There are sound reasons for pro-lifers to consider Gov. Ted Strickland's positive actions on respect life issues.
Politicians who act on principle rather than political expedience are hard to find. It doesn't happen that much! It wasn't easy for the Governor to take the positions he's taken given the Democratic Party platform and the fact that he was endorsed by NARAL in 2006. Yet he was willing to step out of a certain comfort zone--not as often as we would have liked, but often enough to make a difference for pregnant women and their children. This is his Congressional record:
1997-98: Voted for partial birth abortion, child custody protection act (barring the transportation of minors across state lines for abortion) and assisted suicide fund restrictions.
1999-2000: voted for pain relief prevention act, partial birth abortion ban, and child custody protection act.
2001-02: voted for cloning ban, partial birth abortion ban, and child custody protection act
2003-04; voted for partial birth abortion ban
2005-06: voted for child interstate abortion notification act.
He did not vote pro-life on a number of bills involving funding and unborn victims of violence. So, he has a mixed official record on life issues as a Congressman.
As governor, he signed two pro-life bills -- one to protect women from coerced abortions and another to require that women be offered the opportunity to view an ultrasound of their unborn child, both advanced by Ohio Right to Life. In addition, he has worked to expand coverage for pregnant women in Ohio through the S-CHIP and Healthy Start programs and his health department has cooperated with efforts to enforce abortion facility regulations.
It's time to look past the labels and rhetoric and look as what a candidate for reelection has actually accomplished when making your voting decision.
Mary Ann Chimera, President
Democrats for Life of Ohio