Please Join us on Friday, July 2nd to Protest Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Vote on the Equality Act

The information below is from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania. Mike explains the harsh reality of the so-called ‘Equality Act’ and why we need to protest Representative Fitzpatrick’s vote on this bill.  Protest is scheduled for 12:00 noon on Friday, July 2nd. 

Equality Act

Please participate in a protest at U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s District Office at 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Road in Langhorne in the Summit Square Shopping Center on Friday, July 2, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.  This office building shares a parking lot with a Giant Supermarket, where ample parking is available.

The purpose of this Event is to continue our efforts to persuade Rep. Fitzpatrick to cease his support for the “Equality Act” (EA).  On February 25, 2021, Rep. Fitzpatrick became one of only three Republican U.S. House Members to vote for this very pro-abortion legislation with many other harms.

Our area’s pro-life movement needs to provide leadership to resist these Culture of Death intrusions into the Republican Party.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has summarized the harms of the EA.

“Our faith calls us to uphold every individual’s dignity and rights against unjust discrimination – including in employment, housing, and services – regardless of characteristics or background.  Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, the Equality Act would impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights.  The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘sex’ and ‘gender identity’ would erase women’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws.  Its sex-based nondiscrimination terms would end women’s shelters and many single-sex schools.  It would close faith-based foster care and adoption agencies that honor children’s rights to a mother and father.  The bill would even act as an abortion mandate.  We must pursue justice and equality for anyone denied it; but this is a regrettable approach.  We are gravely disappointed with the Act’s passage in the U.S. House.”


The EA would eliminate the Hyde Amendment – and other abortion funding restrictions because it redefines “sex” such that not funding abortions becomes an act of “sex discrimination.”  Specifically, this expansion of abortion occurs because the EA re-defines “sex” to include “pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.”  The EA also states that “pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions.”  Some prior court decisions and pro-abortion government officials have established that a “related medical condition” includes abortion.

The attached promotional flyer for this Event also summarizes the harms of the EA. (see flyer below)

Please do not be assuaged if Rep. Fitzpatrick reports that he is sponsoring “EA Lite,” also known as the “Fairness Act.”  This legislation claims (quite dishonestly) to protect religious liberty and female athletics.  Nevertheless, it maintains its abortion funding mandate.

In addition to attending this July 2nd Event, please send – or resend – your own correspondence to Rep. Fitzpatrick that urges him to oppose the EA.

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A Prayer for Our Fathers on Father’s Day!

A very blessed and happy Father’s Day to all from those of us at Voices for Life. Below is a prayer I found on the internet by Reverend Chuck Currie we can use to pray for our fathers.

Fathers day is love

Fathers in Our Lives

by Reverend Chuck Currie

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives.

Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail. We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways–both big and small–they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families.

For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.

In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.

 

‘Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.’Psalm 127:3-5

Culture of Life Initiative Opens in the Frankford Section of Philadelphia

The following information was taken from the newsletter of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. They are looking for prayer support as well as volunteers. To volunteer, contact the Pro-Life Union at mail@pro-lifeunion.org.  To make a donation to help them with this worthwhile endeavor, please use this link.  

Frankford Life Center

In October of 2021 the Frankford Family Life Center (final name still to be announced) will fully launch and we’ll have the opening ceremonies events.  The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia in an expanded partnership with Catholic Social Services are opening the first-ever Community-based Culture of Life Initiative of it’s kind.  The goal is to transform the Frankford section of Philadelphia into a Culture of Life by building a sustainable, self-sufficient, and permanent pro-life presence there.  Through compassionate service, education, community engagement, programming and material assistance, we will build an effective effort that helps many moms and families (already servicing more than 60 families) and minimizes abortion-risk in the area.  Planned services include:

  • Parenting, Child-birthing, Fatherhood, Prenatal Classes and many other types of education.
  • Providing diapers, wipes, baby supplies, feminine hygiene products, formula, food & baby/children clothing.
  • Pregnancy Fitness Classes: Fitess classed for pregnant women will be taught by a certified fitness instructor specialized in pregnancy fitness.
  • Housing Assistance
  • Car Seat and Crib Program, Newborn and Maternity Clothing resources
  • Real Alternatives information, STI?STD information, Health & Resource referrals.
  • Fatherhood Initiatives.
  • Chastity/Abstinence Programming
  • Moms’ Coffee Clubs, Toddler Play area and other family support services, seating, soft instrumental music, changing facilities.
  • Grandparent’s Corner
  • Know God, Know Yourself, Know Others
  • No cost laundromat – now in operation.  Thank you to the donors who gave new washers and dryers!

