Volume 51, Number 3
VOTE PRO-LIFE! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
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Laura Bride Strietmann gratefully joins Cincinnati Right to Life as new Executive Director! With fifteen years of frontline pro-life non-profit leadership experience, God has seen to it that she is well-prepared for this challenging role. For the past five years, Laura has enjoyed traveling the world to introduce the newly developed human dignity curriculum from Ruah Woods Press, as an International Curriculum Consultant and Director of Sales. During her travels, Laura prayed outside the local abortions clinics in every city she visited, totaling over 125 opportunities.
Previously, Laura devoted ten years to Pregnancy Center East (PCE) where she worked as Associate Director, Volunteer Recruiter and Trainer, Fundraiser, Client Advocate and more. During her time at PCE, Laura conceptualized, raised funds for, and produced a remake of an outdated abortion procedure video, An Informed Look. The video is still used today to help clients make fully informed life decisions. Laura has testified before Congress as part of Heartbeat International’s “Babies Go to Congress” in Washington, D.C., as well as before a state legislative committee in support of Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill.
For the past three years Laura has served as a District Vice President for the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. As a consistently active participant in 40 Days for Life, various prayer vigils, multiple protests for the injustice of abortion, and the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Laura is well-known and recognized by many of the dedicated workers of the pro-life movement in Cincinnati and beyond.
She is the mother of three adult children, and is a parishioner at St. Rose. Laura looks forward to being back in Cincinnati full-time and serving alongside the steadfast life warriors within our community. Laura replaces Meg DeBlase who is stepping down to embrace a role as full-time mother in her home.
Cincinnati Right to Life is proud to announce that registration is now open for our annual Evening for Life banquet. Every year, Cincinnati Right to Life is responsible for leading the pro-life movement in the
Greater Cincinnati area through legislation, education, and grassroots activism. Over the years we have supported bills that protect life at every age and every stage. As a witness to that, we are happy to be
welcoming George Dennehy as our speaker this year. George was born without arms and is an example of the value of all human life and what can be accomplished.
Please join us on October 21st at the Sharonville Convention Center and support our continued fight to protect and value life. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Reservations will be held at the door. Sponsorship opportunities are available. CincinnatiRighttoLife.org or 513-728-7870.
Congratulations to 40 Days for Life Cincinnati campaign leader Mary Clark who was honored with an award for her service at the Pregnancy Center West Banquet on August 12, 2021. Shawn Carney, President and CEO of 40 Days for Life, presented the award to Mary since he was the evening’s guest speaker. Mary has faithfully managed our local 40 Days for Life campaigns two times a year since 2007. Shawn shared that Mary is one of the leaders with the most longevity and commented on her deep faith and commitment to the cause. He said if there is one word that describes Mary, it is ‘fortitude’. We could not agree more! In addition to her 40 Days for Life leadership, Mary also serves as Secretary of the Board at Cincinnati Right to Life, and has done so for many years. We congratulate Mary on receiving this recognition from our friends at Pregnancy Center West!
“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
Cincinnati Right to Life is also pleased to welcome Monica DeFosse to our staff in a newly established position of Development Director. She will manage all fundraising efforts and events.
Over the last five years, as Monica has navigated through an increasingly “woke” world, she says she has become increasingly more pro-life. Witnessing the impact the culture of death has on the individual and the family has left her more motivated than ever to work on behalf of life at all stages. Monica says it wasn’t until she learned of the dehumanization of Jews during the holocaust that she began to embrace being pro-life, but didn’t know how to take action. While a student at the University of Cincinnati, she and a couple friends re-founded Students for Life into a vibrant on-campus organization. After several internships, Monica returned to college and used the skills she had gained to work with a variety of organizations from Hillel (the Jewish student center), to the Society of Saint Paul, to the Zionist Organization of America, and most importantly to help guide Students for Life. Now, she looks forward to applying those skills to help rebuild Cincinnati into a culture that values and defends life.
