With the annual March for Life in DC and the inaugural Philly March for Life approaching, we do want to provide some key updates that was received by me regarding both events. Bear in mind the guidelines and attend events if you choose to do at your own risk.
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A few months ago I published a story of two women who were in need of prayer because they were being pressured into aborting. One of these mothers is pregnant with quadruplets.
This mom and her husband are the parents of 5 children, four of whom are adopted. When they found out they would be adding four more children to their family their doctors began urging ‘pregnancy reduction’. They have resisted the pressures put on them and are looking forward to welcoming all four of their new babies.
Imagine having 9 children under the age of eight!
You can read more about this family by using this link to their Gofundme page. And while there, maybe you could make a small contribution to help them out until Jacob can get back to work? He has taken an unpaid leave of absence from job to help his wife.
With the pandemic news roiling through our heads, social unrest in our local communities and political encampments bracing for the November elections I felt like I was losing my focus as to why I became involved in the pro-life mission. Suddenly, I was receiving emails and posts from unknown senders telling me what to think, how to vote, wear a mask/don’t wear a mask, sign an online petition for this or that, attend a march, subscribe to an email chain, send money to an organization, follow an “influencer”, etc. It was difficult to determine exactly which individuals and organizations were valid and where was the value in all this frenzied activity. Why wasn’t I doing more to save innocent lives and who were all these groups with their agendas and suggestions?
This splintering off into various tangents might work for some to keep them active and engaged but it wasn’t working for me. And that is when I decided to go back to what I was doing before. Before Covid, before masks, before protests, before politics, before Twitter – educate myself as how I can best support the pro-life mission.
I’m the kind of newspaper reader who rips out pages and has a pile of things I want to delve into further. And back in May I read a superb storyin the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer about a retirement-age couple who adopted a special needs child. I saved it and put it on my night table – partly as inspiration of the goodness of mankind and partly because the adoption aspect agreed with my pro-life compass. In the course of the article a reference was made to the Philadelphia-based Adoption Center. I was curious about this organization and their involvement with special needs adoptions. Onto the internet I went and saw pictures of several children awaiting adoption and read the Center’s mission statement. While on the site there was a reference to a Parenting Special Needs magazine and I reviewed a few issues. From one Inquirer article, I took about two hours of my day to learn more about what I, as a pro-life supporter, offer as an alternative to abortion – Adoption.
Through quiet focus and education, I now know about a few more resources if the question ever comes up about quality of life issues as a reason to abort. I am by no means an authority but I learned there are people voluntarily willing to take on this herculean task of providing for a child with special needs. I’ve learned there are adoption agencies that work in this particular environment and I’ve read about some of the proud moments parents have celebrated with their special needs children. I consider this enlightenment another aspect of being a pro-life supporter.
Education is not just what we learn at school. It is not just memorization. It is fulfilling our curiosity. It is following up one question with another. It is taking a time-out from doing and instead learning. It is using the often maligned yet powerful internet for good versus contention. And this kind of education will only help me as I engage in the various facets of the pro-life message.
The moral of this story is to follow my instinct as to how I can best support the message of LIFE given what I know about myself. And while it is important to be open to new experiences and communications – and I am grateful for all that I have learned along the way – juggling too many “Action Required” to-do lists from unknown parties may not be the most effective way for me to do what I can to support this message.
Note: Our mission is to offer our prayers and talents to ensure that our children’s lives are respected and valued and that no harm comes to them. In that vein, I’d like to ask each of you reading this blog to keep in your prayers two children (ages 5 and 10) who yesterday in my local area witnessed in their home the shooting death of their mother and grandmother at the hands of their father. It’s heartbreaking to have children, both in and out of the womb, be subjected to such violence. Violence in the womb begets violence in society. Please keep them and those who will now care for them in your prayers. Thank you.
The following is from a letter written by Archbishop Carlos Vigano. Vigano broke the scandal involving Cardinal McCarrick in 2018. The letter was analyzed by Judie Brown, which has been posted to the blog.
Archbishop Carlos Maria Vigano has just released one of the most explosive and prophetic letters in a generation to President Trump!
Vigano not only mentions the impact of the “deep state” and its role in maligning and distorting Catholic teaching, but he also offers tremendous hope to faithful pro-life Catholics in America:
“It is necessary that the good, the children of light, come together and make their voices heard. What more effective way is there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you, the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy?
