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ORTL Late-Term Abortion Ban Continues to Advance in the Senate

S.B. 72 moves onward to passage

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OUT OF BUSINESS: Ohio Planned Parenthood Clinic Closes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CONTACT: Rachel Schlater

DATE: Friday, March 18, 2011                                       PHONE:(614) 547-0099 ext. 309

(COLUMBUS, OH) -On March 29th, the Planned Parenthood of Galion, Ohio will be out of business!  After decades of offering so-called "women's health services", the Galion Health Center has reported that the ever-decreasing clientele led them to financial drought and, consequently, forced them into failure.

Because the Galion clinic did not do abortions and just made referrals, it was unable to maintain corporate Planned Parenthood Federation of America's over-zealous attempts to grow by demanding that their constituents broaden and expand their scope of services.  The mandate that compels every Planned Parenthood affiliate to run at least one abortion center, confirmed last winter by a Planned Parenthood executive, has proved to be unwanted and unneeded in this Ohio community. The Galion clinic simply could not expand when there were no women seeking their services and no funds fueling their business.

Planned Parenthood's 2009 national report stated that they had performed more abortions that year than any other.  Ohio is taking a different route: the number of abortions performed in 2009 was the lowest in our state's history. Ohio abortion continues to decrease as Ohio Right to Life continues to defend the voiceless. Pro-life pregnancy centers continue to provide true health services to women, and as the pro-life culture continues to germinate across the state, more women continue to choose life.

In Ohio, the facts are these: Pro-life legislation is moving through the Statehouse; last November, Ohioans elected a full slate of pro-life officeholders; and, there has been overwhelming attendance at pro-life rallies across the state.  The closing of this Galion Planned Parenthood clinic magnifies the message that Ohio has boldly proclaimed to all abortion providers for months: Ohio is a state committed to defending women and saving the unborn. Ohio is a pro-life state.

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ORTL Legislation Protects Parental Rights

Overwhelming majority of the Ohio House of Representatives votes in favor of ORTL bill

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ORTL Late-Term Abortion Ban Advances in the House and Senate

Bill to save hundreds of unborn babies progresses through both chambers

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Governor Kasich continues to stand for life in Ohio

Two appointments made to the Board of Pharmacy

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Bipartisan Committee Vote Sends Pro-Life Legislation to House Floor

Parental Consent Laws to be Safeguarded 

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Ohio Right to Life Applauds Governor Kasich

JobsOhio signed into law today, will promote life in Ohio

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Pro-Life Legislators Introduce Legislation to Save Lives

Strong Pro-Life Agenda Pursued by Ohio Right to Life 

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Ohio Right to Life Announces New Team Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CONTACT: Rachel Schlater
DATE: Tuesday, January 4, 2011                                   PHONE:(614) 547-0099 ext. 309


COLUMBUS - The Ohio Right to Life Society announced today its 2011 leadership team consisting of its Board of Trustees, Political Action Committee and new executive staff. "On behalf of our entire team, we look forward to passionately advocating on behalf of all Ohioans," said Executive Director Mike Gonidakis. "2011 will certainly offer new opportunities to promote and save lives and we are focused on working with our newly elected pro-life officeholders not only here in Ohio, but in Congress as well," said Gonidakis. Please join us in welcoming the following individuals to the Ohio Right to Life family.

 To learn more about the new staff members, click HERE.  To learn more about the new board members, click HERE.



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Governor Strickland Signs Human Trafficking Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CONTACT: Mike Gonidakis
DATE: Thursday, December 23, 2010                           PHONE:(614) 547-0099ext.301

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) - Governor Ted Strickland signed Senate Bill 235 into law today. The new law, which was sponsored by State Senator Teresa Fedor (D - Toledo) and Sen. Tim Grendell (R - Chesterland), makes human trafficking a stand-alone felony offense, and makes compelling a minor under the age of 16 to prostitution a first-degree felony.  Kidnapping for the purpose of involuntarily servitude is now a first-degree felony offense as well.

S.B. 235 passed the Ohio Senate by a vote of 32-0 on December 1, 2010 and passed the Ohio House 96-0 this past week.  Ohio now joins 44 other states with felony trafficking offenses.      

Human trafficking is an issue that has come to national attention in recent years with high-profile cases discovered in Ohio.  Currently, Toledo ranks 4th in the nation for active investigations, arrests, and rescues of children who are forced into prostitution.  In addition to creating a human trafficking offense, the law also creates an offense for falsifying or destroying government identification documents for the purpose of trafficking or involuntary servitude. 

"This is a substantial step in the right direction to fight human trafficking and protect vulnerable women and children in Ohio," said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. "By effectively punishing traffickers, this law will affirm the humanity of victims and deter others from engaging in this kind of appalling activity," Gonidakis said.

Ohio right to Life recently adopted a policy position statement regarding human trafficking.  To learn more about human trafficking, visit our information page by clicking HERE.

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