Ohio Pregnancy Centers Seek State Funding
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today,Ohio Right to Life hosted its Pro-Life Legislative Day, which featured Secretary of State Jon Husted as the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Representatives from pregnancy centers across Ohio came to Columbus to share their work with their legislators and to advocate for funding for the Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program. Ohio Right to Life successfully advocated for the addition of the program to the State Budget which passed out of the Ohio House in April.
"For decades, Ohio's pregnancy centers have stood as resilient reminders to mothers that they are not alone," said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. "They challenge our communities to lead with more loving, sustainable, and giving practices that help women and their children rather than write them off. We are proud to stand with them and support them this Legislative Day."
Nationally, there are over 3,000 pregnancy centers, outnumbering abortion facilities by a ratio of 6:1. Statewide, there are over 100, outnumbering abortion facilities by a ratio of 18:1. Ten of them came to Columbus to meet with legislators, introduce clients, and tell their stories. During the luncheon, Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International, presented on her organization's worldwide efforts to assist women in crisis pregnancies.
During his address, Secretary of State Jon Husted shared the story of his adoption with the audience.
"I hope my story will inspire all of us to make sure every child gets a better start in life," said Secretary Husted in his address. "One person can really make a difference in one life and that one life can change many others."
In addition to the Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program, Ohio Right to Life's Legislative Day attendees advocated for Ohio's Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the national version of which will be voted on Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
To read Ohio Right to Life's full legislative agenda for the 131st General Assembly, click here.
Secretary of State Husted with Ohio Right to Life leadership, including Chairman and members of the Board of Trustees
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.