There’s really no good time to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood. But 2016 seems a particularly unsavory time as Planned Parenthood’s unethical and grisly practices continue to be brought into the sunlight thanks to last summer’s video scandal.

5-5-16 PP endorses stricklandAs of yesterday, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland now ranks among Planned Parenthood’s endorsed candidates during this scandalous time in their history.

As energy and emotions coalesce around the all-important 2016 presidential election, we’d do well to remember that all races happening down-ballot are essential as well. Congress is, after all, a co-equal branch with the executive.

As we know, the Senate itself is responsible for reviewing and confirming presidential nominees to the Supreme Court. Do we really want another Planned Parenthood-endorsed candidate partaking in that process when we already have the Planned Parenthood-award-winning Sherrod Brown?

Today, Ohio is fortunate to have the pro-life leadership of Rob Portman in the US Senate. He has a 100% pro-life voting record with National Right to Life, which includes his votes to de-fund Planned Parenthood and to protect pain-capable children from abortions. Following Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, Senator Portman is standing strong against hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

It is critical that Senator Portman retains his seat this November. Elections indeed have consequences–and on the pro-life issue, those consequences can be grave.