Ohio Senate: Where do Rob Portman and Ted Strickland Stand on Abortion?

State   |   Karen Cross   |   Sep 15, 2016   |   6:49PM   |   Columbus, OH

Every election year, National Right to Life publishes downloadable comparison flyers about the various Senate candidates. The downloadable version for Ohio’s “Where do the Senate Candidates Stand on Life?” is available here.

The candidates have very different views on abortion. Here is an overview of their positions on abortion-related issues.

Abortion on Demand

Rob Portman is pro-life. He opposes abortion on demand, and supports protection for unborn children.

Rob Portman co-sponsored and voted to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation to protect unborn children who can feel pain by prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

Rob Portman supports the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, a bill to ban a common and brutal method of abortion in which the living unborn child is torn apart limb from limb.

In contrast, Ted Strickland supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason.

Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Rob Portman is a co-sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (S. 582), a bill that would enact a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.

Ted Strickland voted to use tax dollars to pay for abortion by voting against the Hyde Amendment (Roll Call No. 388, 9/11/1997).

Government Funding for Abortion Providers

Rob Portman voted for passage of a budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 3762) that would defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Ted Strickland supports providing government funds to abortion providers.

Obama’s Health Care Law

Rob Portman voted to repeal Obamacare, including the provision that has resulted in federal funding of about 1,000 health plans that pay for elective abortion. He is committed to reversing the abortion-expanding and rationing effects of that law.

In contrast, Ted Strickland supports Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand, and imposes rationing of lifesaving medical care.

A downloadable version of the Ohio Senate comparison flyer may be found here.