Stay engaged, involved, and up-to-date: 01/15/2018 Weekly Review

Stay engaged, involved, and up-to-date: In the weekly reviews from the Women’s Public Policy Network, we look back on last week’s highlights from the WPPN, share updates on bills affecting women that are moving at the Statehouse, showcase weekly news clips, and provide calls to action on bills pending in the Legislature. Sign up for our emails to receive these updates in your inbox every week!

The United States falls drastically behind the rest of the world as the only developed country without a national standard on paid leave. The lack of a national paid family leave policy has left the weight on cities, states, and the private sector to enact their own policies for their workforce.
The John Glenn College of Public Affairs hosted a Dialogue Forum on paid leave, featuring two central Ohio leaders on the issue: Heather Whaling, President of Geben Communication, and Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown. They

shared their own perspectives – one as a business owner and one as a local policymaker – about why it is important to offer paid leave and how the policy can be advanced. Watch the full video of the event here.


Women would be most hurt by Labor Department’s “tip stealing” rule
Salon, January 17, 2018

Ohio Senate passes rule to require aborted fetuses be buried or cremated
Cincinnati Enquirer, January 17, 2018

The Medicaid Work Requirements Could Make it Impossible to Qualify for Medicaid in Most States
The Nation, January 18, 2018

The State of Ohio: ECOT Shuts Its Virtual Doors, And The State Prepares For Work Requirements For Some Medicaid Recipients
Ideastream, January 19, 2018

Huge turnout for Columbus Women’s March 2018
ABC6, January 20, 2018

Thousands gather for Women’s March in Cleveland
Cleveland Channel 19 News, January 20, 2018

Cincinnati Enquirer, January 20, 2018

Monday, January 22
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
On the 45th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, GROW your knowledge with friends and family by joining Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio’s mentorship group, Generations Brain Trust, as they take part in Cincinnati’s Power To The Polls: Week of Action with a screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “From DANGER to DIGNITY: The Fight For Safe Abortion”, directed by Oscar nominated Dorothy Fadiman where she chronicles the movement that culminated in the historic case of Roe v. Wade. Find out more and register online here.
Monday, January 22
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Gateway Film Center
1550 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
Participate in a one-day special event screening on the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. A fast-growing radical movement is leading an aggressive campaign to take control of women’s reproductive health care and to encourage states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. Birthright: A War Story examines how the anti-choice movement gained prominence and continues its work to roll back access to abortion for women in the US. At a time when The Handmaid’s Tale is topping charts and abortion rights are under threat in this country, this film puts forward a compelling story of the fight against the rise of the right and the consequences of their policies. Find out more and purchase your tickets here.
Visit our Partner Events Calendar for more details on future events hosted by our coalition partners across the state.

We are tracking the progress of any state bills affecting women in the Ohio Legislature for the 132nd General Assembly. The legislature is back in session for 2018. Here are some updates from this past week and a look ahead at activity to watch for in the House and Senate:
  • HB 1 (Sykes, Manning) – Dating Protection Orders: Modernizes Ohio’s domestic violence laws by extending victims of dating violence access to DV protections, such as civil protection orders. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a third hearing on the bill last Tuesday, January 16. A substitute version of the bill to clarify the definition of dating relationship was accepted before hearing testimony. The bill was then voted out of Committee. You can find all testimony here (look under Committee Documents from January 16).
  • HB 56 (Dever, Gavarone) – Human Trafficking: Expands the expungement law for human trafficking survivors to include criminal records. Many women forced into human trafficking are charged with other offenses during that time, such as theft and drug possession. Current law only allows for the expungement of their records for prostitution and related charges, but does not apply to other offenses committed during the time that they were trafficked. Too often, these other charges hold back women from finding housing or employment. The House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a fourth hearing last Tuesday, January 16. During the hearing, a substitute version of the bill was accepted by the Committee. No testimony was heard.
  • HB 298 (Merrin) – Sick Days: This legislation would decrease the number of sick days provided to public employees (city, county, school, and college employees) in Ohio. The House State & Local Government Committee will hold a second hearing for proponent testimony this upcoming Wednesday, January 24. The Committee will meet at 3:30 PM or after session in Statehouse Room 17.
  • HB 383 (Carfargna) – Child Care: Requires that child-care centers provide parental notice of any serious risks to health or safety of children while under their care. The House Community & Family Advancement Committee will hold a fourth hearing this past Wednesday, January 17. The bill was passed out of Committee. No testimony was heard. 
  • HB 440 (Fedor, Kent) – Health Care: This legislation would establish and operate the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents. The House Insurance Committee will hold a first hearing for sponsor testimony this upcoming Wednesday, January 24. The Committee will meet at 10:00 AM in Statehouse Room 114.
  • HB 461 (Fedor, Galonski) – Human Trafficking: The bill aims to protect minors from human trafficking. It would increase the penalties for traffickers who traffic 16 and 17-year-olds. The Criminal Justice Committee will hold a first hearing for sponsor testimony this upcoming Tuesday, January 23. The Committee will meet at 1:30 PM in Statehouse Room 114.
  • HB 468 (Perales, Boyd) – Military Leave: Would grant full-time state employees paid leave for the purpose of attending medical examinations and appointments provided through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill was introduced in the House on January 17 and awaits being referred to a Committee.
  • SB 28 (Uecker) – Abortion: Would require fetal remains from a surgical abortion at an abortion facility to be disposed of by cremation or burial. The bill was passed out of the full Senate by a 24-9 vote this past Wednesday. The bill now heads to a House Committee for consideration.
  • SB 145 (Huffman, Wilson) Abortion: Bans the safest and most common procedure for abortions in the second trimester. It has already passed out of the Senate chamber by a 24-9 vote in the full Senate. The House Criminal Justice Committee held second hearing for proponent testimony this upcoming Tuesday, January 16. You can find all testimony from the hearing here (look under hearings from January 16).
We will keep tracking any new updates and will be sharing timely legislative updates on these and other women-centric legislation on Twitter using the #OHLeg hashtag. Follow us to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Statehouse.

At the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session, Governor John Kasich signed the Down syndrome abortion ban into law. This was the 20th bill restricting access to abortion and reproductive health care that he has signed since he took office in 2011.
Now, as the 2018 legislative session picks up, there are a number of bills being considered by the legislature that would further restrict access to abortion and reproductive health care. Take action to call on your legislators to stop the bans:
1.) Find and contact your legislators, and urge them to stop advancing harmful restrictions to abortion and reproductive health and to oppose bills restricting access, including HB258 and SB145.
2.) Use this letter writing tool from our partners at NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio urging your State Representative to oppose SB28, which passed out of the full Senate last week and now heads to House Committee