Ohio Right to Life Secures Historic Success in State Budget

Kasich Approves Multiple Pro-life Amendments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           CONTACT: Emmalee Kalmbach  

DATE: Sunday, June 30, 2013                                         PHONE: (614) 547-0099 ext. 309  


COLUMBUS, Ohio- Today, Ohio Right to Life announced the historic passage of five pro-life amendments to the Ohio budget by signature of pro-life Governor John Kasich.  The Ohio budget has been referred to as the “most pro-life in history” thanks to the leadership of Speaker Bill Batchelder and Senate President Keith Faber.

“Ohio Right to Life applauds Governor Kasich and the vast pro-life majorities in the House and Senate.  Low-income pregnant women will now receive greater care and their unborn child will have a much greater opportunity to be born healthy.  It took great compassion and courage for our Governor and pro-life legislature to stand up to the abortion industry that blatantly pressured them,” said President of Ohio Right to Life Mike Gonidakis. 

Governor Kasich approved the following five Ohio Right to Life endorsed measures:

  • Reprioritization of family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood 
  • Heartbeat informed consent requirement
  • Establishment of new funding for pregnancy centers
  • Ban on public hospitals from entering into transfer agreements with abortion clinics
  • Strengthening of abortion clinic regulation

“For all their bluster about equality among the genders, democrats have a policy of inequality towards women. If you’re a woman living outside the womb you’re respected and cherished but if you’re a woman living inside the womb not only do they threaten your life, they pretend you don’t exist. Ohioans are grateful there are leaders like Governor Kasich and Republicans in the legislature who care enough to respect all women,” said Gonidakis.

“It should come as no surprise that these laws received the General Assembly’s and Governor’s approval. The people of Ohio elected a pro-life legislature as well as a pro-life Governor. We should all take great comfort in knowing that the majority of our state leaders truly value precious human life as well as higher standards for women’s heath care,” said Gonidakis.    



Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, 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.


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