Volume 50, Number 4
Praying for Victims in 2020
We are living through a time of great trial in the world. In the year 2020, the United States has lost about 250,000 people to coronavirus. We mourn the loss of every individual who has died from this ugly virus. In the trenches at Cincinnati Right to Life, we’ve learned that in catastrophes like these there are many more tragedies under the surface – when the culture of death sees an opportunity and rears its ugly head. These are the silent victims - the people who do not make the news, but are snatched by the culture of death nonetheless. There is a group of people who have also been victimized this year - the preborn. We estimate that in our country nearly 900,000 preborn people have been killed
this year by the hands of our “doctors”. Suicides, drug overdoses, and mental health disorders have increased at alarming rates. Furthermore, the elderly are taking the brunt of lockdown and quarantine measures, with many advocacy groups stating that elderly are literally dying from isolation. It is reported in death certificates as “failure to thrive”. We must speak up for the voiceless, and we must pray. This holiday season, do everything you can to help one another and, more importantly, to pray for one another. The only way our culture will start to value life is if it first recognizes God in His divine authority and unbounding love. May God bless and keep you this Christmas season.
Our Mission Continues
As this newsletter is being written, it is still uncertain who will be the next President of the United States. However, even if abortion advocates occupy the White House for the next four years, our mission remains the same. We must make abortion illegal and provide support to women and men facing crisis pregnancies. A friend recently called our office to offer some words of encouragement. He said that no matter what happens, we must stay on the right side of the issue. He reminded us that things have looked bleak before. Take for instance, the year Roe v. Wade was decided. We have gained so much ground since then, and the hallmark of our movement is that we have never given up. Across the world, nations have accepted abortion as part of life. Not in America! We will never accept it. We will never normalize the killing of unborn children. And, regardless of our political leaders, we will continue to be the voice for these precious little ones who need us so much.
Many people wonder what they can do. Our best course of action is to decrease abortions at the local level. We can have the greatest impact in our own neighborhoods and cities. Pray and minister in front of Planned
Parenthood on Auburn Avenue. (Call Cincinnati Right to Life if you are looking for someone to go with you.) Start or re-engage the pro-life group at your church or school. Consider running for office if you have the skill set. Become a foster parent or an adoptive parent. Volunteer and minister to men and women in need at our local pregnancy centers. Again, our mission remains the same. It will always be the same until abortion is both illegal and unthinkable.
Cincinnati Right to Life continues to support President Trump. We pray that justice is done and the truth is revealed. Regardless of the outcome, we are grateful to President Trump for lending his voice and his efforts in defense of the unborn. During his first term, he has shown us how much he cares for innocent life and the lengths he will go to defend it. He has taken on the pro-abortion lobby and the establishment to address issues that the pro-life movement has beckoned the government to tackle for decades. We pray that God will bless him for his fierce and generous commitment to the unborn babies.
“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
Abby Johnson Visits Cincinnati
Due to COVID-19, in place of our annual 5K, we hosted a Drive-in Rally for Life featuring Abby Johnson. It was a huge success, bringing families, students, and loyal supporters together from around the city! Hundreds of people joined Cincinnati Right to Life at the Holiday Auto Theatre in Hamilton on October 10th. Abby Johnson came all the way from her hometown in Texas to be with us. She shared motivating words and reminded the crowd that nothing could be more important than these little ones who are killed in the womb. She explained that we are fortunate to have the truth of life, but we have a strict obligation to share it with others. It was also exciting to hear from all three of our endorsed Congressmen - Warren Davidson, Steve Chabot, and Brad Wenstrup. Three food trucks joined us for the day, and we provided goody bags to each child. Despite the pandemic changing our plans, we were still able to gather with fellow pro-lifers to be reminded that we are all in this together, fighting for the same thing! We are grateful to our sponsors and committee members for helping us plan and execute this incredible event. (See pg. 4 for more. L-R: Kindal Farwick-Event Coordinator, Abby Johnson, & Meg DeBlase-Executive Director CRTL)
March for Life – 48th Roe v. Wade Memorial
The 48th annual March for Life will be conducted on Friday, January 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C., to again stand in witness against the January 22nd Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision responsible for millions of tiny lives lost, and parents wounded, by abortion. The theme this year is: “Together Strong: Life Unites!” Many may not be able to travel this year because of COVID-19. However, there will be several local events in downtown Cincinnati and in front of Planned Parenthood. Please see our listing of Roe v. Wade Remembrances and make plans to attend.
