Podcasts

I’m Just a Pill – Talking with Lady Parts Justice

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This week, Gabe and Kellie discuss the hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, which concluded this week. Judge Gorsuch made comments respecting Roe during his questioning, but it’s his actual record that worries us. He voted to strip women of access to contraception coverage in the Hobby Lobby case, and women everywhere are taking note.

In fact, because of the threat to the contraception coverage guarantees, the women at Lady Parts Justice have released their newest video, I’m Just a Pill! Gabe spoke to Julie Rosing and Abby Holland from the LPJ team.

Other LPJ videos have been hilarious, sharp commentary on politicians and sexual politics. Check out their YouTube channel for more, but definitely watch their Beyoncé parody, inFormation.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners at an event near you:
(* NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio sponsored events)

3/25/17 in Columbus
Swap For Our Sisters
Empty your closets of unwanted items that are gently, barely or never used (clothes, dressy scarves, outerwear, shoes, costume jewelry, sunglasses and purses) and bring them to St Stephen’s Episcopal Church on March 24 between 4:30-8pm to get your “golden ticket” that allows you to take unlimited items at the swap the next day.

3/30/17 in Dayton
Dayton NARAL & PP Learn and Take Action night
Hosted by NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio : If you missed our awesome Roe Together bootcamp ( or you did attend but want more info and organizing training) then this is your chance to get updates on what’s happening at the Statehouse and how you can get your voice heard.

3/30/17 in Canton
Microphone Training
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation will train volunteers in communications techniques that fill in the gaps of inadequate or incomplete media coverage; add balance to biased and one-sided reporting; pursue topics and points of view that are being ignored. We will also prepare Ohioans for the ramifications of the pending Supreme Court decision on abortion access, as well as the confirmation battle to fill the vacancy on the Court.

4/27/17 in Cleveland
Preterm Bowl-a-thon
The Preterm Access Fund provides financial assistance to our low-income and uninsured patients so they can afford compassionate, high-quality abortion care at Preterm. The money you raise will give our patients the freedom to make the best decisions for their lives and their families.

4/29/17 in Columbus
Women Have Options — Ohio Bowl-a-thon
Every year, WHO/O supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio! Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.

5/3/17 in Columbus
Freedom of Choice Ohio Lobby Day
FBRoe_FB Event

Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold our annual Advocacy Day on May 3, 2017. This year, Ohio women and men will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to demand an end to the anti-woman agenda pushed by Governor Kasich and the legislature. Kasich has passed multiple abortion bans, defunded Planned Parenthood, and is using his Department of Health to harass abortion providers. We’ll learn more about the multiple threats to reproductive health care and a forthcoming proactive legislative agenda. Armed with information and training, participants will engage their legislators to show that their constituents do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.


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

Blog Post

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio budget testimony

Deputy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Jaime Miracle testified before the House Finance Subcommittee on Health & Human Services on the state budget, House Bill 49 on March 22, 2017. This is a transcript of her remarks:

My name is Jaime Miracle and I am the deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. I am here to testify on behalf of our over 50,000 members and activists on the Medicaid, ODJFS, and other healthcare related portions of H.B. 49.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio applauds the state for continuing its investments in the prevention of infant mortality. We encourage this body to effectively fund evidence-based programs that reduce health disparities and lower our embarrassing infant mortality rate. But, at the same time that the state is investing funding in these programs, it is promoting other policies that undermine the progress that could be made.

Charging premiums for Medicaid recipients between 100% and 138% of the federal poverty line is not a turn in the right direction. Increasing the cost of healthcare through premiums decreases the use of health care services (footnote 1) . For childless adults making between $11,880 and $16,400 a year, an additional cost — even of just $20 a month — can present an insurmountable obstacle for accessing health care, and will disproportionately impact people of color in our state, who already face a myriad of racial disparities in health.

Ohio should be in the business of reducing racial disparities in health, not increasing them.

The Centers for Disease Control has identified six key strategies to reduce infant mortality. Two of these strategies are improving women’s health before pregnancy and investing in prevention and health promotion (2). The state is investing more and more funds in programs to help pregnant women be healthy and to take care of women and newborns following the birth of a child, but this is only a part of what needs to be happening to reduce our infant mortality rate. Making sure childless adult women have access to the preconception care they need, making sure chronic illness is managed properly, and making sure that racial disparities of health are minimized are crucial to making real gains in our infant mortality crisis.

