Podcasts

Even more hearings to defund Planned Parenthood…

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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss the latest hearing to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio (yes, another bill). This week, the Ohio House committee on Community and Family Advancement heard testimony from witnesses opposed to the plan to ban Planned Parenthood from administering programs using public grant money. The grants fund HIV/AIDS testing, breast & cervical cancer screenings, infant mortality reduction, infertility treatment, assistance for rape survivors, and comprehensive sex education for youth in foster care and juvenile detention. All of these programs would be cut.

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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 Debate, Defunding, and Abortion Access Without Apology (podcast)

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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss the 3rd GOP debate. Last night, 10 candidates slugged it out on CNBC. Did you see a clear winner? (We didn’t.)

The Ohio Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood. We’ll review the hearing and floor vote to pass SB 214. Ohio Sen. Pres. Keith Faber gets our Walk of Shame award this week.

The 20-week abortion ban bill is still being considered by the legislature. One patient, Sheva, spoke to the media this week to tell her story. Sheva had to terminate a failing pregnancy at 22 weeks. Her painful story of having to abort her pregnancy just days after finding out she was having a very wanted daughter ran in the USA Today.

To reverse the damage done by Gov. John Kasich, some of Ohio’s pro-choice legislative leaders are working together. They’ve introduced a package of six bills, which we’re calling the Abortion Access Without Apology legislation.

HB 356 — PUBLC FUNDING FOR ABORTION CARE
Sponsors: Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze, Rep. Greta Johnson
HB 356 removes restrictions in current Ohio law that forbid rape crisis counselors from referring clients to abortion providers. The bill also allows the use of a public fund to pay for abortions for rape survivors.

HB 357 — REMOVE ABORTION WAITING PERIODS
Sponsors: Rep. Greta Johnson, Rep. Kent Smith
The bill removes waiting-period restrictions on when a woman can obtain an abortion. It also repeals requirements governing the provision of notice to a woman’s relative, custodian, or guardian, if the woman is seeking an abortion and is pregnant, unmarried, a minor, and unemancipated.

HB 360 — PERMIT INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR ABORTION
Sponsors: Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze, Rep. Nickie J. Antonio
The bill repeals the prohibitions against including abortion coverage in insurance plans purchased through the federal health insurance exchange and in health insurance policies, contracts, or plans offered to public officers and employees.

HB 370 — ENDING TRANSFER AGREEMENTS
Sponsors: Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Rep. Teresa Fedor
This legislation removes the requirement that ambulatory surgical facilities have transfer agreements with local hospitals. The medically-unnecessary gimmick makes it harder, if not impossible, for abortion providers to stay open.

HB 376 — REMOVE CPC FUNDING
Sponsors: Rep. Janine R. Boyd, Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes
HB 376 says that any entity receiving funds through the Ohio parenting and pregnancy program has to tell the truth. Crisis pregnancy centers would be banned from lying to women about their reproductive options.

Ending Abortion Clinic Harassment
Sponsors: Rep. Stephanie Howse, Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan
This bill is yet to be formally introduced, but will combat the harassment of doctors and patients at Ohio abortion clinics. Some Ohio physicians have been targeted at their homes by anti-abortion protesters with inflammatory rhetoric.

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.

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Podcasts

NARAL’s The Morning After — September 17, 2015

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This week, Gabe traveled to Cleveland and sat down with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio staff Kellie and Pam. The Cleveland office is located within the Preterm abortion facility in Shaker Heights. They discussed the patients and protesters they encounter on a daily basis, and Preterm’s efforts to stop abortion stigma.

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NARAL’s The Morning After — August 27, 2015

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This week, Jaime, Randi, and Gabe discuss Ohio’s Down Syndrome abortion ban bill, including coverage in the New York Times, LA Times, FoxNews, and CNN. Our Kellie Copeland gets the That’s What She Said award of the week for calling Ohio Gov. John Kasich a phony.

We’ll discuss Ohio Right to Life‘s support for Sen. Marco Rubio. They hosted the Republican presidential candidate after he made extreme remarks on abortion without exception. Kasich says he supports rape, incest , and life of the mother exceptions; but none of the bills he’s signed have them.

The Walk of Shame award goes to jerks near the campus of The Ohio State University who hung rapey banners on move-in day.

Finally, we invite you to join us in Toledo for Pride as Randi lists our upcoming activities in the Let’s Get It On segment.

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.

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NARAL’s The Morning After — August 20, 2015

In our first iTunes podcast, the team at NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio sit down to discuss the Kasich campaign for president, Josh Duggar’s Ashley madison account, and they take the Taco or Beer Challenge.

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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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Kasich Says One Thing On Abortion, But Does Another

Comments made this week by Gov. John Kasich appear to show a moderate view on abortion. In response to a question about abortion rights, Kasich said: “Obviously, it’s the law of the land now, and we live with the law of the land.”

