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Apply to join “Patient to Advocates!”

Patients to Advocates is seeking applicants for the 2017 cohort! 

Patients to Advocates is a leadership development program for people who have had an abortion(s) and are interested in using their experience to become dynamic leaders within the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. From March to November 2017, participants will meet twice a month in Cleveland to learn about abortion access, abortion stigma, and spirituality as it relates to reproductive health, storytelling, reproductive justice, policy, canvassing, media, and lobbying.

Patients to Advocates is a joint project of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, New Voices Cleveland, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Preterm.

Successful applicants are those who are pro-choice, interested in advocacy, and display a clear passion for the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. Having had an abortion is a requirement to be in the program. Applications will continue to be accepted until all slots are filled.

Application and additional details can be found here.

Their work in 2016 involved a variety of efforts to talk to their community about the importance of abortion access. As a group, they were a part of the All Access concert in Cleveland to share a poem about their experiences.

More recently, they were interviewed by Bustle.


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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Winter 2017 Events Calendar

Updated – 1/20/2017

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and our coalition partners are sponsoring some terrific events this Winter. Check back for more details, and come out to an event near you!

Please note: Many of these events are sponsored by different organizations. As such, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is not able to answer questions on them all. Please click the link on each event for complete-ish details.

1/21/17 in Washington, DC
Women’s March on Washington
The Women’s March on Washington will occur on Saturday, January 21, 2017, beginning at 10:00 am. The march will occur in Washington, DC near the Capitol.

1/21/17 in Cincinnati
Cincinnati WMW- Sister March
Hundreds of greater Cincinnatians will march downtown to show unity and steadfast commitment to moving ever forward, never backwards on the status of rights in our country.

1/21/17 in Cleveland
Women’s March on Cleveland
Supporters will meet at Public Square in Cleveland at 10 a.m. with guest speakers from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. At 11 a.m. we will begin our march up Ontario St. eventually arriving at City Hall/Willard Park and then circle back to Public Square. Then, we will end the event with information on how to stay involved.

1/21/17 in Dayton
Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance March
Rally at Courthouse Square at 3rd & Main Street in Dayton Ohio to show solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

1/23/17 in Cleveland
Remembering Roe v. Wade
Join Preterm to watch two short films that show the reality of illegal abortion: “Motherhood By Choice, Not Chance” and “When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories.”

1/31/17 in Cleveland
Breaking Our Silence
An evening of real abortion stories: reasons, experiences, values, faith, struggles, triumphs, beliefs, and emotions. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always thought provoking. And always real. Breaking the mold of what a “normal” abortion must look like.

1/31/17 in Cincinnati
Roe Together – Cincinnati 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.

2/8/17 in Columbus
Roe Together – Columbus 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.

2/9/17 in Cleveland
Roe Together – Cleveland activist bootcamp
Freedom of Choice Cleveland Coalition is hosting an evening of education and activism on reproductive choice. The evening begins with a panel discussion to address the moral, legal, legislative, and practical consequences of recent attacks on reproductive rights, as well as providing insights on how to respond effectively through direct action. Following the discussion, groups will host advocacy stations, where guests will be invited to engage in educational and advocacy activities around these issues.

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.

2/15/17 in Columbus
Columbus Stands Up for Choice comedy event
‘Comedy @ Ace of Cups’ and Columbus Stands Up for Choice! are proud to present our next pro-choice and pro-local comedy show and rally, benefitting 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

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10 ways to get involved

We’ve been very grateful that many of you have been asking how you can help. Ohio women and families are counting on efforts from citizens like you to take action in support of reproductive health care including safe and legal abortion care. Here are 10 great ways for you to get involved. The first step is important as we watch to make sure state lawmakers don’t try to override the veto on the “Heartbeat Bill.”

1. Contact your state lawmakers. Today, call your state senator and representative and tell them you oppose the effort to override the veto of the “Heartbeat Bill.” Give them your name and address so they know you live in their district. Use this link to email them about the veto. In 2017, call them again (you may have a new state legislator in the new year) and tell them you do not want to see new abortion restrictions considered in the Ohio Statehouse.

