Pro-Choice Ohio is committed to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every Ohioan the right to make personal decisions regarding a full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
NIRH has worked with Pro-Choice Ohio (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio) for many years to protect abortion access on both the state and local levels.
Back in 2009, Pro-Choice Ohio won passage of a resolution by the Columbus City Council supporting fair hearings on the Ohio Prevention First Bill and developed educational resources for the community on available reproductive health services.
Over the years, NIRH has worked with Pro-Choice Ohio on passing a clinic access ordinance in Columbus, and calling out the RNC’s dangerous anti-abortion policy goals.
In 2020, we partnered in coalition with Pro-Choice Ohio, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, and Restoring Our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT) to advance a non-discrimination ordinance to protect people who live and work in Columbus against retaliation for any reproductive healthcare decision, including but not limited to accessing abortion care, using birth control, having a baby, or lactation needs. This initiative built on Columbus’s progress toward realizing many of the policy objectives enshrined in the Local Reproductive Freedom Index.
We are currently working together as part of a cohort of organizations in Ohio on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women’s lives.