July 27, 2017

This in from Cleveland RTL: 

Thank You Ohio Right to Life
Ohio Politicians Now Have No Place To Hide!

 No More Endorsements for "Exceptions" Politicians

July 26th 2017
Another Victory for the Unborn in Ohio!

Hot on the heels of the recent news that two Northeast Ohio abortion businesses had closed, we were notified last week that Ohio Right to Life has changed their election endorsement criteria to remove the acceptance of the often-held view of candidates seeking the group's endorsement, which included the statement that they "opposed abortion except in the case of rape and incest."   In the group's recent press release, ORTL noted that their organizational position has always opposed exceptions for rape and incest.  In the past; however, they have endorsed candidates who supported abortion for these innocent little lives. 
This policy will be effective immediately and will impact the 2018 elections.  According to the announcement, this new ORTL standard will not apply to "presidential candidates" because National Right to Life criteria still holds an "exceptions" policy.   
We thank Ohio Right to Life for taking this stand and know that this will bring us much closer to ending abortion in Ohio.  If our candidates do not understand this fundamental right - that regardless of how any of us are conceived, we are always created by God and have a right to life - they are not prolife and should not be endorsed by any organization who calls themselves prolife.  



This in from Fred Sokol:

A 911 medical emergency crew and vehicle arrived at preterm abortion mill at approximately 3pm on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.   Surgical abortions of unborn babies up to 20 weeks in development are usually scheduled at preterm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


Then a two person medical emergency crew pushed a gurney into preterm to retrieve a patient allegedly in need of said medical gurney.  

It seemed no longer than ten minutes the emergency crew exited preterm pushing the gurney with a person totally wrapped in a pink blanket somewhat sitting up.

The emergency crew then efficiently popped the person into the back of the medical emergency vehicle.  The female medical emergency crew member jumped into the back of the vehicle with the patient.  Then the medical emergency vehicle immediately drove away. 
Finally, I already notified Operation Rescue with pictures and summary of this said alleged medical emergency at preterm.  Operation Rescue will try to retrieve the 911 tape on this matter to find the cause of this alleged medical emergency at preterm abortion mill.   I thank Operation Rescue for all they do for the unborn baby and to end abortion.  

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This in from CCV:

We've waited long enough. It's time for courage not more compromise.
The U.S. Senate is still struggling to repeal and replace Obamacare. What's worse, we're beginning to hear rumors that some Senators are considering passing a replacement to Obamacare that doesn't defund Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.

It should be clear: defunding Planned Parenthood was a central campaign promise from countless lawmakers.

And not just in 2016.

In 2010 we were told, "if pro-lifers only controlled congress, we could defund Planned Parenthood!"

And then pro-lifers took congress.

Next in 2014, we were told "If pro-lifers only controlled Congress AND the Senate, we could defund Planned Parenthood!"

So pro-lifers took the Senate.

...then in 2016, we were told "If pro-lifers only controlled Congress, the Senate, AND the White House, we could defund Planned Parenthood!"

And behold! Pro-lifers are in power across the board.

Yet somehow, we still haven't gotten the job done.

Talk is cheap. It's time for courageous action – and the pro-life community won't stand for more delays after standing strong in elections for so many years.

And speaking of courage...
Don't forget to submit your nominations for CCV's Courage Awards! We're accepting nominations now for Lawmakers, Pastors, Activists, and Leaders Under 30.  Click HERE to submit a nominee!




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August 5, 2017 Rosary for Life. Meet at St. Andrew's Benedictine Abbey for confession at 8:30am, Mass at 9:15 am. Rosary immediately following at Preterm. Please join us!

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For the repose of Dr. Lawrence Hennessey's soul and for his wife and family.

Pro-Life Legislative Update-July 2017
Barry Sheets, Legislative Agent

There has been no movement to this point on health care reform, or on any pro-life provisions of note.  The Congress will be heading to a recess in August, so September looks to be the earliest we can expect any movement on any key legislation.

The Committee of Conference between the House and the Senate finished their work on the 2 year, $132 billion dollar spending measure.  They agreed to re-authorize the Parenting and Pregnancy Support Act for crisis pregnancy centers at it's existing funding level:  $500,000 per fiscal year.    The bill has been signed by the Governor, and this was not one of the 47 provisions he used his line item veto upon.  A number of those vetoes are being challenged by the Legislature, with the House voting to overturn 11 vetoes.  The Senate, as of this writing, have yet to reconvene to take up the override votes and finish the process.
SENATE BILL 28: The fetal remains bill is still languishing in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee.   Discussions with the Chairman of the committee (Senator Bill Coley) are ongoing.   We have been meeting with the sponsor, Senator Joe Uecker, and hope to negotiate an interested party meeting over the summer.
HOUSE BILL 149:  The Abortion Trafficking Prevention Act, was not acted upon by the House Health Committee prior to their break for summer recess.  RTLACO is working with the sponsors of the bill to try to get the bill moving again when the legislature reconvenes in the fall.
SENATE BILL 145:  The dismemberment abortion ban bill, sponsored by Senators Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Steve Wilson (R-Lebanon), was moved from committee and passed the Senate during the last day of session before summer recess.  The bill was voted on a party-line vote.
The issue of concern, however, that we raised in earlier briefings has still not been addressed. Additional concerns have arisen that the bill only bans the D&E procedure if the child is yet living: there is nothing to prohibit the abortionist from killing the child with digoxin, umbilical transection, etc. and then performing a D&E.  This leaves it entirely unclear that the bill will protect a single unborn child in the womb, much less the nearly 3,000 upon whom D&E dismemberments are performed every year in Ohio.
RTLACO will be working with members of the House to try to bring more solid protections for these precious unborn children as this bill moves forward.
House Bill 214/Senate Bill 164:  The Down's Syndrome ban bill will be waiting until fall to have hearings in the House.  An identical Senate companion bill, SB 164, was introduced by Senator Frank LaRose and has been given sponsor testimony in the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee.
RTLACO has prepared a comparison document between this session's version of the bill and the version that was previously introduced.  The measure has been significantly improved and strengthened due in part to concerns raised by the Coalition.
House Bill 234:  This bill would create a first degree misdemeanor (fourth degree felony for multiple violations) for "impeding access" to an abortion facility.  This bill has been introduced for the last three sessions without success.  No hearings are scheduled to this point on the bill.
Nothing is moving on this bill at the Statehouse, but a Council-driven effort is underway in Toledo to implement similar ordinances locally.  As Ohio is a home-rule state, that can be attempted without a state statute in place by a municipality.
House Bill 248:  This bill authored by liberal progressives requires "(mandated insurance) coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, the provision of certain hospital and pregnancy prevention services for victims of sexual assault (emergency contraception, even at religious-centric hospitals), the dispensing of hormonal contraceptives to adults without a prescription, and comprehensive sexual health and sexually transmitted infection education in schools" which would also include the repeal of the state's Abstinence Until Marriage education law.
The House Health Committee chose not to bring this bill up for hearings before the summer recess.
House Bill 258:  the Heartbeat Bill:  The measure was re-introduced with 50 co-sponsors (the necessary votes to pass the bill, but not to override another veto by the Governor, which is likely) in early June.   Alarmingly, the bill was not assigned to a committee for hearings prior to the Assembly going on summer recess.  Although every other bill introduced in this time period was referred for committee action by House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, he inexplicably chose to prevent Heartbeat from being assigned to committee.  We will be investigating, and hope to encourage the Speaker to move forward on this measure quickly as they reconvene in the fall.