Ohio Voters Re-Elect Pro-life Leaders Following Five Years of Success

DATE: Wednesday, March 16, 2016     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Yesterday, a majority of Ohio Right to Life PAC-endorsed candidates won their primary races. (Click here to view list of candidates who won their primaries.) Following Governor John Kasich’s sweep in the U.S. Presidential Primary, U.S. Senator Rob Portman won re-election after five years of pro-life leadership in Washington D.C., claiming 82 percent of the Republican vote. U.S. Representative Dave Joyce also won with a 30 point lead in his primary race. Judge Pat Fischer, a conservative proponent of judicial restraint, was chosen as the Republican candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court.

“Under Governor Kasich’s leadership, Ohio’s pro-life leaders have worked to increase the state’s protections for the unborn and their mothers,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “From Ohio’s Late-Term Abortion Ban to the recent de-funding of Planned Parenthood, these strategies are working. With Governor Kasich’s decisive win yesterday, it’s evident that pro-life voters are standing by our leaders, as well as supporting new ones.”

Since 2011, Governor Kasich has signed 17 pro-life initiatives passed by the Ohio General Assembly, and abortions have decreased 25 percent. Key leaders in these efforts include State Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and former State Representative Matt Huffman, who won his race for Republican nominee in State Senate District 12. Highlights among those running in open-seat primaries include Scott Wiggam (House District 1), a former board member of Ohio Right to Life who won with a 32-point lead. Scott Lipps (House District 62), a small-business owner, won his race while promoting his pro-life values throughout the district.

“As the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing testimonies on the pain experienced by unborn children, Ohio voters were electing pro-life leaders who will protect those children from the pain of abortion,” said Krider. “Ohio has a long way to go before we can save every human life, but it’s undeniable that Ohio’s pro-life voters believe we are on the right path.”

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.

To read Ohio Right to Life’s statement on Governor Kasich’s victory, click here.

Governor Kasich signs Ohio Right to Life’s Late-Term Abortion Ban (2011).


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.