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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/


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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Shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood, and the need for responsible language

NARAL’s The Morning After is on iTunes! Find our Podcast here: http://bit.ly/naralpodcast

This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood that left three dead. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio called for political leaders to use more responsible language to discuss abortion, physicians and the women who choose to terminate a pregnancy.

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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Lies that kill.

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My thoughts and prayers go to the families of Officer Garrett Swasey, Ke’Arre Stewart, and Jennifer Markovsky. I’m also thinking of the wounded Planned Parenthood patients and police officers, with hopes for speedy recoveries.

Let’s not beat around the bush. You and I both know that the inflammatory rhetoric of anti-choice organizations and politicians have for decades helped create an environment where extremists are motivated to commit acts of violence against abortion providers.

Today, I call for an end to this careless and dangerous language and I’m asking you to join me.

Sadly, we have to look no further than the political leaders in Ohio to see some of the worst examples of this rhetoric.

It is possible to articulate opposition to something without using language that incites violence. These elected officials have failed that test of leadership.

I’ve also heard this language used by Created Equal, Ohio Right to Life, and Faith2Action. These organizations regularly make irresponsible statements, with seemingly little regard for those who may be harmed.

Send an email to John Kasich and your state legislators. Demand they act like responsible adults. Not everyone will respect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion, but they can be respectful to those of us who do.

Sincerely,

Kellie Copeland
Executive 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

NARAL’s Thanksgiving Podcast

NARAL’s The Morning After is on iTunes! Find our Podcast here: http://bit.ly/naralpodcast

This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss Randi’s recent recording with New Voices, a leading organization fighting for Reproductive Justice. We also look at a new report by the AP that exposed John Kasich‘s role in crafting abortion restrictions in Ohio as early as 2012.

The Ohio House passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. We look at how the debate and vote went down. Jaime also brought up Kasich’s proposed — and cancelled — Department of Judeo-Christian Propaganda.

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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Kasich one step closer to defunding Planned Parenthood

The Ohio House is voting on House Bill 294, which defunds Planned Parenthood. The bill, identical to its companion Senate Bill 214, takes funding used by Planned Parenthood health and education programs and disburses it among potentially hundreds of other providers. No public health care providers or Federally Qualified Health Centers testified that they want to receive this funding or could take on patients turned away from Planned Parenthood. No educators testified that they would replace the comprehensive sex education programs that Planned Parenthood would be blocked from offering.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland:

Gov. Kasich claims to want to improve health care access for Ohioans. However, his support for this bill shows that he cares more about scoring political points with Republican primary voters to bolster his failing presidential campaign. Planned Parenthood is the target, but the ones who are going to get hit with the consequences of this are the people who depend on the services that will be disrupted.

Ohioans that depend on Planned Parenthood for potentially life-saving services like comprehensive sex education, breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV testing and infant mortality prevention programs may have nowhere else to turn. Gov. Kasich should veto this bill when it comes to his desk.

This bill works against goals outlined by Gov. Kasich in multiple State of the State speeches as he advocated for reducing Ohio’s infant mortality rate. This bill stops health care workers from providing services to pregnant women seeking healthy pregnancies. It will also decrease access to critically needed HIV testing as well as breast and cervical cancer screenings.

Anti-choice politicians say they want to reduce the number of abortions in Ohio, however this bill will stop qualified health educators from providing a comprehensive curriculum to teens in foster care and juvenile detention. At-risk youth need education to make smart choices and avoid unintended pregnancies. That is the best way to prevent unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion.

After today’s vote, the Ohio House version, HB 294, moves to the Senate for consideration. The Senate version, SB 214, was passed by that chamber on October 21, 2015. Senate Bill 214 has been assigned to the House committee on Community and Family Advancement.


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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Why we ALL must #SayHerName

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Two videos that captured media attention in the U.S. One, a highly edited video making wild accusations about a life saving tissue donation program operated by some Planned Parenthood affiliates. The other is Sandra Bland being pulled over by the police for failing to signal a lane change. Bland died three days later in police custody. Both are infuriating, but in very distinct ways. Both involve reproductive justice issues.

When it comes to issues around #BlackLivesMatter, it is so easy as a white person to say, “This isn’t about me– this won’t affect me or my family, so I’ll just sit this one out and let those affected take the heat.” Often our silence is not purposeful: we are all so busy, so isolated that we say that we can’t deal with “those issues” right now. THIS IS WHITE PRIVILEGE. Being able to be “too busy” to deal with it is not possible when it is you, your family, your friends, and your community that is being targeted.

