About Us

OPRR Board of Directors

Dr. Marcela Azevedo

Co-Founder, President

Dr. Lauren Beene

Co-Founder,
Executive Director

Dr. Nancy Li

Secretary

Dr. Aziza Wahby

Treasurer

History

In the wake of the Dobbs decision and then followed by Ohio’s near-total statewide abortion ban, two doctors connected on Facebook to discuss the impact on their patients. Days later, they wrote and circulated a letter to their colleagues. In less than one week, over 1,000 doctors signed the letter which was published in the Columbus Dispatch under the banner of a newly formed organization: Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights (OPRR). 

Since then, over 4,000 doctors and healthcare professionals have joined us in the fight to keep the government and politicians out of Ohioans’ reproductive healthcare decisions. OPRR evolved from this group of concerned physicians into a broad-based grassroots coalition Protect Choice Ohio, together training thousands of volunteers who succeeded in gathering the signatures needed to place the Reproductive Freedom Amendment on the November 2023 general election ballot.

After seeing the energy behind our movement, anti-abortion extremists spent over $20 million dollars to put on a special election trying to make it harder to pass constitutional amendments like ours. Ohioans overwhelmingly voted against this obvious attempt to silence their voices and to block the Reproductive Freedom Amendment from passing.

After Ohioans defeated the attempt to weaken their voice, extremists tried to stop our Amendment in every way possible. Extremists added medically inaccurate and stigmatizing language like “unborn child” to the wording of the proposed Amendment as it appeared on the ballot. Extremists spent millions of dollars to spread lies to Ohioans about what the Amendment would do. Extremists even purged registered Ohioans from the voter rolls. None of these efforts worked–Ohioans overcame these hurdles at every step because Ohio believes in putting patients and families, not the government, in charge of personal medical decisions.

Our Current Work

With the successful passage of the Amendment, OPRR now faces a new set of challenges. Anti-abortion legislators, despite the clear mandate from Ohioans, continue to seek avenues to restrict reproductive rights and undermine the newly secured amendment.

 

As OPRR transitions from campaign leaders to long-term advocates, our focus shifts to defending the Amendment against legislative and judicial challenges, while continuing to lend their medical expertise and credibility to the ongoing fight for reproductive rights in Ohio

As the only statewide organization of non-partisan, patient-focused medical professionals in this space, OPRR has a unique and important role to play. OPRR’s voice will be critical moving forward.

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Join OPRR

Are you a physician or allied health professional? To join the Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights (OPRR), you only need to sign in support of our Letter to Our Patients on the Loss of Reproductive Rights. This “Letter of Dissent” was published as a full-page ad in the Columbus Dispatch in summer 2022.

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Why Reproductive Rights Matter

Abortion is a complex and personal decision that should be made between a patient and their doctor or healthcare provider. Ohio’s current laws create barriers for individuals seeking safe and legal abortion services, and there will likely be a near-total abortion ban again in Ohio. We must pass the Reproductive Freedom Amendment this fall to enshrine the right to reproductive freedom in Ohio’s constitution.

Explore the facts:

  1. There is a broad medical consensus that abortion is an essential part of reproductive health care.
  2. Roughly one-quarter of women in the United States access abortion care in their lifetime.
  3. Restricting access to abortion forces some pregnant people to continue their pregnancies to delivery, leaving them to face the many health risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
  4. Restrictive laws criminalize physicians’ duty of care.
  5. Restrictive laws on abortion place physicians in an ethical dilemma of choosing between their obligation to provide the best available medical care and substantial legal (sometimes criminal) penalties.
  6. Like all medical matters, abortion is personal, and decisions should be made only by patients in consultation with their physicians and health care professionals.


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