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We’re on the radio!

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This week, JaimeVashitta, and Gabe recorded our first episode for the radio! We’re proud to announce that NARAL’s The Morning After will air in Columbus on WGRN94.1FM on Friday mornings at 9 a.m.

This morning, we got our first look at the Senate plan to repeal Obamacare. The bill is a shocking plan to repeal Medicaid and provide a massive tax cut to the nation’s super-wealthy.

NARAL Pro-Choice America released this statement:

The Republican proposal is a direct attack on the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of Americans and a savage attack on women’s healthcare in particular. It is just as cruel as the proposal approved by the House. By defunding women’s health centers, denying abortion coverage to Americans who get their insurance through the exchanges or who receive tax subsidies, and slashing healthcare for the families who need it most, it’s clear that the Trump administration and the GOP’s concern with being ‘pro-life’ only reaches as far as the nearest tax cut for millionaires.

In Ohio news, the state operating budget passed the Ohio Senate yesterday. The bill is also seen as an attack on the health and welfare of low-income citizens. The budget bill includes $600,000 for crisis pregnancy centers.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

Especially in our current economic climate, the state should be using its limited tax dollars to fund programs that have a proven track record for effectiveness. By giving funding to so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers,’ the Parenting and Pregnancy Program is directing money to centers that coerce and mislead the people turning to them for help. When women need urgent, legitimate medical advice, these facilities present inflammatory rhetoric and misleading information. These centers should not be getting state funding.

 


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you.

JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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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.

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The Ohio Handmaids

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This week, Vashitta and Gabe are joined by Elaina, the new Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Reproductive Choice! She joins the organization as Ohio RCRC and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio begin a new cooperative working relationship.

Elaina go off to a busy start, joining women from across Ohio in a power visual protest at the Ohio Statehouse. Dressed as women from The Handmaid’s Tale, our volunteers silently sat as Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 145, the Abortion Method Ban. The bill is an unconstitutional plan to prohibit the most common procedure for 2nd trimester abortions.

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NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Deputy Director Jaime Miracle said:

In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood said, ‘Whatever is silenced will clamor to be heard, though silently.’ Today’s Handmaid protestors are here to show the members of the Ohio legislature that Ohio women are done being silently restricted in what they may choose for their own health care.

Let’s call Senate Bill 145 what it is: part of a broader effort to end access to safe, legal abortion in Ohio. The General Assembly has already passed 18 restrictions that have been signed into law. These restrictions disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color. Our laws already create a system in which some women have the ability to exercise their rights to abortion care and some do not. It’s time to stop criminalizing women’s health care, interfering with the personal decisions of women, and substituting political agendas for the expertise of health care professionals.

Cleveland.com reporter Jackie Borchardt recorded the procedings in a Facebook Live video:

In the hearing room, the Handmaids were actually ignored by the legislators. Many men in the room did not understand why they were there. It was eerily similar to the parody on Saturday Night Live:


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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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What else happened on Comey Day?

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This week, Jaime, Vashitta, and Gabe discussed the Comey Hearing in the US Senate. As the nation watched the former FBI director testify, other members of Congress quietly readied their plans to continue the assault on women’s health care funding.

In the Ohio Statehouse, the Six-Week Abortion Ban was introduced and the Abortion Method Ban was scheduled for a first committee hearing. Both are unconstitutional threats to abortion access in Ohio.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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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Talking with Rep. Stephanie Howse

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This week, Jaime and Gabe were thrilled to be joined by Rep. Stephanie Howse! Hailing from the east side of Cleveland, Rep. Howse is working to boost what she says is the poorest district in the state of Ohio.

Rep. Howse and Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan introduced House Bill 234, which creates provisions to protect women and doctors at abortion clinics across the state. She has also introduced House Bill 180, the Ohio Equal Pay Act with Rep. Kathleen Clyde.

