It has been a record-breaking year for legislative attacks on reproductive rights across the nation — and
now the assault has begun on the women of Ohio.
Last month, Gov. John Kasich signed into law a budget
bill that contains some of the country’s most egregious restrictions on
women’s access to reproductive health care.
budget bill cuts $1.4 million for Planned Parenthood and blocks funding for any
rape victim support center that gives its clients information about abortion
services. It provides $5 million for more than 125 state "crisis
pregnancy centers," which are notorious for advancing pseudoscience
and Christian dogma, and forbids these centers from referring women to abortion
clinics. It also bans public hospitals from entering
into patient transfer agreements with abortion clinics. And this is just a
summary — you can read more about the bill here.
Ohio lawmakers don’t think the budget bill went far enough. Now they want to pass into law House
Bill 200, which would:
Doctors who do not follow the law could be charged with a first-degree felony and fined up to
are outrageous and unacceptable. They clearly violate almost 40 years of
Supreme Court jurisprudence. The Court has held consistently — in Roe v.
Wade (1973), Doe v.
Bolton (1973), and Planned
Parenthood v. Casey (1992) — that the U.S. Constitution
provides women with the right to choose whether to have an abortion at any
point prior to fetal viability. They also are unsupported by scientific
evidence and incompatible with logic, reason, and the basic human values of
fairness and decency.
elected officials today and insist that women have the right to make
their own reproductive choices without interference from politicians!
Stop Attacking Reproductive Rights!
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a friend of the Center for Inquiry in Northeast Ohio, I urge you to stop the state legislature's assault on women's access to reproductive health care.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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