Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus Hosts Women's Lobby Day
Legislators and activists tackle hard-hitting issues

Tuesday, the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted a Women’s Lobby Day to discuss issues of concern to women and working families across our state. The event featured legislative briefings, an expert “How to Lobby” training from former Rep. Nancy Garland, and keynote speaker, Kathy Groob, a former elected official and author of Pink Politics. This thirdWomen’s Lobby Day brought together over 60 women from all across Ohio to get involved with their state government and to meet their representatives.

“Ohio women’s voices are critical in the policy discussions that impact their lives and communities,” said Rep. Antonio.

The Women’s Caucus members took the opportunity during the day to discuss bills they are working on that specifically affect women. Rep. Antonio, a leader on health issues, discussed key policy initiatives focused on women’s health and safety issues with attendees, including recent attempts to defund family planning centers including Planned Parenthood-- a vital preventative healthcare provider to women across the state. Rep. Antonio also discussed the impact of Medicaid Expansion on women’s access to healthcare.

“This program provided an extensive and comprehensive overview of issues and proposed policies that directly impact Ohio women and their families,” said attendee Judith Pindell. “The Women’s Lobby Day gave me an opportunity for my voice to be heard and to ensure women’s health is a priority. It was a powerful experience.”

“Members of the Delta Sigma Sorority Inc. joined with the Democratic Women’s Caucus to promote women and power with a day of activism, networking, and build greater opportunities for collaborations in advocacy for issues important to women,” said Meredith Turner, Ohio State Social Action Chair of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “I am looking forward to next year.”

Also participating throughout the day were: Reps. Bishoff, Boyd, Reece, Pillich, and Heard.

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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report


The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.