Restrict 1st Amendment Rights Being Proposed By Toledo

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City of Toledo Plans to
Restrict 1st Amendment Rights
August 8th 2017


Abortion advocates on Toledo’s City Council have proposed an ordinance intended to explicitly deny rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly that are guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The ordinance hides behind cowardly language by refusing to use the word “abortion” despite the obvious reality that its only purpose is to promote abortion.  Here’s a selection from the text:

“Reproductive Health Care Facility” means a health care facility at which licensed, certified, or otherwise legally authorized persons provide health care services, health care counseling relating to the human reproductive system or family planning services.
It goes on to prohibit actions that would easily be considered assault or battery by the legal system–practices that are already illegal–effectively slandering pro life Americans.
The irony of educated elites using an ordinance riddled with code words to try to dictate what everyone else can say and where they can say it shouldn’t be lost on anyone.  Since abortion advocates won’t even use the word “abortion facility” when they are clearly referring to one, what else are they doing to keep Americans ignorant?
“What is being done to stop the ordinance?”
Cleveland Right to Life, Cincinnati Right to Life, Dayton Right to Life and Columbus Right to Life have joined with Toledo Right to Life to oppose this ordinance before council members vote on it later this month.  Joining these major metropolitan groups are Citizens for Community Values and several county and local pro-life and profamily groups such as Lake County Right to Life and Northeast Ohio Value Voters.
“How can I get involved?”
Show the best face of the pro life movement when you speak in public.  Articulate how human life develops and highlight the services that pro life groups offer using the links above.  Don’t let abortion advocates spread falsehoods that begin by caricaturing you as just a “protester.”
  1. Donate to the groups listed above.  They’re fighting for your First Amendment rights and for the wellbeing of families and children.
  2. Sign the petition here.  Send it to your friends, family members, and acquaintances in the pro life community–but more importantly send it to those you know who are somewhere “in between” when it comes to abortion yet believe in reasoned debate and understand that free speech and free assembly are the bedrock of a free society.
  3. Pray for an end to abortion and healing for families.



Don’t let the educated elites who push abortion on lower income Americans hide behind weasel words while they deny science, destroy families, and trample our most cherished rights!  They know exactly what they’re doing: working overtime to keep people ignorant of fetal development and the fact that pro life Americans are doing  so much more than “protesting” the destruction of innocent life–we are offering humane alternatives!

Cleveland Right to Life Mission


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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Cleveland Right to Life, Inc., Cuyahoga County Right to Life (dba), 4427 State Road, Cleveland, OH 44109

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