Podcasts

On religion in the pro-choice movement

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This week, Kellie, Elaina, and Gabe discuss our new partnership with the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio:

Too often, religion is used to shame and stigmatize people who have had an abortion or use contraceptives. That is why the work of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is so important—Ohioans need to know that people of faith trust them to make their own reproductive health decisions.

Elaina Ramsey, ORCRC’s new executive director:

It’s an honor to partner with the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio team in bringing the moral power of religious communities to the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

A dedicated community organizer and campaign strategist, Ramsey is the first woman of color to lead ORCRC. She is committed to communities of color, low-income women, and immigrants.

Copeland, a longtime advocate of reproductive freedom, has path forward for reproductive rights in Ohio without engaging more people of faith.

Both organizations remain independent but have begun to share office space, resources, and strategies. Through innovation and collaboration, the groups seek to equip secular and faith communities in securing reproductive healthcare for every Ohioan—including access to birth control, comprehensive sexuality education, and safe, legal abortion.

Together, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and ORCRC will protect the moral and constitutional rights of all Ohioans to make their own reproductive health decisions without shame and stigma and without interference from the state.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event near you:
August 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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.

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Podcasts

What’s happening in Toledo?

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This week, Kelley, Annie, and Gabe discuss the latest in Toledo. As Capital Care Network fights to stay open, the community in Northwest Ohio is doing everything they can to support them. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is asking ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement. Toledo City Council is also proposing a clinic protection ordinance to stop protesters from harassing patients and staff.

Last week, we sponsored a billboard outside the clinic to show support:

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Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event near you:

August 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


Want to apply for an internship with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio? Apply here.


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.

SunriseWide4


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

Planned Parenthood fighting for funding

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This week, Kelley, Elaina, and Gabe discussed the US Senate vote to defeat Skinny Repeal that would destroy Americans’ access to affordable health care and block Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding. Also, they talk about this week’s federal court hearing to challenge John Kasich’s latest plan to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level.

Elaina spoke up against Ohio Right to Life’s latest announcement that they really, really, don’t support rape survivors. She has a letter in the Columbus Dispatch:

As a rape survivor and a committed Christian, I’m deeply disturbed by Ohio Right to Life’s decision to only endorse candidates that “hold a ‘pro-life’ position with no exceptions to abortion stemming from rape or incest (Dispatch article, last Friday).”

No woman should be forced to carry a pregnancy against her will, no matter the circumstance. As the executive director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, I faithfully advocate for compassionate reproductive care for all — including full access to contraceptives, adoption, abortion, and foster care. Anything less violates the lived experiences and moral agency of Ohio women, particularly survivors of rape and incest.

Given that 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence, Ohio Right to Life’s hard-line agenda perpetuates a rape culture. Rape survivors should not be punished and traumatized further to carry a pregnancy to term without their full consent.

Whether or not to become a parent is a sacred decision and should remain personal and private. While Ohio Right to Life claims to be nonsectarian, it has a long history of using toxic Christian rhetoric to restrict women’s reproductive health-care access.

The actions of Ohio Right to Life do not represent my faith, that of other religious traditions, nor the will of most women across our state.

Elaina Ramsey

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland issued a statement:

This new low standard in the Ohio Right to Life endorsement criteria further solidifies their alignment with extremists like President Donald Trump who believe that women who have abortions should be punished. These values are not Ohio values.

Women deserve access to safe, legal abortion care in their communities without judgment or political interference—regardless of the reason she is unable to continue a pregnancy. Here at NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, we trust women to make their own reproductive health decisions, and we will continue to back candidates that do as well.

Also in the Dispatch, the newspaper issued their third editorial criticizing Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharen Kennedy for participating in an anti-abortion event before hearing a case about Toledo’s last abortion clinic:

The high court should modernize its process for handling complaints against one of its own. This is disappointing given that this court has been open with the public. This falls short of its own standard.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event near you:
August 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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.

SunriseWide4


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

Blog Post

What’s the Buzz at NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio?

Without contest, the best part of organizing for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is the relationships you form with the volunteers. People come out of the woodwork all the time to become movers and shakers. With hundreds of concerned citizens fighting for sorely needed access to reproductive healthcare, you meet some really cool, special individuals that are full of surprises.

Take my friend at Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio. After meeting at various pro-choice actions hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, they contacted me last month with an incredible opportunity — while working for Second Harvest, they noticed they had mistakenly received over 80 lbs. of sex toys with no way to legally distribute them to needy folks. They asked if NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio would be able to use them and I enthusiastically accepted the offer, figuring out the paperwork together so I could adopt these homeless sex toys for a progressive cause. Today, they came to their new home at our Cleveland office.

Here are our spoils:


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 joins forces with the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Two of the state’s leading pro-choice organizations — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (ORCRC)—recently launched a formal partnership to advance reproductive freedom for Ohio women.

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio:

Too often, religion is used to shame and stigmatize people who have had an abortion or use contraceptives. That is why the work of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is so important—Ohioans need to know that people of faith trust them to make their own reproductive health decisions.

Elaina Ramsey, ORCRC’s new executive director:

A pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-choice organization, ORCRC provides public education, advocacy, and spiritual counseling. It’s an honor to partner with the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio team in bringing the moral power of religious communities to the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

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Elaina Ramsey

A dedicated community organizer and campaign strategist, Ramsey is the first woman of color to lead ORCRC. She is committed to communities of color, low-income women, and immigrants.

