Strickland Holds Women’s Healthcare Roundtable with Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards

Strickland discussed his support for protecting women’s healthcare in contrast to Senator Portman’s record of hurting Ohio’s women and families 

COLUMBUS, OH -- Today, Ted Strickland joined Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards and Ohio women leaders to hold a roundtable discussion on the importance of protecting women’s access to healthcare -- and to highlight the contrast between himself and Senator Portman on this critical issue. 

At the roundtable discussion, Strickland highlighted the connection between affordable women’s healthcare services and economic opportunity for Ohio’s working families, his firm commitment to keeping healthcare decisions between a woman and her doctor and his support for accessible preventative care, contraception and screenings. 

In contrast, Senator Rob Portman has repeatedly prioritized his Washington politics at the expense of Ohio’s women: opposing Roe v. Wade, working to restrict women’s access to healthcare services, and supporting the Blunt Amendment and Hobby Lobby  Supreme Court ruling which would jeopardize women’s access to care and allow a woman’s employer to decide whether or not to cover birth control, costing women hundreds of dollars a year out-of-pocket. 

“Women's access to health care is on the ballot across the country and especially in Ohio this election-a fact made clear today speaking with Ohio women leaders about the challenges they face. We need a leader like Ted Strickland who will stand up to protect access to reproductive care, Planned Parenthood and fight for equal pay and paid family leave. Ohio women can't afford more of Rob Portman in the Senate who, in his own words, doesn't think the health of 70,000 women is 'legitimate' and refuses to disavow Donald Trump who has called women ‘pigs,’” said Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. 

“In the Senate I will be proud to fight for the women of Ohio and to ensure that our mothers, sisters and daughters have access to quality, affordable and lifesaving healthcare services,” said Ted Strickland. “There is a clear connection between the availability of women’s healthcare services and economic opportunity for working families, but Senator Portman and I have some very basic disagreements about this issue. I believe a woman’s healthcare decisions are between her and her doctor – end of discussion. Senator Portman has led the charge to restrict women’s access to healthcare services, to give a woman’s boss the power to deny coverage for services like birth control, and to force women and families to pay hundreds of dollars more every year for basic services and medicine. It’s just another example of how Senator Portman is putting the interests of his D.C. power brokers and the wealthy special interests he serves over Ohio families and the values that we believe in.”

On Monday, Strickland released his Ohio Families First Plan to fight for Ohio’s women and working families – highlighting his support for protecting women’s healthcare as well as proposals on issues like equal pay for equal work, paid family leave and affordable childcare. This week Strickland also launched a new coalition group, Women for Ted,” featuring over 100 Ohio women leaders who are supporting his campaign.

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