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Ohio Right to Life PAC Endorsements – Republican Ticket Plus A Few Democrats

The Ohio Right to Life Society and Political Action Committee today announced its endorsements of Ohio’s pro-life federal and state candidates for the November 6th general election.

“This election is the doorway into what could be the most pivotal period in our nation’s history,” said Mike Gonidakis on behalf of the Ohio Right to Life PAC. ”We personally urge every pro-life Ohioan to support these pro-life men and women, and trust them to lead our state and nation to a greater respect for life and religious freedom.”

These pro-life endorsed candidates include a diverse bipartisan group of men and women who Ohio Right to Life PAC is confident will represent the pro-life movement in our state and federal government. Ohio experienced never before seen growth in its defense of the unborn after electing every statewide candidate that Ohio Right to Life endorsed in 2010. With these victories, Ohio Right to Life worked with legislators to pass seven pro-life legislative measures, a feat unprecedented by any other General Assembly.

Notable endorsed candidates include:

  • Mitt Romney – President
  • Republican Josh Mandel – U.S. Senate
  • Republican John Boehner – U.S. House Congressional District 8
  • Justice Robert Cupp – Ohio Supreme Court
  • Republican Jim Renacci – Ohio Congressional District 16
  • Republican Sam Wurzelbacher – Ohio Congressional District 9
  • Republican Randy Gardner – Ohio Senate District 2
  • Republican Peggy Lehner – Ohio Senate District 6
  • Republican Chris Widener – Ohio Senate District 10
  • Democrat Mike Curtin – Ohio House District 17
  • Democrat Denise Driehaus – Ohio House District 31
  • Republican Kristina Roegner – Ohio House District 37
  • Democrat Matt Lundy – Ohio House District 55
  • Republican Rick Perales – Ohio House District 73
  • Republican Robert Hackett – Ohio House District 74
  • Republican Nick Skeriotis – Ohio House District 75
  • Republican Ron Hood – Ohio House District 78
  • For a complete list, click here.

    National Day of Prayer with Ohio Right to Life

    This Thursday during the National Day of Prayer, join Ohio Right to Life at the Statehouse in Columbus to pray for a greater respect for the dignity of each and every human life.

    The “One Nation Under God” event begins at 11:45AM on the west side of the Statehouse. Pro-life State Auditor Dave Yost is scheduled as one of the guests, along with Buckeye football coach Urban Meyer. Ohio State basketball guard Aaron Craft is the honorary chairman of this event. Prayers will be offered for government, families, the military, businesses and churches.

    If you cannot attend the event on Thursday, please join us in prayer. Let us pray together for an end to abortion and for strength to build a culture of life in our communities. Let us commit ourselves to defend the weakest and pray for courage to be a voice for the voiceless. Let us rejoice and offer thanksgiving for new life
    and the precious lives that have been saved through the work of generous men and women across our state.

    Ohio Senate Approves Pro-Life Legislation

    (COLUMBUS, OH) – The Ohio Senate passed House Bill 63, Ohio Right to Life’s Judicial Bypass legislation, by a 23 to 9 bipartisan vote this afternoon. This pro-life legislation will protect minors and their unborn children by closing loopholes and raising the bar to protect parents’ ability to care for their children.

    “We thank Senate President Tom Niehaus and the pro-life members of the Senate who continue to advance life-saving policies,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. “H.B. 63 strengthens parents’ ability to care for their children and prevents lawyers and others from taking mom and dad’s place when the child needs them most.”

    Current Ohio law states that parental consent is required before a minor can obtain an abortion, but a loophole exists which allows judges to bypass parental involvement and allow a minor to obtain an abortion. H.B. 63 puts an end to this “rubber-stamp” judicial approval.

    Today’s vote on the Senate floor follows the overwhelming 64 to 33 bipartisan vote of support it received in the Ohio House earlier this year. After the House concurs with today’s passage of the legislation, the bill will be sent to pro-life Governor John Kasich to be signed into law.

    Ohio Right to Life Late Term Ban Introduced into the Ohio Senate

    Pro-life legislation introduced into the Ohio Senate this morning will ban late term abortions in Ohio. Similar to House Bill 78, the Late Term Ban introduced in the Ohio House last week, this legislation will save babies’ lives.

