FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Allie Frazier
DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS-- Today, the ACLU announced the placement of billboards in seven cities across Ohio. These billboards, which read “Abortion is still legal in Ohio” have been placed in Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati, Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown, and Dayton, and also serve to advertise the locations of the state’s abortion facilities.
“Women are far smarter than the ACLU and abortion advocates give them credit for,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, Vice President of Ohio Right to Life. “It isn’t a lack of knowledge that turns women away from abortion, it’s the common understanding that they are carrying another human life. Thanks to our pregnancy help centers statewide, women are able to identify readily-available resources to help them care for themselves and their baby. While Planned Parenthood continues to claim that women need abortion, these billboards only serve to show the truth: Big Abortion needs women- desperately.”
The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and a handful of other abortion facilities and interest groups came together to launch the ad campaign in response to the increased passage of pro-life legislation in previous years. Some twenty-three new pro-life initiatives have been signed into law, and in the last decade, half of Ohio’s abortion facilities have closed or curtailed their services.
“The data shows that as we move into a new decade, women are increasingly choosing life for their babies,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, Vice President of Ohio Right to life. “Abortions have decreased in Ohio by 31% since 2008. The reality is that when women choose life, the abortion industry loses money. Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies are scrambling to increase their business. Unfortunately for them, Ohio women aren’t buying into their abortion agenda.”
“If these groups were concerned for the well-being of women, they would sink these dollars into increasing the services available to them, rather than choosing to take their money and advertise a permanent, fatal ‘solution’ to the many difficulties pregnant, vulnerable women may face,” said Krider.
There are over 140 pregnancy help centers in Ohio serving thousands of women each year by offering resources and material support to women and their babies, often at no cost. These centers outnumber abortion facilities in Ohio 17 to one.
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.