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When is the best time to get a vasectomy?

So, you or your partner has decided it’s time for a vasectomy.  There’s really only two reasons why guys would pursue sterilization:

  1. You really, really never want kids.
  2. You have exactly the number of kids you want.

Despite there being just two reasons, everyone’s exact situation is different. For my wife and I, we consider ourselves lucky to have two offspring… but we’re done. When she was looking into replacing her IUD, I decided that preventing an Oops Baby wasn’t just a wifely duty.

Things to know when considering a vasectomy: (THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE.)

  • A vasectomy is not reversible.
  • Ok, so theoretically they are reversible, but there’s zero guarantee of success and the reversal attempt is ridiculously expensive. If you’re considering getting one and undoing it later, your doctor will probably stop you right there.
  • A vasectomy may be covered by your insurance. I paid $20 for the consult and $200 for the surgery.
  • There’s no difference in how you feel or function in any way after the procedure.
  • Have more questions? Seek out a urologist and get a consult.
  • When the nurse tells you to take off your pants because the doctor will be right in, she’s lying. Leave your pants on because 20 minutes sitting in a paper gown is a damn long time.

Now that you’ve got your consult scheduled, here’s what will happen:

  • The doctor will briefly examine your twig and berries and answer any questions you have.
  • The nurse will give you printed instructions on how to shave your balls and a prescription for a mild painkiller to fill in advance of the procedure.
  • They’ll schedule your surgery date.

So, here’s the question: when should you get a vasectomy?

You’ll probably have the surgery on a Friday. Many guys aim for March Madness, but that’s a long way off and the popular trend is going to cause a backlog of appointments then.

You want a weekend when you can really take advantage of some quality couch time, which means…

The best date in 2017 for a vasectomy is Friday, November 3rd.

Why is this date superior?

  • All the Halloween parties are over, so you’re not missing out…
  • …but you still have a massive amount of leftover candy laying around.
  • College football is at its best in early November.
  • No one takes vacation in early November, so you’re not competing with co-workers to get the sick time approved.
  • You’ll be all healed in time for holiday partying.
  • Most important: the weekend starting 11/4/17 is when the time changes, so clocks Fall forward giving you an extra hour to sleep.

Good luck with the ball shaving, and happy snipping!


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Podcasts

Podcast: Stand with Transgender Kids

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

This week, Gabe and Annie discussed Donald Trump’s ban on Transgender kids being allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.

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This Is Me docu-series is an anthology of five 3-5 minute-long Transparent-inspired documentaries by five different trans and gender-nonconforming filmmakers. Personal essays, direct actions, explainers – each filmmaker has crafted a segment that explores a theme in Transparent.


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

2/23/17 in Cleveland
Town hall for Portman’s NEO Constituents
Sponsored by MoveOn.org, they’ve been asking Rob Portman’s office when he’ll hold the next Town Hall and there is currently nothing planned. The only thing on his schedule during the recess from Feb 18-Feb 26 is a private fundraising event in Fremont. This is unacceptable. The whole point of recesses is for the MOCs to connect with constituents. Since our senator will not respond to our requests, we are holding our own Town Hall & inviting him.

2/23/17 in Cleveland
Bowl-a-Thon Launch Happy Hour & Trivia Night
Have you heard about Preterm’s Bowl-a-Thon and always wanted to participate, but never knew how? Or are you a Bowl-a-Thon pro and want to hang out with Cleveland’s coolest abortion access supporters? Learn more about Preterm and the Bowl-a-Thon, meet event organizers, start or join a team, and register.

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.

3/7/17 in Cleveland
Stitch n’ Bitch with the Femiknits
The Cleveland Pro-Choice Femiknits (founded by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio) are back and ready for some craft action! We’ll gather at Prosperity (which is pro-choice owned) to dine, drink, craft, and do a group action together. We’ll be discussing ways to reactivate our group so that we meld crafts and activism more poignantly in the wake of this new administration. Please bring a craft project to work on while we gather. All genders and crafters are welcome, they just have to be pro-choice. 😉
A note about the venue: PLEASE let us know as accurately as possible whether or not you actually plan on attending so Prosperity can set up the space for us without losing business. We want to support their needs since they are big supporters of us! Thanks to all in advance.

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.


Activists across Ohio are speaking out against the Trump agenda. We need to make sure Ohio politicians hear a loud and clear message that Ohioans support access to safe and legal abortion.

