GREATER TOLEDO RIGHT TO LIFE & RIGHT TO LIFE ACTION COALITION OF OHIO "Friday Five" Barry Sheets, Legislative Consultant May 10, 2019
It is becoming apparent that the momentum in America is toward life, as many states are moving forward on pro-life measures. Ohio still has further significant pro-life policy initiatives to adopt.
NEWS AND VIEWS
1. Lawsuit watch 3: It has now been 29 days since the signing of the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection law, meaning only 61 days until the law takes effect. An effort was tried earlier this week to get the city of Lakewood (in Cuyahoga County) to pass a resolution condemning the Heartbeat Law and to repeal existing city ordinances regarding regulating abortion facilities in the city. This could have been a move to get the city (and possibly others) to join the lawsuit as co-plaintiffs and argue that Heartbeat is a violation of municipal home rule under Ohio’s Constitution (thus launching the lawsuit in state court to make the process much longer). However, because of public engagement, the resolution was not adopted and Mayor Mike Summers vowed to veto the ordinance repeal should the Council present it to him.
2. The city commission of Dayton, led by pro-abortion Mayor Nan Whaley, adopted a resolution this week to “encourage” (read: guilt-trip) the regional health system (Premiere Health/Kettering Health Network) into signing a transfer agreement with abortionist Martin Haskell’s Women’s Med Center in order to try to avoid the facility’s imminent closure from the rescinding of their operating license by the Ohio Department of Health for failure to secure the required agreement. Although the Commission approved the resolution, Premiere Health notes a restriction in their governing documents that prohibit the health system from entering such arrangements.
3. Alabama’s Human Life Protection Act (H314), to make performing or attempting an abortion a felony offense, is moving through their legislature. The House passed the measure overwhelmingly by a vote of 74-3 last week.. After a Senate committee this week added an amendment to insert exceptions for babies conceived as a result of rape or incest, the full Senate voted today to remove the amendment. The bill will lay over until Tuesday before the full Senate votes to send it to the Governor of Alabama.
4. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 481, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act (LIFE), which is Georgia’s version of the Heartbeat bill. Unlike Ohio’s strong bill, the Georgia act still allows babies conceived by rape or incest to continue to be aborted, and also allows for abortions when a fetus is determined to be “not compatible with life” due to serious medical issues. The measure, which is likely also to be challenged in court, is scheduled to take effect in January 2020.
5. Representative John Becker (R-Clermont County) gave sponsor testimony this week in the House Insurance Committee on House Bill 182, which would prohibit both public and private insurance from offering coverage for abortions. The bill would prohibit coverage of abortifacient drugs as well. A provision would allow coverage for ectopic pregnancy procedures that provide for preserving both the mother and the child by re-locating the fertilized embryo into the uterus. It is possible that further hearings will be held this month on the bill.
Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles of key policymakers. One statewide office holder or agency director, one Senator and three House members will be profiled each time.
Ohio Development Services Agency—The Director of the agency, which is tasked with creating jobs and building strong communities, while ensuring accountability and transparency of taxpayer money and exceptional customer service, is Lydia Mihalik, the former mayor of Findlay, Ohio. Mihalik was the grant Administrator for the Hancock Regional Planning Commission where she was responsible for generating millions of dollars in grant revenue for local governments in the region. She serves on the Hancock County Red Cross Board of Directors as well as Board of Directors for The Partnership for Excellence. She is married with three children.
Senator Teresa Fedor (D)--The veteran legislator from Toledo’s 11th Senate District is in her second cycle in the Ohio Senate. She is a former educator and United States Air Force veteran. Fedor, the ranking member on the Education committees of the Senate (both standing and Finance subcommittee) is also recognized as a legislative leader on the issue of human trafficking. She has had a pro-abortion voting record during her nearly 20 years in the General Assembly.
Representative Brigid Kelly (D)--The second term member from Cincinnati’s 31st District is the ranking minority member on the House State and Local Government Committee. A former city councilperson from Norwood, Kelly also serves as a representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. She has consistently voted against pro-life measures during her tenure.
Representative Bernadine Kent (D)--The representative from Columbus’ 25th District is a former teacher and assistant principal in Columbus city schools. She serves on the Federalism and State & Local Government committees. She has consistently voted against pro-life measures during her tenure.
Representative Darrell Kick (R)--Kick, from Loudonville in Ashland and Holmes counties (yes, the community straddles the county line!), represents the 70th House district (Ashland County and also includes parts of Holmes and Medina Counties) and is in his second term. He is vice-chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as a member of the Agricultural/Rural Development and Armed Services/Veterans Affairs Committees. He previously served as former District Director to 7th District US Congressman Bob Gibbs. Kick has been a consistent pro-life vote in his tenure in office.
Greater Toledo Right to Life 5726 Southwyck Blvd., Ste. 120 Toledo, Ohio 43614 phone: (419)535-5800