their push to ban most forms
of birth control and all abortion.
Who wants a good scare? Personhood Ohio submitted pre-qualification signatures in their mission to put a constitutional amendment on the 2012 Ohio ballot to ban hormonal birth control and all abortions. Boo!
We wish this was a trick, but they're very serious. Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine rejected this submission on the grounds that the summary language is not fair and truthful, but that will only delay the group. Right now, they are appealing this decision in the Supreme Court. Women in Ohio need to educate themselves about this group and their amendment. To find out more, visit Healthy Families Ohio, a coalition working to stop them.
Thanks to Representative Betty Suttonfor speaking against House Bill 358.
When Congress voted on their newest anti-women's health bill, H.R. 358, Representative Betty Sutton (D-Copley) rose to speak against it. Simply put, this radical legislation would allow a hospital to deny abortion care to a woman, even if a doctor deems that it is necessary to save her life. It would also take comprehensive health care coverage away from women and create loopholes that states and insurance companies could exploit to undermine the new requirement that insurance companies provide birth control with no co-pays.
You can view her remarks here.
She was joined in voting against the bill by Representatives Tim Ryan (D-Niles), Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo), Marcia Fudge (D-Cleveland), and Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland). Thanks to these members from Ohio for standing against it.
Personhood USA, a radical, out-of-state group took their first step to make sweeping changes to Ohio’s constitution today. Their goal is to give fertilized eggs full legal rights, changing the meaning of countless laws in the process.
If they get their way, this will have far-reaching consequences for the health and safety of women and families. The constitutional changes could:
- Outlaw most birth control methods
- Endanger women’s health and safety by limiting medical options for pregnant women
- Force government intrusions into our private lives
- Severely restrict reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization
- Ban all abortions, even for rape and incest
- Cost taxpayers by creating a flurry of lawsuits
This idea is bad medicine, bad policy, and bad law. If you believe people should have the right to make private medical decisions without intrusion from politicians and lawyers, you should oppose this.
What can you do to stop this?
- Visit www.healthyfamiliesohio.com to keep updated, volunteer or donate.
- Decline to sign if anyone asks you to support the “personhood amendment.”
- Ask any organizations you belong to if they will join the Healthy Families Ohio coalition, which is dedicated to fighting this threat to our families.
- Like Healthy Families Ohio on Facebook.
- Follow Healthy Families Ohio on Twitter @HFOhio.
Senator Michael Skindell has introduced the Act for Our Children's Future, Senate Bill 232. The bill would require public schools to teach medically-accurate, comprehensive sex education if they offer any sex education curriculum in their classrooms.
Comprehensive sex education uses abstinence as the basis for it's teachings. What separates it from abstinence-only programs, however, is that it also includes crucial, age-appropriate pregnancy prevention.
Multiple peer-reviewed studies have found that comprehensive sexuality education programs that teach teens about abstinence, contraception and disease control are effective at delaying onset of intercourse, reducing the frequency of intercourse, reducing the number of sexual partners, and increasing condom and contraceptive use.
Senate Bill 232 is a break-out bill of the Ohio Prevention First Act, Senate Bill 190 and House Bill 281.
Planned Parenthood supports Senate Bill 232, and needs your help to move it through the General Assembly!
Click here for our advocacy page to find out how you can Get Involved!
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