Summer 2020
Volume 50, Number 2

SAVE THE DATE!
EVENING FOR LIFE ON OCTOBER 29, 2020

Please join us on October 29th for our annual Evening for Life! This year’s event will feature Allie Stuckey. Allie is the host of the podcast, “Relatable,” where she breaks down the latest in culture, news, and politics from a Christian, conservative perspective. In 2015, Allie began speaking to college sororities about the importance of voting. What started out as a hobby soon turned into a full-time career, with her blog “The Conservative Millennial” launching her into the political media sphere. Today, in addition to podcasting, writing, and making the occasional satirical video, Allie is a frequent guest on Fox News and speaks to colleges and organizations about the importance of conservative values. Visit www.cincinnatirighttolife.org to learn more!

 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD RECEIVES STIMULUS FUNDING

Thirty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received nearly $80 million in federal funding from the Paycheck Protection Program, a program that was created to aid struggling small businesses and organizations throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Planned Parenthood insists its individual affiliates were eligible for PPP loans due to the organization’s 501(c)3 nonprofit status. But the Small Business Administration does not agree and is insisting that the loans be paid back. One piece in particular points to Planned Parenthood’s full knowledge that the stimulus package did not apply to them. On March 25th, Planned Parenthood’s lobbying arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, issued a statement arguing that the bill, “gives the Small Business Administration broad discretion to exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates . . . and deny them benefits under the new small business loan program.” Given this statement, it appears they knew full well they did not qualify for the loan. Our pro-life Senators and Congressmen and women are pushing back hard on Planned Parenthood and the SBA - demanding a full investigation. They insist that Planned Parenthood be investigated and return in total $80 million they “borrowed” from the federal government. Recall that most of Planned Parenthood’s locations were not required to shut down during the pandemic. Indeed, many abortion providers were deemed “essential” by many state governments.

 

HEARTBEAT BILL SPONSORS FILE AMICUS BRIEF

The American Center for Law and Justice has filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of State Representatives Candice Keller and Ron Hood, designed to salvage the bulk of the heartbeat bill. Representatives Hood and Keller were the sponsors of the Heartbeat Bill that passed the Ohio House in April 2019. However, the law is still being challenged in court. This motion recently filed petitions the court to permit certain provisions of the Heartbeat Law, which the abortion industry did not challenge in their suit, to go into effect while the challenged piece regarding the ban is argued in the courts. In addition to banning abortion after a a fetal heartbeat is detected, this law also contained more than a dozen other strong life provisions. It created a civil remedy for post-abortive women; set up a joint legislative committee on adoption; and established a fund for foster care and adoption initiatives. When Ohio abortionists sued in federal court they focused exclusively on the ban on abortion after a heartbeat has been detected and did not challenge any of the other provisions.The brief filed by the American Center for Law and Justice requests that these other provisions be allowed to take effect. Unfortunately, this will go before Judge Michael Barrett who has not been a friend for life. However, there is always hope and we are grateful for our pro-life legislators who continue to fight for the Heartbeat Law to take effect. Truly, the next stage of the battle for life is in the courtroom.

 

BUY A BOOK, SUPPORT OUR WORK!

Drew and Stu’s Back in Time Shoes is an extraordinary children’s book that highlights the adventures of a little boy and his dog as they use their imaginations to travel to distant lands and learn of other cultures.The true story that inspired this book is one of adoption, and the hearts of two mothers who have desired nothing but the greatest good and happiness for one special little boy. Obtain this book for the special little people in your life. They will love following Drew and Stu on their many adventures!

The suggested donation is $15. Please visit cincinnatirighttolife.org and click Events to order online. Or, call us at 513-728-7870. Your donation for this extraordinary book enables us to continue our work for babies, mothers, and families in need!

 

ETHICAL VACCINES?

