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Archived Issues

August 28, 2014 – Rally at the Statehouse: “Vote Our Dreams, Not Our Fears – Rally for a Moral and Just Ohio”, for people who care about a living wage, immigration, health-care, and education.  Read some follow-ups on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling, including a blog by Rev. Scott Colglazier and an analysis by Raising Women’s Voices of the response by the Obama administration.  Learn a few facts about how to “Heal the Sick” through Outreach and Education on Medicaid (now expanded within Ohio) and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

June 23, 2014 – Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision expected next week; we can help you voice the progressive response regardless of the outcome. Freedom of Choice Ohio booth at  ComFest in Columbus.

March 21, 2014 – Take a loved one in need of affordable health insurance to an Health Insurance Enrollment Fair/Event nearby. Join with our national RCRC to rally for Family Planning and Religious Freedom in the many ways suggested by Rev. Harry Knox.

January 10, 2014 – Roe v. Wade Anniversary Event featuring author Robin Martin.  Introduction of the “People of Faith, Healing the Sick” materials in collaboration with Raising Women’s Voices to bring this information to faith communities.  Webinars by the UU Church on reproductive justice by and through men, and by the Methodist Church on reproductive justice needs of women who are victims of Human Trafficking.

October 1, 2013 – Today’s the opening day of Affordable Health Care through the federal marketplace.  Help spread the word about “What’s in it for Women” and their extended families and friends. WE WON’T GO BACK rally, protesting the anti-choice budget. Peaceful Counter-Protest at a Women’s Clinic in Dayton.  Volunteer, board member, and staff opportunities.

June 26, 2013 – Rally to Stop the Anti-Choice Budget.

June 10, 2013 – Act NOW to write or call the Governor and your Ohio representatives to ask them to OPPOSE three dangerous amendments in Ohio’s budget that will be finalized in mid to late June.  Act NOW to nominate yourself or others and support the travel of people to the Leading Faithfully Institute held the first weekend of August in Wisconsin.

April 15, 2013 – Summary of 10 ways to help, starting TODAY, ranging from Short-Term-Urgent to Long-Term-Important, to improve the health of women, and really ALL Ohioans.  The Ohio House is debating the budget, and there are three amendments that we OPPOSE.  The first will DeFund Planned Parenthood.  Yes.  It’s back.  The second will redirect TANF funds to so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”, which are the ones that spread misinformation about birth control and abortion.  The third will yank out Medicaid Expansion, which will leave hundreds of thousands of Ohioans without health care, and keep them in our Emergency Rooms, getting the most expensive care at the highest level of suffering.

April 8, 2013 – Rally to support Medicaid Expansion.

March 6, 2013 – Action Alert –  support Medicaid Expansion to those with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level. Empowerment Conferences we are planning in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Empowerment Workshop in Columbus, and our outreach to Methodist Churches, especially the Eastern Conference of Ohio.

January 16, 2013 –  Roe v. Wade Declaration to be published on the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 2013, in the online editions of one or more major Ohio newspapers. Roe v. Wade Anniversary Events.

January 14, 2013 – Clergy Only – Clergy-Sign-On letter that backs up Planned Parenthood.  Writing, preaching, and praying on behalf of women and families around the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, and background information on the theology of reproductive justice.

December 28, 2012 – Legislative victories in 2012.

November 21, 2012 – Pening legislation. Testimony in opposition to the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  Contact legislators, show up at hearings, write letters the editor and blogs, sign the Declaration.

November 10, 2012 – Heartbeat Bill and Defunding of Planned Parenthood.

November 1, 2012 –   Seven ways to make this election more special as a person of faith, by changing world one heart at one at a time, in love.  Sign up now, and pass the word, about an Important Letter,  signed by 7 prominent clergy from 7 different religious faiths, asking Ohio Clergy and Lay-leaders to take 4 steps for reproductive justice!  One of the steps includes a 1-day Empowerment conference on Nov 12.  Sign-up now for the January 2013 Declaration that will help end stigma around reproductive justice, to be publicized around the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.  THANKS for all the support of our Voter Engagement project at Universities; we have made many connections that will pan out for years to come.

October 19, 2012 – Important Letter, signed by 7 prominent clergy from 7 different religious faiths, asking Ohio Clergy and Lay-leaders to take 4 steps for reproductive justice!  #1: Read a handout about the possible negative consequences of the proposed Personhood Amendment.  #2 Join RCRC’s Clergy for Choice network and get wonderful e-newsletters with prophetic wisdom on reproductive justice.  #3 Join Ohio RCRC and sign up for their e-newsletters and learn what is happening locally and what you can do about it.  #4 Sign up for the November 12 “Clergy Empowerment for Reproductive Justice” one-day conference and get the latest tools, tips, and inspiration for advocating for reproductive justice one-on-one or in the public.

October 3, 2012 – Presidential Debate Night #1: Time to Watch, Post, and… Play?  Take the RCRC Pledge to Vote!  Roe v. Wade Celebration Date set: Wed. January 30th… Save the date!

September 12, 2012 – Election only 8 weeks away!  New Ohio RCRC by-line: “Promoting Reproductive Justice for All”.  Support our Project to help college students at religiously affiliated or founded colleges and universities around Ohio to ENGAGE in this year’s election by Registering to vote, Re-Registering if they have moved or changed names, Voting Absentee if that is appropriate for them, and VOTING by November 6.  Vote YES on Issue 2, to Reform Redistricting in Ohio.  Keep calling and writing your Ohio legislators; they could push terrible bills through during Lame Duck season, and another draconian bill has surfaced that could ban all abortions for women who appear to be from cultures like China, India, and the Middle-East.  Clergy: Mark your calendars for the November 12th “Clergy Empowerment for Reproductive Justice” program.  Everyone: FOCO’s Roe vs. Wade celebration event will happen the last week of January, perhaps 1/29, 1/30, or 1/31.  Block them all off until further notice!

