It Depends on the Meaning of the Word “IS”????


It depends on the meaning of the word “is”????

January 17, 2014

         In former President Bill Clinton’s book My Life, he states that that “everyone knows life begins biologically at conception. No one knows when biology turns into humanity.”  

        When I first heard this I wasn’t surprised, considering the source.  After all, his rationalization to the grand jury when being questioned about why he doesn’t think he lied about his marital infediliies was:


 “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement.”

Listening to that made my head hurt.  It’s kind of like listening to the old Abbot and Costello comedy skit “Who’s On First?”  The troubling thing is that protecting life is not a comedy sketch.

This Sunday, January 19, is national “Sanctity of Human Life” day.   When I talk to pastors throughout the year and attempt to get their churches involved in pro-life activities, I often hear them say that yes, they’re pro-life because they preach about life on “Sanctity of Life” Sunday.  Period.  That’s it.  I really do appreciate the fact that there is one day a year that something may be said, but it’s up to us to continue this year round.

A priest once told me that he stresses the importance of life “from the womb to the tomb.”  Besides being a catchy phrase, it is the absolute truth!   Our country was founded on Christian principles and tasked with a separation of church and state NOT to protect the government from religion, but to protect religion from government.  What we are experiencing in our country today is the complete opposite.  We hold the power in our hands to turn this around through prayer, compassion, education, and more…..but we have to do it together.

As we celebrate the sanctity of life this Sunday, and as we mourn the loss of over 56 million children killed through abortion since 1973 on January 22, we ask God for strength as our work goes on….

For Life,

Denise Leipold

Executive Director

Cuyahoga Falls Abortion Facility:  UPDATE

Last April, the abortion facility in Cuyahoga Falls known as Capital Care Network was ordered closed by the Ohio Department of Health due to multiple health and safety violations which included failure to perform TB testing, using unqualified and untrained staff, failure to meet sanitary standards and to properly keep patient documentation, and dozens of other operational and medical failures. The primary abortionist at this facility was Thomas Michaelis from the Capital Care Network facility in Toledo.   The Toledo location has also been closed due to health and safety violations.

David Burkons (an OB/GYN from Cleveland who performed abortions at Planned Parenthood in Bedford (and also at the Cuyahoga Falls Capital Care Network location) formed a new abortion mill called Northeast Ohio Women’s Center and it is open in the same location as the former Capital Care Network at 2127 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls. The frightening facts about the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center are that

  • Burkons was involved with the previous business that was closed due to the multiple violations;
  • the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center is the only non-Capital Care Network facility linked on the Capital Care Network website for their remaining three locations in Ohio; and,
  • the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center has the same phone number as the previous Capital Care Network Cuyahoga Falls location.   Despite all of this, Burkons has a license pending for Northeast Ohio Women’s Center with the Ohio Department of Health.
  • Northeast Ohio Women’s Center offers discounts for abortions….bring your student ID and get a 25% discount!

According to the Ohio Department of Health, a facility may NOT open with license pending.  However, Northeast Ohio Women’s Center is open and accepting appointments and is advertising this on many abortion websites.  Calls and contacts to the Ohio Department of Health not only about the license, but whether or not this facility is reopening under a new name with one of the same abortionists and the same phone number to avoid dealing with the previous multiple health and safety violations have not been returned or addressed.



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January 17-18, 2014

       Holy Family Church in Stow is again holding its Annual 24 Hour Prayer Vigil to mark now the 41st anniversary, January 22, 1973, of the Supreme Court decisions legalizing unlimited abortions in our country.  Co-sponsored by our Culture of Life Ministry and Knights of Columbus Fr. Maruskin Council #10936, we come together in prayer and fasting looking forward to the time when the sanctity of all human life is respected and protected.

This year’s Vigil will open at 7:00 pm, Friday, January 17 with Mass celebrated by Father McGovern, past Associate at Holy Family. An honor guard of the 4th Degree Knights of the Victor J Paul Assembly will participate.

A pro-life rosary will be said continuously in the Daily Mass Chapel from 8:00 pm Friday evening until the Vigil concludes with the regular 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday , January 18.  You may sign up for an hour of prayer throughout the night and Saturday on a list outside the Adoration Chapel door.  Please join us!

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