However, his record reveals a more accurate picture, having signed into law 16 policies that harm women’s access to reproductive health care and abortion, including defunding Planned Parenthood. When Kasich was in Congress, he voted 118 times against reproductive rights.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:

One in three women in the United States will make the decision to have an abortion. It is critically important that they can access safe, legal abortion care. Half of Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed since Kasich took office. Kasich can pretend to be a moderate, but his extreme record shows a complete disrespect for the law of the land and for women’s health. He is a phony.

Since becoming governor of Ohio in 2011, John Kasich has:

  • Banned insurance coverage of abortions (2011, HB 79)
  • Added barriers to minors seeking an abortion (2011, HB 63)
  • Banned abortion at 24 weeks, without exceptions for women’s health, or rape/incest (2011, HB 78)
  • Banned abortions at public hospitals, without exceptions for women’s health, or rape/incest(2011, HB 153)
  • Banned local governments from offering abortion insurance (2011, HB 153)
  • Banned rape counselors from discussing abortion (2013, HB 59)
  • Defunded Planned Parenthood (2013, HB 59)
  • Required all abortion providers to have a “transfer agreement” with a local hospital. (2013, HB 59)
  • Banned public hospitals from having transfer agreements with abortion providers (2013, HB 59)
  • Required women to receive biased information before an abortion (2013, HB 59)
  • Required a forced ultrasound before an abortion (2013, HB 59)
  • Created a program to support anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (2013, HB 59)
  • Required a 30-mile limit on transfer agreements (2015, HB 64)
  • Required an automatic denial on abortion clinic license applications after 60 days (2015, HB 64)
  • Eliminated coverage of a Medicaid family planning program (2015, HB 64)
  • Funded crisis pregnancy centers with $1,000,000 of tax dollars (2015, HB 64)

Supporters of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio are joined by the national NARAL organization, which is asking presidential candidates to #OwnIt and admit to their anti-abortion records. Gov. Kasich’s failing grade with women will continue to be a part of their discussion of the 2016 presidential election. Information on Gov. Kasich’s record can be found at: https://ownit2016.com/candidates/kasich/


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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Kasich To Do His Best To Close Abortion Clinics

Gov. John Kasich is playing both sides with women’s lives and safety at stake. Who will he choose to support as the presidential race continues—anti-choice extremists or the women who might die without being able to legally access abortion?

In a video released by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kasich is asked by a woman: “[In Ohio] half of the abortion centers have closed. Can you do that in the country if I vote for you?” Kasich replies: “We’ll do our best.” The video was shot on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in Iowa where Kasich was campaigning for the Republican nomination for president.

However on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in Salem, New Hampshire, Kasich was asked a question about how to address Roe v. Wade, he responded: “Obviously it’s the law of the land now and we live with the law of the land.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “John Kasich is walking away the woman in the video like he’s walking away from his record. Despite having closed half the abortion clinics in Ohio, John Kasich never talks about the many times he has attacked women’s rights in Ohio. As governor, John Kasich signed 16 policies that harm women’s access to reproductive health care and abortion, including defunding Planned Parenthood. As a congressman, John Kasich cast 118 votes on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues. All 118 of those votes were anti-choice.

“If John Kasich needs to hide from his record on abortion, does that mean he’s ashamed of what he’s done? As governor, he has done more to reverse the access to abortion protected by Roe v. Wade. If this isn’t his agenda, who is he taking orders from?

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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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Kasich: Trump Doesn’t Bother Me.

Today I woke up to this headline:

John Kasich: Trump’s Behavior ‘Just Doesn’t Seem to Bother Me.’

Are you kidding me? Doesn’t bother you? I guess its nice to be privileged enough so that blatant sexism doesn’t have to ruin your day. But as the Governor of Ohio, a husband, and a father of two teen-aged daughters you should be outraged. You should be responding at the top of your lungs all day and every day.

The statements of Trump are not ones we can simply ignore and hope they go away. Ignoring these kinds of statements has gotten us to where we are today. Silence gives permission, responding, especially from privileged white men like John Kasich, is the only way we start to make a difference.

Just this weekend someone else did take a stand. Each year radio host Erick Erickson hosts the RedState Gathering, and on Saturday morning Erickson took the stage and announced that he had disinvited Donald Trump. In doing so he told the crowd, “If our standard-bearer has to resort to that, then we need a new standard bearer.”

Not responding is not “staying out of the fray” or “not taking the bait.” Not responding is allowing these statements to go unchecked. Kasich shows that he doesn’t care about women when he fails to challenge Trump’s ridiculous statements.