Evening for Life Online!
This year’s Evening for Life was held virtually and, aside from dinner of course, still included all of our usual components. The Knights of Columbus said the Pledge of Allegiance; Father Jacob Willig led us in prayer; and Anna Mitchell, Co-Host and Producer of the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, served again as our faithful Emcee. Dusty Rhodes was honored with our annual Life Award by our Board President, Jack Hart. Meg DeBlase gave an update on Cincinnati Right to Life, sharing the story of our efforts to close Planned Parenthood’s doors during the statewide shutdown. This year’s guest speaker was Allie Beth Stuckey. She spoke primarly on the topic of abortion – what she rightly refers to as “the biggest moral issue of our day”. She encouraged listeners to take heart in the Lord, to be empowered by the Holy Spirit and to feel unified in this fight for life. You can watch the recording of this event on our website at www.cincinnatirighttolife.org/2020-virtual-gala. (See pg. 5 for more pictures and sponsors.)
Dusty Rhodes Wins Life Award
At this year’s Virtual Evening for Life, Cincinnati Right to Life honored Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes with our annual Life Award. It is common practice for our board at Cincinnati Right to Life to recognize someone every year who stands out as a hero in our local pro-life movement. As a pro-life Democrat, Mr. Rhodes has always been outspoken and proud of his support for the unborn – even though those around him have become increasingly pro-abortion. He has been endorsed by our Cincinnati Right to Life PAC time and time again because of his efforts for our cause. Jack Hart, President of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, addressed Mr. Rhodes saying, “Dusty, if there’s any hope that the Democratic party can return to its historical roots and once again be a great political party that is the true voice of the voiceless, it is only because of the unwavering efforts of men and women of principle - like you.” Mr. Rhodes expressed his gratitude and graciously accepted the award.
40 Days for Life 2020 Fall Campaign – Largest in History
With the pandemic and social unrest in the streets, the outcome of this fall’s campaign was unsure when it began on September 23rd, but 588 cities in 36 countries took part. The Cincinnati campaign saw participants from at least 39 churches, school groups and the seminary commit to hundreds of prayer hours in front of Planned Parenthood on Auburn Avenue. All 480 hours of the campaign were spoken for and often at least several people covered an hour together. We were blessed to have Sue Thayer, National Outreach Director of 40 Days for Life, make the trip from Iowa to speak at our kickoff on September 20th. At least 150 people heard her story of transformation from center director for Planned Parenthood in Storm Lake, Iowa to leading a 40 Days for Life campaign in front of that very same center. No matter the outcome of the election, public prayer witness to the suffering and destruction abortion causes in our own backyard will continue on. The next campaign begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17th. For more information, contact Mary at email@example.com.
National Adoption Month
November was National Adoption Month. It is a time set aside to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care or crisis situations. In light of this, we share two stories below about local heroes stepping up to become families for children in need.
Cincinnati Sheriff Adopts Two Young Boys
At the end of October, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil and his wife Kim adopted two young brothers after quietly caring for them for over five years. The couple never had children of their own and the sheriff is leaving office this year after losing the Democratic primary. The boys are six and seven years old. At the adoption Judge Ralph Winkler was curious as to why Sheriff Neil at age 62 would take on such a challenge. But, the couple’s connection to these boys goes way back. About 25 years ago, the Neils opened their home to a teenager in need who ended up living with them into adulthood. When he had two young boys of his own, the Neils became informal godparents. They babysat on the weekends and even turned their second bedroom into a nursery for the children. The Neils were approached by a case worker several years ago to care for the boys for a time; they were ultimately asked to take full custody of the boys. They started the adoption process earlier this year when it was clear the parents weren’t making any improvements. On the day of adoption, Kim Neil told the judge, “This isn’t where I’d like to start raising children, but I know that people need to do the right thing.” We admire Sheriff Neil and his wife Kim for opening their hearts and homes to these young boys. This is the pro-life way, and we need more of it in our culture.
