Ohio Senate votes to protect life
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rachel Schlater
DATE: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 PHONE: (614) 547-0099 ext. 309
(COLUMBUS) - This afternoon, the Ohio Senate accepted two pro-life amendments that will ban non-therapeutic abortions in publicly funded facilities and further protect taxpayer dollars from paying for abortion. The Senate Finance Committee voted to include the Ohio Right to Life amendments to House Bill 153 which is expected to advance this week.
Designed to withstand pro-abortion challenges, both Ohio Right to Life amendments mandate measures to prevent state funding for non-therapeutic abortions. The first bans abortions from being performed in public hospitals. The second prohibits abortion coverage in insurance plans of local public employees.
"Countless times, the citizens of Ohio have stated that they do not want their tax dollars paying for abortion," says Ohio Right to Life Executive Director, Mike Gonidakis. "These measures will ensure that Ohioans' tax dollars will be protected."
Ohio Right to Life expresses its gratitude to the Ohio Senate for their courage to stand up for the unborn and to defend the conscience rights of Ohio taxpayers. We thank Senate President Tom Niehaus (R - New Richmond), Senator Kris Jordan (R - Powell) and all state senators who stand for protecting women and supporting life. Ohio Right to Life and the pro-life people of Ohio have confidence that their legislators will continue to be steadfast in their commitment to vote for life.
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