Before the power of prayer, the deceptions of the children of darkness will collapse, their plots will be revealed, their betrayal will be shown, their frightening power will end in nothing, brought to light and exposed for what it is: an infernal deception.”
— LifeSiteNews (07 June 2020)
Meanwhile, what is ‘Uncle Ted’ McCarrick’s hand picked successor up to?
Rather than protest the nearest Planned Parenthood, Archbishop Wilton Gregory ordered the priests and bishops of the Archdiocese of Washington to protest President Trump at a rally in Lafayette Park.
“Of the about 200 priests and nuns, dressed in clerical garb, who showed up, many carried politically charged signs. One Dominican sister held a sign reading, “I repent of my racism.” A Franciscan brother lifted a crucifix aloft, while a man walking behind him raised two messages, one reading “Trump mocks Christ,” the other saying, “Barr is complicit.”
— Washington Examiner (08 June 2020)
When was the last time you saw the likes of Archbishop Gregory or any of McCarrick’s “men” protest Planned Parenthood with this sort of energy?
Vigano is right about the enemies within. We live in dark times.
. . . but Vigano is also right to sound the call to arms.
Society either recognizes the profound, inherent, moral and equal dignity of every human person or it does not. That was the moral leadership of Pope Saint John Paul II.
Cupich, Gregory, Dolan, Wuerl and the whole host of “men” who protected sexual predator and disgraced former Cardinal Theodore ‘Uncle Ted’ McCarrick aren’t practicing the Catholic faith — they are selling out to the highest bidder, and the babies are their victims.
You and I know this fight is coming. In fact, it is already here.
The truth is that babies are dying, and rather than stop the killing these pro-abortion Catholic bishops would rather protest the most pro-life president we have ever had in service to a leftist political agenda.
They’ve closed our parishes. They’ve denied faithful Catholics the sacraments. . . but they can pile in together at Lafayette Park in service to a political agenda?! When was the last time Gregory protested an abortion center with this much energy? (HINT: the answer is never)
Vigano’s prophetic words deserve our support. I’m going to take it right into the teeth of these whiny, spineless bishops until they DEFEND THE EUCHARIST and ENFORCE CANON LAW 915.
Surrogacy has been so normalized, even in the Christian world, that speaking against it is quite controversial.
The following article published by Breakpoint was authored by Maria Baer & John Stonestreet.
Recently, prompted by the news that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his homosexual partner paid a woman to carry a child for them, my colleague Maria Baer and I released a BreakPoint commentary on the serious ethical problems of surrogacy. Surrogacy intentionally breaks the mother/father/child connection, commodifies both babies and women’s bodies, and puts both women and children at risk of exploitation. That this immoral practice is now normal is, as we said, another chapter in the bad ideas of the sexual revolution, and its victims.
A few readers and listeners wrote in to ask whether our concern that surrogacy intentionally severs the bond between mothers, fathers, and children also extends to adoption.
In short, the answer is no. Adoption repairs a fracture. Surrogacy creates one. God’s design for the family is that a man and wife become one flesh and raise children together. The Fall frustrates this design in different ways. Families can break. Couples may find that their sexual union is infertile. Biological parents find themselves unable to care for their children for various reasons. A sexual act, disordered toward illegitimate pleasure or even selfish violence, produces a life unintended and unexpected.
Whatever the brokenness, adoption offers a means of restoration. Implicitly, the act of adoption recognizes that something is not as it should be, whether or not someone is morally culpable. A family break of some kind, typically at the beginning of the procreative act, is addressed and, many times, even restored by a new family. As open adoptions become more common, there is even, to some degree, a merging of families orof biological parents into the new family.
In all of these ways, adoption portrays God’s relationship with us. Adoption is among the many marriage and family metaphors used in Scripture to describe how God relates to His people. Paul, in Ephesians, calls Christians adopted” sons and daughters of God, though Jesus Christ. The fracture created in the Garden and extended by our own brokenness is repaired by Jesus. As a result, we are adopted children of God, with all of the rights and benefits and status involved.
In the comments we received about the previous commentary on surrogacy, some questioned whether a woman’s relationship to the children she bears is really all that important. This was asked by adoptive moms who are just as emotionally and spirituallyconnected to their children as any biological mother could be. In our view, that’s obviously and beautifully true, and not something we questioned in our commentary.
