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Our Position On Incremental Legislation

Many pro-life advocates disagree about whether or not to support pro-life legislation which does not completely ban all abortion, but instead provides some incremental approach to limiting abortion.  The reality is that we are doing both. The decisions of the United State Supreme Court to make abortion legal through the Roe v Wade ruling in 1973 and subsequent rulings since make it impossible for states to ban abortion completely since it took it out of the jurisdiction of the states to do anything but regulate the practice of abortion, and allows them to ban it only after the point of viability in an unborn child’s gestation (roughly starting at 20 weeks). There have been many attempts to overturn the Roe v Wade and subsequent decisions, but the current makeup of the Supreme Court has prevented these attempts from being successful.


Right to Life of Northeast Ohio is selective in the pro-life legislation that we do support. We WILL NOT support any incremental legislation that will ban or place limits on abortion if it has exceptions in it for the children conceived through rape or incest, or exceptions for children with fetal abnormalities/disabilities (such as the national Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act). In those cases, we push for the removal of the exception language.

We do recognize that all incremental legislation is flawed in that it does not save the lives of the unborn before 20 weeks, and this is heartbreaking. At the same time, we strongly disagree with those who state that incremental legislation is only regulating the murder of unborn children. We KNOW that incremental legislation that we have supported has saved lives, and it has lessened a portion of the evils or harmful effects of that standing unjust law that is legal abortion. We have listened and disagree with those who say that incremental legislation is unprincipled and against God’s law, because we have seen those lives who God has helped us to save because of the incremental legislation. We believe that EVERY child has a God given right to life, and we cannot stand by and let them ALL die when we know that we can save some of them while we are hard at work trying to save them all.


“Passing incremental legislation often represents the most sensible approach to dealing with poorly crafted or morally problematic pieces of legislation. In the absence of needed votes to overturn harmful legislation altogether, it is still possible to make significant progress in limiting the damage that these laws can do through the patient spadework of incremental legislative revision. This is done with an eye towards one day being able to rescind or abrogate the unjust law altogether.”    Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D  (To read the full article where this statement was made,click here.)



The other reality is that legislation is only a small part of our mission at Right to Life of Northeast Ohio.  By IRS non-profit rules and regulations, we are limited in the amount of time, energy and money that we are permitted to spend on political or legislative activities.  Because of this, we are very selective in what prospective legislation we will support, and choose to spend any limited funds and time only on legislation which we are certain according to our legal expert’s opinion can survive a court challenge. (SPECIAL NOTE: Should a law pass in Ohio and be challenged, the Ohio Attorney General is obliged to defend the law in court, which can be very expensive. Should the law NOT survive the challenge, the state very often must pay the legal costs of the challenge to the opposing side, thereby giving money to the pro-abortion side.) We choose to remain neutral on any legislation which we believe cannot withstand a court challenge in order to preserve our resources for other legislation.  Our main focus is on education and advocacy in order to bring about a positive change to the culture of life. We believe that we must change the hearts and minds of abortion minded individuals through these education and advocacy efforts so that even if we are unsuccessful in our legislative efforts, we will be successful in helping to change the culture so that people will understand the evil of abortion and all other threats to human life and that abortion clinics will close because there will be no customers. This is where the bulk of our time and energy goes, and where we have seen the most positive changes occurring with our mission.

OHIO LEGISLATION

The following is a list of some of the active legislation we are watching being considered in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly:


The Human Life Protection Act--SB123 This legislation would prohibit all abortions except those necessary to save the mother’s life, but would not take effect until the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade or the adoption of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to return abortion to a state's authority. It is a common misconception that once Roe is overturned, abortion will become illegal in the United States. However, overturning Roe would in reality result in leaving the decision to permit or prohibit abortion up to each state. If Roe were overturned today, a baby in Ohio could be aborted until up to 20 weeks gestation. This bill is currently in the Senate Health Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


The Born Alive Infant Protection Act--SB157 This legislation will require a report to be created by the Ohio Department of Health for the abortionist to file if a baby is born alive during a botched abortion. It would also require that the doctors perform life-saving treatment to the baby, as they would to an infant born alive in any other situation. This bill is currently in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill. To read our proponent testimony for this bill, click here.


