Testimony on House Concurrent Resolution 52
Before the House Health and Aging Committee
The Hon. Lynn Wachtman, Chair
By Karen Rainey, AAUW of Ohio Public Policy Advocate
May 7, 2014
Chairman Wachtman, Vice Chair Gonzales, Ranking Minority Member Antonio:
My name is Karen Rainey, and I am speaking for AAUW of Ohio, representing 1,500 members in 44 branches throughout Ohio. Since 1881, AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW’s members-adopted public policy program makes increased access to quality, affordable health care and family planning services a priority.
Sadly, we cannot support this resolution. This resolution, which would put the stamp of approval on crisis pregnancy centers by the Ohio House of Representatives, is an attempt to give undeserved legitimacy to crisis pregnancy centers. These centers simply don’t measure up to AAUW standards for safe, accessible, affordable and comprehensive family planning and reproductive health services.
Crisis pregnancy centers are less than comprehensive; indeed, they have been shown to be manipulative providers of inaccurate and misleading health information. Their scope of services is limited and may not even offer access to contraceptives. Women experiencing unintended pregnancies or in need of family planning services deserve to receive accurate, unbiased medical information in order to make the right decisions for themselves and their families.
We are heartened that just recently, Google—that giant company—has taken down deceptive ads by crisis pregnancy centers. We’re sure that Google does not pass up advertising revenue willingly without solid evidence that the advertising is misleading and inaccurate.
The resolution appears to be a prelude to providing state funding to crisis pregnancy centers. I testified on behalf of AAUW on House Bill 59, the biennial budget, against the potential diversion of federal TANF funds to support crisis pregnancy centers. TANF funds have eroded over recent years while the number of Ohio families with children living in deep poverty (below half the poverty line) has increased. It’s imperative that we continue to alleviate this extreme poverty with TANF dollars, rather than siphon off these funds for a spurious use.
We respectfully request that the Health Committee reject this resolution.
Thank you for your time.
Read more testimony provided by Karen Rainey, AAUW Ohio Public Policy Advocate, in the Ohio Legislature.
We’re famous! AAUW Ohio’s Tweet was on MSNBC yesterday. We participated in a Tweet Storm on #WhatMothersNeed. Here’s the screenshot.
Janice began her communications career as a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor. She has two advanced degrees — master’s degrees in business, with an emphasis on management and marketing, and education, with a focus on adult education.
She served the Zanesville Branch as president and programming vice president. Under her leadership, the branch has increased membership and community involvement. She was instrumental in the creation of an AAUW Campus Affiliate at Muskingum University, which provides opportunities for young women in leadership and community advocacy.
Tucker-McCloud is a pioneer in dyslexia education, as she is certified in the Orton-Gillingham approach through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Southeastern Ohio. She has provided more than 800 hours of one-on-one multisensory tutoring to children and young adults with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Janice lives in Zanesville with her husband, Carl. Read the story on Janice and the other award winners.
Malinda Gaul, a member of the AAUW Board of Directors, shared this wonderful new membership recruitment video with us at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2014. Add the link to “The Power of Membership” to your branch website. For help or more information, email email@example.com or visit the AAUW website.
Deepti Gudapati, AUW director of membership leadership progams, suggested sharing this 30-second Title IX AAUW PSA, “You Throw Like a Girl,” on branch websites and via social media.
The public is invited to join AAUW Delaware Branch and the League of Women Voters of Delaware County in a community discussion of the Common Core curriculum currently being implemented in Ohio’s public schools. The meeting will be in the community room at the Delaware YMCA, 1121 S. Houk Rd., Delaware 43015 on Monday, April 14, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led, voluntary effort that has established educational standards for K-12 English and math, designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter college programs or the workforce. However, the effort is not without controversy; critics have claimed that standards are lowered to the least common denominator and that data collection on student performance can be an invasion of student privacy. The use of testing for student achievement is another area of contention. This forum is intended to give citizens a better understanding of the initiative and its impact on the public schools.
The speakers to be featured in the forum are Michael Collins, elected member of the State Board of Education representing Delaware County, Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and Sue Grodek, representing the Ohio PTA State Standards Committee and a first grade teacher.
There will be ample opportunity to question the panelists. Both AAUW and the League encourage informed discussion to address this issue, and welcome participation of all Delaware County residents.
