Planned Parenthood Funding Bill Scheduled for Assembly Vote on November 25th – New Jersey Action Alert!

If you live in New Jersey, please read Marie Tasy’s request below and take the necessary action.  It’s about time we stop funding through out tax dollars the killing machine known as Planned Parenthood.  And please try to make the Rally at the State House in Trenton on Monday, November 25th!  

 

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from Marie Tasy, Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life 

The Assembly has scheduled a vote on the Planned Parenthood funding bill, A5802 on Monday, November 25, 2019.

The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee has not yet scheduled a hearing on the Senate companion bill (A4103), but may do so in December.  Right now, it is critically important that you do the following:

1.  Please call and email your 2 Assembly Members and State Senator to urge them to Vote No on A5802/S4103.  Please do this even if you have contacted them previously.  You can call and email them by clicking on the link here: Vote No on S4103/A5802

You can obtain the names of your 2 Assembly Members by calling the Office of Legislative Services at 1-800-792-8630 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  You will need to provide your town and zip code when calling.     You can also search for your 2 Assembly Members and State Senator by looking up your municipality: Here

2.  Please plan to come down to Trenton on Monday, November 25, 2019.   Planned Parenthood will be there demanding the use of our tax dollars so they can continue to destroy the lives of precious babies and injure women, and we must be there on November 25th as well to oppose and resist this shameful funding scheme.   It is vital that we continue to have a strong presence at the State House on this day to lobby our Assembly Members to Vote No on the bill and let them know we are watching how they vote.   

What You Should Know if You are Coming to the State House on November 25th:

Plan to meet in the State House Cafeteria on Monday, November 25th by 9 a.m.  Bring your photo ID which you will need to go through security at the State House and for parking in the Underground State House Garage.  Inform the security guard(s) that you are there to attend the Assembly Voting Session. For parking locations and directions to the State House, click here

Please remember to be cordial when speaking to legislators even if they disagree with our point of view.  Our message:  Please Vote No on A5802/S4103. I don’t want my tax dollars used to fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.  We will provide labels to wear on your clothing.

Please do not engage with proponents of the bill while you are at the State House. I can’t stress this enough. Please remember, we are there to use our valuable time to convince our lawmakers that this bill should be defeated.

I look forward to seeing you in Trenton on Monday, November 25th!  Please help us keep up the pressure on our legislators to Vote No on this bill.   RSVP to feedback@njrtl.org by Friday, November 22nd to let me know if you can join us in Trenton on November 25th.  

Please also mark your calendar and plan to attend our Annual Rally for Life in Trenton on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  Click here for details and do share with friends and family!

Pennsylvania House Passes Law Requiring Proper Burial or Cremation for Babies Killed in Abortions

 

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Below is a report by Micaiah Bilger of Life News concerning PA House Bill 1890.

The Pennsylvania House passed a bill Monday that would require aborted and miscarried babies to be provided with a dignified burial.

State House Bill 1890, sponsored by Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, received bipartisan support in a 123-76 vote, WSKG News reports. It now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

The bill would require health care facilities to bury or cremate the remains of unborn babies who died in abortions or miscarriages or give parents the option of burying their baby themselves.  It does not require burial/cremation for babies miscarried at home.

Ryan said he crafted the bill to give grieving parents the opportunity to provide a dignified burial for their child.  He said he and his wife lost their first baby to miscarriage and their baby’s body was disposed of without their knowledge.

“We wanted to craft something that was voluntary, that provided the family with the ability for closure, the ability to understand that a human life was lost, their life, that they’d been striving for so long,” Ryan said.

He told ABC 27 earlier this month:

Ryan said he and his wife felt isolated in their grief. He said it was something people didn’t talk about and were expected to just ‘get over.’ Decades later, he doesn’t want anyone to just ‘get over it.’ His bill would require hospitals to give patients the option of receiving a child’s remains.

“It’s strictly voluntary. Some of the initial reports came out and said that it wasn’t and it was mandated a funeral, which was just pure nonsense. That would be cruel.” Ryan said.

State Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, a leading pro-life advocate in the state legislature, said their desire is to help grieving parents and encourage the respectful treatment of all human remains, the AP reports.

“This bill will give parents the comfort of knowing that they will now have the right to determine the resting place of their child’s remains,” Rapp said.

Pro-abortion Democrats, however, have been attacking the legislation by claiming it is just another attempt to restrict abortions. During a committee hearing in October, state Rep. Wendy Ullman drew widespread outrage when she described a miscarried baby as “just some mess on a napkin.” Ullman is a pro-abortion Democrat who was endorsed by Planned Parenthood. She opposed the bill.

The AP reports Gov. Tom Wolf, a pro-abortion Democrat and former Planned Parenthood volunteer, said he would veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

But Tom Shaheen, vice president for policy at the Pennsylvania Family Institute, said the legislation is important because health care facilities treat aborted and miscarried babies as medical waste, rather than human beings.

“That must change,” Shaheen said. “Human beings that are lost to an early miscarriage or abortion are still human beings and should be treated with dignity and respect.”

Similar legislation has passed in other parts of the country. In 2016, Indiana passed a law under then-Gov. Mike Pence to help ensure that aborted babies’ remains are properly disposed of and not sold. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law earlier this year. Texas leaders are fighting to defend a similar burial law in court in their state.

Click here to contact Pennsylvania state lawmakers and ask them to support HB 1890

Website: Life News

 

Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortions, Declare Unborn Babies Human Beings Under Law

“The time for regulating evil and compromise is over,” Ohio State Rep. Candace Keller 

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Micaiah Bilger of Life News reported on a recent bill that would ban all abortions in Ohio.  

A new Ohio bill would protect unborn babies in the state by banning all abortions.
WCBE News reports the bill would recognize unborn babies as valuable humans beings from the moment of conception and provide them with the same protections afforded to born human beings under the law.

Sponsored by state Reps. Ron Hood and Candice Keller, House Bill 413 would allow doctors to be charged with murder for aborting an unborn baby.

The Stamford Advocate reports the bill allows exceptions for when the mother’s life is at risk. In those cases, doctors would not be prosecuted even if the treatment “unintentionally result in the termination of a pregnancy.”

“The time for regulating evil and compromise is over,” Keller said in a statement. “The time has come to abolish abortion in its entirety and recognize that each individual has the inviolable and inalienable right to life. Only respect for life can be the foundation of a free society that promotes peace, justice and integrity.”

Hood said they want to end abortion, not limit it.

“[Legislators] have decided which classes of people have a right to life by creating exceptions to abortion, which is tantamount to creating exceptions for pre-meditated murder,” he said in a statement.

The pro-life Republican lawmakers announced the bill Thursday. It has 21 co-sponsors in the Ohio House, though it is not clear if there would be enough votes in the state legislature to become law, according to City Beat.

Even if the bill passes, abortion activists certainly would challenge it. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited states from banning abortions prior to viability under Roe v. Wade.

Life News article continues here

Committee Votes to Stop the Prenatal Targeting of Babies with Down Syndrome

Below is a Press Release from the Pennsylvania Family Institute on House Bill 321, Down Syndrome Protection Act.   If you would, please say thank you to these Senate Committee members who just voted Yes on the Down Syndrome Protection Act. Contact information is below.  

PA Family Institute applauds vote on House Bill 321 and the effort to end the targeting of babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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(HARRISBURG, PA – November 18, 2019) Pennsylvania Family Institute applauds today’s vote by the PA Senate Health Committee on the Down Syndrome Protection Act, House Bill 321, as another step towards truly celebrating people with Down syndrome in Pennsylvania.

“Today’s vote, along with the passage by the PA House, sends a compassionate message to Pennsylvania communities that no human being should be targeted for death by abortion because of a disability.” says Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

“We are thankful for the leadership of Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) and Representative Kate Klunk (R-York County) in sponsoring this legislation, for Senator Michele Brooks (R-Mercer) and her leadership in the Senate Health Committee and for all the

Senators who voted in favor of this much-needed legislation.”

