“Unplanned” Movie Star Establishes Scholarships to Help Pregnant Women Keep Their Babies

“The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will be a lifeline to a young mom’s future as she makes the brave choice to embrace motherhood.”

LifeNews Note: Andrea Trudden writes for PregnancyHelpNews, where this originally appeared.

Inspired by her role as Abby Johnson in the movie Unplanned, Ashley Bratcher is partnering with Heartbeat International to offer moms facing unplanned pregnancies educational scholarships so they can continue pursuing their dreams while raising their children.

The Unplanned Movie Scholarship fund is now accepting donations at www.UnplannedMovieScholarship.com. 

“Women CAN pursue their careers, live out their dreams, and have richer, more fulfilling lives while balancing motherhood. Sometimes, it just takes a little help,” Bratcher said. “I wanted to be a part of empowering mothers to chase their dreams and to provide a means for those who chose life to continue their educations.”

The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will honor brave women who choose life when facing an unplanned pregnancy with a $5,000 annual scholarship to put toward their education. The application process for the Unplanned Movie Scholarships will open at a later date.

“Tucked into Unplanned is a vivid reminder that education can present an obstacle to accepting the new life within,” said Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International. “The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will be a lifeline to a young mom’s future as she makes the brave choice to embrace motherhood.”

When asked about the partnership, Bratcher said, “Working with Heartbeat is an opportunity to direct women to the support that so many of them are seeking. Not only will the scholarship financially support the decision of mothers to continue their education, but it will also connect them to an organization that will support them throughout their pregnancy and beyond.”

Heartbeat International is the first and largest pro-life pregnancy help network in the world, with over 2,700 affiliated locations in more than 60 countries. Heartbeat’s mission is to Reach and Rescue as many lives as possible, around the world, through an effective network of life-affirming pregnancy help, to Renew communities for LIFE in order to achieve their vision of making abortion unwanted today and unthinkable for future generations.

“Heartbeat International is an organization that represents the essence of all that I believe the pro-life movement should be. Women are supported, empowered, loved, and never judged,” Bratcher said.

Murphy Administration Asks Supreme Court to End Restraining Order to Stop NJ Assisted Suicide Law

The following is from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of the New Jersey Right to Life.  Please read her commentary below as well the article in the NJBIZ from Daniel J. Munoz. 

We have just learned that the Murphy Administration has asked the NJ Supreme Court to end the restraining order halting the NJ Assisted Suicide law. Let’s hope the NJ Supreme Court refuses their request. 

We will continue to keep you apprised as we learn of new developments in this case.

Assisted suicide

By: Daniel J. Munoz 
August 19, 2019 3:07 pm

State officials are asking the New Jersey Supreme Court to end a judge’s halt on implementing the state’s “Aid in Dying” law, which will allow physician-assisted suicide of certain terminally ill patients.

Last week Mercer County Judge Paul Innes sided with a Bergan county physician, Dr. Yoseff Glassman of Bergenfield, who wanted the law declared unconstitutional and struck down, making the argument that the state has not yet rolled out enough regulations for the law, which went into effect on Aug. 1.

The Aug. 16 appeal filed by the Office of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asks the appeals court to lift the temporary restraining order while the lawsuit moves through the court system.

This one was not an easy one to get to, but I got convinced that it shouldn’t be the law that dictates how things end … But it should be you and your loved ones.

– Gov. Phil Murphy

Glassman and his attorney, E. David Smith of Smith & Associates, will file their own response to the appeal this week.

“We’re going to vigorously fight that injunction,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at an unrelated press conference on Aug. 15 in Edison.

“It is really hard for me, particularly given growing up as a Catholic… This one was not an easy one to get to, but I got convinced that it shouldn’t be the law that dictates how things end,” he added. “But it should be you and your loved ones.”

A hearing on the legal validity of the “Aid in Dying” law is scheduled for Oct. 23. Until then doctors will be barred from writing any lethal prescriptions.

