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Access Without Apology
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is joined by members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Planned Parenthood in calling for new legislation to improve access to women’s health care, including safe and legal abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland: "A woman who decides to have an abortion deserves access to safe and legal care for the procedure. Once she has made her decision, her health is best protected by getting an abortion procedure as early as possible. Forcing a woman to travel outside her community, delaying her procedure for a 24 hour reflection period, or forcing her to scrape together money because her insurance is banned from covering the procedure are all barriers that designed to prevent her from accessing abortion care with a safe, licensed health care provider. This new legislation will remove these obstacles."
"John Kasich’s 16 new restrictions on reproductive health care and the closure of half of Ohio’s abortion clinics has resulted in women delaying their procedures or fleeing to other states, including Michigan. John Kasich is creating a pending health crisis for women seeking an abortion. It is wrong to endanger women’s’ health for political gain, or ideological reasons. That is why we support this group of legislation."
The 2014 Ohio Induced Abortion Report indicated a decrease in abortions performed in Ohio, but a similar report in Michigan showed an increase in procedures performed on women from outside that state.
Further analysis of the 2014 Ohio Abortion Report reveals that the percentage of abortions that are performed in the first nine weeks of pregnancy declined from 56.5 percent to 52.3 percent. Correspondingly, the percentage of abortions performed between 9-12 weeks rose from 28.5 percent to 31.3 percent. Abortions performed between 13-18 weeks rose from 12.6 percent to 14 percent. This indicates that women have to delay access to care due to Kasich’s barriers and clinic closures.
2014 Ohio Induced Abortion Report: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/healthstats/vitalstats/abortionmainpage.aspx
Access Without Apology Overview:
House Bill 356: Lift the ban on using Ohio public dollars on abortion care.
Sponsor: Reps. Johnson and Celebrezze
House Bill 357: Lift the 24-hour waiting period before women may obtain an abortion.
Sponsor: Reps. Johnson and Smith
House Bill 360: Lift the ban on insurance coverage of abortion for public employees and for Ohioans who purchase insurance through the federal health exchange.
Sponsor: Reps. Celebrezze and Antonio
House Bill 370: Lift the transfer agreement requirement for public hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities.
Sponsor: Reps. Clyde and Fedor
House Bill 376: Require Crisis Pregnancy Centers that get funding through TANF-funded program provide only medically accurate information or face sanctions.
Sponsor: Reps. Sykes and Boyd
House Bill 408: Create right of action for those targeted by anti-abortion protesters’ non-physical harassment – e.g. Wright state doctors having trucks parked outside their homes and "killers among us” postcards sent to their neighbors. Create a buffer zone to protect clinic patients from harassment by anti-abortion protesters.
Sponsor: Reps. Howse and Lepore-Hagan