Pro-lifers are rightly expressing concern that some potential vaccines for the coronavirus will be made with aborted fetal cells. Dr. David Prentice, Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, reports that among the proposed vaccines, there is a small number that use an abortion-derived cell line as part of the process. These cell lines are derived from abortions in the 1970s and 1980s, not from ongoing abortion. They are not fetal tissue, but their origin makes them ethically tainted, according to Dr. Prentice. These tainted cells themselves are not contained in the vaccine, but are used essentially as factories to produce the carrier virus. And it’s the carrier virus or pieces of DNA that are used in the vaccine. Many pro-lifers rightly have concerns over the ethical and religious issues with vaccines that come from aborted fetal cell lines. John DiCamillo, an ethicist with the National Catholic Bioethics Center says this about such a scenario: “…if a vaccine using the fetal cell lines is the only one available, one is allowed to make use of it where there’s a serious threat to the health or life of the individual, or of the greater population. This does not amount to a strict obligation to use it, but it certainly can be a legitimate choice in conscience if there’s that serious reason, and there’s no other reasonable alternative.” Most of the proposed vaccines have no ethical concerns, however. It is critical that pro-lifers advocate for only ethical vaccines and treatments so that all people can access new vaccines in good conscience and we can break the cycle of degrading human life.

 

ABORTION BY MAIL

At the end of May, on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other groups, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The point? To remove restrictions on access to the abortion pill. The plaintiffs are using the fact that the coronavirus pandemic led to a nationwide push for telemedicine to now demand easier access to the abortion pill. However, mifepristone – the first of two pills used in a chemical abortion – is subject to a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy by the FDA. The purpose of these extra regulations is to mitigate the risk of serious complications This means, among other things, that women who want a chemical abortion have to go see a doctor in person to have the first drug administered. Abortion via telemedicine has been pushed for a long time, but the pandemic is giving it new life. The timing of this lawsuit is interesting as we turn towards Ohio. Ohio Republican House members recently introduced a bill to expand telehealth services which, as written, would allow abortion providers to dispense the abortion pill via telemedicine. Cincinnati Right to Life is working alongside our statewide pro-life colleagues to insert language in this bill that would prohibit abortion by telemedicine.

 

HAVE YOU HEARD OF MATER FILIUS?

Mater Filius Maternity Home is a Catholic Apostolate created at Our Blessed Mother Mary’s request to serve women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy who find themselves without the support of family or friends. Their mission is to enable these women to choose LIFE by offering them transitional housing and other resources they will need, allowing them to build a healthy life with their new family. Their goal is for the mothers to leave Mater Filius knowing they are worthy of being loved and to love in return. With this, each mother begins a new life as a loving parent. Mater Filius Queen City is opening a home in Cincinnati. They are in need of many volunteers, including a House Mother. Please visit www.mfqc.org to learn more.

 

 

POSTER CONTEST 2020

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Pro-Life Poster Contest! It was a challenging year due to schools shutting down during the pandemic. However, some schools and families were still able to participate, so the contest went on as scheduled. Cash prizes have been awarded to students in each of the three age categories. We are proud of the students and their ability to astutely capture the theme “Protect All Life.” Because of COVID-19, we will not publicly display the posters. If you wish to pick up your student’s poster, call 513-728-7870.


First place winners (L to R):
Patty Z. 3-5th Grade   |   Christopher S. K-2nd Grade   |    Cecilia M. 6-8th Grade

 

CANDIDATE POSITIONS ON LIFE ISSUES

Candidates for the November 3, 2020 General Election are listed here by office. Due to space limitations, only candidates who replied by the deadline are included. For all surveys received including comments, see CincinnatiRighttoLife.org or call 513-728-7870. Please go to CRTLPAC.org for endorsed candidates.

