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 law that prevents coverage of abortions by policies sold through the state’s planned insurance purchasing exchange.
Below is information if you would like to attend. We highly encourage it. Legislators in Columbus, though they may not be in the offices on Saturday, will be watching closely to find out whether women in Ohio are paying attention to their dangerous agenda. We won a battle yesterday, but there are many fights to come.
OHIO UNITE WOMEN RALLY
Ohio Statehouse, West Plaza
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
- State Senator Charleta Tavares, Keynote Speaker
- State Rep. Bob Hagan
- Brian Rothenberg, ProgressOhio (Voters Rights)
- Stephanie Sherwood, Planned Parenthood Central Ohio
- Portia Boulger, Amendment to Recall Legislators
- Jim Ickes, Attorney, Violence Against Women
- Sherry Kish, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael Coleman
- Deputy State Director Beth Thames, Sen Sherrod Brown’s Rep.
- Tammy Simkins, United for Equality
- Tom Morgan, State Leader GetEqual OH
- Autumn Leaf, Activist GetEqual OH
- Paula Garfield, We Are Ohio & OEA Delegate
- Jaime Miracle, Naral Pro Choice Ohio
- Advocates for Youth – Speaker
- Marilyn Brown, Franklin County Commissioner