Janet Porter

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Janet Porter
Born Janet L. Folger
(1962-10-13) October 13, 1962 (age 56)
Nationality American
Occupation Conservative activist, radio personality
Known for Anti-abortion activism
David Porter (m. 2008)

Janet L. Folger Porter (born October 13, 1962)[2] is an American activist who is the founder and president of group Faith2Action.[3] She is known for her anti-abortion activism.[4] She has also written a column for WorldNetDaily since 2007, in which she has promoted conspiracy theories about Barack Obama, including that he is not a U.S. citizen.[5]

Anti-abortion activism[edit]

Porter's attempts to get fetal heartbeat bills passed in American state legislatures has led to her being described as "in many ways the godmother of the heartbeat movement." Prior to founding Faith2Action in 2003, she was the legislative director for Ohio Right to Life for nine years (1988–97).[4][6] At Ohio Right to Life, she helped lobby for the first partial-birth abortion ban in the United States, which was later upheld by the Supreme Court. She then served as the national director of the Center for Reclaiming America from September 1997 to 2002. She has said that she joined the Center because she wanted to focus on more issues than just abortion. At the Center, she led a campaign promoting the idea that homosexuality is an individual choice.[7] In 2011, she played "testimony" from a fetus in legislative hearings on a heartbeat bill, by projecting an ultrasound image onto a screen and showing it to legislators.[8]

Faith2Action radio show[edit]

Porter previously hosted a radio show, also called Faith2Action, before it was cancelled in 2010. VCY America, the show's parent company, said it cancelled the show because Porter had expressed views too similar to dominion theology as its host. The following week, she posted a blog post denying that she supported dominion theology.[5]

Political aspirations[edit]

In 2016, Porter ran unsuccessfully against Larry Obhof in the Republican primary for the Ohio Senate's 22nd district. As a candidate, she criticized her Republican opponents for not supporting her heartbeat abortion bills.[9][10] Her campaign for Obhof's senate seat was supported by Mike Huckabee. In a February 2016 video, Huckabee announced that he was supporting Porter because she would fight "for faith, family and for freedom."[11]

In 2017, she served as a spokesperson for Roy Moore in his campaign for the United States Senate special election in Alabama, 2017, drawing media attention for repeatedly refusing to answer direct questions about the candidate's publicly stated beliefs.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Janet Folger Porter". www.nndb.com. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  2. ^ "Janet L. Folger Porter". flvoters.com. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  3. ^ Lecher, Colin (2014-07-31). "The swift death of ReaganBook, the Facebook for patriots". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  4. ^ a b Cottle, Michelle (2013-07-07). "Janet Folger Porter, Abortion Warrior, on Her Heartbeat Crusade". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  5. ^ a b Liss-Schultz, Nina (2016-12-09). "The mastermind behind Ohio's new "heartbeat" abortion bill is too extreme for Christian talk radio". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  6. ^ "Janet Folger Porter". www.ambassadorspeakers.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  7. ^ Smyth, Julie Carr (2011-09-17). "Anti-abortion activist center stage in Ohio fight". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  8. ^ Thomson-Deveaux, Amelia (2014-04-15). "The Abortion Restriction That's Too Extreme for Most Pro-Lifers". The American Prospect.
  9. ^ Higgs, Robert (2016-01-20). "Mike Dovilla gets nod from Ohio Right to Life in 3-way Senate primary". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  10. ^ "Statewide results for Ohio primary election March 15, 2016". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  11. ^ AP (2016-02-17). "Mike Huckabee backs anti-abortion activist Janet Folger Porter from Hinckley in Ohio Senate race". www.ohio.com. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  12. ^ Balmert, Jessie (2017-12-06). "Roy Moore's new spokeswoman: An Ohioan with roots in state's abortion fights". cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  13. ^ Cilizza, Chris (2017-12-05). "Roy Moore's 'non-accusers' and 15 other outrageous quotes on the Alabama Senate race". cnn.com. Retrieved 2017-12-06.

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