Much to the dismay of many local pro-life Catholics and university alumni, Mount St. Joseph University hosted radically pro-abortion and so-called Catholic President Joe Biden for a town hall on July 21. Upon receiving the news, Cincinnati Right to Life immediately called for action. We were disappointed and frustrated that the university would host a man who has expressed his desire and intent to codify Roe v. Wade while calling himself a faithful Catholic. The Biden administration has made it clear that they want to have abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy totally funded by taxpayers; to suppress Americans and remove conscience protections for medical professionals; and to establish a federal abortion mandate. The expectation is that any Catholic politician would take every opportunity to fight against what the Catholic Church explicitly calls an “intrinsic evil”. Yet, this President supports and encourages this grave evil. We are grateful to the hundreds of people who made phone calls and took action. Several hundred people even showed up in person to protest at Mount St. Joseph University the night of the town hall. Furthermore, we would like to thank Archbishop Dennis Schnurr for making a public statement saying that had he been asked, he would not have granted approval for such an event to take place on Catholic premises. We are still calling on the university to issue an apology. It is unacceptable and shameful that any Catholic institution would host a man who supports an intrinsic evil and grave sin, while also scandalizing the world by his hypocrisy.
On July 7, Ohio Right to Life, Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society held a press conference revealing the gruesome discovery of the remains of an aborted baby callously tossed in a dumpster outside the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls. The baby’s identifiable body parts of a left leg, left foot, and right hand were wrapped in a bloody sheet along with other unidentifiable parts. It is estimated the baby was about 17 weeks gestation when aborted and likely subjected to a cruel dismemberment abortion. In addition to the fetal remains, the group found patient records, bloody surgical instruments, urine cultures, and bloody sheets and drapes. In December of 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 27 requiring the humane disposal of fetal remains. Even though that law is tied up in court, prior to its passage, there was already a basic requirement in the Ohio Revised Code for humane fetal disposal. Throwing this child’s dead body into a dumpster violates the humane disposal law that has been in place in our state for years. Furthermore, the disposable waste violated Ohio EPA’s hazardous and medical waste provisions. The trash also included protected medical information that revealed patients’ identities that should be protected by HIPPA. The heartbreaking nature of this discovery is a harsh reminder of the reality of abortion. We join our pro-life colleagues across the state in calling for the closure of the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center and for action on the part of Governor DeWine’s administration. We pray that some small measure of justice may be done for this little one murdered and disposed of in such an inhumane way. This child’s broken body is now in the custody of a local funeral director and will be given a humane burial.
Following the decision by the city of Lebanon, to become a Sanctuary City for the Unborn, the pro-abortion ACLU of Ohio purchased a billboard to tell Ohioans that abortion is still legal in the state. According to Fox 19, the billboard is located just outside the city limits of Lebanon, where in May, the city council voted to ban abortion within city limits. The enforceable ordinance, which was approved unanimously, exempts women who undergo abortions but makes committing or participating in abortion a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000. The pro-abortion billboard was erected in response to that ordinance. The billboard states, “Abortion is legal in all of Ohio”, and lists the website AbortionIsLegalInOhio.com. It also features a map of Ohio pinpointing the locations of the state’s abortion businesses. Lebanon was the 28th city in the country to become a Sanctuary City for the Unborn, but it was the first city to do so in Ohio. We expect other Ohio cities will be following the example of Lebanon in the coming months.
State Representative Jena Powell has announced the formation of a new pro-life caucus at the Ohio Statehouse. They will hold meetings to work on true pro-life legislation and work collaboratively with pro-life groups and advocates across the state. Representative Powell said, “There is an important abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, making it crucial that we move Ohio forward in support of the unborn.”
On July 13th, Cincinnati and Dayton Right to Life, as members of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO), welcomed three congressmen and other elected leaders to a pro-life town hall meeting. We want to thank U.S. House Representatives Warren Davidson, Steve Chabot, and Brad Wenstrup for spending their evening with our supporters. State Senator Niraj Antani and State Representatives Jennifer Gross and Gary Click were also present and updated the attendees on legislation in Ohio related to life issues. We appreciate the time they took to engage with the local pro-life community and understand constituent concerns and priorities related to our issue.