2. Follow us on social media. We’re pretty good about updating supporters by email, but we’re much quicker on Twitter. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. We even Snap. Shares and retweets really help.

3. Subscribe to our podcast. Listen on iTunes or watch us on YouTube.

4. Read our blog. Find it on WordPress or Tumblr.

5. Donate. Please. Our work is professional, strategic, and funded by supporters like you.

6. Tell us your story. Why are you pro-choice? Did you have a powerful experience at a pro-choice march or rally? Did you or a friend face an unplanned pregnancy? Do you remember what it was like before abortion was legal? Tell us your story.

7. Volunteer. We have fun and unique events across Ohio. Sign up and our field staff will be in touch to discuss ways you can help.

8. Write a letter to the editorTell your community why you support access to safe and legal abortion, and why you oppose additional restrictions from Ohio lawmakers.

9. Sign up for a messaging training. Want to write a letter to the editor but aren’t sure what to say? Sign up for a Microphone training and we’ll make you an expert on all the restrictions passed during Kasich’s administration so you can become a strong spokesperson on our issues.

10. Host a pro-choice event. You know more pro-choice supporters in your neighborhood than we do. Contact our Development Director Pam McKee and she’ll work with you to plan your event.


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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What the Duck?

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

This week, Gabe and Jaime were joined by Amelia Hayes from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. She helped us recall the events of the 2016 Lame Duck legislative session.

In September, Ohio Right to Life indicated to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they intended to try to pass Senate Bill 127, which bans abortion at 20 weeks. 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.

Read one woman’s story of an abortion at 22 weeks in the USA Today.

On December 6, after committee notices had been distributed with no abortion ban hearings scheduled, a surprise amendment was introduced in the Ohio Senate. The amendment was the language of the six-week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill.” The Senate and House both passed the bill on that day, sending it to John Kasich for signature or veto.

Video: Ohio Senate debate on the “Heartbeat Bill” amendment.
Video: Ohio House debate on the “Heartbeat Bill” amendment.

Two days later, the House passed the 20-week abortion ban, which Gov. Kasich signed into law.

Video: Ohio House debate on the 20-week abortion ban.

As he signed the 20-week abortion ban, he also used a special line-item veto power to remove the “Heartbeat Bill” amendment from its bill. In one week, John Kasich created a national media firestorm and attempted to make himself appear moderate.


Doing a little online shopping this holiday season?

Here’s an easy way to help support critical projects like Patients to Advocates on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and throughout the year. Select NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation as your designated charity on Amazon.com, and a small percentage of every purchase you make will be donated to us. Just use this link to register, and happy shopping!

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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

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A new way to speak up for abortion rights

Activists across Ohio are speaking out against the abortion ban bills on John Kasich’s desk. You’ve sent 37,164 emails to his office, made countless phone calls, and even protested outside his office. We need to keep up the pressure so he hears loud and clear that Ohioans want to him veto both abortion ban bills.

Write a letter to the editor and ask Kasich to veto the abortion ban bills on his desk. 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 want John Kasich to veto the six-week “Heartbeat bill” and the 20-week abortion ban.

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.

For choice,

Kellie Copeland
Executive Director

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


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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When Legislators Play Doctor, Women Pay the Price: Sheva’s Story

Senate Bill 127, which would ban abortion in Ohio at 20 weeks, has passed through the Ohio Senate and is currently awaiting committee hearings in the House. If passed, this ban would impact women such as Sheva Guy, who, after receiving heartbreaking news about her pregnancy, was forced to travel 300 miles for the medical care she required.

Email your Ohio state legislators to halt this abortion ban.

Sheva’s Story.

When Sheva was 22 weeks pregnant, her husband accompanied her to the doctor for a routine, second-trimester ultrasound. The happy couple was thrilled to learn they were having a girl. Their excitement turned to anxiety, though, when the technician struggled to get organ measurements. Unable to give the couple any answers, the doctor sent Sheva to a high-risk pregnancy specialist at a different hospital.

