FRIDAY 5 - September 25, 2020
Barry Sheets
Legislative Consultant

Fall is upon us. It is full of uncertainty with a critical election and
the specter of another potential shutdown of our economy with the Corona panic. 

One thing remains certain however: it is up to the Pro-Life faithful to be vigilant
and bring light to the darkness that is our abortion culture. 
The dawn of the end of “legal” abortion may be breaking soon!

1.  President Trump promises a major delivery again for the Pro-Life community!
This week, our 45th (and clearly most pro-life) President announced at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast he will sign an Executive Order requiring medical assistance be given to
babies born as a result of a botched/failed abortion attempt (it is presumed it will be tied to
prohibiting the neglect or blocking of medical assistance for any entity that receives federal funding i.e. Medicare, etc.). Thank you, Mr. President!
The Born Alive After Abortion Protection Act has been languishing at the federal level as House Democrats under Nancy Pelosi continually vote it down during this session of Congress.  We still need to push for Ohio legislation (SB 208) that does the same thing at the state level!
2. With the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg last week, President Trump has an opportunity to nominate and have confirmed his third
Justice during his first term. There are three likely people who may be named on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. They are Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Barbara Lagoa of the Eleventh Circuit, and Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the Fourth Circuit. All have strong Pro-Life credentials, and Judge Rushing was formerly an affiliated attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). In any circumstance, the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice will be Pro-Life and conservative, which means we will no longer
have to worry about which side of the bed Chief Justice John Roberts climbed out of that day on key cases.
3. A strong voice is coming from the Vatican, as Pope Francis this week called on lawmakers to “awaken to the right to life of the unborn”, as well as issuing key guidance
on the issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling them “intrinsically evil”, and also denouncing lawmakers who support such evil acts. When the church universal rises up in unity against such evil, no amount of campaign donations can keep lawmakers supporting such evil in office for long. 
4. And here is a lawmaker who should heed the words coming from the Vatican—Democrat Minnesota U.S. Senator Tina Smith, who while being in a difficult re-election battle, has highlighted that she is the only Senator to have actually worked for Planned Parenthood (and lobbied for them too)! Not only that, she has consistently voted against the Born Alive After Abortion Protection Act, but also said on the floor that medical assistance
for newborns in this situation is “inappropriate medical treatment”. Pray for this race in Minnesota, that God would remove the bloodthirsty to defend the innocent!
5. Not only should we be good stewards of our vote, we also should be good stewards
of our money: Last week, the Kroger Company (yes, the grocery store) was sued by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for violating federal law by refusing to accommodate the religious consciences of two employees in Arkansas. After
being directed and refusing to wear a rainbow-themed heart emblem on their uniforms supportive of LGBTQ philosophy, Kroger fired the two employees. 
I won’t go Krogering anytime soon, that’s for sure!


Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles of
key policymakers and committees.   
U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. —
Judge Oliver, the previous Chief Judge of the Court, has been on the court since his appointed by President Clinton in 1994. He became chief justice in 2010, and resumed services as an associate justice in 2017. Judge Oliver received his B.A. from the College of Wooster in 1969,
a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law in 1972, and a Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1974. From 1972 to 1975, he was an assistant professor at the College of Wooster and then clerked for Judge William Hastie of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit from 1975 to 1976. Immediately following his clerkship, he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, becoming the chief of the Civil Division in 1978. In 1982, he was named chief of the Appellate Division. Judge Oliver left the Department of Justice entering private practice in Wooster, Ohio, from 1982 to 1994. However, he continued to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio from 1982 to 1985. During this time, he also served as a professor of law at the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 

More background on Judge Oliver can be read here.
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.