FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitmarsh
DATE: Friday, June 24, 2022 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Tonight, Ohio Right to Life released the following statement responding to Governor Mike DeWine’s Executive Order regarding the Ohio Department of Health’s adoption of emergency rules implementing Ohio’s Heartbeat Law.
This Executive Order is in response to the federal court lifting the injunction on Ohio’s Heartbeat Law earlier today. Attorney General Dave Yost filed a legal request to lift the injunction due to the United States Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.
“The Heartbeat Law has been sitting on the sidelines in federal court which could have saved countless lives over the past several years. Starting right now no baby with a beating heart can be aborted in the state of Ohio,” said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis. “We are grateful that our Attorney General Dave Yost acted swiftly and got the injunction lifted.”
Director of Communications Elizabeth Whitmarsh stated, “Many would have been lackadaisical on this, but because we elected strong pro-life leaders, thousands of lives are protected from abortion starting this very moment. Our Attorney General and Governor saw an opportunity to save lives and they immediately got it done. This is true leadership and should be a model for the how we move forward.”
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.