After hours of waiting and two more ultrasounds, Sheva and her husband received the terrible news.

[The high-risk doctor] diagnosed our baby girl with a severe and fatal spinal abnormality. I had little to no amniotic fluid left, and the baby’s organs were barely visible. Her growth was severely stunted and it was possible she didn’t even have kidneys. She would not live much longer. I burst into tears and began to sob uncontrollably. I could not stop myself; the tears just kept coming. My husband was being so strong for me, but I could tell he was devastated.

We asked if there was anything they could do or if there was any chance our baby would get better. The doctor said no… We made the decision [to terminate the pregnancy] quickly because I didn’t want my baby to suffer, and I didn’t want to put myself in harm’s way.

With no time to think and her emotions overloaded, Sheva was forced by Ohio law to act quickly to schedule an abortion. At 22 weeks and 3 days pregnant, however, she was already too far along to get the procedure at her local Planned Parenthood. She was referred to an abortion provider near Dayton, but the clinic could not schedule an appointment in time.

I was terrified beyond belief. I couldn’t let my baby die inside me and force myself to go through induced labor. I couldn’t continue this pregnancy. Dayton referred me to Chicago, the closest place I could go to terminate my pregnancy this late, and I made an appointment for two days later. So, my husband, his parents, and I had to drop everything and schedule a trip to Chicago. We didn’t have time to mourn. The law wouldn’t let us have any time. We had to pick up and go.

We arrived in Chicago at around 2pm on Thursday. My appointment was at 4:30. I had to have another ultrasound and was forced to see my baby girl one last time. Even though I was at 22 weeks, my baby was only measuring at 18 weeks and I had even less amniotic fluid than before. Almost none. My insurance would still not cover the procedure. I was dilated the next day, a Friday, and had the procedure on Saturday. And then I was done. We drove home on Sunday and I began to weep as we left the city. I was forced to go all the way to Chicago to have a medical procedure that I should have been able to have in my hometown.

SB 127 will harm Ohio women

Existing Ohio law made it impossible for Sheva to receive abortion care in Ohio. Because most fetal anomalies cannot be diagnosed before 20 weeks, SB 127 would prevent more Ohio women like Sheva, who are facing the difficult decision to terminate a wanted pregnancy, from receiving the care they need in our state. If passed, the bill would effectively eliminate all options for women without the financial resources to travel for abortion care.

Every pregnancy is different.

We cannot presume to know all the circumstances surrounding a woman’s personal and private medical decision to have an abortion.

No matter why a woman decides to terminate her pregnancy, she deserves access to compassionate care in her community. Every woman should be able to make this incredibly personal decision in consultation with those she trusts most—and without interference from legislators with no medical expertise.

This post is brought to you in partnership with ACLU 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

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Release: Heartbroken

Last night, as we watched election returns with family and friends we saw our dreams and work to break the highest glass ceiling dashed. Today, we watched our champion Secretary Hillary Clinton remind us, “never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it.” Though we are heartbroken, we are not defeated.

Stronger together is not merely a campaign slogan, it is our mission and mandate moving forward. I know you share my commitment to the values of inclusion, justice, kindness, and respect. That is why I know you will continue to work for a state and a country that respects our core beliefs.

I want to thank all of our dedicated volunteers who knocked on doors (sometimes even in the rain), made phone calls, donated your hard-earned money and worked to elect pro-choice candidates from the White House to the Statehouse.

I also want to thank all of our endorsed candidates who put their own feet to the fire and ran for office. Their dedication and support for access to safe, legal abortion care is appreciated even more on days like today.

This is not the end. Our work together to protect reproductive rights is more critical than ever. My team is already working on our next move. I promise you that we will never give up the fight to protect abortion access in Ohio.

Today we mourn, we process, and we regroup. Tomorrow we will rise up again to fight for the dignity and worth of every person in Ohio and this nation who woke up this morning feeling vulnerable, and afraid because we know love must trump hate.

In Solidarity,

Kellie Copeland & the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Team


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