The Frankford Family Life Center is already service over 58 women and counting! Right now the center is open on Thursday’s and Friday’s as renovations and improvements of the space are taking place.  It will be staffed full-time this summer and we will be providing lunches this summer to school-aged children.  We look forward to watching this center take flight in October!

Would you Pray for Us?

We need your prayerful support!  The Frankford Family Life Center is an exciting new mission, but it will be hard work, so we need all the help we can get.  Please consider starting a prayer tream to help life up this project as we move forward!  And pray that it impacts the community and decreases abortion in the area.

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Call to Action

Please see information from the Pro-Life Union below and send an email and/or make those phone calls today! Babies lives depend on our help.

Action Alert 1

The Unborn Need Your Help!

Please reach out TODAY to:

House Majority Leader Benninghoff; Kbenninghoff@pahousegop.com; (717) 783-1918

Calls and emails are needed to be sent to Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House. Three pro-life bills were put forward from the Health Committee. So far none have come to the full House for a vote.

They are:

  • HB 118 – Dignity for Fetal Remains
  • HB 1500 – Down Syndrome
  • HB 904 – Heartbeat Bill

Please call Leader Benninghoff and ask that he “expeditiously schedules votes for each of the 3 pro-life bills”. If possible also send an email too – with “Run All Three Pro-Life Bills NOW”.

The bills are good legislation, and our legislators need to have an opportunity to pass them. Waiting could delay the Senate from taking them up before the Summer Recess.

The “Baby Q” Project

The following was sent to me by Walter B Hoye, Founder of Issues for Life Foundation.  The purpose of this project is to save preborn black babies from abortion in the USA.  Please read the information he provides and view the video below to find out more about this project. 

Baby Q Project

The “Baby Q” Project is an effort to save the lives of Pre-Born Black-American babies. Alabama attorney Sam J. McClure, Esq. interviews “Restoration Project” President and “National Black Pro-Life Coalition” Executive Member, Catherine Davis to discuss this important effort.

The Alabama “Baby Q” class-action lawsuit tackles Roe v. Wade from eugenics and states’ rights argument. Sam McLure, the plaintiffs’ attorney in “Baby Q“, et al. v. Gov. Kay Ivey and AG Marshall, et al., said it’s important to fight Roe. v. Wade from the state level, because the federal ruling legalized abortion nationwide regardless of state laws already in place.

McLure said the “Baby Q” case rests legally on the U.S. Constitution’s Ninth Amendment, which says the U.S. Constitution does not abridge or abrogate rights that previously existed as common law, and the Tenth Amendment, which states that matters not covered in the U.S. Constitution are left to the states.

Brothers, we need to talk.

View interview with Catherine Davis here 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis of “Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue” Webinar

Below is a summary from Kim Griffin on the recent webinar on the May 1st pastoral letter “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life”  by Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone’s, Archbishop of San Francisco. The video of this webinar as well as a link to Archbishop Cordileone’s letter are posted below. 

Before I formed you in the womb

Many pro-life leaders are crying out that now is the time for bolder leadership and clarity on the issue of abortion, the Catholic faith, and reception of the Holy Eucharist.

On May 28th, a group of panelists came together to discuss these topics in a webinar titled “Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue.”

The webinar was moderated by Helen M. Alvare, an Antonin Scalia Law School Professor and joined by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Kristan Hawkins, Lila Rose, and Kathy Folan and her son Nathan, who was placed in an open adoption.

The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco pointed out that now is a time of urgency because the abortion industry is getting “more aggressive” and laws “more permissive.”

He authored a pastoral letter May 1st titled, “Before I Formed You in Womb I Knew You.”

The four main points of the letter address;

1.     The gravity of the evil of abortion

2.     Cooperation in moral evil

3.     The Meaning of choosing to receive the Holy Eucharist

4.     The responsibilities of Catholics in public life

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reflected that “a sense of the sacred” is being lost amongst Catholics. An example; disbelief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. He explained, “If we lose this, we lose everything as Catholics and society.” And he makes the correlation that with the loss of belief in the sacredness in God comes the loss of belief in the sacredness of human life, even;  “the sacredness of the most vulnerable human life, a little baby in the mother’s womb.”

Kristen Hawkins, President of Students for Life in America since 2006 (an organization that recruits, trains and mobilizes young adults to work to abolish abortion)

discussed three issues Students for Life are currently focusing on;

1)    The issue of censorship; Pro Life people are being silenced and some pro-life groups are being classified as “hate groups.”

