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Hearings Begin on Unborn Child Dignity Act

Ohio Right to Life

Hearings Begin on Unborn Child Dignity Act
Lawmakers Advocate Humane Treatment of Aborted Babies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       CONTACT: Stephanie Ranade Krider
DATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2016     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 309

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee began hearings on legislation that would require that aborted fetal remains be treated humanely following an abortion. The Unborn Child Dignity Act (H.B. 419) requires that aborted children’s remains be either given earthly burial or cremation. The second part is Unborn Dignity Informed Consent (H.B. 417), which increases informed consent by requiring full disclosure to women pursuing abortions of their options for the aborted baby’s treatment. Bill sponsors Representatives Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township), Tim Ginter (R-Salem), Robert McColley (R-Napoleon) and Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) provided testimony in favor of the bills.”As we mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week, we thank our bill sponsors for speaking on behalf of the millions of children who’ve lost their lives to abortion,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “In the last year we’ve learned not only that Planned Parenthood is trading aborted babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs, but that they’re sending them to landfills as well. By reclaiming it from the dumpster, Ohio Right to Life is intent on restoring the dignity of the unborn child.”

In December, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the findings of his investigation into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practice in Ohio. The investigation, which began in July, revealed Planned Parenthood to be sending aborted fetal remains to landfills. Previously, other Planned Parenthood locations were exposed for trading aborted fetal remains.

“The Unborn Child Dignity Act and the Unborn Dignity Informed Consent Act are humane responses to a tragic and gruesome story,” said Krider.  “Even those who identify as ‘pro-choice’ could surely agree that a landfill is no place for an unborn child’s remains. Ohio’s women and their babies deserve much better than landfills.”

January 22 marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade which invalidated abortion regulations in all 50 states. Hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans are expected to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. this Friday. To find events in Ohio, click here.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death. 

Knights of Columbus Poll shows Strong Pro-Life Majority, Overwhelming Opposition to Tax-Funded Abortions and Support to Ban Abortions after 20 Weeks

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 January 19, 2016   Abortion, Polling

Knights of Columbus poll shows strong pro-life majority, overwhelming opposition to tax-funded abortions and support to ban abortions after 20 weeks

By Dave Andrusko

Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson

Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson

Each year, right around the time of annual March for Life, the Knights of Columbus releases the results of a poll on abortion conducted for the KOC by The Marist Institute for Public Opinion. The KOC asks slightly different questions which help the average citizen get a much more accurate sense for where the American public is on various dimensions of the abortion issue. And that most definitely includes a truth often hidden: there are commonsense limitations a sizeable minority of pro-choicers can and will agree with.

Released today, the latest survey of 1,686 adults was conducted Nov. 15-22, 2015. And because the survey is so large, the margin of error is small: +/- 2.4 percentage points. What follows are five highlights. (The poll can be read in its entirety here.)

#1. Before getting into specific types of legislation, note that the KOC/Marist poll found far more Americans–55% to 30%– say that abortion ultimately does a woman more harm than good. Among those who identify as pro-choice, 27 percent share this view.

Likewise on the issue of whether abortion is “morally wrong”: overall 60% agree it is morally wrong (including 61% of women) as do a third (33%) of pro-choicers.

#3. What about tax payer funding of abortion and laws such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which ban abortions on babies old enough to experience horrific pain when aborted–20 weeks, if not earlier?

Whereas pro-abortion Hillary Clinton assures the Abortion Established she wants to abolish the Hyde Amendment, “nearly 7 in 10 Americans (68 percent), including 69 percent of women, oppose taxpayer funding of abortion,” according to the summary of the KOC poll. “This includes 51 percent of those who consider themselves pro-choice. Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans (29 percent) support it.”

In addition, “more than 6 in 10 Americans (61 percent), including 60 percent of women, support laws that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except to save the life of the mother. “ Significantly, “The percentage was the same for pro-choice supporters (62 percent).”

#4. A total of 57 % of the 1,686 adults 18 and older would allow abortion only in instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother (32%); only to save the life of the mother (13%); or not at all (12%).

Another 24% would allow abortion only during the first three months–making for an overall total of 81%. And

#5. “Additionally, 77 percent of Americans, including 79 percent of women and 71 percent of ‘pro-choice’ supporters, say that laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child.”

“Year in and year out since we began polling on this issue, the American people have understood that the law can protect mother and child alike and have expressed a strong consensus in favor of abortion restrictions,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson. “It is time for a new national conversation on abortion — one that begins with this consensus in favor of restrictions: a consensus that American women and men have already reached, and that includes a majority even of those who call themselves pro-choice.”

Pro-Life: The Unborn’s Right to Life and Women’s Right to Remain Whole

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Pro-Life: the unborn’s right to life and women’s right to remain whole

Posted by Béatrice Fedor

improlife94I’m Pro-Life. It means that I’m defending the unborn child’s right to life and the woman’s right to know the truth about abortion and to remain WHOLE as a person.

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Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. is President & CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL)

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. is President & CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), the legal architects of the pro-life movement. AUL’s legal strategists have been involved in every life-related case before the United States Supreme Court beginning with Roe v. Wade. AUL is the pioneer of the state-based model legislative strategy, which has increased exponentially with significant victories in the past few years. AUL’s legal strategy works both to save the lives of the unborn, while also confronting the so-called “reliance” interest adopted by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey: the false idea that women “rely” on abortion to succeed in American society.

Under Dr. Yoest’s leadership, AUL has pursued and refined a unique mother-child strategy that looks at the interests and vulnerabilities of both, protecting them from abortion industry abuses. According to the New York Times, “Taken together, these new state laws are hugely effective…” With such a track record, the Christian Science Monitor observed that some abortion advocates consider her “Public Enemy Number One” … but with a style all her own.

“This mother of five…has set the stage for sweeping antiabortion victories at the state level on the strength of her seeming candor, warmth, and camera-ready smile,” noted CSM, calling her “pro-life’s kinder, gentler face” and that “she represents the changing face of the antiabortion movement.”

Similarly, a profile piece featured in the New York Times magazine, described a “deft reframing of the abortion debate that has put Yoest at the center of anti-abortion politics and enabled her to help push through the greatest number of abortion restrictions since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.”

Her approach is exemplified in AUL’s Women’s Protection Project, a cutting-edge package of legislation, found in AUL’s Defending Life, known as the legislative “playbook” for office holders. This followed up Dr. Yoest’s coordination of AUL’s explosive exposé in July 2011, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” which documents known and alleged abuses occurring behind the closed doors of the nation’s largest abortion provider, an effort that resulted in a Congressional investigation.

Dr. Yoest was called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Dr. Yoest has also provided Congressional testimony on other occasions before both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as before state legislative bodies.

Dr. Yoest began her career in the White House during the Reagan Administration and served as a Senior Advisor to the 2008 Huckabee for President Campaign, after leading as Vice President of Communications at Family Research Council, one of the largest pro-family public policy organizations in the country. While there she edited and co-authored FRC’s “Free to be Family” report, a compendium detailing data on family breakdown.

On announcing her appointment, Governor Huckabee observed that Dr. Yoest “brings with her an in-depth knowledge of the issues and policy expertise, as well as over two decades of experience in the conservative movement.”

A regular political commentator, Dr. Yoest has appeared on all of the major networks and cable outlets. She is also the co-author of Mother in the Middle, an examination of childcare policy, published by HarperCollins, and is currently working on a second book related to modern feminism, with the working title, Women Alone.

Previously, Dr. Yoest served as the Project Director of the Family, Gender and Tenure Project at the University of Virginia, a nationwide study funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She was also a recipient of Mellon, Olin, Bradley, and Kohler Fellowships.

Dr. Yoest has a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia. She and her husband, Jack, live with their five children in the Washington, DC area.

Charmaine writes at her blog,

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America Has a New Top Pro-life State: Leading Legal Group

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America has a new top pro-life state: Leading legal group

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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Louisiana is no longer America’s top pro-life state, according to an annual report from a top pro-life group.

In its annual “Life List,” Americans United for Life (AUL) named Oklahoma as America’s top state for its protections of women and the unborn. Oklahoma was also named in the “All Star” list, along with Arkansas and Texas, for enacting and promoting pro-life laws of high priority to AUL.

