The Rundown: 4 things that would (actually) happen if we defund Planned Parenthood

January 11th, 2017

Basically a lot of good things
Planned Parenthood – Ohio and America’s largest abortion provider – is in an outright panic over the prospect of being stripped of federal funds.

Annually, the abortion giant gets more $500,000,000 from taxpayers. This is why they are predicting the end of the world if lawmakers in DC cut them off the federal dole.

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The Rundown: The key word for talking to millennial Christians

January 4th, 2017

“The Rundown” is a new weekly email from CCV President Aaron Baer with a short note on culture, “can’t-miss” news and the latest updates from CCV.

“And” is a powerful word

Time and time again since coming home to Ohio, I’ve heard a key concern from CCV friends: how do we reach millenials – especially millennial Christians?

This is crucial question. If we care about protecting families, life, and religious freedom for more than just the next few years, we have to wrestle with it. And while its answer is wide ranging, a good place to start is by using one simple word: “and.”

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Did you see our op-ed on Kasich & Heartbeat in the Enquirer?

December 15th, 2016

Gov. Kasich’s veto of the Heartbeat Bill was incredibly disappointing. While we’re grateful for the other pro-life bills the governor has signed, this was an opportunity to save thousands.

Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer has an editorial in Cincinnati Enquirer today on the Heartbeat Bill from a Christian perspective:

For policy makers – especially policy makers who believe that every life bears the image of God – this heavenly-minded discussion and eternal perspective should always be on their minds.

That’s why the governor’s veto of the “heartbeat bill” is especially tragic. When presented the opportunity to save thousands of lives with the stroke of a pen, he passed.

There’s no denying that prohibiting abortion once a heartbeat is detected (generally around 6 weeks) would have put Ohio at the forefront of abortion policy making. But when you tune out the rhetoric, look at the facts, and recognize that every year in Ohio thousands of heartbeats are cut off because of abortion, there can be no doubt that the right thing to do – especially for a Christian – was to support this bill.

Click here to read the entire editorial online.

Gov. Kasich Signs Bill to Save Hundreds, But He Could Have Saved Thousands

December 15th, 2016

COLUMBUS – “Ohio is a safer place for unborn children today because abortion is prohibited in most cases after 20 weeks. Yet unborn children with beating hearts are still at risk because Governor Kasich failed to sign the Heartbeat Bill.

Not in recent memory has a Governor had the opportunity to save so many with the stroke of a pen. Unfortunately, with this veto, Ohio not only lost an opportunity to make history, but our state has lost all the potential joy and goodness brought by the children who now will continue to be aborted after a heartbeat is detected.

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November 21st, 2016

family-picIf we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Aaron Baer, the new President of Citizens for Community Values.

A little about my background:

  • I’m a Warren, Ohio native (Go WGH Raiders!)
  • I’m an Ohio University graduate (Go Bobcats!)
  • For the last 7 years, I’ve lived in Phoenix, Arizona (Go away 120 degree summer heat!)
  • Most of that time, I worked at the Arizona Family Policy Council, Center for Arizona Policy.
  • Most recently, I worked in Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s executive office.

My wife Maria and I now live in Columbus with our baby girl Naomi (here’s a picture of us after we dedicated Naomi at our church in Phoenix in May).