HOT IN COLUMBUS
Say state limits violate their rights.
Women’s rights groups in Ohio are up in arms over new budget provisions that would essentially cut off Planned Parenthood, among other restrictions, and they’re not afraid to show it. In an effort to combat the new legislation, hundreds of women advocates took to the west plaza of the statehouse in Cleveland yesterday to rally against Gov. John Kasich and what they say are attacks on women’s health care. The legislation took effect on September 30 and banned abortion clinics from signing transfer agreements with local hospitals and established funding for crisis-pregnancy centers, which don’t perform abortions. “The nation is watching Ohio and we got your back,” says National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill. According to a recent CNN report, seven in 10 Americans believe that health insurance companies should cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do with other preventive services.