Pro-Life Ohio Governor John Kasich Launches Republican Presidential Campaign

National   Sarah Zagorski   Jul 21, 2015   |   4:45PM    Washington, DC

Today Ohio Governor John Kasich officially announced his campaign for president of the United States, joining a long list of Republican candidates including Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Dr. Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

The Hill reports that Gov. Kasich said the following about his bid for president:  “I have to humbly tell you I believe I do have the skills and the experience. I have the experience and the testing, the testing, which shapes you and prepares you for the most important job in the world and I believe I know how to work and restore this great United States.”

Later he added, “I’m just a flawed man trying to honor God’s blessings in my life. I don’t even understand it all. He’s been very good to me.” As LifeNews previously reported, Gov. Kasich has a strong pro-life record and has advanced the pro-life cause in his state. In fact, under Gov. Kasich’s leadership, Ohio abortions dropped to an all time low and when he took office, the state had 18 abortion facilities and now they have 11. Ohio Right to Life, the state affiliate of National Right to Life, has supported Gov. Kasich in the past and worked with him on 12 pro-life initiatives in their state.

The Public Relations Manager for Ohio Right to Life, Katie McCann, said previously that their governor has been a champion for life.

She said, “We are endlessly grateful for Governor Kasich’s compassion for women and their children. His administration is doing its job by holding these mills accountable to basic health and safety standards.

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Additionally, a spokesperson for Gov. Kasich said in press release that he supports investigating Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices. The statement was a response to the undercover video showing Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, admitting to selling aborted babies’ body parts while munching on her lunch salad.

The statement read, “The governor is a strong, consistent and committed believer in the sanctity of human life and finds this news and practice abhorrent.  This is illegal under both Ohio and federal laws and anyone who violates those laws should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible, and credible evidence of a possible violation should be fully investigated.”

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On Twitter, NARAL lamented over Gov. Kasich’s pro-life record and reminded their follows that he’s cast 118 “anti-choice” votes during his time in the U.S. House. These votes included the Federal Abortion Ban, the Unborn Victims of Violence Bill, a parental consent bill and measures to defund abortion facilities and require them to meet certain safety standards.

View their tweet below.