The judge’s decision “has disrupted the status quo, creating mass confusion among physicians and terminally ill patients,” the filing reads. “This disruption will irreparably harm such patients’ mental well-being and force them to continue in the intense suffering, pain, and indignity of terminal illnesses,” it adds. “Indeed, the attorney general is aware of one such family who was denied a prescription today based on the trial court’s order.

Under the measure – formally called the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, signed by Murphy in April – a doctor can prescribe life-ending medicine to someone with a terminal illness who has no more than six months to live. The measure requires a 15-day waiting period between when the patient requests the medication and when the doctor can write a prescription. Patients have to demonstrate that they are mentally sound and not being coerced into making the decision.

“What we believe [this law] is creating is a separate category of human beings, a life unworthy of life,” Smith said at a Monday press conference in Trenton.

Smith alleged that the law ran afoul of a 1976 Karen Ann Quinn New Jersey Supreme Court decision, wherein a comatose patient was taken off of life support, and that the ruling mandated that life-ending medication cannot be prescribed by doctors.

Additionally, Smith contested that a mandate that a doctor who refuses to take part in the life-ending procedure would still be required to hand over the patient’s medical records to a person seeking the option essentially coerces the doctor to take part in the process. Smith also alluded to a sort of slippery slope if the law continues. The minimum age for requesting the prescription might be lowered, for example.

“Once the process starts, it can grow and grow, the restrictions become lax, there’s no telling where it will stop,” Assemblyman Robert Auth, R-39th District, said at the Monday press conference.

“Family members might put this on… granny’s apple sauce,” Smith said. Or doctors and other medical staff, as well as the patient’s family, might find ways to circumvent the patient’s opposition to ending their own life. Without offering proof, he alleged that similar scenarios have already played out in Oregon and the Netherlands.

The measure has drawn considerable opposition, such as from the American Medical Society. The state Legislature narrowly approved the measure in both the Assembly and Senate. And, Auth unveiled his own legislation that would repeal the aid in dying law.

“That is not something that should be engaged in,” Auth said.

The points of the lawsuit were heavily disputed by one of the main sponsors of the bill, Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-3rd District, who said the suit was an “eleventh-hour” effort to halt the measure.

The patient records, Burzichelli contended, are the property of the patient, and a doctor – who might be opposed to assisted suicide –would have no legal grounds for withholding those records from another physician who might engage in the process, Burzichelli told NJBIZ.

And, the legislation was meticulous and clear in crafting its wording by which state officials and physicians must adhere to when prescribing life-ending medication – contrary to the argument that there had not been enough regulations governing the law, according to Burzichelli.

“Nothing new was offered by Glassman’s attorney at today’s press conference,” Burzichelli added in a statement. “The details he discussed today have all been addressed as we worked nearly seven years to refine the legislation.”

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

Gun Control and the Culture of Death

The following was sent to me by pro-life prayer warrior and friend,  Barney Byrne.  He uses Archbishop Chaput’s words to draw a correlation between the gun violence in our country to the killing we’ve allowed of unborn children through abortion.  

Gun Control

Is the Culture of Death in our Country the main reason for our Country’s recent history of mass shootings and are guns only ones means of instituting that violence?
Exactly 20 years ago, in U.S. Senate testimony just weeks after the Columbine H.S. massacre, Archbishop Charles Chaput of our own Philadelphia Archdiocese offered these thoughts:
“The real problem is in here, in us… In the last four decades we’ve created a culture that markets violence in dozens of different ways, seven days a week.  When we build our advertising campaigns on consumer selfishness and greed, and when money becomes the universal measure of value, how can we be surprised when our sense of community erodes?  When we glorify and multiply guns, why are we shocked when kids use them.  When we answer murder with more violence in the death penalty, we put the state’s seal of approval on revenge. 
When the most dangerous place in the country is a mother’s womb and the unborn child can have his or her head crushed in an abortion, the body language of that message is that life isn’t and may not be worth much at all.  In fact, certain kinds of killing no longer even count officially as “killing”. Certain kinds of killing we enshrine as rights and protect by law. 
When we live this kind of contradiction, why are we surprised at the results?  The Columbine murders will mark my (Denver) community for years to come.  We live in the most violent century in history.  Nothing makes us immune from that violence except a relentless commitment to respect the sanctity of each human life, from womb to natural death.  The civility and community we’ve built in this country are fragile.  We’re losing them.  In examining how and why our culture markets violence, I ask you not to stop with symptoms.  Look deeper.  The families in Littleton and throughout the country deserve at least that much”  
  Twenty years later, the Archbishop has said,
“only a fool can believe that “gun control” will solve the problem of mass violence.  The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts.  The twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve created over the past half-century. 
And so the Archbishop went on to say,
” Treating the symptoms in a culture of violence doesn’t work.  We need to look deeper.  Until we’re willing to do that,  nothing fundamental will change.”
    Surly words of wisdom, no matter what your creed.

