Blog Post

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

Blog Post, Podcasts

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

Blog Post

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

Blog Post

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

Podcasts

Running out the clock

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

This week, Kellie, Jaime, and Gabe discuss a potential 20-week abortion ban being voted on during the end of the 2016 legislative calendar. Email your Ohio state legislators to halt this abortion ban.

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.

Our Patients to Advocates fellows were at the Statehouse this week to warn legislators of the dangers of increased restrictions on abortion providers.

Also, the Ohio Department of Health is working to try to close Ohio abortion clinics. Here’s some of the news coverage of their actions:

Friday, November 11, 2016 — Ohio Department of Health denies variance request for Founder’s Women’s Health Clinic.
Columbus abortion clinic scrambling to stay open

Monday, November 15, 2016 — Ohio Right to Life announces ODH denied variance request for Women’s Med Center of Dayton.
Dayton abortion clinic in limbo after denied variance

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 — ORTL holds press conference announcing end to State Medical Board investigation of Women’s Med Center.
Kettering abortion clinic complaint closed without action

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 — Former ODH staffer Roy Croy writes letter in Columbus Dispatch critical of state handling of Founder’s Women’s Health Clinic.
State’s proposal is arbitrary

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — ODH revokes license for Women’s Med Center of Dayton.
Ohio pulls license of 1 of state’s last few abortion clinics


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.

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

Podcasts

Thanks from Patients to Advocates

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

This week, Kellie and Gabe sat down with the participants in Patients to Advocates, a fellowship program sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, New Voices Cleveland, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Preterm. Their work has 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 this September to share a poem about their experiences. More recently, they were interviewed by Bustle.


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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As always, we’re keeping an eye on the Statehouse. The legislature has only a few remaining scheduled session days left, and two bills have been rumored to be likely to get additional attention. Sign this petition to demand a halt to abortion bans.

Senate Bill 127 — A 20-week abortion ban

In September, Ohio Right to Life indicated to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they intended to try to pass a 20-week abortion ban during the lame duck session. 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.

Senate Bill 254 — Restrictions on abortion providers

A new bill calls for abortion providers to exclusively use cremation or internment procedures, which does not improve the quality of care for women. Additionally, nothing in current Ohio law prohibits providers from offering these services to patients. If women are interested in these options, they can already inquire with their doctor. Imposing new regulations on providers increases costs without benefit, creating an undue burden which may violate new constitutional standards established by Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.


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

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

Podcasts

Rise and Grind

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

This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss the plan to fight back. After an abysmal 2016 election, pro-choice Ohioans are not giving up. On November 16th, they literally surrounded the Ohio Statehouse in protest, forming a line of 400 protesters along Broad street, High Street, State Street, and 3rd Avenue.

The protest was in anticipation of some version of anti-abortion legislation in the remaining days of 2016. The legislature has only a few remaining scheduled session days left, and two bills have been rumored to be likely to get additional attention:

Senate Bill 127 — A 20-week abortion ban

In September, Ohio Right to Life indicated to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they intended to try to pass a 20-week abortion ban during the lame duck session. 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.

Senate Bill 254 — Restrictions on abortion providers

A new bill calls for abortion providers to exclusively use cremation or internment procedures, which does not improve the quality of care for women. Additionally, nothing in current Ohio law prohibits providers from offering these services to patients. If women are interested in these options, they can already inquire with their doctor. Imposing new regulations on providers increases costs without benefit, creating an undue burden which may violate new constitutional standards established by Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.


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

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