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THE FBI WANTS OHIO’S FACIAL RECOGNITION DATA » ACT NOW!

The FBI could soon be getting access to Ohio’s law enforcement records, including the state’s facial recognition database.

A recent report by the Government Accounting Office raised serious concerns about how the FBI manages its use of technology. They pointed to failures to determine error rates and test data accuracy, non-existent privacy policies, and an overall lack of transparency and notice to the public about how their data was being used.

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TAKE ACTION! » STOP THE LATEST ATTACK ON ABORTION ACCESS

The Ohio Senate has only been back in session for a month, but anti-choice legislators have wasted no time resuming their crusade against reproductive rights. Last week, state senators reintroduced an unconstitutional bill designed to stigmatize a woman’s personal decision to end a pregnancy, and make abortion care less accessible.

Senate Bill 28 is a transparent attempt to make it more difficult for Ohio’s abortion clinics to serve the women who rely on them for safe and nonjudgmental care, by requiring the burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue. Like Ohio’s other health-care providers, abortion clinics already follow state-regulated procedures for the safe and appropriate handling of all forms of biological tissue. This legislation is among the most radical in the nation as it includes not only fetuses, but also zygotes and other collections of cells. There is no medically justifiable reason for forcing abortion clinics to adhere to this new, highly burdensome requirement.

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TAKE ACTION! » STOP A SNEAK ATTACK ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY!

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ohioans have the right to marry who they love. But now our politicians are trying to enshrine anti-LGBTQ discrimination into law with a “Pastor Protection Act” that was just introduced on February 7 and is already being rushed through committee hearings the next day.

House Bill 36 purports itself to be the Pastor Protection Act because it would allow ministers to refuse to perform any marriage that doesn’t conform to their sincerely held religious beliefs. Let’s be clear: the First Amendment already protects pastors’ freedom of religion, including their right not to perform marriages that may violate their beliefs. Just as Catholic priests were never required to marry non-Catholic couples, they would not be required to marry same-sex couples. At the same time, government officials and businesses should treat all couples equally.

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TAKE ACTION! » ENSURE A HIGHER STANDARD OF POLICING

The City of Cleveland plans to release new policies governing investigations of police misconduct. These proposed changes to the internal and external investigations procedures come as a result of the Department of Justice settlement, after the DOJ found “structural and systematic deficiencies and practices” by Cleveland police.

The ACLU of Ohio has created a comprehensive list of proposed recommendations for police oversight, which will help ensure a much higher standard of policing for the city of Cleveland. Our recommendations include four major areas of concern.

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Stop the death penalty in Ohio. Contact Governor Kasich and urge him to halt all executions.

Learn about our priorities for the year by reading our ACLU of Ohio Foundation 2016 Work Plan.

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Check out our legislative priorities for the Ohio General Assembly this session.
We look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to:

See the current Ohio General Assembly Committee Hearing Schedule for legislation with a civil liberties component.


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