Rep. Nickie Antonio: Focus Should Be On Jobs, Not Playing Doctor With Women's Healthcare
Latest job numbers highlight need to focus on economic opportunity for all

COLUMBUS –Today’s state job numbers showed that 31,000 more Ohioans are out of work than at this time last year. State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) attributed the stalled recovery to misplaced priorities in the recent state budget.

 “Gov. Kasich should focus on creating economic opportunity for all Ohioans, instead of attacking women’s healthcare and undermining access to essential services,” said Rep. Antonio. “Today’s disappointing job numbers underscore that playing politics in the doctor’s office does nothing to create good-paying jobs for out of work Ohioans. We can do better.”

 Provisions in Governor Kasich’s most recent budget include defunding Planned Parenthood; instituting a gag rule keeping rape counselors from discussing all available health options following sexual assault; requiring women to undergo and pay for unnecessary medical procedures including invasive internal ultrasounds; and the targeting of women’s clinics around the state for closure.

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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.