Fall 2019 40 Days Preview: Planned Parenthood (Center City)


The second 40 Days for Life Vigil will take place outside of the largest Planned Parenthood in the Keystone State. The 40 Days Vigil was first introduced there in the Fall of 2014 thanks to the efforts and diligence of Dr. Monique Ruberu. 5 turnarounds took place during the inaugural campaign.

Recently the facility made national headlines when State Rep. Brian Sims harassed pro-lifers and even dox his supporters in the location and names of four teenage girls who prayed outside of the facility this past spring. Read more here and how the father of teenage girls responded here

One appalling fact that cannot be denied is how this facility has failed 13 state inspections, yet it kills 4,000 babies a year.

Center City

Even a thousand people showed up to stand against bullying days after the videos of Brian Sims verbally harassing peaceful pro-lifers went viral. While the peaceful pro-life community came together to condemn the now-disgraced Rep. Brian Sims, The escorts and volunteers of Planned Parenthood refuse to denounce him

Aren’t we fed up with the lies Planned Parenthood has filled in our culture? Isn’t it time we, concerned Christians, who want to show love to women in their hour of great need that enough is enough? Is there a solution to stopping the murders in our city?

There is a solution. It is you and me. We can turn the tide in the City of Brotherly Love. We cannot let this atrocity continue in the city where the first inalienable right known as life which was given to all Americans since 1776. The right to life is not for some, but it is for all people from womb to tomb.


The vigil hours outside of this abortion facility are from Monday to Saturday 8AM to 4PM. The campaign begins on Wednesday, September 25th and ends on All Souls Day (Saturday, November 2nd). Mondays and Tuesdays are appointment days. Surgical abortions take place between Wednesdays to Saturdays. This facility also issues the chemical abortion pill RU-482.

If you are reading this post and wondering how someone with no experience can prepare to shower love to women entering these abortion facilities, then you may want to check out sidewalk servants 

We will also post the link to prayer suggestions while outside of the abortion facility at a later time.

To sign up for hours, visit here


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National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children to be Held on Saturday, September 14th

On Saturday, September 14, pro-life Americans will honor the memory of the more than 60 million unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.  Below is information as well as a list of memorial services being held that day from the Pro-Life Action League. 

Memorial Service

On Saturday, September 14th, 2019, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League will co-sponsor the 7th annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, calling on pro-life Americans to honor the gravesites of our aborted brothers and sisters. Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at these gravesites, of which there are 52 across the United States, as well as at dozens of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted children.

Click here for times and locations for National Day of Remembrance services around the country.

40 Days for Life Campaign Preview: Philadelphia Women’s Center


It’s that time of the year. Schools will be back in session. Retailers will gear up for the final quarter of sales. Summer air and heat will transition into the cool, crisp autumn air. Unfortunately, the innocent unborn will continue to be slaughtered in Philadelphia. The solution is 40 Days for Life Campaign. The campaign at the largest non- Planned Parenthood affiliate, now in its sixth campaign, will take place once again.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Philadelphia Women’s Center performed 6,437 abortions in 2018. The majority of the abortions are done on black babies. Where is the outrage from the city of Brotherly Love?  Why do Black Lives Matters on all stages but conception? How can we stop these many children being led to the slaughter at an abortion facility that sits five floors above a day-care?

