FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jamieson Gordon
DATE: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, the Ohio Senate released their amended version of the biennial operating budget, which includes several important pro-life provisions.
The following statement may be attributed to Stephanie Ranade Krider, vice president and executive director of Ohio Right to Life:
Ohio is a pro-life state, and the Ohio Senate has clearly proven that with the life-affirming work represented in the budget they have presented today. We are excited to see the Ohio Senate's inclusion of the Safe Families legislation in the budget. The Safe Families program is vital in protecting and supporting some of our most vulnerable families and children. It allows struggling parents to seek help and intervention from vetted families while getting their lives on track, before child protective services has to get involved, and provides ongoing mentoring and support. We applaud Senate President Obhof, Senator Hottinger and Senator Coley for demonstrating a consistent pro-life ethic supported by our membership.
Additionally, the inclusion of $5 million dollars in the budget for the Ohio Parenting and Pregnancy Program will provide critical support and care for women and their families. This is a $4 million dollar increase from the previous two budget cycles! Life-affirming pregnancy resource centers provide services ranging from pregnancy tests and prenatal care to material resources like diapers which are desperately needed by new mothers. This funding will impact countless mothers and babies by increasing the effectiveness and reach of Ohio’s 140+ pregnancy resource centers. We are grateful for the Ohio Senate's pro-life majority and how they consistently further pro-life priorities!
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.