The case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization wil be pivotal for the pro-life movement. Recently, Mississippi attorney general Lynn Fitch, filed a brief that defends the constitutionality of Mississippi’s law prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks of gestation (with exceptions for when the life or physical health of the mother is endangered and in cases of severe fetal abnormalities that would prove fatal to the child). Attorney General Fitch argues that the Supreme Court’s Roe and Casey decisions should be overturned and state legislatures should be allowed to pass laws protecting the lives of human beings in the womb. The brief deconstructs the Roe and Casey decisions that declared almost all state laws prohibiting abortion unconstitutional. And then the brief makes the case that the doctrine of stare decisis cannot save the Supreme Court’s erroneous abortion precedents. Dobbs will be the first major abortion case in which all three of former President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice appointees participate, including Justice Amy Coney Barrett. At issue is the question of whether all pre-viability bans on abortions are unconstitutional. Arguments will be heard this fall and a ruling will be given in summer 2022.
As of the writing of this publication, no courts have successfully blocked Texas’s Heartbeat Law, making it the first ever to go into enforcement. All other heartbeat bills, including Ohio’s, have gotten tied up in court battles and not been enforced. The Texas bill was taken all the way to the Supreme Court, who voted against hearing the case. The Texas Heartbeat Law Act is unique because it allows for civil penalties against those who commit or “aid and abet” an abortion once a heartbeat is detectable. The law does not include punishments for women who undergo abortions, but it gives private citizens the ability to sue abortionists. News outlets were reporting that abortion facilities in the state had stopped scheduling abortions past six weeks days in advance of the September 1 effective date. “Right now in the great state of Texas, every single child with a detectable heartbeat is legally protected from being killed by the violence of abortion. This is a historic step forward for basic human rights,” said Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action.
As we approach the 40 Days for Life fall campaign, please consider passing out Blessing Bags as you pray on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. Blessing Bags contain important information about life issues, helpful resources for vulnerable women, 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 offer them a gesture of support and compassion. We pray that through things like Blessing Bags women will realize how much we truly care about them and their unborn children. If you are interested in passing them out, please stop by our office to pick one up!
SEPTEMBER 22 – OCTOBER 31, 2021
Can you sacrifice at least one hour to stand for life as part of the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign? Christians from the tri-state area continue to step out in faith during the twice yearly intense 40-day periods of prayer and fasting known as 40 Days for Life. As we have done for the past thirteen years, we will once again unite with hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world to witness to the sanctity of life as we pray for an end to the abortion holocaust. We are asking individuals and church groups to commit to signing up for prayer hours throughout the 40 days so that we can have a continuous peaceful, fervent public daily prayer presence in front of Planned Parenthood on Auburn Ave. from 7a.m. to 7p.m. during each day of the campaign. We trust that one day, in God’s time, our perseverance in prayer will result in the closing of this abortion facility. This effort only succeeds with your commitment. Sign up for prayer hours at www.40daysforlife.com/cincinnati or contact Mary Clark, email@example.com, with questions. Join us for our Kickoff Rally in front of Planned Parenthood, 2314 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219, at 2pm on Sun., Sept. 19, 2021.
Thanks to the generosity of one young man, the Cincinnati Right to Life building facade has been refreshed, repaired, and repainted. AJ Bromen, member of a local Trail Life USA troop approached Cincinnati Right to Life with a passion to serve our organization through his Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the highest award achieved by a troop member. As part of his project, AJ had to create a plan, present it to the organization’s board, raise all funds for the project, recruit volunteers, and execute the project. AJ performed all his tasks flawlessly. In addition to sanding and painting the building facade and the doors, the volunteer group performed some much needed handiwork, installed new lights, and even cleaned up our back parking lot. Soon, they will be finishing the project by installing a new sign. Earning the Freedom Award is no small feat. Among other things, according to Trail Life USA, the young man who achieves this award has “...demonstrated mastery of a significant skill set including 15 required and 10 elective Trail Badges, performing 20 hours of servant service each year, and the distinction of having proven himself as a leader among his peers.” The mission of Trail Life USA is to, “...guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.” We were proud to partner with such a committed and competent young man, representing a very noble mission. Thank you, AJ, for your service to Cincinnati Right to Life!