The Down Syndrome Protection Act would prohibit an abortion solely based on a diagnosis of possible Down Syndrome, and would augment the Pennsylvania law that already prohibits abortions solely based on the sex of the baby. Families across Pennsylvania join international disability rights champions such as Joni Eareckson Tada and  Karen Gaffney in strongly supporting this legislation.

“Countries like Iceland and Denmark are aborting nearly every child diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb,” comments Dan Bartkowiak, Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Family Institute. “Here in America, we’re trending towards Iceland with the majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome being

aborted. Pennsylvania is better than this. Let’s stop medical professionals from coercing women to abort their child solely because of Down syndrome, and let’s truly celebrate people with Down syndrome for the wonderful contributions they make to our state.”

Under current Pennsylvania law, a woman can obtain an abortion prior to 24 weeks gestational age for any reason if a physician deems it is necessary, except if the woman’s sole reason is to select the sex of the child. This bill would simply expand that exception.

The PA House of Representatives already passed HB321 back in May by a 117-76 vote. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

“We call on the Senate to pass this important legislation to stop this form of eugenics by protecting the most vulnerable among our citizens.”

Remember Pro-Life Organizations On Giving Tuesday

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As December is only less than 3 weeks away and before you know it, everyone will be rushing through the malls figuring out what to give to family, friends, and even co-workers.

On Tuesday, December 3rd is the annual Giving Tuesday initiative. Pro-lifers are asked to give to a pro-life charity.

Here is a list of some of the recommended organizations:

The Culture Project

Since 2014, The Culture Project is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. They currently have missionaries stationed in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toledo, and Cleveland. Please help them to continue their mission here

Generation Life

Generation Life began its work in the Summer of 2000 with a weekend-long Youth Leadership Conference. Their full-time classroom outreach efforts began in the Fall of 2001.

Generation Life reaches thousands of students each year. We offer educational programs for 7th – 12th-grade students and college students in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Generation Life educators focus on spreading this message to the Greater Philadelphia Area.

The energetic staff oversees Generation Life’s multiple and varied programs including school presentations, church talks, and special events such as Eighth Grade Chastity Days, weekly and monthly prayer vigils at local abortion facilities, and the South Jersey Beach Outreach. 

You can donate to their organization here

St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation

The initial mission of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is to accompany and support those wounded by divorce. Ultimately, we envision a family outreach ministry that offers supportive, educational and spiritual programs/resources across the life span. They host a monthly webinar for adults and separated and divorced Catholics.

You can contribute to them here

Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Hard to believe that the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia had an eventful year in 2019 from events that were normal to the fallout with State Rep. Brian Sims. Thanks to the parents of one of the doxxed teens they ran a successful fundraising campaign.

You can help them continue raising funds to reach out to vulnerable women in the Greater Philadelphia area here

HOPE Pregnancy Center Philadelphia

The HOPE Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals at risk for abortion make life-affirming reproductive health decisions. We believe all life is created by God and has infinite value. Therefore, we are committed to upholding the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

We understand that facing an unplanned pregnancy involves many difficult decisions. Factual information, paired with thoughtful consideration, is necessary in order to make an informed, responsible choice.

HOPE is here to offer confidential and non-judgmental assistance in a caring and supportive environment. Our services are available to all women without regard to age, race, religion, marital status or financial circumstances.

Learn more and give to them here

Students for Life of America

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is one of the nation’s most active pro-life organizations and the largest youth pro-life organization. We are the only national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping college, high school, medical, and law school students. Our approach is uniquely effective, and the methods we have developed are a combination of time-tested techniques and cutting-edge technology.

You can find out more and donate here

 

New York Law Forces Churches and Christian Groups to Hire Pro-Abortion Employees

“Gov. Cuomo has characterized pro-lifers as extreme and stated that they have no place in New York. He claims his comments were misconstrued, but his actions this year show that he actually meant what he said,” ADF Senior Counsel Ken Connelly

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The following article by Alliance Defending Freedom details a lawsuit filed against New York’s state law forcing Christian organizations to hire people who disagree with the beliefs of their mission.  

Attorneys representing a faith-based pregnancy center, a church, and other religious nonprofits filed a lawsuit late last week in federal court against the state of New York challenging a law that forces them to hire employees who disagree with the fundamental beliefs and mission of the organizations.

SB 660, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, requires all employers—including churches, religious schools, faith-based pregnancy care centers, and religious nonprofits—to disavow their beliefs about abortion, contraception, and sexual morality by forcing them to hire and employ those who refuse to abide by the organizations’ statements of faith. Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit on behalf of Rochester pregnancy care center CompassCare, First Bible Baptist Church, and other groups, including the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, an association of pro-life pregnancy centers.

“CompassCare offers comprehensive information and free medical care, practical resources, and hope to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies,” said ADF Legal Counsel Denise Harle. “Every woman deserves the support she needs to make the healthiest choice for everyone involved in her pregnancy. But New York’s new law forces CompassCare to contradict its own beliefs and to employ staff who endorse abortion—a decision that harms women and ends innocent lives. No one would force PETA to hire employees that hunt on the weekends. CompassCare deserves that same courtesy and equal freedom under law.”

The ADF lawsuit notes that SB 660 is the third in a trio of abortion-protective and abortion-advancing laws passed by the New York State Legislature this year and seeks to remedy a non-existent problem. The bill’s proponents failed to cite any documented instances of employment discrimination based on “reproductive health decisions” in New York or anywhere else.

“No government has the right to tell pro-life or religious organizations they must hire someone who doesn’t agree with their core mission,” said ADF Senior Counsel Ken Connelly. “New York is directly demeaning religious pro-life pregnancy centers and other faith-based organizations—like religious schools, Catholic hospitals, and even churches—by ordering them to violate their beliefs in key personnel and leadership decisions. The state is requiring our clients to contradict their convictions and undercut their freedom of association—requirements that are flatly unconstitutional.”

“Gov. Cuomo has characterized pro-lifers as extreme and stated that they have no place in New York. He claims his comments were misconstrued, but his actions this year show that he actually meant what he said,” Connelly explained.

“In January, he signed into law a bill that would effectively permit abortions up until a child is born. In April, he signed a bill requiring no-cost coverage of contraceptives, including abortifacient drugs. And now he has signed into law SB 660, a bill championed for years by Planned Parenthood, which requires religious and pro-life employers to hire and employ those who reject their belief that children deserve the chance to be born. Gov. Cuomo’s message to pro-life New Yorkers is loud and clear: The abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood trumps the lives of the unborn, and anyone who disagrees will be forced to bow to the state’s orthodoxy by force of law.”

The lawsuit, CompassCare v. Cuomo, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. James P. Trainor, one of more than 3,400 attorneys allied with ADF, is serving as local counsel in the case.

Click here to read Life News article

 

Adoption is a Loving Option

As this is National Adoption Awareness Month, I thought I’d share my adoption story with everyone.  I so often post stories from others on this subject and thought it about time to share my own.  

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You never know where you will be or what you will be doing when God sends a messenger to call you to serve Him.

I was  home on a Saturday, probably cleaning, when I received a telegram (this was way before the internet) from my uncle in the Philippines asking if we would take a child he came across in the hospital.  Without hesitation, my husband and I said yes; and so, our journey through the adoption process began.

A Little Background

My uncle, Father Gratian Murray, started out his ministry as a Christian Brother (he was known then as Brother Gratian of Mary) who was sent to the Philippines.  One of his major accomplishments was to start a home for abandoned boys called Bacolod Boys Home where boys he rescued from prison or living on the streets could have a place to call home.  Father Gratian was a major influence in my life, and I’ve saved the many letters he would send me over the years.

After 25 years of service as a Christian Brother, he became a diocesan priest.  On one of his trips to visit parishioners in the hospital in Bacolod he came across this little 11-month old girl who had been abandoned at birth and was living in the charity ward of the hospital.

My uncle knew we had our names on the adoption list in our diocese, so he automatically thought of us when he saw her.  At that time our Archdiocese had not handled many foreign adoptions (those who adopted before then were referred to the Archdiocese of New York), so we had to do a lot of the leg work ourselves. Finally, just after her second birthday, our daughter Maria came home to us.

