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DIY Sexy IUD costume

Don’t you love it when the title of your post is almost exclusively an acronym?

Anyway, let’s say that you’re a reproductive rights activist who needs a last minute Halloween costume that conveys what you’re about – safer sex, contraception, and a good do-it-yourself ethic! Enter the sexy IUD costume. Easy, quick, and real weird.

You’ll need:

  • floral wire
  • copper spray paint
  • 16in extension tube
  • center outlet continuous waste kit
  • string/rope to hang your IUD
  • little black dress

Step one, acquire all your supplies.

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Step two, assemble your IUD.

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Step three, wrap IUD with floral wire. You may want to use packing tape to have the beginning and end of the wire stay where you put it. The wire isn’t super visible after spray painting, so it’s really an optional step. I just wanted to be accurate (but also recognizable)!

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Step four, go outside and spray your IUD with the copper paint.

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Step five, add string, pair with little black dress, and voila! You are a sexy IUD.

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The above intrauterine device is the copper IUD, Paragard. It can be used as 99.9% effective birth control for up to 12 years. Hormonal IUDs would be harder to recognize, I think, which is why I went with the telltale copper.

Anyway, it was a quick and easy silly costume. After all, in an administration trying to rollback progress on reproductive rights, what could be scarier than asserting them?


 

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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Podcast: Pro-Choice House floor speeches

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This week, Kelley introduces some of the pro-choice floor speeches we heard as the Ohio House debated HB 214, the Down syndrome abortion ban bill.

Our podcast audio includes:

  • Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
  • Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron)
  • Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown)
  • Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)
  • Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati)
  • Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)
  • Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo)

Unfortunately, we lost the vote 64-31 and the bill moves to the Ohio Senate for deliberation.

Email your Ohio state senator to stop HB 214.

*Some speeches were edited for time. Visit OhioChannel.com or the full floor debate.


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.

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Wednesday will be busy.

Schedule for November 1, 2017:

9 a.m. — The Ohio House Health Committee will hold their first hearing on the six-week abortion ban. Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) and Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) return with their blatantly unconstitutional bill to ban abortion at a point in pregnancy when many women do not yet realize they are pregnant.
This hearing will be in Statehouse Room 121.

1:30 p.m. — The Ohio House may schedule has scheduled a vote on the Down syndrome abortion ban. We strongly oppose this unconstitutional attack on reproductive rights, and we know you do too.

Email your legislator here to urge a no vote on this latest proposed abortion ban.

The New York Times wrote an editorial about this ban: “It is hard to imagine any other circumstance in which Americans would tolerate this sort of government intrusion. But of course this is precisely the dilemma that opponents of the right to choose aim to create: instilling guilt and fear in women making intensely personal and private decisions about their own bodies. In fact, a significant majority of women who receive a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to abort their pregnancy. A smaller percentage choose to carry the fetus to term. In both cases, it is a personal decision.

But there’s good news, too!

3 p.m. — Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) will have the first opportunity to testify in support of their clinic protection legislation. These legislators are some of the best advocates for women in the General Assembly and we are so grateful for their work!
This hearing will be in Statehouse Room 114.

You can attend these public hearings. Show your support for reproductive rights!


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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Podcasts

Podcast: Delivering pro-choice petitions to the Statehouse.

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This week, Gabe, Kelley, and Jaime discuss this week’s committee vote on the Down syndrome abortion ban. After the hearing, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio went to the office of the Speaker of the House to deliver a petition “quilt” with 2,000 signatures to stop these attacks on reproductive rights.

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Kelley also coordinated a protest outside a crisis pregnancy center in Cincinnati.


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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Thoughts from our Political Director on #MeToo

The past week, the hashtag #MeToo has been trending. What is #MeToo? It’s men and women detailing their sexual assault or sexual harassment and letting others know that they are not alone. It’s showing how we can come together to deal with the everyday problems that are becoming all too normal for our society. It’s expressing the volume of how prevalent these acts of violence are and how many choose to stay silent for whatever reason that may be. It’s showing others that they can be brave and speak out against their attacker. It’s telling us that as a society we can and should do better because no one deserves to feel ashamed.

