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The “Protect Them Both” Campaign been launched in our diocese to raise the awareness of every Catholic parishioner with the message to VOTE NO on the proposed November Ohio constitutional amendment entitled, “Ohio Right to Make Reproductive Decisions Including Abortion Initiative.”
The primary goal of the initial phase of this campaign is to:
Our diocesan plan to OPPOSE the proposed Ohio constitutional amendment that would support legalized abortion beyond the current (albeit not enforced) prohibition beyond the six-week (or heartbeat) marker will continue to increase with voter registrations offered at several parishes and the increased awareness of the essential need to vote “NO” in the November elections. As always, the Catholic church in the Diocese of Cleveland stands ready to assist and accompany all women in unexpected and/or emergent pregnancies through initiatives such as Walking With Moms in Need as well as a multitude of Pregnancy Resource Centers in each of the eight counties within our diocese.
We invite you to browse through the many educational resources and other opportunities that call each one of us, by our baptismal call and as the body of Christ, to help to spearhead legislation to make it easier for mothers (and fathers and families) to be supported so that they can provide a loving and thriving home for their families.
We want to provide multiple resources within our parish communities, schools, and organizations, including all pastors and pastoral staffs, educators, catechists, all those in ministry and all the faithful in our diocese. We hope they will illuminate the issue so that we can defeat the threat to the right to life which is centrifugal to our inherent dignity as human beings made in the image and likeness of God. To this end, EVERY parish will be receiving educational flyers (to be used as bulletin inserts, if you choose) and prayer cards for mass distribution by this first weekend in May. These resources are being provided by the Catholic Conference of Ohio, in collaboration with the Office for Human Life and with the support and approval of all the Bishops of Ohio.
The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety Amendment has been proposed. Find the full document here.
Click on the images below to download the two page document in English and Spanish
The Catholic Conference of Ohio has developed a campaign microsite with materials and essential information to be distributed both directly to parishes and through the Office for Human Life
AM 1260 The Rock is one of a multitude of prolife platforms, Cleveland’s own all-Catholic radio station airs several weekly productions that help to build a culture of life.
Listen live online: *Say Yes to Life, hosted by Peter Range, CEO of Ohio Right to Life, Sundays at 10:00am. *Pro-Life Weekly, hosted by Prudence Robertson, Sundays at 8:30pm.
Protect Women Ohio is a coalition of groups opposing the amendment that has already begun its campaign and will continue to run digital and television messages. A press release announcing the organizations that are participating in the coalition, including the Catholic Conference of Ohio, has been released. Please see the website to register for Prolife Training, which includes talking points for the Decline to Sign efforts. You may also register by calling the FFL office at 419.535.5800
Continue to check back for updates here for the Protect Women Ohio's PWO Pulse bulletin.
Heritage Action just released a report on the ACLU's “War on Parents” and its efforts to undermine parental rights all over the country, including right here in Ohio with this extreme constitutional amendment. Watch the video that Heritage Action for American has put out here.
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