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The Art of Prevention

The 2015 theme of The Art of Prevention is Protect Your Head. This year, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio field organizer Annie Krol is a participating artist at the event.

The title of her work is called Boudicca after the fearless feminine warrior from the second century British resistance movement against Roman colonization.

Annie said:

When brainstorming about headpieces, I knew I wanted to do a fusion headpiece incorporating elements of nature (I’m using foliage from my yard) and juxtaposing them drastically with the bright pink latex pop of condoms. The silver head will sport the headpiece permanently as part of a sculpture, embodying Boudicca herself.

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Annie continued:

When people look at my sculpture at AoP, I would like them to get lost in the spectacle of wild brambles and erotic shapes. In an attempt to glorify the strength of feminine identity, my helmet of protection is a whimsical interpretation of the strength of the divine feminine.

To see Annie’s final piece, and support Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, visit http://www.artofprevention.com/


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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Comedy for Choice!

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Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio for a night of comedy in Columbus or Cleveland!

This month, we’re hosting two great events:

  • October 15 enjoy four hilarious comics and try some great wine!
  • October 16 at The Nash in Cleveland, two of our comics return and the night includes free bowling!

All proceeds go to fight against attacks on reproductive rights in Ohio. Those attacks aren’t funny, but these events are!


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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#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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Abortion Access Without Apology

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EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE

Yesterday, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio was joined by members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Planned Parenthood in calling for new legislation to improve access to women’s health care, including safe and legal abortion.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland: “A woman who decides to have an abortion deserves access to safe and legal care for the procedure. Once she has made her decision, her health is best protected by getting an abortion procedure as early as possible. Forcing a woman to travel outside her community, delaying her procedure for a 24 hour reflection period, or forcing her to scrape together money because her insurance is banned from covering the procedure are all barriers that are designed to prevent her from accessing abortion care with a safe, licensed health care provider. This new legislation will remove these obstacles.

She continued: “John Kasich’s 16 new restrictions on reproductive health care and the closure of half of Ohio’s abortion clinics has resulted in women delaying their procedures or fleeing to other states, including Michigan. John Kasich is creating a pending health crisis for women seeking an abortion. It is wrong to endanger women’s’ health for political gain, or ideological reasons. That is why we support this group of legislation.”

The 2014 Ohio Induced Abortion Report indicated a decrease in abortions performed in Ohio, but a similar report in Michigan showed an increase in procedures performed on women from outside that state.

Further analysis of the 2014 Ohio Abortion Report reveals that the percentage of abortions that are performed in the first nine weeks of pregnancy declined from 56.5 percent to 52.3 percent. Correspondingly, the percentage of abortions performed between 9-12 weeks rose from 28.5 percent to 31.3 percent. Abortions performed between 13-18 weeks rose from 12.6 percent to 14 percent. This indicates that women have to delay access to care due to Kasich’s barriers and clinic closures.

2014 Ohio Induced Abortion Report: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/healthstats/vitalstats/abortionmainpage.aspx

Access Without Apology Overview:

Bill #1: Lift the transfer agreement requirement for public hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities.
Sponsor: Rep. Kathleen Clyde and Rep. Dan Ramos

Bill #2: Lift the ban on using Ohio public dollars on abortion care.
Sponsor: Rep. Teresa Fedor and Rep. Nick Celebrezze

Bill #3: Lift the ban on insurance coverage of abortion for public employees and for Ohioans who purchase insurance through the federal health exchange.
Sponsor: Rep. Greta Johnson and Rep. Nickie Antonio

Bill #4: Lift the 24-hour waiting period before women may obtain an abortion.
Sponsor: Rep. Greta Johnson and Rep. Kent Smith

Bill #5: Create right of action for those targeted by anti-abortion protesters’ non-physical harassment – e.g. Wright State doctors having trucks parked outside their homes and “killers among us” postcards sent to their neighbors. Create a buffer zone to protect clinic patients from harassment by anti-abortion protesters. 
Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Howse and Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan

Bill #6: Require Crisis Pregnancy Centers that get funding through TANF-funded program provide only medically accurate information or face sanctions.
Sponsor: Rep. Emilia Sykes and Janine Boyd


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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UPDATE: Keep Abortion Safe and Legal In Toledo

Protest held against ProMedica’s refusal to sign transfer agreement with Toledo’s only abortion clinic

On Wednesday, the group Keep Abortion Safe and Legal in Toledo held banners and signs on the I-475 overpass near Toledo Hospital in protest against ProMedica’s refusal to sign a transfer agreement with the Capital Care Network Abortion Clinic.

Not signing an agreement may cause Toledo’s only abortion clinic to close. A spokesperson for the group says the protest was held to continue to hold ProMedica accountable as they say the hospital is the one party that would allow abortions in Toledo.

“ProMedica is ultimately accountable for whether or not our clinic stays open due to current laws,” said Annie Krol, spokeswoman for the group.

Full report from WTOL


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Grassroots organization Keep Abortion Safe and Legal in Toledo will make a second effort Wednesday to appeal to ProMedica for a transfer agreement for the Capital Care Network abortion clinic. Gov. John Kasich has required all abortion providers to obtain a medically-unnecessary transfer agreement from a private hospital. There is no financial cost to sign a transfer agreement. The transfer agreement simply says that an abortion provider may send a patient to that hospital’s emergency room. By law, all emergency rooms must accept any patient regardless of whether or not their doctor has a written agreement on file with the hospital.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Field Organizer Annie Kroll said:

Our goal is to hold the board of trustees at ProMedica accountable, as they have been made aware that their refusal to sign a transfer agreement will leave Toledo without an abortion clinic. We will continue to protest and hold ProMedica accountable to the people of Toledo.

The campaign for a transfer agreement has already received support from the Toledo Blade. Columnist Marina Bolotnikova wrote an op-edProMedica has medical, moral duty to keep city’s only abortion clinic open

It shouldn’t be that hard for abortion clinics, especially those in major cities such as Toledo, to find hospitals that are willing to uphold a legal, constitutionally protected medical procedure. Hospitals are in the business of promoting the availability of medical care, particularly the kind that a great proportion of patients need.

Between one-fourth and one-third of American women will have an abortion in their lifetime, numerous research studies estimate. Most of these women are poor, and have limited ability to travel long distances for medical care.

The Blade editorial board followed with a concurrent editorialProMedica’s public duty

Toledo area women’s access to safe, legal, local abortion services shouldn’t depend on extremist politics or the preferences of a single corporation. Yet that’s the situation anti-choice activists and their allies in the Statehouse have forced in northwest Ohio, where the region’s only abortion provider will have to close unless it can obtain a so-called transfer agreement with a private hospital.

ProMedica appears to be the only hospital system able to prevent that outcome. But to avoid the political controversy of abortion, the region’s largest health-care provider is refusing.

Last week, abortion-rights advocates protested outside ProMedica Toledo Hospital, calling on the company to honor its commitment to public health and uphold abortion access for northwest Ohio women who may need it. The protest helped draw badly needed attention to the threat to reproductive rights in Toledo.

But persuading ProMedica to change its policy will take much more than isolated actions from a small group of activists. To protect abortion access, all pro-choice Toledoans must participate in a long-term, public campaign that calls on ProMedica to reverse its stance.


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