made groundbreaking advancements for women in healthcare such as guaranteed maternity coverage. The EHB would “sunset” by 2020, meaning that it would be left up to states to decide whether or not insurers are required to cover these services.  Without the EHB standards, women would be forced to pay out-of-pocket for maternity care, potentially costing them thousands of dollars to deliver a child.
  • Women may be forced to pay out-of-pocket for mental health treatment or substance abuse services. As the new proposal would phase out both Medicaid and eliminate the guaranteed Essential Health Benefits (EHB) standard which includes mental health services and substance abuse treatment, many women would no longer be covered for everything from opioid addiction to depression.  These individuals would now be forced to pay out-of-pocket to treat any mental health or substance abuse issues.
  • Expanded restrictions on abortion coverage for both public and private insurance plans could potentially dismantle insurance coverage for abortion. Insurance coverage for abortion already faces dangerous restrictions, but the House GOP bill would create further barriers to accessing.. abortion coverage.  Women would no longer be able to use tax credits to purchase insurance plans that cover abortion, with exceptions for rape, incest, or life of the pregnant person.  The loss of tax credits to afford policies covering abortion would make them too expensive for many individuals and businesses.  This cost-prohibitive provision would then drastically shrink access women have to abortion coverage, or possibly even lead to insurance providers completely dropping abortion coverage from their plans.  It would cause women to have to either buy an unsubsidized, far more expensive plan or purchase a separate “rider” on their healthcare plan for abortion coverage.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland noted:

As anti-choice members of Congress and the Trump administration are stepping up their assault on abortion rights, they are simultaneously crafting policies to block access to family planning services. Local health departments and federally qualified health centers have said they are not equipped to provide care to the people who will lose their insurance coverage if the ACA is repealed and the contraceptive mandate is reversed. Women of color, young women, and low-income people will be most seriously harmed by this dangerous political agenda.

Experts also insisted that the proposed changes would undercut Ohio efforts to lower the state’s shamefully high infant mortality rate.

State Sen. Charleta Tavares, helped win passage of Senate Bill 332 – last year’s landmark infant mortality reduction law:

The passage of S. B. 332 provided important education on safe-spacing and long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) to ensure women are safely getting pregnant when they and their bodies are ready. The changes proposed in the AHCA would drastically undercut our efforts to reduce infant deaths and post-partum depression.

Although some causes of infant death are unknown, access to prenatal care and proper spacing between pregnancies are proven ways to improve maternal health and lower infant mortality. While calling for defunding Planned Parenthood and proposing drastic cuts to Medicaid, which would force the state to make benefit cuts or reductions in eligibility, Trumpcare would reduce access to the very programs that are essential to combat infant mortality.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, 7.2 of every 1,000 babies born died before their first birthdays. The numbers are even more chilling for black infants, who died at a rate of 15.1 per thousand live births — nearly three times the rate of white babies.

A copy of the full report can be found online, at womenspublicpolicynetwork.org.

The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) is a coalition un-like any other group in the state.  Formed in 2015 and convened by Innovation Ohio Education Fund, the WPPN pulls together 25 key advocacy organizations focused on promoting policies that create economic security for women and strengthen Ohio families.


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The Pastor Protection Act — Who really needs protecting?

Who really needs protecting?

Since the legislative session started, the House Committee on Community and Family Advancement has been clear in its solitary mission: to pass the redundant and insulting bill known as the Pastor Protection Act (House Bill 36).

I’m a pretty informed person, I watch the news, read the newspaper, and generally pay attention to what is going on in the world. Correct me if I am wrong, but I’m not exactly sure why we need to be “protecting” pastors with H.B. 36. Maybe I have missed the stories of record high numbers of pastors getting murdered in the streets across the US? Oh wait no, it is transgender women who are being murdered in record numbers, with seven murdered in just the first two months of 2017, and 26 murdered in 2016, an all-time high.