♦ indicates Incumbent,    * indicates a comment,    — indicates no answer,    YX indicates YES with exceptions

FEDERAL CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

  1. Do you support the reversal of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton?
  2. Do you support federal and state legislation to ban abortion-on-demand from fertilization to birth?
  3. Do you support legislation that prohibits distributing tax money for any reason to organizations that promote or perform abortions domestically and in
  4. foreign countries?
  5. Do you oppose abortion being funded, subsidized, or otherwise promoted in government programs or education?
  6. Do you oppose any legislation that promotes or encourages healthcare rationing for the elderly and other vulnerable people?
  7. Do you support legislation prohibiting the killing of human embryos used for scientific research?
  8. Do you support legislation prohibiting all cloning of human beings?
  9. Do you support legislation prohibiting assisted suicide in Ohio?
  10. Will you vote for leadership in the House/Senate that upholds pro-life principles?
  11. Do you support the union of one man and one woman as the only definition of marriage that should be legally recognized at all levels of government?
  12. Will you oppose any law or regulation that infringes upon an individual’s or organization’s rights of conscience by forcing participation in abortion or other
  13. immoral practices?
  14. Would you work actively to revoke any such laws, regulations or ordinances that infringe upon an individual’s or organization’s rights of conscience?
  15. List all organizations to which you have contributed time or money in the past four years. (Please see individual responses on our website)

JUDICIAL CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

  1. Which former U.S. president’s political philosophy best matches your own?
    Gerald Ford   |  Jimmy Carter  |   Bill Clinton  |  George H.W. Bush  |  Ronald Reagan  |  George W. Bush  |  Barack H. Obama  |   Donald J. Trump  |   Other (specify)
  2. Which U.S. Supreme Court Justice’s legal philosophy best matches your own?
    Roberts  |  Kagan  |  Scalia  |  Kennedy  |  Thomas  |  Ginsburg  |  Breyer  |  Alito  |  Sotomayor  |   Other (please specify)
  3. Rate your judicial philosophy regarding the U.S. Constitution on a scale of 1-10 with “living/evolving document” being 1 and “strict constructionist” being 10.
  4. In Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a “right to privacy” under the Constitution that includes abortion. The Constitution does not include this right.
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  5. Judges should refrain from “legislating from the bench.” The translation of public policy into law and the creation, extension, modification or limitation of citizens’ rights (and governmental authority) are properly within the province of the legislative, not judicial, branch of government. 
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  6. An unborn child is biologically human at every stage of his or her biological development, beginning at fertilization.
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  7. The law should be applied to pro-life demonstrators in the same manner as is applied to environmental, anti-war and labor demonstrators.
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  8. There is no provision in the current Ohio Constitution intended to require the use of public funds for abortion.
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  9. The judiciary does not possess the authority to expand the definition of marriage to include anything but one man and one woman.
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  10. The law protects individuals’ and organizations’ rights of conscience from being forced to participate in abortion or other practices contrary to their moral or religious convictions.
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  11. Laws, regulations, or ordinances that restrict individuals’ and organizations’ rights of conscience are unconstitutional.
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  12. Laws that require businesses or religious organizations to work for or provide services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons despite these entities’ religious or moral objections are unconstitutional.
    Agree  |  Disagree  |  Undecided
  13. List all organizations to which you have contributed time or money in the past four years. (Please see individual responses on our website)

STATE CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

  1. Do you support the reversal of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton?
  2. Do you support federal and state legislation to ban abortion-on-demand from fertilization to birth?
  3. Do you support legislation that prohibits distributing tax money for any reason to organizations that promote or perform abortions domestically and in foreign countries?
  4. Do you support medical standards, regulations, and inspection of abortion facilities?
  5. Do you oppose abortion being funded, subsidized, or otherwise promoted in government programs or education?
  6. Do you oppose any legislation that promotes or encourages healthcare rationing for the elderly and other vulnerable people?
  7. Do you support legislation prohibiting the killing of human embryos used for scientific research?
  8. Do you support legislation prohibiting all cloning of human beings?
  9. Do you support legislation prohibiting assisted suicide in Ohio?
  10. Will you vote for leadership in the Ohio House/Senate that upholds pro-life principles?
  11. Do you support the union of one man and one woman as the only definition of marriage that should be legally recognized at all levels of government?
  12. Will you oppose any law or regulation that infringes upon an individual’s or organization’s rights of conscience by forcing participation in abortion or other immoral practices?
  13. Would you work actively to revoke any such laws, regulations or ordinances that infringe upon and individual’s or organization’s rights of conscience?
  14. List all organizations to which you have contributed time or money in the past four years. (Please see individual responses on our website)

