Leading Pro-life Advocacy Group Eyes Values Voter Turnout
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the Ohio Right to Life PAC announced its endorsements for the Ohio Primary Election on March 15, 2016.
“The March 2016 primary is critical for Ohio’s pro-life movement as we must retain, advance and promote those candidates for office who best exemplify our life-saving mission,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “After weeks of screening and interviewing candidates, the Ohio Right to Life PAC strongly encourages pro-life Ohio to vote for these men and women. Following seven years of pro-abortion activism from President Obama, every pro-life Ohioan should be moved to the polls and vote pro-life on March 15.”
In 2016, the Ohio Right to Life PAC will work with national organizations, including National Right to Life and Susan B. Anthony List, to advocate for pro-life candidates at the grassroots level and urge value voter turnout. In 2014, 79 percent of Ohio Right to Life PAC endorsed candidates won their races. In head-to-head races against Planned Parenthood endorsed candidates, 85 percent of the Ohio Right to Life endorsed candidates won their races.
“Pro-life momentum is on our side and we are clearly winning the battle in Ohio,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “More babies are alive today and fewer abortion mills exists due in large part to our legislative leaders and Governor. Since 2010, Ohio has enacted 16 new pro-life laws, including the Late-Term Abortion Ban, and abortions are down 25 percent. With yet more pro-life initiatives in the works, Ohio Right to Life PAC urges every Ohioan to elect these pro-life leaders who will continue to enhance Ohio’s protections for mothers and their babies.”
As the state affiliate of National Right to Life, Ohio Right to Life cannot issue an endorsement for President until National Right to Life has issued an endorsement. Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis is a member of the Board of Trustees for National Right to Life and will participate in that process.
Notable endorsed candidates include:
U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Judge Pat Fischer – Ohio Supreme Court (Recommended)
State Representative Tim Derickson – U.S. House District 8
State Senator Peggy Lehner with honor roll – State Senate District 6
State Senator Larry Obhof with honor roll – State Senate District 22
State Representative Mike Dovilla – State Senate District 24
Former Speaker Larry Householder – State House District 72
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.