March 29, 2012

Personhood Ohio

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We need your help now more than ever to protect every preborn baby under Ohio law. As you will see in the articles in this Email, the timing could never be more perfect for the Ohio Personhood Amendment! Right now we have "the perfect storm" to wash away the bloodshed and uphold God's righteous standard of "liberty and justice for all." 

Just last month, the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously ruled that an unborn child was "a person" in the eyes of the law and that Roe versus Wade was "wrongly decided." They encouraged states to protect the preborn in their own lawful jurisdiction "until Roe is overturned." 

That's Personhood Ohio's point exactly!  

Help us make Ohio the first state in the nation to protect every child by love and by law. Don't be a spectator - be a participant!

Print off seven petitions here - two for you and five for friends and family. Commit to recruit five of your friends and family to gather signatures and give them each a petition and instruction page. Make sure they mail their signatures in to us ASAP.

Can you send us a $30 dollar donation today? We have large, expensive mailings to send out, and we sure could use your help. Thank you so much.
What We Can Learn from Pot-Smokersmarijuana

In a conversation with Austin Ruse, the President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, he said, "I'm against Personhood Amendments. It's bad strategy because the Supreme Court would overrule them. Roe versus Wade is the law of the land."

He was taken aback by my unexpected response: "Have you considered the strategy of the advocates of legal marijuana?"

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Coop ('01) and in Gonzales v. Raich ('05) that the federal government has the authority to criminalize marijuana under the Constitution's "interstate commerce clause." The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, and, thus, marijuana is considered to have a high potential for abuse and no legitimate medical uses. 

Do you know how many states have legalized marijuana in defiance of these Supreme Court decisions?

Fourteen states!

If pro-lifers could be as courageous in stopping the dismembering and disemboweling of little babies as pot-smokers are to smoke pot, we would end abortion in Ohio this year!

No, Mr. Austin Ruse, Roe versus Wade is not the law of the land; it's the lawlessness of the land. Shame on us if we are so blind to the Constitution and deaf to conscience that we can't tell the difference.


What We Can Learn from SlaveryPerson or Property?

The history of our nation is rich with the tradition of states nullifying tyrannical law. When federal power violates the Constitution or violates God's law, states have successfully resisted.

For example, when the Supreme Court in 1857 ruled that runaway slave Dred Scott was "property" not a "person", and when the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act demanded that runaway slaves be turned over to their masters, did you know that many states resisted and freed slaves? 

In 1851, a U.S. Senator, a former New York governor, and 24 New Yorkers were arrested for hiding runaway slave William Henry. Under their direction, he finally made it to Canada to freedom. A jury practically "nullified" federal law by refusing to convict all but one of the 26 citizens who helped William Henry.

Wisconsin went even further and in 1854 officially declared the Fugitive Slave Act to be unconstitutional. Within five years, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, and Kansas followed Wisconsin's lead and passed legislation to nullify the Fugitive Slave Act. 

The rescue of the slave Joshua Glover is one of the most inspiring examples of the people nullifying immoral federal law. Glover escaped his Missouri master and, with the help of the Underground Railroad, made his way north to Wisconsin. Unfortunately, his master, B.S. Garland, eventually caught up with him.


With the help of two U.S. Marshals and a bloody wooden club, they arrested Glover and threw him in a Milwaukee jail. About 100 men who opposed slavery landed by boat in Milwaukee, furious. Their crowd grew dramatically in size as they marched toward the jail. The men convinced a local judge that the runaway slave was entitled to at least two things: a writ of habeas corpus and a trial by jury. The judge delivered the writ to the U.S. Marshals at the jail. 


Not surprisingly, the federal officers rejected the validity of the writ. 


However, the citizens of Wisconsin did not respect this "mischief framed by a law." In courageous defiance, they broke down the doors of the jail and freed Joshua Glover! Then the sheriff arrested Glover's former slave master and the two U.S. Marshals, charging them with assault! Take that, tyrants! In the meantime, the Underground Railroad assisted Joshua Glover as he crossed the border into Canada to freedom. 


Ohio soon joined the ranks of northern states who refused to bow to the federal judiciary when the judges violated the Constitution and God's law. Did you know that approximately half of the activists in the Underground Railroad were Ohioans? Ohio has a strong tradition of "nullifying" tyrannical federal law, and never has it been more necessary than now, when the federal government's gavel results in the slaughter of 25,000 innocent preborn Ohioans every year. 