2)     Rise of chemical abortions

3)    Post Roe; She pointed out the need to be ready and willing to take care of women and their babies

Addressing the issue of censorship, Helen Alvare commented she would love the time to come when both the left and the right “embrace free speech again.”

Lila Rose is the Founder of the human rights non-profit Live Action and an undercover journalist. Live Action is a global educational leader for the pro-life movement. Lila discussed three areas they are currently focused on;

1)      Exposing the truth about abortion

2)      Inspiring people to take action

3)      Activation; Getting people active in the political battles currently taking place

She pointed out that many Catholics, due to mis-education are “on the fence” when it comes to the abortion issue despite abortion being the “antithesis of our Catholic faith.”

Kathy Folan offered her personal story about being the victim of rape during her junior year of college. When she found out she was pregnant she was filled with fear; of what people would think, a lack of resources to care for the baby, and disappointing her parents. But despite all the fears she also knew that the life inside of her was a gift from God, entrusted to her. She knew she had to choose life.

To Kathy’s surprise the community and her parents were supportive. Kathy had planned to keep her rape and pregnancy secret, except for a few friends. But an intuitive professor noticed something was wrong and reached out to her. When she shared her story, he encouraged her to be open and share it with others, to be a pro-life example.

She took his advice and to her surprise found the support and love of the community. Her fears were unfounded. She chose to place her son Nathan in an open adoption. When she met his adoptive parents for the first time they all “clicked.” She even spent her spring break with them. Seeing the love the adoptive mother and father extended to her son and to her affirmed her in her choice.

Her son Nathan, now an engineer participated in the webinar and offered his rare perspective; “You’ve heard it before: ‘I am pro-life EXCEPT in cases of rape.’ I want everyone to realize, especially the EXCEPTers, that you are talking about me. Life is life, no exceptions.”

Archbishop Cordileone suggested a three-step approach for Catholics wishing to change the culture of death we are living in; pray the rosary daily, commit to one hour of adoration of the blessed sacrament weekly, and to fast on Friday’s.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Re-discover Catholic teaching on the Eucharist by attending the virtual Eucharistic Conference June 4-6.  Find out more information here

Watch the webinar; “Life in the Womb; the Preeminent Issue below.

Read Archbishop’s Salvatore Cordileone’s Pastoral Letter in its entirety for free here

Please Join Chester County Pro-Life Coalition for a March for Life on Saturday, June 5th

The following is from Jo Christof of Chester County, Pennsylvania.  We encourage everyone in Southeast Pennsylvania to join with Chester County to send a peaceful, prayerful message to the community that abortion is morally and ethically wrong. Details on this March for Life are in the inserts below.  

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This summer we mark 25 years since Planned Parenthood in West Chester began doing abortions.  Over 23,000 children have lost their lives there since August 1996.  
   
The Chester County Pro-Life Coalition is sponsoring a March for Life on Saturday, June 5, 2021.  It will begin with Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. John J. McIntyre at 9:00 am at St. Agnes Church in West Chester.  Following the Mass we will march to Planned Parenthood for prayer and then on to the Chester County Courthouse for a program of amazing speakers. 
 
25 YEARS OF ABORTION IN WEST CHESTER
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Planned Parenthood’s string of abysmal failures in Pennsylvania continues

Please see report from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation regarding the ‘lack of accountability by abortion facilities in the Commonwealth’ of Pennsylvania. 

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A public report from a recent inspection of a Planned Parenthood center in Pennsylvania reveals that the facility performed an abortion on a teenage girl without obtaining parental consent 24 hours prior to the abortion. This represents a clear violation of the Commonwealth’s time-tested Abortion Control Act, which has been in place for decades.

According to the March 11th Department of Health report, a review of records “revealed no documented evidence that the parent of the pediatric patient was provided or signed an informed consent prior to the abortion” occurring at the Planned Parenthood Keystone in Warminster. The abortion took place on December 30, 2020.

Continue reading Maria’s report here. 

A Plea for Help Outside of Planned Parenthood

 

Below is a video from Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia urging our help reaching out to women who are entering Planned Parenthood.  While this message specifically is for help from pro-life warriors in SE Pennsylvania, it is also an urgent plea for help outside any and all killing centers across the country.  Please take a moment to listen to Tom, and please make an effort to go out and pray at an abortion facility near you.

  

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

A very blessed and happy Mother’s Day to all from those of us at Voices for Life.

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She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:26-28

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