NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation supports and protects a woman’s right to make personal decisions regarding a full range of reproductive choices. These choices include preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children and choosing safe, legal abortion.
Contact: Jane Larson
The mission is to support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a woman’s freedom to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices though research, education, training organizing, legal action and public policy. The NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation conducts many programs, including Emergency Contraception access, educational programs for community groups and schools, outreach programs for the general public, setting the record straight to educate the public and elected officials about reproductive rights through the media and other sources, and producing a quarterly newsletter, 'The Voice of Choice'.
Scope: The NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation conducts programs throughout the state. This year, it is focusing on access to Emergency Contraception (both through pharmacies and emergency rooms), researching issues effecting access to reproductive health services and promoting our Prevention First Campaign to increase access to comprehensive sex education and family planning services to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in our state. In Central Ohio the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation has just begun a new project, the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health. This project is working with city leaders, the Columbus Health Department and other community groups to increase access to reproductive healthcare services in the area. Together, all of these projects will increase access to reproductive health services and information about reproductive health issues throughout Central Ohio and the entire state.
See website for more details: www.prochoiceohio.org
Justification for First UU support : The projects of the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation further the purpose of the First UU Church and its Justice Action Ministry. The Unitarian Church has supported a woman's right to choose since 1963 and has supported the Roe v. Wade decision since 1973. Our organizational mission supports the mission of the church in its support of personal freedom, the worth and dignity of each individual and our work to promote justice and equality for all people. Funding from the First UU Church will help support our mission and our work towards these goals.
Additional information: Most recent 'Voice of Choice' newsletter, reports on Access to Emergency Contraception in the ER and Ohio pharmacies and information about the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health program are available on the website, www.prochoiceohio.org. The NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio webpage also has lots of information about reproductive heath issues, pending legislation and upcoming events.