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“Reclaiming Hearts for Christ: Exposing the Lie of Pornography”

Friends for Life:


First, today is the last day to register for the 2017 Diocesan Pastoral Conference “Reclaiming Hearts for Christ: Exposing the Lie of Pornography” at Camden Falls Reception Center in Tiffin on September 7th. Register right now at:! You will not be disappointed with internationally acclaimed speaker Matt Fradd, Bishop Daniel Thomas, and three great witness presentations! Hope to see you there, but be sure to register!!!


Secondly, Toledo City Council’s meeting last night on “Impeding Access to Health Care” was pretty crazy. I was there for a total of 5 hours as after the official testimony of each side nearly 70 people rose to speak from the public. Praise God the majority of those individuals were pro-life! The most striking thing of the evening for me was that the manager of facility at Capital Care called the majority of people who come to “protest” at the clinic, “terrorists”. Striking because for the rest of the evening as grandmas and women as young as 12 came forward to share their pro-life counseling work, they hardly came off as terrorists. I’ve provided some more reflection in the document attached, “Reflections on Toledo City Council Meeting” if you are interested. No vote date was set on the ordinance but please continue to email city council members and express the truth in LOVE, MERCY AND COMPASSION! (


Thirdly, if you haven’t yet, please join our cause to be a part of the 40 Days for Life here in Toledo. It’s through this loving witness that we can show Toledo City Council and all of Northwest Ohio that the pro-life community is a LOVING community committed to prayer and steadfastly witnessing to the dignity of human life including the unborn child. Visit today to sign up to take an hour of prayer at the abortion facility!


Finally, the Culture Project will be returning to the Diocese of Toledo October 14 for the Bishop’s “Mass for Life” and will be staying through May. Their calendar is filling up fast so go to today to invite the missionaries to your school, church or home-schooling group!


God bless everyone, keep up the good fight!






Peter Range

Director of Office for Life and Justice

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo

1933 Spielbusch Ave.

Toledo, OH 43604

419-244-6711, ext. 4933

440-821-1533 (cell)



Is My Name Remembered?

August 30, 2017
Dear Friend:

     I hate to admit that as I get older, it gets harder to remember the names of people that I don’t see very often.  I often have to rely on subtle clues in the conversation when I run into someone that knows me, and when I should know their name but can’t remember it.  This really bothers me a lot!   However, what’s worse than that is the more than 59 million unborn children who were aborted and killed since 1973 when the Supreme Court tragically legalized abortion and ignored our constitution.
Those 59 million unborn children never had a name to forget.
     On September 9, in hundreds of locations across the United States, let’s help to honor those lives by giving them a name:  Child of God.   Please, help us to give them the love and dignity that abortion denied them by joining with us next week at the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Holy Cross Cemetery
100 E. Waterloo Rd.   Akron, OH   44319
This short but beautiful interfaith memorial service needs your participation! Memorial service participants to date include Pastor Al Davis (Bible Baptist Church, Richfield, OH ), Chris Long (President, Ohio Christian Alliance), Mary Taylor (Ohio Lieutenant Governor), Frank Larose (Ohio Senator District 27), Helena Carlson (President of University of Akron Students for Life), keynote speaker media personality Robin Swoboda, the music of Jeff & Kira Andrea, and the honor and color guards from the Knights of Columbus.
  PLEASE, IF YOU CAN JOIN US, CLICK HERE, scroll to the bottom of the new page and click on “YES, I will attend” to let us know so that we can print enough programs. Don’t miss this beautiful and inspiring service!

Our work goes on….


For Life,
Denise Leipold
Executive Director
      Our colleagues at Greater Columbus Right to Life have undertaken an exhaustive review of the preliminary data available since a label change modified Ohio’s prescribing parameters for the abortion pill, and has found that the incidence of serious complications related to RU-486 (mifeprex) has skyrocketed since April of 2016, supporting the claim that the FDA’s decision prioritized the powerful abortion lobby over women’s health and safety.
     David Burkons, who runs the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center abortion facility in Cuyahoga Falls and the Toledo Women’s Center (Capital Care Network) in Toledo, and who has recently had his license suspended for drug violations, has a record in one year of having the most botched abortions in Ohio using the dangerous abortion pill.  Burkons is also the medical director at Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland, where 22 year old Lakisha Wilson died after having an allegedly illegal late term abortion.
    PLEASE read the full report of Greater Columbus Right to Life’s investigation by CLICKING HERE, and help them take action to stop this madness!!!!

