Students for Life Rally Against Planned Parenthood at Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse Last Stop on Students for Life Bus Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Friday, October 9, 2015     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Ohio Right to Life, Students for Life of America, and Family Research Council Action collaborated to host a press conference, calling for the de-funding of Planned Parenthood. This was the final stop on Students for Life and FRC Action's Planned Parenthood Project Bus Tour. The bus tour coincides with the ongoing video scandal and investigation of Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of aborted baby parts. This week, the Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement began hearings on Ohio Right to Life's legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

DSC_0740.JPG"What these videos have exposed are practices that pro-lifers have long detested about Planned Parenthood – a callous disregard for human life," said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. "Planned Parenthood officials are on record describing how to properly 'crush' a human life to procure a child's organs. You want my tax dollars, Planned Parenthood? Then stop the crushing. Stop the crushing of innocent human lives."

Ohio Right to Life joined the following leaders from national pro-life organizations: Anna Held of Students for Life of America; Brent Keilen of Family Research Council Action, and Bethany Goodman of March for Life. Pro-life millennials from Young Professionals for Life of Central Ohio and The Ohio State University's Pro-life Club also participated in today's press conference.

"When Ohio Right to Life announced our Legislative Agenda back in February of this year, de-funding Planned Parenthood was listed as one of our priorities," said Krider. "This initiative follows the process we began in 2013, thanks once again to House and Senate leadership, as well as Governor Kasich. We are so grateful for the leadership of this pro-life General Assembly who are clearly motivated to get this done. I especially want to thank our bill sponsors: Senate President Keith Faber, Representative Margy Conditt and Representative Bill Patmon. They are courageous leaders for taking up this legislation."

Ohio Right to Life asks its members to sign their petition to de-fund Planned Parenthood and send a letter of support to their Representative and Senator using their Legislative Action Center at ohiolife.org.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.

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