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Today, August 26th, marks the 43rd anniversary of Women’s Equality Day.

CLINIC UPDATE

Have you heard about what happened last week with both Capital Care Toledo and the Women’s Med Center of Cincinnati (Dr. Haskell’s clinic)?  It was quite a busy week with a win and a big loss…

First Capital Care Toledo was in court on Monday morning requesting an emergency stay of the closure order from Ohio department of Health (ODH). ODH is trying to close the clinic because they argue that the transfer agreement they have with the University of Michigan is not valid because it does not meet the ODH definition (which actually isn’t defined anywhere) of “local”. Capital Care was able to secure this emergency stay and will be able to stay open while the case is argued in Lucas County Court. The judge seemed to want to move the case quickly so we may know something more solid on this case in mid-late September.

Second- and for the bad news, Women’s Med Center of Cincinnati lost its appeal in Hamilton County Court on Friday when Judge Metz agreed with the Magistrate’s decision that ODH had the right to deny the variance and that the variance order is not able to be challenged in court. The judge also lifted the stay that was allowing the clinic to operate while they fought the case in court. Dr. Haskell and his lawyers are still weighing their legal options and have 5 days before they will be forced to close (the stay will be lifted on Friday). We will certainly let folks know as soon as we know anything. Also Dr. Haskell also filed a new lawsuit against ODH last week, accusing the department of abuse of regulatory authority in denying the variance and license. We will see what happens with this case.

On an amazingly positive note we had more than 50 people out supporting Dr. Haskell in front of the courthouse on Friday. It certainly was not easy, the anti’s were also out in force and they tried their best to intimidate and harass our supporters. But they were amazing and did not falter!! Thanks to everyone who helped build the crowd for the event, it was much better than we could have expected.

We are working on next steps in Toledo and Cincinnati and as soon as we have things finalized we will let folks know. by Jamie Miracle, Chair of Freedom of Choice Ohio and Policy Director of NARAL

Women’s Rights Billboards

Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) on Thursday helped kicked off a national campaign’s efforts to draw attention to pay disparities between men and women and highlight how many abortion clinics have recently closed in Ohio.

As part of UltraViolet’s “Board of Tourism” campaign, a billboard was erected
near the Columbus airport that “welcomes” citizens and visitors with statistics that the organization said point to “wage discrimination, lack of access to reproductive health services and the lack of paid family medical leave.”

A similar billboard will be erected near the Cleveland airport on Aug. 25, which is the same day a truck with a mobile billboard will cruise the Dayton airport. The stationary billboards will run for four weeks while the mobile billboard will be present in Dayton for one week.

According to the campaign runners, the billboard graphic was originally intended to be placed inside airports but was rejected at each location.From Gongwer News Service, www.gongwer-oh.com, August 21, 2014

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