As I mentioned a couple of times this NAM month, I am working on a long feature for the Columbus Free Press on the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn (SCU) movement in Ohio–a national grassroots initiative, to promote and assist “local city governments to pass ordinances that ban abortion procedures within their city limits.” As of this writing 47 “cities” and I use the term broadly, have passed these measures. 37 in Texas and two each in Nebraska and Ohio. More are on the way.
Writing for NAM every day has taken a toll on time needed to devote to the article, which has the potential to hit 10,000 words. I have over a foot-high stack of research printouts and expect to get more. I will continue to write for NAM, but some of my pieces may be shorter. Since SCU ties into adoption, I am trying to write a summary of some of my NAM work here but slogging through dense legal jibber- jabberesque that, at the moment, is impossible to climb through. Of course, laws are written in this obscure language to keep normal people from grasping what the federal, state, and local lawmaking hooligans are up to
In the meantime, I’ll shoot this to you today. The dumbest thing I have ever heard coming from the mouth of the forced birther crowd.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that the impetus for the measure in London, Ohio came from City Council Member Anthony Smith, who just also happens to be the pastor at Revive Baptist Church. I’m learning that Reverend Lawmakers are a thing in Ohio. Smith opined:
For me, it’s about people having lunch in our city, and not having to worry about babies being murdered in our town…
I don’t even know how to respond to this.
Did you angst over this last time you took a road trip?
Over the years, I’ve hung out with some pretty hardcore Central Ohio anti-aborts of national reput like Dave Daubenmire and Dr. Patrick Johnson, and I’ve never seen them worry their way through a Big Mac and fries over abortion.
Much to my surprise, the measure flopped Thursday night 1-7. Smith, of course, being the only Yea! Honestly, I figured it would slam dunk. Council may have feared an economic boycott and a legal challenge–something I’m covering in my FP article.
But this got me thinking. What if…what if..what if…what if… we took Smith’s words and well, changed out a word:
“For me, it’s about people having lunch in our city, and not having to worry about babies being adopted in our town,”
I could go for that!
Day 19 of 30–
11 to go