Category Archives: abortion

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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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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License Suspended Ohio Abortionist

Ohio Right to Life

Ohio abortionist’s license suspended
David Burkons unable to perform abortions for next six months

     CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Wednesday, July 12, 2017     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the State Medical Board of Ohio voted to suspend the license of Northeast Ohio abortionist David Burkons for improperly prescribing medications to patients between 2011 and 2014. The board suspended his license for six months after an investigation revealed Burkons to have been signing blank prescriptions, leaving them with his staff, and failing to record the prescriptions in patient documents. The blank prescriptions would end up being used to prescribe controlled substances such as Vicodin, Valium and Xanax.“After years of playing fast and loose with the health and safety of Ohio’s women and children, David Burkons is finally facing some sense of justice,” said Devin Scribner, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “For at least three years, this abortionist was a part of the prescription drug crisis that has ravaged this state. It is disturbing, although not surprising, that his disregard for human life would extend even to the women he professes to serve.”

The suspension of his license could have a statewide impact. Burkons owns and operates the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls, an abortion facility he took over in 2014 when the previous abortion business there was closed by the Ohio Department of Health for a slate of health and safety violations. In Cleveland, he serves as the medical director at Preterm, Ohio’s largest abortion facility. Two other facilities, Founder’s Women’s Health Center in Columbus and Capital Care Network of Toledo, have also relied on him for performing abortions.

“The suspension of this license is sure to rock Ohio’s abortion industry for at least the next 6 months,” said Scribner. “With four of the state’s abortion facilities relying on Burkons’s horrific abortion practice, this decision will undoubtedly protect countless lives in Northeast Ohio and beyond. From botching abortions to quietly reopening a shuttered abortion mill under a new name, this abortionist has slid under the regulatory radar of the state for years without discipline. Although unrelated to his fatal abortion practice, it is refreshing to see Burkons facing consequences for gambling with the health and safety of his patients.”

Click here to read the original citation issued by the State Medical Board in 2015.

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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.

Every Life Update

“This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden…” – Ezekiel 36:35

Friends for Life:


God is doing an amazing work in Northwest Ohio. Calling forth new and emerging leaders in the pro-life and Gospel community, both Catholic and Protestant, to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the lost, forsaken and broken. Is he calling you?


I have no doubt the Lord is calling you, calling you to deeper commitment, deeper trust, deeper surrender to the Lord and His Church for the sake of the Kingdom. Perhaps he is calling you as never before to be engaged in the fundamental and essential battle for life.


If so, please consider joining us tomorrow, Wednesday May 31st on the sidewalk of Capital Care Abortion Facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of peaceful, loving and joyful prayer. Each month we gather to be a witness to the abundant life and to raise awareness in the community of the innocent lives that are lost at the last remaining abortion facility in Northwest Ohio. Please consider joining us tomorrow night!


Finally, my wife Laura was kind enough to allow me to host the annual Respect Life “Vision Meeting” at our home on May 11th. We were blessed by 3 tremendous priests from the Diocese of Toledo, as well as 22 other leaders from some fantastic pro-life organizations in Northwest Ohio. I look forward to how the Holy Spirit will unfold what was prayed on and discussed, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you what I shared with those leaders concerning the “The Big 4” initiatives I’m working on this upcoming year and how you can be involved. Please see attached handout (The Big 4) to read about those initiatives.


Together, with and through God’s grace,. The abortion facility in Toledo with our fervent prayer, witness and olive branch to those inside will eventually close. God is doing this. God is doing this amazing work, why not join him in it today?


For the King,




p.s. In case you missed it last month, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, now chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the announcement by the Democratic National Committee’s chair pledging support only for pro-abortion candidates. Calling the pledge “very disturbing,” Cardinal Dolan urged party members to “challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.” You can read more from the Statement attached. As active members of any political party, it is incumbent upon us to fight for the voiceless within our party and nation!



