Click PDF file below to view the proposed resolution of the Toledo City Council voted in favor of on Wednesday, June 26. It is titled "Opposing and Condemning the Enactment of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly's Six-week Abortion Ban through substitute Senate Bill 23; and declaring an emergency."
The claims within the resolution are unfounded. The argument that medical professionals will not be retained in the area, new businesses won't be attracted the area, and that harm will individuals because access is restricted are all without any factual support. There are only 8-10 doctors in the state of Ohio that make their living performing abortions. There are no statistics analyzing the impact on entrepreneurship or new business attraction in states with similar laws so that argument is conjecture.
SPEAK up - let your Toledo City Council members know that this is NOT good for Toledo and that they should vote NO!
Sample E-Letter to City Councilpersons
You may use any of these points in your own email to TCC encouraging them to Vote NO!
Dear Councilperson, I am appealing to you as a member of Toledo City Council (TCC) to very seriously consider the Resolution condemning the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly for the recent passage of the “Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection law" being proposed by Councilpersons Komives and Harper. I am asking that you look beyond the emotionally charged rhetoric and evaluate this Resolution with objectivity and common sense. I believe your support for this proposal is ill-advised for seven reasons:
These kinds of politically motivated Resolutions don’t help to unite our community but only further divide and polarize it.
The document asserts in the first paragraph that the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection law “will have profound negative impacts on the health of individuals in Toledo by effectively eliminating access to all legal abortion services”. First, the law hasn’t taken effect yet; abortions are still legal. The resolution states, “bans passed in other states have universally been ruled unconstitutional by the courts” (paragraph 5) so the practical thing for members of TCC to do is to allow the judicial system to run its course.
Also, in the first paragraph it says “woefully inadequate protections for the life and health of the parent;” – parent of what, a blob of tissue, a product of conception? No, a parent of a baby, a child, a person. What about the inadequate protections for the life and health of the child?
In paragraph 2 it makes the uncorroborated claim that the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection law will “negatively impacts the ability of Toledo to attract and retain qualified medical professionals”. If the law is upheld and enacted it applies to the entire state, so Toledo will not be at any disadvantage to other cities in Ohio with abortion facilities. The reality is there are a so very few doctors that make their living performing abortions, approximately 8-10, that it’s a non-issue.
In Paragraph 6 it makes the totally unsubstantiated assertion that the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection law “negatively impacts efforts by the City of Toledo to attract businesses, young professionals, and entrepreneurs who help drive local economic activity and growth”. This is nothing more than pure conjecture on their part.
Throughout this document there are numerous assertions that have no basis in fact, are contradictions, illogical and hyperbole statements.
For Council to pass this nonbinding Resolution is nothing more than political posturing. To say that this represents the majority of residents of Toledo and the businesses that operate in this great city is false. To my knowledge, no such polling has been done to validate that assertion.
What this does represent is a fringe element on Council who want to advance their own political agendas. The goal is to send a message to the Judge hearing the lawsuit brought against the “Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection law" (SB23) that there is widespread opposition and dissension across Ohio as a result of its passage. That is simply not true and there is no such evidence to substantiate that claim. As a member of Toledo City Council, your vote matters and the message you send is relevant. Let's keep Toledo a community that represents and respects the rule of law, the autonomy of our judicial system and common sense values. Please consider the admonition of Bishop Gregory Mitchell from Bible Way Temple from his prayer at your June 11, TCC meeting, against “killing our unborn and calling it choice”. Even if you don’t fully agree with the Bishop, I hope you will at least vote not to enact this contentious Resolution. I am asking you to demonstrate by your independent thinking that Toledo City Council respects the diverse views of all it's residents and not just the interest of one particular advocacy group. Respectfully,
Greater Toledo Right to Life 5726 Southwyck Blvd., Ste. 120 Toledo, Ohio 43614 phone: (419)535-5800