Abortion Pill Reversal Act--HB378 This legislation would require doctors who prescribe abortion-inducing drugs to provide women with written information informing her that if she changes her mind, she will have the opportunity to try to reverse the procedure and save her unborn baby’s life. The reversal procedure involves administering progesterone to the mother which can reverse the impact of the first drug administered in the chemical abortion two-pill regimen and allow the baby to continue normal development. The reversal procedure has been proven to be successful in 64-68% of cases. The bill is currently in the House Health Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


FEDERAL LEGISLATION

The following is a list of some of the active legislation we are watching being considered in the 117th Congress:


For The People Act--HR1 The overriding purpose of the legislation is to discourage, as much as possible, disfavored groups (like Right to Life of Northeast Ohio and many other conservative groups) from communicating about officeholders, by exposing citizens who support our efforts to harassment and intimidation, and by smothering organizations in layer on layer of record keeping and reporting requirements, all backed by the threat of civil and criminal sanctions. It would strip away rights and privacy of our donors and supporters. HR 1 would federalize and micromanage the election process, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states. It would reverse the decentralization of the American election process—an essential protection of our liberty and freedom. It would implement nationwide the worst changes in election rules that occurred in 2020 and further damage or eliminate basic security protocols. This bill has passed the House and is now being considered in the Senate. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.


The Equality Act--HR5/S393 HR 5, the so-called 'Equality Act' is one of the MOST EXTREME anti-life INEQUALITY indoctrination bills ever proposed. Untruthfully purporting to support equality if passed, conscientious objection to abortion (performing and funding) could be punished, boys will be able to shower in girls' locker rooms, pastors may be forced to perform gay marriage ceremonies against their beliefs, and the list goes on. It literally contains deadly poison for conservatives, Christians, and libertarians in the United States. But, its harmless-sounding name tries to hide this insidious reality. The bill has nothing to do with "equality," or with extending the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is how it is being touted by the leftists in the mainstream media. To the contrary, it has been described as a short-list of the worst possible elements of the Radical Left's agenda in Congress. This bill has passed the House and is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.


The Equal Rights Amendment "deadline removal"--HJ Res17/SJ Res1 This resolution proposes to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment which expired in March, 1979. The premise of the ERA was to establish new rights and protections for women, but it actually does the opposite. Many, many laws established to protect women’s rights would be null and void because the ERA says that a person ’s sex could not be considered as a legal preference. Federal and state programs like WIC that benefits single and low-income mothers would be eliminated on the basis of sex discrimination. Flexible work benefits like maternity leave would also be considered discriminatory under the ERA despite the differing biological needs of males and females. Females would lose privacy rights by being subjected to sex-neutral bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. No more female only sororities. No more women only correctional facilities and so much more. It would muddy the waters of the US constitution by adding “sex” and then use the Equality Act to define sex. It would make women vulnerable by allowing biological males into “safe” place like domestic violence shelters, and could erase any distinctions between male and female sports. It would enshrine abortion in the Constitution and force taxpayers to pay for it. The Hyde amendment that prohibits federal funding of abortions would be null and void. The primary and ultimate objective of the ERA is to enshrine abortion in the United States Constitution, which would make child-killing absolutely unassailable. No restriction or limitation on abortion whatsoever including informed consent, conscience clauses, parental involvement, and waiting periods would be allowed. In this area, the ERA is similar to the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). Under the ERA that is desired by pro-aborts, the mere picketing of an abortion mill could, with a little help from the ever-willing court system, become a federal civil rights violation. This bill has passed the House and is currently in the Senate. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.


Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act--HR619/SR123 This bill would enact an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded the same degree of care that would apply to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, including transportation to a hospital. In addition the bill applies the existing penalties under the federal murder statute to anyone who performs an overt act that kills a child born alive. It would empower women with a right to sue their abortionists and others for harm cause by violations of this act. The House version is in the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee, and the Senate version is in the Judiciary Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion--HR18/S92 This bill would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for health care plans that would cover abortions. The policy would apply both to longstanding federal programs and to the new programs created by the 2010 Obamacare law. The bill would also close certain loopholes that give tax-preferred status to abortion. This bill provides for exceptions in the case of rape or incest or life of the mother. The bill is currently being considered by 3 committees in the House: Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Judiciary, and by the Finance Committee in the Senate. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio will support this bill if the rape and incest exceptions are removed.


Dismemberment Abortion Ban--HR558 The bill graphically describes the dismemberment abortion procedure during a dilation and extraction (D&E) abortion that takes place from 14 weeks gestation into the 3rd trimester and proposes to ban this procedure. It has a life of the mother exception, as well as exceptions for rape and incest IF the abortion is performed by a method other than dismemberment. The bill is currently in the House Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio will support this bill if the rape and incest exceptions are removed.


Protecting Life in Crisis Act--HR28 This bill specifies that federal funds allocated for COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) response efforts may not, in general, be used for abortions. Current law (specifically, language that has historically been included in certain appropriations bills, commonly referred to as the Hyde Amendment) generally prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions. The bill also restricts the use of federal tax credits or other federal funding for health insurance coverage if the coverage includes abortions. This bill has exceptions for rape and incest. This bill is currently in the House Health Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio will support this bill if the rape and incest exceptions are removed.


Conscience Protection Act--S401 This bill would offer permanent protection for those who know abortion is wrong and who may be discriminated against by employers if they choose to follow their consciences. It would also empower victims to seek relief in court for violations of the federal conscience laws. The bill is currently in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act--S109 The bill would prohibit taking a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion in order to cirumvent parental involvement in the minor child's abortion. The bill would protect the well-being of girls and the rights of their parents. Parental notification or parental consent laws, consistent with existing Supreme Court case law, are in effect in more than half of the states. These laws are often circumvented and encouraged by out-of-state advertising in non-notification states, highlighting the avoidance of parental notification as a selling point. The bill is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


Second Chance at Life Act (Abortion Pill Reversal)--HR552 This bill would require doctors to inform women seeking a chemical abortion that the abortion can potentially be stopped and reversed in order to save the baby if she changes her mind after taking the first dose of the chemical abortion protocol. The woman must be informed 24 hours in advance that reversing the abortion is possible after administering the first of the 2 dose process. The bill would also require that this information be publicly posted at the abortion clinic where the pills are provided. The bill is currently in the House Health Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


Protect Babies with Down Syndrome--HR532/S75 The bill would place a federal ban on the performance of abortions solely based on a pre-natal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. It is estimated that in the U.S., the abortion rate of children diagnosed with Down Syndrome in utero is approximately 67%. These children need to be protected, not punished for having an extra chromosome. The House version is currently in the House Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security; the Senate version is in the Judiciary Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


Global HER (Health, Empowerment and Rights) Act--HR556/S142 This act would permanently eliminate the Mexico City Policy which states that in order to be eligible for U.S. population assistance funding, a private organization must sign a contract promising not to perform abortions, lobby to change the abortion laws of host countries, or otherwise actively promote abortion as a method of family planning. While the Mexico City Policy currently has exceptions for rape and incest, it is better to already have the Mexico City Policy in place rather than to eliminate it. The House version is currently in the Committee on Foreign Affairs, while the Senate version is in the Committee on Foreign Relations. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.