Upcoming Events
Monday, September 18, 2017 
*** PLEASE NOTE:   Due to some technical problems, our annual Golf for Life tournament held on September 18, 2017 has been moved from Silver Lake County Club to Firestone Country Club.
Shortly after announcing the change, the remaining places in the tournament SOLD OUT.  However, we have had a cancellation of two golfers todayIf you have a twosome that would like to participate in our annual Golf for Life Tournament on the west course at Firestone Country Club, please call our office immediately at 330-762-2785.  Cost is $125 per golfer and includes the round of golf with cart, use of the driving range and putting greens, continental boxed breakfast, beer and soft drinks on the course, awards luncheon, and LOTS of fun!  For more details, visit our website by clicking here.


There are MANY other pro-life events happening around northeast Ohio over the next few months.  To view these events, CLICK HERE.


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World Headed For Collapse Without More Children

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Billionaire Musk’s surprising tweet: World headed toward collapse without more children

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LOS ANGELES, California, July 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – When billionaire Elon Musk tweeted about population growth earlier this month, some of his more than 10 million Twitter followers assumed he was lamenting “overpopulation.”

The Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder has funded research in Mars colonization and artificial intelligence, and he is regarded as an enlightened and enterprising entrepreneur.

So given that and the fact his tweet contained the words “population” and “collapse,” it was not a stretch to suppose he’d be tweeting about the planet having too many people.

However, Musk’s message was that some of the world’s countries are not replacing themselves in population and they are in danger of demographic collapse.

In saying so, he inadvertently communicated to his sizable audience what the pro-life movement has said for years: The problem is NOT that we’re having too many kids.

“The world’s population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care,” Musk’s tweet said.

He was commenting on a November 2016 New Scientist article titled “The world in 2076: The population bomb has imploded.” The article projected a measured decline of global population over the next 60 years, because half of the countries in the world have fertility rates below the replacement rate.

Replacement fertility is around 2.1 children per woman. Most developed countries are not achieving this. Population Research Institute confirms that half the world’s population has below-replacement fertility.

Musk’s tweet in its intended context was then covered by a number of media outlets, albeit with the awkward task of how to package the narrative atypical of current accepted anti-population ideology.

But Musk has made similar comments before.

“We should be concerned about demographic implosion,” he told CNNMoney in a March interview.

“So if you look at countries like Japan, most of Europe, China,” Musk said, “and you look at the birth rates, in a lot of those places it is only at about half of the sustaining rate.”

Musk went on to describe an inverted demographic pyramid for CNN’s correspondent, where more people in older age groups are on top and how this is not sustainable.

“So it will sort of fall over,” he said, “it will not stand.”

“What we’ll actually have in those countries is a very high dependency ratio, where the number of people who are retired is very high relative to the number of who are net producers,” he said. “And so the social safety net will not hold.”

Musk’s analysis focused on the productivity of people in their respective demographics — not a measure of the value of life — but it does factor concretely into civic planning. Societies need future generations to logistically sustain themselves. Musk mentioned as well how immigration is not a feasible method of population replacement.

Musk may be an unlikely dispatcher of a pro-life message.

Indeed, in the CNN interview, he spoke of how we “sort of evolved to just procreate and there wasn’t birth control or anything,” as though this worldview is something from the past.

And he spoke of China’s one-child policy only in terms of its role in rendering the nation to its current state of non-replacement, with no mention of the horrible forced abortion element.

But his grasp of the economics and sizable platform enabled him to deliver the message that having too many kids is not the issue, and population control is not working.

“The full gravity of this is not well understood,” Musk said, “but will become a severe issue in the next few decades.”

His words ring true. Studies from demographers in recent years have repeatedly shown what pro-life advocates have warned about for years: An impending demographic winter in the west and other countries, arrived at through low fertility rates and abortion, is a very real threat.


A Two Second Video Can Be Worth Thousands of…

NRL News Today

August 4, 2017   Abortion

A two-second video can be worth thousands of hits and retweets

 By Dave Andrusko

Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, a two-second video can be worth thousands of hits and tweets and re-tweets..

I don’t know who first saw this and spread the word, but if you go to Hand Speak you will see an illustration of how you sign “abortion” in American Sign Language.

If you look up ASL, it’s defined as “the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.” So it’s a big deal.

In just two seconds the signer goes from a rocking motion, like a lullaby, to using her right hand to take out would be what would be the baby, and discard him/her in one quick motion by opening her fist.

If you look at other options–at, for example—you see much the same sign. In the latter case the rocking gesture is lengthier and taking out what would be the baby is more obvious.

