Stay engaged, involved, and up-to-date: 07/23/18 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!

Access to affordable, comprehensive health care is critically important to the well-being and economic security of women and their families. Tomorrow, we are hosting a panel discussion exploring Advancements & Innovations in Women’s Health that have contributed to improved access and affordability for women in Ohio.
The event will be moderated by Angela Dawson, the Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and will feature speakers offering different perspective on women’s health care, including our coalition partners, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter.
There is still time to register! To RSVP, please contact Amanda Wurst at

Momentum on paid family leave is building

The Denver Post, July 23, 2018

Its Not Just the Tampon Tax: Why Periods Are Political

The New York Times, July 22, 2018

The Washington Post, July 23, 2018

‘What we were suffering for’: Separated, then reunited, immigrant families face what comes next

The Washington Post, July 24, 2018

Why Is It So Hard to Find an Umpire Uniform for Women?

The Atlantic, July 25, 2018

PBS News Hour, July 20, 2018
USA Today, July 27, 2018
The New York Times, July 26, 2018
Vox, July 27, 2018
NBC News, July 27, 2018

Think Summer Child Care Is Tough? Low-Income Families Deal With That All Year

The New York Times, July 29, 2018

What It Takes to Be a Trial Lawyer If You’re Not a Man

The Atlantic, September 2018 Issue

We are tracking the progress of any state bills affecting women in the Ohio Legislature for the 132nd General Assembly. The House held session one day last week to take up a few items, but both the House and Senate are out on recess this upcoming week.
  • House Session: The House held session at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 24. During session, the House concurred on Senate amendments to the payday lending reform bill (HB 123) to pass the bill by a 60-24 vote. It was delivered to the governor, awaiting his signature. You can watch the video of that session here.
We will keep tracking any new updates and will be sharing timely legislative updates on women-centric legislation on Twitter using the #OHLeg hashtag. Follow us to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Statehouse.

The Trump Administration’s proposed rule changes to Title X, the nation’s largest program for birth control and reproductive health, would have far-reaching implications for women’s health care. It would create new rules for family planning clinics receiving federal Title X funds – like Planned Parenthood – to provide critical services, such as birth control, wellness exams, STI testing, and cancer screenings, mainly to low-income, uninsured women.
The proposed ruling is designed to block patients from accessing birth control and preventative health care services from Planned Parenthood clinics. And it would allow for medical professionals to withhold accurate and complete information about pregnancy options from patients, specifically abortion. The Gag Rule is a clear intrusion on a patients’ access to health care. Period.

Before implementing any plan, the Department of Health and Human Services must accept and review public comments on the ruling. We need your voice in this fight to let HHS know how the Gag Rule would impact women’s access to comprehensive, accurate information and health care services. 
Use our tool to submit a public comment to oppose the Title X Rule Change. All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm TOMORROW July 31st.