Write your opinion in under 200 words and submit it to a newspaper listed below.

What should you say? Tell your community why you support access to safe and legal abortion, and why you oppose additional restrictions from Ohio lawmakers.

You can send letters to multiple newspapers, but please don’t send the same letter to different publications. Three short letters to different papers is better than one long one.

Newspaper contacts for letters to the editor

Northeast Ohio
Akron Beacon Journal
Alliance Review
Ashland Times-Gazette
Ashtabula Star-Beacon
Canton Repository
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Coshocton Tribune
Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
Lisbon Morning Journal
Lorain Morning Journal
Mansfield News Journal
Massillon Independent
Medina Gazette
Ravenna Record-Courier
Salem News
Steubenville Herald-Star
Warren Tribune Chronicle
Willoughby News-Herald
Wooster Daily Record
Youngstown Vindicator

Northwest Ohio
Bellefontaine Examiner
Bellevue Gazette
Bryan Times
Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune
Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum
Daily Chief Union
Daily Standard
Defiance Crescent-News
Findlay Courier
Fremont News-Messenger
Kenton Times
Lima News
Piqua Daily Call
Port Clinton News-Herald
Sandusky Register
Sidney Daily News
St. Marys Evening Leader
Toledo Blade
Troy Daily News
Van Wert Times Bulletin

Central Ohio
Chillicothe Gazette
Columbus Dispatch
Delaware Gazette
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette
Morrow County Sentinel
Mount Vernon News
Newark Advocate
Marion Star
Washington C.H. Record-Herald
Zanesville Times Recorder

Southeast Ohio
Athens Messenger
Athens News
Daily Jeffersonian
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Ironton Tribune
Logan Daily News
Marietta Times
Martins Ferry Times Leader
Pomeroy Daily Sentinel
Portsmouth Daily Times

Southwest Ohio
Cincinnati Enquirer
Daily Advocate
Daily Court Reporter
Dayton Daily News
Fairborn Daily Herald
Hamilton Journal-News
Hillsboro Times-Gazette
Springfield News-Sun
Xenia Daily Gazette
Wilmington News-Journal


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

Podcasts

Rise and Grind

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

This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss the plan to fight back. After an abysmal 2016 election, pro-choice Ohioans are not giving up. On November 16th, they literally surrounded the Ohio Statehouse in protest, forming a line of 400 protesters along Broad street, High Street, State Street, and 3rd Avenue.

The protest was in anticipation of some version of anti-abortion legislation in the remaining days of 2016. The legislature has only a few remaining scheduled session days left, and two bills have been rumored to be likely to get additional attention:

Senate Bill 127 — A 20-week abortion ban

In September, Ohio Right to Life indicated to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they intended to try to pass a 20-week abortion ban during the lame duck session. There were 20,976 abortions performed in Ohio in 2015, but only 2% of all abortions reported were at 20 weeks are later. Anecdotal evidence shows that most of these procedures are performed after women receive diagnoses of medical complications, either threatening their own health or their pregnancy. Bans on abortions after 20-weeks punish women who wanted to have healthy pregnancies. Because 20-week bans block abortion before a point of viability, they are unconstitutional according to guidelines established in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Senate Bill 254 — Restrictions on abortion providers

A new bill calls for abortion providers to exclusively use cremation or internment procedures, which does not improve the quality of care for women. Additionally, nothing in current Ohio law prohibits providers from offering these services to patients. If women are interested in these options, they can already inquire with their doctor. Imposing new regulations on providers increases costs without benefit, creating an undue burden which may violate new constitutional standards established by Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.


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

Podcasts

The end of days… for the 2016 election.

VOLUNTEER: Sign up to knock on doors to elect pro-choice candidates across Ohio.


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

This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss the end of days… for the 2016 election cycle.

As Secretary Clinton works to become the first woman to win the presidency, the Cincinnati Enquirer to an unprecedented step in reaffirming their endorsement of her.

The Enquirer also ran an op-ed from state Rep. John Becker, a conservative who embodies the Trump campaign on every issue. He pushed Trump’s lies about abortion:

Trump is the candidate who is supporting pro-life issues, supports the Second Amendment, wants to lower taxes, and control spending. Clinton supports partial birth abortion (baby killing until the moment before the child is completely out of the birth canal) and paid for by the taxpayers.

