ORTL Lobbies Lawmakers to Defund Planned Parenthood
Grassroots Advocates Join Efforts and Testify at the Ohio State House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emmalee Kalmbach
DATE: Monday April 15, 2013 PHONE: (614) 547-0099 ext. 309
COLUMBUS Ohio- Last Friday Ohio Right Life, its chapter leaders and pro-life college students testified before state lawmakers in support of defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio as well as offering new funding to our pro-life pregnancy centers. Recently, pro-life legislative leaders Representative Kristina Roegner, Representative Lynn Wachtmann and Representative Cheryl Grossman offered two separate amendments to which will accomplish both the defunding of the abortion giant as well as provide much needed resources to our local pregnancy centers.
“Ohio Right to Life’s number one priority is to defund Planned Parenthood. It is an outrage that the leading advocate for killing unborn babies would receive even a dime of our tax dollars,” said President of Ohio Right to Life Mike Gonidakis. “How many more African-American babies are we going to allow Planned Parenthood to abort while subsidizing them with our public funds. As the father of an African-American baby boy, I fear that society is turning a blind eye to this problem. Ohio’s pro-life lawmakers have the opportunity now to begin the process of saving future babies’ lives with this legislation.” said Gonidakis.
Northeast Ohio Right to Life’s Executive Director, Denise Leipold, testifying last Friday
“Planned Parenthood and their allies continually lied to the committee and listeners throughout Friday, which is not any different than any other day,” saidOhio Right to Life’s Executive Director John Coats. “Our pro-life amendments will appropriately fund centers who truly care about women and the women’s innocent child–born or unborn,” said Coats.
Substitute H.B. 59 budget hearings will continue on Tuesday leading to an anticipated House vote this Thursday.
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.