Regular listeners will be familiar with her message that improving Ohioans economic status brings additional benefits, including better reproductive health.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3 — Dayton Pride Festival
JUNE 3 — Pride in the CLE
JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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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Body slamming America’s health care system

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This week, Jaime, Vashitta, and Gabe discuss the new CBO estimate on the AHCA. Approximately 23 million Americans would lose health insurance under Paul Ryan’s plan.

In Ohio, we’re continuing to put pressure on Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharen Kennedy to recuse herself in the Capital Care case. This week, the Columbus Dispatch weighed in:

Justice Maureen O’Connor, however, has publicly stated that Kennedy’s speech was appropriate, noting she had not mentioned abortion or any pending case. And Kennedy, in a statement, noted she had appeared before numerous civic organizations to give a similar speech about “the founding of this republic, the Constitution and the separation of powers.” But it’s disingenuous to compare a speech to Right to Life — on any topic —with a public address at, say, the Rotary Club or a chamber of commerce. Kennedy should step aside.

Yesterday, the Ohio House Committee on Health held a fourth hearing on HB 149, which stigmatizes abortion providers and bans fetal tissue research that’s already not happening in Ohio. The committee removed an awful requirement that physicians providing abortions be labeled as “abortionists” in state law. The remaining bill is still deeply flawed and doesn’t bring any benefit to any Ohioan.

In good news, Rep. Stephanie Howse and Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan introduced HB 234, which creates provisions to protect women and doctors at abortion clinics across the state.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3 — Dayton Pride Festival
JUNE 3 — Pride in the CLE
JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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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More calls for Justice Sharen Kennedy’s recusal

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This week, Vashitta and Gabe discuss the effort by ProgressOhio to call on state Supreme Court Justice Sharen Kennedy to recuse herself in the Capital Care Network case out of Toledo. ProgressOhio was joined by 51 different individuals and organizations signing on to the formal complaint, including NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. Justice Kennedy participated in a fundraiser for Greater Toledo Right to Life this March, which many feel impacts her ability to be impartial in the case.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

The executive and legislative branches in Ohio have passed a series of laws that compromise women’s health. The judicial branch must be beyond reproach.

Previously, the Columbus Dispatch editorial board called on Justice Kennedy to recuse herself, and this week the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board agreed.

Sharon Broussard, chief editorial writer for cleveland.com said:

The life of an Ohio Supreme Court justice comes with some uncomfortable but necessary restrictions, including the demand that you avoid creating a perception of bias. Justice Kennedy’s March speech to the anti-abortion group crosses that line, especially in light of the judge’s voter survey answers three years ago. The justice should recuse herself, and I support an investigation.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3 — Dayton Pride Festival
JUNE 3 — Pride in the CLE
JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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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Are Republicans looking past Trump?

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This week, Jaime, Vashitta, and Gabe discuss whether Donald Trump will survive his own mess of political scandals, and which Republicans might challenge him in the 2020 GOP Primary.

Jaime testified before the Ohio House Committee on Health against House Bill 149. The bill makes research on fetal tissue double-illegal and tries to label doctors as “abortionists” in state law. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio objects to the bill adding unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers, as well as placing an inflammatory slur into the Ohio Revised Code.

The Down Syndrome Abortion Ban was reintroduced. This unconstitutional proposal blocks women from terminating a pregnancy following a positive prenatal diagnosis for the disorder. After this idea was first introduced two years ago, it was opposed by families currently raising children with Down Syndrome who don’t want options removed from women facing the same decision. Read David Perry’s column on CNN.com for more.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at a LGBTQ Pride festival near you. Mark your calendars for these dates, and look for more info on volunteering coming soon.

JUNE 3 — Dayton Pride Festival
JUNE 11 — Athens Pride Festival
JUNE 16 — Columbus Pride Festival
JUNE 23 – 25 — ComFest
JUNE 24 — Cleveland Pride Festival
JUNE 24 — Cincinnati Pride Festival
JULY 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
AUGUST 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


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