Today in my church we remember the Holy Innocents – the multitude of innocent children that King Herod killed in his attempt to kill the Christ child.
Pro-life advocates often use the imagery of the Holy Innocents – innocent babies killed for political and personal gain – in their work to defend the unborn children in the womb. Indeed, it is a particular kind of evil that intentionally destroys an innocent human baby. I, however, have been thinking about the Angel who warns Joseph that this place, Bethlehem, is not safe and that he should take his betrothed and the baby, fleeing to some place safer. That part of the story stuck with me today, because they echo the works I frequently hear spoken to men and women by our volunteers at the abortion clinic. I cannot praise enough our brave and bold volunteers, four of whom weathered today’s bitterly cold temperatures to stand witness at Founder’s and witness to the dozen women seeking an abortion. Please, keep them in your prayers this week and in the New Year.
A few weeks ago, we shared the story of a woman who had traveled far from home seeking an abortion at Founder’s. However, the words of one of our volunteers, “it is not safe in there for you or your baby” resonated in her heart. Instead of going inside to get the abortion pill, she went home for prenatal care. Initial scans suggested that she was carrying twins, but it was so early in the pregnancy it could not be confirmed. You could feel the excitement in her words when she texted our volunteer with an update and the note, “Keep doing what you are doing. You save lives.”
But that joy soon turned to apprehension and fear as the woman started to experience some light bleeding, suggesting a possible miscarriage. She went back to her doctor and the emergency room for observation and treatment with progesterone – a hormone that can help a pregnancy to continue and asked for our prayers. It is worth noting that this mom did a complete 180. She went from contemplating taking a pill to stop her body from producing progesterone to end her pregnancy to joyfully learning about the likelihood of twins to doing everything that she and modern medicine can do to prevent a miscarriage using progesterone. Today, just under a month later, she is still (we believe) waiting to see if her babies will make it. Please keep her in your prayers.
As this year winds down, there is much to do. Year-end is the busiest time of year for many nonprofits because so many people make charitable donations at year end – and the recently enacted tax changes may mean this year is busier than most (you can read our overview here). Indeed, if you have not yet made a donation to Greater Columbus Right to Life, now is a great time to do so.
But more importantly, please join us in praying that 2018 is the year that more step forward to say, “It is not safe for you or the baby, let’s go somewhere better,” to the mothers and fathers of unborn children, and pray that 2018 is the year that more hear this message and act to save the lives of their unborn children.
PS: We’ve heard that a few of you took a social media and email break for Christmas and missed the opportunity to register for the Building a Culture of Life Conference at a discount. Never fear. Now through midnight on January 1st, you can get $5 off your BCLC registration with the code “NEWYEAR.”
One of our volunteers recently asked me what I thought it would take for Founder's to shut down. After some thought, I could only reply that I have no answer because by every metric out there, the clinic should be shut down. Thus, I can only assume that it is being propped up by something. Hint: It isn't good.
Over the past few years, we have worked very hard trying to get the local media to give pro-life voices a fair voice. If not a fair voice, at least an equal voice. You might remember last January when we tracked the local media coverage of the March for Life locally and in DC and compared it to the pro-life Women's March events in Columbus and DC. Another hint: the March for Life barely got any response at all and the pro-abortion women's march got embedded reporters. You can see some of our coverage here.
This past summer, we released a serious expose of local abortion clinics and got no media traction.
However, a few weeks ago, we started working with a local reporter - actually an intern at Ohio University in their journalism program who was working for the Columbus Dispatch for a semester. After spending hours with the reporter and connecting her to various pro-life organizations across the state, she wrote a small series looking into abortion clinics and their inspection reports. It was not the coverage we wished it would have been, but overall it was fair and honest, and balanced, and better than we've seen in a long time. You can read one of the articles here, and another here. You can also read the like-clockwork letter to the editor from NARAL in response. We are working on our own response and will update you once it is finished.
While we've linked to the content I can summarize it if you are too busy to read or if you don't have access beyond the paywall. The reporter looks at the number of inspection reports from the Ohio Department of Health and finds out that it's actually kind of a lot and that a good number are pretty specific and serious. She then looks at other non-clinics regulated in the same way in the same counties and finds fewer inspections and fewer violations per inspection. She reports on what she finds and the NARAL team respond by saying that the article should have been about how abortion clinics provide safe, legal, and professional services to women seeking abortions and that they are being singled out by the Department of Health.
