NEWSFLASH: Hundreds March in Ohio: “We Won’t Go Back!”

4661713876_9e2fa6f1baAs state legislators returned from their summer recess and prepared to debate even more anti-woman bills, hundreds of demonstrators from more than 50 women’s, labor and other groups marched on the Ohio state capitol in Columbus. Angered by draconian attacks on women’s health care, they vowed to defeat the politicians supporting such legislation.

Said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation (and publisher of Ms.),

Gov. [John] Kasich ran and won by promising jobs, but Ohio is third from the bottom in creating jobs. Once he got elected, he didn’t talk about jobs. He talked about controlling a woman’s uterus.

Other speakers at the 90-minute “We Won’t Go Back” rally echoed her comments. Said Terry O’Neill, president of NOW,

Women are not fooled by the hide-and-sneak tactics of John Kasich and his pals who want to push us back to the 1950s. Make no mistake, the politicians who keep waging this outrageous war on women will pay a price at the polls next year.

Added NARAL’s Kellie Copeland,

Gov. Kasich’s work to close abortion clinics and family planning centers is a serious threat to women’s health.  Ohio women and their families deserve better and won’t forget these attacks on their health care.

Doctors and their patients also spoke, with the physicians  complaining that they have been pushed aside while politicians legislate how they practice medicine.

Kasich signed bills this year that cut family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood, redirected Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money to unregulated crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), prevented rape-crisis centers from counseling women made pregnant from rate about abortion, and forced women seeking abortions to undergo invasive ultrasounds to detect fetal heartbeats. It also required that abortion clinics have transfer agreements with local public hospitals, although Ohio public hospitals are barred from entering into such agreements.

Pending bills in Ohio include one that would require doctors to tell women there is a link between breast cancer and abortion (none exists) and prosecute doctors who refuse to lie to patients, and HB 248, which would make most abortions illegal if an embryonic heartbeat could be detected (which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy).

Photo of Ohio State Capitol building from Flickr user jimbowen0306 under license from Creative Commons 2.0

Comments

  1. Let us hope that these repressive, anti-woman, Republican governors will be soundly voted ouf of office at the next round of state elections, by a huge majority of women voters. I would love to see that happen in Ohio and in all of the most extremist red states.

    Judging by their actions after winning elections, Republican governors like Kasich have clearly demonstrated what their real agenda is. I don’t want to see them imposing their anti-choice agendas on women for another four years.

  2. I am really sick and tired of these politicians “trying” to dictate the lives of women. You do not OWN us! And I cannot wait to get rid of this idiot in Ohio.

  3. Rebecca Anderson says:

    Women take back the power at the voting polls. We can do it.

  4. We stand with you! The women of Texas know the exact tactics shameful, destructive legislation that is being unleashed on families and women in Ohio. WE ARE WOMEN-WATCH US VOTE!
    In solidarity,
    Irene Andrews
    Killeen, Tx

  5. Cheryl Lynne Oropal says:

    How do we get these pro-lifers [ as long as it's still in zygote or fetus form] out of our government? Many in Emily’s List agreed with my statement about REPEALING TAX EXEMPTIONS for every ” religious organization” lobbying Congress and/or The House and other politicians. One can donate to NOW, but cannot deduct this from their income taxes because N.O.W. Lobbies Congress. Yet the Concerned Bimbos for America [ http://www.cwfa.org ] also lobby Congress and donations to them are deductible? What REAL CHARITY WORK do they do, besides lobby for a return to the days of ” Mrs. Ward Cleaver, Housewife”???

  6. In the retro world of Republicans, women still take a back seat when it comes to controlling their own bodies.Without any safety precautions its a dangerous ride indeed.Does it matter who’s at the wheel…you betchum. Take a look http://wp.me/p2qifI-1JC

  7. So glad to see so many women out there fighting for their rights. So sad that they need to do it.

  8. The most important way anyone will make a difference here is to get them to realize what this means financially. Take for instance the fact stated “Doctors and their patients also spoke, with the physicians complaining that they have been pushed aside while politicians legislate how they practice medicine.” At this point there could be a case argument for hurting jobs.
    Another point to make here, is that limiting people’s ability to get birth control, condoms, etc. potentially increases the birth rate in the state. In turn it may cost families to get illegal abortions, which are far more dangerous, people will have children that they didn’t plan for, driving them into terrible financial situations, creating the need for government financial support. this list goes on and on in a down ward spiral. Take your pick. Opening more orphanages, increasing the WIC program, food stamps, homelessness, over population, disease….all leads to more STATE MONEY…

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