The Emancipation Proclamation is credited with ending slavery, but godly Americans and sovereign states were ending slavery long before Lincoln ever thought of it. When the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, was asked who ended slavery, she answered, "John Rankin and his sons."


Who is John Rankin? A pastor in Ripley, Ohio, who defied federal tyranny and hid runaway slaves from the federal government. Was he a hero or a villain? Of course, a hero.


We will never have a Lincoln until we have a hundred Rankins. Ohio desperately needs more men and women like Reverend Rankin, who will love these children as they love themselves, who will work to pass state laws to protect these innocent babies from the federal government's bloody gavel. Will you be one?


Who In the World Said That?!

A couple weeks ago, the Johnston family manned a booth at the Cleveland Right to Life Convention. Hundreds signed and took petitions and lit, and we had lengthy conversations with many faithful pro-lifers - including several positive conversations with leaders reluctant to support our Personhood Amendment. Tom Raddell, George Porter and I met with two theological consultants to the Ohio Catholic bishops, and had a very profitable discussion. 


Pray that the seeds sown will bear fruit, and that these leaders will catch the vision to end abortion in Ohio this year through the Ohio Personhood Amendment.

For a prize, see if you can match up the quote with the pro-life leader:

1. "I agree with the Ohio Personhood Amendment in principle - personhood should be established at conception - but I don't think it will work." 


2. "I know Section B of your Amendment says that 'This Amendment shall not affect genuine contraception' that doesn't kill children, but some can interpret that to mean that this Amendment shall affect contraception. Just mentioning contraception can be seen as an endorsement of contraception."

3. "I'm against personhood. It's bad strategy.
Roe versus Wade is the law of the land."

4. "Put personhood amendments aside [and] focus on ending abortion."

5. "We're working with Tom Raddell, and gathering signatures in front of the abortion clinic and at my parish."


6. "The Supreme Court wouldn't uphold the Ohio Personhood Amendment if it passed. We need a Human Life Amendment at the federal level to end abortion here."

7. After signing and then crossing out his own signature, he said, "If the Ohio Personhood Amendment passed, then the liberals will be taking busloads of pregnant women to other states to get their abortions."

A. Denise Mackura, former director of Ohio RTL
B. Mike Gonadakis, director of Ohio RTL
C. Austin Ruse, president of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
D. Steve Ertelt, editor of Life News
E. Amy Mushinski, Cleveland director, 40 Days for Life
F. Theological consultant to the Ohio bishops
G. David Yost, State Auditor

The one who gets it right (or gets closest) gets a signed copy of my novel - The Revolt of 2020 - for FREE (plus $29.95 for shipping and handling).
Post your answer on our Personhood Ohio facebook page. Like us on Facebook


 (Just kidding about the shipping and handling fee :-)


In This Issue
What We Can Learn from Gay Activists
What We Can Learn from Pot-Smokers
What We Can Learn from Slavery
What We Can Learn from Gay Activists
gay marriage
In a conversation with a pro-life leader recently, he argued, "Personhood Amendments failed twice in Colorado and once in Mississippi. If it can't pass in Mississippi, it can't pass anywhere! Give up on Personhood and work to save lives through practical legislation."

My response was: "We could learn a thing or two from the gay activists."

Do you know how many failures gay activists  endured in their attempt to legalize gay marriage before they finally had a victory?

18 failures, at least. 

The federal Defense of Marriage Act and 17 states actively banned same-sex marriage before homosexuals finally won same-sex marriage in Massachusetts under Romney's leadership. 

Now, the gay activists have won gay marriage in eight states plus Washington, DC, and have legalized "domestic partnerships" or "civil unions" in 13 states.

If only pro-lifers can be as tenacious in ending the Abortion Holocaust as sodomites are to marry, we'd end abortion in Ohio  this year!


Volunteers needed
We need somebody to :
1. Post signature-gathering
events on Personhood Ohio's facebook page. 
2. Type names and addresses of petition signers into an Excel file for mailings.
3. Call every state rep and senator by phone the week after we send a mailing, asking for their endorsement.
4. Call local churches, asking for them to gather signatures in the foyer after church one Sunday morning.
5. Get signature-gatherers to the many large concerts and spring festivals in Ohio.
7. Buy a booth and gather signatures at Ohio gun shows.
8. Last but not least, Like us on Facebook
Don't be a spectator - be a participant!  


Read Dr. Johnston's latest column, "Unifying Ohio's Pro-Life Forces" here
Patrick Johnston
Right Remedy Ministries
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