Target: Ohio State Representative John Becker
Goal: Prevent passage of legislation that would ban contraceptive healthcare for women
Women’s bodies and rights are once again under attack. New legislation attempting to ban all contraceptive care for women, including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control pills, continues to be proposed. This is a direct assault on women’s rights by not allowing women to receive adequate healthcare or to care for their own bodies. Measures like these must be struck down to prevent further encroachment upon women’s rights.
Rep. John Becker is sponsoring a bill in Ohio that would ban insurance, including Medicaid, from covering IUDs, birth control pills and abortion services. House Bill (HB) 351, as it’s called, prevents women from obtaining the services they need to care for their bodies and reproductive health. This bill would disproportionately affect poor women and minorities who already have difficulty obtaining contraceptive care and can often not pay for abortion services out of pocket. Since this bill would also ban coverage of contraception, public employees and women on Medicaid would lose access to birth control pills and IUDs, meaning an even more difficult time preventing pregnancies. Contraceptive care should be made more accessible to prevent unwanted pregnancies. By banning these products Ohio would place undue hardships on women engaged in active family planning.
If this bill proceeds it could eventually lead to more rights being taken away from women, including the ability to pay, even out of pocket, for abortions. Demand that Rep. John Becker and the Ohioan legislature prevent passage of HB 351.
Dear Rep. Becker,
I was horrified to learn of the recently proposed HB 351. It is a direct assault on all women’s rights and their bodies. Passing this bill would mean the intervention of the state into women’s private lives. Women should be able to obtain preventative care when they need it. No measures should attempt to take away women’s right to their own health management.
Underprivileged women would perhaps be the most effected by this bill. They would no longer be able to obtain the services they desperately need and likely cannot pay for out of pocket. By barring women in poverty, who are most in need of state healthcare, from obtaining contraceptives you are essentially punishing them for their gender and circumstances. This is completely unacceptable.
I urge you to end your support for HB 351 due to the enormous and negative effects it would have for women in your state. Ohio women should not feel abandoned in their times of need; they should be supported in receiving the adequate contraceptive care they deserve.
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