Volume 50, Number 3
MAJOR SHIFT IN SUPREME COURT
Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been nominated by President Trump to fill the late Justice Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. While we honor Justice Ginsburg’s life and pray for her soul, we should not forget her pro-abortion jurisprudence. Ginsburg sat on the Supreme Court from 1993 to 2020. She believed abortion was a constitutional right and even ruled in favor of partial birth abortion several times. Amy Coney Barrett currently serves as a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. With her appointment, we now have the opportunity to shift the court to a more conservative and constitutional outlook. While not the first woman on the court, Judge Barrett, if confirmed, would be the first conservative woman on the bench. Furthermore, she would be the first mother of school-aged children ever to sit on the court. Barrett is a Catholic mother of seven children, two of whom were adopted from Haiti when they were small children. Judge Barrett does not legislate from the bench, and as President Trump stated when he announced her nomination, she has “… unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.” President Trump has appointed over 200 judges to the federal courts, and Judge Barrett, if confirmed, will be his third Supreme Court appointment. The question everyone is asking is about Roe v. Wade. Conservatives have been disappointed before and want to know if Barrett will rule the right way. Having served only three years so far on the Seventh Circuit Court, Judge Barrett has a limited record on abortion. For the most part, she has ruled in favor of life, but has not expanded beyond the bounds of the law and cases put before her. We do know that Barrett is a Catholic and has expressed that she believes life begins at conception. Furthermore, she has been vocal about her commitment to refrain from being a policy maker and has proven her originalist philosophy in her rulings. We can have every confidence that, given the right case, she would rule to overturn Roe v. Wade. Bear in mind that the Supreme Court must first take up a case that deals directly with Roe v. Wade. With threats of violence, riots, and personal attacks, we should pray very hard for Judge Barrett and her family as she faces the Senate confirmation hearings.
VIRTUAL EVENING FOR LIFE
Because of COVID-19, we will not be able to bring everyone together in person for this year’s Evening for Life. However, we still do plan to hold it virtually and we hope you will join us. The event will be online on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. Go to our website at cincinnatirighttolife. org to sign up, and consider hosting a watch party with a small group at home! Allie Stuckey will still be our guest speaker, and you do not want to miss her insightful presentation and Live Q&A. Allie is a conservative commentator, host of the podcast Relatable, and an outspoken advocate for the most vulnerable, even having testified before Congress in defense of the unborn. On October 29th at 7:00 p.m., Allie will share how millennials are responding to the radical pro-abortion agenda, especially in this critical election year. Furthermore, you will discover the inside story of how abortion facilities stayed open, despite a statewide mandate and letter from Ohio’s Attorney General to shut their doors; and determine your personal role in establishing the right to life for all, born and unborn.
THEY HUNG UP ON 911
On July 23, 2020 an employee atPlanned Paren thood of Southwest Ohio called 911 requesting an ambulance, but refused to give any information to the dispatcher, including the patient’s age or gender. In listening to the recording of the call, on Operation Rescue’s website, it’s clear Planned Parenthood wanted the paramedics on the scene, but did not want to let them know why. It seems the caller was actually reading from a prepared script, since she repeated the same exact sentences two times. The dispatcher explained they needed more information to have equipment ready, but the caller still would not answer questions. After reading her script the second time, the caller hung up on the dispatcher. Planned Parenthood claims to be a healthcare organization. Yet, in an emergency when every second counts, they refuse information to a 911 dispatcher. This constitutes serious neglect, and we plan to investigate the matter further. We are grateful for our faithful sidewalk counselors who informed us of the emergency situation in late July, enabling us to collaborate with Operation Rescue in looking into the matter.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
United States Declaration of Independence
The 40 Days for Life fall kickoff event in Cincinnati was a great success. The temperature was around 70 degrees and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was a relief after a very hot summer and all who came out were glad to see so many other pro-lifers after having been cooped up for so long. There were about 150 people spread out on both sides of the street! The highlight of the hour was Sue Thayer’s story. She told of her journey from a Planned Parenthood center manager to a leader of a 40 Days for Life campaign in front of the very facility at which she had worked for many years. Many people commented that they were inspired by Sue’s telling of her transformation from being on one side of the sidewalk to the other. We heard how she was introduced to the POC (products of conception) room and that she was expected to conduct ultrasounds with minimal training so that women could then receive abortion pills dispensed by a doctor in a remote location. She emphasized that we shouldn’t look on abortion workers as the enemy, but as misled people thinking they are helping women. When those who heard Sue’s compelling talk come to the sidewalk to pray, I believe they will remember her words and be more open to showing God’s love and mercy to those entering Planned Parenthood. The campaign goes from September 23rd to November 1st. For information about signing up for prayer hours, visit www.40daysforlife.com/cincinnati
The Family Research Council has issued an educational tool to help interested pro-life people both understand the current environment around the country regarding pro-life protections, and identify targets for further prayer. The interactive webpage is broken down into four maps that let you pick a state, see the current status of the state, the current laws there, and what should be advanced next to take the state to being in the “best” pro-life state categories. In terms of Ohio, the maps show us trending fairly high on pro-life points! In Ohio, we have: partial defunding laws, meaning we have taken away some forms of government funding of Planned Parenthood; strong fetal dignity protections as far as legislation is concerned; no legal late term abortion; and strong protections for infants born alive. Hopefully soon, Ohio will be in the top category in all areas on the four maps, when we pass the fully pro-life “Life At Conception” Act.
