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Ohio 2018 Race

Primary Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Senate Candidates

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), Endorsed

A longtime advocate who trusts women to make their own health care decisions

I will always trust Ohio women to make their health care decisions.

— Sherrod Brown

Source: Politico

Since he was sworn into the Senate in 2007, Sherrod Brown has been a fearless supporter of reproductive rights. Earlier this year, Brown protested an Ohio abortion ban that would have criminalized safe, legal abortion.

He’s also fought to protect access to no-copay birth control.  Given his record, Brown earned a 100 percent on Planned Parenthood’s congressional scorecard. If Brown is re-elected senator, he will continue fighting for reproductive health and rights. Brown is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Why We Support Sherrod Brown

  • He earned a 100 percent on Planned Parenthood’s congressional scorecard

  • He fought against Congress’s attempts to block people from accessing care at Planned Parenthood

  • He supports access to safe, legal abortion and wants to expand birth control access

Sherrod Brown on the Issues:

Abortion

Brown supports a person’s right to safe, legal abortion, underscoring that he “will always trust Ohio women to make their health care decisions.” He opposes attempts to restrict abortion access, and he called on President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice to enforce anti-harassment laws at health centers that provide abortion.

Recently, Brown spoke out against Ohio’s failed six-week abortion ban, which would have banned abortion in the state of Ohio before most women know they’re pregnant.

Access to Health Care

One of Brown’s priorities is protecting Medicaid, which nearly three million Ohioans rely on to access health care. He’s voted multiple times against repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would cut Medicaid and restrict women’s reproductive health care access. Brown was also a co-sponsor of the Women’s Health Amendment in the ACA, which required health insurance plans to fully cover comprehensive women’s preventive care services.

Birth Control

Brown supports access to contraception, and consistently votes for legislation that would expand access to birth control. He recently called on the Trump administration to rescind rules that restrict birth control coverage. Brown also co-sponsored an amendment in the Affordable Care Act that required all health plans to cover comprehensive women’s preventive care, including birth control.

Health Equity for All

If Brown is re-elected senator, he will continue to fight for equity — no matter who you are or where you come from. He is a longtime supporter of LGBTQ communities, stating that “LGBTQ rights are human rights and civil rights.” He opposes President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender servicemembers. He also supports immigrant rights and has admonished the Trump administration for deporting undocumented immigrants.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

Brown is an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood patients, declaring on the Senate floor that he was “proud to stand with Planned Parenthood against a tide of relentless political attacks.” He’s put those words to action by defending against threats to “defund” Planned Parenthood time and time again.

In 2017, Brown voted multiple times against attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and “defund” Planned Parenthood. Most recently, he co-wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, calling out the administration’s decision to allow health care providers to discriminate against people seeking abortion.

Jim Renacci (R)

A radical politician running to “protect the future of President Trump’s agenda”

I was asked to help protect the future of President Trump's agenda by entering Ohio's 2018 race for the United States Senate.

—Jim Renacci

Source: WBIR News

Jim Renacci is running for Ohio governor on a platform that’s anti-abortion and anti-women. As a member of Congress, Renacci voted and advocated for a number of dangerous health care measures, including abortion bans and efforts to block thousands of Ohioans from birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood.

A full-blown Trump loyalist, he’s voted in line with Trump’s positions 92.3 percent of the time. He even went so far as to declare that the goal of his campaign run was to “protect the future of President Trump's agenda.” That’s not a future we want.

Why We Don't Support Jim Renacci

  • He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act

  • He recently co-sponsored a nationwide 20-week abortion ban

  • He wants to restrict access to no-copay birth control

Jim Renacci on the Issues:

Abortion

Renacci is notorious for his anti-abortion stance. As a member of the House’s Pro-Life Caucus, he co-sponsored and voted for multiple abortion bans. Recently, he co-sponsored a nationwide 20-week abortion ban. In 2017, he advocated for a bill that would make the harmful Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer money from funding abortion, even worse.

Renacci relishes that his anti-abortion policies align with President Trump’s administration, saying, “With the election of President Trump, we have the unique opportunity to bring awareness to the sanctity of life and pass legislation that reaffirms the value of life.”

Access to Health Care

One of Renacci’s top priorities is to “end Obamacare” by completely repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), despite the fact that this would jeopardize health care for almost one million Ohioans. To date, he’s voted against the ACA more than 50 times. Renacci also opposes Ohio’s decision to expand Medicaid under the ACA, and he supported a bill that would repeal Medicaid expansion nationwide.

Birth Control

Renacci doesn’t believe women should have access to no-copay birth control, which has benefitted over 62 million women. He criticized the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, arguing that employers should be able to block a woman’s birth control coverage for any personal reason they choose.

Health Equity for All

Renacci doesn’t support LGBTQ health and rights, arguing that “marriage should be between one man and one woman.” He also opposes immigrant rights, and he even defended President Donald Trump’s profane outburst about immigrants to the U.S. from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

On top of that, Renacci supports allowing guns in schools and concealed carry in government buildings. Earlier this year, he stated that he would support measures to allow Ohio teachers and officials to carry guns in K-12 schools.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

More than 80,000 Ohioans rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for care each year. Yet Renacci has repeatedly threatened this access. In 2016, he hailed a bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood as an example of “good policy for American workers and families.” In 2017, he voted to “defund” Planned Parenthood and block tens of thousands of patients from accessing birth control and cancer screenings.

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