To counteract these ridiculous claims and the legislation they inspire, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio has issued endorsements for the Ohio House and Senate:

For the Ohio Senate
District 24: Emily Hagan

For the Ohio House
House District 2: Brittany Bowman
House District 8: Kent Smith
House District 11: Stephanie Howse
House District 13: Nickie Antonio
House District 16: Tommy Greene
House District 17: Adam Miller
House District 18: Kristin Boggs
House District 28: Jessica Miranda
House District 31: Brigid Kelly
House District 34: Emilia Sykes
House District 35: Greta Johnson
House District 56: Dan Ramos
House District 58: Michele Lepore-Hagan
House District 75: Kathleen Clyde
House District 94: Sarah Grace

 


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

Podcasts

Trump’s shocking behavior

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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss the shocking revelations about Donald Trump as multiple women have come forward to confirm his claim that he assaults people by grabbing their crotch and forcibly kissing them without consent.

We’re reminded of the first GOP primary debate in August 2015.

Hillary Clinton gets our That’s What She Said for her defense of Roe in her second debate with Trump:

I want a Supreme Court that will stick with Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose and I want a Supreme Court that will stick with marriage equality.

We’re also hearing from people opposing Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, like regular abortion clinic protester Dave Daubenmire, whose words attracted the attention of Right Wing Watch:


YOU need to confirm your registration before October 11, 2016 to make sure you will be able to vote. Go to MyOhioVote.com — or — OhioUnityCoalition.org to confirm your Ohio voter registration status.


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

Podcasts

VP Debate wrap-up

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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss this week’s vice presidential debate. Tim Kaine made many excellent points, including some terrific answers on abortion.

 We support Roe v. Wade. We support the constitutional right of American women to consult their own conscience, their own supportive partner, their own minister, but then make their own decision about pregnancy. That’s something we trust American women to do that.

Mike Pence gets the Walk of Shame for denying many statements both he and Donald Trump has made, including this jem:

Donald Trump and I would never support legislation that punished women who made the heartbreaking choice to end a pregnancy.

In the Cleveland Plain Dealer, former state Rep. Ed Jerse complained about how difficult it is to be a “pro-life” Democrat. After a lengthy discussion of the hardship of politicians, he reluctantly admits that education and contraception might be benefits of a Clinton/Kaine administration. We asked why education and contraception are the very solutions that the pro-life movement repeatedly ignore.

Secretary Clinton got a boost this week, as she was endorsed by LeBron James.

I also tell all my kids how important it is that they give back to the community. Because if basketball has taught me anything, it’s that no one achieves greatness alone. And it takes everyone working together to create real change.

When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear.

That candidate is Hillary Clinton.

 

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NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio will hold their third Microphone messaging training for pro-choice supporters this Wednesday, October 12 in Toledo. RSVP for more details.

YOU need to confirm your registration before October 11, 2016 to make sure you will be able to vote. Go to MyOhioVote.com — or — OhioUnityCoalition.org to confirm your Ohio voter registration status.


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

The Pence Amendment

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I took this photo five years ago outside Senator Sherrod Brown’s office. His staffer is kneeling in the center, surrounded by four bus loads of people from Ohio. The trip was part of a much larger national push to stop a horrific proposal to shutdown the US government over reproductive health care funding, AKA The Pence Amendment.

Mike Pence is very bad for America. As a member of Congress, he put his name on an amendment to take all federal funds away from Planned Parenthood health centers that would have had a devastating effect on women’s access to health care across the country.

The 2011 Pence Amendment would have put the health of millions of low and middle-income women at risk by eliminating their primary source of preventive health care and family planning services. Not only would this amendment have eliminated the provision of cancer screenings and other vital health services for women, but it represented a direct attack by members of Congress on women’s right to control their own reproductive health.

Thanks to pro-choice champions like Sherrod Brown and President Obama, the Pence Amendment was defeated.

Attacks by Mike Pence continued, however, as he took his agenda from Congress to the Indiana Governor’s office. Indiana women have suffered greatly because of restrictions on abortion providers.

Tuesday night, Mike Pence will be appearing in the Vice Presidential Debate. As Donald Trump’s running mate, he brings a serious threat to the 2016 election, backed by a career of attacking women. In a Trump Administration, Mike Pence would have control over reproductive health care policy and the ability to destroy women’s access to safe and legal abortion.

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We cannot allow Mike Pence to force his anti-woman agenda on America. Email us at volunteer@prochoiceohio.org to get involved. There’s still time to make a difference before Election Day.

For choice,

Gabriel Mann
Communications Manager
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio


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