ABORTIONS DECREASED IN OHIO IN 2019
According to Ohio’s 2019 abortion statistics report issued by the Ohio Department of Health, the number of abortions statewide decreased from 20,425 abortions in 2018 to 20,102 in 2019. Since 2001 the general trend has seen abortions declining in our state, but the Ohio abortion rate is still 8.5 per 1,000 resident women ages 15-44. In 2019 there were 141 abortions per 1,000 live births in the state. Across the state, 61% of abortions occured on babies at nine weeks gestation or less. There were 356 abortions committed on babies at 19 or more weeks gestation. The vast majority of abortions in Ohio are performed in six counties, with Hamilton County responsible for 16.4% of abortions statewide in 2019.
BLESSING BAGS . . .
We are proud to announce that Cincinnati Right to Life is a recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Cross the Bridge for Life Steering Committee. In lieu of the 15th annual Cross the Bridge for Life (canceled due to COVID-19), the Steering Committte created a grant program to support local pro-life organizations. Our team took this opportunity to request seed money for a new initiative to reach women at Planned Parenthood with “Blessing Bags”. These Blessing Bags contain important information about life issues, helpful resources, and a couple small gifts. As many pro-life activists are aware, sidewalk counseling can be challenging at abortion locations like the one in Cincinnati where the parking lot is behind the building. It is our hope that women will be more likely to stop and talk with us if we first offer them a gesture of support and compassion. The funds so kindly granted to us have enabled us to create 175 Blessing Bags, which we have already begun to distribute to those entering the abortion mill. We pray that through this small gesture, women will know how much we truly care about them and their unborn children.
. . . AND A CHANGE OF HEART
On September 23rd, the first day of this year’s 40 Days for Life campaign, we believe one of these Blessing Bags may have saved a baby. A young prayer warrior agreed to take two bags and attempt to hand them out to cars driving into the facility. While many refused and sped through the entrance, one young couple did stop long enough to accept the gift bag and say thank you to the sidewalk counselor. The sidewalk counselor reported that not two minutes later the young couple drove back out through the exit. We don’t know the conversation that transpired in the car between the young man and woman, or what caused them to leave, but we do know they did not go inside Planned Parenthood. It is most likely they were there for an abortion, and ultimately decided not to go through with it. Please pray for this couple that God will grant them all the graces they need to handle their current trials.
OHIO’S OLDEST ABORTION FACILITY CLOSED!
One of three abortion facilities in Columbus, the oldest facility in Ohio, closed this past July after 47 years of business. The abortion “doctors” and staff are retiring and the property is being sold. The closure of Founder’s Women’s Health Center leaves Ohio with eight abortion facilities statewide. For some perspective, in the past decade, the number of abortion facilities in Ohio has dropped by half, from 16 in 2010. Founder’s was the first abortion facility in the state, opening in 1973, just a few months after Roe v. Wade. It is estimated that 100,000 to 150,000 babies have been killed at Founder’s. Please take a moment to pray for the lives lost there as well as the lives saved. Thank God for closing this facility and ask His blessing upon those who have prayed and counseled in front of this building for decades.
This election is critical for ensuring pro-life protections for persons from fertilization to natural death. Know the candidates’ positions on Life, and remember to vote! Visit CincinnatiRighttoLife.org to access candidate answers and Cincinnati Right to Life PAC endorsements.
