Ohio Lawmakers to Shift Venue for Their Attack on Planned Parenthood Funding
by Gary Dougherty, State Legislative Director, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio
Last week, language was inserted into HB 487, the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) budget bill, which would restrict women’s access to basic, preventive health care and vital health information from Planned Parenthood’s nonprofit health centers in Ohio. Yesterday, the language was removed from the MBR.
Whereas we are pleased with this development, we know that the battle is not over – it will just be waged on a different front.
This was evidenced by the ominous warning issued […]Full Story... →
The Fight Isn’t Over
By Kellie Copeland, executive director, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
Last month, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said, “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that.”
Last week, anti-choice politicians on the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee added an amendment to the mid-biennium budget designed to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio.
In response, tens of thousands of pro-choice Ohioans overwhelmed the Ohio House with emails, letters and phone calls opposing that politically motivated attack on reproductive health care in our state. As a result the amendment was removed in committee, and today the budget bill […]Full Story... →
We’ve told you for months that there is a national assault on women’s rights and Ohio is on the front lines. A new, national grassroots organization—UNITE Women—sprung up in the wake of nearly 400 bills introduced in state houses across the country to fight back. The group has organized large events in state capitals nationwide for this Saturday, April 28 and Ohio is no exception.
Saturday’s rally on the Statehouse west lawn will feature a number of speakers about such proposals as the heartbeat bill, personhood amendment, a new […]Full Story... →