It was a very cold night in January when she and the sister in charge of adoptions for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia  came in.  We were anxious as we didn’t know how she would respond to us.  When they came into the airport after landing, she came right to me as if she knew I was her mother.

The language barrier was a little hard at first.  My uncle had sent a paper with the words she knew and what they meant. It didn’t take long for me to figure out what she was saying and for her to learn our language.

When she was in the first grade, she became a US citizen.  She proudly announced to her teacher and her classmates that she was becoming a ‘senior citizen’. We all thought that was so cute and my sister actually had a cake made to celebrate afterwards with the words ‘Congratulations to the world’s youngest senior citizen’.

My daughter is 45 years-old now and has three children of her own as well as four grandchildren (making me a great-grandmother!).

By the way, during the adoption process, I found out I was pregnant and had  two other pregnancies after that.  Maria has three younger brothers and they are very close. I can’t imagine our lives without her or our sons. It wasn’t an easy ride; however, it certainly was worth it.  We’ve shared happy times and sad times, but we are all always there for one another.  In the link below are some pictures of our family; we are very proud of each and every one of them.

Adoption really is a loving option!

 

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March for Life Weekend To-Do List

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Do you have plans or thinking about making a long weekend in Washington, DC during the March for Life (Friday, January 24th)?

Believe it or not, there are pro-life events happening before and after the March for Life that you should consider attending. Here are just a few of the happenings before and after the march.

Thursday, January 24th

Bryan Kemper and other pro-lifers will be leading a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood’s Carol Whitehill Moses Center (1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002).

March for Life Vigil Mass

You are invited to join the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the 2020 Opening Prayer Vigil for Life on Thursday, January 23. Mass will begin at 5:30 PM in the Great Upper Church.

The Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, KS, and Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be the main celebrant and homilist. Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN as well as the National Shrine’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

March for Life Conference

The March for Life Conference is designed to provide marchers with in-depth education on the yearly theme. The speakers and training sessions will provide information and training tools for marchers to go back to their communities equipped to make a difference for life. Register here

Schedule:

9:00 a.m. Keynote Address – TBA

10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion – TBA

11:00 a.m. Capitol Hill 101 – a session designed to equip marchers to meet with their Members of Congress during their March for Life trip to advocate for the sanctity of life.

Storkball 2020

You may have noticed a previous blog post regarding a banquet hosted by Save the Storks, a pro-life organization based in Colorado Springs. Learn about their event taking place the night before the march here.

Friday, January 24th

Closing Mass

In addition, on Friday, January 24th, The National Shrine will conclude the National Prayer Vigil for Life with Holy Mass in the Great Upper Church at 7:30 AM.

For a full schedule, visit here

March for Life Expo

Friday, January 24, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (This event is also taking place on January 22nd from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. and 23rd from 9AM to 8PM.)

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From the March for Life’s website:

Schedule

January 24, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Musical opening
12:00 p.m. Rally Program
1:00 p.m. March up Constitution Avenue to Supreme Court and Capitol Building
3:00 p.m. After finishing marching:

  • Silent No More testimonies outside U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Advocate for life to your Representative or Senators.
  • Visit the March for Life Expo.

Location

The March for Life Rally will take place at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall, in between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm.

Travel Info

Please use the Metro to arrive at the rally site. Recommend locations: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Metro Center. For metro info: https://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/.(Check out our March for Life map — you can print off paper copies OR download the March for Life app.)

Have your metro card easily accessible, before you enter the station. Metro Stations are crowded during rush hour, and even more crowded on the March for Life, during rush hour. Keep in mind that in the Washington Metro system, you need to tap in and tap out of their fare gates. One way to alleviate long lines, and avoid the frustration of fellow metro riders is to have your metro card ready, in your hand, before you enter the line for the fare gate. Also, you do not need to wait for the gates to close after the person in front of you walks through, just ensure you tap your card to the SmarTrip target and proceed through the gate.