SAVE (Support And Value Expectant Mothers) Act--S78/HR554 This bill would prevent changes in the labeling for already approved abortion drugs-- such as removing Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)--to prevent abortions from prescribing abortion drugs remotely, by mail, or by telemedicine. It also prevents the FDA from approving new chemical abortion drugs. The Senate version is currently in the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The House version is in the Health Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


Protecting Life and Integrity in Research Act--HR563 This bill will prohibit federal research on human fetal tissue obtained from an induced abortion. It would prohibit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (which oversees the National Institutes of Health) from using taxpayer money to fund research projects using and exploiting the remains of a child killed by abortion. The bill is currently in the House Health Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.


Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act--S61/HR1080 This bill establishes a new criminal offense for performing or attempting to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to five years, or both. The bill provides exceptions for an abortion (1) that is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, or (2) when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. A physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion under an exception must comply with specified requirements. The House version is currently in the House subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. The Senate version is in the Judiciary Committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio will support this bill if the rape and incest exceptions are removed.


Women's Health Protection Act--S1975/HR3755 This bill, if enacted and upheld by the federal courts, would invalidate nearly all state limitations on abortion, including waiting periods and women's right-to-know laws. For example, it would invalidate state laws to protect pain-capable unborn children after 20 weeks fetal age -- and would require all states to allow abortion even during the final three months of pregnancy based on an abortionist's claim of "health" benefits, including mental health. It would also invalidate nearly all existing federal laws limiting abortion. A more accurate title for this radical bill would be the "Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act." This bill has passed the house and has been referred to the Senate.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.

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WHAT KIND OF LAWS DO WE SUPPORT UNTIL

THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V WADE?


The decisions of the United States Supreme Court to make abortion legal through the Roe v. Wade ruling (and related court decisions) make it impossible for states to ban abortion completely since it took it out of the jurisdiction of the states to do anything but regulate the practice of abortion, and allows them to ban it only after the point of viability. There have been many attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade and subsequent decisions, but precedence and the makeup of the Supreme Court has prevented these attempts from being successful.  When Roe v. Wade is eventually overturned, as we believe it will be, abortion will remain legal in at least 35 states, as indicated in the chart at the bottom of this page provided by the Human Family Research Center. Six states will retain their pre-Roe life-of-the-mother only laws, and nine other States have enacted laws to ban abortion in most or all circumstances when Roe and Doe are overruled.  Many other States have enacted laws prohibiting abortions for reasons or at stages of pregnancy not permitted by Roe v. Wade and related decisions but have been subsequently blocked by the courts, in addition to the adoption of hundreds of state laws regulating abortion. By IRS non-profit rules and regulations, we are limited in the amount of time, energy and money that we are permitted to spend on political or legislative activities. Because of this, we are very selective in what prospective legislation we will support, and choose to spend any limited funds and time only on legislation which we are certain, according to our legal expert's opinion, can survive a court challenge.  


Types of Legislation We Will Support

  • All legislation that prohibits abortion after viability, such as the Infant Viability Protection Act passed in Ohio in 2011 and the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed in Ohio in 2017.
  • Dismemberment abortion procedures. (Passed in Ohio but blocked by the courts.)
  • Legislation protecting the health and well-being of the mother such as: requirements that surgical abortion facilities must follow all health and safety protocols as all other ambulatory surgical facilities; maintaining transfer agreements with local hospitals for emergencies; informed consent laws which require abortion providers to inform women of all risks, including risk of breast cancer, infant mortality in future pregnancies, post abortive mental health issues and abortion pill reversal information; requiring the detection of a fetal heartbeat and the opportunity to view an ultrasound.
  • Ban on telemed and webcam abortions (passed in Ohio in 2020.)
  • Stricter regulations on the provision of RU486 and/or other chemical abortion pills..
  • Legislation that requires doctors to perform lifesaving treatment for babies that survive abortion.
  • Ban on abortions to unemancipated minors without parental consent.


This is only a partial list. For a more comprehensive list of legislation we have supported and will support, contact our office.

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