"Adrienne was a waymaker, a visionary, a peacemaker, a warrior. She was fierce. With her quiet demeanor and loud actions. She was amazing."
- Linda Freeman Walker, Board Member
We are deeply saddened to share with you the unexpected death of our friend Adrienne Gavula, on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. Adrienne was an active and vital fundraising volunteer with Women Have Options and from 2012-2016 fiercely served as a member of our board of directors and then as our board chair. She was so full of life and love for justice. Adrienne dedicated her life to making the world a more just place and will be deeply missed.Read more
In case you haven't seen on social media, Women Have Options made international news with a powerful and silent coalition protest at the Ohio State House, as yet another dangerous abortion ban was introduced. This video from Al Jazeera has gone viral with over 600,000 views on Facebook. While lawmakers try and pass legislation to effectively ban abortion after 13 weeks, WHO/O, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates, were there together to protect Ohioans.
We won't stand idly by; We are continuing to fight. This morning legislators met to hear testimony and vote on Senate Bill 145, which, if passed, would essentially criminalize the dilation and evacuation method (D&E) — the most common and safest method used during most second trimester abortions between 13 and 24 weeks and occasionally after miscarriages.
Folks seeking abortion care are already being forced to wait longer to get access to care or some forced to travel out of state. If you don't have the resources to travel out of state, or travel two hours to a clinic, you're already kind of like in The Handmaid's Tale — forced to give birth without your consent.
Today we spoke out and shared testimony (below) in opposition to this dangerous bill. We can't continue this fight and our work to make abortion accessible to all who need it without your support. Please consider giving or volunteering.Read more
As an abortion fund, our staff and board members understand that racial justice is central to a vision of reproductive justice. We affirm Black humanity and celebrate Black freedom. Thus, we observe the celebration of Juneteenth, which recognizes the day in 1865 when enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas learned of their emancipation, two and one-half years after it had been decreed.Read more
Do you enjoy local music & food, tie-dye, and progressive politics? This is YOUR opportunity to help us and the Freedom of Choice Ohio Coalition educate our community and community festival attendees about the attacks to reproductive freedom Ohio politicians are considering at the Statehouse.Read more
There are no words to adequately describe the baffling mixture of feelings conjured by combination of fear for the future and the gratitude at the outpouring of support Women Have Options has received this week. I don’t need to tell you that we face an unprecedented and deeply troubling threat to our democracy. But, that threat is complex and it comes myriad additional threats to the safety, dignity and civil rights of people of color, economic security of many, access to reproductive health care and on and on. It’s an awful list.
While there is so much that is uncertain, I wanted to reach out to assure you that Women Have Options is here for what lies ahead. Our work is to make sure reproductive healthcare is accessible to all who need it. The degree to which our work just got more complicated is unclear in this increasingly radicalized and rapidly changing social and political climate. But, here is what I know for sure: Our work together to protect abortion and birth control access and the communities that need it has never been more important than it is at this moment.
Ohio has been a battleground for reproductive rights for some time and given the wildly emboldened opposition, we need your help now more than ever.