    “This is a huge step forward in putting an end to abortion in Ohio,” State Senator Peggy Lehner, sponsor of Senate Bill 72 said. “When we know there is a way to protect both the mother and her child, it is our responsibility to protect them both.”

    This bill would require physicians to test if a child was viable outside of the mother’s womb prior to performing an abortion after 20 weeks gestation. If the child is viable, the abortion cannot be performed. There is an exception for the physical health and life of the mother.

    “This late term abortion ban legislation will save lives immediately when enacted. The overwhelming support of our pro-life leaders in the Ohio Senate demonstrates that our government is serious about enacting safeguards to protect babies’ lives,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life.

    Ohio law currently permits abortions through all nine months of pregnancy, up until the moment of birth. Most experts agree that an unborn child can feel pain by 20 weeks. In 2009, 613 children were killed at 20 weeks of life or later in Ohio. 116 of those babies suffered death after 24 weeks. One case was documented at 35 weeks.

    Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Life Saving Legislation

    The Viable Infants Protection Act (House Bill 78) was introduced by Representatives Uecker and Kristina Roegner. The Viable Infants Protection Act prohibits abortion after 20 weeks when the child is proved to be viable and can live outside the womb. Greene County Representatives Jarrod Martin and Roger Hackett are among its co-sponsors.

    House Bill 79 was introduced by Representatives Danny Bubp and Joe Uecker and co-sponsored by Martin and Hackett. HB 79 excludes abortion coverage from the State Exchange created in the federal health care reform law. The Federal law includes a provision allowing states to opt out of abortion coverage.

    A related bill would revise Ohio’s current Judicial Bypass for Parental Consent law. House Bill 63 will strengthen current law by requiring a “clear and convincing evidence” standard, requiring judges to specifically inquire about the minor’s understanding of the possible physical and emotional complications of an abortion, and requiring judges to question how much the minor has been prepped to respond to such questions.

    Representatives Ron Young and Lynn Slaby sponsored HB 63 with Representatives Martin and Hackett among its numerous co-sponsors.

    The Ohio Right to Life supports these life saving bills and asks Ohioans to support them as well. Visit the Ohio Right to Life website to find how. (http://www.ohiolife.org)

    Ohio Right To Life-Definitions & Candidate Endorsements

    On 2 November, Ohioans will elect or re-elect many state officials. From governor to state representatives and senators, those elected will influence the outcome of a number of important and on-going issues including education, economic growth, jobs, health care, and others. Most importantly, the furtherance of fundamental rights like freedom of religion, free speech and press, and the right to life will be effected by those who Ohioans elect to office. Along with powerful special interest groups like ACLU, ACORN, AFL-CIO, NEA, Chamber of Commerce, Tea Party, Ohio Right to Life (ORTL), elected officials and their party shape the definitions of our inherent and legal rights.

    However, the right to life was defined at the founding of the United States. In the Declaration of Independence, the right to life was “endowed by our Creator” (God) as an unalienable right,” which means neither government nor any other authority has a right to deprive any citizen of it. The only exception was first delineated in the Declaration and reiterated in the 5th and 14th Amendments. Government only has authority to deprive citizens of life for a capital crime i.e., murder, treason, etc. after due process of law (trial by jury for such crime).

    The word “life” implies all developmental stages including conception, birth, and the like. From a developmental point of view, abortion is the deprivation of human life, and the only reasonable exception is when a pregnancy actually threatens the life of a mother.

    The unborn can commit no crime. And, even if a pregnant mother did commit a capital crime, the unborn human could not be charged as an accessory because a developing child could not be regarded as a member (limb) of the mother’s body. Although attached by cellular DNA and umbilical cord, the developing child is still a separate human.

    The views of those elected concerning life and abortion are important to the future of our state and nation. It is important because all other rights are contingent upon the right to life. Democrats tend to favor the right to kill the unborn and many Republicans tend to oppose it. Many Democrats often qualify their position by claiming they want to make abortion rare while failing to pass relevant legislation to achieve that goal. To achieve such a goal, legislation would have to make abortion legal only for a narrowly defined set of exceptions. If Democrats passed such legislation, they would be opposed by a majority of the political Left. Yet, not all Republicans oppose abortion. Many are closet proponents. They get elected by either avoiding the topic or by promoting the party position.

