During the 2012 election, a pro-life, pro-marriage Christian activist joined a team calling Christians to pray for guidance regarding their voting.

Since then, Janet Porter has been working to protect the unborn in Ohio, promoting a new “heartbeat” bill that already has convinced a mother to forgo an abortion.

Now Porter is going one step further in 2016, with a run for office.

The Medina County Gazette reported Porter, founder and president of Faith 2 Action, has decided to challenge Ohio state Sen. Larry Objof of Montville Township for the seat representing the state’s 22nd district.

The primary is in March.

Porter’s organization describes itself as a “pro-active launching pad for the pro-family movement.”

“It’s not about the uniforms we wear, or the branch of the cultural war in which we’re called, it’s about combining our strengths and winning on the issues that matter most. Faith2Action is about being faithful where the battle is the hottest – where our Bible-based beliefs and freedoms are most at risk. … Our goal isn’t to just survive the cultural war, but to win it.”

The local paper reported Porter said her previous work has included a documentary, “Light Wins: How to Overcome the Criminalization of Christianity.” In it, she cited the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was ordered to jail for refusing a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in violation of her faith.

“I stand for life. I stand for liberty,” Porter told the Gazette. “The family is the nucleus of the state. It’s the basis for business.”

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She also explained she supports incentives to business and removing government obstacles to commerce. Further, she advocates protection of the unborn, authoring Ohio’s “heartbeat” bill, which is in the state legislature.

She told the Gazette she had asked Obhof to try to force a vote on the bill, but he declined.

“We’re running against the Republican obstructionist establishment,” she said. “There’s more they can do to represent life, liberty and the family.”

In the 2012 election Porter helped lead a prayer campaign with other Christian leaders. The team included Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Gen. Jerry Boykin of Kingdom Warriors, Jim Garlow of Renewing American Leaders, Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church and Penny Nance of Concern Women for America.

Called “If My People 2012,” it coordinated dozens of prominent Christian leaders and dozens of topics of prayer for 40 days before the 2012 election.

Anne Graham Lotz, a leader of “If My People,” said the signs of trouble were everywhere: economic turbulence, natural disasters and a breakdown in the social fabric of the nation.

“God is trying to get our attention, and this is the time for God’s people to pray,” she said. “Let’s see what God will do.”

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The Gazette reported Obhof didn’t directly respond to Porter but said his voting is 100 percent pro-life.

“I have a very strong pro-life voting record,” he told the newspaper.

He also said he’s worked to better the economy by cutting taxes and eliminating regulations.

He was named the Guardian of Small Business in 2013 by the National Federation of Independent Business Ohio. And a year later he was Legislator of the Year.

Since the 2012 election, Porter has worked on the heartbeat bill, which was adopted by the state House last winter, but has been blocked in the state Senate.

She recently posted online a request for voters to pressure Senate President Keith Faber to hold a vote.

Regulating abortion is not enough, she said. The goal is to end the killing.

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