FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2023
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Washington, D.C. — Today, Mari Urbina, Managing Director of Indivisible Project, released the following statement celebrating the passage of Issue 1 in Ohio, an amendment to Ohio's constitution that guarantees access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion:
"Tonight, we are elated by this pro-choice victory in Ohio and in awe of the voters and dedicated leaders on the ground who sent a clear message ahead of 2024: abortion access is non-negotiable. Community leaders, both on the ground and across the country, have worked tirelessly across generational, geographical, and political divides to connect with constituents, knock on doors, send texts, and register voters.
“MAGA Republicans tried every trick in the book to stop Issue 1 from passing. What the GOP seems to consistently overlook is that when abortion is on the ballot, their extremism will lose.
“Despite the odds and the obstacles voters faced, this election demonstrates the enduring belief in reproductive freedom, and that will always be stronger than the well-funded attempts to subvert it. As we head into the 2024 election cycle, we’re taking notes from this win in Ohio. Now we look ahead to Arizona and so many other battlegrounds where voters will be the firewall for our democracy. ”
Indivisible has been supporting leaders on the ground from Indivisible Central Ohio, Indivisible Appalachian Ohio, District 10 Indivisible for All (DIFA), Indivisible Strongsville, and the Ohio Progressive Action Leaders (OPAL) coalition, who have been working with a coalition of activists across the state on voter registration, phone and text banks, and Neighbor 2 Neighbor canvassing.
Indivisible joined this fight early on in July, supporting OPAL and Indivisible Central Ohio to shut down the ballot measure that would have amended the constitution to make it harder to pass future amendments to the Ohio Constitution, particularly aimed at stopping this amendment that will enshrine abortion access.
Since joining the fight, here is how Indivisible supported Ohio groups:
- Indivisibles sent 325,000 texts to voters through our award-winning texting program to enshrine abortion access in Ohio, specifically sending over 210,000 texts to *household tripling audiences.
- *Household tripling is a strategic texting method focused on voters who are identified as highly likely voters who live with individuals who were identified as less likely voters. Indivisible volunteers texted the highly likely voters to confirm their support, and asking them to encourage their household members to also vote.
- At least 577 voters replied back asking to join the volunteer corps for the November and August efforts – a record high rate of response for Indivisible’s multi-text conversations.
- Indivisible groups from across the country sent 75,000 hand-written postcards to Ohio voters to support their efforts to protect reproductive freedoms.
- Indivisible ran a phone bank partnership with OPAL with phone banks every Monday and Wednesday night for the last month, making over 82,000 calls with 57% of people we reached pledging to vote YES.
The Indivisible Project (501c4) is a social movement non-profit driven by a vision of a real democracy - of, by, and for the people. Indivisible began in 2016 as a viral guide to resisting Trump’s agenda. Today, the Indivisible movement is a network of thousands of local groups and millions of activists across every state. The Indivisible Project drives campaigns for bold progressive policies, lobbies Congress, and equips activists with tools to build lasting progressive power, everywhere. Together, we fight to defeat the rightwing takeover of American government and build an inclusive democracy.