CLEVELAND, WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM
Recently, Ohio Value Voters publicly chastised the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for putting out a website that teaches children about Comprehensive Sex Education including information about getting abortions, contraceptives, and gender confusion. Their website is called 216Teens. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been posting outrageous images and messages on social media – including posts encouraging sexual activity between teens instead of social distancing. They are utilizing their website to teach children about risky, unhealthy, obscene, and illegal “health information”. Actually, in Ohio we have a law on the books that says any teaching regarding these issues shoul be about abstinence only. Unfortunately, many schools and health boards defy this law – including the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. One post they shared shows a picture of three women and says: “Helping women stay in school and succeed in life. That’s definitely worth celebrating.” While this may seem benign, a closer look at the bottom of the image reveals two subtle pieces of content. There is a hashtag saying #thxbirthcontrol and a link to bedsider. org which contains information on how and where to get an abortion, as well as graphic and explicit sexual information you would never want your teenager seeing. Furthermore, 216Teens is advertising Preterm’s services – which include “abortion care”. Preterm is the largest abortion provider in the state of Ohio. So, while the Cuyahoga County Board of Health recommended that schools not even open this year, they are determined to find ways to indoctrinate children nonetheless.
NO BUFFER ZONE IN LOUISVILLE
On August 20th, the Louisville Metro Council rejected an ordinance that would have allowed health care facilities, including abortion facilities, to create a 12-foot buffer zone outside the entrances to their buildings. This vote will allow activists to continue praying and sidewalk counseling outside abortion facilities in the city. The Louisville Safety Zone campaign has been lobbying city leaders to enact the buffer zone for years. And, it’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood and the Kentucky Health Justice Network were urging the city to pass it. The ordinance would have prohibited people “from entering, remaining on or creating obstructions in the buffer zone during the facility’s business hours, with a few exceptions for licensees, invitees, people using the sidewalk ‘solely for the purpose of reaching a destination other than such a facility,’ law enforcement, emergency services and other city employees or facility employees on work business.” Margie Montgomery, the Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life, said buffer zones target pro-lifers who are trying to help pregnant mothers and their unborn babies. We are pleased that they were not successful in Louisville.
TRUMP PROTECTS BABIES, NO MATTER AGE OR CIRCUMSTANCE
On September 25th, President Trump signed an executive order ensuring all babies born alive, including after failed abortion attempts, receive proper medical care to survive. While signing the order, the President said, “Every infant born alive, no matter the circumstances of his or her birth, has the same dignity and the same rights as every other individual and is entitled to the same protections under Federal law.” This medical treatment provision extends to any infant requiring medical attention either through an abortion attempt, premature birth, or disability. There have been cases across the country where hospitals will not even treat extremely premature babies if doctors determine efforts are futile or a child will have a poor quality of life. But, the President’s order ensures what he called “non-discriminatory access to medical examination and services” to all infants, regardless of the circumstances of the birth. This is just another example of the President’s commitment and belief in the dignity of every human being. The executive order states, “It is the policy of the United States to recognize the human dignity and inherent worth of every newborn or other infant child, regardless of prematurity or disability, and to ensure for each child due protection under the law.”
HUMAN FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH ETHICS ADVISORY BOARD REJECTS 13 OF 14 PROPOSALS
On August 19th, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board released an update recommending against giving taxpayer dollars to 13 of 14 proposals. There were 15 members on this board, eleven of which are pro-life. Their final report explained that they “assessed, among other things, the scientific justification for the use and quantity of HFT (human fetal tissue) proposed and the use of alternative models; (and) reviewed and verified
the core ethical principles and procedures used in the process for obtaining written, voluntary, informed consent for the donation of the tissue.” Ultimately, the Health and Human Services Secretary will make the funding decisions based on the recommendations from this ethics board. The one proposal approved apparently uses already stored, pre-existing human fetal tissue with no need to acquire more tissue in future studies. It is unclear, however, whether the storage of the tissue in question was obtained from miscarriages, or if any of it came from past abortions. The final report ends with a disclaimer noting that two unidentified board members disapproved of the board’s recommendations on the grounds that it was “clearly constituted … so as to include a large majority of members who are on the public record as being opposed to human fetal tissue research of any type.” The review of fetal tissue proposals fulfills a promise the Trump administration made after a 2018 scandal in which it became public that the FDA had a contract with the fetal tissue procurement firm Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) to acquire tissue for a an experiment regarding humanized mice.
