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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:
- Toledo’s only remaining abortion clinic won a victory in court that will keep their doors open.
- Planned Parenthood won a victory in court to block John Kasich’s effort to strip them of critical state funds.
- 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.
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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