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RELEASE - October 16, 2014

MISLEADING CAMPAIGN AD HIGHLIGHTS
WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES

Columbus, Ohio—Governor John Kasich’s latest campaign ad focused on women’s health, “A Better Prescription for Women,” has gone under the microscope, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio doesn’t like what it sees. The organization agrees that it is misleading and neglects to include important information about the actions the Kasich Administration has taken to restrict women’s access to health care.

When questioned about how the administration made it more difficult for Planned Parenthood to access state funding, the campaign to elect Kasich responded with statements that are just as misleading as the ad. Celeste Ribbins, communications director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, made the following statement:

The most restrictive laws around women’s health have been signed by Governor Kasich, including putting family planning providers—the experts in family planning care—at the bottom of a list to be considered for family planning funds. While the campaign is playing a game of semantics with how and when providers sought to access the funds, Governor Kasich has done very little to help women access the care they need. But for Planned Parenthood, providing care is a daily practice. Planned Parenthood providers serve women and families with the care they need—whether it’s cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, HIV screenings, or medically-accurate information.

To set the record straight, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio applied for Title X family planning funds in May of 2013 for what the Ohio Department of Health referred to as Grant Year 2014, was awarded funds retroactive to May 1, 2013, and will seek renewal of that grant. Those specific funds were for Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties. Prior to that, the Center for Community Solutions received and distributed Title X funds for that region. Planned Parenthood receives additional family planning funds for other regions of the state directly from the Department of Health and Human Services. Those funds do not go through the State of Ohio.

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September 26, 2014

Statement from President & CEO Stephanie Kight regarding
the Ohio Department of Health report Induced Abortions in Ohio, 2013

There are two major factors that impact abortion rates: comprehensive sex education and access to affordable contraception, both of which help prevent unintended pregnancy. With Medicaid Expansion and the Affordable Care Act, this was the best year yet for access to preventive health care. The abortion rate declined in all but one of the counties in which a Planned Parenthood health center operates. When people have access to preventive care and medically accurate health information, our communities see positive health outcomes.

We’re glad that women are getting the health care they need to prevent unintended pregnancy, thus reducing the need for abortion. Access to safe and legal abortion care remains an important option for women who seek to end a pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to provide quality care for the women in Ohio.

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RELEASE - September 17, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ANNOUNCES NEW
ENDORSED LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES

Columbus, Ohio—Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio today announced new 2014 endorsements for legislative candidates in Ohio. The candidates listed below join previously announced champions for women’s health who seek elected office.

“Each of the candidates receiving our endorsement has displayed a commitment to protecting reproductive rights and health care for all women and families in Ohio,” said Stephanie Kight, PPAO president and CEO. “We are only seven weeks away from Election Day, and we want Ohioans to know who will work to reverse the damage of laws signed by Governor Kasich as part of his anti-women’s health agenda and make our state safer for women’s health.

“We strongly encourage Ohio women and the men who value us to support these candidates who make their health a priority over politics when they go to the polls in November.”

An updated, complete list of endorsed candidates is available at http://www.ppao.org/2014Endorsements.html

Endorsed Candidates for the Ohio Senate:

SD 3 Star Johnson
SD 5 Dee Gillis
SD 23 Michael Skindell
SD 27 George Rusiska

Endorsed Candidates for the Ohio House of Representatives:

HD 4 Bo Huenke
HD 8 Kent Smith
HD 11 Stephanie Howse
HD 19 Michael Johnston
HD 21 Dawn Valasco
HD 24 Kathy Hoff
HD 26 Hearcel Craig
HD 34 Emilia Sykes
HD 35 Greta Johnson
HD 36 Paula Prentice
HD 37 David Worhatch
HD 39 Fred Strahorn
HD 43 Roland Winburn
HD 53 Suzi Rubin
HD 80 Jonathan Michalski
HD 93 Josh Bailey
HD 94 Debbie Phillips

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RELEASE - July 22, 2014

NEW LEGISLATION RESPECTS WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS


RELEASE - June 30, 2014

SCOTUS TO WOMEN: YOUR HEALTH CARE, YOUR PROBLEM
Justices rule Hobby Lobby can withhold insurance coverage of contraceptives


RELEASE - June 12, 2014

DOCTOR-PATIENT PROTECTION ACT PUTS WOMEN FIRST


RELEASE - June 3, 2014

OHIO LEGISLATORS CONTINUE TO CHIP AWAY
AT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE


RELEASE - May 14, 2014

OHIO LEGISLATOR TRIES TO FORCE VOTE
ON SIX-WEEK ABORTION BAN


RELEASE - April 9, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF
ENDORSED LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES


RELEASE - March 24, 2014

WOMEN RALLY IN SUPPORT OF BIRTH CONTROL


RELEASE - March 14, 2014

OHIO LEGISLATORS REINTRODUCE “HEARTBEAT” BILL


RELEASE - January 30, 2014

OHIO AG FIGHTS TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE
Planned Parenthood speaks out for women


RELEASE - January 24, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD HOSTS HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT EVENTS


RELEASE - January 22, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ANNOUNCES
ENDORSED CANDIDATES FOR STATEWIDE OFFICES


RELEASE - January 16, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD HOSTS HEALTH CARE
ENROLLMENT EVENTS


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