May 6, 2021

40 Days for Life National Report
2021 Spring Campaign Results

The 2021 Spring Campaign of 40 Days for Life was conducted in 567 cities around the world and the National Team has tabulated and  released the known results. There were 7 workers that experienced conversion and quit the abortion industry, there were 3 abortion facilities that closed their doors, and a total of 755 babies were spared from abortion!

PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD!

The 2021 Spring campaign marks the 14th full year 40 Days for Life has been conducting campaigns world-wide and the results that God has wrought are truly amazing and awe-inspiring!

217 workers quit!

110 abortion facilities closed!

18,745 children's lives saved!

     PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD!     

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Corpus Christi Procession and
Benediction for Life
Sunday - June 6 - 2 pm

Cleveland Prays for Life invites you to the 10th Annual Corpus Christi Procession and Benediction for Life on Sunday, June 6th, beginning at 2 PM at Preterm. We will meet at Preterm and following opening prayers, Fr. Dave Baugh will lead the procession. We will process while praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and will conclude with a Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction. Fr. Dave requests Knights of Columbus in regalia for the service and procession. Preterm is located at 12000 Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, 44120 and parking is available on Shaker Boulevard East and West.           


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Ohio US Appeal Court Decision Relating to Down Syndrome Children in the Womb Boils Down to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

by Amy Asseff, Esq.




April 29th, 2021

 

The District Court for the Southern District of Ohio granted a preliminary injunction of H.B 214, codified as R.C. 2919.10, which prohibits any person from performing or inducing an abortion if that person has knowledge that (i) the fetus has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome or is believed to have Down Syndrome or that (ii) the mother is seeking the abortion because of a fetal Down Syndrome diagnosis.  Preterm-Cleveland, the plaintiffs-appellees, sought the injunction in a pre-enactment challenge to the law on the claim that H.B. 214 was facially unconstitutional and per se invalid as a prohibition on a woman's absolute right to obtain an abortion prior to viability of the fetus. The Sixth Circuit Court disagreed, reversed the lower's court's decision, and lifted the injunction. 

 

The Circuit Court examined the law and determined that it furthered three legitimate state interests: (i) protecting the Down Syndrome community against discriminatory abortions, (ii) protecting pregnant mothers whose unborn children have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome from being unduly influenced or pressured by their doctors into aborting the unborn child, and (iii) protecting medical professionals' ethical standards by "preventing doctors from becoming willing participants in Down Syndrome selective abortions."  The Circuit Court also found that the law did not impose an undue burden on a woman's ability to obtain an abortion but only prevented a woman from obtaining an abortion from the doctor of her choice or from freely discussing the reasons for her abortion with the abortion provider.  The Circuit Court found that the legitimate state interests furthered by the law outweighed any burden imposed on a woman seeking an abortion.

 

The Circuit Court reasoned that H.B. 214 placed no prohibition on a woman seeking an abortion, as any woman remained free under H.B 214 to obtain an abortion, even of a child diagnosed with Down Syndrome. 

 

Instead, H.B. 214 prohibits abortion providers from knowingly performing abortions under circumstances in which the provider knows that the reason for the abortion is because the child in question either has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome or is believed to have Down Syndrome.  H.B 214 also provides penalties only for the abortion providers who violate the law and establishes no penalties for a woman obtaining an abortion because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis.  

 

The Circuit Court disagreed with the plaintiffs-appellees' interpretation of Roe v. Wade as establishing an "absolute" right to abortion before viability of the fetus is established.  The Circuit Court quoted the Supreme Court in Roe as follows: "In Roe . . . the Supreme Court said 'we do not agree' with the contention 'that a woman's right is absolute and that she is entitled to terminate her pregnancy at whatever time, in whatever way, and for whatever reason she alone chooses.' "  The Circuit Court added that Planned Parenthood v. Casey "corrected the mistaken view of Roe that saw any or all pre-viability 'attempts to influence a woman's decision . . . as unwarranted,' saying that such an absolute rule was 'incompatible with the recognition that there is a substantial state interest in potential life throughout pregnancy.' "  The Circuit Court held "there is no absolute or per se right to an abortion based on the stage of the pregnancy."

 

The Circuit Court held that so long as legitimate state interests outweighed any burden on the woman to obtain an abortion, abortions can be restricted or regulated prior to viability. The Circuit Court, however, also held that the viability of the fetus was not germane to the analysis of H.B. 214.  Instead, the Court reasoned that H.B 214 was intended to prevent and discourage discriminatory abortions of fetuses with Down Syndrome, regardless of the age of the fetus. 

 

The Circuit Court in this decision both demonstrates the weakness of H.B. 214 and ironically provides guidance in circumventing the law. 

