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What the Duck?

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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.


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Podcasts

The return of NARAL’s The Morning After!

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We’re back! After a summer hiatus, we’re thrilled to return to NARAL’s The Morning After, a weekly podcast to discuss sexual politics in Ohio and across the country.

This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss Donald Trump and his hate-filled rant that followed a trip to Mexico. His anti-immigrant rage reached epic proportions last night. We’re reminded that his candidacy is endorsed by US Senator Rob Portman and Ohio Right to Life.

During our summer break, three major events occured:

  1. Toledo’s only remaining abortion clinic won a victory in court that will keep their doors open.
  2. Planned Parenthood won a victory in court to block John Kasich’s effort to strip them of critical state funds.
  3. A new study in PLOS Medicine showed that Ohio abortion restrictions actually harmed women from 2011 to 2016.

Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis received this week’s Walk of Shame for his criticism of Judge Michael R. Barrett of the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. Gonidakis told the Columbus Dispatch:

The federal judge has no legal authority to tell a state how to spend its resources. I suggest he do us all a favor and step down from the bench and run for the legislature. Then he can legally craft policy in Ohio. Of course he won’t, though, because he would never be elected.

This criticism drew a quick response from Ohio groups calling for his resignation as president of the State Medical Board.

Our That’s What She Said of the week goes to Toledo Blade columnist Marilou Johanek. Her op-ed called for Gonidakis to resign from the board.

The jig is up. Mr. Gonidakis, it is painfully clear that you can’t pursue an anti-abortion crusade and be a neutral public arbitrator of disputes involving licensed abortion providers. You told an audience in northeast Ohio on May 27, 2011, that “We’re going after Planned Parenthood” and “We’re gonna close that late-term abortion clinic down in Dayton.”

You sent personal asides, attached to your RTL emails on the Dayton clinic that said, “Sandy [Theis, Executive Director of ProgressOhio] … will you finally repudiate the industry for which you so proudly support? So much for ‘women’s health.’ So sad.”

So prejudicial. And so unacceptable for a state medical board president. Mr. Gonidakis has got to go.

You can email Gov. John Kasich and demand he remove Gonidakis from the State Medical Board.

Send Your Email Now.


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On Sept. 10th, abortion rights supporters will gather in Cleveland for a night of music, comedy, and entertainment.

All Access will feature performances from Grammy-nominated artist Sia, standup from Saturday Night Live cast member and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, and Grammy award-winning singer Natalia Lafourcade, with Comedy Central’s Jessica Williams as the host.

More information and watch party opportunities at: https://allaccess2016.com/


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Get Gonidakis off the State Medical Board of Ohio

Anyone who is professionally committed to overturning a safe, constitutionally protected medical procedure does not belong on the State Medical Board. Mike Gonidakis must resign from the board.

Despite being the president of Ohio Right to Life, Mr. Gonidakis was appointed to one of two “consumer” seats on the Medical Board. Mr. Gonidakis has demonstrated that he does not represent all – or even a majority – of Ohio consumers. Instead, he primarily represents the narrow interests of Ohio Right to Life, which is dedicated to “helping to eliminate such immoral practices as abortion.” History shows that a ban on legal abortions will lead to an increase in illegal abortions and have a profound and devastating effect on women’s health.

Groups representing doctors, consumers and women asked the Ohio State Medical Board to force the resignation of Mr. Gonidakis. They made the decision to speak out following comments from Mr. Gonidakis criticizing U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett, who blocked the defunding of Planned Parenthood. It is inappropriate and unseemly in the extreme for a member of the State Medical Board to castigate a federal judge in such personal terms, let alone publicly call for his resignation from the bench.

Email Gov. Kasich and demand Mr. Gonidakis resign.

His views are at odds with those of the American Medical Association, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the constitutional rights of all Americans. Clearly, a State Medical Board member’s personal views on abortion should have no bearing on potential disciplinary actions against Ohio abortion providers.

Join us in demanding his resignation immediately.

For choice,

Kellie Copeland
Executive Director
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio


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Podcasts

Podcast: Trump is the GOP Nominee

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This week, Randi, Gabe, and Jaime discuss the end of the road for Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

With all others out of the race, Donald Trump claims the Republican nomination. He celebrated with a taco bowl and a blatant pander to Latinos.

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The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner was hilarious as the president didn’t pull any punches in mocking the media and everyone running for president in 2016.

If anyone was ignored by President Obama, keynote speaker Larry Wilmore made sure to crack a joke at their expense. Feelings were hurt.

In Ohio, a Cincinnati-area state legislator will propose a bill to discriminate against transgender people and their right to public restrooms. The legislation specifically forbids public restrooms from being unisex and available to any individual.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio will be joining Freedom of Choice Ohio coalition partners at ComFest. You can volunteer in our booth. Register here.

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Podcast: Getting ready for Whole Woman’s Health

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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (formerly Cole). The case will receive oral arguments in the US Supreme Court on March 2, 2016. WWH is challenging Texas abortion restrictions because they place an undue burden on abortion providers. If WWH wins, the case could create legal precedent to challenge similar rules in Ohio.

On HBO, John Oliver explained the abortion case.

John Kasich got raked over the coals by Samantha Bee on her new show Full Frontal on TBS.

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Podcast: SCOTUS Update and URGE Event

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This week, John Kasich is trying to decide when in the presidential election calendar to sign the bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

Jaime joined students from URGE in condemning the defunding; and she called for additional hearings for House Bill 408, to create an abortion clinic buffer zone. Stay tuned after the show to hear the remarks from their media event.

Finally, we look to the US Supreme Court. With the sudden passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the possibility of a new SCOTUS nominee has taken over the presidential campaign and political discussions everywhere. Meanwhile, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is joining with the Center for Reproductive Rights to send a bus to Washington DC for oral arguments on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellersteadt (formerly Cole) on March 2. Register here.

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Ohio House debate on Planned Parenthood

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This week, the Ohio House held the final vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, approving Senate changes to the bill 58-32. With that vote, the bill goes to John Kasich’s desk for a signature.

The vote was delayed from January 27 because of a last-minute Senate amendment and because the House decided to adjourn on that day. The result was the final vote wouldn’t happen until February 10, one day after the New Hampshire primary. Kasich will sign the bill as he begins his campaign to win over more conservative South Carolina voters.

Today’s podcast brings you audio from the House debate, with Democratic women leading the defense of Planned Parenthood: Reps. Kathleen Clyde, Emilia Sykes, Greta Johnson, and Janine Boyd.

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