Battle for Life in the Buckeye State puts Pro-Lifers on the defensive this November

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Pro-Life leaders are seeing victories across the country.

But now pro-abortion activists are fighting back to spread legalized murder as far and wide as they can.

And the battle for Life in the Buckeye State puts Pro-Lifers on the defensive this November.

Ohio Pro-Lifers fighting the November ballot measure in the state are calling it a “direct attack on families” that undermines parental rights on multiple issues.

Ballot initiatives are really mob rule

Elected officials use ballot initiatives when they don’t want to actually do their jobs and legislate.

The radical Left uses ballot initiatives because they know they can out-raise conservatives thanks to billionaires like George Soros.

And some conservatives use ballot initiatives as a way to raise money.

The plain fact is, ballot initiatives are nothing more than direct democracy, or better put, mob rule.

And now the pro-abortion radicals are using ballot initiatives to try and enshrine abortion-on-demand into state law.

The latest attempt is in Ohio where it will be on the ballot in November.

It is expected to be an expensive – and brutal – fight, but some in the Buckeye State are fighting the initiative with everything they’ve got.

Leaning on faith

One of those leading the fight against the pro-abortion initiative is first-year Ohio State Legislator Melanie Miller (R-OH 67) who says she’s leaning on her faith to fight for life.   

“With the overturn of Roe, every state has to determine what the law will become,” Representative Miller told CBN. “So right now, Ohio has been challenged with a ballot initiative.” 

The initiative has been misnamed “The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety.” 

It’s backed by both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, as well as other pro-abortion organizations. 

Should the initiative pass, it would enshrine abortion rights into Ohio’s State Constitution. 

“In the scriptures, it says that children are a reward, they’re a heritage, they’re a blessing,” Miller said. “They are not a burden, but they are a gift from God.”

“I had no idea the overturn of Roe would take place in the midst of my campaign last year,” she said.

Before her election to the Ohio State House, Miller volunteered at Ashland Pregnancy Care Center.

That’s also where she met Matt Miller who is now her husband and Ashland’s mayor. 

Representative Miller is leading the charge to stop the proposed pro-abortion amendment.

Anti-life, anti-parent 

Many in Ohio are concerned the pro-abortion initiative would not only strip away parental rights on abortion but also on gender reassignment surgeries. 

“This amendment is anti-parent, it is anti-life, and it is far too extreme,” said Beth Vanderkooi, executive director for Greater Columbus Right to Life.

“If they are successful, we are going to see an elimination of parental rights. So, the involvement of parents before children make life-altering decisions – like having an abortion or participating in gender therapy. We’re going to see a repeal of basic and fundamental health and safety protections that protect women and newborn children. And we’re going to see an expansion of abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including painful and cruel procedures on perfectly healthy babies,” Vanderkooi said. 

Vanderkooi and Miller are working with a Pro-Life coalition called Protect Women Ohio. 

The group plans to spend $5 million on ads to educate parents. 
“They added in these really loose language terms such as ‘reproductive decisions.’ So, it could be my 11-year-old daughter making decisions without my involvement . . . she could say, ‘I’m going to go get a sex change’ and I can’t do anything about it because we have this amendment now that eliminates my right as a parent.”

Aaron Baer, president of Center for Christian Virtue is helping lead the coalition’s ad campaign. 

“They chose very strategic words intentionally so they could wrap their entire political agenda in Ohio’s Constitution,” Baer said. 

And the concern is if they are successful in Ohio the pro-abortion forces will use the same tactics nationwide. 

Since the fall of Roe v. Wade, California, Michigan, and Vermont have already approved ballot initiatives to amend their State Constitutions to add abortion rights. 

*Pro Life Press Official Polling*