Increase Ohio Animal Protection & Punishment Laws

Ohio continues to rank at the bottom of animal protection legislation, and we must change the laws to protect the voiceless. With the deterioration of our Nation as a whole into the 21st century, we must demand an update through legislation that allows for prosecution of animal cruelty with stronger penalties imposed on those found guilty, only then, Ohio will be on the road to becoming a just and compassionate State. We must demand these protections through and by legislation for all animals, domestic and wild.  Help us help the voiceless animals.

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Posted on July 28, 2014 By omarfaruk With 0 comments

Boycott Eden Foods for Refusing to Cover Employees’ Birth Control

The recent Supreme Court decision regarding women’s health issues under the Affordable Care Act was supported by Eden Foods, whose CEO characterizes certain reproductive preventive measures as a lifestyle choice incongruous with his religious beliefs.

To build a corporate image of responsibility but to inflict personal beliefs on women is unacceptable.

Founder and devout Catholic Michael Potter described contraceptives as “lifestyle drugs,” the same as “Viagra, smoking cessation, weight-loss” tools and other meds. He even compared birth control to “Jack Daniels.”

Please sign the petition pledging to boycott Eden Foods until the owner agrees to cover contraceptives in the employee insurance plan!

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Support Reproductive Rights. Pass the Access to Birth Control Act

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Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass the Access to Birth Control Act (H.R.728/S.333).

What is the Access to Birth Control Act a.k.a. ABC Act?

The Access to Birth Control Act (H.R.728/S.333), sponsored by U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 14) and U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), is bill will help ensure that an individual’s personal belief does not impede a woman’s right to birth control by making sure pharmacies have policies in place to guarantee timely access at the pharmacy counter.

The Problem

Family planning is basic health care for women. Access to contraception helps women prevent unintended pregnancy and control the timing and spacing of planned births.

Also, emergency contraception works like other hormonal birth control by preventing pregnancy. It also does not harm or terminate an already-established pregnancy

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included family planning in its published list of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century, the United States still has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancies among industrialized nations. Each year, 3,000,000 pregnancies, nearly half of all pregnancies, in the United States are unintended, and nearly half of unintended pregnancies end in abortion.

 The Solution

Access to legal contraception is a protected fundamental right in the United States and should not be impeded by one individual’s personal beliefs.

The Food and Drug Administration has declared emergency contraception to be safe and effective in preventing unintended pregnancy and has approved over-the-counter access to emergency contraception for individuals aged 17 and older.

If taken soon after unprotected sex or primary contraceptive failure, emergency contraception can significantly reduce a woman’s chance of unintended pregnancy.

Therefore it is vital that birth control remain accessible to the public.

What will the Access to Birth Control Act a.k.a. ABC Act do?

The Access to Birth Control Act (H.R.728/S.333), would amend the Public Health Service Act to require pharmacies to comply with certain rules related to contraceptives, including:

-(1) providing a customer a contraceptive without delay if it is in stock;

-(2) immediately informing a customer if the contraceptive is not in stock and either transferring the prescription to a pharmacy that has the contraceptive in stock or expediting the ordering of the contraceptive and notifying the customer when it arrives, based on customer preference, except for pharmacies that do not ordinarily stock contraceptives in the normal course of business; and

-(3) ensuring that pharmacy employees do not take certain actions relating to a request for contraception, including intimidating, threatening, or harassing customers, interfering with or obstructing the delivery of services, intentionally misrepresenting or deceiving customers about the availability of contraception or its mechanism of action, breaching or threatening to breach medical confidentiality, or refusing to return a valid, lawful prescription.

In addition the ABC Act would provide that a pharmacy is not prohibited from refusing to provide a contraceptive to a customer if:

-(1) it is unlawful to dispense the contraceptive to the customer without a valid, lawful prescription and no such prescription is presented;

-(2) the customer is unable to pay for the contraceptive; or

-(3) the employee of the pharmacy refuses to provide the contraceptive on the basis of a professional clinical judgment.

Finally, the ABC Act does not preempt state law or any professional obligation of a state board that provides greater protections for customers. It also sets forth civil penalties and establishes a private cause of action for violations of this Act.

What can you do to get the Access to Birth Control Act passed?

Please write to and/or call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and President Obama tell them to pass Access to Birth Control Act (H.R.728/S.333).  Also ask your U.S. Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor the Access to Birth Control Act.

Also please sign the petition below.

Keep “Stand Your Ground” Out of Ohio, Kill Ohio House Bill 203

Join Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, faith and community leaders to END HB203, the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law for Ohio. Ohio already has reasonable self-defense laws, there is no need to side with extremists in enacting a dangerous “Stand Your Ground” law in our state. It is obvious that this misguided and unsafe law encourages recklessness with firearms.

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Please join ProgressOhio Education, Faith & Community Leaders, and the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus in opposing House Bill 203, the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law for Ohio. Ohio already has reasonable self-defense laws, there is no need to side with extremists in enacting a dangerous “Stand Your Ground” law in our state. It is obvious that this misguided and unsafe law encourages recklessness with firearms.

We have an American Justice System. We shouldn’t be taking the law in to our own hands by playing the part of judge, juror and executioner. We need to prevent innocent lives from being lost. The tragedy of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis should have never happened. If we don’t speak out in Ohio, we risk allowing the same atrocities that played out in Sanford to happen in our Ohio communities.

Please join us in making your voices heard to elected officials in the Ohio House, Senate and the Governor’s Office. We need common sense laws, not more senseless violence.

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Tell Ohio: Repeal the gay marriage ban!

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In 2004, as discriminatory constitutional amendments were pushed in numerous states throughout the nation, Ohio citizens voted for an anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment which passed and wrote discrimination into Ohio’s constitution. State advocacy groups are working to both repeal such discrimination and end the exclusion of same-sex couples and their families from marriage.

With our faith and determination we can address this issue and stop such discrimination. Please review the petition and show your support in putting a stop to the gay marriage ban in Ohio.

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Posted on May 14, 2012 By Jake Caputo With 0 comments