 

The Circuit Court holds that H.B 214 is not a restriction on abortion but only prohibits a certain class of providers, those who know about the Down Syndrome diagnosis and know the Down Syndrome diagnosis is the reason the mother is seeking the abortion, from performing the abortion in question.  In its majority opinion, the Circuit Court effectively advises any woman considering abortion due to a diagnosis of Down Syndrome in the unborn child as to how to obtain that abortion legally, derided as "don't ask, don't tell" by the dissent, by simply not discussing her true reasons for the abortion with her abortion provider.  The Circuit Court advises that the burden imposed by H.B. 214 does not affect a woman's so-called right to an abortion, but only limits who may perform the abortion. 

 

The reversal of the lower court's injunction is therefore a Pyrrhic victory, in that by upholding the law, the Circuit Court reveals how limited the law is in achieving its purported ends.  

All is not lost, however. 

 

The Circuit Court's determination that laws protecting the "integrity and ethics of the medical profession" are legitimate state interests is promising, in that this reasoning can be used in the future to defend laws passed to protect medical professionals from coercion to participate in other medical procedures to which they are morally opposed, including abortion not related to a Down Syndrome diagnosis, transgender therapies and/or surgeries, or euthanasia. 

 

Additionally, the Circuit Court's reasoning that laws may not regulate the thoughts or motives of a person, but only that person's expressed actions, can be helpful to defend against laws establishing "thought-crimes."  

 

It is unlikely that this decision would be reversed on an appeal, mostly because the decision renders H.B 214 virtually powerless to prevent a woman from obtaining an abortion for any reason, just so long as her provider does not know her reason.  The Circuit Court comments briefly on one dissent that raises a question of H.B. 214 prohibiting protected speech, and thus being an infringement of the First Amendment rights of a woman seeking an abortion, but since this argument was not raised with the Circuit Court, the Circuit Court does not address it in its majority opinion.  It is unlikely that the Supreme Court would permit such First Amendment arguments on appeal if they were not raised in the lower court.  

 

Overall, the Circuit Court's decision is mildly positive, at best.  While it upholds H.B. 214, it also reveals the weakness of the law and essentially guts the statute.

 

Amy Asseff is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Ohio. She is a 2014 graduate of Cleveland Marshall College of Law, an active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Law Section, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2019. 

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ALERT: US birth rate plummets to lowest recorded in past 42 years, study shows
A 4 percent drop was recorded in 2020 alone.


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"It's A Matter Of  Life..."by Denver Sallee


In the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare, 32.5% of all soldiers died. Over three days, 51,112 men lost their lives.. Today in America, when a marker is present indicating the possibility of Down Syndrome, 92% of these preborn babies are killed in a manner more brutal than the deaths at Gettysburg. In our supposedly "civilized culture" it is more dangerous for those with the possibility of being born with an extra chromosome than to have fought at Gettysburg. These children, chosen by God to ignite the kindness that lies dormant in people's souls and to plant the seeds of empathy in our hearts, never get a chance to make us better people for having known them.

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40 Days for Life 365

Although the 2021 spring campaign is completed, the 40 Days for Life 365 initiative continues throughout the year at Preterm in CLEVELAND.

 

There is a vigil calendar set up for your use on the days of the week that surgical abortions are performed at PRETERM - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Please discern if the Lord is calling you to pray weekly at Preterm. We are covering the hours between 8 am and 5 pm on the four days that surgical abortions are performed. We began this initiative in January and we are successful in covering most of the hours per week but need your help to cover ALL OF THE HOURS! Sign up today in the CLEVELAND vigil calendar during an hour when no one is praying. The Sidewalk Advocates for Life are working with us to provide the counseling as we supply the prayer support. Thank you!



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BIRDIES FOR BABIES GOLF SCRAMBLE

You are invited to golf for a cause at Zelie‚Äôs Home Inaugural Birdies for Babies Golf Scramble on Sunday, June 13th at Shale Creek Golf Club in Medina, Ohio. All proceeds support our home in Garfield Heights serving pregnant and parenting women and their children. You can be a part of changing lives two at a time! $150 per golfer / $600 per foursome. Fees include 18 Holes, Cart, Lunch, All-American Cookout Dinner, Beverages and Raffle opportunities. For more information, visit our website at www.zelieshome.org/events/birdiesforbabies or contact Erin Hathaway at executivedirector@zelieshome.org.

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SAVE THE DATE!

Lake County Right to Life in partnership with the Black Pro-Life Coalition will be hosting a memorial event for Tia Parks and Lakisha Wilson on Saturday, June 5th, 1pm at Preterm. Please mark your calendars now.
We will never forget that both of these women died due to Preterm's negligence.


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                   Tia Parks

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Lakisha Wilson

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Rosary for Life is every Saturday at Preterm, 9:30 am.


June 5, 2021, 1pm, Memorial Event for Lakisha Wilson and Tia Parks at Preterm.

 

LET US PRAY

For an increase in the number of those actively involved in the pro-life movement.
For our pro-life legislators, that they be protected and strengthened in their mission for life.