Copeland, a longtime advocate of reproductive freedom, has path forward for reproductive rights in Ohio without engaging more people of faith.

Both organizations remain independent but have begun to share office space, resources, and strategies. Through innovation and collaboration, the groups seek to equip secular and faith communities in securing reproductive healthcare for every Ohioan—including access to birth control, comprehensive sexuality education, and safe, legal abortion.

Together, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and ORCRC will protect the moral and constitutional rights of all Ohioans to make their own reproductive health decisions without shame and stigma and without interference from the state.

Find more information at http://www.ohiorcrc.org/


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

Healthcare, not lies

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This week, Vashitta, Jaime, and Gabe discussed our #ExposeFakeClinics protests in Columbus and Cincinnati!

Here’s video from Columbus:

And video from Cincinnati:

Earlier in the week, our Annie Krol protested against Trump in Youngstown. She joined other labor and progressive groups in opposing the Republican plan to destroy access to health care.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event 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.

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.

SunriseWide4


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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Annie’s Youngstown speech

Our own Annie Krol was rallying for health care in Youngstown! Trump was inside, but she joined other labor and progressive groups in opposing the Republican plan to destroy access to health care. (Photo credit: Sarah Lowry)

Hello, I’m Annie Krol with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio! NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio has fifty thousand supporters across the state committed to protecting reproductive rights. We can make it fifty thousand and one if you visit http://prochoiceohio.org and sign up. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

This afternoon, the US Senate began their deliberation on a plan to destroy access to affordable health care. The first thing we should do is thank Senator Sherrod Brown for voting against this plan. Ohioans are very fortunate that Senator Brown has always had our back. Even though we know we can always count on him, we shouldn’t take him for granted. Thank you, Sherrod Brown!

And then we have Senator Rob Portman…

Republicans have laid their cards on the table, and the hand they want to play is a disaster for women and families. Both the process and the substance of this bill are an abomination. If Senator Portman thinks our nation will be stronger when tens of millions of Americans lose their health coverage and women lose access to basic medical care, then he should resign.

Let’s be crystal clear: The Republican bill is a direct attack on the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of Americans. It is an attack on women’s healthcare in particular. It is just as cruel as Paul Ryan’s proposal approved by the House.

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.

They want to defund women’s health centers.

They want to deny abortion coverage to Americans who get their insurance through the exchanges or who receive tax subsidies.

And they want to slash healthcare for the families who need it most.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is raising the alarm about the GOP’s shameful plan to put their extreme ideological agenda before the health of American families.

Senate Republicans’ bill to take away healthcare from millions of Americans would wreak a special kind of havoc on women. In particular, the Republican bill would limit access to basic reproductive healthcare, including abortion and contraception. This is part of a long-term plan to chip away at Americans’ reproductive freedom.

Here’s what you need to know about the Republican bill in the Senate:

It significantly reduces abortion coverage in the private market, potentially eliminating it entirely.

It creates financial penalties for privately purchasing abortion coverage. This will drive consumers away from these plans and cause insurers to stop offering this coverage at all.

The bill blocks small businesses who receive tax credits from choosing plans that include abortion coverage, even if these small businesses use their own funds to purchase the plan.

The bill bans abortion coverage in plans offered in state health-insurance exchanges, similar to the failed Stupak amendment offered during debate on the ACA. Ohio already bans these plans from our exchange, today’s vote will ban coverage in all of the state exchanges.

The bill devastates our nation’s family-planning network by defunding Planned Parenthood.

The bill forces Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation to close by disqualifying them from federal healthcare programs, leaving patients without care.

Anti-choice lawmakers have attempted to obscure their intentions by not calling out Planned Parenthood by name in the bill — but don’t be fooled. As confirmed in the CBO report, Planned Parenthood is the target of the defunding provision.

Republicans claim that other healthcare providers can pick up the onslaught of new patients, but this is simply false. Community health centers themselves have said they cannot absorb so many new patients.

Eliminating Planned Parenthood from communities would have a devastating impact on women and families.

Yet again, the so-called ‘pro-life’ Republican Party is pushing legislation that could leave people quite literally to die. NARAL members won’t stand for that.

We know that women need access to Planned Parenthood, yet this bill blocks it.

Moms need maternity coverage, and this bill puts it at risk.

Families need Medicaid and affordable health insurance, but the GOP proposal guts the coverage they rely on to access lifesaving care.

Bottom line: forcing women and families to pay more for less coverage is insane. This will leave millions of Americans scrambling to pay for care while getting sicker in the process. This bill is a disaster and far worse than their last bill.

Six months ago, women organized the largest protest movement in history, flooding the streets to denounce Donald Trump. We oppose anti-choice politicians who want to roll back our right to access basic reproductive healthcare, including abortion.

It’s telling that months later, those same politicians are ignoring the millions of women who marched in favor of appeasing the fringe elements of their base.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is watching, women are watching, and anti-choice politicians will be held accountable.

Women are the backbone of this nation and of this resistance and we’ll actively work against anyone who wants to compromise on our freedoms.

You can help by calling Rob Portman at 216-522-7095 and tell him to vote No on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate is working on completing this bill as we stand here. There’s still time for you to speak up for Ohio women.

Thank 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.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio