I held a protest sign in front of St. Paul’s Church in Westerville, Ohio, today that said: ABORTION KILLS BABIES. Later after Mass there, a man said to me that many pro-choice people justify their stance by saying the fetus is merely an extension of the woman’s body. He noted if that is the case, how come some unborn babies have: different blood types than the mother? …Westerville was once known as the “Dry Capitol of the World.” In the mid-1800s, Westerville passed one of the earliest prohibition ordinances in the country… We then headed further south, stopping in Circleville, Ohio (home of the century-old Circleville Pumpkin Festival). They take pumpkins so seriously here, that the water tower is painted orange and shaped like a pumpkin — even including a big green stem on top… Then it was on to Chillicothe, Ohio, which was Ohio’s first state capitol (and home of the Chillicothe Paints Minor League baseball team). This evening we stayed with Jimmy and Mollie Maimone in Chuillicothe. They have eight children. When I asked Jimmy about the challenges of a big family, his first response was: “Oh, we’re just trying to get them all to Heaven.” What an absolutely wonderful response, given our current culture. Note: A Hearst Newspapers report today noted “climatic ruin has begun.” The article sighted top U.S. scientists who just issued a report warning that climate change is “already wreaking devastating changes on the U.S.” If there is a party that has the most solid answer for reversing the effects of global warming, in my opinion, it would be the Green Party.