Gianna Center of Philadelphia – Our Inaugural Year in Pictures

Below is the newsletter from the Gianna Center of Philadelphia along with pictures of the many events they’ve had this year.  This center is an important part of our pro-life work and just as with all our pregnancy help centers, they too need our support, both financially and spiritually.  Please read about their year and view their many pictures, and if you can, please make a donation to help them keep their doors open.  Information is posted below for donations.  

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Our Opening Day in the New Office

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Over 50 friends, patients and supporters joined Bishop John McIntyre and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale for an office blessing and open house on April 26.  Anne Nolte, Executive Director of the National Gianna Center in New York City also came down for the day.  The Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council #3327 presented a check for $5,000 they had raised for the Gianna Center at an event in Bridgeport in March.

Exam rooms in the new office have been dedicated to John and Harriet Stanton, and to the Knights of Columbus in recognition of their extraordinary support.   Earlier this spring, regional councils of the Knights generously donated the cost of an ultrasound machine for the Gianna Center through a matching grant program from the Supreme Council’s Culture of Life Fund.  The Stantons are long-time bastions of the Philadelphia pro-life community whose commitment has extended to the establishment of this center for women’s reproductive health.

Our Outreach to Student Health Care Professionals

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In September, Dr. Larrauri traveled to Misericordia University, at the request of Dr. Chris Carr, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.  She was asked to speak about health risks to a woman’s fertility from contraceptives.  On Oct 7, Dr. Larrauri and  Barbara Rose were invited to speak to Temple Medical Students. Later that same month, they spoke at Rowan School of  Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ.

Our Outreach to Women with Low Incomes

Since its opening, the Gianna Center has been providing services to low income women in the Greater Philadelphia area. Twice this year, we hosted  “Free Clinic Days.” These are times that the office is open to anyone without insurance for general gynecologic examinations and in-office screenings. As the Gianna Center is located near Norristown, there has been outreach to the Hispanic community though St.Patrick’s church ministry and the Missionary Sisters of Charity.  The generous gift of the ultrasound from the Knignts of Columbus has proven to be an invaluable tool for diagnosing patients and has assisted Dr. Larrauri in providing care to women who might otherwise had more serious outcomes in their first trimester of pregnancy.

Our NaPro Babies!

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NaPro Babies is our affectionate term for children whose mothers benefited from the protocols of NaProTechnology during their pregnancies. Many thanks to the moms who graciously shared pictures of their precious ones for all of us to enjoy! *

*Pictures posted with permission

Our Participation in the 38th Annual AAFCP Meeting

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The Gianna Center of Philadelphia was front and center during the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP).  Pro-life women’s health professionals from all over the country and all over the world, gathered in Blue Bell, at the Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center this summer.  Participants of the Annual Meeting came to our evening open house on July 19 th.  Esteemed guests included Susan Hiilgers, wife of Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers and one of the cofounders of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, Dr. Joseph Stanford, NaProTechnology researcher and professor  at the University of Utah Dept. Family and Preventive Medicine and  Dr. Jean Golden Teavald,  former preseident of the AAFCP and  medical director of Morning Star Family Health in Clinton NJ.

Our First Gala at the Union League 

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Thanks to all of you who came out to support the Gianna Center of Philadelphia on Oct 22 for the first Annual Gala.  Your enthusiasm for the Culture of Life that is growing in our city is contagious, and is its own encouragement for soldiers in the battle like the Knights of Columbus, the Missionary Sisters of Charity, the Love and Fidelity Network, and FertilityCare Practitioner Liz Parrish, RN.  Your generosity helps us to realize the promise of their work by enabling us to provide authentically Catholic, pro-life health care to the women and families of our community.

On the Front Lines! 

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is transforming the culture by changing lives.  By supporting chastity; educating couples to understand their own fertility; empowering women with pro-life family planning options; restoring the fertility of women struggling to conceive; providing information and support to women facing crisis pregnancies; and training the next generation of pro-life healthcare providers, our medical team transforms pro-life ideals into real life choices.

We are honored to be called to this work, but we cannot do it alone.

Challenge Appeal

To celebrate the Gianna Center of Philadelphia’s first year in operation, a generous benefactor has promised to match any amount up to $25,000 that we receive between now and December 27, 2019.

If you share our values, now is the moment to join us in this critical mission!  Whether you can give $50, $500, or $5,000, your gift to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia will make a difference, and if you act now, our matching donor will double it.

Donate today by clicking here

To learn more about the Gianna Center of Philadelphia’s work in our community visit us online at www.phgiannacenter.org, or mail your gift to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia, P.O. Box 354, Jenkintown, PA  19046.