What we did say is that women who bear children do have an inherent connection to the children they bear. This is true whether or not she enters into a surrogacy situation or an adoption contract. When a mom relinquishes her right to raise a child, which in some adoption cases is a wise and selfless thing do, she is still a mom. Adoption recognizes that reality and attempts to, at some level, redeem the brokenness. Surrogacy intentionally creates the brokenness. A mother-child relationship is created only to be knowingly and intentionally severed.
Adoption is proof that physically bearing children is not the only way a woman becomes a mother. Among the darkest evils of surrogacy is that it treats a mother as less than a whole person, wanted for her procreational parts that are increasingly treated as consumer products, especially as commercial surrogacy becomes more common (driven as it is today as part of the LGBTQ remaking of marriage and sexuality). Surrogacy alsotreats children as consumer products, instead of as gifts.
The following is from Tom Steven, Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia regarding this year’s mother’s day fundraiser that typically takes place across the churches in the Greater Philadelphia area.
We hope this email finds you well! How are you, your family, your parish, and your respect life activities, if any?
Due to the unanticipated cancellation of parish Masses this Mother’s Day, the Pro-Life Union is unable to distribute roses, baby bottles, and Mother’s Day Newsletters as we normally do. We love giving roses to moms and are very disappointed (in addition to being disappointed by not being able to attend Mass!).
Mother’s Day baby bottle drives and rose sales are typically a significant fundraiser for Guiding Star Ministries maternity home and for the Pro-Life Union. This May without our Mother’s Day campaign, we are left with the next best option — to try to raise funds via online fundraising (see below).
Please share via your parish email distribution list or in your parish bulletin if you are able. Thank you for your support! Please see below and share.
This Mother’s Day, Help These Moms who Chose Life! Give a gift in honor of your mom, or your mom’s mom, or in honor of someone who helped your mom along the way. Join our Mother’s Day Campaign for moms and children. All proceeds benefit Guiding Star Ministries, a home for single pregnant moms and their children.
Each year on Mother’s Day, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia gives out thousands of roses in honor of moms on their special day, and hosts baby bottle drives in churches throughout Greater Philadelphia. It is a significant fundraising event for Guiding Star Ministries and enables us to provide a safe, beautiful home to single pregnant women and their children who are at risk of homelessness. This year due to the Covid-19 quarantine we are unable to host our fundraising campaign — so we are going virtual!
Thursday, April 30th, Hollywood had an all-day Fundraiser on Instagram for Planned Parenthood organized by Hollywood’s most glamorous and fun stars. Headlining names like Jenny Slate, Nikki Glaser, Elizabeth Banks, and The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead led the star-studded day-long event to save abortion in the middle of the COVID pandemic.
They claim pro-life officials are using the virus to block access to abortion, and that those who perform the procedures are suffering with “increased costs related to the pandemic such as payroll for staff and purchasing supplies.”
One Instagram post of tens of thousands read “You rocked it! Your support of abortions is essential. Thank you for standing with us.”
“Curious how killing humans and donating to organizations that do so are helping save lives during this pandemic. Shouldn’t Hollywood be raising funds for emergency room workers, hospitals and food banks during the coronavirus?” – COL1972 Co-founder & Chief Designer Carla D’Addesi
“This is why we created and launched COL1972. A fashion brand that is going where no other brand has gone before. We are leading for life in pop-culture. They glamorize abortion, we will design and work harder to glamorize life.” – COL1972 Co-founder & Chief Designer Carla D’Addesi
COL1972 is countering the April 30th event by having an online Fashion Show TONIGHT Friday May 1. COL1972 has joined Dr. Monique Ruberu, Pro-Life OBGYN, and others to give back to Dr. Ruberu’s life-affirming medical practice which provides FREE care to women in need not only during COVID but every day.
Use CODE: LLL and Dr. Monique’s Medical Practice will receive 30% of every sale made 5/1 & 5/2.
THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH COL1972 & BEING PASSIONATE ABOUT LEADING FOR LIFE IN POP CULTURE AND FASHION. WE ARE GLAMORIZING LIFE TOGETHER. LIFE IS ALWAYS IN STYLE.
Visit here and sign up now for the virtual conference.
While we can’t ship you milk or toilet paper, we CAN provide you with FIVE weeks of virtual training courses! You’ll be joined by your Regional Coordinator along with 50+ other pro-life students.
