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Supreme Court Justice

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This week, Randi, Annie, and Gabe celebrated the Whole Woman’s Health victory!

The 5-3 decision from the US Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas. This decision should create a path for better outcomes in fights over reproductive rights in other states.

Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgThe Notorious RBG — gets the That’s What She Said of the week:

Given those realities, it is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law ‘would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions. When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners … at great risk to their health and safety.

Justice Breyer wrote the majority decision, joined by Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, and critical swing vote Kennedy. Justices Alito and Roberts would have sent the case back to Texas for further evidence. Only Thomas would have ruled in favor of Texas Republicans.

Kellie Copeland appeared on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher to discuss the case and Ohio abortion restrictions. Listen here.

This Sunday, Jaime Miracle will appear on The State of Ohio. Check your local PBS listings, or watch here.


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See Remarkably Normal on June 30 in Cleveland.
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2538412


NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio welcomes comedian and The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and her Lady Parts Justice comedy team to Cleveland for an epic take-down of the Republican National Convention. Joining them are SiriusXM radio host and comedian, John Fugelsang, and Emmy Award-winning comedian and star of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Frank Conniff. The event will be a raucous, interactive RNC watch party timed to coincide with Donald Trump’s Thursday night acceptance speech.

Info & Tickets: http://comedyrnc.brownpapertickets.com/

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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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On Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Statement on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Decision
Ruling will make it easier to challenge Ohio’s medically unnecessary restrictions

Columbus, Ohio — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland issued the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: “Today’s ruling is great news for Ohioans who value access to safe and legal abortion care. The Supreme Court saw what we already knew — that medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers are never about protecting women. These laws are designed to limit access to abortion and undermine a woman’s dignity and ability to determine her own future. A woman has a constitutional right to make her own decisions about her health, family, and future, no matter her zip code.

“The Supreme Court said that states have gone too far and that Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP Laws) can be an undue burden. Nearly half of Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed and women have been forced to delay access to the health care they need. The Supreme Court sent a loud and clear message that politicians cannot use deceptive means to shut down abortion clinics. The legislators who created these undue burdens in Ohio should act immediately to remove them with House Bill 370, which would abolish Ohio’s medically unnecessary transfer agreement requirements. Four cases are currently pending in courts across Ohio. How much more taxpayer money are anti-choice politicians in Ohio willing to spend on their political crusade against abortion providers?”

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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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SCOTUS Rally for Whole Woman’s Health

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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe talk about the rally during oral arguments for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case is a challenge to 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.

Speaking at the rally was Ohio state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). Rep. Fedor revealed her rape and abortion during floor debate in the six-week abortion ban bill (AKA the “Heartbeat” bill). She was one of four elected officials to sign an amicus brief supporting Whole Woman’s Health. She spoke at the rally backed by huge O-H-I-O signs from NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

Rep. Fedor spoke with NPR: “I was a single mom at the time, going to college, just out of the Air Force and was planning my life. And then going down that path, you run into an issue where you were violated, raped, and you found out you were pregnant. That is a devastating blow on the road that you’re traveling.”

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In an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, she said: “I came here to share my story about the difficult time in my life and how grateful I was to have that freedom. And I want to fight to keep that freedom for all women.”

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Many other groups attended the rally, from Ohio and across America. Our friends at New Voices for Reproductive Justice traveled with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio on a busload of volunteers through the night. La’Tasha Mayes delivered a fierce oratory: “We’re gonna keep talking. We’re gonna keep fighting. We’re gonna keep organizing. We’re gonna keep resisting. We will be unapologetically Black as we build a movement for reproductive justice across this nation. Our bodies will not be a political battlefield. Our lives will be valued. We are the #BlackGirlMagic of this movement.”

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The rally was hosted by the Center for Reproductive Rights. Watch full rally video:

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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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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.

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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Our statement: SCOTUS to Hear Case Against Texas’ Clinic Closure Law

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On Friday, the United States Supreme Court said they will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, the case against Texas’ dangerous law that has shuttered abortion clinics across the state.

Since the Texas law being challenged first went into effect in 2013, over half of the abortion clinics in their state have been forced to close. If the law is allowed to go into full effect, only 10 clinics will remain in Texas—a state with 5.4 million women of reproductive age.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision:

“It is clear that there has been a coordinated national campaign by anti-choice politicians, like Governor John Kasich, to enact laws to shut down quality abortion clinics. Just like in Texas, Ohio has lost half of our abortion providers and women are being forced to cross state lines or delay access to care.

“Access to health care should not depend on a person’s income, where they live or their ability to travel to another state. It’s time for the Supreme Court to protect the fundamental rights it has recognized time and again. It is time for them to send a clear message that these dangerous laws create an undue burden on a woman seeking an abortion.”

The coalition of abortion providers bringing the case to the Supreme Court is challenging provisions of the Texas law that mandate that all abortion clinics meet mini-hospital standards—which requires unnecessary and expensive building renovations including widening hallways and adding in locker rooms—and give hospital boards veto power over which clinics are able to provide abortion care.

The American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other national health care experts are united in opposing Texas’ HB 2.

A recent study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) reveals that the widespread abortion clinic closures as a result of HB 2 are substantially increasing wait times for abortions, pushing people seeking abortion care later into their pregnancies and making the procedure more difficult for them to afford. Wait times at clinics in Austin and Fort Worth exceed 20 days and will likely increase if more clinics are forced to close.


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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