Ohio Pro-Life Group Backs Portman, Kasich and Other Candidates for State Office

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ohio Pro-Life Group Backs Portman, Kasich and Other Candidates for State Office

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 1
, 2010

Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — Ohio Right to Life today announced its endorsement of a slate of pro-life candidates seeking elected office statewide. The pro-life organization picked Rob Portman as its endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate and named John Kasich as its endorsed candidate for governor.

The Ohio Right to Life Society PAC selected candidates in five races, with the gubernatorial and Senate races drawing most of the attention for Ohio voters.

"The philosophical direction of the United States Senate hangs in the balance and we have learned the hard way that elections do have consequences," Mike Gonidakis, a spokesman for the group, told LifeNews.com today.

Gonidakis said electing Portman "should be priority number one for the pro-life movement to ensure that abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion does not become part of any national health care plan."

"It is an absolute responsibility for the men and women of Ohio’s pro-life movement to support Rob Portman, who supports, promotes and has defended a culture of life throughout his career," he said of the long-time pro-life congressman.

Marshal Pitchford, the chairman of the Ohio Right to Life Society Board of Trustees said the pro-life movement in Ohio "is fortunate to have experienced and highly qualified pro-life candidates seeking the state’s executive offices."

"John Kasich had an outstanding pro-life voting record during his career in Congress," he said. "His running mate, Mary Taylor, is an articulate advocate of the right to life movement. As Governor and Lt. Governor, they will reflect the common sense and common decency of the people of Ohio."

Pitchford also talked up the other three candidates.

"As a former speaker of the Ohio House, Jon Husted brings a wealth of practical experience to the office of Secretary of State. As an adoptee, he also brings a first-person view of the value of life and the importance of providing women positive alternatives to abortion," he said.

Pitchford added: "Throughout his career, Mike DeWine has been a pro-life champion. In the U.S. Senate, he sponsored the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which reflects the fact that attacks on pregnant women can injure or end two lives. As Attorney General, he will defend the value of all human life."

He continued, "Josh Mandel has defended life and freedom as both a state representative and a marine in Iraq. He will bring the same boundless energy and "can-do" attitude to the office of Treasurer of State."

Related web sites:
Ohio Right to Life – https://www.ohiolife.org

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