Thank you for your prayers and support this year, and know that we are praying for you as well!

Will you respond TODAY to turn your pro-life values into real change in women and children’s lives?

Memorial Mass for the Feast of the Holy Innocents to be Celebrated in Bucks County, Pa.

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The Feast of the Holy Innocents is observed each December 28th to remember the children slaughtered by King Herod and his henchmen.

According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the “Vicinity of Bethlehem,” so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. (Wikipedia)

This feast day holds a particular significance to the pro-life movement as we also remember all the innocent pre-born babies killed each and every day through the terrible sin of abortion.

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA, a Mass is celebrated each year on this date to honor the memory of those children who have been killed these past 40 years though abortion.

The Mass and memorial service for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, will be held  at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, located at 1410 Almshouse Road in Jamison, Pa. at 9:00 am. 

All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served following the Mass.

Use this link to find directions to St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church

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Et Tu Hallmark?

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Well, here we go again.  We were all broken-hearted when Chick fil A, a bastion for family values, caved to leftist demands and started donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization which has attacked mainstream conservatives and is a promoter and supporter of Planned Parenthood.

Now we hear that Hallmark, a family-friendly cable station is in the process of doing the same with its Christmas movies.

I know many of you are wondering why a pro-life blog would be writing about this subject, and some have voiced their opinion that we should give a pass to Chick fil A and Hallmark.  But how do you give a pass to companies that donate to organizations  such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood, groups who go after the very souls of our youth?  If they can’t destroy the lives of our children and grandchildren through abortion, then they seek to destroy their souls through  indoctrination into immoral and dangerous lifestyles.  Make no mistake, Planned Parenthood has it’s tentacles into every avenue it can find to promote their agenda and destroy our families.

Will we be as the Julius Ceasar in Shakespeare’s play who resigned himself to his fate, or will we stand up and fight for God’s laws and our families? As I stated in my earlier post on Chick fil A, we as Christians are taught to turn the other cheek; however, we cannot allow ourselves to be slapped silly, and that is just what we have been doing by not expressing our disappointment to those who wish to impose immorality on our families.

What can we do?  We need to contact the Board of Directors of both Chick fil A and Hallmark and express our concerns.  We need to let them know that we plan to boycott them until they once again promote the values we all hold so dear.  (Contact information is below).

And we need to pray!  Pray for  those sitting on Boards who are making decisions which attack traditional family values.  Pray for our youth who are being indoctrinated by the dredges of society who are hell-bent on destroying their souls.  And we need to pray for the conversion of so many in our society who are heading down satan’s highway to hell.

Please contact the Board of Directors at Hallmark  at Hallmark , P.O. Box 419034, Mail Drop 216, Kansas City, MO 64141-6580  or phone them at 1-800-Hallmark (1-800-425-5627).

If you haven’t yet contacted Chick fil A Board of Directors, the address is Chick-fil-A CARES, P.O. Box 725489, Atlanta, GA 31139-9923 or phone them at 1-866-232-2040.

Please be firm but polite when contacting these organizations.  Our goal is for them to have a change of heart and return to supporting family values.

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A Comprehensive Update on the Stop PP in KCK Campaign

Below is an update from Ron Kelsey, President of Planned Parenthood Exposed detailing the services Planned Parenthood plans to provide as well as what Planned Parenthood Exposed will do to stop them.  

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1.  According to Planned Parenthood  their KCK plans include:
·  “Full spectrum of services”
This obviously includes abortion, especially with the Ks Supreme Court ruling that has positioned Ks to become the wild, wild, west for abortion.
·  KCK will be the hub for PP s_x education.
PP targets our youth to promote virtually any type of sexual   activity. WE MUST WATCH OUR SCHOOLS.
·  KCK will serve as a hub for expanded PP grassroots organizing
efforts.

· “Transgender care”
This is a relatively new area for PP to expand their evils –
attempting to destroy even an individual’s true common-sense,
God-given sexual identity. This expands the moral-values-void of PP’s
sexual ideology. PP is morally bankrupt. PP activities
further spread their attack on God’s loving plan for mankind.
The result of PP plans – A Continuous Loop of Evil

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2. There is still no apparent activity at 1854 Minnesota Ave, the location where PP had entered into a lease which we are told has been cancelled. We retain a trust but verify approach in watching this location for any possible PP activity.
3. PP is behind on their stated plan to open a regional KCK abortion clinic in late summer of 2019.
4. PP recently testified in Ks Senate that they are looking at multiple locations in KCK, possibly within 2 miles of downtown KCK. We know that PP targets the inner cities for locations of their killing centers because the inner cities are typically minority populations as is the case of KCK and KCMO. Black and Hispanic populations tend to abort at three times the rate of other groups. A KCK inner city abortion clinic reaches the inner cities of both KCK and KCMO. With I-70 and I-35 nearby a KCK location will serve as a convenient location to promote abortions regionally across multiple states. Additionally, Missouri has done a great job at passing pro-life laws. The last remaining abortion clinic in Missouri is in St. Louis and it is teetering towards closing. Illinois and Kansas are now key to PP plans to offer abortions to Missouri residents.

