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Ohio Right to Life Announces Endorsement for US Senate Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitmarsh
DATE: Wednesday, April 6, 2022          PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

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Brother of Ohio Right to Life Board Member Named Bishop of Columbus Diocese

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitmarsh
DATE: Wednesday, April 6, 2022          PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

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Ohio Right to Life Announces First-Ever Statewide March for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitmarsh
DATE: Wednesday, April 6, 2022          PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

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Ohio Right to Life Announces New Board Members, PAC Member and Communications Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitmarsh
DATE: Wednesday, March 30, 2022             PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

Diverse Group of New Leaders Set to Help Shape a Post-Roe Ohio

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Update on Dismembered Fetal Remains Found in Trash at Northeast Ohio Abortion Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitmarsh
DATE: Friday, March 25, 2022             PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

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Human Life Protection Act Companion Bill Introduced in the Ohio House

For Immediate Release

Date: March 15, 2022

Contact: Mary Parker

Phone: 614-597-0099 ext. 303

 

Columbus, Ohio—Today, Representative Jean Schmidt introduced House Bill 598. This piece of legislation is a companion bill to Senate Bill 123, the Human Life Protection Act, which was introduced by Senators Kristina Roegner and Sandra O’Brien.

This bill would outlaw abortion in the state of Ohio, except those medically necessary to save the life of the mother. The legislation would not take effect until the Supreme Court issues a decision that overturns Roe v. Wade and allows states to prohibit abortion.

“With the U.S. Supreme Court hearing the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, there is renewed hope that states will once again be able to outlaw abortion and protect the most vulnerable in our society,” said Schmidt. “I’ve been dedicated to protecting unborn children my whole career. This legislation will ensure that Ohio is prepared to take action when the opportunity arrives.”

Ohio Right to Life fully supports House Bill 598. “With a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court coming as early as this June, we are doing everything possible to prepare for a post-Roe Ohio," said Mary Parker, Director of Legislative Affairs at Ohio Right to Life. "This companion bill will help expedite the legislative process to get the bill to Governor Mike DeWine. Additionally, we are working with our chapters and other pro-life organizations to empower women and families to choose life when faced with a crisis pregnancy.”

Similar legislation has been passed in 13 other states, including neighboring Kentucky.

The Ohio House’s version of the Human Life Protection Act awaits committee referral.

 

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Ohio Right to Life PAC Issues First Round of Endorsements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            CONTACT: Mike Gonidakis 
DATE: Tuesday, March 8, 2022                                                                       PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 300

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Today, the Ohio Right to Life Board of Directors and its affiliated political action committee (PAC) announced its first round of endorsements for the May 2022 primary election. The PAC has endorsed candidates for Ohio’s five statewide constitutional offices and the Ohio Supreme Court.

“The Ohio Right to Life PAC is proud to strongly recommend Justice Sharon Kennedy, Justice Pat DeWine, and Justice Pat Fisher for Ohio’s Supreme Court,” said Marshal Pitchford, Chairman of the Ohio Right to Life PAC. “It is crucial for the pro-life movement that we have a Supreme Court that will ensure that the fundamental right to life of every person is upheld. Simply put, we must get these three justices re-elected to protect life in our state.”

The Ohio Right to Life PAC also announced endorsements for the following statewide races:

 

Governor/Lieutenant Governor – Mike DeWine/Jon Husted

Secretary of State – Frank LaRose

Attorney General – Dave Yost

Auditor of State – Keith Faber

Treasurer of State – Robert Sprague

 

“With Roe v. Wade on the ropes, the importance of re-electing strong, pro-life leaders in all levels of government is more urgent than ever before,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “It is imperative for voters in Ohio to elect these strong pro-life leaders who will serve justly and protect the most vulnerable among us. Elections have consequences, and we are incredibly aware of the importance of these elections for the continued progress of the pro-life movement in Ohio.”

“In light of this urgency to protect life,” said Gonidakis, “the Ohio Right to Life PAC encourages every pro-life Ohioan to turnout in May and use their vote to be a voice for the voiceless. We will work to elect these strong pro-life men and women and the rest of our inspiring pro-life candidates who promote and protect life across our great state.”

The Ohio Right to Life PAC will announce additional endorsements for the contested US Senate, congressional and statehouse primaries once the redistricting process is complete.

 

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Ohio Chemical Abortion Safety Act Introduced in the Senate

For Immediate Release

Date: March 1, 2022

Contact: Mary Parker

Phone: 614-547-0099 ext. 303

COLUMBUS - State Senator Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) has introduced The Ohio Chemical Abortion Safety Act (SB 304), to prevent the risky chemical abortion procedure from becoming even more dangerous and deadly. Chemical abortion is already the most common method of abortion in Ohio, and it is four times more likely than surgical abortion to cause a number of severe side effects.  Chemical abortion-related emergency room visits have jumped by 500% from 2002 to 2015. 

