Restrictive legislation is being introduced at an alarming rate across our state. We need YOUR help to ensure our rights to education, abortion access, health care, and more are protected. Continue reading to learn more about current legislation being introduced in Ohio and how you can take action.
YWCA GREATER CLEVELAND LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
OPPOSED: Ohio House Bill 322
- Prohibits public schools and state agencies from:
- Requiring the discussion of current events
- Requiring or awarding course credit for lobbying or other work surrounding social or public policy advocacy
- Prohibits state agencies or public schools from teaching any employee these “divisive concepts”.
- Prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting any model curriculum regarding “divisive concepts”.
- Prohibits any teacher or school administrator or any employee of a public school or state agency from accepting funding for, approving, making use of, or carrying out standards, curricula, lesson plans, textbooks, instructional materials, or instructional practices regarding “divisive concepts”
OPPOSED: Ohio House Bill 327
- Prohibits school districts, community schools, STEM schools, state agencies, and state institutions of higher education from teaching “divisive concepts” or accepting private funding to further promotion of “divisive concepts.”
- Requires the Department of Education to withhold funding from a school district or school that violates the bill.
OPPOSED: Ohio House Bill 616
- Prohibits public schools, and private schools accepting state funding, from providing instruction or materials on sexual orientation or gender identity to
- students in grades K-3 or
- students in grades 4-12 that is not “developmentally or age-appropriate.”
- Allows individuals to file complaints against a teacher, school, administrator, or school district superintendent alleged to be promoting “divisive concepts”
- Requires the Department of Education to take legal action against a teacher, school administrator, or school district superintendent who is found to have been promoting “divisive concepts.”
OPPOSED: House Bill 151
- Originally constructed as a revision to teachers mentorship programs, a last minute addition tacked on the transphobic “Save Women’s Sports Act”
- Requires school and college sports teams to be separated by gender.
- Requires medical proof of “internal and external reproductive anatomy,” testosterone levels, and analysis of “genetic makeup” to be eligible.
- Allow individuals to file complaints against schools if “deprived of athletic opportunity” of playing on a sports team separated by gender.
OPPOSED: Ohio House Bill 598
- Bans all abortions in Ohio except for those performed to “save the life of the mother.”
- This bill is a “trigger ban,” meaning it will take effect the instant the U.S. Supreme Court officially strikes down Roe v. Wade.
Gender Affirming Care
OPPOSED: Ohio House Bill 454
- Counselors and educators from concealing or encouraging adolescents to conceal their feelings of gender dysphoria from their parents.
- Referrals for medicalized treatments for minors with Gender Dysphoria
- Hormone blockers for Gender Dysphoria prior to the age of 18.
- Cross-sex hormones for youth experiencing gender dysphoria prior to the age of 18.
- Surgical interventions or Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) for minors.
- Threatens to:
- Remove the licensure of physicians who provide this care and threatens them with civil lawsuits.
- Withdraw public funds from any hospital at which gender affirming care occurs
HOW CAN YOU TAKE ACTION?
- Talk about these bills with your family, friends, and co-workers
- Host a letter or postcard-writing party and send the letters/postcards to your State Representative
- Support or volunteer with organizations working to register voters and increase turnout
- Attend local school board meetings and share your concerns
- Call your State Representative
- If you have a personal connection with a state representative, reach out and see if they have time for a phone call or meeting with you.
- Share information YWCA posts on social media about these bills
- Submit a letter to the editor to your local or regional news outlet
Phone Call Script
Use the draft script when you call your representative, but be sure to make it personal!
Hello, I’m a constituent of Representative____________. I live in [City/Town].
I’m calling to urge [Representative] to vote against House Bill(s)____. These bills are a distraction from the real issues that matter to students and educators. They would have a serious chilling effect on student learning and Ohio’s education profession, which is facing a growing recruitment crisis. With these bills, Ohio lawmakers are sending exactly the wrong message to students and to businesses looking to recruit a diverse workforce.
Use this draft to help start your letter but be sure to include any relevant personal experience.
I live in [City/Town] and I am writing to urge you to vote against House Bill(s) ___. These bills are a distraction from the real issues that matter to students and educators. They would have a serious chilling effect on student learning and Ohio’s education profession, which is facing a growing recruitment crisis. With these bills, Ohio lawmakers are sending exactly the wrong message to students and to businesses looking to recruit a diverse workforce.
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