 

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5. We continue to respectfully request Mayor David Alvey and the UG Commissioners to publicly state that they are opposed to PP opening a clinic in KCK. Moral leadership dictates this but this has not yet occurred. Ron Kelsey has a meeting with Mayor Alvey on Dec 10.

6. Students for Life has recently presented to the UG nearly 600 petitions opposing PP in KCK signed by students of Benedictine College, K-State and St. James Academy. Let’s encourage our area schools including Ward High School and Donnelly College to join in this effort.

7. We continue to promote awareness to the greater KC community of PP plans in KCK. We must engage the public to stand in opposition to the evils of PP!!

8. We must do everything legally possible to oppose PP plans in KCK including promoting enforcement of existing local ordinances and proposing new ordinances.

9. In addition to opposing PP, Kansas City Pregnancy Clinic (KCPC) has been created to establish a location in the central core area of KCK in the same area as identified by PP, serving the inner cities of KCK and KCMO with life-affirming services to women and families faced with unplanned pregnancies. Fundraising efforts are currently underway to open this pregnancy clinic as soon as possible. Donations may be made at www.KCpregnancyclinic.org/donate.

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10.  We should pray for all involved with PP as Jesus calls us to do. Prayer is essential in this spiritual battle. Please include praying specifically for Dr. Brandon Hill, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains; Rachel Sweet, Regional Director, Public Policy & Organizing for PPGP Votes; and Leslie Butsch, an organizer for PP Great Plains Votes. Pray that they will have a conversion of heart and cease their efforts to establish a PP location in KCK. Let us also pray for the demise of PP.

God in Your infinite mercy, please let us be Your instruments to expose Planned Parenthood.

Jesus tells us to ask and we will receive, seek and we will find, knock and the door will be opened….                      

In faith we ask for the demise of Planned Parenthood and conversion of heart of all who are associated with it.

In hope we seek for the truth to expose the lies of Planned Parenthood.
In love we knock upon the door of justice that it may be opened to the unborn, the youth, the poor, the families and all who are oppressed by the evils of Planned Parenthood.
AMEN.
The Body of Christ must come together to fight the expansion of PP’s Continuous Loop of Evil. This is our opportunity to be pro-active in stopping this evil rather than be only be reactive after a PP KCK regional abortion clinic has been established.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
As Christians we must not keep our light under a bushel basket. Luke 11:33-36
Will we suffer insults and persecutions by letting our light shine? YES!! But we must not be timid; rather we must be counter cultural as was Jesus. And we should be joyful because Jesus tells us… “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Matthew 5:11-12

Should We ‘Turn the Other Cheek’ on Chick fil A’s Betrayal or Hold Their Feet to the Fire?

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I seem to have created a firestorm of controversy over an article I posted on my Facebook wall from Decision Magazine entitled,  Wendy’s Chooses to Promote Adoption, Not Abortion.  It wasn’t the article that offended people, but the comment I posted along with that article.  I dared to say, “Let’s dump Chick fil A and patronize Wendy’s”.

Chick fil A has always been held in high esteem by pro-life warriors and other conservatives because of their strong Christian values.  When others caved, they remained strong, until recently.

I have read many articles about how this fast food chain has surrendered to the LBGT faction, dumping certain Christian organizations and sending donations to groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization which has attacked mainstream conservative organizations, including the Family Research Council.  Read one of their articles here.  

So, do we ‘turn the other cheek’  and give Chick fil A a pass, or do we hold their feet to the fire and let them know that they are losing their Christian base by capitulating?

I believe in turning the other cheek;  however, we can’t allow ourselves to be continually slapped silly by organizations we’ve supported who then turn their backs on their Christian and pro-life base.  It’s time to fight back.

