OHIO NEWS
Overturn of Roe v. Wade

The United States Supreme Court decision rendered on June 24, 2022 in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization resulted in the overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which had effectively legalized abortion throughout the United States.   Judge Samuel Alito said the Court determined that Roe v. Wade decision had been an egregious error and the Constitution contains no right of abortion.  

Overturning Roe v. Wade means each individual State legislature may now enact laws to either approve or ban and/or limit abortion rights within its borders, without becoming subject to court challenges due to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.  Therefore, Ohio's Heartbeat Bill which was passed in 2019, but had been held up by court injunction due to the existence of Roe v. Wade, was in effect for a short time after Roe v. Wade was overturned.   Under Ohio's Heartbeat Bill a physician will be breaking the law if an abortion is performed on a pregnant person when a fetal heartbeat can be detected (usually at around 6 weeks gestation).

Another injunction was filed against it on September 14.  by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Christian Jenkins who issued a 14-day stay on Ohio's Heartbeat Law, and later extended this indefinitely.  Margie Christie, President of Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio said, "Ohioans need to understand that activist judges like this and the pro-abortion business will never stop trying to override the strong pro-life commitment of the people of Ohio. The Heartbeat law was pushed forward and put in place by the will of our fellow citizens. Ohio is pro-life and this law was supported by the people.  Pregnant women do not need abortion in Ohio. We have abundant resources for mothers and their children to thrive." 

                                           OHIO ABORTION STATISTICS
 

The latest statistics (2021 data) on Induced Abortions Performed in the State of Ohio was published by the State of Ohio Department of Health in September 2022.   Please keep in mind that termination of an ectopic pregnancy to save the mother's life and spontaneous miscarriages or stillbirths are not considered to be "induced abortions."   

 

Did you know that 36 babies whose mothers listed Seneca County as their county of residence lost their lives in 2021 by abortion?

Ed Sitter, Executive Director for The Foundation for Life NW Ohio commented:  "Late Friday, September 30th, the Ohio Department of Health released its annual abortion report and the news is devastating.  In 2021, there were 21,813 children lost to abortion, a 7% increase over 2020.  Every metropolitan area, except for Cincinnati, showed an increase in babies killed.  The Dayton and Akron areas showed staggering increases of 24 and 21% respectively."   Sitter provided the following facts from the report:

            12% of the mothers were married

              60% were less than 9 weeks pregnant

              57 mothers were under the age of 15 

              481 mothers were between 15-17 years of age

              49% identified as African American

"The enormous loss of life and the loss of generations of life, is not only tragic but unacceptable.  This should not happen in a state with a pro-life Governor and legislature! This proves once again that we are regulating abortion and not ENDING it," says Margie Christie, President of Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. "These are catastrophic numbers from which our communities will never recover,"  she adds.

                                  "POST ROE" IN OHIO

 

On October 5, 2022 a bus charted by Tiffin Right to Life carried 54 people from Tiffin and surrounding communities to participate in the first Ohio March for Life, and to be a public witness for life.   It is now more important than ever for people who uphold the sanctity and dignity of all life, to contact their State Representatives and Senators about this.   It is vital to elect legislators who will create laws to protect life from conception until natural death, and to elect judges who will rule on existing law, and not "create law" from the bench.

The "Friday Five" weekly updates from the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio generally contain multiple articles about pro-life issues and news (whether National or Ohio news) to provide updates on what is happening concerning life issues.  Tiffin Right to Life is now forwarding the "Friday Five" to its members so they have easy and quick access to these informative articles concerning life issues..

IRight to Life Action Coalition of Ohio follows a strict guideline for endorsing political candidates. No candidate will be considered for endorsement if they fail to return the RTLACO questionnaire. It is also possible that the Coalition will not endorse a candidate if no one meets their high standard.  The Coalition endorsement information is available online at https://www.rtlaohio.org/election-2020.