The answer is prayer, fast, love, mercy, boldness, truth, and courage. With each of them, I know that people will be more aware of this chop shop and eventually hit it where it hurts.

Pro-Lifers are encouraged to sign up for vigil hours here.

Encourage your friends, family, groups, and even those who are looking to be more involved with this campaign.

Note: This facility is located at 777 Appletree and has no connection with Planned Parenthood. They have a facility along the eastern seaboard in cities such as Hartford, Atlanta, and New York. The vigil hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 8AM-3PM. There is a regular Saturday vigil from 6:30AM to 8AM. All pro-lifers living in the Philadelphia area are encouraged to take part in the vigil during and after the 40 Days campaign. 

Calling All Prayer Warriors! Please Join Pro-Life Berks at the Planned Parenthood in Reading, Pennsylvania

The following is from an email I received from Kathy Kuhns and the Pro-Life Berks Board of Directors looking for volunteers to join them in their Prayer Project (see previous article on this project here and read the Guidlines listed below) as well as other information from their weekly updates.  

Praying Hands

Calling all prayer warriors!  It’s time to start praying at Reading Planned Parenthood for the new Prayer Project.  We’re asking God to close Reading Planned Parenthood and end abortion here.   We need several hundred people to commit to praying at RPP every day of the week!  We’re facing very great evil as you know. RPP still does abortions after 20 years.  Please let Pastor Joe know you will be praying, and if you are planning on a set time each week (a half hour is fine), let him know that as well.  Pastor Joe:  jsclafani@ springvalley.church.

The first 30 people to sign up and commit to praying in the Prayer Project will receive a free t-shirt!  We’ll also be getting signs for you to hold and handouts.

Last week at Reading Planned Parenthood (RPP) there were 11 of us there when the abortionist arrived. (Thanks to Tome and Sue Taylor for bringing some young people from their church).    The abortionist shows little emotion, but at least he knows we’re praying for him and the babies.   RPP had there rainbow flag out again last wee, but not this week.  This week the new faces, and a few older ones, of the workers arrived.  They sure have a turnover of workers.  The abortionist came at his usual time.  Business was rather slow, thanks be to God, only a few who seemed abortion – minded entered.

If you have extra time to pray at RPP, please consider Wednesday morning, when the hazardous waste truck comes to pick up the boxed dead babies and other bloody trash to be taken to the incinerator for burning.  Pray for the souls of the babies and for this company, and it’s workers, to stop doing business with Reading Planned Parenthood.   I’ve been able to sprinkle holy water on the boxes a few times and talk to the driver,  so you can too.

Don’t forget to tune in to Pro-Life Berks on BCTV, Monday, Aug 19th, 8 PM,   Guests, the McFaddens.  Great story to tell!

Praise God that the movie, Unplanned, now on DVD, is number one!  So many people reached by this movie.


Guidelines for Praying and Bible Verses

Former Students for Life Group Founder Nominated by Trump to Federal Court


The following article was written by Matt Lamb, communications director for Students for Life of America. It is reposted with the intent to keep our readers in the loop on current events regarding life issues. It is reposted with the permission of Students for Life of America. 

President Trump has nominated Sarah Pitlyk, the founder of Yale Law Students for Life and an attorney for the pro-life non-profit Thomas More Society to become a federal judge. Pitlyk has been nominated for a seat in the Eastern District of Missouri, according to courthousenews.com.

Pitlyk also clerked for then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh and has frequently defended high profile pro-life clients, including David Daleiden.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America said, “Sarah Pitlyk is an excellent nominee to be a federal judge and we are excited to see a former leader of ours nominated to be a federal judge. Her intellect, compassion, and integrity will serve the interests of all who come before her in court.”
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Pitlyk has worked on a series of anti-abortion legal cases in recent years, including: A dispute over whether a divorced St. Louis County couple’s frozen embryos were property or “unborn children” under Missouri law; a civil lawsuit filed against Planned Parenthood by a man acquitted of a bomb threat charge; and the defense of a man accused in California of making a false exposé that claimed that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue….In the other seven cases, all filed in 2019, Pitlyk was one of the lawyers who filed amicus briefs on behalf of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion advocacy organization that supported abortion-related rule changes by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Those changes were being challenged in a series of lawsuits. The rules bar clinics that receive federal money from referring patients to abortion providers, among other requirements.”
You can watch her interview from EWTN here
You can also learn more about the nominee from the St. Thomas More Society

The Innocent Martyrs Pro-Life Rosary

Pro Life Rosary

Ghirelli is selling a one of a kind rosary that has a pro-life theme.