For more information, call Karen Rainey, AAUW Ohio Public Policy Advocate, at 740-368-9001, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“SURVIVOR: MIDDLE SCHOOL,” the 15th Sister-to-Sister Conference sponsored by Medina County Branch and held on March 9 at Medina Hospital was a resounding success, with 50 girls from Medina County attending the session.
In addition, 12 teen facilitators and 13 adult team members participated and 21 parents joined the Parent-to-Parent session held during the last hour of the program. Christie Becker, of the Ohio State University Extension Office, Diane Dockrill of Solutions Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., and Cindy McQuown, of Cornerstone Wellness Center, served as co-chairs of this year’s event.
The program included a “Survivors’ Panel” of young women who offered thoughts from personal experience on how to get through the challenges of middle school: Tiffany Emerson Kosman, a wife, mom and kindergarten teacher and alumna of the Sister-to-Sister program; Veronica Bagley, a senior at Buckeye H.S. who also has junior status at the University of Akron, and Micalah Yovanovich, a sophomore at Norton H. S. read more…
Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 8. If you need ideas, check out what your friends across the country did last year, or download the Pay Equity Resource Kit. Tell national about your event, and request stickers, posters, and other AAUW materials by April 1 in order to get them in time.
Other Equal Pay Day reminders:
- You can view and download The Simple Truth from AAUW website, as well as a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the key findings: www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap.
- A powerful tool for advocating on the issue of equal pay is AAUW’s set of state-specific one-pagers detailing the gender pay gap for each congressional district in your state. Consider using this information in a letter to the editor, or printing out copies to have at your tabling event or deliver to an elected official! Find your state’s one-pager here: www.aauw.org/resource/gender-pay-gap-by-state-and-congressional-district.
- No matter what your activity is – tabling event, Cocktails and Convos, issue forum, rally, house meeting, etc. – you’ll definitely want to have a way for people to sign up for Action Network so they can stay involved with AAUW and become a “Two-Minute Activist.” Download an easy-to-use sign-up sheet from AAUW’s website here: www.aauw.org/resource/action-network-sign-up-sheet. When the sign-up sheet is full, all you have to do is e-mail or mail us a copy, and then we’ll get those people signed up for Action Network!
- If you’re on Twitter, equal pay advocates across the country will be using the same hashtag – #NoMadMenPay – on Equal Pay Day and in the days leading up to the occasion. This hashtag is a direct reference to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, when he said the following about the gender wage gap and other AAUW priority issues: “It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.” Join the conversation on Twitter by using #NoMadMenPay, and make sure you’re following @AAUWPolicy for the latest updates!
The Zanesville Branch will partner with the Zanesville Business & Professional Women (ZBPW) in sponsoring a showing at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 27, of the documentary film, The Invisible War. The event will take place in the John McIntire Library Auditorium, 220 North Fifth St., Zanesville, and is free and open to the public.
After a 55-minute screening, ZBPW & AAUW representatives will be on hand to discuss, and to moderate discussion, regarding the most recent federal legislation involving sexual assault in the U.S. military. This sexual assault is exposed in The Invisible War (by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering) and focuses on the powerfully-emotional stories of rape victims.
According to a Pentagon report covered by the Huffington Post in May 2013, “the number of sexual assaults reported by members of the military rose from 3,192 to 3,374 in 2012, while the department estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were assaulted, based on anonymous surveys” (Richard Lardner, 5/07/13). Female soldiers aged 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims.
The Invisible War chronicles the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice.
The Invisible War was one of four feature-length documentaries nominated for the Academy Award in 2013, and it has been nominated for many other awards. Time Magazine called it one of the “Ten Best Films of the Year.” Visit invisiblewarmovie.com for more information.
Get recognition for your branch as a 2014 Communication Star for its use of print and online communications and social media. Get the guidelines and entry form. The deadline has been extended to March 17 so that more branches have the opportunity to enter.
Findlay Branch will host a meeting on March 17 at 7 p.m. that features AAUW National Executive Director Linda Hallman speaking on “The Future of AAUW: It’s Up to You.”
The meeting will be held at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St. in Findlay. The entire AAUW Ohio membership is invited and encouraged to attend.