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Women's issues and courts playing a big role in the presidential election
Whoever is elected will have an effect on the issue of birth control by way of their supreme court appointments
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Jo Ingles

When voters go to the polls this fall, their vote for President will not only determine who leads the country but also who will decide the makeup of the nation’s highest court. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports how that’s become a factor in the debate over women’s issues.

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Progressive groups say it’s important to think about which presidential candidate to support this fall.  Kellie Copeland of NARAL Ohio says the choice is critical because the new President will make key appointments to the nation’s highest court.

“From restricting a woman’s right to choose to attacking birth control access or trying to repeal the affordable health care act, anti-choice politicians from across the country are trying to push an agenda that is harmful to women.”

“To me it’s offensive that they frame this as a women’s rights issue….as a birth control issue.”

That’s Stephanie Ranade Krider with Ohio Right to Life.  She says her organization does not take a stand on birth control issues.

“I obviously agree that women have guaranteed rights under our constitution.  I disagree that women have the right to an abortion. I think a child’s right to life trumps that.”

But Ranade Krider says she agrees with progressives on one point… when it comes to makeup of the nation’s top court, this is a pivotal election.

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