“The momentum for creating a culture that respects life in the law increases each year, empowered with tools such as Americans United for Life’s model legislation, constitutionally sound and deliberately crafted to protect women and their unborn infants from a predatory abortion industry,” said AUL president Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “This is a historic time for life. More life-affirming and protective state laws have been enacted since 2010 than in any similar period since Roe v. Wade, and AUL has been involved in nearly one third of the abortion-related measures enacted over the last six years.”

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Rounding out the top 10 pro-life states, in descending order, were Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Indiana, North Dakota, Missouri, and Texas. Filling out the worst 10 states were Washington – which was at the bottom for the seventh year in a row – Vermont, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Nevada, New York, Hawaii, Connecticut, and Wyoming.

Louisiana had topped the list for six years in a row.

The annual rankings combine pro-life victories in the states since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and the previous year’s pro-life victories.


Ohio Right to Life PAC Announces 2016 Primary Endorsements

Ohio Right to Life PAC Announces 2016 Primary Endorsements
Leading Pro-life Advocacy Group Eyes Values Voter Turnout

DATE: Tuesday, January 19, 2016     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the Ohio Right to Life PAC announced its endorsements for the Ohio Primary Election on March 15, 2016.

“The March 2016 primary is critical for Ohio’s pro-life movement as we must retain, advance and promote those candidates for office who best exemplify our life-saving mission,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “After weeks of screening and interviewing candidates, the Ohio Right to Life PAC strongly encourages pro-life Ohio to vote for these men and women. Following seven years of pro-abortion activism from President Obama, every pro-life Ohioan should be moved to the polls and vote pro-life on March 15.”

In 2016, the Ohio Right to Life PAC will work with national organizations, including National Right to Life and Susan B. Anthony List, to advocate for pro-life candidates at the grassroots level and urge value voter turnout. In 2014, 79 percent of Ohio Right to Life PAC endorsed candidates won their races. In head-to-head races against Planned Parenthood endorsed candidates, 85 percent of the Ohio Right to Life endorsed candidates won their races.

“Pro-life momentum is on our side and we are clearly winning the battle in Ohio,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life.  “More babies are alive today and fewer abortion mills exist due in large part to our legislative leaders and Governor. Since 2010, Ohio has enacted 16 new pro-life laws, including the Late-Term Abortion Ban, and abortions are down 25 percent. With yet more pro-life initiatives in the works, Ohio Right to Life PAC urges every Ohioan to elect these pro-life leaders who will continue to enhance Ohio’s protections for mothers and their babies.”

As the state affiliate of National Right to Life, Ohio Right to Life cannot issue an endorsement for President until National Right to Life has issued an endorsement. Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis is a member of the Board of Trustees for National Right to Life and will participate in that process.

Notable endorsed candidates include:

U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Judge Pat Fischer – Ohio Supreme Court (Recommended)
State Representative Tim Derickson – U.S. House District 8
State Senator Peggy Lehner with honor roll – State Senate District 6
State Senator Larry Obhof with honor roll – State Senate District 22
State Representative Mike Dovilla – State Senate District 24
Former Speaker Larry Householder – State House District 72

To view endorsements made by the Ohio Right to Life Political Action Committee, click here.

To view National Right to Life’s presidential candidate comparison, click here.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death. 

Sad, But True: Doc. Sues Woman Because He Had Sex With Her…And She Got Pregnant

Jonathon van Maren

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Sad, but true: Doc. sues woman because he had sex with her…and she got pregnant

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Jan. 18, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Every once in a while, I read something that strikes me as microcosmic of how ridiculous much of our society has become. While we’ve made incredible advances in so many fields, we seem to have forgotten the basic, instinctive knowledge that humanity once possessed as our birthright.

Knowledge, for example, like the fact that sex makes babies.

Lest you should think I’m exaggerating, I could give you a half dozen examples off the top of my head of guys I’ve met that seem to have completely forgotten this fact. They’ve been so convinced by their porn and their entertainment that sex is a recreational activity that when their reproductive organs work and they end up procreating, they seem downright bewildered.

One fellow at the University of Calgary—he was in third year philosophy, I think—approached me at a pro-life display and demanded to know what he was to do if he got a girl pregnant “by accident.”

