COLUMBUS, OH — Protect Women Ohio (PWO), a new pro-woman, pro-parent group dedicated to defeating Ohio’s extreme anti-parent amendment, announced its first wave of Ohio-based coalition members and campaign hires today. The broad coalition of life and family leaders, concerned parents, health and medication professionals, and faith leaders is a testament to PWO’s unmatched grassroots support and infrastructure across the state.
PWO’s Ohio-based coalition is comprised of the following organizations:
Ohio Right to Life
Center for Christian Virtue
Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio
Ashtabula County Friends for Life
Awake America Ohio
Belmont County Right to Life
Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo
Catholic Conference of Ohio
Central Ohio Guild of the Catholic Medical Association
Cincinnati Guild of the Catholic Medical Association
Cincinnati Right to Life
Clark County Right to Life
Cleveland-Northeast Ohio Guild of the Catholic Medical Association
Cleveland Right to Life
Dayton-Miami Valley Guild of the Catholic Medical Association
Dayton Right to Life
Erie County Right to Life
Fostoria Bascom Prolife
Geauga County Catholic Pro-Life Coalition
Geauga County Right to Life
Greater Columbus Right to Life
Greater Toledo Right to Life
Hancock County Right to Life, Inc
Henry County Right to Life
Huron County Right to Life Society
ICSJ Respect Life Ministry
Lake County Right to Life
Lorain County Right to Life
Madison County Right to Life
Marion Citizens for Life
Medina County Right to Life
Mercer County Right to Life, Inc.
Miami County Liberty
Miami County Right to Life
National Black Pro-Life Coalition, Ohio Chapter
Ohio Christian Alliance
Ohio Parents’ Rights in Education
Ohio Value Voters
Right to Life of Northeast Ohio
Right to Life of Shelby County
Ross-Pike Right to Life
Suburban West Right to Life
Tiffin Right to Life
Washington County Right to Life
Wayne-Holmes Right to Life
“Today’s coalition rollout shows what we have known all along: Ohioans refuse to sit back and watch as the ACLU and Planned Parenthood bring their war on parental rights to our doorstep,” said Molly Smith, Board Member, Protect Women Ohio. “This extreme and dangerous anti-parent amendment removes existing health protections for women and children and erases parents from the conversation. We won’t let that happen.”
PWO also announced its campaign team today, led by Michael Hartley, President of Swing State Strategies.
“We are thrilled to have Michael Hartley and his team leading the fight against this dangerous anti-parent amendment,” said Smith. “Michael and his team bring decades of unmatched experience to the fight, and I look forward to working with them to defeat this extreme initiative.”
Michael Hartley serves as PWO campaign manager. Hartley is president of Swing State Strategies, where he utilizes his more than two decades of political, policy, public relations, and corporate experience to work with clients on their needs. Hartley is a battle-tested operative, having served in leadership positions on federal, state, and local races.
Jordan Ohler brings his decades of experience in public relations and crisis communications to PWO where he serves as communications director. Ohler is vice president of Swing State Strategies where he provides strategic direction and winning strategies to campaigns and businesses across the country.
Amy Natoce serves as press secretary of PWO. Natoce is a veteran of local, federal and Ohio statewide campaigns, having most recently served as campaign manager for Attorney General Dave Yost’s successful 2022 re-election campaign.
Nate Wheeland is PWO’s political director, brining his experience building coalitions and managing projects for competitive political campaigns to the team. Wheeland serves as Swing State Strategies’ grassroots tactician, delivering winning results for clients.
PWO launched its first ad in a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat the dangerous anti-parent amendment in Ohio last week. The ad can be viewed HERE.
A legal analysis of the extreme anti-parent amendment is available HERE from constitutional scholars Carrie Campbell Severino, President of Judicial Crisis Network, and Frank J. Scaturro, a former special counsel to the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.
Protect Women Ohio is a coalition of concerned family and life leaders, parents, health and medical experts, and faith leaders in Ohio. Molly Smith, Founding Member of Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, Aaron Baer, president of Center for Christian Virtue, and Peter Range, CEO of Ohio Right to Life, serve as members of the PWO Board of Directors.
To learn more please visit www.protectwomenohio.com.