Board Statement of Solidarity w/ Abortion Access Day of Justice

 

WHO-O stands in solidarity with the Reproductive Justice organizers, advocates, clinic staff, escorts, and folks seeking reproductive healthcare in Texas following the passage of SB 8. We as an organization pride ourselves on building a coalition of support and advocacy. As an organization, we also have a history of centering the voices of white, able-bodied, cis-women above others. This is a history we have been actively working to take accountability for and to intentionally chart a new course for our future. This work is informed by our commitment to the values of Reproductive Justice, a Black feminist framework, and a commitment to center the voices of those most intimately impacted by our work.

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Our Statement Supporting the Direct Action at Anti-Abortion Church Event

Photo by Paul Becker

BACKGROUND: On January 22, 2021, a group of local leaders entered St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio, during an event explicitly dedicated to anti-abortion political advocacy and ideology.

We, the Board and Staff of Women Have Options - Ohio, issue this statement in support of the direct action of local abortion leaders who disrupted an anti-abortion event at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on the anniversary of Roe V Wade

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WHO/O Stands Against Police Brutality

Police violence may not seem like the concern of a Midwest abortion fund, but we as the Board and Staff of Women Have Options- Ohio know different. We know that opposing police violence and challenging systemic racism must be central to the work we do.

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Fund Freedom. Build Power.

Summary: Fund Abortion AND our local Community Bail Fund on June 10th, 2020 starting at 10am HERE

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WINTER 2020 EVENTS - come through for abortion access!

Friend --

It’s a new year and I hope one of your resolutions is to get more involved in Ohio's reproductive justice, rights, and health community! We need you!

Join us at one of our many upcoming events to get plugged in, ready to FUNd abortion, and advocate for abortion access in Ohio. We have a bunch of fun events coming up to celebrate the anniversary of Roe V Wade, to bust abortion stigma, and to directly support those having abortions in Ohio. Click on the pictures below to get all the details, RSVP, and invite all of your friends!

We are so grateful for you and we hope to see you soon!

Warmly,

Stephanie's Signature

Steph, Executive Director, & the whole WHO/O family

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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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