Ohio

Senator Rob Portman

Republican, Incumbent

Rob Portman is woefully out of touch with women and families.

That’s bad enough. But now he’s vying for a seat on the U.S. Senate, where he wants to influence national legislation with his dangerously backwards agenda. We can’t let him. Here’s why.

While in the Senate, Portman has taken seven votes to block patients from care at Planned Parenthood health centers, and said they don’t provide “legitimate” health care services. Not only is this statement flat-out false, but a majority of Ohioans (65%) disagree with him and support funding for Planned Parenthood health centers.

If anti-abortion politicians like Portman defunded Planned Parenthood, the effects could be devastating.

Let’s look at Portman’s home state:

  • In 2014, Planned Parenthood health centers in Ohio conducted nearly 130,000 STI tests, and provided contraception to more than 60,000 patients.

  • About 40% of patients served by Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio are low-income. Seventy-five percent of the patients served by Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio are low-income.

Providing essential and high-quality reproductive health care to tens of thousands of patients is “legitimate.” What’s not legitimate is Portman’s insistence on blocking patients from care at their chosen health care provider, without any guarantee of alternate care.

Key Portman Facts:

  • Portman called the Paycheck Fairness Act — which was first introduced in 1997 and has been reintroduced every session of Congress since then — “an election year approach by Democrats.” 
  • Portman voted against equal pay measures multiple times and even questionedwhether new equal pay laws are needed. 
  • One the first pieces of legislation Portman introduced after being elected to the Senate aimed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Portman has referred toRoe v. Wade as the “infamous decision that “denies the most basic rights to the unborn child."

Rob Portman's Opponent: Ted Strickland (D)

Ted Strickland was the first pro-choice governor of Ohio in nearly 20 years and has a lifelong record of fighting to protect reproductive health and rights.

When abortion opponents attacked Planned Parenthood with discredited smear videos this summer, Portman showed his true colors:

“I do think that it’s time to pull the plug, in other words not provide the funding to Planned Parenthood.” 

He Won’t Protect Access to Affordable Birth Control

Portman wants to halt the progress we’ve made in access to affordable birth control. He was “pleased” with the Hobby Lobby decision to let bosses deny employees birth control coverage. He even wrote a letter to the Department of Justice to try to stop the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit — which ensures no-copay birth control through health insurance — from going into effect.

While Portman was busy trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act and it’s birth control benefit –– calling it a “multibillion-dollar tax on middle-class families,” the birth control benefit was saving millions of women money. In its first year, the average birth control pill user saved $255. Overall, women are spending an estimated $1.4 billion less a year, on out of pocket costs for  birth control pills, thanks to Obamacare.

He Wants to Ban Safe and Legal Abortion

Portman has voted time after time to take away a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body and how to plan her family. He endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich in his failed bid for president –– the same guy who has enacted 18 anti-women’s health measures since he took office, including every anti-abortion bill that has crossed his desk.

While serving in the U.S. House, Portman voted for a spending bill that allowed state governments to refuse to pay for abortions for low-income women, even in cases of rape or incest. He also voted to block military servicewomen from using their own money to pay for an abortion at U.S. military medical facilities abroad — even if they were victims of rape or incest.