What the preferred narrative of the political and public relations arm of Ohio's big abortion industry entirely leaves out is that a number of the clinics are operating in a way that would get your local dentist's office shut down.
We've thoroughly documented filthy conditions, convicted child sex offenders, unpaid taxes and liens, unfiled mandatory business reports, and more. You can find those documents on our website at gcrtl.org/columbus-clinics and gcrtl.org/abortion-pill-resources, and we go into them pretty specifically on this blog.
Which is why we are not suprised to share with you that within the past month the State of Ohio has filed another precipe for a tax lien for more than $47,000 and two actual liens for failing to pay unemployment taxes.
This means the clinic does not have
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We have BIG news! Columbus Right to Life will be participating in the Columbus Foundation’s 2017 Big Give!
The Big Give is a 26-hour online giving rally sponsored by the Columbus Foundation. It kicks off at 10:00 am on October 10th and runs until October 11th at noon. Not only will 100% of all donations made to GCRTL via the Big Give go directly to Greater Columbus Right to Life (no credit card or processing fees), but they will help us to leverage a share of the more than $1.3 million in bonus-pool funds provided by the Columbus Foundation and community partners. While the exact amount of bonus-pool funds we earn will depend on the total amount donated, the last time the Big Give was held, donations made to participating nonprofits were amplified a little more than 10%.
This Clinic Closed: Planned Parenthood Delaware
Planned Parenthood in Delaware County quietly closed its doors over the weekend. The clinic’s Facebook page and its director listing on Planned Parenthood’s website were both deleted. While the abortion giant has still not made an announcement that it has closed yet another clinic that referred for but did not perform abortions, deleting the social media and directory listing are pretty telling, as is the “For Rent” sign in the lawn.
We realize that integral to this clinic’s closing has been the prayers and fasting of so many members of the community. For that reason, we would like to join with you once again to offer prayers of thanksgiving that the Planned Parenthood in Delaware County has closed and to ask for the continued protection of pregnant women and unborn children in Delaware County.
You are invited to join us at 9:00 am Saturday, October 14th on the sidewalk outside of the former Planned Parenthood office (152 W Central Ave, Delaware) for a short program and community prayer. Community leaders and members of the clergy who would like to join in the program are invited to email Greater Columbus Right to Life to let us know of your interest.
Help us get the word out by sharing these details with your friends or joining our Facebook event.
Central Ohio Abortion Abortions Decrease Five Percent
The news was cheered by Greater Columbus Right to Life volunteers, many of whom have regularly prayed for the clinic’s closure as individuals, with church groups, with other organizations, or as part of GCRTL’s recently organized, “Delaware County Prays for Life,” an intentional hour of prayer focused on affirming the dignity of human life and closing the Delaware abortion referral clinic.
Planned Parenthood has built up a steady drumbeat of support by insisting that its offices are more than just abortion clinics, that they are places that provide caring, compassionate care to women in rural communities and medically underserved areas, and that any effort to remove taxpayer subsidies to the abortion giant will have an immediate detrimental effect on women’s health. For example, just last week, Planned Parenthood tweeted against efforts to eliminate the taxpayer subsidy, noting that “closing women’s health centers in rural areas blocks access to basic care (and) costs the state more money.” In the meantime, the group quietly planned to close yet another rural health center. Do not be confused– this is not the first rural health center closed in Ohio in recent years. This isn’t even the first rural health center closed in central Ohio THIS year, as the offices in Chillicothe were closed down in January. In recent years other offices to have closed include Galion, Withamsville, Oxford, and more. In fact, Planned Parenthood appears to have closed or merged 38% of its Ohio offices since 2005, most of them rural, small-town, or under-served areas.
Hypocrisy in action in this Planned Parenthood tweet from August 28, 2017
GCRTL executive director, Beth Vanderkooi, noted, “While it is likely that profit motivated Planned Parenthood to close the doors of the Delaware Office, without a doubt this closure – whenever it happens - can ultimately be attributed to the thousands of prayerful volunteers who have witnessed to the beauty of human life in Central Ohio. While we give thanks for these victories, we can never forget that the work is not yet done. As we are reminded in Galatians, let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Greater Columbus Right to Life will hold a prayer vigil at the location once its closing date is confirmed.
Note: The closure of Planned Parenthood was confirmed after reports from current patients and by a phone call placed to the scheduling office. That notwithstanding, it has not yet been announced or publicly affirmed by Planned Parenthood and is subject to change.
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