How about suicide rates? We must need to protect pastors from an awful level of discrimination that is causing them to attempt suicide at rates well above the national average, right? Nope, wrong again… According to the Trevor Project, the rate of suicide attempts is four times greater for teens who identify as Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual, and is two times higher for questioning youth than it is for their straight peers. A national study found that 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt, 92% of those reported having attempted suicide before age 24. Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times more likely to attempt suicide when compared to their Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual peers who reported low or no levels of family rejection.

I don’t know about you, but I remember the night I heard about Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old who ended her life on a stretch of Interstate-71 that I am very familiar with in Warren County Ohio. She left a note behind, saying that her family refused to acknowledge her gender and forbid her from officially transitioning. Even in her death, her family refused to acknowledge her gender, frequently being reported by news sources saying that “he was a good son.” I remember how Leelah’s story broke my heart, how I wished she had had someone to turn to for love and affirmation, how I wish someone had wrapped her up in their arms and told her she was loved, and that she had worth and value.

When our legislature sets out to protect a certain group of individuals, you would think that they would protect the ones actually facing discrimination, the ones who are dying in the streets, the ones who are attempting suicide at alarmingly high rates. But no, a bill to stop the REAL discrimination that LGBT Ohioans face has been stalled in the Ohio Legislature for years, and a bill to outlaw so called “conversion therapy” has also received no attention at all. In sharp contrast, the City of Columbus recently began the process to outlaw “conversion therapy” inside the city. At least some elected officials are willing to be leaders. Sadly Ohio legislators are choosing to instead fast-track House Bill 36, the so-called “Pastor Protection Act” which will redundantly state that pastors are not required to perform a marriage or use their sacred religious space for ceremonies for couples that they do not agree with.

Let me be clear: if pastors were facing discrimination, or there was any evidence or facts behind claims that they are, we could have a conversation about legislative protections. I am not anti-pastor, in fact several of my dear friends are ministers and I cherish their love and counsel. But this bill in unnecessary because pastors are already protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution marriage ceremonies against their will. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, it can be because they don’t support marriage equality for LGBT Ohioans, it can be because one of the people in the couple is not a member of their denomination, or it can be as simple as the pastor is just too busy that day.

Why again are we rushing through this bill when pastors are already protected?

The supporters of this legislation say they aren’t doing it from a place of hate, but the fact that they can’t empathize about how this bill is traumatic to thousands and thousands of Ohioans just shows how out of touch they are. I come from a loving home that accepted my coming out and never questioned my identity. I am a professional who works in a highly supportive environment, am in a long-term relationship and live in a welcome and supporting community. I am privileged, and even I am traumatized by the language and the speak coming out of this committee. If I feel that way, how would 17 year old Leelah have interpreted it?

The pastors who testified in support of the bill said they are scared, that they may be sued for refusing to perform a wedding. But you know what? There is no ACTUAL fact or evidence to back up those claims. But there are numerous facts and evidence that show that real harm is happening to LGBT Ohioans, especially our trans siblings and our youth. This bill is really all about making sure that the wishes of these pastors are fulfilled at the expense of people facing real discrimination and harm.

I am thankful for all the pastors who came out and testified against this bill. Over and over again they testified about how they are not the ones who need protection, that it was their members, their flock that should be the focus of legal protections.

I think one of those ministers said it best. So, I close this post with the conclusion of her testimony, and I challenge everyone to lead, not out of fear, but out of a place of compassion, and out of our unified need to feel protected in this world. I hope that another 17 year old out there who is scared and alone will hear these words, and they will know that they are loved and valued. That is all Leelah and thousands of other young people like her needed.

But the problem with fear is that often, it is not rooted in reality. Some of my fears were reasonable but many of them were not. In the scenario I referenced earlier, the best piece of advice I received was from a retired clergy woman, a long time mentor. She said simply, ‘whatever you do, don’t make the decision out of fear.’

So, I think you have a similar opportunity before you today. You have a piece of legislation that has been crafted and written and brought before you, and it is coming to you from a place of unfounded fear.

