A look at recent reports on abortion in Southwest Ohio reveals news that’s good, bad, and ugly.
The good—in truth, the marvelous: The end of surgical abortions at Martin Haskell’s clinic in Sharonville in 2014 was a powerful reminder that God hears our prayers and moves on behalf of vulnerable infants. Check out the January/February 2015 issue of Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine for a riveting account of Haskell’s history of aborting babies in Ohio, including a sidebar on the ministry of Elizabeth’s New Life Center.
Good mixed with bad: The 2013 Ohio Department of Health report on induced abortions in Ohio showed decreases from 2012 in Hamilton and Warren counties, where our Women’s Center-Sharonville and Women’s Center-Lebanon are located. Abortions rose, however, in rural Shelby County and urban Montgomery County, places where need for our other four women’s centers remains great.
And there’s ugly: Reading Planned Parenthood’s 2013-14 Annual Report serves as a wake-up call and enlightenment on strategic efforts that devalue the gift of life. The agency took credit for protecting access to abortion and reducing its stigma in lofty, innocent terms, such as reproductive rights and justice.
With the anniversary of Roe v. Wade at hand (January 22, 1973), let’s remember and rejoice in what God did this past year but pray in the days ahead. Prayer, uttered in concert in hearts across Ohio and the nation, will be the impetus for the good and the marvelous in 2015.