It took a wake-up call from someone I have the honor of calling a new friend to put my thoughts to paper, to step back from “too busy” and do what I should have done much earlier. I am thankful every day that Jasmine and groups like New Voices Cleveland are around to give me the nudge to be better. She should not have to. I should be better all on my own. But thankfully she is there as a constant reminder to- “DO BETTER!” I am also grateful for all the women activists who founded #BlackLivesMatter continue to push the movement forward even though so many, even in the progressive movement, would rather ignore their pleas and silence their voices.

From the very beginning, the arrest and death of Sandra Bland hit me differently than the other stories of police brutality. I mean seriously, how many times a day do you change lanes without using your turn signal (be honest now…)? I know I do. I saw a half dozen other drivers do it this morning. One was directly in front of a police SUV. Not one was pulled over. Certainly none faced the fate that Sandra Bland did in Waller County, Texas.

Last week while touring a federal prison, President Obama answered a reporter’s question about the inmates he met that day. His response caught national attention because of its raw honesty. He said that the many of the people in that prison are much like you and me. They made mistakes, but they are paying a price that not everyone has to pay.

The day after Sandra Bland’s death, my friend Mary posted on Facebook that she frequently drives through that county in Texas. I think about Mary, and how simply being black puts her at risk. What if she had been in this situation instead of Sandra? What story would the police invent about her to blame her for their brutality? When I first saw the #IfIDieInPolicyCustody campaign it broke my heart. That so many people have to actually think about this happening to them is a profound indictment of both our justice system, and our society in general. If you are unsure about the impact of this brutal injustice on individuals and communities across this country, please go read the posts in this campaign. Hear those voices. Stop and really listen to what they have to say.

This is not comfortable. This is not easy. It is tempting to brush it aside, to say that we are just too busy. We must resist that urge. As reproductive rights activists we cannot continue to say that this is not our fight. As others have said much more eloquently than I ever could, “You deserve to parent your child without fear that he or she will be killed.” Freedom from violence IS a reproductive justice issue. Safe neighborhoods, equal treatment under the law—all of these things ARE reproductive justice issues. Our rights, our justice—they are intertwined. Until we fully realize this and work intersectionally, we will never create the world that we dream.

I can hear the responses to this post in my head as I write it. Some will say Sandra Bland should not have “mouthed off” to the police officer, she should have done what he told her to do. No. Even when you get pulled over by the police, you have rights. You can refuse to get out of your car until there are others on the scene if you feel unsafe. You have the right to video your interactions with police. Just because you are interacting with the police doesn’t mean you forfeit your civil rights. Just because you are black shouldn’t mean that what should be a minor police interaction could result in your death.

In my job, I interact in heated situations with law enforcement fairly frequently. Just a month ago a state trooper in the Ohio Statehouse tried to tell me that my volunteers could not protest inside the building before our governor signed the state budget. I knew our rights and I pushed back. I was also a white person in a building with dozens of witnesses (and several cell phones taking video). Never once did I fear for my personal safety. That IS white privilege. I stood up for our rights and I am still here to tell my story. That IS white privilege. Sandra and so many others do not have this benefit, they are not here to tell their stories.

Today I stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who cannot tell their stories. I stand with those who feel so targeted that they started the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody campaign. I hear their voices, I hear their pain, I #SayHerName. I encourage you to do the same. Talk about this issue with your family and friends. Take the time, even if you are “too busy.” This weekend activists from around the country will gather in Cleveland for the Movement for Black Lives Convening. If you can’t be there, support this amazing work with a donation (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/movementforblacklives).

Be a real ally, not just one that talks the talk, but walks the walk. I’m still working on it, and I hope that you will join me.


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 is attacking abortion providers — again

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Earlier today, Mike DeWine announced an investigation of Ohio abortion providers following a series of false allegations about Planned Parenthood. Once again, he is taking orders from Ohio Right to Life.

Ohio women won’t stand by as he uses his office for his political agenda. Add your name to this Thank You note to the abortion providers he’s targeting.

Ohio’s abortion clinics are inspected regularly by the Ohio Department of Health and there is no reason to believe any of them have engaged in any wrongdoing. DeWine’s plan to investigate these clinics based solely on outrageous claims from an attack group outside of Ohio is nothing more than political grandstanding.

These wild accusations are another in a string of attacks on abortion care — attempting to discredit, harass, and stigmatize physicians and their patients who decide to end their pregnancies. Anti-choice extremists like Mike DeWine will go to any length to interfere with women’s health, and to restrict abortion access.

Every woman deserves to make her own personal and private medical decisions without interference or judgment from extremists. The office of the Ohio Attorney General should not be used to play up lies fabricated by shadowy out-of-state organizations dedicated to stripping women of their right to safe and legal abortion.

Tell your local abortion provider you value their work. DeWine’s agenda can’t go unanswered.


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