Important Notes

  • While walking and riding the metro in D.C., please be respectful of residents and commuters. Let’s show the nation’s capital how passionate and polite and respectful pro-lifers really are!
  • Do not leave trash or signs on the grounds of the National Mall, Supreme Court, or Capitol.
  • This is our nation’s capital and we should treat it with dignity and respect. If trash bins are full, please carry your trash or sign with you until you find an available trash bin.
  • Do not engage with counter-protesters. If they try to engage you, ignore them as best you can. However, if you are comfortable doing, so use your phone to video the situation. This is for your protection.
  • Once again, please be respectful of all people and stay focused on the cause of promoting and celebrating life, lovingly and graciously.

38th Annual Rose Dinner

The Rose Dinner is an evening of inspiration and fellowship to conclude the March for Life activities.

This year’s speakers are Sister Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life and Dr. William Hogan.

Sister Bethany Madonna (Keynote Speaker)

Sister Bethany Madonna entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. While attending the University of Central Florida, she had a profound encounter with the Lord, which drew her heart toward the vulnerable unborn and their mothers. After her graduation in 2006, she worked for the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Orlando before joining her religious community. She made her final vows in 2015 and currently lives at the community’s Motherhouse, serving as the Vocation Director. She loves sharing the message of life and love.

Dr. William Hogan (Guest of Honor)

Dr. Bill Hogan began his medical career as an OBGYN in the 1960s, placing the loving care for expectant mothers and babies at the heart of everything he did, both inside and out of his practice. From serving women with crisis pregnancies in his medical practice to defending the Human Life Amendment before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Hogan has fully exemplified the spirit of the pro-life movement. For this reason, the March for Life is honored to present Dr. William Hogan with the inaugural Pro-Life Legacy Award.

Learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Bill Hogan.

Note: Tickets for the Rose Dinner are sold out and registration is closed.

Please reach out to Mary Lembke at marylembke@marchforlife.org to inquire about sponsorships or to be added to the waiting list. A small number of tickets may be available in January.

January 25th

There are several pro-life events happening around DC, including two conferences in downtown DC and at Georgetown University.

Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood Carol Whitehill Moses Center

Pro-lifers are welcome to pray outside of Planned Parenthood and offer life-saving alternatives.  (1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002) From 8AM-12PM. There will be a Jericho Walk around the perimeter of the building.

Students for Life of America Conference

This year’s theme is History Maker: Casting a Vision for a Post-Roe America.

The Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, handed down by our Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, have shaped our nation for the last 46 years. We are drawing a line in the sand to say, “no more!”

Pro-lifers are poised on the edge of a pro-life wave that has brought us two decades of advancement in pro-life legislation, the most pro-life Presidential administration in history, more pro-life judges being appointed across the nation and to the Supreme Court, and public opinion shifting ever more to rejecting abortion. Now, we must prepare for that wave to come crashing down on the Supreme Court decision that started it all.

If we really want to see Roe reversed and if we really want to see abortion become unthinkable, then now is the time to prepare for a post-Roe nation.

Register for the conference here

Click here to learn about this year’s lineup for speakers.

Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life

Mission

The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life strives to promote intellectually rigorous discourse on the dignity of human life. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, the Conference is named in the honor of His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, the late Archbishop of New York and a Georgetown University alumnus, who principally committed himself to care for the defenseless and eloquently advancing the pro-life argument. We aim to encourage discussion among men and women of all faiths and backgrounds, including students, professionals, academics, and clergy. Attendees will leave the Conference equipped with the arguments and information necessary to better promote a consistent ethic of life in their own communities.

History

Traditionally held on the day before or after the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Conference was founded by Georgetown University undergraduate students in January 2000 and later named in honor of John Cardinal O’Connor. Cardinal O’Connor was renowned as a champion of the unborn and the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life seeks to continue his mission. Each year, our attendees have the opportunity to hear from the nation’s leading advocates in the pro-life movement, participate in small group discussions, meet other collegiate leaders, and experience the momentum that the movement brings to our nation’s capital each year during the March for Life.