Despite the risks for women’s health, these drugs and online consultations are much cheaper for Planned Parenthood than running surgical clinics. In order to help the abortion industry expand its profit margins, the Biden administration is poised to revoke current FDA safety regulations on abortion-inducing drugs. Without these safety standards, abortion providers will be able to diagnose and issue prescriptions to patients online, over the phone, or at universities and use the mail to send chemical abortion pills to patients. 

"That's why we need this bill, to put current federal safeguards into our state law," explained Huffman. "Otherwise, these extremely dangerous chemicals could become entirely unregulated. It is vital we update Ohio law to regulate chemical abortions and protect women’s lives and health." 

"Peer-reviewed studies from the United States and Europe show that chemical abortion poses a serious risk to women's health and future fertility," said Mary Parker, Director of Legislative Affairs for Ohio Right to Life. "Ohio law needs to be updated to ensure that women receive proper medical care rather than abandoning them to dangerous and unsupervised at-home abortions."

Huffman's bill would also require: 

  • An in-person examination before a chemical abortion. 
  • Verification that gestational age is under 10 weeks. 
  • An ultrasound to rule out ectopic pregnancy. 
  • Testing to protect a woman’s future fertility. 
  • A check of medical history for adverse reaction to an abortion pill. 
  • A follow-up examination to check for complications. 
  • A state certification program for doctors and distributors of abortion-inducing drugs.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 40 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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Ohio Right to Life’s Statement on Sponsor Testimony on HB 378 in the Ohio House

Ohio Right to Life’s Statement on Sponsor Testimony on HB 378 in the Ohio House

For Immediate Release

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Contact: Mary Parker

Phone: 614-547-0099 ext. 303

Columbus, Ohio—Today, the Ohio House Health Committee heard sponsor testimony on H.B. 378, the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Kyle Koehler and Sarah Fowler Arthur. This proposed piece of legislation would require that at least 24 hours before prescribing abortion-inducing drugs, a physician must inform a patient in writing that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the chemical abortion if she changes her mind. H.B. 378 will help ensure that women make an informed decision about the chemical abortion procedure and other available options.

The mifepristone chemical abortion procedure is a two-day regimen used to terminate early pregnancies during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The drug mifepristone, also known as Mifeprex, blocks the hormone progesterone needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy and developing child. Mifepristone ultimately kills the unborn child by weakening the uterine lining. Misoprostol stimulates uterine contractions to expel the dead child.

The abortion pill reversal procedure allows a woman to save her unborn child should she regret her chemical abortion. Time is of the essence. During the first two days, so long as a woman has not taken the second drug misoprostol, it may be possible to reverse the effects of mifepristone by taking high doses of progesterone. The abortion pill reversal procedure is successful in 64-68% of cases. In Ohio, 32 physicians provide the abortion pill reversal procedure.

The following statement may be attributed to Mary Parker, Director of Legislative Affairs at Ohio Right to Life:

“Ohio Right to Life is proud to support the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act. This bill helps ensure that a woman has all the facts to make an informed decision regarding her chemical abortion. No woman should be forced to complete an abortion that she regrets. We want her to know that there could be a second chance at life for her unborn child through the abortion pill reversal procedure.”

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 40 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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Ohio Right to Life's Statement on S.B. 157 The Born Alive Infant Protection Act Passing Out of the Ohio House

Ohio Right to Life's Statement on S.B. 157 the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act Passing Out of the Ohio House 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       CONTACT: Mary Parker
DATE: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 303

COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Today, S.B. 157, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, passed out of the Ohio House. Senate Bill 157 would require a report to be created by the Ohio Department of Health for the abortionist to file if a baby is born alive during a botched abortion. It would also require that doctors perform life-saving treatment to the baby as they would to an infant born alive in any other situation. S.B. 157 was introduced by Senators Steve Huffman and Terry Johnson, two pro-life, Ohio licensed physicians.

The following statement may be attributed to Mary Parker, Director of Legislative Affairs at Ohio Right to Life:

"Ohio Right to Life applauds committee Chairman Susan Manchester and Speaker Bob Cupp for their incredible pro-life leadership.  S.B. 157 now heads to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature. No baby in Ohio, regardless of the circumstances surrounding his or her birth, should be left alone to die. This vital anti-infanticide legislation will ensure that a baby who survives a botched abortion receives life-saving care. It will also hold abortionists accountable by establishing a reporting requirement to document when a child is born alive after an attempted abortion. Ohio Right to Life will continue to advocate for the right to life of every defenseless child, both born and unborn."

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 40 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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