When you start to think about Kasich’s record, this refusal to respond is completely aligned with Kasich’s previous statements and his track record as an elected official. This is a man that referred to his wife as “my hot wife” in his 2012 State of the State Speech.

Later that same year in a speech at a Romney/Ryan rally Kasich talked about how is wife, along with the wives of Paul Ryan and Rob Portman were too busy to come to the rally because they were “at home doing the laundry.”

His policies put these words into action. Kasich has signed 16 different policies into law that restrict access to abortion care. Kasich’s feelings about women also spread to his Governor’s office. According to a report from Plunderbund half of the staff in his office were women. But of the 17 top positions, only four were women. It’s not just Trump that Kasich wants to ignore, it’s the women of Ohio, and he hopes that we ignore him too. Well, sir, that is never going to happen. You may stay silent on Trump, but we will not stay silent on your record.

While looking for the video included in this post we came across this quote from Kasich’s 2012 State of the State: “We’re the Saudi Arabia of coal.”

Under Gov. John Kasich, Ohio is quickly becoming the Saudi Arabia of women’s rights.

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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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Debate #1: Does Kasich want Trump’s money now?

We already talked about how none of the candidates denounced Donald Trump during the first GOP debate on Thursday. The question came from moderator Megyn Kelly: how will Trump run against Hillary after having made many, many disgusting comment about women? The answer contained no apology for his statements.

Friday night, Trump called in to CNN to give Don Lemon more of his opinion on Kelly. Trump attacked Kelly, saying:

She had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.

Trump’s attack, which was joined by actual death threats on Twitter from his supporters, is not separate from the GOP platform. The statements by Trump about menstruation and the attacks on basic women’s health care fit together hand-in-glove.

  • A majority of Republican US senators voted to defund Planned Parenthood last week, including GOP candidates Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz.
  • Governors Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and John Kasich all signed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in their home states.

Kasich, worse than the rest, is going to have to reconcile some differences here if he wants to move ahead with women voters.

During the debate — and AFTER Trump’s comments on women were proudly admitted — John Kasich asked him for a donation. DURING THE DEBATE. 

How can John Kasich claim to represent women when he openly solicits money from billionaires that treat women like shit? How could John Kasich denounce Trump’s vicious attack on Megyn Kelly when he’s asking Trump for a handout at the same time?

John Kasich won’t be able to be president when he’s riding that deep in Donald Trump’s pocket.


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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Debate #1: No dog barks worse than Kasich bites.

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Last night’s GOP debate was the worst anti-choice, anti-woman display we have ever witnessed. Time and again the debate moderators asked candidates about the circumstances under which women should have access to abortion. Time and again, the response was: never.

When asked about allowing abortion when the life of the woman is in jeopardy, Scott Walker responded that no abortion is medically necessary: “I’ve got a position that’s consistent with many Americans out there in that I believe that that is an unborn child that’s in need of protection out there. And I’ve said many times that that unborn child can be protected and there are many alternatives that would protect the life of the mother.” Or in other words, he’d let women die.

When asked about allowing abortion in the case of rape, Marco Rubio responded “I have never advocated that,” adding that “future generations will call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies when we never gave them a chance to live.” Or in other words, he’d force rape survivors to carry resulting pregnancies to term.

Mike Huckabee said he would confer legal personhood to fertilized eggs. Ted Cruz pledged to use the presidency to investigate Planned Parenthood. Jeb Bush bragged about funding anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (which routinely lie to women).

But talk is cheap. Actions are costly, and no one has taken more anti-women actions than John Kasich. His administration has made Ohio women pay a huge price.

The NARAL Pro-Choice America website details the anti-choice records and quotes of each GOP candidate for president and gives them a grade (Spoiler: everyone has an “F”).  However, none have a record worse than Ohio’s own John Kasich.

Since becoming governor of Ohio in 2011, Kasich has:

  • Banned insurance coverage of abortions
  • Added barriers to minors seeking an abortion
  • Banned abortion at 24 weeks
  • Banned abortions at public hospitals
  • Banned local governments from offering abortion insurance
  • Banned rape counselors from discussing abortion
  • Defunded Planned Parenthood
  • Banned public hospitals from having “transfer agreements” with abortion providers
  • Required women to receive biased information before an abortion
  • Required a forced ultrasound before an abortion
  • Created a program to support Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)
  • Required a 30-mile limit on transfer agreements
  • Required a denial on abortion license applications after 60 days
  • Eliminated coverage on a Medicaid family planning program
  • Funded CPCs with $1,000,000 of tax dollars

NONE of the candidates on stage last night come close to that record.

People say that some dogs have a bark worse than their bite. Kasich didn’t bark at all last night — even when given the chance to comment on abortion access. He didn’t brag about his decades-long record of interfering with women’s health care. But rest assured, Kasich’s record bites.


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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