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)



Abortions UP, prenatal care DOWN at Planned Parenthood

Ohio Right to Life


Abortions rise as prenatal care diminishes at Planned Parenthood

After several months of delay, Planned Parenthood finally released its 2015-2016 Annual Report over Memorial Day weekend, celebrating its 100th anniversary and promising to stick around for another 100 years. The report details substantial changes in services over the last fiscal year, namely an increase in abortions and a decrease in prenatal care.

In 2014-2015, Planned Parenthood reported 323,999 abortions. In 2015-2016, that number rose to 328,348—a 13 percent increase. As of this report, Planned Parenthood’s share of the U.S. abortion market now stands at a stunning 35.6 percent.

Meanwhile, prenatal services at Planned Parenthood have been cut in half. In just one year, Planned Parenthood’s prenatal services fell from 17,419 to 9,149.

Additionally, contraception, pregnancy tests, cancer screenings, and breast exams all dropped in 2015-2016. Across the board, Planned Parenthood lost about 100,000 clients.

All the while, taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood actually increased by nearly $1 million, giving the abortion chain a whopping $554.6 million.

TAKE ACTION >>> Tell Congress to DE-FUND Planned Parenthood now!

As Planned Parenthood continues to demand taxpayer funding, their annual report is telling us exactly why they don’t deserve it. Abortions are rising, but many of its other services (which it’s hidden behind for years to keep the money flowing) are declining.

After 100 years of de-humanization, it’s time the United States cuts its ties with Planned Parenthood. Click here to tell Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood and forward this email to two friends, asking them to do the same. This annual report should drive us to action! Take a stand for human Life today!

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Dismemberment Abortion Ban introduced in Ohio Senate

Ohio Right to Life

Dismemberment Abortion Ban introduced in Ohio Senate
Legislation marks next step in national strategy to end abortion  

     CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Thursday, May 4, 2017     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, Ohio Right to Life’s Dismemberment Abortion Ban (S.B. 145) was introduced in the Ohio Senate by pro-life Senators Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Steve Wilson (R-Maineville). The legislation, which has seven co-sponsors, would prohibit dilation and evacuation abortions, a procedure in which the abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses steel instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus. The D&E abortion procedure is usually performed between thirteen and twenty-four weeks LMP. In 2015, the Ohio Department of Health reported nearly 3,000 D&E abortions in the state of Ohio.
Matt_Huffman_and_Steve_Wilson.png“The Dismemberment Abortion Ban is a game-changer in the abortion debate,” said Devin Scribner, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “This law is all about shining a light on the brutality of a very common abortion procedure that is happening in facilities across this state and country. Thousands of times every year in Ohio, unborn babies are literally crushed and torn apart limb from limb. Former and current abortionists have testified to the brutal nature of this procedure. It is incumbent on the State of Ohio to draw the line against this barbaric practice.”

Like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which took effect in Ohio in March, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban is the next step in the national strategy to end abortion. The legislation is built partially on the precedent set in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007) which upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, scaling back the scope of Roe v. Wade. In the Court’s opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court’s swing-vote on abortion, indicated a willingness to consider the harms of dismemberment abortions. He described what occurs in a D&E abortion: “[F]riction causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus…” He continued, “No one would dispute that for many, D&E is a procedure itself laden with the power to devalue human life.”

“The Dismemberment Abortion Ban presents a turning point for the pro-life movement,” said Scribner. “Not only will it prove itself to be constitutionally sound, it will go great distances in saving thousands of lives in Ohio and nationwide. Ohio Right to Life thanks Senators Huffman and Wilson for their leadership in putting an end to this inhumane practice here in Ohio.”

The legislation is being co-sponsored by Senators Peggy Lehner, Lou Terhar, Bob Hackett, Joe Uecker, Kris Jordan, Frank LaRose, and Jay Hottinger. Seven states have passed dismemberment abortion bans since 2015.

Ohio Right to Life asks its members to send a letter of support to their state senators using its Legislative Action Center at Click here to take action now.

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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.