130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. C. R. No. 25  As Introduced
As Introduced

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
S. C. R. No. 25

Senator Tavares 

Cosponsors: Senators Cafaro, Turner, Brown, Sawyer, Schiavoni, Kearney, Smith, Skindell, Gentile 

To recognize the week of January 22 - 28, 2012 as Reproductive Rights Awareness Week to encourage public awareness, conversation, and support for reproductive rights and justice.


       WHEREAS, Women comprise more than half of the population of the United States of America and are solely responsible for childbearing; and

        WHEREAS, Women who plan their pregnancies are more likely to seek prenatal care, improving their own health and the health of their children; and

        WHEREAS, The United States of America ranks 30th in the world in its rate of maternal mortality and has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality among all developed nations; and

        WHEREAS, Family planning services improve health care outcomes and wellness for women and families, access to family planning is directly linked to declines in maternal and infant mortality rates, and women who do not receive prenatal care are three to four times more likely to die after a live birth than are women who have received even minimal prenatal care; and

        WHEREAS, Contraception enables women to better prevent unintended pregnancies and plan for pregnancy when they do want to have a child, and publicly funded contraceptive services and supplies prevent nearly two million unintended pregnancies each year in the United States; and

        WHEREAS, Nearly half of all unintended pregnancies end in abortion, and abortion rates in the United States increase during times when contraception is less accessible to low income women; and

        WHEREAS, The United States has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy among the world's developed nations, half of all the pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and half of unintended pregnancies occur in women who are not using contraceptives; and

        WHEREAS, In addition to the primary purpose of allowing women to plan and prepare for pregnancy, other health benefits of contraception include reduced risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers, ectopic pregnancy, iron deficiency anemia related to heavy menstruation, osteoporosis, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease; and

        WHEREAS, Racial and ethnic health disparities are particularly pronounced in reproductive health, including disparities in rates of contraception usage, unintended pregnancies, maternal mortality, and sexually transmitted infections; and

        WHEREAS, These racial and ethnic health disparities reveal significant barriers to access to sexual health care (including contraception), medical care, and medically accurate sexuality education; and

        WHEREAS, A majority of American voters believe that matters related to women's reproductive rights, including contraception and abortion, are personal issues that should be decided by women with their families, health care providers, or clergy members; now therefore be it

        RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 129th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, in adopting this resolution, recognize the week of January 22-28, 2012 as Reproductive Rights Awareness Week to encourage public awareness, conversation, and support for reproductive rights and justice; and be it further

        RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the news media of Ohio.

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