You can choose to advance that legislation further along – or take this extraordinary opportunity to be the voice of reason, to calm the voices that are marked by fear and to remind the wide range of people in our communities, those who fear the loss of their religious liberty and those LGBT couples who fear that they are being unnecessarily targeted that there is nothing to fear, and that the constitution of our country and our state, the laws of our land have created everything we need that we can live together, that our public life can be ordered in such a way that there is space for all people.

And so I urge you, to lead in this moment in a way that reminds us all that we do not need to be afraid.

Resources:

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide or has attempted suicide the Trevor Project can be reached 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 or by text or chat here.

If you would like to read more of the testimony you can find it on the Community and Family Advancement Committee website.

For more information on HB 36, the so-called “Pastor Protection Act” you can check out Equality Ohio and ACLU Ohio.

TransOhio has great resources for members of the Transgender community and their allies.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center is an amazing organization serving LGBT youth in Central Ohio.


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Podcasts

Podcast: FDA Ruling and the Continuing Presidential Campaigns

Find us on iTunes: http://bit.ly/naralpodcast

This week, Randi and Jaime talk about the new FDA protocol for Mifeprex (aka “the abortion pill”) and how it has increased access to medication abortion in Ohio.  Back in 2004 the Ohio Legislature decided that they knew better than physicians and forced Ohio abortion providers to use an outdated, draconian protocol that increased side effects and costs of the medication abortion procedure. Now with the FDA releasing a new official protocol women in Ohio will be able to get a medication abortion through 70 days gestation (instead of 49), be able to take a third of the dose of Mifeprex, and return to the clinic three times instead of four. This is a huge win for the women of Ohio.

We then check up on the presidential campaign where both Trump and Kasich stuck their foot in their mouth this week. Trump wins the award this week for accidentally saying out loud what we all know anti-abortion folks really believe, which is that women should go to jail (and in fact are already going to jail) for having an abortion.

We wrap up with how a training prop from a National Abortion Federation security trainer shut down an airport in Peoria, Illinois and how the world is now more aware of the terrorism abortion providers face every day across the country.

Finally the annual Freedom of Choice Ohio Advocacy day is April 13th! Register now at:  http://bit.ly/prochoice2016

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.

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Podcast: Rally in Dayton

Find us on iTunes: http://bit.ly/naralpodcast

This week, Randi, Gabe, and Jaime talk about a pro-choice rally in Dayton outside Women’s Med Center. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio joined other abortion rights activists to counter a demonstration that was part of the anti-choice “4o Days for Life.”

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We discussed the Supreme Court arguments on Zubik v. Burwell. The case centers on challenges to the birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act.

This week saw the return of the Title IX Sports Report. A CEO of a tennis tournament resigned this week after claiming that women players should be on their knees thanking male layers. Players and fans were outraged. In women’s basketball, Ohio State plays Tennessee in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. Go Bucks!

Register for the April 13 Freedom of Choice Ohio Advocacy Day at http://bit.ly/prochoice2016

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.

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2, Blog Post

Kasich: Trump Doesn’t Bother Me.

Today I woke up to this headline:

John Kasich: Trump’s Behavior ‘Just Doesn’t Seem to Bother Me.’

Are you kidding me? Doesn’t bother you? I guess its nice to be privileged enough so that blatant sexism doesn’t have to ruin your day. But as the Governor of Ohio, a husband, and a father of two teen-aged daughters you should be outraged. You should be responding at the top of your lungs all day and every day.

The statements of Trump are not ones we can simply ignore and hope they go away. Ignoring these kinds of statements has gotten us to where we are today. Silence gives permission, responding, especially from privileged white men like John Kasich, is the only way we start to make a difference.

Just this weekend someone else did take a stand. Each year radio host Erick Erickson hosts the RedState Gathering, and on Saturday morning Erickson took the stage and announced that he had disinvited Donald Trump. In doing so he told the crowd, “If our standard-bearer has to resort to that, then we need a new standard bearer.”

