Faith doesn’t solely belong to the Religious Right. Hear from 9 #faithfullyprochoice leaders, including our Faith Organizer Rabbi Jessica Shimberg. Learn from these clergy, religious scholars, and laypeople of faith about their pro-choice views, and how they reconcile their religious beliefs with their political ones.
Women’s Med Center — Dayton’s only abortion provider — is in imminent danger of being forced to close unless a local, private hospital agrees to a transfer agreement. Ohio RCRC joined together with local leaders and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and attempted to deliver petitions to Premier Health telling them to stop making excuses and protect healthcare services in greater Dayton by signing a transfer agreement with the clinic. They refused to even receive our petitions.
“You can speak from your values, but as a legislator who represents Ohioans, our elected leaders cannot legislate morality specifically in the Statehouse,” said Elaina Ramsey, executive director for Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
“This is not a house of worship. This is not a doctor’s office. These are personal private decisions that should be left up to a woman, her family and her God.”
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.