FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2022
Contact: Margie Christie, President
DAYTON, OHIO – The Right to Life Action Coalition (RTLACO), an association of Ohio grassroots pro-life organizations, has completed its intensive vetting process for endorsing candidates. The Ohio primary elections will conclude on Tuesday, May 3. RTLACO endorsed candidates for the primary election might surprise some pro-lifers.
“Many people don’t realize how our survey process works when it comes to endorsing candidates,” says Margie Christie, President of RTLACO. “The Coalition does not endorse politicians in every race, and we never endorse candidates who have exceptions for abortion.”
The RTLACO endorsement process takes months to complete. Often candidates will fill out their surveys indicating exceptions to pro-life values, which will preclude an endorsement from Ohio’s largest pro-life coalition. “We allow no exceptions whatsoever. When we endorse a candidate, it means that person has met our strict requirements and will likely uphold the non-compromising values RTLACO upholds, if he or she should assume office,” says Christie.
In the high-visibility gubernatorial race, many pro-life Ohioans are surprised to know the Coalition has pulled its endorsement of Governor Mike DeWine (view here). On the other hand, Ohio Right to Life has endorsed DeWine in spite of his appointing Obama campaigner and Planned Parenthood supporter, Dr. Amy Acton as his first Director of Health.
RTLACO also examined the Governor’s record since being elected:
–Currently, under the DeWine administration, every one of the six surgical abortion clinics in the state is operating under an expired license from the Ohio Department of Health. Most of them expired over three years ago, long before the COVID emergency. See details from ODH website here:
Ambulatory Surgical Facility (ASF) License Information below was accessed on April 18, 2022 at
ODH Program Information (ohio.gov)
— In the case of the abortion clinic in Dayton (ordered closed in 2016 under the Kasich Administration), Governor DeWine’s first Director of Health, Amy Acton, granted the clinic a new license simply by allowing it to change its name. That facility remains open today, with an expired license, killing about 50 babies each week.
–During the COVID emergency, Ohio’s abortion clinics remained open with no constraints, while the DeWine Administration was shutting down restaurants, barber shops, hair salons, dentist offices, and numerous other small businesses.
“We have to clear up this confusion as to why two statewide pro-life organizations are endorsing two different gubernatorial candidates,” says Christie, “The pro-life community is looking for an endorsement that reflects a candidate’s beliefs, as well as their actions. Unlike Ohio Right to Life, RTLACO’s endorsements are not rubber stamps for incumbents. Actions matter.”
The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio foundational principle is to safeguard the inalienable right to life – with the recognition of personhood, from conception until natural death, with no exceptions.
for RTLACO endorsements visit https://www.rtlaohio.org/election-2020