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COLUMBUS, Ohio - More than 1,000 women and men from across Ohio converged on the state's capital claiming Gov. John Kasich's administration is attempting to set women back more than 40 years to the time before Row V. Wade.
 
Roz Gadd, of Girard, caught the bus in Cortland where women from our region joined with others saying women should be in control of reproductive issues and family planning. She says the bus made stops in Ashtabula County and the Canton-Akron area where people joined with others from Mahoning and Trumbull counties. 
 
They say the budget bill passed for fiscal year 2014-2015 left Ohio with some of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation.
 
The protesters add the bill puts Planned Parenthood in the back of the line for $1.4 million in federal funding and state dollars.
 
Planned Parenthood provides pap tests, preventative contraceptives, and health screenings.
 
Women at the rally said the measures will force some clinics to close taking a needed resource from women in Ohio. 
 
Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro asks if a woman and her doctor should be able to determine her needs.
 
Cafaro says a married woman with an at risk pregnancy may be denied their choice until they are at risk to die. She adds these are serious issues  that were inserted into the state's budget bill with no dialogue or discussion from doctors and medical professionals.
 
Cafaro says people need to educate themselves on the issues and decide if they want to make family planning decisions for their own family or if they want the government making decisions for them. She encourages women and men to call their state representatives and senators.
 
Sandy Theis says the women and men protesting are warning the governor and lawmakers they will be watching for other provisions such as the proposed fetal heart beat bill that would strip more fights away from women.
 
The Warren native says the rally was intended to send a message to men that are in charge of state government that women won't go back.
 
The governor's office did not return our calls for comment.
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