Women’s access to their constitutionally secured right to abortion is a wedge issue as big as they come in America. And in Ohio, where Republicans rule the roost from the governor’s office to the legislature and all statewide offices in between, Buckeye women suffer from elected leaders who would take that right away if they could, settling for harder and higher hurdles in the meantime.
Now that Ohio’s lame-duck governor John Kasich is mostly a footnote in the annals of 2016 national politics, Ohio’s junior U.S. Senator remains in play on the national scene in light of Senate control. Senator Rob Portman was elected in 2010 when Tea Party anger and enthusiasm pushed him and uber-conservative Republicans like Kasich across the finish line.
It’s fair to say that Republicans stand a good chance of losing control of the Senate this year. If GOP senators like Rob Portman can’t overcome the will of this year’s rising electorate—where women out number men, especially if the Democratic nominee is a woman who champions the rights for women, especially the right to an abortion as fiercely as gun-right advocates champion hurdle-free access to Second Amendment rights—he won’t win, especially when voter turnout rises in presidential election years.
Mr. Portman did change his mind and political position on gay rightsafter news broke that his son could qualify to carry a rainbow flag. He made the metamorphosis on that issue, so his reluctance bordering on defiance on modernizing his moral compass on pro-choice issues, so key to this election cycle, is frustrating bordering on maddening for others.
A new ad campaign by NARAL targets Sen. Portman, who has spent nearly six years in Washington yet is not well known by Buckeyes. Sen. Portman’s challenger this year, former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, has spent little money compared to Mr. Portman but, to the surprise of many, is tied with George W. Bush’s former budget director turned trade representative.
“Senator Rob Portman has not only refused to do his job for more than two months, but now we learn that his cynical obstructionism is really about limiting access to abortion all along,” said Kellie Copeland, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. Seven-in-ten Americans support legal access to abortion, Copeland said in a statement, saying, “Senate Republicans who are obstructing the nomination process in order to limit access to abortion couldn’t be more out of touch.”
The message from Ohio voters to Senator Portman is clear, Ms. Copeland said, “#DoYourJob and fill the vacancy of our nation’s highest court.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans.
In it’s statewide ad campaign, local NARAL members call on Sen. Portman to #DoYourJob and stop using abortion as an excuse to block President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
NARAL Pro-Choice America on Wednesday highlighted a new ad campaign targeting U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). The ad campaign, which is already playing on radio stations across the state, pushes Sen. Portman to do the job he was elected to do by filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
The six-figure, week-long radio and digital campaign targets three other senators in addition to Sen. Portman, all of whom are linchpins of the Republican effort to obstruct the confirmation process: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), NARAL said in a media release.
The ads highlight leaked audio showing that the GOP strategy of obstructing the nomination process has really been about limiting access to abortion all along.
“NARAL is stepping up to ensure Sen. Portman does the job the people of Ohio elected him to do,” said Sasha Bruce, senior vice president for campaigns and strategy at NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Senate Republicans have not only refused to do their jobs for more than two months, but now we learn that their cynical obstructionism has really been about limiting access to abortion all along.”
“In the ad, the story told by NARAL member and Ohioan Rachel Kacenjar makes clear that Sen. Portman simply doesn’t share the priorities of the hardworking families he was elected to represent,” added Bruce. “Seven-in-ten Americans support legal access to abortion. Senators like Rob Portman who are obstructing the nomination process in order to limit access to abortion couldn’t be more out of touch. The message from Ohio voters to Sen. Portman is clear: #DoYourJob and fill the vacancy of our nation’s highest court.”
All four of the new ads can be found here. NARAL endorsed Ted Strickland’s campaign for U.S. Senate in Ohio and is proud to stand with him as he fights for reproductive freedom.
NARAL says it works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”