Another strong investment we could make would be to re-instate the family planning optional Medicaid program that was eliminated in the 2015 budget. This program not only improves the health and well-being of citizens of our state, it also makes financial sense. For every dollar invested in family planning services, we save seven dollars in other costs (3). In Ohio in 2010, the federal and state governments spent $824.6 million on unintended pregnancies, of this $218.8 million was paid for by the state (4). But that number could have been much greater. Publicly funded family planning services provided by safety-net health centers in Ohio helped save the federal and state governments $226.9 million in that year alone (5). Recognizing that family planning access is critical to the health and well-being of women and babies, both the National Governor’s Association and the March of Dimes have advocated for expanded Medicaid coverage for contraceptive services (6).

I also urge this panel to eliminate funding for the Parenting and Pregnancy Program in this budget. You may be wondering why I would be advocating for that based on the rest of my testimony so far. This program sounds like a great idea, but as they always say, the devil is in the details. State money should be going to programs that have proven track records for effectiveness. This program is not one of those. The Parenting and Pregnancy Program, funded out of the TANF block grant, gives funding to unproven, misleading, and coercive organizations known as “crisis pregnancy centers” or CPCs. TANF block grant money is one of the few remaining places where low income women and families can turn when they need emergency cash assistance. It can be used in a variety of ways, including helping low income families get out of lead contaminated homes. We need to use this money where it has the most impact, not give it to unproven programs.

In a 2013 study into the practices of these centers (7), our undercover investigators found that these centers routinely gave out medically inaccurate information. Thirty-eight percent of CPCs gave misleading information about complication rates for abortion. Forty-seven percent of CPCs gave false information about the non-existent connection between mental health and addiction issues, and abortion. Less than half of the centers were up front about what they stand for; and although they are getting this funding for providing material assistance to low income women and children, most CPCs provided limited material assistance. More than a third of centers had time consuming eligibility requirements, forcing women to earn “baby bucks” by attending parenting classes, volunteering at the center, or even attending Bible study classes. A low-income woman working three jobs to make ends meet doesn’t need to spend two hours in a parenting class before she can get a pack of diapers.

These are not the types of places that should be funded with our tax money.

Women facing an unintended pregnancy deserve medically accurate information presented in an unbiased and non-coercive manner. The state should not be in the business of sending our limited tax dollars to centers that deceive and lie to the people seeking their help. Finally, I urge this committee and all the members of the legislature to not continue to use the state budget as a weapon to attack access to abortion care in our state. These unconstitutional attacks have already been blocked by two Lucas County courts and two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of attacks on abortion access contained in the 2013 state budget are headed to the Ohio Supreme Court in the next few months. I encourage this body to stick to the issues that the state budget is supposed to cover, and not continue to misuse state tax dollars passing unconstitutional “Christmas tree” budget bills that violate our state constitution’s single subject clause.

Thank you for your time today.


  1. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, “Financial Condition and Health Care Burdens of People in Deep Poverty,” United States Department of Health and Human Services, July 16, 2015
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6231a3.htm
  3. http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/family-planning/pdf/OH.pdf
  4. Frost JJ, Frohwirth L and Zolna MR, Contraceptive needs and services, 2014 Update, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2016, https://www.guttmacher.org/report/contraceptive-needs-and-services-2014-update
  5. Frost JJ, Sonfield A, Zolna MR, and Fiener LB, Return on Investment: a fuller assessment of the benefits and cost savings of the US publicly funded family planning program, Millbank QuarterlyI, 2014, 92(4):696-749
  6. Guttmacher Institute, Wise Investment: Reducing the Steep Cost to Medicaid of Unintended Pregnancy in the United States, 2011, https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/14/3/gpr140306.html
  7. You can read the full report of this investigation at: http://www.prochoiceohio.org/what-is-choice/cpc/reporttext.shtml

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

Justice Sharon Kennedy must recuse herself

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This week, GabeJaime and Randi discuss Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, who participated in a fundraiser for Right to Life of Greater Toledo this morning. This creates a conflict of interest with upcoming cases.

Two cases involving abortion providers will come before the state Supreme Court this year. Toledo’s last abortion clinic, Capital Care Network of Toledo, is challenging the state’s transfer agreement requirements. Separately, Cleveland abortion clinic Preterm is challenging abortion restrictions added into the 2013 state budget as violations of Ohio’s single-subject requirement for legislation.

