“Defunding” Planned Parenthood is a move touted by conservatives to block public dollars to organizations that perform abortions. But Planned Parenthood is already prohibited from using public money for abortions, and they offer cancer screenings, birth control and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. “Today the Ohio House leadership introduced a revised budget that defunds women’s health care providers, including Planned Parenthood, while simultaneously providing funding for crisis pregnancy centers that refuse to provide contraceptives services or referrals,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director of the Ohio-based organization. “So instead of using taxpayer dollars to fund programs to provide real health care and prevent unintended pregnancies, the Ohio House would send our money to crisis pregnancy centers that routinely give women deceptive and medically inaccurate information.”
The centers are often called crisis pregnancy centers. These mostly non-profit organizations plaster ads all over college campuses and areas where there could be a high number of women who unexpectedly find themselves pregnant. Jamie Miracle of NARAL Ohio says a new study by her group shows these centers are not offering medical help. Miracle: “What we found was a pattern medically inaccurate information, coercion and scare tactics to force a woman to make a decision that these centers want the woman to make which is to give the child up for adoption or to parent the child and not to make the decision to have an abortion.”
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some state crisis pregnancy centers and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio are disagreeing on whether or not abortion leads to mental health issues in women. Of the state's more than 100 pregnancy centers, NARAL reviewed a random sample of 55 of them and found that almost half of the centers told women abortion can lead to mental health issues. Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, believes these pregnancy centers are misleading women.
On Monday afternoon, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio released an undercover investigative report called Ohio Crisis Pregnancy Centers Revealed. NARAL says there's a movement to provide more support to crisis pregnancy centers like PDHC and they wanted to know what's going on behind closed doors. Group members say they sent women to 55 Ohio CPC's as part of the investigation.
The study comes from the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, which investigated the state’s 107 pregnancy centers, including about a dozen in Southwest Ohio. Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL, said the centers use shame and manipulation to bully women. And they inaccurately link abortion to high health risks, breast cancer and mental health problems.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio reviewed a random sample of 55 of Ohio’s more than 100 centers and found almost half told women that abortion can lead to mental health issues. About four in 10 tied abortion to breast cancer or infertility.
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that made abortion legal. The debate continues to be fierce, but Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said the vast majority of Americans don’t want to go back. “The younger people I work with are so passionate about this issue and about how politicians should not be making their personal decisions. I just don’t see America doing a 180 on this issue,” she said.
My office is in an abortion clinic. Every day I walk past the protesters and then through the waiting room filled with women and those who have joined them for support. Looking around the room, I see a range of emotions; some women are nervous, some are relieved, but no matter what they feel, I am grateful because I know they will get excellent medical care from qualified and caring doctors and medical professionals. That wasn't always the case.
Forty years later -- the decision was announced on Jan. 22, 1973 -- it is clear that Blackmun did not get his wish. The political, legal and social battles surrounding abortion did not go away in the aftermath of Roe. If anything, they have intensified: Almost every legislative session in Washington or Columbus is marked by fights over proposed restrictions. Protesters still gather outside abortion clinics to pray, and tens of thousands of them will march in Washington again this month. Supporters of abortion rights are equally adamant, as they showed during last year's campaigns.
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With the exception of Sen. Brown, who’s in the majority in Washington, all the Democrats got in the New Year were the cheap seats. They’re on the outside looking in. Gerrymandering is part of the problem. Republicans controlled redistricting, and the politically lopsided districts they created paid off big. Republicans won 12 of 16 Ohio U.S. House seats. The GOP controls the Ohio House, 60-39 and the state Senate, 23-10. Those whopping majorities mean Republicans don’t need Democratic help even in the unlikely chance that they want to override a veto from Republican Gov. John Kasich.
Kromenaker, a social worker, was born in January 1972, one year before the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. She has spent her entire adult life providing abortion services and is among hundreds of clinic directors across the U.S. navigating an ever increasing number of state-imposed abortion regulations. At Red River, the only abortion clinic in North Dakota, a woman must wait 24 hours between scheduling an appointment and arriving at the facility. Once there, she must undergo a counseling, verification and testing process that lasts up to five hours. If she is a minor, she must notify her parents; get permission from one or both, depending on who has custody; or get approval from a judge. Like Medicaid programs in some 30 other states, North Dakota's does not cover abortion services except in instances of rape or incest or to protect the life of the mother.