Tag Archives: 2009

New Government Report Shows Historically Low Abortions in Ohio

Abortions have reached an all-time low in Ohio, according to a report released by the Ohio Department of Health. The 2009 Report on Induced Abortions in Ohio shows a continued downward trend in the total number of abortions performed. The report shows 28,721 abortions were performed in 2009. This is a three percent decrease over the 2008 number of 29,613. The number of total abortions performed in Ohio has seen a decline annually since 2000 and a decrease of over 40% from the all time high number in the 1980s.

“We are winning the fight against those who push abortion as the first and sometimes only choice for women in crisis,” Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis said. “We continue to witness a trend of Ohioans moving towards a firm respect for life. One of the reasons for the continued decline in abortions has been the enactment of new laws which help young women make positive decisions for themselves and their babies. Whenever you have even the slightest legislative gain that protects women and defends her baby, it will make a difference,” said Gonidakis.

The report detailed demographic information regarding women obtaining abortions. Those statistics include:

* 18% of women were less than 20 years old;
* 34% were between 20 and 24 years old;
* 83% were unmarried;
* 41% were black;
* 64% of women having abortions had only a high school education or less; and,
* 36% of all abortions were reported in Cuyahoga County, the highest in the state.

“Ohio Right to Life is grateful for the annual decrease in Ohio abortions despite the state’s severe economic crisis,” Gonidakis said. “We will continue to promote life-affirming options including adoption and will work to increase awareness of the more than 130 pro-life pregnancy centers throughout Ohio.”

The 2009 abortion report can be reviewed in its entirety by visiting www.ohiolife.org.


Ohio Right to Life, the affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, is a statewide, non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization. For more than 40 years, Ohio Right to Life continues to experience success in its mission to promote and protect life due to its dedicated board members, executive staff and affiliated chapters located throughout the state.

Continental Congress 2009 : Preamble to the Articles of Freedom

In previous postings, elected delegates from all states gathered to address the continued violations our rights protected by limited governance according to the rule of law specified by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Since the turn of the twentieth century, politicians have ignored the limitations imposed by the Supreme law of the land in to accomplish there political, economic, and social agendas.

The following is the preamble to the Article of Freedom established by the delegates who represented the people of the various states at the Continental Congress from November 11 to 21, 2009.

Articles of Freedom of Continental Congress 2009 November 21, 2009

In defense of a free people, the time has come to reassert our God-given natural rights and cast off tyranny.

Let the facts reveal – the Federal Government of the United States of America, which was instituted to protect the rights of individual citizens, instead – threatens our life, liberty and property through usurpations of the Constitution; and emboldened by our own lack of responsibility and due diligence in these matters, has exceeded its mandate, and abandoned those founding principles which have made our nation exceptional;

Our servant government has undertaken these unconstitutional actions in direct violation of their enumerated duties, to the detriment of the People’s liberty and the sovereignty of our Republic;

Over many years and spanning multiple political administrations, the People who have, in good conscience, attempted to deliberate our grievances and voice our dissent against these offensive actions through both petition and assembly, have been maligned and ignored with contempt;

The people of the several States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, justly alarmed at these arbitrary and unconstitutional actions, have elected, constituted and appointed delegates to meet, and sit in general Congress in the city of St. Charles, Illinois.

Whereupon these delegates, as duly elected representatives of the several States, have gathered in defense of divine justice, liberty and the principles of limited government, and we stand in clear recognition of the supreme law of the land – the Constitution of the United States of America.

Therefore, We demand that Government immediately re-establish Constitutional rule of law, lest the People be forced to do so themselves; and we hereby serve notice that in the defense of Freedom and Liberty there shall be NO COMPROMISE to which we shall ever yield.

Civic Action
Delegates to Continental Congress 2009 and others from each of the several States shall serve this document titled, “Articles of Freedom,” with its Remedial Instructions, on each United States Senator and Representative in their offices located in their respective States, placing them on notice that We the free People of America believe them to be in violation of their Oath of Office and the Constitution for the United States of America.

Civic Action
When a goodly number of millions of American people agree, we will therefore withdraw our financial support from the federal government, in a lawful and constitutional manner, and implement other responsible civic actions until all violations of the Constitution for the United States of America CEASE.

Pledge Action
This is my Pledge:

Through the Creator as our witness, we hereby pledge our signatures to this end, in order to hold our elected and appointed officials accountable for all of their violations, with a reminder to our public officials that they have sworn an Oath (or Affirmation), to Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution for the United States of America.

We the undersigned renounce and condemn INITIATION of force and will pursue all lawful and Constitutional means to fulfill our duty.

The above introduces legal means to effect genuine and lasting change that all party politicians have promised but who have never been able to or never intended to produced. If a large majority of people back the efforts of this Congress, liberty and justice and prosperity for all, not just special interests, may be restored.

Source: www.cc2009.us

Mural Art One Step Closer to Reality

The four finalists have turned in their finished artwork and now it is up to the judges to decide which design is going to be the first one to grace a building in Xenia next year. The problem now is going to be deciding which three are going to need to find other homes. The judges are asking the citizens of Xenia to take a look at the four colorful and inspired designs that they must choose from and give them some comments. The artwork will be on display at this Saturday’s Xenia Rail and Arts Fest at the Inner I Gallery, 81 E. Main Street where they will share the spotlight with the Fest’s extensive model railroad setups. “I would love to see any of these great designs go up,” says Mural Society member Mary Crockett. Fourteen entries were received by the Society in July. The four finalists are Xenia muralist and teacher Paul Lavigne, local muralist and art instructor Olivia Anderson, Xenia Community Schools art teacher Rob Richards, and local gallery owner Karen King.

“I know I would love to have any one of these pictures on the side of my building,” says member Alan King, owner of the Express Yourself Coffeehouse and Art Gallery and one of the potential hosts for a future mural. “The Montgomery Insurance and Investments building was the Society’s logical first choice for a mural site,” says King. “It has great exposure and Brad and Eric Montgomery are willing to do what they can to help make this happen.” The winner of the $500 first prize for mural design will be announced at Xenia’s Old Fashioned Days on Sept. 19. Plans are underway to solicit bids from potential muralists to complete the work and private and corporate sponsors are being sought to help the building owners complete the project. Murals on this scale can cost from $5000 to $15,000 to complete, depending on the building condition and the muralist’s fees. The mural Society will retain ownership of the mural and the design and the owner will have to agree to maintain the work for at least 10 years. “We want to have about 10 of these murals up in Xenia some day,” says King. “We know that raising funds for this will be hard, but we think that the people of Xenia will get behind this project and make it happen.” The Xenia Mural Society is a component of Greene Giving, the Greene County Community foundation and has received assistance from the Ohio Arts Council in organizing. For more information and to see what a downtown mural may look like, visit their website at www.XeniaMurals.org or just search “Xenia Murals”