Ohio's very own Senator George Voinovich recently became an original co-sponsor of S. 3723 - which is a bill that will guarantee the exclusion of abortion coverage from the new health care law. We're proud to see more steps are being taken to stop tax-payer funded abortion - especially by our Ohio leaders. For more on this bill, read the press release about it below.
Last Saturday, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) delivered remarks at the National Right to Life Convention in Pittsburgh, where he received the National Right to Life Legislative Leadership Award for his pro-life leadership in Congress. In accepting the award, Congressman Boehner said:
“The defense of life and the defense of freedom are necessarily linked. We know this to be true. And if we accept it, then the current political agenda in Washington is a threat to freedom.”
For a full transcript of Congressman Boehner’s speech as prepared for delivery, click here.
View the speech by clicking the video below.
This past weekend the Toledo Blade ran an article on the recent animal-human hybrid legislation that passed in the Senate. Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life, shared some thoughts on the bill:
"You'd think this is science fiction, but it's not," said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life.
How much longer would it be before it happens in Ohio? What happens if we transfer a disease that is only carried through animals so that it transfers from human to human. From a moral perspective, what are we thinking?" he said.
To read the entire article, click HERE.
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Today, the Ohio Senate voted to pass S.B. 242, a bill to revise the process of judicial bypass under Ohio’s Parental Consent for Abortion statute. In the past judges have granted nearly all requests from minors to bypass the parental consent for abortion statute (92% according to one survey). This bill will require judges to make a decision only after clear and convincing evidence is made for the girl's need for an abortion, after they've asked about the girl's understanding of possible complications and health risks that could results, and lastly after they've inquired about the extent to which the girl has been 'prepped,' by others on her answers.
This bill is a huge success for the life movement and shows that the Ohio Senate understands the importance of the Parental Consent Statute as well as the potential an abortion has to deeply impact a young woman. To read the full press release on this story, click HERE.
Ohio State Senators Gary Cates and Bob Gibbs gave sponsor testimony on SB 262 this week, reminding the Ohio Senate that the majority of Americans have agreed for the past three decades that taxpayer dollars should not fund abortions. They also mentioned the Hyde amendment which has prohibited tax-payer funded abortions in the past but does not apply to the new healthcare legislation.
Senate Bill 262 prohibits qualified health plans from providing coverage for non-therapeutic abortions and it is the companion bill to HB 511.
Read the sponsor testimony below:
A bill was submitted for introduction by Rep. Danny Bubp and Rep. Joe Uecker today that will ban non-therapeutic abortions as a benefit in the health exchange under the new federal health care law! Read more about it in our press release by clicking on the "read more" link below.