Not responding is not “staying out of the fray” or “not taking the bait.” Not responding is allowing these statements to go unchecked. Kasich shows that he doesn’t care about women when he fails to challenge Trump’s ridiculous statements.

When you start to think about Kasich’s record, this refusal to respond is completely aligned with Kasich’s previous statements and his track record as an elected official. This is a man that referred to his wife as “my hot wife” in his 2012 State of the State Speech.

Later that same year in a speech at a Romney/Ryan rally Kasich talked about how is wife, along with the wives of Paul Ryan and Rob Portman were too busy to come to the rally because they were “at home doing the laundry.”

His policies put these words into action. Kasich has signed 16 different policies into law that restrict access to abortion care. Kasich’s feelings about women also spread to his Governor’s office. According to a report from Plunderbund half of the staff in his office were women. But of the 17 top positions, only four were women. It’s not just Trump that Kasich wants to ignore, it’s the women of Ohio, and he hopes that we ignore him too. Well, sir, that is never going to happen. You may stay silent on Trump, but we will not stay silent on your record.

While looking for the video included in this post we came across this quote from Kasich’s 2012 State of the State: “We’re the Saudi Arabia of coal.”

Under Gov. John Kasich, Ohio is quickly becoming the Saudi Arabia of women’s rights.

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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.

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#BlackLivesMatter in Cleveland

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On Friday we wrote about why #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName are critical to the reproductive justice movement, and how we as reproductive health & rights activists must not continue to ignore this struggle.

Over the weekend, thousands of #BlackLivesMatter activists gathered in Cleveland for the historic Movement for Black Lives Convening to talk about the work they have already done, and to plan where this critical movement is going next. At a time when so much good was happening, the ugly reasons for why this movement is so needed kept surfacing. On Friday night a black trans man was kicked out of a club for using the men’s restroom. Putting the beliefs of the #BlackLivesMatter movement into action, the entire crowd walked out to support this member of their community.

Unfortunately the ugliness of the world we live in came up again on Sunday afternoon. Right after the convening concluded, the police attempted to arrest a 14-year old black boy for carrying an open container of alcohol. This boy’s crime? Drinking a Snapple. Some reports at the time of the incident indicated that the boy was thrown to the ground and pepper sprayed. Needless to say this caused great concern given that this happened in the same city where 12-year old Tamir Rice was gunned down by the police only a few months ago. The picture you see above is the crowd surrounding this boy with protection, not allowing the arrest, ensuring that his mother was called and that he received the medical treatment that he needed. That picture is a picture of community–one of looking out for our fellow humans. The picture below is the ugly side of this story, the one where a Cleveland RTA police officer pepper sprayed peaceful protestors who were looking out for this boy.

The actions of the attendees of the Cleveland convening show us what can happen when we all stand up as a community and say, “NO MORE!”

No More Police Violence

No More Transphobia

No More Hate

No More!

Luckily for that 14-year old boy there were people there that were brave enough to protect him. What would have happened if they were not there to protect him? These people are my heroes. These people put their own safety on the line. They were peaceful. They stood their ground, and stood in solidarity with their fellow human beings. This is what the #BlackLivesMatter movement is about, and why I am proud to stand as an ally in solidarity with them. Are you?


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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Why we ALL must #SayHerName

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Two videos that captured media attention in the U.S. One, a highly edited video making wild accusations about a life saving tissue donation program operated by some Planned Parenthood affiliates. The other is Sandra Bland being pulled over by the police for failing to signal a lane change. Bland died three days later in police custody. Both are infuriating, but in very distinct ways. Both involve reproductive justice issues.