In a release, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

Justice Sharon Kennedy should recuse herself from any case related to legislation that was proposed and supported by the anti-abortion groups that endorsed her candidacy, to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

By participating in an organization’s fundraising event, Justice Kennedy has cast serious doubt on her ability remain impartial. Ohioans must be able to have faith in their government’s protection of rights without bias.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners at an event near you:
(* NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio sponsored events)

3/21/17 in Cincinnati
NARAL & PPGOH WOC Repro Freedom presents: Pens to Pictures
Hosted by NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio Women of Color Repro Freedom: Pens to Pictures is a filmmaking collaborative that teaches and empowers incarcerated women to make their own short films, from script to screen. During its inaugural year in 2016, five films were made in partnership between women in Dayton Correctional Institution and the Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania artist communities. A screening of all 5 of these incredible short films will be followed by a Q & A panel of speakers who work at the intersection of Reproductive Health/Rights and Criminal Justice.

3/23/17 in Columbus
NARAL and Planned Parenthood Learn and Take Action Night
Hosted by NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio : If you missed our awesome Roe Together bootcamp ( or you did attend but want more info and organizing training) then this is your chance to get updates on what’s happening at the Statehouse and how you can get your voice heard.

3/25/17 in Columbus
Swap For Our Sisters
Empty your closets of unwanted items that are gently, barely or never used (clothes, dressy scarves, outerwear, shoes, costume jewelry, sunglasses and purses) and bring them to St Stephen’s Episcopal Church on March 24 between 4:30-8pm to get your “golden ticket” that allows you to take unlimited items at the swap the next day.

3/30/17 in Dayton
Dayton NARAL & PP Learn and Take Action night
Hosted by NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio : If you missed our awesome Roe Together bootcamp ( or you did attend but want more info and organizing training) then this is your chance to get updates on what’s happening at the Statehouse and how you can get your voice heard.

3/30/17 in Canton
Microphone Training
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation will train volunteers in communications techniques that fill in the gaps of inadequate or incomplete media coverage; add balance to biased and one-sided reporting; pursue topics and points of view that are being ignored. We will also prepare Ohioans for the ramifications of the pending Supreme Court decision on abortion access, as well as the confirmation battle to fill the vacancy on the Court.

4/27/17 in Cleveland
Preterm Bowl-a-thon
The Preterm Access Fund provides financial assistance to our low-income and uninsured patients so they can afford compassionate, high-quality abortion care at Preterm. The money you raise will give our patients the freedom to make the best decisions for their lives and their families.

4/29/17 in Columbus
Women Have Options — Ohio Bowl-a-thon
Every year, WHO/O supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio! Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.

5/3/17 in Columbus
Freedom of Choice Ohio Lobby Day
FBRoe_FB Event

Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold our annual Advocacy Day on May 3, 2017. This year, Ohio women and men will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to demand an end to the anti-woman agenda pushed by Governor Kasich and the legislature. Kasich has passed multiple abortion bans, defunded Planned Parenthood, and is using his Department of Health to harass abortion providers. We’ll learn more about the multiple threats to reproductive health care and a forthcoming proactive legislative agenda. Armed with information and training, participants will engage their legislators to show that their constituents do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.


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

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

Sen. Sherrod Brown is saving the world.

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This week, Jaime and Randi are back! They joined Gabe to discuss all the ways Sen. Sherrod Brown is working to save the world. Specifically, he’s a key voice in opposition to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. Immediately following Gorsuch’s nomination, Sen. Brown issued a statement listing ways he is an inappropriate choice for the high court:

The people of Ohio deserve Supreme Court Justices who will defend the rights of working families over Wall Street and corporate special interests – and Judge Gorsuch’s record doesn’t pass that test. I cannot support any nominee who does not recognize that corporations are not people. The Supreme Court has enormous influence over the lives of everyday Ohioans, and any nominee must be willing to defend their rights to make their own healthcare decisions, collectively bargain for safe workplaces and fair pay, and to be protected from discrimination and Wall Street greed.

In addition to the Gorsuch nomination, Sen. Brown has issued a 77-page plan to improve lives of working Americans. Read coverage in the Columbus Dispatch, find his statement here, and read the full plan.

In Dispatch coverage this morning, the paper examines Sen. Brown’s role as critical voice for Democrats.


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State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) sponsored House Bill 1, which passed the Ohio House on Tuesday. Her bipartisan legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws is joint-sponsored by Rep. Nathan Manning (R-N. Ridgeville). HB 1 will allow victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker, a protection currently allowed in every state except Ohio and Georgia.