By accident? Did you trip and fall or something? If you engage in sexual intercourse, which often leads to reproduction, you cannot claim to be confused or surprised when it works like it’s supposed to.

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Another university student informed me that he had gotten his girlfriend pregnant by accident. “I don’t know how that happened!” he whined. Really? Are you sure you don’t know how that happened? Because I wasn’t even there and I can tell you how it happened.

This brings me to a truly cringe-inducing story published this weekend in the Toronto Star, titled Doctor sues mother of his child for emotional damages. Given the headline, you might assume that the mother of his child had somehow been negligent or abusive to said child. But nope.

From the Star:

When a man and a woman of a certain age have unprotected sex, there is always the possibility a baby will be made.

Such are the facts of life with which, one would assume, a doctor is familiar.

And yet a 42-year-old Toronto physician recently tried to sue a woman with whom he’d had a casual sexual relationship for more than $4 million in damages, claiming “non-pathological emotional harm of an unplanned parenthood.”

Did you get that? This fellow—over forty, and a medical professional—is claiming that some woman he was sleeping with has caused him emotional harm because the act of him sleeping with her caused her to get pregnant.

The petulant and promiscuous papa was angry because the woman he was casually having sex with said she was on the pill, and, whether she was or she wasn’t, she ended up getting pregnant. He, like a good modern-day gentleman, assumed the woman he was extracting fleeting pleasure from had turned her reproductive system into a chemical playground to ensure that they could continue to have casual coitus free of any consequences.

But as the Star reported:

But then DD got pregnant, and PP wasn’t pleased, so he sued her.

Superior Court Justice Paul Perell threw out PP’s statement of claim last week, without permitting him the opportunity to amend it, finding there was no legal basis for his lawsuit.

“The case is certainly precedent-setting because no one has ever tried to do this before,” said DD’s lawyer, Morris Cooper, who characterized PP’s argument as “really a claim for wrongful pregnancy and birth.”

DD, a 37-year-old medical practitioner who is now the mother of a healthy 10-month-old child, is pleased with the decision, her lawyer said.

I suppose that’s a silver lining, if such a thing is to be found in such a pathetic tale. But considering judges have a bad habit these days of awarding damages in “wrongful birth” lawsuits and all sorts of other grotesque miscarriages of justice, relief is rational. The judge even sealed the case and hid the identities of those in the case, for fear that one day the baby in question might grow up, find the court records, and realize that he was the occasion for the lawsuit. And that further, if his father had finished sulking about his fertility and decided to show up once in a while at that point, the son would be exposed to the fact that this guy was, in fact, a colossal jackass.

After all, this “father” (“sperm donor” seems more accurate) had the guts to sue for this reason:

“To use the language of the statement of claim, PP was emotionally harmed because he was deprived of the choice of falling in love, marrying, enjoying married life and, when he and his wife thought ‘the time was right,’ having a baby,” the judge wrote in his 18-page ruling.”

Yeah, you read that right. Read it and weep. The gaping canyon between reality and this guy’s sense of entitlement is unfathomable. Biological reality, set in motion by his actions, had trumped the Walt Disney happy ending he was apparently yearning for. Of course, if he’d wanted that to be the case, perhaps he should have been looking for a long-term, serious relationship rather than tramping off to bed with, as he put it later, “some random girl.”

He asked her to get an abortion, of course. She said no. So he sued:

“DD committed an independently actionable wrong through misconduct that represents a marked departure from ordinary standards of decent behaviour. Her conduct was sufficiently malicious, high-handed and highly reprehensible such that it offends the court’s sense of decency.”

He therefore said he should be entitled to punitive damages “to achieve the objectives of punishment, deterrence and denunciation.”

Yes, indeed. How dare this woman’s reproductive system function in such a way that engaging in intercourse resulted in pregnancy—and how dare she not hire some feticide technician to suction that human being into shreds before he was old enough to bother his father with demands for attention and acknowledgement.

Ladies and gentleman, a lovely example of the post-modern man.


7 Reasons You Should Attend (At Least One) March for Life

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7 reasons you should attend (at least one) March for Life

Natalie Brumfield
One of many local chapters nationwide, Bound4LIFE Birmingham makes a difference year-round Photo Courtesy of Author

January 13, 2016 (Bound4Life) — Every January, I usually see the same faces coming to the local and national Marches for Life happening across our country. I long to see more people I don’t know participate, even people to whom I live next door. There may be a myriad of reasons why not everyone comes.