    One can only hope those political candidates endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life are genuinely pro-life. Nevertheless, the following list are those men and women who the OTRL believe will defend Ohioans right to life.

    Executive Branch
    John Kaisch for Governor
    Jon Husted for Secretary of State
    David Yost for Auditor of State
    Mike Dewine for Attorney General
    Josh Mandel for Treasurer of State

    Supreme Court
    Judith Lanzinger for Supreme Court
    Mareen O’Connor for Supreme Court

    Ohio House of Representatives – Greene County
    Jarrod Martin (Beavercreek) District 70
    Robert Hackett (Springfield) District 84

    For other Ohio District Representatives and Senators, go to Ohio Votes For Life

    The ORTL also endorses several candidates for the U.S. Congress. They include

    Steve Austria (Beavercreek) for U.S. House of Representatives and
    Rob Portman for U.S. Senate.

    For more information, go to The Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) voter website at www.ohiovotesforlife.org.

    Ohio Senate Passes Bill on Judicial Bypass of Parental Consent for Abortion

    On May 27, 2010, the Ohio Senate voted 22 to 11 to pass S.B. 242, a bill to revise the process of judicial bypass under Ohio’s Parental Consent for Abortion statute.

    Under federal court rulings, parental consent statutes must permit a minor girl to “bypass” the parental consent requirement by convincing a juvenile judge either: 1) that she is mature and well enough informed to decide whether to have an abortion; or 2) that the abortion is in her best interests.

    S. B. 242, which is sponsored by Sen. Tim Grendell (R, Chesterland) and Sen. Karen Gillmor (R, Tiffin), addresses the fact that some judges are giving virtual “rubber-stamp” approval to these judicial bypass requests. In a 2008 Columbus Dispatch article on bypass hearings, one Franklin County judge indicated that she had never denied a bypass request and another judge stated that she had denied only one request. A 2003 Akron Beacon Journal survey found a bypass approval rate of either 86% or 92% (the latter when a county that lumped voluntary dismissals with denials was excluded).

    S.B. 242 would require:

    • that the girl must prove her case by “clear and convincing evidence”;

    • that the judge ask about the girl’s understanding of the possible physical and emotional complications of abortion and what she would do if she experienced such complications; and

    • that the judge ask about the extent that the girl has been “prepped” about how to answer questions and what testimony to give at the bypass hearing.

    “We are pleased that the Ohio Senate has recognized that abortion can have serious life-changing effects on a young girl,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. “S.B. 242 would require that, before cutting a girl’s parents out of the abortion decision, a judge must make sure that the girl understands the possible negative effects of abortion. It would also require the judge to determine whether the girl’s testimony really reflected her maturity or the ‘coaching’ of others,” Gonidakis said.

    The bill now goes to the Ohio House of Representatives.

    Ohio Senators voting the pro-life position for S.B. 242 were: Steve Buehrer; John Carey; Gary Cates; Kevin Coughlin; Keith Faber; Bob Gibbs; Karen Gillmor; David Goodman; Tim Grendell; Bill Harris; Jim Hughes; Jon Husted; Shannon Jones; Tom Niehaus; Tom Patton; Tim Schaffer; Kirk Schuring; Bill Seitz; Jimmy Stewart; Mark Wagoner; Chris Widener; and Jason Wilson. (22)

    Ohio Senators voting the pro-abortion position against S.B. 242 were: Capri Cafaro; Teresa Fedor; Eric Kearney; Dale Miller; Ray Miller; Sue Morano; Tom Sawyer; Joe Schiavoni; Shirley Smith; Fred Strahorn; and Nina Turner. (11)

    Source: Ohio Right to Life, May 27, 2010.

    Poll: Independent Voters Wary of Anti-Family Government Agenda

    Independent voters report a growing skepticism toward the long-term positive impact of current government policies, according to a survey released by the Ohio Right to Life Society. In the final installment of its Ohio Cultural Index, the group found independent and Republican voters share many of the same views on the direction of the state and the corresponding impact to its culture. Also, the survey found a majority of Ohioans continue to have a strong faith in God, oppose taxpayer funding for abortion and believe abortions have a negative impact on the women who have the procedure.

