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RELEASE - October 24, 2014

ODH PLAYS POLITICS WITH PATIENT HEALTH

Columbus, Ohio—Ohio Department of Health officials have called into question the licensure requirements for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region to operate its abortion facility in Cincinnati while neglecting to respond to applications for a variance to the required transfer agreement over the last 13 months.

Celeste Ribbins, communications director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, made the following statement:

Every day Planned Parenthood health centers provide the women and families of Ohio with quality health care, which includes safe and legal abortion care. Ensuring the health and safety of patients is central to the Planned Parenthood mission and fundamental to every person who works at Planned Parenthood.

When state politicians prohibited public hospitals from having transfer agreements with abortion providers, it was yet another attempt to shut down health centers and leave women without care. Politicians are not medical experts, yet politicians wrote this law with the end goal of making safe, legal abortion difficult or even impossible for women to access.

Because of numerous medically unnecessary laws and policies, many providers in Ohio have already been forced to close their doors. If politicians in Ohio have their way, Cincinnati would become the largest metropolitan city in the country with no access to safe, legal abortion. They’re using the Ohio Department of Health to play politics with patient health and safety. Planned Parenthood Advocates in Ohio will continue to fight for women. A woman’s right to make personal medical decisions should not depend on where she lives.


Data, including from the Centers for Disease Control, shows that abortion has more than a 99 percent safety record. And studies show that women experience complications less than one percent of the time. Planned Parenthood affiliates have rigorous standards and training for staff as well as emergency plans in place because women’s safety is always first priority.

Planned Parenthood is committed to patient health and safety and has been diligent in following both the spirit and the letter of the law. Now it’s time for ODH to stop playing politics with patient health.

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RELEASE - October 22, 2014

OHIO VOTERS DESERVE BETTER

Columbus, Ohio—For the first time in Ohio election history, the incumbent gubernatorial candidate will not debate his opponents. Ohio voters deserve a right to hear all candidates discuss the issues and debate their positions as they decide who should receive their vote.

On behalf of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, Celeste Ribbins, communications director, made the following statement:

Candidates should welcome an opportunity to debate their opponents in a public forum. Their interviews with newspapers and other media outlets aren’t enough. The people they seek to represent deserve a chance to hear them challenge each other issue by issue and, whenever possible, ask questions that are important to them and their families.

To help Ohioans get the answers they seek, PPAO and other organizations are encouraging the public to tweet their questions @JohnKasich using #QuestionforKasich to track the issues that are most important to them.

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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


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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