August 2, 2012 – Clergy Only – By close of business, Friday, August 3, please sign a letter to 6 Governors, including Ohio’s, asking them to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.  This project is in coordination with our partners at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative.

July 1, 2012 – Clergy Only – By 9:00 AM Monday, July 2, please sign letter/statement supporting birth control in women’s health care.  This project is in coordination with our national RCRC.

May 15, 2012 – Help Planned Parenthood, Read uplifting articles on RCRC broadening to JUSTICE, Fighting Fire with Water; Attend Women’s Fund of Central Ohio event including Whoopi Goldberg, Volunteer at COMFEST

April 25, 2012 – Unite Women Rally, Saturday, April 28

March 15, 2012 – First Quarter was HUGE for Ohio RCRC; we had a record number of gigs to spread the word about the moral dignity of choice, and the threats to our reproductive freedom.  The schedule is clear for second quarter; we need your connections!  Last day to sign up for Lobby Day which is March 21, 9:30 – 1:00.  Important time to write your legislators and governor about two dangerous bills,  “Heartbeat” and “De-fund Planned Parenthood”, because action could happen as soon as next week.  New partnerships with Healthy Families Ohio, a coalition to fight the Personhood Amendment’s progress, and Choice Network, a social service agency working out of Ohio abortion clinics that helps women and families through all options: abortion, adoption, and parenthood.

March 8, 2012 – Short e-newsletter with important news asking folks to register for Storm the Statehouse – Lobby for Women’s Lives on March 21, 2012

January 20, 2012 – Start of Trust Women Week – Join us in applauding the 76 people who came forward to publicize their commitment to choice!  Ad’s appearing this week in online editions of Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Columbus Dispatch that point to our beautiful declaration for choice and the 76 names (4 anonymously).  Last day/weekend to sign up for Roe v. Wade Event this coming Tuesday.

January 14, 2012 – Trust Women Week coming January 20-27; Sign Up by next Friday for the Tuesday 1/24 Roe v. Wade Anniversary Event – a screening of “When Abortion was Illegal”; Sign up by next Tuesday for the Roe v. Wade newspaper ad declaring our support for reproductive freedom and get your name in lights!; For our goals to RAMP UP for 2012, help us make connections to SPEAK in homes, congregations, meeting places, and help us make connections to new volunteers and board members.

December 11, 2011 – Three Bills Rushing through the Ohio Senate; RUSH to let your Senators know you oppose these bills (SAMPLE TEXT included).   Bills include the so-called Heartbeat Bill, the Insurance Ban on Abortion Coverage in Health Reform, and a way to Defund Planned Parenthood.   ALSO:  Register and Donate NOW to get your name in lights (or sponsor anonymously) the Roe vs. Wade Anniversary Newspaper Ad(s) to help end the stigma around reproductive rights.  ALSO: Host a Chocolates for Choice or Invite FOCO to Speak at your next group meeting; help educate and inform the public about reproductive rights in preparation for the probable Personhood Amendment for the Ohio constitution likely to be on our November 2012 ballot.

October 20, 2011 – Great ways to Learn, Share, and Vote for Reproductive Freedom and Justice!  Cleveland speech on Oct 27 on “Making Space to Talk about Abortion, Spirituality and Religion”, Dayton Discussion on Oct 30, “Chocolates for Choice” on Reproductive Freedom, Offer from FOCO to provide speakers/materials from January through March on “Roe vs. Wade Decision’s 39th Anniversary – Yet Reproductive Freedom and Justice Shrinks Away” to organizations and congregational groups around Ohio.

September 19, 2011 – Senate Suffragette Protests: 12 to Choose from; Legislative Updates, tell your friends and family NOT to sign petitions on Personhood Amendment

August 26, 2011 – Clergy Only – Invitation to All-Options Clergy Counseling Training on Thursday, September 15, 2011

June 27, 2011 – Three ways to oppose HB 125 and HB 79, up for vote tomorrow: Attend Press Conference on State House Steps tomorrow, Tuesday 6/28, Email or Write your legislator (Sample Provided), and Pass the Word!

June 14, 2011 – Support Needed – If Not Now, When?  If Not Us, Who?;  Urge Your Legislator to Co-Sponsor Prevention First Act; Clergy: Save the Date for Clergy Training, Thursday, September 15th.

April 29, 2011 – Trust Women Lobby Day registration, Sample Letter for our Ohio Legislators, Action Alert on National HR 3, Our Response to Anti-Semitic Blog.

March 29, 2011 – Lots of News, Lots of Ways to Help (April 7 Rally in Washington DC, May 10 Lobby Day, Letters and Calls to Legislators, Movie Vera Drake on March 31, WHO Fundraiser on April 17, Letters to the Editor)

March 15, 2011 – Rally and Press Conference at Ohio’s State House, and 7 dangerous bills in Ohio’s legislature.

February 23, 2011 – “Walk for Choice” to the State House Steps this Saturday

February 4, 2011 – Clergy-only – Request Clergy Sign on Letter on bill before Congress regarding abortion and survivors of rape and incest

January 10, 2011 – Invitation to Roe v. Wade Dinner – Honoring our Barb Avery!

December 29, 2010 – You can Help!  Donate!  Spread the Word!

December 21, 2010 – Action Alert on Dangerous House bill 611

November 1, 2010 – Get out and Vote!

June 21, 2010 – Introducing new Executive Director, Cathy Levy; Call for Committee members