2021 In Review: Top 5 Blog Posts of The Year

It is hard to believe that 2021 ia now coming to a close. Soon we will welcome 2022 with much anticipation and anxiety as we will navigate uncertain waters when it comes time to see how we continue to advance the pro-life cause. Let us never forget God is with us, we are strong, and we are meant for a time like this. With that said, the bloggers of Voices for Life will countdown the top blogs of the year. Our first five will come from our own. It was a challenge to pick the best but here is your top five.

  1. Despite COVID pandemic, I managed to attend the March for Life in DC as it was virtual this year and carshed a national leaders march to the Supreme Court.
  2. In response to the uncertainty of the National March, the Greater Philly Pro-Life group pulled a successful inaugural March for Life in Philadelphia. This came days following the inauguration of a so called “Catholic President who has deliberately promoted abortion and gay marriage. What a wonderful showing of pro-lifers throughout the community at large despite the bitter cold winter day.
  3. During the summer, as our country was celebrating the 245th birthday of our country, pro-lifers came together to proclaim freedom for the unborn.
  4. In the fall, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania witnessed the inaugural March for Life in Harrisburg. 2,000 were in attendance from all across the Keystone State.
  5. After 12 years of slipping away and the culture of death reigning in Old Dominion, Virginia swept in three key state races .

We will continue more with other blogs on 2021. May you and your loved ones have a Blessed New Year celebration.

Pro-Life Community Mourns Sue Thayer

Today, the pro-life community received the devastating news that Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood employee in Iowa, lost her battle to cancer.

In a social media post, Shawn Carney summarized it well:

“The only former Planned Parenthood manager to lead a 40 Days for Life outside her former workplace which led to its closing.”

Two years ago, the Philly Pro-Life community had the blessing and honor of hosting her visit to the Greater Philadelphia area.

Learn about her testimony

Here’s a blog post about her visit to 40 Days campaigns in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Eternal rest, grant unto your sister Sue Thayer, O Lord. and let the perpetual light shine upon her.

May she rest in peace

Full Sidewalks in Center City

It was the Saturday before Christmas and the sidewalks of both abortion facilities saw a sidewalk full of peaceful, loving prayer warriors covering both denominations

Philadelphia Women’s Center

Regular vigil participants were graced with the [presence of 75 high school and college students from Philly Mission Youth who started their morning outside of the biggest murder center in Philadelphia that is not affiliate with Planned Parenthood.

They prayed the rosary, offered free help for women during their hour of great need, and sung some Christmas carols.

Meanwhile, the Helpers’ of God’s Precious Infants were able to be present outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City. They offered their vigil in memory of Sandy Slater and Kevin Andre, two pro-life activists who died this month.

The Helpers were graced by Sidewalk Servants and Abolish Abortion groups alike. They were met with some jeers and even escorts mocking pro-lifers, yet they kept the faith.

One sidewalk advocate from Abolish Abortion offered help to a couple that went inside the facility while another held a conversation with people who were curious at their presence.

Sadly, lives were scheduled to die at both places. We can only hope that the presence of these peaceful, loving people stir the conscience of patients, volunteers, and workers of both places that life in the womb has value and is worthy of protecting.

December to Do List

The final month of the year. It is hard to believe that we have made it to the end of 2021 and we are looking to end the year strong.

Here is the list of things to do to make it a December to remember.

  1. Host a Christmas Caroling event outside of an abortion facility. Learn more here.
  2. Participate in your local praer vigils
  3. Collect coats, hats, scarves, and even gloves for the homeless
  4. Make plans to attend the March for Life in DC on Friday, January 21st. Cant go? Hold a local rally in your community.
  5. Write cards to single moms and their families
  6. Throw a toy drive for children of single moms
  7. Collect maternity items and donate them to Pregnancy Center near you
  8. Attend the dedication of the Christmas Creche near you
  9. Participate in a pro-life orgnization’s Christmas party.
  10. Donate to a pro-life organization before the year ends
  11. Recommit to the pro-life cause by the beginning of 2022
  12. Recruit someone at your parish

Make December a month where life is worth saving and living.

Annual Stand Up for Life Dinner Returned in Person With Sellout

After a two year hiatus, the annual Stand Up for Life Dinner returned in person. Last year’s event was virtual which saw Matt Walsh and two award recipients while also the call for donations to continue the life-saving work of the Pro Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

On Sunday evening, 1200 strong came out to the in person event while others streamed it live. The event was a sellout and the organizers couldn’t picture a better way to be back in person. However one person attended the event, everyone was inspired to continue the fight for life from womb to tomb while also contributing to advance the great works. The room was filled with people of all walks of life from people getting their feet wet in pro-life work at grammar school level up to the seasoned peaceful demonstrators that have many stories to tell to the younger and upcoming pro-life leaders and activists.

