Posts Tagged 'State Rep. Nickie Antonio'

Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus Announces New Leadership

The Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus recently met to elect new leadership for the 130th General Assembly. Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) has been elected the Chair for the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus.  Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus) was elected Vice Chair, Representative-Elect Heather Bishoff (D-Columbus) will serve as the Secretary, Rep. Pillich (D-Cincinnati) the Treasurer, Rep. Fedor (D-Toledo) Policy Chair, Rep. Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) will serve in a newly created position as the Development Chair.

These women will strive in the next General Assembly to build upon the framework laid by Rep. Nancy Garland (D-Columbus), as she will not be returning for another term. Under her leadership, the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus was active, visible, engaged and worked to further the lives of women in Ohio through policy initiatives. 

“I am honored to be elected to serve as the new Women’s Caucus Chair,” said Rep. Antonio.  “I can only hope to follow the exceptional leadership provided by Rep. Nancy Garland.”

This past General Assembly, the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus met regularly to discuss issues concerning women. Their goal: to develop policies that enhance the livelihood of women such as fair pay, health initiatives and the protection of women’s rights. The caucus organized a Women’s Lobby Day on May 15, 2012 bringing women from across Ohio to lobby Representatives regarding bills in the legislature that impact the lives of women and families. The caucus had annual retreats to advance their agenda and strategize as they worked to promote policies for the welfare of women. 

The Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus also uses social media to promote greater public awareness of their work and of bills of interest to the caucus. 

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Women Lawmakers Fight Renewed Efforts to Strip Funding from Planned Parenthood

State Reps. Nancy Garland, Chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus, and Nickie J. Antonio in coordination with NARAL and Planned Parenthood, held a news conference to fight the renewed efforts by Republicans and Gov. Kasich to strip funding from Planned Parenthood. Chants of “Hear us now” broke out in the halls outside of committee where the bill was being heard and during the press conference.

House Bill 298, which is scheduled to be voted out of the Health and Aging Committee today, creates a tiered system for funding family planning health centers. Planned Parenthood will fall in the final tier, only to receive support if there are funds in the budget after all other centers receive funding. This plan essentially defunds Planned Parenthood, and with it, will eliminate access to healthcare for thousands of women who rely on Planned Parenthood’s services.

“Extreme politicians across the nation lost on election night because of their anti-women and anti-family agenda,” said Rep. Antonio. “Women across Ohio and the nation stood up and made their voices heard in this election telling extreme politicians to keep government out of their personal health choices and start focusing on jobs, education and equal pay; Ohio legislators should listen and trust women.”

This extreme agenda hurts women and families, by seeking to limit a woman’s family planning options and preventative care. The constant attacks on women and failure to act on protective and preventative policies is bad for economic development and bad for women.  For every dollar invested to help women avoid unintended pregnancies, $4.12 is saved in Medicaid expenditures.

“Simply put, this is about preventive care. Women who have access to preventive care are able to lead healthier lives, to enable them to work and to care for their families which benefits society.  Let’s get back to work on legislation that will help women, not hurt women,” Rep. Garland added.

This bill, if passed, could place a larger burden on local county health departments who often rely on Planned Parenthood to provide services to women in their communities. Many county health centers refer patients to Planned Parenthood for affordable preventive care.  HB 298, would take away affordable quality health care from women.

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