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#ShoutYourAbortion

Abortion has been a “bad” word since prior to Roe v. Wade because conservative legislators and society at large want to make women ashamed to talk about wanting or needing to end a pregnancy.

Abortion is often talked about as a woman’s choice; however, for the majority of women who seek to terminate a pregnancy it is not just about choice but survival because they already have children they can barely take care of, they are in an abusive relationship, or they have been sexually assaulted etc.

EVERY story and decision is different because every woman is different; and she should feel comfortable to make whatever decision is right for her and her family.

Some people may say that even though they are pro-choice, they don’t think it is right for women to feel proud and confident about the decisions that they have made. However, I would again say that it is every woman’s individual choice on how to express herself on the issue of abortion.

I also believe that by whispering it, then we are perpetuating abortion stigma and the myth that abortion is inherently bad or evil. Abortion is necessary healthcare. Women have been having abortions since the beginning of time and will continue to have them – the question is whether or not they will be safe.

In most developed nations, healthcare is not tied to political ideology, and abortion is therefore not the political issue that it is here in America. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists view abortion as an important procedure that must be included among the reproductive healthcare services available to women.

We don’t whisper about any other medical procedure or right, so we shouldn’t have to whisper about abortion. 1 in 3 women will obtain an abortion in her lifetime so this is not a rare procedure – it is a needed medical procedure that is safer than having colposcopy.

It is up to every individual woman who has had an abortion on how she wants to discuss or not discuss the issue, but we shouldn’t shame women who want to speak about their abortion any more than we shame women who have the procedure and don’t tell anyone.


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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Debate #1: Wedge issues for wedge candidates

It was interesting last night to see who shined and who disappeared while on stage. The debate started out by asking the candidates to promise to support whoever the nominee is and to not run as an independent candidate, which Donald Trump, of course, refused to do. He was also called out by Megyn Kelley for speaking negatively of women and he tried to laugh it off by saying “only Rosie O’Donnell.”

As the debate went along, I was quite surprised and annoyed by the fact that they (the Fox News moderators) hardly asked any questions about what the American people want to talk about. Facebook, who was their major co-sponsor, did a poll of the top five things that people wanted to hear the candidates discuss: Race issues, Mexico, Economy, LGBT issues, and Immigration.

They spent 27 seconds asking about #Blacklivesmatter to one candidate: Scott Walker, who didn’t say “Black Lives Matter” or even say the word race, but instead talked about better training for police officers.

They mentioned race again later to Ben Carson who replied with a generic, we need to stand united because we’re stronger together. Black people do want to be united and feel like we’re apart of the American Dream, but it’s hard to feel that way when you’re being killed in record numbers by the state sanctioned people who are supposed to protect you and none of the GOP (and some of the Democratic) candidates are trying to touch this topic with a 40 foot pole.

Planned Parenthood also received plenty of air time during which Jed Bush bragged that he defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida.

Scott Walker refused to answer whether or not he would let a woman die rather than allow her to receive an abortion.

Marco Rubio blasted back at Megyn Kelley for alleging that he supported exceptions for rape and incest, but Rubio claims that he never supported those exceptions.

While the rhetoric around immigration and gay marriage may have softened over the last 8 years, abortion has been the law of the land for over 40 years and is still labeled as something that is going to send the U.S. to hell in a handbasket and must be stopped even if it means letting women die. Irony?


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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Staff profile: Meet Randi Gregory!

This month marks my 6 month anniversary with NARAL and I’m very proud of everything the new staff have accomplished since starting together this past January. NARAL had a successful lobby day and we have begun to engage supporters from all across the state. I believe that we have some of the most passionate supporters any organization could ask for.

Summer is finally here and I’m not only excited because it’s my first summer in Columbus, but because we have a lot of great events and festivals happening. Most of the weekends in June are booked. Click an event to volunteer!

Our Northern Ohio Field Organizer, Annie, and I have put together a comprehensive volunteer training that we will be doing at various places across the state. Keep on the lookout for dates and times.

Our goals for the summer are to continue to be present in Columbus and Cleveland, but to also expand our outreach to other cities and smaller towns. We want all of our volunteers to feel engaged and to feel like they have the tools to do outreach in their own community.

I hope to see all of you out at the festivals this summer!


Randi Gregory
Central and Southern Ohio Field Organizer


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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Volunteer at ComFest 2015!

Volunteer at the grooviest event in Central Ohio — ComFest! The Freedom of Choice Ohio coalition will be talking to community festival attendees about the threats to Ohio women and families that politicians are considering at the Statehouse.

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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 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