The event also saw three recipients who were awarded for their heroic efforts to defend life.

  1. Deborah Molina received the 2021 Be Not Afraid Award for leading Sidewalk Servants so faithfully since its inception less than five years ago. Through her efforts, babies have been saved between the 40 Days for Life campaign across the Greater Philadelphia Area
  2. Regina O’Reilly, a longtime member of the Pro-Life Union’s board, received the James Kelly Pioneer Award for her years of pro-life involvement
  3. Dominic Sceski received the John and Harriet Stanton Young Leader Award for his work with Generation Life and leading more young adults in getting involved in pro-life work.

We are proud of the recipients and for all of their hard work.

The event was headlined by Patricia Sandoval. She was a former Planned Parenthood employee who promoted sex education in schools. She shared about her abortion experience and how she saw how the abortion industry operated like a chop shop. Her involvement drove her to substance and drug abuse that at one point left her without food or water for five days. Then, God transfigured and healed her. She is now a mother, wife, TV personality on EWTN, and most importantly the daughter of the king.

“ALL of this is about GOD… how can we serve HIM with the little time we have on this planet. He is so generous to us. He gives His very flesh and blood to us every single day, He loves us more than we deserve, and He is so compassionate and forgiving.” Dr. Monique Ruberu said as she reflected on a very moving evening.

Father Chris Walsh ended the evening with a plea to “give to the Pro-Life Union as we approach Giving Tuesday on November 30th”.

Even Tom Stevens used the example of one couple who changed their mind on aborting their child thanks to the witness of Mark Houck, founder of The King’s Men. That baby was born and her name is Neveah. Stevens remarked that it is those who give alms,time and talent to cultivate the life-saving and giving messages to all.

See also our gallery from the sellout event here.

NOVEMBER TO DO LIST

The year continues to wind down. We are at the halfway point of autumn and we will be at a point where we do early Christmas shopping, plan for the holidays, and enjoy the fall activities that we shall enjoy while they last. There is still opportunities to defend life which brings us to ideas and events.

  1. Vote in the 2021 General Election. We have the gubernational elections in NJ and VA. We also have civic elections that must get your attention and vote.
  2. Take part in the First Friday and Saturday devotions.
  3. Raise awareness on infertility and miscarraiges. Offer your love and support for these moms who carry this heavy cross.
  4. For those in Greater Philadelphia area, attend the Stand Up for Life Dinner and Respect Life Committee at Holy Martyrs
  5. Help students attend the annual dinner
  6. Plan a Memorial Mass for all those who have died.
  7. Attend prayer vigils near you or out of your comfort zone (Sidewalk Servants start back up on November 1st and end on March 2nd) Give an hour or two of your time a week.
  8. Remember pro-life charities in the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping during #GivingTuesday campaign on Tuesday, November 30th.
  9. Take time to count your blessings as we wind down 2021.
  10. Take part in the Culture Project’s fundraiser to support the Philly missionaries.
  11. Host a Holy Hour for an end to the Culture of Death.
  12. Write to your representative or call them and urge them to defend life and #SaveHyde

Make November the best month to save lives and change hearts. Never underestimate the good work you do to cultivate a culture of life through your witness.

Susan B Anthony Hit Ground Running, A Year Ahead of Critical Mid-Term Elections; Set Record

The Susan B Anthony List knows that they have much work to do if they want to secure a pro-life majority during the 2022 mid-term elections let alone flip Harrisburg from pro-abortion to pro-life.

Thanks to the help of 30 students from Benedictine College, who took time out of their fall break, had the opportunity to knock on doors around the Greater Philadelphia area.

They wore the blue shirt with the name of the organization emblazoned on the left side of their shirt.

In the span of just three days, the small but might group set a record of 25,305 doors knocked during the course of the weekend. They had good and bad encounters. Their message was clear: abortion, at any stage, is wrong.

To learn more about how to get involved with the Susan b Anthony List, see my previous blogpost on working for them. Also, learn of the facts about this beloved pro-life feminist.

First Missionaries of Culture Project Arrive in Greater Philadelphia area

Philadelphia has welcomed their first missionaries from the Culture Project last week. Thanks to the initiative and blessing of Archbishop Nelson Perez the City of Brotherly will welcome seven missionaries who are ready to transform the culture of Philadelphia into one that is fully alive.

