Republican lawmakers in Ohio just can’t seem to stop themselves from trying once again to limit women’s options for quality and affordable health care. Last session, former Senate President and GOP leader Tom Niehaus refused to bring a provision up for vote that would divert money from Planned Parenthood to so-called “pregnancy crisis centers,” which don’t provide the same level of care and services. I thought Republicans had finally learned that women’s health care choices should be left to them.
Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case.
This year’s state budget includes a new provision that would “re-prioritize” more than $2 million of federal funding intended for family planning services, and re-direct this money away from Planned Parenthood — effectively defunding the organization in Ohio.
Thousands of women in Ohio rely on the life-saving medical care Planned Parenthood offers at a very low cost. Diverting money to organizations that don’t provide the same level of care or available services for ideological reasons is simply not in the best interests of Ohio women. Access to proper medical care and the freedom to choose your provider should be a non-partisan issue we can all agree on.
Stand with me today by signing my petition telling the Republicans in the General Assembly that this attack on women’s health is unacceptable!
When you’ve completed the petition, Change.org will ask you to share the link on your Facebook and Twitter, or send it to friends and family through email. Please take these easy steps to spread the word about our petition – we will need all the support we can get to show Republicans in the General Assembly how wrong this proposal is.
A few months ago, I asked for your help to stop the suppression of the vote among Ohio’s college students and you responded en masse. The General Assembly heard your voices and we were able to defeat that provision – which is why I need your help again. Together we can stop Ohio Republicans from taking away women’s best option for quality, affordable health care.
State Senator Nina Turner
P.S. The Republicans will only listen if you speak up and tell them that this is unacceptable. Sign my petition to make your voice heard: http://www.change.org/petitions/ohio-general-assembly-help-senator-nina-turner-stop-the-defunding-of-planned-parenthood-in-ohio.