When it comes to issues around #BlackLivesMatter, it is so easy as a white person to say, “This isn’t about me– this won’t affect me or my family, so I’ll just sit this one out and let those affected take the heat.” Often our silence is not purposeful: we are all so busy, so isolated that we say that we can’t deal with “those issues” right now. THIS IS WHITE PRIVILEGE. Being able to be “too busy” to deal with it is not possible when it is you, your family, your friends, and your community that is being targeted.

It took a wake-up call from someone I have the honor of calling a new friend to put my thoughts to paper, to step back from “too busy” and do what I should have done much earlier. I am thankful every day that Jasmine and groups like New Voices Cleveland are around to give me the nudge to be better. She should not have to. I should be better all on my own. But thankfully she is there as a constant reminder to- “DO BETTER!” I am also grateful for all the women activists who founded #BlackLivesMatter continue to push the movement forward even though so many, even in the progressive movement, would rather ignore their pleas and silence their voices.

From the very beginning, the arrest and death of Sandra Bland hit me differently than the other stories of police brutality. I mean seriously, how many times a day do you change lanes without using your turn signal (be honest now…)? I know I do. I saw a half dozen other drivers do it this morning. One was directly in front of a police SUV. Not one was pulled over. Certainly none faced the fate that Sandra Bland did in Waller County, Texas.

Last week while touring a federal prison, President Obama answered a reporter’s question about the inmates he met that day. His response caught national attention because of its raw honesty. He said that the many of the people in that prison are much like you and me. They made mistakes, but they are paying a price that not everyone has to pay.

The day after Sandra Bland’s death, my friend Mary posted on Facebook that she frequently drives through that county in Texas. I think about Mary, and how simply being black puts her at risk. What if she had been in this situation instead of Sandra? What story would the police invent about her to blame her for their brutality? When I first saw the #IfIDieInPolicyCustody campaign it broke my heart. That so many people have to actually think about this happening to them is a profound indictment of both our justice system, and our society in general. If you are unsure about the impact of this brutal injustice on individuals and communities across this country, please go read the posts in this campaign. Hear those voices. Stop and really listen to what they have to say.

This is not comfortable. This is not easy. It is tempting to brush it aside, to say that we are just too busy. We must resist that urge. As reproductive rights activists we cannot continue to say that this is not our fight. As others have said much more eloquently than I ever could, “You deserve to parent your child without fear that he or she will be killed.” Freedom from violence IS a reproductive justice issue. Safe neighborhoods, equal treatment under the law—all of these things ARE reproductive justice issues. Our rights, our justice—they are intertwined. Until we fully realize this and work intersectionally, we will never create the world that we dream.

I can hear the responses to this post in my head as I write it. Some will say Sandra Bland should not have “mouthed off” to the police officer, she should have done what he told her to do. No. Even when you get pulled over by the police, you have rights. You can refuse to get out of your car until there are others on the scene if you feel unsafe. You have the right to video your interactions with police. Just because you are interacting with the police doesn’t mean you forfeit your civil rights. Just because you are black shouldn’t mean that what should be a minor police interaction could result in your death.

In my job, I interact in heated situations with law enforcement fairly frequently. Just a month ago a state trooper in the Ohio Statehouse tried to tell me that my volunteers could not protest inside the building before our governor signed the state budget. I knew our rights and I pushed back. I was also a white person in a building with dozens of witnesses (and several cell phones taking video). Never once did I fear for my personal safety. That IS white privilege. I stood up for our rights and I am still here to tell my story. That IS white privilege. Sandra and so many others do not have this benefit, they are not here to tell their stories.

Today I stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who cannot tell their stories. I stand with those who feel so targeted that they started the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody campaign. I hear their voices, I hear their pain, I #SayHerName. I encourage you to do the same. Talk about this issue with your family and friends. Take the time, even if you are “too busy.” This weekend activists from around the country will gather in Cleveland for the Movement for Black Lives Convening. If you can’t be there, support this amazing work with a donation (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/movementforblacklives).

Be a real ally, not just one that talks the talk, but walks the walk. I’m still working on it, and I hope that you will join me.


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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