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Friday Five

Barry Sheets, Legislative Consultant
September 20, 2019
 
Legislative activity has begun again, and Autumn promises to bring a new crop of Pro-Life policy initiatives. As we prepare for Life Chain, 40 Days for Life and other ways to bring public attention to the cause of Life, think about making a call or a visit to your legislators to keep them engaged with the Pro-Life cause!

 
NEWS AND VIEWS
 
1. As we move into the season for Pro-Life action around Life Chains and 40 Days for Life, we need to stay cognizant that the social and political environment is more polarized than ever. At a kick-off event hosted by Students for Life and 40 Days for Life at the Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota, on Wednesday, pro-abortion activist Samuel Vanderweil was arrested on charges of terroristic threats as he mixed chemicals in a backpack and dropped the backpack in the middle of the room and left the scene. No one was injured and the individual is in police custody. Stay alert and be prepared should abortion activists attempt to copycat during your events.
 
2. Negative 1. A great number which represents the fact that yet another surgical abortion facility in Ohio is no longer in business. The Capital Care abortuary in Toledo quietly surrendered their Ambulatory Surgical Facility license to the Ohio Department of Health last week. This is cause for celebration, but there is little doubt that Capital Care, like their related facility in Columbus, will reinvent themselves to be an abortion pill-mill. Pray that this won't be the outcome and that the Toledo area will finally be abortion-mill-less soon.
 
3.  2,246. An incredibly unimaginable number, especially when you realize this is the number of bodies of unborn children found in the home of former abortionist Ulrich Klopfer upon his death, grisly trophies of his work. It is not known yet how much of a parallel there is to the Kermit Gosnell case, but it is highly likely that some of those murdered babies will be late-trimester ones. Vice President Mike Pence has urged Indiana officials to start a formal investigation, while South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, where Klopfer plied his trade, is worried about making the issue "political." Hmmm, wonder if Mayor Pete is seeing his decision as mayor to block the zoning approval of a Pro-Life Crisis Pregnancy Center seeking to move into the same block as Klopfer's shop, and his supporting the application of a Klopfer employee who wants to open a chemical abortion mill after Klopfer's surgical licensure was revoked by the State of Indiana, coming back to haunt him?
 
4. Senate Bill 155, to add to Informed Consent provisions prior to an abortion, which would notify women there is a possibility to reverse a mifepristone (RU-486) abortion procedure before it is completed, had its first hearing this week in the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee. As expected, pro-abortion legislators criticized the bill with "it will cause doctors to leave Ohio" canard. If a so-called doctor won't give a woman full information on her choices including that a chemical abortion can be reversed and a baby's life saved, if done in time, then let me be the first to show that charlatan the "out" door.
 
5. Many Pro-Life media outlets are reporting the recent information release by the Alan Guttmacher Institute noting that the number of abortions in the U.S. has fallen to levels below one million per year. This is encouraging, along with the fact there are fewer abortion providers practicing in the country. Part of this can be attributed to strong Pro-Life efforts in many states. However, the numbers of chemical abortions are increasing, and the overall fertility rate among the U.S. population is shrinking.  There must be more attention focused on addressing the access to and use of what are effectively human pesticides like mifepristone, also known as RU-486 (approved for abortions by the Obama administration's FDA), and methotrexate. We certainly want to end abortion, but we also want to encourage families to form, produce and grow in a healthy manner. Keep praying and keep working to these ends!
 
 
PROFILES
 
Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles of key policymakers. One statewide office holder or agency director, one Senator and three House members will be profiled each time.
 
Ohio Supreme Court-Justice Patrick Fischer began his six-year term on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2017 after winning election the previous November. He formerly served as a Justice on the First District Court of Appeals from 2010 until his elevation to the state's highest court. Justice Fischer has dedicated himself to the practice of Law for over 30 years. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College, he has served as President of the Ohio State Bar Association. Justice Fischer began his legal career with a clerkship for U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman. In 1987, he began working for the law firm of Keating, Muething & Klekamp, where he became a partner. He is a founding member of the Cincinnati Children's Museum, serving on its board, and is an active member of St. Xavier Catholic Church in Cincinnati, serving as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.
 
Senator Michael Rulli (R) -the first term member from Salem in the 33 rd Senate District's Columbiana County, is the director of operations of his family's 100 year old business, Rulli Brothers Markets and formerly served as President of the Leetonia School Board. Rulli captured the seat most recently held by the Democrat caucus, which helped the Senate Republicans maintain their 24-9 advantage in seats. Senator Rulli is the Vice-Chairman of the Senate General Government & Agency Review Committee, and serves on the Energy & Public Utilities, Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs, and the Transportation, Commerce & Workforce Committees. Rulli has voted Pro-Life during his time in the Senate, but has also signed on as the sole Republican Co-Sponsor of Senate Bill 11, the Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Accommodation Bill.
 
Representative Shane Wilkin (R)-the first term member of the 91 st House District in southern Ohio, which encompasses Clinton, Highland, Pike and part of Ross Counties, is a former Highland County Commissioner who resides in Hillsboro. He also is a licensed real estate agent. Wilkin serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House Public Utilities Committee and serves on the Finance, State & Local Government Committees, and on the State Controlling Board. Wilkin has a consistent Pro-Life voting record.
 
Representative Paul Zeltwanger (R)-the 54 th House District is served by Mason resident Paul Zeltwanger, who has been elected to the seat three times. Zeltwanger is the owner of Joshua One, a real estate development company, and holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting from Grace College and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University.  He is Chairman of the House Economic and Workforce Development Committee and also serves as Chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee, the election arm of the House Republican caucus. Zeltwanger has been a consistent Pro-Life vote during his three terms in the House.

Representative Gil Blair (D)-the newly-appointed member from Weathersfield in the 63 rd District, Trumbull County, replaces the outgoing Rep. Glenn Holmes (who took a position on the State Parole Board earlier this year). An Attorney in private practice, he has yet to cast votes on pro-life legislation, having been appointed in June. Blair is assigned to the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Insurance Committees of the House.
 
NOTE OF THANKS  I have been touched by the many notes and emails from readers regarding my health challenges. I would like to report  a  praise that the labs came back clear, so we are on for the procedure in December. Thank you for your continued prayers!
 

      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.


 
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WE believe that all human beings are made in the image of the Creator and must be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We know to be true that human rights begin when human life begins, as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence.  So as to foster a culture of life we promote and defend the right to life of all innocent human beings and reject such practices as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and same-sex marriage that are contrary to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God".  We represent pro-life citizens from over 8 counties in the region, making our organization one of the largest pro-life organizations in the State of Ohio. We focus our efforts first and foremost at the local level to achieve local solutions and then cooperate with the state and national pro-life efforts as directed and needed.

 

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