You may think you don’t want to attend because that isn’t your thing—you are involved in other ministries and the pro-life stand is great, but not your battle. Or you may not come because you don’t think anything is wrong with abortion. You may not come because you aren’t a Christian and you leave that up to the Christians.

But what if? What if you came just to see what it was like to attend? What if you came just to see what the people were like? Here are 7 reasons I think everyone should experience the March for Life, whether in Washington, DC or other locations nationwide.

1. Come and see for yourself


I don’t know about you, but I tire from just hearing about things. There are rumors and so much confusion that media and culture puts on the pro-life movement. The best way to know about something is to experience it.

You should come once and for all, seeing for yourself what it’s like to be at a pro-life gathering. Come and meet the people and ask them why they are there. Their stories and their hearts just might warm yours.

2. Open your eyes

Most people agree about animal rights or laws that ensure basic land conservation and protection. But somehow, not everyone agrees about the rights of the baby in the womb.

If you haven’t heard in person why a pro-life advocate believes the right to be born is the most sacred right of all (and I mean really listened with eyes wide open), then you should. Open your eyes to seeing this perspective for the very first time. Speakers at pro-life gatherings and marches explain in their own personal stories why every human life—before or after birth—is irreplaceable.

3. Act on compassion

Your attending can be an act of compassion. You may not think of it that way, but it is. Attending a pro-life gathering is seen as an act of compassion for those that are defenseless against their choice to live.

You are gathering on their behalf and Heaven sees you there. You are having compassion for life and taking an action step of being there to participate and listen about the next steps to help the unborn.

4. Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves


You have a life and you have a voice. But there are those who cannot be heard yet. We carry authority to speak up for the ones who can’t speak.

A lot of people are afraid to take a side on any cause—not wanting to offend or seem radical. Is it so radical to stand up for a defenseless baby? Is it so radical to adopt? Is it so radical to be a foster parent? Is it so radical to pray for Life?

The world will say “That’s a personal matter; it’s up to the mom or dad.” And it is personal; it’s personal to that tiny human who has no voice or say-so for their own life. Our job is to make sure the world knows their lives do matter—that we defend their cause, the cause of the defenseless.

5. Learn something new

I’ve been praying for Life since I was 7 years old. I’ve been to countless gatherings, marches and conferences in my life. But after each one, I come away learning something new, something fresh that inspires me.

Who doesn’t want to be inspired? I always want to push myself to see things better, to listen more and take in the stories. I hear stories of abortion survivors and I’m in awe that they lived. I’m in awe of the passion and voice they bring to the world. I hear personal accounts of moms and dads who aborted their babies and I grieve with them as they cry retelling their journey.

I hear stories about families who changed their minds and now they can’t imagine their life without their child. Every story is different in its own situation—but I learn. I learn from their stories and I walk away different every single time.

6. Learn to pray

In my experience, I’ve learned how to really let go of distractions, let go of the world around me and talk to Jesus with the most humility when I am praying for life. When life and death are on the line, and God says you have a say so in it—you learn to get on your knees and pray with everything in your body.

Natalie and her husband carry their foster child during the pro-life march in Birmingham, AL Photo Courtesy of Author

At a March for Life when you are hearing the speakers and their firsthand accounts, your response flows most genuinely out of prayer. I seriously credit the growth of my prayer life to the times I was praying for innocent life before God. The greatest part of the March for Life is when we silently march and pray around the city. There is a presence of peace and of hope that comes as you pray.

7. Be a difference maker

Every morning, my mom and dad would drop us off at school and say this phrase to my sisters and me: “Be a difference maker.” And now, I say it to our foster son each time I drop him off. I want to empower everyone I know that they, too, are a difference maker.

You can make a difference for good every single day if you want to—it’s the doing that makes it true. So I ask you, what more of a difference can you make than saving a life? Today, 125,000 babies worldwide will die in an abortion. That means that in a single year, the world count of babies dying from abortion is 40-50 million abortions. Come to a pro-life march and learn how you can be a part of making that number smaller.