Cincinnati Father Adopts Five Siblings from Foster Care
The goal of foster care is reunification with biological parents whenever possible. Sometimes that isn’t an option; this is where adoptive families can take a leading role. In a recent story from our own city of Cincinnati, a former foster child adopted five siblings from foster care, keeping them from the same heartbreak he experienced as a child. Robert Carter entered foster care when he was 12 years old and was separated from his siblings for years. He wants to make sure other families are able to stay together, so, even as a single father, he has just adopted these five siblings to make sure they no longer have to be split up. An adoption worker for Hamilton County Job and Family Services said that no other foster parent was willing to take all five of them, so the siblings had previously been separated. Robert started by fostering the three boys, with two other people fostering the girls. The three of them worked together to make sure the siblings could see each other. However, the emotion Robert saw from them drove him to realize he needed to take action to reunite this family. That is when he decided to adopt all five of the siblings. Robert told local news, “Every night I talk to them and let them know, I’m your dad forever. I know what it’s like and I’m always here for you.” The foster care system needs more people like Robert, willing to give children homes and provide them with the love, stability, and healing they need.
The Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Little Ones
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 he uses his imagination 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 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!
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.
Additional Ways to Give
Go to smile.amazon.com and log in to your Amazon account. Search for Cincinnati Right to Life Education Foundation and select it. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will come back to our organization as a donation!
This pro-life cell phone company sends 5% of every customer’s monthly price plan to his/her designated charity. If you join Charity Mobile and use our designation ID #2702 under Right to Life of Greater Cincinnnati, we will receive 5% of your plan cost back to our organization in the form of a donation.
Did You Know?
For the year 2020 only, if you take the standard deduction, you will be able to deduct up to $300 in annual charitable contributions for the year. Thank you for considering Cincinnati Right to Life in your year-end giving!
Rally for Life 2020
Thank you to all Sponsors and Volunteers!
Robert & Susan Enouen
Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Schoch Tile & Carpet
American Heritage Girls
Brad Wenstrup for Congress
Gilkey Window Company
Hartwell Holdings, Inc.
Spade Express Delivery
Chabot for Congress
J.T.M. Food Group
Cincinnati Right to Life's Evening for Life, October 29, 2020
THANK YOU SPONSORS!
Brian & Monica Hurley
J.T.M. Food Group
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Ardent Capital Management
Pregnancy Center East
Trust Blue Review.com
Jack & Kathleen Hart
Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Bridgetown Finer Meats
Citizens For Community Values
Archdiocese of Cincinnati Office For Respect Life Ministries
Diocese of Covington
Thank you to all who have donated in honor or memory of loved ones
In Memory of:
All lost babies
Children who have been aborted
The victims of Planned Parenthood
Alfred & Elena Auciello
Frank & Shirley Auciello
John A. Auer
John & Estella Brannen
Sister Ritamary Bulach, CPPS
Joseph, Alberdine, and Paul Collins
John E. Comparetto
Patricia M. Conran
Daniel John Curtin
Vienna Gabrielle DeTar
Ann, Janet, Norma, Ada, Charles, Don, Amy - Dickinson Family
George & Jeanne Dreiling
Mary Ellyn (Dirr) Frey
Victor J. Haight
Michael J. Hoffman
William Jeffrey Hughes
Henry & Elizabeth Jacquez
Joseph & Gertrude Kues
Thomas J. Loper, Sr.
Thomas J. Loper, Jr.
Thomas J. Loper, III
Bettie Jean Luken
James T. Maher
Aveline Marie Miller
Dr. Tom Morenz
Mary Alice Murray
Luke & Mary Rahrig
John & Jean Ryan
Donald & Lois Scheidler
Ferd & Mildred Schneider
Paul J. & Elizabeth Schwietering
Mary Ann Stevenson
Sullivan Family deceased
Roa & Weigand Family
Dr. John Willke
Jack & Barbara Willke
In Honor of:
Armbrusters first great-grandchild
Theresa, Dorothea, and Clinton Beeber
Lauren King - work in pro-life ministry
Terry Myrick - work at PCE
Amy L. Craft
20th - David & Karen Byrne
50th - Mary & Victor Wilhelmy
Meg & Andrew DeBlase