Ohio Right to Life Hails Pro-life Victories


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Wednesday, November 9, 2016     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304


COLUMBUS, Ohio–In a historic upset, Donald J. Trump and Governor Mike Pence were elected President and Vice President of the United States last night. U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) soundly defeated pro-abortion Ted Strickland, 58-37, with the Associated Press calling the race just after the polls closed in Ohio. Pro-life Republicans retained majority control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Defying expectations, pro-life Republicans not only maintained control of the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate, they picked up one seat in each chamber. In all, 90 percent of Ohio Right to Life PAC-endorsed and preferred candidates won their elections.

“After 8 years of a pro-abortion presidency that has brought us disastrous policies that undermine the dignity of the human person, pro-life Ohioans are celebrating the election of Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “Despite the millions of dollars that Planned Parenthood invested in Ohio, voters soundly rejected corporate abortion and its radical political scheme. Together, we put a stop to the pro-abortion policies of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Ohio Right to Life looks forward to supporting federal pro-life initiatives that protect the human person’s first right, the right to life.”

With pro-life gains in the Ohio General Assembly, Ohio Right to Life looks forward to continuing to work for increased protections for human life in Ohio. In the last six years of pro-life leadership in the state, Ohio Right to Life has successfully advocated for the enactment of 17 pro-life laws. During that same time, abortions have decreased 25 percent. As the 131st General Assembly comes to a close, Ohio Right to Life now looks forward to advocating for the final passage and enactment of two legislative initiatives: (1.) the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions when babies can feel pain at 20 weeks; (2.) the Unborn Child Dignity Act, which would require the humane burial or cremation of aborted children.

“On behalf of our board, our staff and our statewide membership, Ohio Right to Life offers our sincere congratulations to our slate of bipartisan pro-life candidates who won election last night,” said Gonidakis. “Your work to protect and defend the unborn, the disabled, the elderly and all vulnerable persons remains the most significant and noble aspect of your public service.”

Congratulations to the following candidates who won their elections last night:

President & Vice President – Donald Trump & Governor Mike Pence
U.S. Senate – Rob Portman
OH Supreme Court – Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor
OH Supreme Court – Judge Pat DeWine
OH Supreme Court – Judge Pat Fischer

U.S. House of Representatives by District

1 – Steve Chabot – R
2 – Brad Wenstrup – R
4 – Jim Jordan – R
5 – Bob Latta – R
6 – Bill Johnson – R
7 – Bob Gibbs – R
8 – Warren Davidson – R
10 – Mike Turner – R
12 – Pat Tiberi – R
14 – Dave Joyce – R
15 – Steve Stivers – R*
16 – Jim Renacci – R

Ohio Senate by District

2 Randy Gardner – R
4 Bill Coley – R
6 Peggy Lehner – R**
8 Lou Terhar – R
10 Bob Hackett – R
12 Matt Huffman – R
14 Joe Uecker – R
16 Stephanie Kunze – R
18 John Eklund – R
20 Troy Balderson – R
22 Larry Obhof – R**
24 Matt Dolan – R*
26 Dave Burke – R
30 Frank Hoagland – R

Ohio House of Representatives by District

1 Scott Wiggam – R**
2 Mark Romanchuk – R
3 Theresa Gavarone – R
4 Bob Cupp – R
5 Tim Ginter – R
7 Tom Patton – R
10 Bill Patmon – D
16 Dave Greenspan – R
19 Anne Gonzales – R*
21 Mike Duffey – R*
23 Laura Lanese – R
24 Jim Hughes – R
27 Tom Brinkman – R
28 Jonathan Dever – R*
29 Louis Blessing III – R
30 Bill Seitz – R
36 Anthony DeVitis – R
37 Kristina Roegner – R
38 Marilyn Slaby – R
40 Mike Henne – R
41 Jim Butler – R
42 Niraj Antani – R
43 Jeff Rezabek – R*
47 Derek Merrin – R
48 Kirk Schuring – R
50 Christina Hagan – R
51 Wes Retherford – R**
52 Margaret Conditt – R
53 Candice Keller – R
54 Paul Zeltwanger – R
57 Dick Stein – R
60 John Rogers – D*
61 Ron Young – R
62 Scott Lipps – R
65 John Becker – R
66 Doug Green – R
67 Andrew Brenner – R
68 Rick Carfagna – R
69 Stephen Hambley – R**
70 Darrell Kick – R
71 Scott Ryan – R
72 Larry Householder – R
73 Rick Perales – R
74 Bill Dean – R
76 Sarah LaTourette – R
77 Tim Schaffer – R
78 Ron Hood – R
79 Kyle Koehler – R**
80 Stephen Huffman – R
81 Robert McColley – R
82 Craig Riedel – R
84 Keith Faber – R
85 Nino Vitale – R
86 Dorothy Pelanda – R*
87 Wes Goodman – R
88 Bill Reineke – R
89 Steven Arndt – R
90 Terry Johnson – R
91 Cliff Rosenberger – R
92 Gary Scherer – R
93 Ryan Smith – R
95 Andrew Thompson – R
97 Brian Hill – R
98 Al Landis – R

**Denotes Honor Roll status for exemplary pro-life service
* Denotes preferred status rather than full endorsement