Since its inception in 2014, The Culture Project is a movement of young people who speak about the message of life and love to transform every human person to be fully alive. In addition to Philadelphia, they have missionaries in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toledo, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

The Culture Project Benefit

The organization will have a fundraiser to raise fund for their missions. You are invited to attend this event

When: November 2nd 2021 7PM-8:30 PM

Where: Eakins Room at St. Charles Seminary 100 E Wynnewood Rd Wynnewood, PA 19096

Please RSVP to Maryrose Richards MRichards@thecultureproject.org or call 215-315-7814 x 712. The deadline is Friday October 15th

You may also make a donation to the Culture Project here

The Biggest Problem Facing America: The Sin and Evil of Abortion

“Life Begins at Conception”

As supporters of the sanctity of life, we seldom hear from young pregnant moms concerning their view on abortion. Below is a powerful message that this generation needs to hear. Tatiana shares all the reasons why abortion is evil and the most important issue facing our nation.

“We are under judgment in America.”

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
Duet 30:19 NIV

Pro-Lifers Counter “Women’s March” Nationwide

September has been a tumultuous month for the debate on abortion. It all began with the Texas heartbeat taking effect on September 1st. Even the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the law citing the 10th amendment.

Later, a radical bill was passed by the House of Representatives that would reverse all pro-life laws passed on state level making abortion federal law.

As the potential of Roe v Wade case being reversed by the Supreme Court, with a hearing and arguments taking place in DC on December 1st, the flop of an event called “Women’s March took place in several cities across the United States on Saturday, October 2nd.

As always, college students and young adults assembled to counter the event. Here are some takeaways from several who were on the frontlines.

Grace Rykaczewski- Washington, DC

Students for Life had a strong showing in DC. Grace was one of the student activists present. She shared three takeaways:

  1. There was a shocking amount of aggression from pro abortion men towards pro-life women at a “WOMEN’S MARCH”. Ironic. I witnessed a man trying to grab a bull horn out of a young pro-life woman’s hands.
  2. They didn’t really call it the women’s march this year, they called it the rally for Abortion Justice which is so fitting because it has never been a “Women’s March” it’s always been a pro-abortion March. Since the very first one pro-life organizations, even pro-life feminist organizations were disinvited from the March. How can it be a women’s March if they disinvite half of women??
  3. It’s terrible that the women’s march completely ignores all other women’s issues. We didn’t see a single sign about women in Afghanistan, women being raped or the wage gap. Nothing. All abortion related signs and shirts.
  4. they held a prayer rally… the pro-aborts. Idk who they thought they were praying to but not my God…

Titus Folks

The big thing Titus witnessed while in Indianapolis is how the pro-aborts were not open to dialogue or understanding a view that is opposite to them. Him and along with seven high schools and colleges were at hand. Despite the wet weather and losing their voices from chanting, they were all present to give a voice to the voiceless.

For Mallory Finch of Charlotte, NC she was disappointed that these women have believed the lie being sold by our culture. The women of the Women’s March have boiled women’s rights down to abortion. They rebranded the Women’s March to be the Abortion Justice.

After talking to a few of the women (that actually had conversations and weren’t just yelling in my face) many of them really weren’t educated. Many of these women don’t know what abortion really is. Also many of these women aren’t aware of the other many things we do as prolifers. Some of the women were shocked when we started talking about Pregnancy Help Centers and our petitions for Paid Family Leave for Moms and Dads.

For Anna Gidish, President and Foundress of Lehigh Valley Pro-Life Future, she uses the opportunity to help pregnant women receive access to abortion alternatives. She shares:

“One woman stopped us before all the Women’s March protesters got there. (We decided to get there early and take their spot!) She angrily asked Maria and Olivia, if you have time to protest, why don’t you spend time giving real resources to women. Her tune changed after Maria and Olivia actually discussed Standing With You and our local pregnancy center. She was 5 months pregnant and her baby’s father just walked out on them recently. Maria was able to offer a blessing bag she had in her car from when she was outside Planned Parenthood the day before. The woman was so grateful for the resources. Whether she already intended to choose life before or not… I am not sure, BUT she did say that she believes it is in “providence” that she does choose life for her child! Another woman walked by and said she liked what we were doing during the counter-protest. I ran up to her and talked to her about the resources we offer in the community. She told me she was pregnant and the father wanted her to have an abortion. She said she didn’t want an abortion, though. I checked with her to see what she needed. She said she would reach out via Standing With You, if she needs help!”

Theses were just the many testimonies from the now of the pro-life movement. Some have diverse backgrounds, yet they have one goal: make abortion unthinkable because it hurts women.

To view photo galleries from Saturday’s counter demonstration around the country, click here