For far too long, Ohio’s antiquated domestic violence laws have left thousands of Ohioans vulnerable to dating violence. My colleagues and I agree: it is past time to pull Ohio out of the dark ages and join the rest of the country in protecting victims of abuse. I am pleased we were able to come together in a bipartisan manner to help bring Ohio’s domestic violence protections into the 21st Century.

The vote was not unanimous. After the initial announcement that the bill passed 93-0, two members of the House quietly changed from “not voting” to registering “No” votes on the bill. You can join us in asking Rep. Nino Vitale and Rep. Tom Brinkman why they oppose protecting victims of domestic violence by sharing these photos on Facebook.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners at an event near you:
(* NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio sponsored events)

3/9/17 in Cleveland
Controversial Coverage: Faith and the Fight to Insure Contraceptives
Professor Jessie Hill brings a longstanding interest and expertise in access to contraception, dating to when she worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights. She will explore recent trends in law and legislation pertaining to this important topic.

3/11/17 in Columbus
Columbus Learn and Take Action brunch
At this brunch we will focus on what’s happening at the Statehouse (budget and abortion restrictions) as well as Capitol Hill and end with an action on writing letters of support to Senator Sherrod Brown to keep up the fight over the upcoming Supreme Court nomination.

3/16/17 in Toledo
Roe Together – Toledo activist bootcamp
We know 2017 will bring many challenges to abortion access and reproductive health care in Ohio. What we need to learn is how to fight and who will stand with us. The Freedom of Choice Ohio coalition is hosting a series of activist bootcamps training. Join us and you’ll learn about legislation, messaging, and tactics to continue the fight for sexual freedom.

3/21/17 in Cincinnati
NARAL & PPGOH WOC Repro Freedom presents: Pens to Pictures
Hosted by NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio Women of Color Repro Freedom: Pens to Pictures is a filmmaking collaborative that teaches and empowers incarcerated women to make their own short films, from script to screen. During its inaugural year in 2016, five films were made in partnership between women in Dayton Correctional Institution and the Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania artist communities. A screening of all 5 of these incredible short films will be followed by a Q & A panel of speakers who work at the intersection of Reproductive Health/Rights and Criminal Justice.

3/23/17 in Columbus
NARAL and Planned Parenthood Learn and Take Action Night
Hosted by NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio : If you missed our awesome Roe Together bootcamp ( or you did attend but want more info and organizing training) then this is your chance to get updates on what’s happening at the Statehouse and how you can get your voice heard.

3/25/17 in Columbus
Swap For Our Sisters
Empty your closets of unwanted items that are gently, barely or never used (clothes, dressy scarves, outerwear, shoes, costume jewelry, sunglasses and purses) and bring them to St Stephen’s Episcopal Church on March 24 between 4:30-8pm to get your “golden ticket” that allows you to take unlimited items at the swap the next day.

3/30/17 in Dayton
Dayton NARAL & PP Learn and Take Action night
Hosted by NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio : If you missed our awesome Roe Together bootcamp ( or you did attend but want more info and organizing training) then this is your chance to get updates on what’s happening at the Statehouse and how you can get your voice heard.

3/30/17 in Canton
Microphone Training
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation will train volunteers in communications techniques that fill in the gaps of inadequate or incomplete media coverage; add balance to biased and one-sided reporting; pursue topics and points of view that are being ignored. We will also prepare Ohioans for the ramifications of the pending Supreme Court decision on abortion access, as well as the confirmation battle to fill the vacancy on the Court.

4/27/17 in Cleveland
Preterm Bowl-a-thon
The Preterm Access Fund provides financial assistance to our low-income and uninsured patients so they can afford compassionate, high-quality abortion care at Preterm. The money you raise will give our patients the freedom to make the best decisions for their lives and their families.

4/29/17 in Columbus
Women Have Options — Ohio Bowl-a-thon
Every year, WHO/O supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio! Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.

5/3/17 in Columbus
* Freedom of Choice Ohio Lobby Day
Mark your calendars!


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

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

Talking with Brooke Cartus!

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This week, Gabe was joined by Brooke Cartus! In the past two years, Brooke has headlined two comedy shows benefitting NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, most recently Stand Up for Choice! at Ace of Cups. Her premiere album, Size L for Lady, is available on iTunes.

Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners at an event near you:

3/2/17 in Columbus
WHO/O Bowl-a-thon Kickoff Party
At the kick-off event you can register your team, meet other bowlers, and get some great advice from some of last year’s most successful fundraisers.