We have seen it happen time and time again where those with more power use their power to maliciously get what they want. Unfortunately, that also includes rape, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. The hashtag #MeToo explains to victims that their stories are valid, their feelings are valid, and that they didn’t ask to be hurt sexually no matter what the circumstances were. Those who use their position to hurt someone else often do it over and over again without repercussions. It’s time we start holding these individuals accountable for their sick actions. Many people do not speak up out of fear of violence, victim shaming, retaliation, or that it may cost them their career that they worked so hard for or hasn’t even started yet. This is not okay!

We should not be a society that teaches it’s okay to sexually assault or harass someone. We should not be a society that elects a man President of the United States who brags about grabbing women by the p*ssy. We should not be a society that is teaching our youth that this type of behavior is okay instead of holding those fully accountable and responsible for their actions. What kind of message are we really sending?

Most of us are taught right from wrong as children in our households but as we get older society teaches us a whole new set of rules. Keep quiet, don’t rock the boat, women are less equal than men therefore our feelings aren’t valid, don’t bring yourself negative attention by standing up for yourself. No wonder so many people choose to stay quiet and suffer in silence. It’s horrific to think that individuals as young as kids have to hide this deep dark secret of being molested, raped, or sexually harassed usually by someone they know and trusted. They have more fear about speaking out than they do about how this might affect them in the long run. What kind of society are we? The kind that condones this type of behavior or the kind that says enough is enough!

For Choice,

Vashitta Johnson
Field and Political Director
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.

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Podcasts

Podcast: DeWine & Santorum

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This week, Gabe, Kelley, and Annie discuss Mike DeWine’s anti-choice extremism. Thursday, DeWine appeared with Rick Santorum at a campaign stop meant to highlight his disdain for reproductive rights.

We also talk about the #MeToo grassroots movement to raise a widespread understanding of the scale of America’s problem of sexual harassment and assault.


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.

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Mike DeWine Trying to Punish Teenager in Texas

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined AGs from six other states in trying to block a young woman from obtaining an abortion in Texas. In a press release justifying his actions, DeWine’s campaign blatantly lied about abortion funding — in truth, private funding has been secured for the young woman.

SIGN THIS PETITION AGAINST DEWINE’S AGENDA

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to force government officials to permit the minor, who is an immigrant, access to abortion care. DeWine signed onto an amicus brief against the effort to assist the 17 year old woman. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, is refusing to allow pregnant minors in its custody to obtain abortion care and is forcing unaccompanied minors who decide to have an abortion to submit to anti-abortion “counseling” from so-called crisis pregnancy centers. The woman — identified as Jane Doe — may be up to 14 weeks’ pregnant, according to her attorney, Rochelle Garza. Texas law prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks. Further delay could push her into the second trimester.

Speaking against DeWine’s interference, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

Mike DeWine has bent over backwards to punish women in Ohio, and now he’s interfering in the medical care of a young woman in Texas. His actions are immoral. There is no reason this refugee should have to pay the price for his anti-choice agenda. DeWine has sunk so low that he’s fundraising off his efforts to block this young woman from accessing a privately funded abortion.

DeWine’s campaign solicited donors with this message: “American taxpayers should not pay for illegal aliens to get abortions,” but in fact, an advocacy organization, Jane’s Due Process, worked with local abortion funds to obtain funding for the procedure.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has refused to release Doe for medical care, even to her court-appointed guardian ad litem. The actions of the federal government have now delayed Doe’s access to abortion care for three weeks – past the time for her to obtain the less intrusive medication abortion.

Copeland continued:

Mike DeWine has used his position as Ohio’s attorney general to oppose access to birth control coverage for women who receive their health insurance from a religiously affiliated employers, and he launched a high profile investigation of Planned Parenthood that ultimately discovered that they were following all state and federal laws. There may be no other politician in Ohio more determined to abuse his elected office for the sole purpose of blocking women’s access to reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion care, than Mike DeWine.

The ORR blocked the young woman from receiving unbiased pregnancy options counseling and an accurate confirmation of the stage of her pregnancy at the nearby state-licensed abortion clinic. Instead, ORR forced caseworkers at the shelter to take Doe to a religious doctor for counseling and a pregnancy test.


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