The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio needs grass-roots organizations like yours!
A Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio affiliate is any pro‐life unincorporated or incorporated
nonprofit organization approved for affiliation by the RTLACO Board of Directors.
Membership Fees Are as Follows:
- A membership fee of $100 for organizations with a mailing list of 150-650
- $200 for organizations with a mailing list greater than 650.
- Membership fees are annual.
- An Auxiliary group member’s fee is $50 for those organizations with a mailing list of less than 150.
RTLACO affiliation is not an exclusive membership. Affiliates may join forces with other pro‐life organizations.
Requirements for Membership
- Be in fundamental agreement with the RTLACO Policy Statement
- Submit a completed RTLACO affiliation form and a signed Statement of Faith (just sign on the bottom) and pay the appropriate fee.
- Comply with the laws of the state of Ohio. Assign one Director from each Member Organization with a mailing list of 150 and one additional Director for each additional 500 names. The maximum number of Directors from any Member Organization is limited to 10.
- Each Auxiliary Member Organization shall be entitled to one Director without voting privileges.
Benefits of Membership
- Endorsed Candidate surveys/list for local elections
- Action alerts on priority legislation, events, and activities
- Use of the Voter Voice platform for local surveys, events, petitions, and on member’s local website
- First Friday call-ins with high-profile guests and legislators
- Legislative “meet and greets” in District and Columbus
- In-District Educational Meetings
- Bringing America Back to Life (BABL) convention discounts
- Educational training (i-Lead Academy, Prolife Workshop, Civics 101, End of Life panels, annual regional abortion reports, etc.)
- Access to the RTLACO website for posting member events and activities
- Guidance for local organizations, such as Board structure, sample Bylaws, Ballot Cards, Insurance coverage for events, and other legal information
- Use of the RTLACO logo on print and online media
Access our Membership Form Here
Statement of Faith
Access our Statement of Faith Here
For a downloadable PDF of these FAQs, click HERE.
A The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio is an association of prolife organizations which collaborate on advocacy for the right to life in law and public policy. We engage at the federal, state, and local levels. We are officially a 501(c)(4) organization, i.e., we are recognized as a non-profit but donations to us are not tax-deductible to the donor.
A RTLACO currently has about 28 member organizations throughout the state of Ohio. Some of our more prominent members are:
- Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati
- Cleveland Right to Life
- Dayton Right to Life Society
- Greater Toledo Right to Life
- Created Equal
- Mission America
A Member organizations retain complete autonomy over their policies, finances, and programs. RTLACO is managed by a board of directors whose members are provided by our member organizations. RTLACO typically takes the lead on engagement with Ohio and federal public officials and advocacy for or against proposed laws and policies. Our members include both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.
A RTLACO consists of a board of directors from which a six-person executive committee manages day-to-day affairs. We are an entirely voluntary organization – we have no paid staff and no permanent office space. Our board members and other volunteers work from their homes and/or the member organizations with which they are affiliated.
A We have three primary functions:
- Identifying and endorsing prolife candidates for elective office.
- Engaging with legislators to enact prolife laws.
- Engaging with relevant executive branch agencies to monitor enforcement of existing laws and policies.
A Candidates must truly earn our endorsement, both by their prior record and through the completion of a comprehensive survey. They must be in fundamental agreement with our RTLACO policy document- found HERE .
We do not endorse candidates simply because of their party affiliation and we do not feel obligated to endorse a candidate in every race. In short, we have great confidence that those candidates who do receive our endorsement are firmly committed to the protection of human life from conception to natural death.
A – No, that is the benefit of a coalition. As independent organizations, our members can support, or not support, any specific bill or policy. However, because our members helped to set our legislative agenda and actively influenced the final consensus position, they can respect the process even though they may not fully agree with the RTLACO final position. Obviously, we do not expect members to be opposing our endorsed position.
A Like other non-profits, the bulk of our revenue comes from donations from individuals and organizations, to include in-kind contributions. We also receive annual dues from our member organizations, which are nominal.
RTLACO was formed in 2017 largely from prolife organizations which were formerly chapters of Ohio Right to Life, who wanted to pursue a more aggressive strategy of advocacy. Although there is no formal relationship between RTLACO and ORTL, we are happy to work with any other right to life organization and we recognize the importance of unity and consensus among prolife groups if we expect to achieve our right to life goals. Some of our member organizations remain chapters of Ohio Right to Life and some are not.
A The Dobbs decision held as follows: “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.” Thus, in the absence of any federal law governing abortion, Ohio law now solely determines the legality and availability of abortion. This places a new importance on the Ohio court system, in particular the Ohio Supreme Court. While the legislature has recently passed – and the governor signed – a number of prolife bills, most of them remain stalled in the courts. The most notable of these is the so-called Heartbeat Law (SB 23). Even with favorable court rulings on these laws, the optimal solution to banning abortion in Ohio is a constitutional amendment.
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