Senate Moves Legislation Forward with Sponsor and Proponent Testimony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) provided sponsor testimony on legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood before the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Carrying 15 co-sponsors, Senate Bill 214 responds to the summer's undercover video scandal that shows Planned Parenthood officials allegedly selling aborted baby body parts.
"Whether you call yourself pro-life or pro-choice, I think most people have an issue with taxpayer dollars going to an organization that seeks to profit off of the harvest of body parts from the unborn," said Senate President Keith Faber. "After viewing these videos, it was sickening for me to know that this organization, which is willing to ruthlessly dismember an unborn child in order to obtain a profit, is also partially funded by the taxpayers of the State of Ohio."
Proponent testimonies were provided by Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life; Anna Higgins, associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute; Elizabeth Vandergriff of Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life; and Paul Coudron, executive director of Dayton Right to Life.
"As Planned Parenthood officials discuss how to 'crush' a child's body to properly preserve her brains and heart for trading purposes, our human decency demands that we stop the crushing," said Stephanie Ranade Krider. "It is the public policy of the state of Ohio to prefer childbirth over abortion. Ohio Right to Life asks that the State of Ohio honor this policy and leave the abortion business once and for all."
Ohio Right to Life encourages its members to send a letter of support to Senate President Faber as well as their own senators using the Legislative Action Center at ohiolife.org.
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.