3/9/17 in Cleveland
Controversial Coverage: Faith and the Fight to Insure Contraceptives
Professor Jessie Hill brings a longstanding interest and expertise in access to contraception, dating to when she worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights. She will explore recent trends in law and legislation pertaining to this important topic.

3/16/17 in Toledo
Roe Together – Toledo activist bootcamp
We know 2017 will bring many challenges to abortion access and reproductive health care in Ohio. What we need to learn is how to fight and who will stand with us. The Freedom of Choice Ohio coalition is hosting a series of activist bootcamps training. Join us and you’ll learn about legislation, messaging, and tactics to continue the fight for sexual freedom.

3/25/17 in Columbus
Swap For Our Sisters
Empty your closets of unwanted items that are gently, barely or never used (clothes, dressy scarves, outerwear, shoes, costume jewelry, sunglasses and purses) and bring them to St Stephen’s Episcopal Church on March 24 between 4:30-8pm to get your “golden ticket” that allows you to take unlimited items at the swap the next day.

4/29/17 in Columbus
Women Have Options — Ohio Bowl-a-thon
Every year, WHO/O supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio! Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.


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

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

2017 WHO/O Bowl-a-thon

Oh, it’s on! And it’s spectacular. Every year, Women Have Options / Ohio supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is a proud sponsor of this event!

Start a Team or Join a Team!

Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team (come up with a great name) and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.

As you know, discriminatory laws in Ohio have put abortions even more out of reach of many, and WHO/O is hustling overtime to try to help more people as things get harder.

And we really need your help!

Interested in limbering up your strike arm but you have a question or two? We’ve got answers!

Why should I bowl? To help WHO/O raise needed money to make abortion accessible for Ohioans
Where is it, again? In Columbus. Exact information about the bowling alley to come when you sign up!
When is it? Kickoff Event: March 2, 2017, at PINS Mechanical BOWL-A-THON: April 29, 2017
I can’t bowl! Oh, bowling skills are not required. All you need is a sense of humor and the drive to help folks who need abortion access!
I already signed up to bowl. That’s why you’re our hero! You’re already making a difference!

While the Hyde Amendment denies abortion coverage to low-income people, people of color, and others facing barriers to abortion coverage, our bowlers won’t stand for this aggression and they’re doing something about it!


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

Discussing the “Pastor Protection Act,” with Equality Ohio and ACLU Ohio

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

This week, Gabe was joined by Grant from Equality Ohio and Lisa from ACLU Ohio! These are two terrific organizations that NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is proud to partner with in the fight to protect personal freedoms.

Ironically, they’re joining us this week to discuss a bill that claims to also protect personal freedom, but in fact opens the door to state-approve discrimination against the LGBT community.

The so-called “Pastor Protection Act” (House Bill 36) says that Ohio clergy members don’t have to perform same-sex weddings if they don’t want to. However, under current Ohio law, Ohio clergy members don’t have to perform same-sex weddings if they don’t want to.

Why write a bill that essentially repeats existing Ohio law? Great question, and our guests today help explore the answer.

Listen to the discussion and then participate in the ACLU Ohio action alert to contact your Ohio lawmakers.

Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners at an event near you:

2/18/17 in Dayton
Roe Together – Dayton activist bootcamp
We know 2017 will bring many challenges to abortion access and reproductive health care in Ohio. What we need to learn is how to fight and who will stand with us. The Freedom of Choice Ohio coalition is hosting a series of activist bootcamps training. Join us and you’ll learn about legislation, messaging, and tactics to continue the fight for sexual freedom.

3/2/17 in Columbus
WHO/O Bowl-a-thon Kickoff Party
At the kick-off event you can register your team, meet other bowlers, and get some great advice from some of last year’s most successful fundraisers.

3/25/17 in Columbus
Swap For Our Sisters
Empty your closets of unwanted items that are gently, barely or never used (clothes, dressy scarves, outerwear, shoes, costume jewelry, sunglasses and purses) and bring them to St Stephen’s Episcopal Church on March 24 between 4:30-8pm to get your “golden ticket” that allows you to take unlimited items at the swap the next day.

4/29/17 in Columbus
Women Have Options — Ohio Bowl-a-thon
Every year, WHO/O supporters take it to the alleys — the bowling alleys — to raise money for abortion access in Ohio! Here’s how it works: get a few friends together to start a team or join a team and help us bowl over barriers to abortion access.


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

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