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There are so many first steps you can take for the ending of these innocent deaths. Let gathering with people who’ve experienced it and their stories—beautiful and heartbreaking—be your first experience toward making a difference for life.

John Maxwell says, “Success is all about me, but significance is about other people. Valuing people, believing in people, and unconditionally loving them is the key to significance.”

Want to lead a life of significance? Be a difference maker in other people’s lives. I ask you to think of the people most at risk: the baby in the womb. Be a difference maker for them, their children and their children’s children.

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Join Natalie and thousands of pro-life advocates at March for Life on January 22, along with OneVoiceDC—an evening prayer and worship gathering to launch the weekend.

Since 2008, Natalie Brumfield has served as Birmingham chapter leader for Bound4LIFE – a grassroots movement to pray for the ending of abortion and for revival worldwide. She works as children’s director at her local church and volunteers at a local pregnancy care center. Natalie and her husband Matthew live in Birmingham, Alabama and love being foster parents. Reprinted with permission from Bound4Life


Stand Up For Life Memorial Services

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Jeremiah 1:5

*This service is not on the “10” List but is beautiful and inspiring:


Our Lady of Consolation Minor Basilica, Carey, OH on Thursday, January 21 @ 1 pm

Note: Due to elevator construction in the Basilica the Memorial Service  will be held in the Original Shrine Church across the street!


Friends for Life:

There are TEN opportunities in January in the Toledo Diocese to locally stand up for life!

If you are aware of any others do let me know! Thanks so much!!!

God bless,




Time: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Date: January 17

Details: Group will gather at Norwalk St. Paul and will walk to the town center by police escort.

Contact: Jon Hug, 419-668-0001

Speaker: Michelle McCauley, Pregnancy Center of Toledo



Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Date: January 17

Details: Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will lead the March from St. Joseph Church to St. Joseph Cemetery where prayers will be held at the Memorial for the Unborn.

Contact: Bob Boyer, 419-893-4028


Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Date: January 17th

Details: Join Putnam Country Right to Life in front of the Court House in Ottawa.  Fr. Rick will lead us in prayer and give a short talk.  In case of bad weather everything will be in the American Legion.

Speaker: Clarissa Lapinski, from Project Rachel will also speak.


Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

Date: January 17

Details: Gather at St. Joseph Church, Tiffin. Walking to St. Joseph Cemetery to pray at Memorial for the Unborn.

Contact: Diane Moyer, 419-447-2718


Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

Date: January 17

Details: Meeting at First English Lutheran Church; March to Town Center.

Speaker: Peter Range, Respect Life Program Coordinator, Catholic Charities

Contact: Dan Marcum: 717-469-5673


Fostoria-Bascom Area: Candle Light Memorial Walk

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Date: January 17

Details: The group will begin march at Bascom SS. Patrick & Andrew and march to Bascom United Methodist Church.

Speaker: Jonathan Jakubowski of Champions in Action

Contact: Denise Daniel, 419-937-7665


Thursday January 21st


Time: 7 pm

Date: January 21

Details: Stations of the Cross for victims of abortion at the downtown campus of St. Michael the Archangel.

Contact: Parish Office, 419-422-2646


Friday January 22nd

Van Wert

Time: 11 am – 12 noon

Date: January 22nd

Details: Meeting at Fountain Park – Walking 30 minutes to K of C Hall for prayer service, followed by refreshments and they will have on television the national march for life.

Contact: Dave Mathew, 419-203-8588



Time: 12 noon – 2 pm

Date: January 22

Details: Will gather in front of the Defiance County Courthouse, with Rick Small of Clear Channel Communications as host. Father Dan Bogelt will lead in prayer. Then a procession to the Memorial for the unborn at St. Johns in Defiance followed by speakers, refreshments and entertainment in St. John’s basement.

Speaker: Ranae Heeres, Children Ministry Pastor of House of Prayer, Montpelier.

Contact: Deb Snyder,


Port Clinton

Time: 12 pm

Date: January 22

Details: Prayer Rally at Waterworks Park at East Perry and Jefferson St. followed by March to Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 E. Perry Street.