Originally created for college and high school students, the Conference now attracts students, academics, clergy, and activists from around the country to reflect on a variety of pro-life topics. The Conference has grown to be the largest collegiate pro-life conference in the United States and to host many prominent pro-life speakers, including Helen Alvaré, Dr. Robert George, Margaret Colin, Dr. Michael Pakaluk, Deirdre McQuade, Archbishop Burke, Cardinal O’Malley, Dr. Charles Camosy, Ross Douthat, Jennifer O’Neill, Mother Agnes of the Sisters for Life, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Serrin Foster, Rep. Chris Smith, Dr. Wanda Franz, Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Dr. Alveda C. King, Rep. Henry Hyde, Richard Doerflinger, Jeanne Mancini, George Weigel, and Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

To register, visit the site here.

Also, click here to learn about the myriad of speakers lined up for the conference.

More events will become available at another time. Start making your plans, network with fellow pro-lifers, and stand for life.

Christmas Shopping: Voices for Life Edition

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Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Before you know it, we have family, friends, and at times, clergy or co-workers to give a Christmas present to as many will flock the malls while others will shop from the comfort of their home to avoid the hustle and bustle. Keep in mind that Small Business Saturday is the day after Black Friday. Support some of our businesses that promote morality.

We are posting a list of businesses to support as you do your Christmas shopping. We have something for everyone. Many are small businesses in the Philadelphia area while others are either nationally or globally known. I have also included well-known pro-life groups that have amazing t-shirts you can wear and initiate a loving, peaceful conversation with someone who is pro-choice of on the fence.

For Pro-Life Gear

Stand True has an amazing selection of t-shirts that range from abortion is murder to adoption. They have shirts in English and Spanish. See some of the selections here.

Pro-Life Etsy Store

Etsy.com has some amazing selection of pro-life stickers, shirts, and even other forms of clothing.

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If you may recall, Voices for Life interviewed a new clothing line dedicated to the promotion of the culture of life. Learn more about them here. They are headquartered in West Chester, PA area. They have modest clothing for both men and women along with amazing accessories. Catch: They are counter-cultural with their proceeds going to pro-life charities as many of the regular clothing lines are supporting Planned Parenthood.

Uplift By Lily

Craig Glantz founded a store that was born from prayer and one single thought. “How can we provide a positive shopping experience that does not pollute.

Why is this important to us? There are so many stores that sell what I call “skull-fashion”. Skulls on shirts, skulls on backpacks, skulls on socks, skulls, skulls, skulls and other apparel glorifying the culture of death. While I know we all have to face our impending death, let’s not glorify it now. Let’s remain positive and strive to build each other up!
The name of our store was born out of the death (ironic as it may sound) of our second daughter, Lily Gianna Glantz, whom we lost to anencephaly in 2012.
We believe, however, that she remains always with us through intercessory prayer and is guiding us, uplifting us if you will, towards Heaven. Thus the impetus for our name and our store!
Well, that’s us in a very small nutshell and we hope you enjoy our designs and if you want to design your own product, just ask!! We can help you do that too! If we don’t currently have an item you want chances are we can obtain it! Just ask! Uplift By Lily
You can learn more about our littlest Saint Lily Gianna Glantz here: https://www.upliftbylily.com/blogs/news
You may visit the store website here
For all Catholics, here is a list of stores you can visit.
Proceeds of any purchases you make with go to Rachel’s Vineyard and Legacy of Life.
Visual Grace
Visual Grace creates artistic avenues to bring to life the true, the good, and the beautiful. With the aim of combining the mission of cultural restoration and the arts, Visual Grace promotes truth, beauty, and goodness in a way that inspires others to respond to the unique call of grace in their own lives.
Check out her amazing selections of prints and paintings here
Here are some gift ideas for a family member or loved one
Here are several book recommendations that I posted during the summer that can make amazing stocking stuffers
For those who love to put their pro-life message in their formal wear, check out my interview with Angelique Clark and Life Dress
You have plenty of gift ideas for your loved ones, pollyanna, co-workers, and even friends this Christmas.
Time to start making that giving list.