The Heartbeats of Nearly 20,000 Babies a Year In the Hands of Gov. John Kasich

Liberty Counsel will Defend Ohio’s Heartbeat Law for Free

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Columbus, OH — The Heartbeat Bill, which passed the Ohio Senate and House on December 6, 2016 (added to H.B. 493), is now before Governor John Kasich.

“The fate of nearly 20,000 babies with beating hearts is in the hands of Governor John Kasich,” said Janet (Folger) Porter, President of Faith2Action, author of the Heartbeat Bill and the driving force behind its passage for the last six years. “If you care about protecting life, the most important call you can make is to Gov. Kasich at 614-466-3555. And the most important time to make it is right now,” stated Porter.

“Ask Governor Kasich to sign the Heartbeat Bill (within H.B. 493) and let the courts be the ones to decide the issue of Constitutionality–that’s why we have courts,” added Porter. “Why would the Governor want to kill the Heartbeat Bill because the courts might? That makes no sense.”

“There will be no taxpayer expense because Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel, called Governor Kasich today and offered to defend Ohio’s Heartbeat Law for free,” stated Porter. Staver is the former dean of Liberty University School of Law.

“The Liberty Counsel has made it easy for Gov. Kasich to sign the Heartbeat Law by taking the financial risk out of the equation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, a long-time Heartbeat Bill supporter.

“It’s very interesting what the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals had to say about the Arkansas and North Dakota Heartbeat Laws,” said Porter. “The 8th Circuit asked the Supreme Court to review the issue because they determined ‘heartbeat’ to be a ‘more certain and consistent’ marker than viability, the standard the Supreme Court now uses. By the time our Heartbeat Law reaches the Supreme Court, we will have a brand new Trump-appointed Court.” Porter, who initiated the nation’s first Heartbeat Bill in 2011, added, “Now is the time!”

“Now is the time for Gov. Kasich to put his pro-life beliefs into action and save the lives of thousands of children by signing the Heartbeat Law today!” added Newman.
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Operation Rescue urgers pro-life supporters to ring Gov. Kasich’s phone until he signs the Heartbeat Law. Call 614-466-3555 now!

Operation Rescue Urges Ohio Gov. Kasich to Sign the Heartbeat Bill

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbus, OH – For five years and against stiff opposition – sometimes from within the pro-life camp – Janet Folger Porter has worked with the Ohio Legislature to pass a unique bill that would prevent abortion when the heartbeat of a pre-born baby can be detected, generally at six weeks gestation. That bill would essentially end all but a very few early abortions in Ohio.

Yesterday, for the first time, the Ohio Senate passed the Unborn Heartbeat Protection law, which was previously approved by the House as it has been several times before.

Now the groundbreaking law goes to the desk of Republican Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

“We urge Gov. Kasich to sign the Heartbeat Bill as soon as possible,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is what the Ohio Legislature wants and it is want the people want, must most importantly, it will save countless lives from a barbarically brutal death by abortion. Not signing this live-saving legislation is simply unthinkable.”

But Kasich’s signature may not be a sure thing. In the past, he as indicated that he thought the Heartbeat Bill, as it is known, was too risky a gambit that could not pass constitutional muster.

However, the political climate has abruptly changed with the election of Donald J. Trump for President, even in Kasich’s state where Ohioans handed Trump a nine-point victory. Trump pledged to implement a courageous pro-life agenda during his administration that includes appointing conservative, pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

What seemed impossible before is now a very viable opportunity to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

“If the Heartbeat Bill is challenged, by the time it gets to the Supreme Court level, there could be an all new dynamic in the Court’s composition that would likely view life-protecting legislation with approval,” said Newman. “The opportunity to save thousands of lives each year is certainly worth the cost of litigating this law to the Supreme Court.”

Operation Rescue is a long-time supporter of the Heartbeat Bill. In 2011, when it was first introduced in Ohio, Newman spoke at a rally at the Ohio statehouse in support of its passage organized by the indefatigable Porter. In 2013, when the Kansas Legislature had its best chance of passing its own Heartbeat Bill, Newman and the rest of Operation Rescue’s staff were joined by Porter at the Kansas Capitol where they attended hearings and lobbied hard for its passage.

Newman has a message for Ohio’s governor that he hope will be heard loud and clear: “It’s time to put the nay-saying aside and push boldly forward to protect the pre-born, knowing that the winds of change are blowing in our direction. Gov. Kasich, I urge you to sign the Heartbeat Bill today!”

No 911: Abortion Businesses’ Desire to Cover-Up is Put Above the Lives of Patients

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Two recent medical emergencies, one in Cleveland, Ohio, and the other in Detroit, Michigan, have spotlighted the increased desire of abortion facilities to cover-up the seriousness of patient injuries. In both cases, no 911 call was placed, which is the quickest way to get emergency help.

Instead, both abortion businesses chose to delay urgent medical care for their patients by phoning private ambulance companies to request emergency treatment and transport. Private ambulances take longer to respond to emergencies than those dispatched through the 911 system.

But the private ambulance companies are also not subject to FOIA requests, allowing abortion clinic personnel to keep details of botched abortions and even patient deaths from the public.

The first incident took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Preterm, a Cleveland abortion facility responsible for at least one patient death. It was a 911 call placed from that abortion business on March 21, 2014, that alerted Operation Rescue that Lakisha Wilson had suffered a fatal abortion at Preterm.

Numerous other medical emergencies at Preterm have been documented by Operation Rescue.

However, this time, Preterm called a Donald Martin & Son’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit to provide emergency care and transport an African American female. According to Fred Sokol, a pro-life activist who witnessed the woman on a gurney as she was loaded into the private ambulance, she appeared to have been visibly pregnant, indicating at least the possibility she suffered serious complications from a second-trimester abortion.

Operation Rescue checked for 911 records, but there were none.

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The second incident took place at the Summit Medical Center in Detroit, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, shortly before 9 a.m. A medical transport van from Rapid Response arrived to transport a patient to a hospital emergency room, according to Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist who posted news of the incident on her Facebook page.

This appears to be the first time that Summit abortion facility has used a private ambulance service rather than calling for a quicker response from 911. As with the Preterm incident, 911 records related to this medical emergency were available.

Summit has a long history of injuring patients during abortions. One abortionist known to work at Summit, Reginald Sharpe, was responsible for the death of at least one abortion patient in January, 2008. That woman suffered a fatal uterine perforation and other injuries.

“More and more we are seeing abortion businesses bypassing the 911 emergency system to cover up the seriousness of patient injuries. This is placing women – many of which suffer life-threatening abortion complications – at greater risk due to the delay in arrival and transport time,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This shows that the Abortion Cartel will do anything to keep up the false appearance that abortion is safe, while shielding obviously incompetent abortionists from the consequences of injuring or killing women.”