Senator Portman Holds Roundtable Meeting with Ohio Right to Life
Strategy Session Focuses on Innovative Opportunities to Save Lives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emmalee Kalmbach
DATE: Wednesday May 1, 2013 PHONE: (614) 547-0099 ext. 309
COLUMBUS Ohio- At the request of US Senator Rob Portman, Ohio Right to Life’s trustees and staff members participated in a strategic roundtable discussion yesterday. The focus of the meeting was to discuss initiatives and opportunities to help mothers and their babies at both the state and national level. Senator Portman praised Ohio Right to Life for being an extremely effective organization that national pro-life organizations watch and learn from.
“Ohio’s pro-life movement is proud of Senator Portman’s life-long advocacy for the unborn. We were greatly encouraged to listen to his compassionate approach and innovative ideas to helping moms and babies. Senator Portman made it crystal clear to all of us that he is compassionately fighting for pro-life issues in Washington and he is very supportive of Ohio Right to Life,” said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis.
During the discussion, Senator Portman articulated that the current US Supreme Court is in a delicate balance; urging Ohio Right to Life, along with their grassroots members, to continue to support pro-life officeholders and candidates for federal office. In addition to talking about his national pro-life legislative initiatives, trustees and staff members freely asked questions regarding the HHS Mandate along with attacks by the Obama administration on religious liberty.
Senator Portman also made a point to articulate his personal story regarding his son and openly discussed his reasons for changing his position on marriage. Senator Portman voiced that he will defend churches’ and various institutions’ religious rights and encouraged them to adhere to their faith and not to back down from what they believe is right.
Ohio Right to Life thanks Senator Portman for his unwavering commitment to the Right to Life mission and his continued support for Ohio Right to Life.