RISE IN CHEMICAL ABORTIONS
Despite a consistent decline in abortion over the last decade, a new report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute shows that abortions increased by nearly two percent from 2017 to 2018 in the United States, in large part due to the increased availability of chemical abortions. The author of the report said that the use of chemical abortion has exploded in the abortion industry, increasing by nine percent between 2017 and 2018, accounting for 41 percent of the total abortions in 2018 alone. The report also shows that in the 38 states where abortion data is available, there was a slight increase in the abortion rate overall. Some states are more pro-life than others and the report reflects that as well. For instance, in pro-life states, abortions increased by less than one percent, but in states where abortion is largely unrestricted, abortions increased by over four percent. While these can appear as just numbers on paper, they translate to real lives lost. Illinois, for instance, saw an increase of more than 1,000 abortions from 2017 to 2018. The state has recently removed pro-life regulations that helped women choose life; began funding elective abortions; and increased public funding of abortion. In 33 states, the number of chemical abortions increased by nine percent while surgical abortions decreased by three percent. The abortion pill accounted for 39% of all abortions in 2017 and 41% of all abortions in 2018. The abortion pill is now being marketed as the “at home”, convenient way to “terminate a pregnancy”. However, Live Action reports that it is four times more dangerous than a first-trimester surgical abortion.
WE HAVE A NEW LOOK!
We are proud to announce the launch of our new website created and developed by our partners at TQI Solutions. With the help of the TQI team, we have built a new website that will better serve the pro-life movement and offer help for women in need. Some of our new features include: a calendar showing all local pro-life events; comprehensive pages to learn more about life issues; a list of resources for those in need of multiple services; a page where you can contact your lawmaker; and ideas and resources to become a pro-life activist. We are grateful to TQI Solutions for supporting our mission and underwriting part of the expense through the Beracha Fund. Dana Dunmyer, President of TQI said, “We were shocked to learn many technology companies and marketing agencies refused to work with Cincinnati Right to Life, stating their mission was ‘too political.’ TQI doesn’t believe life is political. Life is a gift that we are all blessed with by God and should be protected.” Please check out our new website at cincinnatirighttolife.org and sign up for electronic news alerts to receive timely press releases.
Thank you to all who participated – your donations help fund positive life-affirming projects in Greater Cincinnati for the coming year! This year’s winners were: Chloe, Jim, Mary Susan, Andy, Phil, Suzanne, Eileen, and Samantha.
Thank you to all who have donated in honor or memory of loved ones
Members of the Barnes Family
Joy Marie Bender
Paul & Mary Bruening
Dr. John Brunsman
Mary Ellyn Frey
Edward R. Jaspers, Sr.
George G. Johnston
Thomas J. Loper, Sr.
William Mathews, Sr.
Ann C. McCarthy
Albert & Idella Merk
Paul Joseph O’Connor
Robert Armand Perez, Jr.
Franklin T. Pierce
Rose Mary & Tony Rinck
John “Jack” Ritter
Donna M. Rizzo
Ruth R. Schaefer
Mary Jo Strieker
Erin Danielle Vierling
Laura Michele Vierling
Viola & Fred Wahlbrink
Eric & Kurt Yates
Robert & Georgia Zoellner
64th - Chuck & Ruth
Ed & Carol Beimesche
Paul & Monika Dadosky
In Honor of:
“For my mother and my aunts for their dedication to Right to Life.”
Russell & Virginia Holland
Rob & Maggie Lenhof - Baby
Sand children & grandchildren
A Legacy for Life
Gifts made to the Cincinnati Right to Life Educational Foundation at the end of the tax year or through a member’s will help spread the message of Life. Please consider a year-end gift to the Cincinnati Right to Life Educational Foundation, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds,* IRA to donations, personal property and objects of value. Please also consider leaving a legacy for life through bequests, trusts, annuities, and other income agreements.
Before giving, we recommend you consult with a professional tax and legal advisor for the best way to maximize the benefit of your gift while also providing for your loved ones. If you do not have an advisor, you may contact: Robert Meyers, Esq., Buechner, Haffer, Meyers & Koenig Co., LPA. 513/977-4631.
* For gifts of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, contact Meg DeBlase, Executive Director, for how-to instructions.