Friday 5
February 5, 2021

Barry Sheets
Legislative Consultant


It seems like there might be an undercurrent of resistance building

to the Biden Administration’s slavish devotion to the continued

holocaust of the unborn.

In many places, the Right to Life is stubbornly

rearing up and fighting back! 



1. The eyes of Texas are upon the babies: In a major win for the unborn, the state of Texas has been successful in removing abortion giant Planned Parenthood from eligibility for Medicaid reimbursements this week. Following an earlier 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that noted states can determine whether or not to fund particular providers through the program, the state moved to do just that. But, true to form, Planned Parenthood filed for an emergency appeal on the same day, and was granted a temporary restraining order against the state by a state district judge. Perhaps the judge should acquaint herself with the 5th Circuit’s ruling before wasting taxpayer dollars on this appeal.

2. South Carolina is moving closer this week to adopting the pro-life Heartbeat Bill in their state. This is great news, as the measure has already passed the South Carolina Senate and will likely be voted out of the South Carolina House Judiciary committee next week. Since this is a bill the South Carolina House passed in the previous session by a large margin, it looks like the Palmetto State will join Ohio as another jurisdiction where babies are protected from the abortionist’s tools.

3. As we mentioned last week regarding the statements from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops against the Biden administration’s move to reinstate funding for international abortions, the Bishops’ voice has now been joined by powerful voices from another direction. This week, the Archbishop of the West African Bishop’s Conference, Ignatiaus Kaigama of Abuja in Nigeria called out Biden on his Executive Order: “It is intriguing that one of Biden’s first official acts is to promote the destruction of human lives domestically and in developing nations.” Intriguing, indeed, but no surprise. His entire administration seems to be filled with those who are focused on destroying human lives, families, and even biological reality. We hope the bishops in Africa continue to pray for our country to turn back to God!

4. Although we can be pretty sure that this won’t pass, it is encouraging to see the U.S. Senate Republicans this week introduced the American Values Act, to make permanent the prohibition on funding abortions internationally with U.S. taxpayer dollars. Senators Jim Risch, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Todd Young and Rand Paul are cosponsors on the measure. Given the 50-50 make-up of the Senate, even if they do get Democrat Senator Joe Manchin on board or voting with them, this likely will not be moving forward, and would certainly get sidelined in the Nancy Pelosi controlled House. Pray for this to be an opportunity to advance the pro-life message in any case.

5. Here in Ohio, while the Legislature is just getting ramped up for business, the Toledo City Council is trying to make life more difficult for those who stand for life. An ordinance is being proposed to create a bubble zone around the city’s only abortion provider’s location, which would violate the First Amendment rights of pro-life Toledoans. Pray for our pro-life friends in Toledo that this effort will be turned back, and that Toledo would move to become more of a sanctuary for life, not a haven for the murderer.


Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles of key

policymakers and committees. 

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio—Judge Timothy S. Black.  Timothy S. Black was sworn in as United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio in 2010, after being nominated for the position by then-President Obama in December 2009 and confirmed by the Senate in May 2010. Judge Black received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in English and American literature, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He was in private practice until 1994, when he became Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge after switching parties from Republican to Democrat to win the seat. After 10 years on the Municipal Court bench, he became a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. Judge Black is the founder of the Hamilton County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; served on the steering committee of the Hamilton County Family Violence Prevention Planning Project; served as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline; and has worked for organizations supporting summer school programs, Cincinnati’s neighborhoods, adoptive parents, abused and neglected children, and health care.

In 2013, Judge Black ruled that Ohio must recognize the same sex marriage (solemnized in Maryland) of John Arthur and James Obergefell. Black reasoned that because Ohio recognizes out-of-state heterosexual marriages that would be prohibited in Ohio, such as marriages between first cousins or minors – including those who married outside Ohio for the sole purpose of evading its marriage laws – the state cannot single out homosexual marriages as the sole category of out-of-state marriages to which it will not grant recognition. This ruling led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Ohio Senate, District 4, Senator George Lang—Senator Lang is beginning his first term in the Ohio Senate representing the citizens of Butler County in southwest Ohio. Lang, who served two terms in the Ohio House and chaired the House Criminal Justice Committee, is a private business owner who lives in West Chester and formerly served as a township trustee. Senator Lang serves on the Senate Finance, Government Oversight & Reform, Insurance, and Small Business and Economic Opportunity committees; he is focused on business and tax issues. Lang won the Senate seat after a bruising primary against fellow House member Candice Keller. He has been a regular vote for pro-life issues on the floor of the Assembly.

The House districts that are part of the 4th Senate District are:

Note: The following profiles are taken from the official biographies published by the Ohio House of Representatives.

Ohio House District 51—Rep. Sara Carruthers. The second term member from Butler County is from Hamilton, Ohio, where she is an active community leader and philanthropist for a number of charitable causes. She has a media background working in the television industry; she has concluded commercial work, voice-overs, show hosting and industrial film work. Carruthers was a White House Press assistant during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. A mother of twins, Elizabeth and Rogue, she attended Miami University and continues to work for Delta Zeta Sorority. Carruthers is chair of the House Behavioral Health and Recovery Supports committee, and a member of the Families, Aging & Human Services and the Finance committee.  

Ohio House District 52—Rep. Jennifer Gross. Representative Gross, a freshman legislator represents the 52nd District, which includes West Chester Township, Liberty Township, Fairfield Township and part of Sharonville in Butler County. As a 21-year U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel, Gross served in the Gulf War and Sarajevo, as well as in Saudi Arabia in Operation Southern Watch. She retired from the military in 2008. She is a current member of American Legion Post 681 and VFW Post 7696, where she became the first active female inductee in February 2019.  She has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 16 years and a registered nurse for over 30 years. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked for Eli Lilly managing a three million dollar territory to help change the face of depression treatment. She has most recently participated as a sub-investigator for Operation WARP speed developing treatments to help battle COVID-19. Gross also currently owns a small business as a health coach. Representative Gross serves on the House Armed Services & Veterans’ Affairs, Behavioral Health & Recovery Supports, Health, and Technology & Innovation committees. She believes in strong public policy which supports Ohio business success, legislation which supports and protects the unborn and will uphold Ohioans Constitutional freedoms.  Rep. Gross resides in West Chester with her husband, Chris, and their two sons.

Ohio House District 53—Rep. Thomas Hall. Representative Thomas Hall is serving his first term in the Ohio House. He represents the 53rd District, which includes Monroe, Trenton, Seven Mile, Madison, Oxford and part of Middletown in Butler County. He resides in Madison Township. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in Small Business Management at Miami University. He was elected to serve as a Madison Township Trustee in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017. At 25, he is the youngest legislator currently serving in the General Assembly.  He previously served as board member to Middletown Area YMCA and has held positions with United Way, Action Council and Butler County Township Association. Rep. Hall has been appointed to the House Higher Education & Career Readiness, Infrastructure & Rural Development, Technology & Innovation, and Transportation & Public Safety committees.


Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is a proud member organization of the 

Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.