Speaker: From Project Rachel Post-Abortive Healing Ministry

Contact: Pat Sumen, ICSJ Respect Life Chairman 419-341-7515 |



Peter Range

Respect Life Program Coordinator

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo

1933 Spielbusch Ave.

Toledo, OH 43604

419-244-6711, ext. 220

440-821-1533 (cell)


Fr. Pavone: Church Can’t be Afraid to Denounce a Political Party that Supports Killing Unborn Babies


Fr. Pavone: Church can’t be afraid to denounce a political party that supports killing unborn babies

Katie Yoder

January 8, 2016 (NewsBusters) — Churches must not be afraid to speak out against abortion in the 2016 election, according to one prominent pro-life group.

On Wednesday, Priests for Life hosted a press conference on abortion in light of the upcoming 2016 elections at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event centered on the question “How political can the Catholic Church be?” under its tax-exempt status and highlighted that “restrictions on political activity by churches are misunderstood” — even by the media.

Priests for Life National Director Fr. Frank Pavone opened the press conference by stressing Church obligation during the election season.

“This is not about the Church becoming a political machine,” he said. “This is about the Church becoming more the Church.”

But instead, many churches have been undergoing a “massive self-censorship” to avoid losing their tax exemptions.

During elections, Catholic institutions and Christian entities send out instructions and memos, he said, “somehow telling us that we cannot really participate in the election process by doing, for example, clear teaching and preaching that the people of God have to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public.”

According to Fr. Pavone, churches too frequently veer away from teaching Catholic doctrine due to the Johnson amendment, which forbids tax-exempt organizations from intervening “directly or indirectly” in political campaigns.

He deemed the amendment a “law on the books which is being vastly misunderstood, misrepresented.”

“Whether it’s by the fact that we simply do not understand this particular law or whether it’s by the fact that we are using the taxman as an excuse for our own fears and hesitations,” he said, “we have not gotten in our institutional churches a proper understanding of what we really are allowed to do and what we aren’t allowed to do.”


But the vague rules directly influence diocese memos, said Fr. Pavone, like one, which read, “Do not even appear to endorse or oppose particular candidates for public office or political parties.”

Fr. Pavone deemed that mandate impossible.

“I ask you, brothers and sisters, how can anyone carry out that particular piece of advice?” he pressed. “How can you not even appear to favor or oppose a candidate who is in favor of child-killing throughout pregnancy when you represent a church that says no abortion is never morally permitted and that the law has to protect children from the beginning of their lives?”

Fr. Pavone stressed that the Church really is non-partisan in messaging.

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“Whatever my message today seems to favor or oppose when it comes to political parties or candidates, what if tomorrow those parties and candidates swapped their positions on abortion?” he challenged.

“Nothing changes,” he confirmed.

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Following the event, MRC Culture asked Fr. Pavone if he saw a pro-life president in the near future.

“I am very confident that a lot of pro-life candidates are going to be elected in 2016,” he said, “and the reason for that confidence is that the American people are learning much more about what abortion is.”

He also expressed confidence that the Priests for Life’s new initiative to encourage churches to speak out was “very much in line with the spirit of Pope Francis.”

“The pope has made statements about the fact that we shouldn’t be afraid to ‘mess things up,’” Fr. Pavone said. “In other words, don’t feel constrained by the limitations that are imposed just by an institution.”

While the pope takes a staunch pro-life stance in line with Church doctrine, he called the Church “obsessed” with certain doctrines, such as abortion, in 2013.

“This is what the pope means when he expresses concern,” Fr. Pavone told MRC Culture. “The Church is not defined by one or another particular issue.”

The Church, he continued, is defined by Jesus. And it’s in Jesus that “we find the reason why we’re pro-life and the reason why we take the stance on every other issue that we stand on.”

Fr. Pavone also addressed the media’s part in church restrictions.

“The media’s role in all of this, I believe, plays into the confusion as well, because I don’t believe that our friends in the media,” he said, “necessarily understand these limitations any better than the pastors do.”

Fr. Pavone encouraged his audience to visit and and read his new book Abolishing Abortion for more information.

Attorney James Bopp, Jr., a law expert on church freedom in elections, Alliance Defending Freedom’s legal counsel Christiana Holcomb and Priests for Life executive director Janet Morana also spoke at the event.

Reprinted with permission from Newsbusters.