A section of Maple Avenue in Zanesville Sunday afternoon was lined with supporters of the pro-life movement.
Reports by the Ohio Department of Health revealed earlier last month that the number of abortions fell for the 10th consecutive year, making it the lowest level since the state began to track 35 years ago. Pro-Life supporter and Family Physician Patrick Johnston believes this is in part because of the decrease in the state’s population- which he said may be tied to abortions and other ways of ending human life.
"When we as a society have the idea that you can just throw away babies when you get pregnant, that carries through into how we treat our living children," stated Johnston, "and unfortunately child abuse has sky-rocketed since abortion became legal, not gone down as you would expect it to be if all these unwanted children were being aborted."
As a physician Johnson said he is faced with women in crisis pregnancies all the time. Post-Aborted Kristi Ramey understands the struggle these young women face. She was only 17 when she became pregnant by her boy friend of the time and said her parents were not supportive. With no where else to turn, Ramey went to Columbus for an abortion.
"Of course I feel, again being a grandmother puts me right in that situation again watching my children have children, but I think there are allot of resources out there," explained Ramey. "In Zanesville there are resources, churches, communities, there are people out there. Also, a healthy living baby is very wanted in this community. There are so many young people in our church trying to have children and if at the time I would have known I could have hooked up with a family that would have been able to support me and help me."
Dr. Johnston is spearheading and collecting signatures supporting the Ohio Personhood Amendment. The amendment would protect every unborn child in the state.
Earlier this summer the House passed the Heartbeat Bill which, if passed by the Senate, will ban abortions after a fetal heart can be medically detected, generally at six or seven weeks after conception.