COUNTY CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

  1. Do you support the reversal of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton?
  2. Do you support federal and state legislation to ban abortion-on-demand from fertilization to birth?
  3. Do you support legislation that prohibits distributing tax money for any reason to organizations that promote or perform abortions domestically and in
  4. foreign countries?
  5. Do you support removal or prevention of county-provided health insurance benefits from including abortion coverage?
  6. Do you support exclusion of abortion coverage from indigent care and other county-wide tax levies?
  7. Do you oppose abortion being funded, subsidized, or otherwise promoted in government programs or education?
  8. Do you oppose any legislation that promotes or encourages healthcare rationing for the elderly and other vulnerable people?
  9. Do you support legislation prohibiting the killing of human embryos used for scientific research?
  10. Do you support legislation prohibiting all cloning of human beings?
  11. Do you support legislation prohibiting assisted suicide in Ohio?
  12. Do you support the union of one man and one woman as the only definition of marriage that should be legally recognized at all levels of government?
  13. Will you oppose any law or regulation that infringes upon an individual’s or organization’s rights of conscience by forcing participation in abortion or other
  14. immoral practices?
  15. Would you work actively to revoke any such laws, regulations or ordinances that infringe upon an individual’s or organization’s rights of conscience?
  16. List all organizations to which you have contributed time or money in the past four years. (Please see individual responses on our website)

 

YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED

Denny Binder, a devoted volunteer for Cincinnati Right to Life, passed away on April 25, 2020 at the age of 76. Denny volunteered in our office for nearly 20 years. He first managed our pro-life materials store. This was a fairly complex operation through which we distributed a great deal of pro-life literature, videos, and other learning tools. In the early 2000s, he became an answer to a prayer after we lost our bookkeeper. As a retired accountant from Ford Motor Company, Denny stepped into the role of managing our office finances. Denny began to produce detailed reports and worked with our Board Treasurer at the time to build solid financial systems and processes. He continued that work through early 2019 until his health no longer permitted it. One of the hallmarks of Denny’s character was his faithfulness to his work and the things he believed in. Denny was a friend to many at Cincinnati Right to Life and he is sorely missed. We are grateful for Denny’s years of service to aid the unborn, and we pray that the angels lead him into paradise.

