Two years ago, activists began walking into government buildings across the US, dressed in the heavy red cloaks and white bonnets used to identify women forced to reproduce in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. In Ohio, women wearing handmaid costumes staged a silent protest at a hearing of a bill that would ban the state’s most common abortion method. Elaina Ramsey, the executive director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, told The New York Times that the demonstration was intended to highlight “how women are being disregarded in a conversation being shaped by men legislating women’s bodies”.
Rep. John Becker recently introduced a bill to ban insurance coverage for abortions *AND* birth control. As Ohio RCRC’s executive director states in this interview, "It has never just been about abortion, it has always been about controlling what people can and cannot do with their bodies.”
Elaina Ramsey with [the] Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice holds up a scroll listing the names of clergy members in opposition to the Heartbeat Bill as she testifies before a committee of State Representatives during a hearing.
“For such an extreme and immoral bill, it’s unconscionable that the Health Committee refuses to hear further testimony,” said Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Executive Director Elaina Ramsey.
“Ohio may soon have one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Elaina Ramsey, executive director of Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice called the bill’s passage ‘shameful’ and ‘unconstitutional.’”
On March 7th, Ohio RCRC organized a rally in Wooster to demonstrate local opposition to the six-week abortion ban (Senate Bill 23), a bill that Senator Kristina Roegner has introduced and championed in the 133rd General Assembly. The Record-Courier, the main paper for a major portion of Sen. Roegner's district, covered our event.
In this televised interview, we speak out on why the six-week abortion ban is out of touch with Ohio values.
Our very own Elaina Ramsey joins the My Abortion, My Life: The Podcast to discuss personal value and the impact of religious beliefs on abortion decisions. Listen now!
Our executive director shares her take on how the actions of the Cincinnati-area students from Covington Catholic High School were not "pro-life," but rooted in white male privilege and religious bigotry, among others.
A letter to the editor from our very own Elaina Ramsey: “We must work toward a compassionate society where women’s bodily autonomy is honored, and children are born wanted and welcomed into a safe community that provides for their needs. I urge Gov. Kasich to veto House Bill 258 and Senate Bill 145.”