We do that by:

  • signing the petition from the Family Research Council
  • Boycotting Chick fil A until they come to their senses and  fund Christian organizations again, and stop funding the Southern Poverty Law Center and other anti-life and anti-Christian organizations
  • Contacting Chick fil A Corporate offices to let them know you are boycotting them (It’s important to let them know why you are boycotting them)
  • Praying!  Prayer is the best weapon we have to combat the forces of evil in our land and we all know it is satan who is the real enemy here.

We owe it to our children and grandchildren to stand up for what is right and not let the bullies on the left intimidate us.  And we need to remind companies like Chick fil A of their commitment to uphold God’s perfect law instead of cowering to man’s imperfect one.

Are you with me?

Please Join Us to Share Christmas Hope at Our Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling in Northeast Philly

Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling 
Saturday, December 14, 2019
9:00 – 10:00 am
Planned Parenthood Abortion Center
2751 Comly Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154 (map)

 

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In the Christmas story, hope enters the world through the birth of a child, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.  Join us as we share this Christmas hope where it’s needed most: at the Planned Parenthood located on Comly Road in Northeast Philly on Saturday, December 14th.

We hope everyone from Northeast Philly and Lower Bucks County will come and join us for this annual event.  Let’s bring that hope and mercy where it’s most needed, outside the Comly Road Planned Parenthood.

Please dress warmly and invite your family and friends to join you.

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Are Your Home Yard Sign(s) Deployed?

While some communities and  neighborhoods may prohibit yard signs, this is a novel idea. If you’re allowed to have signs in your yard it would be a great way to get the pro-life message across to your neighbors.

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from John Pisciotta, Pro-Life Waco 

While we may do a little less in life-defender outreach in December, we can check to make sure our yards are fully deployed for ministry 24/7.

The cost of yard signs to you is zero. And you can pick up yard signs at my centrally located home/PLW office.   Please contact me at prolifewaco@gmail.com    for more information and my address.

You will find a variety of signs to choose from and you are encouraged to set out more than one sign. There are “40 Days for Life/Pray to End Abortion” signs in both English and Spanish. There are “Choose Life” signs showing a mom with her baby on one side and a pre-born and a post-born baby on the other side. The yard signs are at my front door entry on the Grim Avenue (rather than 42nd Street) side of my corner address.

Please ring my doorbell so I can wish you a Blessed Advent.

 

Join Us for Our Annual Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling in Warminster, Pa on December 13th

 Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling 
Friday, December 13, 2019
9:00 – 10:00 am
Planned Parenthood Abortion Center
610 Louis Drive
Warminster, PA 19154 (map)
(Refreshments to follow at the VFW across the street from PP)

 

Every year pro-lifers across the nation bring the joy and hope of Christmas to the darkness of abortion facilities with a Christmas Caroling day.

OLGSome gather around a large empty Christmas crèche  symbolizing both the hopeful anticipation of a child’s birth and the emptiness left behind by abortion and sing carols about the Christ child. Babies have been SAVED from abortion when their mothers heard these carols and were moved by the thought of how Mary said “YES” to be the mother of Jesus.

In Warminster, Pennsylvania,  ‘Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling’ will be held on Friday, December 13th  in front of Planned Parenthood.  We hope everyone from Bucks County will come and join us for this annual event.

Please dress warmly and invite your family and friends to join you.  Refreshments and fellowship to follow at the VFW located at 645 Louis Drive (across the street from Planned Parenthood).  

This event is sponsored locally by the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition and  nationally by the Pro-Life Action League.  

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A Thanksgiving Day Prayer for all our Faithful Followers

A prayer for Thanksgiving

The staff of Voices for Life  wish all our faithful followers a very happy Thanksgiving Day.

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues through the many postings on our blog and other social media sites.

We cover issues from conception until natural death, as well as all family life issues. 

We are a Christian publication which puts Christ at the forefront of our battle against the source of all the evils in our society. 

We strive to bring you the most insightful information about the abortion issue, articles and links to the many Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Homes, as well as articles on adoption and natural family planning.

We are a voice for the unborn, the handicapped, the elderly, the disabled, family values and for all God’s children whose lives are in peril.

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“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein

Voices for Life Blog has a New Email Address

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The last couple of months I noticed we weren’t receiving as much email as usual in our pro-life email account.  Upon investigation I found out that all of our pro-life emails were being put into the deleted folder.  Junk mail still came to our inbox, just the pro-life emails were being trashed.  Since Outlook is censoring our email account, I’ve decided to create a new one which is connected to our blog.  Our new email address is defendlife@voices4life.blog.  

Please feel free to contact us at this email address with questions or articles you wish to submit for publication.  And don’t forget to check your own email to make sure you aren’t being censored at well!