The Innocent Martyrs Pro Life Rosary, a first for Ghirelli, offers a design that’s unique yet powerfully provocative. It is our hope that you will use this rosary to pray for not only those innocent martyrs who were aborted from their mother’s womb, but also for those women who are currently contemplating an abortion, healthcare workers involved in the abortion industry, parents who chose to abort their child without understanding the horror of the procedure, parents overwhelmed by grief and remorse from choosing an abortion, and for the prayer warriors who stand in silent protest witnessing the Gospel of Our Lord at the abortion clinics every day.

To order your pro-life rosary, order here

The break down of its concept:

The Centerpiece: On the front side a beautiful image of Mary, the model of Motherhood, embracing the Child Jesus, who is Life, the Word made flesh! On the back side, a weeping mother embraces an empty space in the form of a child filled with the blood of the baby’s martyrdom in abortion.

The Crucifix: On the front side Jesus, the Author of Life, who gave His life so that we might have it in abundance — which is the fulfillment of His plans for each of us. On the reverse side: a void in the form of a child full of the blood of his martyrdom in abortion. Below this image, three drops of Blood which represents the pain of the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — the Triune God who infused the Soul at the moment of conception. Like Jesus, the child lost to abortion suffers from his killing from which innocent blood descends.

Beads: round glass beads in 6mm size and white color

Finish: Antique Silver

Embellishments: Hand enamel detail in red color

Note: The rosaries, after they are ordered, will not ship until late September. Get yours today.

How One of America’s Largest Black Denominations is Campaigning Against Abortion

Throughout history, Planned Parenthood has sought to fulfill Margaret Sanger’s legacy and aimed for our community.

Below is a Christian Post article authored by reporter, Samuel Smith. He reported on Family Life Campaign, a pioneering effort by a Pentecostal denomination to serve pregnant women in crisis. This underscored the need for all churches to become involved in similar efforts to help women, in crisis pregnancies, to choose life for their unborn babies.

Black churches across the nation are engaging in a campaign against abortion that involves not only political advocacy against groups like Planned Parenthood but also the provision of resources to vulnerable mothers who choose to give birth.

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), a Pentecostal-Holiness denomination with over 6.5 million members across the globe, is stressing upon churches the need for them to serve as “landing pads” that assist women facing unwanted pregnancies and the need to engage the dark realities of abortion’s impact on the black community.

Through its Family Life Campaign launched in 2015, COGIC is partnering with Human Coalition, a nationwide network of pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics, to reach and serve African-American women who would have otherwise “walked in the doors of Planned Parenthood” or another abortion clinic.

The Family Life Campaign is believed to be the first sustained pro-life campaign launched by a major black denomination in the U.S. 

“Quite honestly, many denominations — white and predominantly black denominations — have not taken a stand and literally said, ‘This is what we stand for,’” Leslie Monet, the international director of COGIC’s Family Life Campaign, told The Christian Post.

“But we recognize that Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood, was a deeply racist woman. She [advocated] for populations to be decreased because she thought that they were unfit. And that includes the African American community. Throughout history, Planned Parenthood has sought to fulfill Margaret Sanger’s legacy and aimed for our community. And that’s why it is important to the Church of God in Christ.”

The Family Life Campaign was launched by COGIC’s Presiding Bishop Charles Blake, who voiced concern about what’s happening to children today as data shows that black women disproportionately account for more than one-third of all abortions in the United States.

And in a place like New York City, abortions’ impact on the black community is so great that the number of black babies aborted in the city outnumbers the babies actually born.

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