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Healthcare, not lies

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This week, Vashitta, Jaime, and Gabe discussed our #ExposeFakeClinics protests in Columbus and Cincinnati!

Here’s video from Columbus:

And video from Cincinnati:

Earlier in the week, our Annie Krol protested against Trump in Youngstown. She joined other labor and progressive groups in opposing the Republican plan to destroy access to health care.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event near you:

July 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
August 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

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.

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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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Annie’s Youngstown speech

Our own Annie Krol was rallying for health care in Youngstown! Trump was inside, but she joined other labor and progressive groups in opposing the Republican plan to destroy access to health care. (Photo credit: Sarah Lowry)

Hello, I’m Annie Krol with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio! NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio has fifty thousand supporters across the state committed to protecting reproductive rights. We can make it fifty thousand and one if you visit http://prochoiceohio.org and sign up. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

This afternoon, the US Senate began their deliberation on a plan to destroy access to affordable health care. The first thing we should do is thank Senator Sherrod Brown for voting against this plan. Ohioans are very fortunate that Senator Brown has always had our back. Even though we know we can always count on him, we shouldn’t take him for granted. Thank you, Sherrod Brown!

And then we have Senator Rob Portman…

Republicans have laid their cards on the table, and the hand they want to play is a disaster for women and families. Both the process and the substance of this bill are an abomination. If Senator Portman thinks our nation will be stronger when tens of millions of Americans lose their health coverage and women lose access to basic medical care, then he should resign.

Let’s be crystal clear: The Republican bill is a direct attack on the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of Americans. It is an attack on women’s healthcare in particular. It is just as cruel as Paul Ryan’s proposal approved by the House.

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.

They want to defund women’s health centers.

They want to deny abortion coverage to Americans who get their insurance through the exchanges or who receive tax subsidies.

And they want to slash healthcare for the families who need it most.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is raising the alarm about the GOP’s shameful plan to put their extreme ideological agenda before the health of American families.

Senate Republicans’ bill to take away healthcare from millions of Americans would wreak a special kind of havoc on women. In particular, the Republican bill would limit access to basic reproductive healthcare, including abortion and contraception. This is part of a long-term plan to chip away at Americans’ reproductive freedom.

Here’s what you need to know about the Republican bill in the Senate:

It significantly reduces abortion coverage in the private market, potentially eliminating it entirely.

It creates financial penalties for privately purchasing abortion coverage. This will drive consumers away from these plans and cause insurers to stop offering this coverage at all.

The bill blocks small businesses who receive tax credits from choosing plans that include abortion coverage, even if these small businesses use their own funds to purchase the plan.

The bill bans abortion coverage in plans offered in state health-insurance exchanges, similar to the failed Stupak amendment offered during debate on the ACA. Ohio already bans these plans from our exchange, today’s vote will ban coverage in all of the state exchanges.

The bill devastates our nation’s family-planning network by defunding Planned Parenthood.

The bill forces Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation to close by disqualifying them from federal healthcare programs, leaving patients without care.

Anti-choice lawmakers have attempted to obscure their intentions by not calling out Planned Parenthood by name in the bill — but don’t be fooled. As confirmed in the CBO report, Planned Parenthood is the target of the defunding provision.

Republicans claim that other healthcare providers can pick up the onslaught of new patients, but this is simply false. Community health centers themselves have said they cannot absorb so many new patients.

Eliminating Planned Parenthood from communities would have a devastating impact on women and families.

Yet again, the so-called ‘pro-life’ Republican Party is pushing legislation that could leave people quite literally to die. NARAL members won’t stand for that.

We know that women need access to Planned Parenthood, yet this bill blocks it.

Moms need maternity coverage, and this bill puts it at risk.

Families need Medicaid and affordable health insurance, but the GOP proposal guts the coverage they rely on to access lifesaving care.

Bottom line: forcing women and families to pay more for less coverage is insane. This will leave millions of Americans scrambling to pay for care while getting sicker in the process. This bill is a disaster and far worse than their last bill.

Six months ago, women organized the largest protest movement in history, flooding the streets to denounce Donald Trump. We oppose anti-choice politicians who want to roll back our right to access basic reproductive healthcare, including abortion.

It’s telling that months later, those same politicians are ignoring the millions of women who marched in favor of appeasing the fringe elements of their base.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is watching, women are watching, and anti-choice politicians will be held accountable.

Women are the backbone of this nation and of this resistance and we’ll actively work against anyone who wants to compromise on our freedoms.

You can help by calling Rob Portman at 216-522-7095 and tell him to vote No on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate is working on completing this bill as we stand here. There’s still time for you to speak up for Ohio women.

Thank you.


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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We’re working to #ExposeFakeClinics!

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This week, Vashitta, Kelley and Gabe discussed recent events here in Ohio and across the country. We’re participating in a great #ExposeFakeClinics campaign helmed by Lady Parts Justice. With last week’s clinic closure in Akron, Ohio is down to 8 surgery centers providing abortion services to women. In Congress, the US Senate deliberates over how and whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act… or just let it all burn.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event near you:

July 22 —  Rally Against Portman and Pence
July 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
August 5 — Toledo — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio (Mini) Golf Classic
August 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

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.

