Fifth District Family Values Watch Congressman Latta's monthly newsletter tracking life and family news from the Nation’s Capital Tuesday, July 3, 2019 I wish you all a happy Fourth of July next week. The Fourth of July reminds me of those timeless and revolutionary words from our Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” It is my sincere belief that all Americans, those born and unborn are entitled to the rights and liberties of this great nation. Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter to share pro-life and pro-family news in your community. It is my great honor to serve as your Member of Congress and it is my number one priority to represent you and the best interests of the Fifth Congressional District. Please do not hesitate to call, write, or e-mail me in the future with any of your concerns or questions. For federal-related issues, you may reach my Washington, D.C. office by phone at (202) 225-6405, or my District office at (800) 541-6446 for constituent services. I encourage you to visit my website at http://latta.house.gov where you can sign up for my e-newsletter. Also, feel free to follow me online at www.facebook.com/boblatta/ or on Twitter at @boblatta, which helps bring my work in Washington, D.C. home to you. Sincerely, Congressman Bob Latta STOP FUNDING ENTITIES WHICH PROVIDE TELE-MEDICINE ABORTIONS Congress considered the first fiscal year 2020 appropriations package. I ordered an amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services division which would prohibit funds from being given to organizations or entities which utilize tele-medicine to provide medication abortions. Unfortunately, my amendment was not accepted. Additionally, I voted in favor of three pro-life amendments that were debated and defeated on the House Floor, including maintaining conscience protections for health care workers. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROTECT LIFE RULE A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Trump Administration’s motion to stay national injunctions ordered by lower courts against the Title X “Protecting Life” Rule. The panel’s 3-0 decision indicated that “HHS is likely to prevail in its challenge of the preliminary injunction orders.” The decision allows the Trump Administration to enforce the Protect Life Rule, which prohibits funds from being given to entities which refer for abortion as a method of family planning, as litigation continues to make its way through the courts. The Committee on Energy and Commerce, of which I am a member held a hearing to examine the Trump Administrations Protecting Life Rule. During the hearing, I asked Dr. Diane Foley, Director of the Office of Population Affairs at HHS, about changes to the rule related to reporting requirements for rape and abuse and the distinction between referring and counseling for abortion in the final rule. Click here to watch. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL NO LONGER PURCHASE FETAL TISSUE On June 5, 2019, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they will stop research requiring new fetal tissue at all National Institute of Health labs and all researchers seeking grants for projects at universities will only receive funding if approved by an Ethics Advisory Board pursuant to a process established by Congress. Over the last several years, I have joined multiple letters urging HHS to end its practice of purchasing fetal tissue from aborted fetus’. The Trump Administration has taken this important step toward stopping the barbaric practice of using the body parts of aborted babies for research. Not only is the practice unethical, it is ineffective: fetal tissue, including fetal organs like liver and thymus, have not produced a single clinical treatment. News Releases: June 29: Latta: Government Spending Package Includes Disturbing, Radical Disregard For Human Life Follow Congressman Latta online! He regularly updates his profiles with the latest news and developments from around Ohio and Capitol Hill.
RTLACO Legislative Priorities Senate
Senate Bill 27: Humane Disposition of Fetal Remains bill—Senator Joe Uecker’s (R-Clermont County) bill, has been given sponsor, proponent and opponent testimony in the House Civil Justice Committee. However, the bill is currently on hold, as it is understood that House leadership does not want to work on abortion related legislation until after the budget is finalized at the end of June. This means it will be fall before the bill is considered again.
House Bill 60: Representatives Niraj Antani (R-Dayton) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) introduced this bill to exempt from taxation diapers for infants and toddlers. RTLACO’s Margie Christie testified along with others, noting this incentive is a great way to help improve infant health and reduce financial stress on families. The bill has been given four hearings in the House Ways and Means Committee. The committee has not met since the departure of chairman Tim Schaffer to the Senate last month. Further hearings may be scheduled upon the appointment of a new chairman by House Speaker Larry Householder.
House Bill 90: Humanity of the Unborn Education Act: Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani, this bill directs the teaching of fetal development from conception through birth to students in Ohio’s high-school Health curriculum. The bill has had five hearings, and the committee has been “whipped” to verify that the votes to pass the bill are there. The bill was scheduled for a vote, but that was postponed due to the House leadership position on waiting until after the budget is finalized. We and the sponsor are trying to discuss with leadership that the bill is not an abortion measure, but an educational measure. I will update upon further developments.
Legislation being tracked by RTLACO
House Bill 165: Establish Health Education Standards—Introduced by Rep. Beth Liston (D), this would require Ohio to essentially adopt the national health education standards model and would eliminate oversight by the Legislature on the standards. Given that the sexuality/venereal disease prevention standards would be written to open the door wide for Planned Parenthood’s “comprehensive” sex education curriculum in the classroom, this is a bill that we hope to see set aside for the remainder of the session. It has been given three hearings in the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Louis Blessing III.
House Bill 182: Abortion Coverage ban: Introduced by Rep. John Becker of Clermont County, this bill would prohibit public and private health insurance plans in Ohio from covering abortion services. The bill has had one hearing in the House Insurance Committee, where chairman Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout) is a co-sponsor of the bill.
Senate Bill 11—The Ohio “Fairness” Act, introduced by Democrat Senator Nickie Antonio of Lakewood, would add sexual orientation/gender identity/gender expression to the Ohio Civil Rights law. Similar to the federal “Equality Act” that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is opposing, this bill could have a chilling effect on pro-life activities and major impacts on religious organizations and leaders. The bill has had two hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator John Eklund of Geauga County, with proponents filing over 230 witness testimonies for the hearing. Conversations with Senate leadership and the committee chairman indicate the bill will not be progressing further this session, but we will keep a close watch on this legislation.
Senate Bill 155—The Abortion Pill Reversal bill sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner has been introduced and assigned to the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee. The bill would require abortion providers to supply information (during the informed consent period prior to the performance of an abortion) regarding the possibility of reversing a mifepristone (RU-486) abortion.
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