January 8, 2021
It seems like it has been since last year since the Five was
live. Now that we are in 2021, it is time for new beginnings: a new
session of the Ohio Assembly, a new (it now seems)
administration in Washington,and new challenges that pro life
advocates will be facing as we work to legally recognize the sanctity of
the human person from conception to natural death. The task seems
much more daunting with the political changes happening,
but our God is bigger than any challenge!
NEWS AND VIEWS
1. The 133rd General Assembly adjourned sine die on December 31st. This closure left a number of pro-life bills without finalization. Life At Conception (HB 413), Abortion Pill Reversal (SB 155), and the Born Alive After Abortion Protection Act (SB 208) all will have to be reintroduced and go through the full legislative procedure in the new 134th session. The Assembly did pass Senate Bill 27 (humane disposition of fetal remains) and Senate Bill 260 (prohibition on chemical abortion by telemedicine) and sent them to the Governor. Senate Bill 27 was signed into law (effective 90 days after signature). The Governor has yet to issue a signature on SB 260, which was sent to him the last week of December.
2. The 134th General Assembly was sworn in on Monday, January 4th. The leadership of both chambers was formalized by the new members. The House leaders are: Speaker: Rep. Bob Cupp, Speaker Pro Tempore: Rep. Tim Ginter, Majority Leader: Rep. Bill Seitz, Assistant Majority Leader: Rep. Rick Carfagna, Majority Whip: Rep. Don Jones, and Assistant Majority Whip: Rep. Cindy Abrams. Democrats elected as Minority Leader Rep. Emelia Sykes, Assistant Minority Leader: Rep. Kristen Boggs, Minority Whip: Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson, Assistant Minority Whip: Rep. Richard Brown. Republicans will hold 64 seats to the Democrats 35. The Senate leaders are: President Senator Matt Huffman, President Pro Tempore Senator Jay Hottinger, Majority Floor Leader Senator Kirk Schuring, and Assistant Majority Floor Leader Senator Rob McColley. Democrats elected as Minority Leader Senator Kenny Yuko, Assistant Minority Leader Senator Cecil Thomas, Minority Whip Senator Nickie Antonio, and Assistant Minority Whip Senator Tina Maharath. The Republicans hold 25 seats to the Democrats 8 seats. This means the Republicans hold the numbers for a supermajority in the Senate.
3. Numbers coming from a report issued in the Lancet (British medical journal) show that the biggest global death toll came not from the “pandemic” COVID-19 coronavius, but from the most prolific killer known to man: himself. The global death toll from abortion was 73.3 million last year. However, you won’t see massive media campaigns or politicians doing daily press briefings on how we are going to try to fight back against this deadly foe, nor are big money medical industries scrambling for a “cure”. It’s quite the contrary. In the report summary, it is stated “These findings emphasise the importance of ensuring access to the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion care.” No surprise, since the research is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who are major abortion advocates.
4. After the tumult of Wednesday, it is now official that the country will be governed, at least for the next 2 to 4 years, by a radically pro-abortion Administration with the backing of a Democrat-controlled Congress. This is disturbing news for pro-life, as you can be assured that most, if not all, of the advances in pro-life policies and positions made in the last four years will be wiped out and replaced with the culture of death’s political priorities. Pray without ceasing for God to be merciful, and for this agenda to be thwarted at every opportunity. It will be a challenging time for pro-life and religious liberty, but as Scripture informs us and our state motto reminds us: “With God, All Things Are Possible”
5. A look at what may develop from a Biden administration can be seen already in New Jersey. The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners is taking public
comment on a proposed rule (53 N.J.R. 12(a)) to expand the performance of an abortion to non-physicians (nurses, midwives, etc.), allows abortions to be performed outside of a hospital or ambulatory surgical center setting, and re-names first trimester abortions as “minor procedures” not surgeries, so that expansion to non-physicians can occur. Pray that the people of New Jersey rise up and this rule is invalidated.
Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles of key
policymakers and committees.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio—Judge Christopher A. Boyko—Judge Boyko, who presides in the Cleveland division of the Court, was nominated to the Northern District bench in 2004 by then President George W. Bush. He was confirmed by the US Senate in November of that year. He took senior status on the court in January of 2020.
Judge Boyko, born in Cleveland, Ohio, is a second-generation Ukrainian American and also a second-generation judge, his father also having served on the bench. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union College in 1976 and a Juris Doctor from Cleveland–Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 1979. He was in private practice in Parma, Ohio, from 1979 to 1993, also working for the City of Parma as an assistant prosecutor from 1981 to 1987, and as a prosecutor and city Director of Law from 1987 to 1993.
He then became a judge on the Parma Municipal Court in 1993 after being appointed by then Governor George Voinovich, and was an executive vice president/general counsel for Copy America, Inc. from 1994 to 1995. He was a judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas from 1996 to 2004 before his nomination and appointment to the federal bench.
Judge Boyko was notable for having brought down the maximum sentence on ponzi scheme perpetrator Phillip Rossi, who bilked investors out of $3.5 million dollars, giving his double the guideline sentence for continuing to engage in the scheme after being investigated and indicted. Rossi appealed the conviction, but the Circuit Court upheld Judge Boyko’s sentencing decision.
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