SunriseWide4


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

Another Ohio abortion clinic has closed

Last week one of Akron’s two clinics, Akron Women’s Medical Group, made the decision to close its doors. That leaves eight clinics in the entire state, exactly half the number we had in 2011 when John Kasich first took office. Between regulatory overreach from the Ohio General Assembly and the Ohio Department of Health, and continued legislative action on abortion bans, Ohio is quickly putting abortion out of reach for thousands across the state.

To really understand the impact of another closure, consider this: the US census estimates that there are 2,267,746 women between the ages of 14 and 44 in Ohio. That means there’s now just one abortion clinic for every 283,468 women of reproductive age. Contrast that with New York, where women may obtain first trimester abortions at clinics, hospitals, or doctors’ offices, with no mandatory waiting periods or other medically unnecessary restrictions.

We’re facing a crisis, but you can help by contributing now to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

Don’t let Ohio’s lawmakers keep playing politics with women’s health. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is the only state-wide organization exclusively focused on keeping abortion safe, legal, and accessible in our state. We work every day to build an active, engaged, and empowered pro-choice majority. But we need your help.

Can you chip in $8—a dollar for each abortion clinic left in Ohio? Or better still, $16—the number we had before Kasich and his cronies took office?

Together, we can make a difference.

Thanks for all you do for choice,

Kellie Copeland
Executive Director
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

p.s. — Want to get more involved? Contact us about volunteer opportunities.

Podcasts

The Vagical Mystery Tour came to Cleveland!

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This week, Gabe sat down with Julie, Molly, and Abby from Lady Parts Justice League! This episode is a joint production with their podcast, Repro Madness.

LPJ came to Cleveland as a part of their Vagical Mystery Tour. The tour is a series of comedy shows and service projects bringing positive attention and assistance for abortion providers across America. In Cleveland, they came back to Preterm to lift up the staff.

LPJ was also in Cleveland last year to protest the 2016 Republican National Convention.

They’ve developed a strong working relationship with both Preterm and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio over the past year. Our next project will to be to #ExposeFakeClinics and shed a light on crisis pregnancy centers.

Find more at http://ladypartsjusticeleague.com/


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event near you:

July 17 — Monday Movie Night: A Quiet Inquisition
July 20 — Cleveland — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio (Mini) Golf Classic
July 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
August 5 — Toledo — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio (Mini) Golf Classic
August 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


This episode of Repro Madness and NARAL’s The Morning After is a joint production of Lady Parts Justice League and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

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.

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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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Medicaid expansion lives!

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This week, GabeElaina, and Kelley discuss the last actions on the state budget. The legislature added more money to the wasteful Pregnancy and Parenting Program that funds crisis pregnancy centers. The final budget bill gives CPCs $1,000,000. This funding is taken away from TANF funds, which are relied upon by many low-income Ohioans. This is bad.

Thankfully, Ohio will retain Medicaid expansion, for now. The budget blocked expansion, but the block was vetoed by Gov. Kasich. While the Ohio House and Senate met today to override some vetoes, they did not vote on the expansion block… which means Medicaid expansion is still in effect in Ohio. This is good.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event near you:

July 6 — Reproductive Rights: An Untold History of the Movement
July 13 — The Vagical Mystery Tour Hosted By Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) at Mahall’s
July 17 — Monday Movie Night: A Quiet Inquisition
July 20 — Cleveland — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio (Mini) Golf Classic
July 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
August 5 — Toledo — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio (Mini) Golf Classic
August 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

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.

SunriseWide4


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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The Abortion Method Ban and one bad budget

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This week, JaimeVashitta, and Gabe review the last week of June. Between committee hearings on abortion restrictions and late-night budget talks, it’s amazing we’re still awake.

The Ohio Senate passed the Abortion Method Ban, Senate Bill 145. We received support on the Senate floor from from Senators Charleta Tavares, Sondra Williams, and Joe Schiavoni. In Committee, Senators Cecile Thomas and Sean O’Brien led in the defense of Ohio women. The 24-9 vote was along party lines.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Deputy Director Jaime Miracle said:

This ban forces women seeking an abortion to seek out less-safe procedures, but today we saw from state lawmakers that they just don’t care. The decision about whether and how to terminate a pregnancy should be up to a woman and her doctor. They don’t need political interference driven by inflammatory, biased rhetoric.

Medical experts like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose bills like these. They feel doctors will be forced by ill-advised, unscientifically-motivated policy to provide lesser care to patients. This bill is just another unconstitutional attack on access to abortion care, just like the other 18 restrictions that Governor Kasich signed during his tenure.

While we watched in the Senate, the Ohio House was discussing the future of Medicaid expansion. Representative Emilia Sykes delivered a scathing rebuke of legislators seeking to remove access to health care for 500,000 low-income Ohioans.


Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at an event near you:

July 6 — Reproductive Rights: An Untold History of the Movement
July 13 — The Vagical Mystery Tour Hosted By Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) at Mahall’s
July 17 — Monday Movie Night: A Quiet Inquisition
July 20 — Cleveland — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio (Mini) Golf Classic
July 29 — Youngstown Pride Festival
August 5 — Toledo — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio (Mini) Golf Classic
August 19 — Toledo Pride Festival


NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

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.

SunriseWide4


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