Cleveland Right to Life Challenges Portman Endorsements

Cleveland Right to LifeIn response to a newsletter received today from Senator Rob Portman announcing his Ohio endorsements in his bid for re-election in 2016, Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life had this to say “My advice to any true conservative officer holder is to say NO on principle, right up front, due to Portman’s choice to go against the GOP national pro-marriage platform. Remember, the marriage issue is one of the “big two” for social conservatives.” Smith encouraged those who are receiving “endorsement” calls from Senator Portman’s office to consider before they endorse, that they will find themselves on the opposing team from all conservative groups if a viable challenger jumps in the race. “You don’t need to pick up Portman’s baggage.” she continued.

In 2013 Cleveland Right to Life announced they could no longer support Portman because of his flip-flop on one of the fundamental tenets of their mission. They received national support for their stand that pointed out that the right to life and the right for each child to grow up in a stable environment with their mother and father are two book-ends of the same issue. Many other Right to Life groups in the state joined them in support.

“When Senator Portman announced that he was abandoning his support for traditional marriage he also abandoned his right to support from the prolife voter.” said Smith.

Smith has asked the prolife base to call their representative and senators to express concern about endorsing a candidate whose position violates a core Christian principle. She asked members to remind their representative that endorsements matter and theirs will have consequence. She also noted that State Representatives have contacted prolife groups to go on record with their decision NOT to endorse Senator Portman. One such State Representative stated ” there are certain lines that must never be crossed and crossing natural law created by God are those types of lines”

“Republican Politicians must remember that they are elected by the people and not by party insiders. It would be good to remind ourselves as well as our representatives that we are not called to be successful but rather we are called only to be faithful to God” concluded Smith.

Cleveland Right to Life Mission


WE believe that all human beings are made in the image of the Creator and must be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We know to be true that human rights begin when human life begins, as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence.
So as to foster a culture of life we promote and defend the right to life of all innocent human beings and reject such practices as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and same-sex marriage that are contrary to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”.
We represent pro-life citizens from over 8 counties in the region, making our organization one of the largest pro-life organizations in the State of Ohio. We focus our efforts first and foremost at the local level to achieve local solutions and then cooperate with the state and national pro-life efforts as directed and needed.

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