Triantafilou: Every Ohioan should vote ‘no’ on Issue 1

As an unapologetically pro-life Ohioan and Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, I personally see it as our duty to protect as many unborn babies as possible. Fighting for those who have not yet had an opportunity to have a voice of their own is fundamental.

However, as I have discussed this issue at length, I understand that there are many Ohioans who believe there should be some ability for women to obtain an abortion. How far into pregnancy that ability should exist seems to be the crux of the debate we are seeing unfold since the fall of Roe v Wade.

Complete abortion ban? Heartbeat Bill? Banned after the first trimester? Banned when the baby can feel pain or is viable? Coming to a consensus on what degree of restriction there should be on abortion is the heart of the abortion debate.

Where Democrats are missing the mark is that they have excluded themselves from having an honest conversation.

Whether it is Gavin Newsome in California or Sherrod Brown here in Ohio, Democrats are completely incapable of articulating what legal restrictions they are in favor of. Leading up to the 2022 election, I was amazed to watch someone like Tim Ryan, a formerly pro-life Democrat, completely subscribe to this idea that there should be zero restrictions on abortion. Clearly the old mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” is nothing but a relic in today’s Democrat party.

Now, Democrat extremism is on full display with Issue 1. Democrats are using the landmark Dobbs decision to push for the most radical and extreme proposal we have ever seen in Ohio.

Issue 1 is intentionally deceptive and was clearly constructed to eliminate all legal restrictions on abortion, so long as a Planned Parenthood abortionist declares it necessary.

This amendment also takes the dangerous step of allowing parents to be cut out of the decision-making process if their minor child becomes pregnant. Parents have a right to be involved in these life-changing decisions, yet Democrats are more than happy to cast them aside if it helps them achieve their goals.

Make no mistake, voting No on Issue 1 is not just for staunchly pro-life Ohioans. Even those who may consider themselves pro-choice should take a hard look at what this amendment will actually do. In the wake of the Dobbs decision, Democrats chose to push for the elimination of every restriction on the books, even up to the moment of birth.

This dangerous overreach is the decision they came to, and it is up to Ohio to search our collective conscience and realize that codifying unfettered abortion, on demand, even in the late stages of pregnancy, is not the answer.

Regardless of where you stand on what constitutes a reasonable restriction on abortion, Issue 1 is clearly bad for our state. Every Ohioan should vote “No” on Issue 1.

Author Alex Triantafilou is Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party

First appeared in Highland County Press on October 23, 2023.

LTE: Issue 1 Too Extreme for Ohio

DEAR EDITOR: Democrats and far-left abortion lobbyists would have you believe that Issue 1 is simply about codifying Roe v. Wade. In reality, this extreme amendment goes much further and is not in line with the vast majority of Ohioans’ values.

Roughly eighty percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in the third trimester, yet this amendment does not even provide basic protections for babies who are fully formed, can feel pain, and can survive outside the womb.

All it takes to skirt around their vague and dishonest language is for a Planned Parenthood abortionist to give their stamp of approval to have the abortion, regardless of the circumstances.

Democrats from the Statehouse to the White House have made their stance clear. They want to legalize taxpayer-funded abortions, on demand, at any stage of pregnancy. Whether you are staunchly pro-life, or believe there should be some access to abortion, this amendment goes much too far. Don’t be fooled. Every Ohioan should vote “No” on Issue 1.

Alex Triantafilou is Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.

Submitted to the Columbus Dispatch on October 20, 2023.

As Early Voting Begins, Chairman Triantafilou Urges Ohioans to “Bank Your Vote”

COLUMBUS—Today, voters across Ohio will begin to cast their ballots early, in-person and via secure absentee ballot. The Ohio Republican Party and local GOP partners are encouraging Republican voters to maximize the number of votes against Issue 1 and Issue 2 by banking their “NO” votes early.

“The best way to defend innocent life, protect Ohio’s workers, and make your voice heard is to Bank Your “NO” vote on Issues 1 and 2 before Election Day,” said Chairman Alex Triantafilou. “We must turn out more voters than ever before if we want to keep Ohio red and protect our conservative values.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Republican Party partnered with the Republican National Committee and GOP leaders to launch the “Bank Your Vote” initiative as a way to drive more Republicans to the polls ahead of Election Day.

“Bank Your Vote,” is a nationwide campaign focused on maximizing pre-Election Day voting. For more information, visit

Joe Biden Moves Forward with Trump’s “Vanity Project”

COLUMBUS—Yesterday, Joe Biden “stunned” his allies in Washington by moving forward with construction of the border wall that he also says doesn’t work….. Huh?

Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown has described the wall as Trump’s “vanity project,” and Democrats boldly labeled the commonsense project to physically secure the border as “racist.

Because of their unhinged response to Republican border policies, they created an unprecedented border crisis. Their crisis is even leading big-city Democrat mayors to rebuke their failed policies. New York Mayor Eric Adams went so far as to say Biden’s border crisis will “destroy New York City.”

Every Democrat in Congress owns this crisis, consistently voting for policies that make the border and country less secure.

Bottom Line: The Biden Administration’s latest move is nothing less than laughable in the face of their complete failure to lead. If Democrats like Sherrod Brown would have been serious about addressing this crisis instead of trying to score political wins against Donald Trump, our border, communities, and families would be safer.

Ohio GOP Statement on Congressman Jordan’s Bid for House Speaker

COLUMBUS—Today, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou released the following statement regarding Congressman Jim Jordan’s bid for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Congressman Jim Jordan is a staunch conservative and a fearless advocate for the America First movement. I fully support his bid to become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Ohioans across the Buckeye State are confident in his leadership and ability to end the Democrats’ insanity in Washington.”