Your virtual pro-life training is happening over video calls every week all the way through April 20th. Remaining sessions include:
Week of 3/30: “How to Dialogue Online“
Week of 4/6: “Countering Abortion Culture“
Week of 4/13: “Non-Violent Patient Care“
Week of 4/20: “Preparing for 2020 Elections“
Click here to find out what time & date yours are and to register!
Are You a Pro-Life Artist?
Students for Life has added a brand-new program to our family of fellowships: The Hildegard Art Fellowship. And this one’s just for pro-life artists! The Hildegard Art Fellowship is about engaging young artists to use their artistry to change hearts and minds on abortion by becoming artist-activists. Click here (or the button below) to apply by May 1st!
Here’s who can apply:
Any incoming undergraduate, graduate, law, and med students.
Artists of all kinds: visual, word, and performing.
Must be a current leader or member of a campus pro-life organization.
Must be interested in pursuing a full-time career in the pro-life movement.
Must be able to attend the kick-off weekend, Friday, June 26th– Tuesday, June 30th.*
*pending the safety of travel at that time due to COVID-19.
BUY PRO-LIFE GEAR
It’s spring cleaning time at the Students for Life warehouse! All merch & apparel are on sale through March 31st or until supplies last.
Some of our most popular items are up to 40% off! It is the BEST time to stock up on our trendy, thought-provoking gear.
Shop to find discounts on our pro-life hoodies, crew neck sweaters, tees, cropped tops, tanks, stickers, and pins with some of our favorite designs.
Don’t miss out – it won’t last long!
Top 8 Pro-Life Things To Do During COVID-19
While we’re all in virtual quarantine, Students for Life decided to go ahead and create a plan for the Pro-Life Generation to go 100% digital. Check out how you can take advantage of all that time you’ll now be spending at home and continue to be a voice for Life!
Update your group’s materials so you’re ready to go next fall.
Promote an online diaper bank to support families in need at this time.
Bonus Training: Should Women be Jailed for Aborting?
As you saw, Students for Life is hosting our own pro-life trainings for the next 5 weeks.
But there’s also a Bonus Training by Equal Rights Institute this Tuesday at 9pm EST!
The topic is a question that comes up often in conversations about abortion: “Do you think women should go to jail for having an abortion when it becomes illegal?”
In this webinar, Josh Brahm (the president of the Equal Rights Institute) will discuss that difficult question and offer several practical suggestions for how to respond to it. Afterward, Josh will take YOUR questions!
Make sure to REGISTER HERE or you won’t be able to join us live. Plus, the replay of the webinar will only be available for 48-hours. If you can’t join us live but you want to receive the replay link afterward, click HERE to register now.
The following is from Jeanne Marcini, President of the March for Life Foundation.
Like all of you, my team and the work of the March for Life has been dramatically impacted by the sweeping effects of the coronavirus outbreak. With the health and safety of so many at risk, we have made difficult but necessary decisions about how to carry on with our mission while caring for the vulnerable. As a result, we have canceled the Connecticut March for Life originally scheduled for April 15th and transitioned our team to work remotely.
But despite tumultuous events, the fight to build a culture of life continues. Together with our pro-life allies on Capitol Hill, we continue to monitor all legislation presented in Congress to ensure pro-life policies are protected. In addition, my team and I have adjusted our advocacy efforts so that we can help you defend the unborn while at home!
Here are a few examples of ways we are working to bring advocacy online:
1) Capitol Hill 101 Goes Digital
We have adapted our legislative training seminar, Capitol Hill 101 so that while you’re at home, you can learn more about the legislative process and how to promote effective pro-life policies. The country may be slowing down around us, but most lawmakers are still working (or, at the very least, checking their email). We can all take this time to capture their attention.
2) Learn how to lobby for pro-life legislation on social media
In addition to office emails and phone calls, we know there is one place you can be sure to get your legislator’s attention: social media. Our social media team put together a new guide for you to make the most of the time at home by showing you how to advocate for life while on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
3) Join me for a virtual watch party of the award-winning short film “Crescendo”
While we can’t gather together in person, we can still unite virtually! I’d love for you to join me for a virtual watch party of the internationally acclaimed film, Crescendo, on Friday, March 27th at 7 PM EST. We’ll be joined by the film’s producer Jason Jones and actress Jennifer Cadena, who will be answering your questions after the film and sharing more ideas about how you can promote life while at home.