PAC strategy updated to further advance legislative goals

DATE: Thursday, July 20, 2017     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the Ohio Right to Life PAC announced updated criteria for candidates seeking its endorsement beginning in 2018. After thorough consideration, and in careful collaboration with Ohio Right to Life affiliates, the ORTL PAC revised the criteria to require candidates for office to hold a 100% pro-life position to receive the organization’s full endorsement. In the past, the PAC endorsed a handful of candidates who held exceptions in the cases of rape and incest, even though Ohio Right to Life has never introduced or advanced legislation in the Ohio General Assembly that had such exceptions. The PAC announced the change as a way of streamlining its criteria to be more in line with the organization’s mission and advocacy strategy.

“Since our founding, Ohio Right to Life has remained a staunch advocate for the right to life of every human person to be born, regardless of how they were conceived,” said Marshal Pitchford, chairman of the Ohio Right to Life PAC. “In every piece of legislation we have advanced, we have protected these children because that is our full commitment and the only humane thing to do. In all of my years with the organization, Ohio Right to Life has never once advanced legislation with a rape/incest exception. Our updated criteria simply streamlines our PAC strategy with the advocacy position Ohio Right to Life has had for years.”

Since 2011, Ohio Right to Life has successfully advanced 19 pro-life initiatives into law, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which took effect in March. Other legislative successes ORTL has achieved in recent years include: a ban on abortions in public hospitals, increased regulations for abortion facilities, the Heartbeat Informed Consent Act, and the de-funding of Planned Parenthood.

“Thanks to the election of pro-life leaders, Ohio Right to Life has witnessed unprecedented success in the last several years,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “Ultimately, our goal is to protect every human life from the violence of abortion. We strongly believe that updating our PAC criteria to reflect our advocacy strategy will only ensure that our compassionate, pro-women and pro-baby legislative impact is stronger in the coming years.”

Based on rules from the National Right to Life Committee, the Ohio Right to Life’s PAC’s new criteria cannot apply to presidential candidates.

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.