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Public health policy expert and outspoken healthcare advocate, Allison Russo, shares her own powerful story to express the real-life impacts that legislation can have on women. Her guest blog post discusses why Ohio lawmakers should stop the bans and, instead, prioritize issues that help women and families.
“After consulting with my OB/GYN, who sweetly shed a tear with me during that initial visit, I was immediately referred to a perinatal genetics clinic to better understand my prenatal screening options. In the six years since my prior pregnancy, those tests were now vast and advanced, and I wanted to take full advantage of the information they provided. The two weeks between that initial screening blood draw and our meeting with the genetics counselor to discuss the results were not pleasant ones for my husband and me. The “what-ifs” were overwhelming.” Read the full blog post here.
The Real Future of Work
Politico Magazine, January/February 2018
Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 2, 2018
Rewire, January 3, 2018
A record-breaking 22 women are now serving in the US Senate
CNN, January 3, 2018
Proposed law would ban forcing Ohio nurses to work overtime
Dayton Daily News, January 4, 2018
Restore long-term funding for children’s health programs: editorial
Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 5, 2018
Join panelists Bob Ghiloni, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Denison University, Karen Dennis, Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at The Ohio State University, Jaden Lunger, men’s soccer student-athlete at Otterbein University, and Cayla McNeil, former women’s lacrosse student-athlete at Otterbein University. The panel will be moderated by Sarah Pariser, Director of Grants and Programs at The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Find out more and register online here.
At the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session, the Ohio legislature passed the Down syndrome abortion ban (HB214) out of the House and Senate. The bill was then signed into law by Governor Kasich before the end of the year, making it the 20th restriction to abortion and reproductive health care that he has signed since taking office in 2011. Ohio is now the fourth state to pass such a law, despite similar legislation in Indiana being blocked by the a federal judge for being unconstitutional.
The legislation will charge a doctor with a fourth degree felony if they performed an abortion procedure for a woman if the reason for seeking to terminate the pregnancy is in part due to a Down syndrome diagnosis. During a time when Ohio women and families are facing a complex prenatal diagnosis, lawmakers should not stand in the way of a health care decision that should, instead, be a decision informed by comprehensive medical information and made in consultation with a woman’s family and doctor.