I recently had a discussion with Kellie Copeland, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, about the State Senate’s unprecedented decision to include abortion-related language in the state budget (more on that topic soon). Her knowledge of pro-choice issues and politics in Ohio was impressive and her passion for the subject was contagious. I immediately invited her to write a guest post for Plunderbund. To my surprise she accepted the invitation. Many thanks to Kellie! — Joseph


When I was given the opportunity to write a guest blog for Plunderbund, I was thrilled. I mean, who wouldn’t be? But then I had to figure out what to write. Uh oh. Where to begin with so much going on?

I could tell you dear readers about the eight different legislative attacks on abortion access so far this session—including a bill that would outlaw abortion at a point when many women don’t even know they are pregnant.

I could explain the various ins and outs of each of these eight attacks—including an unprecedented restriction in the state budget that would bar many of our top hospitals from providing abortion care—even if a woman’s health was in jeopardy.

I could tell you how the politicians who campaigned on less government are now trying to interfere in our doctor/patient relationships. Or I could remind you how candidates promised to “focus like a laser beam on creating jobs and fixing the economy” but seem more interested in using their new found majority to enact their radical anti-choice agenda. But maybe you’ve already heard all that.

Instead, I thought I would share with you what the other side has had to say about their War on Women so you can hear in their words (not mine) what they are really up to, and what they really think about reproductive rights and women’s health. Here goes:

One of my goals as a legislator is to push the pro-life agenda as far as we can. The elections of Nov. 2 last year certainly changed the dynamics of public policy.

State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R-Naploean), chairman of the House Health Committee, February 9, 2011

There are a number of things that could give God reason to at least partially lift His protective Hand from America, including the millions of abortions done here each year…

Janet Folger Porter, president of Faith2Action , May 13, 2011

This is our moment to do what we’ve been working for, praying for, hoping for for 38 years…,

Janet Folger Porter, president of Faith2Action, March 30,2011

The (heartbeat) bill is clearly intended to be a challenge to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision; frankly that is why I like it.

Rev. Rod Parsley, World Harvest Church, April 27, 2011

What you have with these mental health exceptions like in California, almost every woman in California has a mental health problem that gets an abortion. Obviously that’s not a coincidence, it’s a loop hole and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Mike Gonidakis, executive director Ohio Right to Life, February 13, 2011 Listen Here

I can certainly say it (abortion restrictions in the state budget) has the support of caucus leadership.

Jason Mauk, spokesman for Senate President Tom Niehaus, June 6, 2011

Abortion is about the laziness of the liberated woman. Don’t bother telling me it’s about women in crisis or sickness – most abortions in the United States occur because stupid women had sex and didn’t bother to prepare for it.

Rev. Katherine Marple, May 7, 2011

“Well, you know I’m pro-life. I haven’t studied all that (abortion restrictions in the state budget), but … I think it’s very reasonable … If the Senate feels as though it’s important to do now, it’s OK with me.”

Governor John Kasich, June 8, 2011

I think any time is the right time to address abortion.

Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R-Medina), February 9, 2011

Um, Ohio Right to Life is not in favor of making an exception in any abortion restriction for rape or incest just because we do believe that regardless of how a child is conceived it still has a right to life.

…I kinda smiled to myself … because honestly we would love to close every abortion clinic in the state. That’s a goal of Ohio Right to Life. We want to end abortion in the state. I think we can agree we all want to see less abortions, if this is just an avenue to pursue that, than that’s the way we’re gonna go.

Stephanie Krider, Director of Legislative Affairs, Ohio Right to Life
June 9, 2011 WOSU All Sides with Ann Fisher

“This is only round one. You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Mike Gonidakis, executive director, Ohio Right to Life
March 26, 2011 Dayton Daily News

So, just to summarize, anti-choice organizations are working on every front to systematically and completely eliminate abortion access in our state. They oppose exceptions for abortion access, even if it’s important to protect women’s health or in the cases of rape and incest. And it seems that those who Ohio elected to create jobs and improve our economy are all too eager to implement this dangerous agenda—even if they haven’t bothered to read the proposals. That is, unless we stop them.

Join the fight TODAY at www.prochoiceohio.org, before it is too late.

Kellie Copeland,
Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio