Yesterday, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio was joined by members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Planned Parenthood in calling for new legislation to improve access to women’s health care, including safe and legal abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland: “A woman who decides to have an abortion deserves access to safe and legal care for the procedure. Once she has made her decision, her health is best protected by getting an abortion procedure as early as possible. Forcing a woman to travel outside her community, delaying her procedure for a 24 hour reflection period, or forcing her to scrape together money because her insurance is banned from covering the procedure are all barriers that are designed to prevent her from accessing abortion care with a safe, licensed health care provider. This new legislation will remove these obstacles.”
She continued: “John Kasich’s 16 new restrictions on reproductive health care and the closure of half of Ohio’s abortion clinics has resulted in women delaying their procedures or fleeing to other states, including Michigan. John Kasich is creating a pending health crisis for women seeking an abortion. It is wrong to endanger women’s’ health for political gain, or ideological reasons. That is why we support this group of legislation.”
The 2014 Ohio Induced Abortion Report indicated a decrease in abortions performed in Ohio, but a similar report in Michigan showed an increase in procedures performed on women from outside that state.
Further analysis of the 2014 Ohio Abortion Report reveals that the percentage of abortions that are performed in the first nine weeks of pregnancy declined from 56.5 percent to 52.3 percent. Correspondingly, the percentage of abortions performed between 9-12 weeks rose from 28.5 percent to 31.3 percent. Abortions performed between 13-18 weeks rose from 12.6 percent to 14 percent. This indicates that women have to delay access to care due to Kasich’s barriers and clinic closures.
2014 Ohio Induced Abortion Report: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/healthstats/vitalstats/abortionmainpage.aspx
Access Without Apology Overview:
Bill #1: Lift the transfer agreement requirement for public hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities.
Sponsor: Rep. Kathleen Clyde and Rep. Dan Ramos
Bill #2: Lift the ban on using Ohio public dollars on abortion care.
Sponsor: Rep. Teresa Fedor and Rep. Nick Celebrezze
Bill #3: Lift the ban on insurance coverage of abortion for public employees and for Ohioans who purchase insurance through the federal health exchange.
Sponsor: Rep. Greta Johnson and Rep. Nickie Antonio
Bill #4: Lift the 24-hour waiting period before women may obtain an abortion.
Sponsor: Rep. Greta Johnson and Rep. Kent Smith
Bill #5: Create right of action for those targeted by anti-abortion protesters’ non-physical harassment – e.g. Wright State doctors having trucks parked outside their homes and “killers among us” postcards sent to their neighbors. Create a buffer zone to protect clinic patients from harassment by anti-abortion protesters.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Howse and Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan
Bill #6: Require Crisis Pregnancy Centers that get funding through TANF-funded program provide only medically accurate information or face sanctions.
Sponsor: Rep. Emilia Sykes and Janine Boyd
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.