Memorials

All aborted babies
2 aborted grandchildren
3 miscarriages
2,126 babies that died by abortion March 9 - April 15
Albert & Margaret
Bryson Albright
Ada Asbrock
Leonard (Giz) Asbrock
Agricola/Tassett family
Marvin & Mary Albers
Joseph I. Alvarado
Marie Angner
Vickie Angner
John Auer
Henrietta & Peter Bankowski
Peg Barry
Clete Baumer
Stephen Becker
Christine Bevins
Denny Binder
Mary Carol Binzer
Elmer Blasing
Robert Blum
Daivd Boback
Henry Boesing
Mary Borthe
Mary Bradley
John & Stella Brannen
John Brokaw
Robert & Wynona Buchheit
Lawrence Buer
Ed Busken
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cafferky
Henry Campbell
Eliza Jane Chapman
Dr. John E. Comparetto
Rose Condit
James Connaughton
Jane Cranley
Pat Daly
William Davis
Gerald J. DeBrunner
Don Deimling
Bob Derrenkamp
Dickinson Family
Mary Dissel
Debbie Donovan
Jim Dorr
Robert Steven Patrick Doyle
George & Jeanne Dreiling
Margie Ehrenfels
Anne & Jack Ellis
Bonnie Fellinger
Infant Hannah Catherine Fink
Babies Landon & Lily Foltz
L. Ronald Frommeyer
Gregory W. Gardiner
Wayne E. Gardiner
Sally Gecks
Lynn Gerth
Gemperline & Sommer Families
Margaret Gorman
Mary Handermann
John Hartman
Barbara Heis
Peggy Hirth
Thomas Hoesl
John & Emma Hoeting
August Hoffman
Michael J. Hoffman
Sarah A. Hotek
George Johnston
Patricia Kaiser
Jerry Karle
Bud & Jane Kasselmann
Thomas Keegan
Ann Keller
Dannielle Kelsey
Jean & Charley Kindel
Jane Kessinger
Michael J. Kirch
Donald Klinkhammer
Laura Jane Koester
Harry & Margaret Konerman
Nancy Kramer
Richard T. Kramer
Joann R. Kroth
John Kuechly
Mary Clare Kunnen
Stan Lagory
Judah Lawrence
Sis Lutmer
Roderick & Rita Maceachen
Jack Malone
Chris Mayer
Randy & Tommy McMahan
Louis P. Meiners
Robert J. Merrill
Rita Messersmith
Helen Meyer
Cherilyn Miller
Hershel Miller
Peggy Miller
William A. Miller
Bill & Anita Molloy
Deceased of Novello family
Kay Novello
John R. O’Connell
Dorothy Olesak
Dewayne Palmer
Patricia Pollitt
Jude Thomas Prosser
Yvonne Quelle
Mary Joyce Rademacher
Luke & Mary Rahrig
Luke N. Rahrig
Mary Rahrig
Steven J. Rasso
Kathleen Reese
Mary Renner
Sheila Mary Reynolds
Isabella Rice
Robert S. Rieman
Rosemary Rink
Melinda Roemer
George Rogers
Fred & Rosemary Rolfes
Reanne (Dessoir) Rosenhahn
Carolyn A. Roth
Bill & Phyllis Sarensky
William Scherman
Pat Schinkal
Francis “Frank” Scholle
Gail Schrand
Connie Ann Schulte
Connie Ann Casey Schulte
Janice M. Seimer
Thomas R. Spettel, Sr.
Beverly A. Spilker
Evonne Stechschulte
John L. & Flora Sullivan
Andy, Doug, & Kevin
Sünderhaus
Jim Sünderhaus, Sr.
Becky Tincher
Jim Toon
Maryrose Truman
Frank & Yolanda Ummersen
Melba Vorwerck
Infant Harry Stephen Way
Jean Weickert
Ellen Weitz
Infant Abigail Werner
Pat Westenberg
Jack Willke
Sr. Mary Carol Wintzinger, S.C.
Joe A. Wurzelbacher
John A. Wurzelbacher
Edwin Yahn, Jr.
Edwin Yahn, Sr.
Robert Zoellner

In Honor of:

All responders to Coronavirus
Healthcare workers
Men & Women of the U.S. Armed Forces
The people of G.C.R.T.L.
Unborn Children
Holly Bachus - pregnancy
Lucy Bachus - new baby
Jerry, Jim, Terri & Sue Baumer
Bruce Bradford
Ruth Broering
Ellie
Tom & Jane Habig
Rev. Ronald Haft
Carole Johansen
Jane Karches
Father Thomas M. King
James T. Maher
The Sand’s 6 kids, 19 grandkids, & 2 great grandkids
Carol Stenger
President Trump
John & Amy Wagner - baby
Mary Ann Weidner
Mary Whittle

Anniversary:

John & Pat Auer
Mark & Mary Ann Stewart
20th:
David & Karen Byrne
25th:
Joe & Sherry Froehle
50th:
Jerry & Christine Hurlbert
Scott & Juana Roof
Steve & Dianne Schaefe
Bob & Marilyn Schutte
60th:
Tom & Judy Spettel

Birthday:

Audrey - 85th
Shirley Fox
Jocelyn Glass
Edna Kraft - 100th
Virginia Meyer - 95th
Mary Alice Murray
James E. Roberts, Jr.

Get Well Wishes:

Mike Cappel

Happy Holidays:

Mary Kay Dufresne

Wedding Gift:

Meg Wittman & Andrew DeBlase

Thank you to all who have donated in honor or memory of loved ones.

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