You can go in a lot of different directions with this. But what struck me was if you look to the left, literally the first word on the ASL dictionary is “abandon.”

The signs for abandon and abortion are different, of course, but the message of the two gestures is very similar: get out of here. I’m perhaps reading more into this than it deserves, but in both instances, the woman’s face seemed pinched and unhappy to me.

Take a moment out and go to Hand Speak.


Restrict 1st Amendment Rights Being Proposed By Toledo

Ultrasound picture of baby in photo frame and children shoes on table
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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Gospel of Life

Priests for Life Media and Travels

July 24 – July 31

July 24, 2017


My team and I often write op-eds for various media outlets that are posted online. A full list can be seen at our Priests for Life online library. I invite you to read and comment on them. By doing so you can help to spread the pro-life message and counter any anti-life comments that others have submitted. Here are the most recent.

Questions Still Linger Five Years After Tonya Reaves Was Killed By Abortion (by Janet Morana, The Daily Caller, July 20, 2017)

Celebrities Break Silence on the Abortions That Marked Their Lives (by Kevin Burke, The Sream, July 11, 2017)

Please see our weekly media and travel schedule below and spread the word.


Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

Special Appearances

Hear us on EWTN radio on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. Fr. Frank will be on with Teresa on Thursday, July 27 at 8:35 am. Call-in to the live show with questions at 877-573-7825. For more information and to listen to the live show on the internet, go to

Janet Morana will discuss the heartbreaking news from England about baby Charlie Gard on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, July 25. Listen online at

On Monday, July 24 at 8pm ET, Fr. Frank Pavone will be on live with Terry Barber and Jesse Romero on the “Terry and Jesse Show” on Immaculate Heart Radio. Listen at

The Gospel of Life on Radio Maria: Abortion Businesses Closing

*Brand New Episodes Each Week*

Airing: Tuesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on Thursday, July 27 at 2 a.m. ET and Monday, July 31 at midnight ET (11 p.m. CT Sunday).  Go to to listen online.

Topic: Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue will join Janet Morana to talk about the number of abortion facilities that are closing their doors.

Ask questions on the live show at 866-333-6279 (MARY) or email us ahead of time at

Shows are archived at

Defending Life on EWTN: Early Days in Pro-Life

Airing: Wednesday, July 26 at 3 a.m. and  Thursday, July 27 at 11:00 p.m.  ET. You can also stream EWTN online by going to and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: Priests for Life’s Senior Vice President Jerry Horn will talk about how he got involved in the pro-life movement in 1983 and what was happening in those early days.

For more information and details, go to

The Catholic View for Women on EWTN: Subverted

Airing: Wednesday, July 26 at 11 p.m. and Friday, July 28 at 10:30 am. You can also stream EWTN online by going to and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: Author Sue Ellen Browder details how the women’s movement of the 1970s was hijacked by pro-contraception/pro-abortion activists and how women’s magazines aided that effort.

Go to for more information.

Facebook Live

Please connect with us on Facebook and tune in to regular Facebook Live videos with Fr. Frank Pavone and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato. Please watch and share them either as they are being recorded live, or afterwards at your convenience.

Recent videos:

Fr. Frank: New Building

Fr. Frank: Magdalena

Fr. Stephen: Protest at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Fr. Stephen: More from Pier 39 in San Francisco

Fr Stephen Imbarrato will be the Spiritual Director for the 20th Annual Survivors Pro Life Training Camp between July 18 – 28, 2017. Bryan Kemper will be speaking and will be there between July 24-28.
WHERE: San Francisco Bay Area, California
WHO: High school and college-age youth (ages 14 -29 yrs. Old)
HOW MUCH: Camp fee is $450, but there are many ways to come to camp at little or no cost to you. Check out our various discounts and fundraising ideas at
Camp fee includes food, lodging, training materials, and transportation once you have arrived at camp.
Fr. Frank Pavone will be presenting for the Alliance of Defending Freedom Blackstone Fellowship on Monday – July 31, 2017 in Virginia.
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2 Northeast Ohio Abortion Facilities Close

July 12, 2017
Dear Friend:

