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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 24, 2018

CONTACT: Sarah Inskeep, [email protected], 614-390-4164. 

Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio Launches New Digital Ad Campaign Targeting Mike DeWine

Columbus, OH –– Today, Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio launched a second digital ad campaign, investing $100,000 on ads that will run through Monday, October 15. The digital ad buy is a part of a larger direct voter contact program in which PPVotes Ohio is investing a total of $200,000 to reach voters across Ohio with digital ads and mailings.

The campaign features static and video ads attacking Mike DeWine and his harmful stance on “defunding” Planned Parenthood, banning abortion in Ohio, and cutting Medicaid expansion. The ad campaign come days after the first gubernatorial debate, where Mike DeWine was on record saying that he would sign a six-week abortion ban.

Statement from Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, Campaign Director, Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio:

“Last week, Mike DeWine made it clear that he will do everything possible to deny Ohioan’s health care, including access to safe and legal abortion if elected as governor.

“The record has been set straight. We know that Mike DeWine will block access to essential health care and will strip Ohioans of their rights to control their own bodies. With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, this threat is not hypothetical. We have an immense responsibility to elect champions like Richard Cordray who will fiercely fight to protect the rights and health care of all Ohioans.”  

DeWine’s Harmful Record on Health Care:

Despite overwhelming evidence that Medicaid expansion is good for Ohio’s health and economic outcomes, Mike DeWine has made it clear he wants to enact policies that would roll back this critical health care program.

  • DeWine wants to pass work requirements, which experts say would strip access to health care for 18,000 Ohioans and cost taxpayers millions of dollars to implement.
    • Nearly half of Ohio Medicaid expansion enrollees are employed and data shows Medicaid expansion improved financial stability and employment opportunities. 
  • Time and time again, DeWine has said expanding health care for 700,000 Ohioans under Medicaid expansion is a bad investment.
    • If DeWine becomes governor, he would ask the Trump-Pence administration to waive requirements and allow Ohio to re-write the Medicaid program, which could jeopardize coverage for tens of thousands of people across the state.

Mike DeWine opposes a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortion. DeWine brags about his “100%” anti-abortion voting record and has waged multiple legal battles to ban abortion.

  • DeWine has used his power and influence as Attorney General to enforce abortion policies that have resulted in shuttering abortion services at nearly half of all health centers that provided it in Ohio.
  • With the balance of the Supreme Court in jeopardy, if DeWine is elected, he could ban abortion in the state. He supports overturning Roe v. Wade, which he calls “poorly decided,” and supports outlawing abortion.
  • DeWine has promised to sign a six-week abortion ban to outlaw abortion before most women know they’re pregnant.

As Attorney General, DeWine has tried to “defund” Planned Parenthood, even if it meant costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

  • More than 84,000 Ohioans rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive health services.
  • Despite DeWine’s extreme rhetoric, the Hyde Amendment and existing state laws prevent any public funding from covering abortion services.
  • Simply stated, “defunding” Planned Parenthood is an attack on patients with low-incomes who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for life-saving preventive health care.

Mike DeWine would block Ohioans who face systemic barriers to care from getting the services they need.

  • The Trump administration’s domestic gag rule will put birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment — and even general women’s health exams — at risk. 
    • Planned Parenthood health centers saw over 59,000 Title X patients in Ohio, more than 63 percent of all the state’s Title X population.
    • Planned Parenthood was the sole Title X provider in nine Ohio counties in 2015, the most recent data available.
  • Under current failed leadership, Ohio ranks 48th in the country for publicly funded women’s health services — including access to publicly funded contraception — cancer screenings, and STI and pregnancy tests.
    • Because of racist and discriminatory policies, women, people of color, and young people disproportionately rely on publicly funded health care programs like Medicaid and Title X.


 Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.


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