FRIDAY 5 - June 26, 2020
Barry Sheets
Legislative Consultant
June 26, 2020


Pro-Life stalwarts are anxiously awaiting a ruling by the
U.S. Supreme Court on a Louisiana Pro-Life Law that will be
issued on Monday. 

Meanwhile, it’s not been a very good public relations week for Planned Parenthood...
 

NEWS AND VIEWS
 
1.  Three bills were introduced and given initial hearings in the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee on Wednesday , all sponsored by Columbus area Senator Stephanie Kunze. 
The measures,  SB 326   (co-sponsored by Democrat Senator Nickie Antonio),  SB 327  and  SB 328  (both co-sponsored by Democrat Senator Tina Maharath), centered around pregnancy and birthing.  Given the three Senators have consistently voted against pro-life measures (including heartbeat and the abortion reversal pill bill), we will closely watch these three bills to determine if they are worth supporting, or if these are bills with an agenda that pro-life principles won’t agree with.
 
2. Planned Parenthood has made the news again, this time for apparently being tone-deaf.  First, they  tweeted  a message that anyone paying attention would know is steeped in hypocrisy “ We must continue to demand accountability, justice and an end to the inequity that continues to define every moment of life for Black America from the racist institutions that uphold white supremacy.”  Really? Um, ever hear of Margaret Sanger, your founder, who specifically wanted white supremacy and created the single most racist institution outside of the KKK ever? Accountability? Justice? Hardly what Planned Parenthood practices. End to the inequity that defines every moment of life for Black America? Now there’s a good one: PP wants to define it as terminated in the womb!
 
3. Now, doubling down on hypocrisy, Planned Parenthood just announced a new campaign “Business For Birth Control 2020” , trying to guilt corporate America into providing free birth control coverage to combat...wait for it…”systemic racism”! Given that a significant proportion of women who seek abortions do so because their birth control method fails, and given that businesses just can’t absorb increases in expenses like insurance for “free” benefits for employees, and given that there’s nothing “free” in this life,
it really appears that PP is trying to reach into all of our pockets (like they don’t do that already with federal funding) in order to line their own. Want to know what businesses will be charging you more? Go  here  and see the list that PP is putting together, and plan to reduce the systemic inequity against unborn children by boycotting these companies’ products!
 
4. Perhaps Planned Parenthood should remove the log from their own eyes first : In an  open letter  to the Board of Directors, over 300 current and former staffers of PP of Greater New York (they have 900 full-time staff at this one entity) accused the CEO, Laura McQuade, of fostering an environment of “discrimination, racism and weaponizing diversity against staff.” McQuade has been fired as a result of the letter. The most startling thing about this complaint letter is the following: “Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white woman. That is a part of history that cannot be changed.” Finally, some truth from one of the most deceptive organizations around! Hmmm...guess this may mean that Planned Parenthood itself is one of the “racist institutions that uphold white supremacy”? 
 
5. Of course, pointing out such hypocrisy in the nation’s largest abortion provider can get you in trouble.  Just ask Dusty Rhodes, a Democrat who is Auditor in Hamilton County, Ohio and is also solidly pro-life. After tweeting out “Just wondering when they are going to paint “Black Lives Matter” on Auburn Avenue, you know, in front of that building where they terminate black lives, and white ones, too, almost every day of the week”, Rhodes has been  threatened  with being kicked out of the party by county party chair Gwen McFarlin, backed by Ohio Democrat Party Chair David Pepper. The Democrat Party in Ohio just can’t handle the truth, it seems. 
 
 
PROFILES

Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles
of key policymakers and committees. 
 
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit—Senior Judge Deborah L. Cook.  President George W. Bush nominated Judge Deborah Cook to the Sixth Circuit in 2001. That nomination, made during the Democratic-controlled 107th Congress, never received a floor vote in the United States Senate. Cook was not confirmed until almost two years later in 2003 by a vote of 66–25. Cook received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Akron and a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law. She was president of Delta Gamma sorority and president of her senior class at the University of Akron. Following graduation from law school until her election to the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals, Cook was a member of Akron's oldest law firm, Roderick, Myers & Linton, as well as the firm's first female partner. She served four years as a State Appellate Judge on the District Court of Appeals covering Summit, Wayne, Medina, and Lorain Counties. Cook was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1994 for a six-year term. She was re-elected in November 2000 and served until her appointment to the Sixth Circuit in 2003. Cook has been considered a conservative jurist, having voted in favor of prohibiting gay marriage when the issue came before the Sixth Circuit in 2014. She joined the opinion written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton. The Sixth Circuit decision was overturned in the  Obergefell v. Hodges  decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Ohio Professional Boards and Commissions
 
Ohio Civil Rights Commission
 
The Ohio Civil Right Commission hears matter dealing with potential discrimination of protected classes in employment, housing and public accommodation. The five member panel, appointed by the Governor, to five year staggered terms, can investigate and adjudicate such cases. The general powers and duties of the Commission are to receive, investigate, render formal determinations and conciliate charges of unlawful discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and disability in institutions of higher education. It is the Commission’s responsibility to educate constituents and stakeholders about Ohio’s Laws against Discrimination. The Commission prepares a comprehensive educational program for the students of Ohio’s public schools. These programs are designed to eliminate prejudice, its harmful effects and its incompatibility
with American principles of equality and fair play. The Commission receives and investigates thousands of official charges of discrimination each year.
 
The Ohio Public Accommodations Law of 1884 was enacted to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race in all public facilities.  In 1959, Ohio became the 16th state to ratify legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin and ancestry.  This new law established Ohio’s Fair Employment Practices Commission - charged with enforcing Ohio’s Laws against Discrimination.
In 1961, the Ohio General Assembly renamed the agency the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). While primarily concerned with discrimination in employment, the Ohio legislature granted discretionary authority to study, advise and issue statements regarding all civil rights related matters of the state. The OCRC is chaired by Lori Barreras, and Commissioners William Patmon III, Madhu K. Singh, Juan P. Cespedes, and Carolyn Peters. The Executive Director of the OCRC is Angela Phelps-White, a former Judge
for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. 
The Commission meets monthly in the Rhodes State Office Tower.
Cleveland Right to Life is a founding member of Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. 

The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio is an association of metropolitan, county, and local pro-life organizations. RTLACO focuses on developing and strengthening local grass roots pro-life leadership, true representative governing for the statewide organization, a commitment to a consistent and holistic pro-life standard to evaluate both policies and elected officials/candidates, and collaborative engagement to develop priorities for action.