Pro-life leader: given choice between supporting political establishment and life, I choose life
Last month, Faith 2 Action founder, Janet Porter held a rally and press conference in front of the Ohio statehouse to ask the Governor and the legislature to protect unborn babies by passing the Heartbeat bill.
The Heartbeat law would protect unborn children from abortion at the point a heartbeat can be detected.
The group’s message to Gov. John Kasich, House Speaker William Batchelder and Senate President Keith Faber read:
“Every day in Ohio, 70 babies with beating hearts are brutally killed by abortion–something you pledged to END (not just regulate). These are not statistics. They are real babies who will fill these clothes if only you will call upon the legislature to pass the Heartbeat Bill for you to sign into law. Please make protecting these babies a top priority before the election. The price of inaction is far too high.”
To drive her point home, Porter, along with several local pastors, delivered 70 empty baby outfits, which represent the actual of unborn children that would be saved each day if Ohio were to pass the Heartbeat Bill.
Porter now says that the Governor has refused to listen to their requests to pass the Heartbeat Bill, so she has penned an open letter to the Governor, threatening to not vote for him, which has been published in the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Porter writes, “I voted for John Kasich for Governor and was thrilled when he won. That’s because I knew him to be a man who would do what was right, no matter the cost.
Back in the 1990’s, Congressman Kasich asked me to speak at events on his behalf. I readily agreed. Then, like now, he had a weak opponent. But I campaigned my heart out for him anyway – speaking at candidate forums and even debating his opponent.
Then, when I ran for Republican State Central Committee against the “establishment” Secretary of the Party, I ran with the endorsement of Congressman Kasich. When John called me on Election Night, I told him the preliminary results were 60-40. He responded with consolation.
“Don’t feel bad,” he said. “They spent more money to campaign against you then they did me!” He rattled off all the mailers and phone calls he had received against me. When I told him it was 60-40 in my favor, he couldn’t believe it. You see, he didn’t really expect me to win, but John Kasich was willing to support the underdog if he thought it was the right thing to do.
That was back when I was legislative director of Ohio Right to Life, when we dreamed of the day we could do more than just regulate abortion. That day is here.
But today’s Republican establishment is too fearful to do the right thing. The Heartbeat Bill, which will protect unborn children with detectable heartbeats, passed the Ohio House last session, but Republicans in the Ohio Senate broke their promise to pass it “after the election.”
So I called on Governor Kasich. In fact, I called everyone I knew who was close to Kasich, imploring them to enlist his help to pass the Heartbeat Bill before the 2012 session clock ran out. I reached out to legislators, cabinet members, his closest advisors – and several hand-delivered a letter from Dr. Jack Willke, founder of Right to Life, pleading for the governor’s help.
He got the letter, but he did not act.
Nearly 100,000 dead babies later, we are still asking the governor to make protecting lives a priority.
Three weeks ago, I met with the governor’s legislative director and HHS assistant policy director, and was assured that our message to the Governor would be placed on his desk. Our message was attached to 70 empty baby outfits – representing the daily cost of inaction.
Some “leaders” are patting themselves on the back for regulating how and where we kill children. Their results? More than 23,000 dead babies every year in our state – the equivalent of a stadium full of people. If you think killing a stadium full of people each year is something to be celebrated, you’re either a terrorist or you’ve lowered the bar on what it means to be pro-life a bit too far.
We’ve heard the excuse that the lower courts won’t like it. No kidding. The lower courts didn’t like our ban on late-term partial birth abortion either. Even the Supreme Court said no, before reversing itself seven years later. To never challenge Roe v. Wade is to embrace its bloody consequences.
I’m calling on the John Kasich I used to know. The guy who would do what was right no matter what the political establishment thought. Governor, I’m asking you to fight to pass the Heartbeat Bill as if lives depend on it. Because they do.
Break away from the status quo establishment, and do what is right – before the election. Because given the choice between supporting the political establishment and life, I choose life.”
To increase the pressure on the Governor, Porter has asked her supporters to publish her cartoon video on social media.
The vid tells the Governor, “We need you to fight for our children because the cost of delay is just too high.”
It asks voters, “If you hired someone to do a job, and they didn’t do it, would you hire them again?”
The cartoon suggests that Ohio politicians are putting off saving as many lives from abortion as they could.
“Everyday of delay, we lose a school bus full of children the Heartbeat bill would protect,” the vid warns.
The cartoon vid asks Janet’s supporters to contact the Governor and tell him to, “call for a Vote on the pro-life Heartbeat bill before he asks us to hire him again.”