    “As Democratic leaders in Washington and Columbus march in lock-step with many anti-family groups, independent voters are growing uneasy,” said Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis. “Our leaders seem to forget Ohio is a center-right state and its people hold traditional Midwestern values. Missteps like including federal funding for abortion in the recently passed national health care law will cost Democrats dearly among independent voters.”

    The survey found significant negative movement in the responses of self-identified independent voters toward issues such as government funding for abortion. Seventy-eight percent of independents surveyed opposed using tax dollars to fund abortions, 83 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats also opposed the policy.

    Sixty-two percent of independents said they believe public schools undermine moral and religious teachings children receive at home, 77 percent of Republicans and 32 percent of Democrats agreed. Also, 46 percent of independents reported they perceive government policies in Ohio are causing harm to families. Among Republicans it was 58 percent, while only 28 percent of Democrats agreed.

    Overall, 80 percent of respondents reported a strong belief in God, and 54 percent believe abortions have a negative impact on women who have them. And, over 51 percent of Ohioans surveyed oppose abortion.

    “After a tumultuous year in which taxpayer funding for abortion was at the center of a national debate over health care, opposition to it has grown from 67 percent three months ago to 72 percent now,” said pollster Fritz Wenzel. “The political implications could be tremendous for those Ohio congressional representatives who voted for the federal health care bill, as their opponents will have a powerful issue to use on the campaign trail this fall.”

    The index’s significant findings include:

    * 80% of Ohioans surveyed strongly believe in God;
    * 51% oppose abortion;
    * 54% believe abortion has a negative effect on women who have them;
    * 71% oppose use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion;
    * 47% believe some elderly or very sick patients will be denied health    care because of cost factors;
    * 48% believe entertainment today negatively impacts families;
    * 44% believe government policies are harming traditional family values;
    * 56% believe public schools undermine values taught at home; and
    * 53% believe families do a worse job of developing character than a    generation ago.

    This installment of the Ohio Cultural Index is the last of a four-part survey examining Ohioans’ views on important cultural issues. The complete poll crosstabs are available for download here. Charts tracking each quarterly response are available for review here. Lastly, a podcast on this latest round of polling is available here.

    The index is calculated on a 100-point scale based on responses to 11 questions about different aspects of culture and character in Ohio. It is based on a quarterly public opinion survey of adults across the state. The Ohio Cultural Index rating is 61.7 on a 100-point scale. The score is half a point lower than the previous rating of 62.2, registered in January 2010.

    The survey was conducted by Wenzel Strategies from April 16-18, 2010, and included 777 Ohio registered voters contacted by phone. The poll carries a margin of error of +/- 3.49 percentage points.

    Source: Ohio Life Wire, May 3, 2010

    Ohio Governor Strickland Signs Umbilical Cord Blood Bill

    On March 31, 2010, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed H.B. 102. The new law, which was sponsored by Rep. Todd Book (D, McDermott), requires the Ohio Department of Health to place printable information on umbilical cord blood banking and donation on its website. The Department of Health also will encourage health care professionals to provide the information to pregnant women.

    H.B. 102 passed the Ohio Senate by a vote of 32-0 on March 24, 2010. The Ohio House then voted 97-0 to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill. Umbilical cord blood is an ethical and non-controversial source of stem cells that can be obtained with no risk to the mother or child. Stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood have been used to successfully treat over 70 diseases including sickle cell anemia, leukemia, and lymphoma. Unfortunately, most umbilical cord blood is currently being discarded after birth.

    Banking cord blood for personal or family use with a private bank can involve significant expense. However, donations to public cord blood banks involve no expense for the donor.

    “We are delighted that Ohio has adopted this important life-saving legislation,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. “By Improving public awareness about cord blood donation, this law should increase the number and diversity of cord blood donations and thus increase the number of patients who can obtain the match they need,” Gonidakis said.

    The new law takes effect in 90 days.

    Source:Ohio Right to Life, 4/1/10