Friday 5
January 29, 2021


Barry Sheets
Legislative Consultant


The rescheduled observances around the March for Life are happening
this week. However, this is not changing the pro-abort policies
beginning to emerge from the Biden administration.  Pray hard for
God’s mercy, and think about focusing support on pro-life efforts that
help encourage carrying babies to term, support families in this
essential act, and stand against the cultural zeitgeist to devalue
human life.



1. Thursday saw the Biden administration, through yet another executive order, rescind the pro-life Mexico City policy which will open the floodgates to U.S. taxpayer dollars being used to fund abortions overseas. Biden’s order also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to “take immediate action to consider whether to rescind regulations under its Title X family planning program.” No wonder Planned Parenthood spent millions on supporting Biden’s presidential campaign: the payoff is much greater than the investment. 

2. So much for “unity”---Biden’s Mexico City reversal belies his rhetoric regarding “unity” as this action goes against the expressed opinions of over 75 percent of Americans (including 55 percent of Democrats) who oppose using taxpayer dollars for funding abortions. Knights of Columbus/Marist poll and a Students for Life of America poll were released on Wednesday showing broad based opposition to government paying for abortions. It seems Biden doesn’t care. Interesting math problem: if 80 million votes for Biden would represent only the 19% who support funding abortions, that would mean there are more than 421 million people in America (although there are only 332 million actually). Elections matter….

3. A tale of two cities: This week the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement condemning the Biden administration’s moves on promoting abortion, stating “This Executive Order is antithetical to reason, violates human dignity, and is incompatible with Catholic teaching.” Bravo. However, on the other hand, the National Catholic Reporter (a leftist news outlet) issued an editorial backing Chicago’s Cardinal Cupich, calling for an investigation of Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles for calling out Biden for promoting “moral evils” such as abortion. For them, the only thing incompatible in relation to Biden is apparently Catholic teaching on abortion.

4. Another target for the pro-abortion Biden administration is the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits direct taxpayer funding of abortion in America. The Republican Study Committee’s chairman, Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, issued a letter to Congressional leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell, signed by over 200 members of Congress, to uphold the bipartisan Hyde Amendment in budget reconciliation language. However, not a single Congressional Democrat signed on, as radical Democrats want the end of the amendment’s protections so that the U.S. taxpayer can be raided to fund more death.

5. In the midst of all of the federal attacks on life, this week a bill was introduced in Arizona to totally ban abortion. House Bill 2650 was introduced by Rep. Walter Blackman with support of House majority leadership members. The bill could be referred to the Arizona House Criminal Justice committee, which Rep. Blackman chairs. Pray for its successful passage.




Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles of key
policymakers and committees. 

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio—Judge Michael H. Watson.  Judge Watson, an appointee of then-President George W. Bush, was seated on the Southern District bench in 2004. Prior to his appointment, Judge Watson served on the Tenth District Court of Appeals in Franklin County, from 2003 to 2004. Judge Watson also served on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court from 1996 to 2003 and served as deputy Chief Counsel to Governor George V. Voinovich from 1991 to 1995. Judge Watson is a veteran of the United States Air Force and the Ohio Air National Guard. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in 1983 and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School in 1987. Judge Watson currently serves as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Ohio Senate, District 3—Senator Tina Maharath. Senator Maharath, of Canal Winchester, is serving her first term in the Ohio Senate. She was recently named to Senate minority leadership as the assistant minority whip of the eight-member Democrat caucus. Maharath serves on the Agriculture & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions & Technology, Insurance, Local Government and Elections, Rules & Reference, and Transportation Committees of the Senate. Maharath has been a consistent and vocal pro-abortion vote in the Ohio Senate. 

The House districts that are part of the 3rd Senate District are:

Ohio House District 17—Adam Miller. Representative Miller, from Columbus, is serving his third term in the House. An attorney in private practice, he earned a BA from the Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from Capital University School of Law and a Master’s degree from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff. Miller has been a consistent pro-abortion vote during his time in the House.

Ohio House District 19—Mary Lightbody. Representative Lightbody, from Plain Township (Westerville), is serving her second term in the House. Lightbody earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a doctorate in science education from The Ohio State University. She has spent the last 27 years teaching in K-12 education and at the collegiate level in Central Ohio, most recently in a position at Ohio State’s Newark campus. Lightbody has been a consistent pro-abortion vote during her first two years in the House.

Ohio House District 20—Richard Brown. Representative Brown, an attorney from Canal Winchester, Ohio, is in his third term in the House, and serves the Democrat caucus as the Assistant Minority Whip. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati, and a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University. Brown has been a consistent pro-abortion vote in the House.



Note: As of this writing, committee assignments in the House have not been announced.


Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is a proud member organization of the
Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.