Driving Abortion Access

Friends! I wanted to share the public launch of the Women Have Options/ Ohio abortion access driver program.

WHO/O is proud of our work to provide financial assistance for people seeking abortion care in Ohio for the past 27 years, but there are often many other barriers to abortion in addition to the cost of the actual medical procedure — traveling long distances to a provider, taking time off work, finding childcare, and other obstacles can put abortion care out of reach for many people.

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Standing Together Against Ohio's Abortion Bans

Leaders, organizations, and individuals dedicated to working in the reproductive health, rights, and justice communities in Ohio vow to continue to center people who’ve had abortions and the people who may need them in the future by committing ourselves to working toward unapologetic abortion access and the realization of reproductive freedom for all Ohioans.

We are disappointed and dismayed, but wholly unsurprised by the latest attack on reproductive autonomy passed by the Ohio legislature on April 10, 2019. Ohio politicians have voted to enact one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion laws, outlawing abortion procedures after only six weeks of pregnancy-before most people even know they are pregnant. Simultaneously, Ohio already has laws in place that make it very difficult for people to get an abortion, even very early in pregnancy.

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Abortion is Still Legal in Ohio

Yesterday, the Ohio legislature passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Senate Bill 23, which effectively bans all abortion in Ohio. Specifically, procedures after 6 weeks – which is before most even know they’re pregnant.

With this news, know that OHIO'S ABORTION CLINICS ARE STILL OPEN! They're still providing compassionate, patient-centered medical care that is legal, and accessible. Our partner clinics work hard to help folks afford care through funds from Women Have Options - Ohio and other partner funding.

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WHO/O Officially Cuts Ties with Actual Brewing Company

STATEMENT OFFICIALLY CUTTING TIES WITH ACTUAL BREWING COMPANY

Women Have Options/ Ohio is officially announcing that we will no longer partner or accept support of any kind from Actual Brewing Company while Fred Lee is at or benefitting from the organization.  The decision to part ways with Actual Brewing Company as an event sponsor and supporter was made after learning of the reports of sexual assault perpetrated by Fred Lee, a founder and co-owner of the Columbus-based craft brewery. We were also informed this week that a reported incident of sexual assault happened at a WHO/O event, to a dedicated volunteer, and we are collectively horrified. It pains us greatly that anyone could be subjected to any form of harassment or assault, and we unanimously stand with all survivors.

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Ohio's Radical Lame Duck Agenda

State legislators are now in a “lame duck” session ending on New Year's Eve. Extremist Ohio lawmakers are poised to pass their radical anti-abortion bills before they leave office. 

We MUST ACT NOW! Call your Ohio State Legislators and tell them that, like most Ohioans, you support abortion access and that any restriction on safe and legal abortion is an unconstitutional undue burden. 
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Self-Reflection Syllabus to Decolonize Your Feminism

Resources compiled by The National Network of Abortion Funds

It is important to recognize the connections between systems of oppression as we're shifting the conversation about abortion, and ensuring it’s a real option, accessible without shame or judgment and framed within the broader context of life. Whether carrying a pregnancy to term, having an abortion or parenting the children one already has, seeking abortion is one of those moments where folks who are experiencing racism and economic injustices see those forms of oppression magnified.

Communities of color face racial discrimination, and families are fearful for the lives of children harmed and killed by state violence. Schools and housing are divided unjustly, and not all children have the resources to get the comprehensive health care they need, especially as our federal government decimates access to health care for the most vulnerable in our communities. When many of us are not being paid a living wage, when we don’t have paid time off to spend taking care of our well-being and our family’s health, and when we are struggling to make ends meet around every paycheck, we are less able to make pregnancy decisions free from coercion. When families are fully cared for and networks can help care for all, we will be stronger. That’s why it’s so important for a comprehensive vision of justice to include working towards economic, racial, gender, and reproductive justice.

Reproductive justice is a framework and approach started and led by women of color, specifically Black women, because abortion rights or pro-choice framework doesn’t nearly account for the many ways in which institutions, cultural norms, and systems of oppression form an apparatus of control over people’s bodies and decisions, especially for people of color and people affected by economic injustice. We look to SisterSong and other reproductive justice organizations for leadership.

Explore these links, and the multimedia syllabus, below.

 

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Join Us! We're Now Hiring a Paid Intern!

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Women Have Options is seeking a part-time community outreach and practical support intern who will work closely with our Executive Director to help launch our new practical support program, research and implement efficient processes and help with the day to day workings of our small non-profit organization. The Intern will have the opportunity to learn from staff and board members across the organization and have the opportunity to make a real impact on our organization and those we serve.

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Speaking Out Against the 6-Week Abortion Ban

The Ohio House hearings began YET AGAIN on the so-called Heartbeat Bill that would ban abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, typically around 6-weeks. Remember that bait and switch bill Kasich vetoed in December of 2016? Well, Women Have Options testified in strong opposition to this bill (perhaps "strong" isn't a strong enough word...) 

We're flippin' mad. Below is the nicest words we had for the committee.

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Visit Our NEW Online Swag Store

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Proudly show-off your support for abortion access and fund abortion!

Now available at our NEW online swag store- Men of St James Tavern calendars, Feminist Flag Corps "Don't Tread" Uterus flags, buttons, t-shirts, and more! Order by December 14th for holiday delivery and give sweet, sweet #abortionaccess. All orders #fundabortion by supporting Ohio's independent #abortionfund! Visit bit.ly/whoostore to get your swag on!

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Start a FUNdraiser for WHO/O on Giving Tuesday

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Creating a Facebook fundraiser on #GivingTuesday is a great way to raise awareness and funds for WHO/O (and potentially access some sweet, sweet Bill and Melinda Gates matching funds.) Also, all fees are being waved so 100% raised that day goes to WHO/O.

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