    We are thrilled to announce that two abortion facilities in northeast Ohio have CLOSED!  We are still awaiting final details, but what we know is that both the Akron Women’s Medical Group at 692 E. Market St. in Akron, and it’s parent company the Cleveland Women’s Medical Group at 3461 Warrensville Center Rd. in Cleveland have CLOSED!
     The Akron facility has a long and lurid history.
  • It has failed regular Ohio Department of Health inspections several times, but was allowed to continue operating;
  • Raymond Robinson, one of it’s abortionists, had a case pending against him in Indiana for professional incompetence and failing to report child sex abuse;
  • Mohammed Rezzae, another of its abortionists, has a documented history of botched medical abortions, and he is also affiliated with Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, where 22 year old Lakisha Wilson died after an abortion in 2014.
  • During multiple investigations, ODH reports illegible medical records in cases that resulted in emergency hospitalizations;
  • In 2015, a client suffered a perforated uterus.  Emergency treatment was delayed because the clinic called a private ambulance for transport.  When the company arrived, they quickly realized that this was a life threatening emergency and had to personally call 911.
  • In 2013, the clinic was sued when a women delivered a full term baby after having undergone an abortion.
  • Ohio Department of Health lists their license as active, but it expired in April, 2013.
     The Cleveland Women’s Medical Group formerly operated as Cleveland Surgicenter.   Their lease was not renewed and in 2014, they were forced to move to their new location.  They never applied for an ambulatory surgical facility license when they opened, and in the beginning, referred their surgical cases to the Akron location.  However, shortly after opening, they began advertising surgical abortions despite not having a license.  Multiple complaints have been filed regarding this.  I even testified about this before an Ohio house committee, yet nothing had been done.  However, I filed an updated complaint a few months ago and was notified last month that ODH was investigating.  We don’t know at this point if the closures were connected to this.
     In other news, Ohio abortionist David Burkons finally received his hearing before the Ohio Medical Board after having been cited (and admitting to!) more than two years ago for basically running a pill mill.  In my estimation, he received a slap on the wrist.  He was given 180 days suspension from practicing, and then 3 years of probationary monitoring.
  • Burkons is the owner of the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center which was formerly known as Cuyahoga Falls Capital Care Network.  It was closed down by theODH and the USDEA in 2013 for multiple health, safety and drug violations.  Burkons was an employee there at that time, and then re-opened the facility as the owner in 2014 under a new name without having to address the violations.  He subsequently failed his first inspection.
  • Burkons also worked at Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights, Ohio at the time the facility was fined $25,000 for running a filthy, unsanitary abortion clinic that puts the lives and health of women at risk.
  • Burkons is the medical director at Preterm in Cleveland where 22 year old Lakisha Wilson died in 2014 after an alleged illegal late term abortion, and where none of the defects that contributed to her death have been addressed.
  • Burkons runs the embattled Toledo Women’s Center (Capital Care Network) which has been ordered to close and is fighting it in court.  This facility has a long history of failed health inspections and more.
  • Burkons holds a record of the most botched medical abortions in the state in 2012.

      You can view official documents from licensing organizations and more at   These documents are compiled both under the name of the individual facility or the name of the abortionist.

     We are thrilled that these abortion locations have closed, and that David Burkons has at least been thrown a roadblock toward practicing medicine (even though we know that abortion is not healthcare).  However, the facilities at which he owns or practices have NOT closed.  He has other abortionists ready to stand in and continue where he left off and where he continues to profit.

     These locations may have closed, but that doesn’t mean we can rest!  I’m sure that our battle is far from over!  Our main job is not to close abortion clinics….it is to change hearts and minds so that everyone will realize the sanctity of life, and that an unborn child is just as much a human being from the moment of conception as the rest of us are.
    Two down, but a lifetime of hearts and minds to change as our work goes on! 


For Life,
Denise Leipold
Executive Director

Upcoming Events

July 25-30, 2017
Summit County Fairgrounds, Tallmadge

Right to Life of Northeast Ohio will once again have our information booth at the Summit County Fair.  We still need a few volunteers to work in the booth for 3 hour shifts during the fair.  You will receive a free ticket to attend the fair the rest of the day.   Please, won’t you help us promote life by volunteering for a shift in our booth at the Summit County Fair?  Please call our office at 330-762-2785.


Join the Pregnancy Solutions Life Challenge!
Saturday July 29, 2017
Christ Community Chapel, Hudson, Ohio
The LIFE CHALLENGE combines exercise, education and fundraising into one giant heap of fun. You will be able to complete the challenge as an individual or as a team doing something positive that will not only affect you but impact many lives including the unborn.

Whether you like to bike, walk or run, this event is for anyone who wants to make a difference for the unborn and help benefit Pregnancy Solutions & Services.

For more information and to register, click here.



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Life Education Fund is a 501c3 affiliate with Right to Life of Northeast Ohio.  Contributions to Life Education Fund are tax deductible under IRS rules and regulations.