WHO MURDERS MORE PEOPLE DAILY? NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OR PLANNED PARENTHOOD?

Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Another tragedy has happened. Many of us are saddened by the events in Uvalde, TX this week. Twenty-one precious lives were killed by a disturbed transgender individual who has had a history of mental health issues. It is sad like many mass shootings in the last three decades. Like the ones in the past, the pro-abortion show their hypocrisy when they pretend they care about human life. They use this tragedy to pretend who should’ve lived and who should’ve died. Meanwhile, the silent screams of thousands of unborn children have fallen upon their death ears. Hypocrites.

This brings up the question: Who is responsible? Does the National Rifle Association kill people?

The answer is most definitely no. NRA accounts for zero of the casualties in either a mass shooting or the homicide rates in major US cities.

Members of Let Them Live stand outside of Planned Parenthood. May 2019

Sadly, Planned Parenthood ends the lives of 2,364 babies a day. It rounds to a total of more than a million. Since the Roe v Wade decision, 63 million lives have been lost. The media has turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to this daily tragedy.

People kill people. Guns don’t kill people.

Let us speak up for life from womb to tomb and be consistent in our concerns over all acts of violence.

TEN MOST COMMON PRO-ABORTION ARGUMENTS DEBUNKED

The following is an excerpt from a Daily Wire article written by Matt Walsh.

Abortion has made its way back to the forefront of the public conversation with the news of Roe v. Wade’s impending demise. Popular wisdom suggests that the focus on abortion will help the Democrats because it will have the effect of galvanizing their base. 

Also, it is claimed, that the public is largely pro-abortion. The problem with this latter claim is that it is certainly not true. Most polling data may show that a majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe, but those same polls also show that a majority of Americans favor restrictions on abortion. 

Considering that Roe prevents such restrictions, it’s clear that the public is not largely pro-abortion. It is, rather, largely confused. Democrats prefer to keep it that way. This means that focusing on abortion is not a political win for their party. They would much rather relegate the issue to the background. The more people think about it, and the more that the Democrats are forced to say about it, the worse it is for the pro-abortion side. All of their arguments collapse upon closer inspection. The best thing for them is that we do not inspect or think about the arguments at all.

To demonstrate this point, I thought it might be worthwhile to go through and respond to the ten most common pro-abortion arguments. All of these arguments have been repeated ad nauseam over the past few days. And all of them are so flimsy and weak that they can be debunked with only a few sentences. Like so: 

“A woman has the right to choose.”

Answer: No, nobody has a universal “right to choose.” We all agree that some choices must be prohibited. The question is not if women should be able to choose generally, but if they should be able to choose to intentionally destroy innocent human life. If you say that they do have that right, then you have to defend that choice on its merits. You can’t defend the choice based simply on the fact that it is one. 

“Pro-lifers want to control women’s bodies.”

Answer: the body in dispute is not the mother’s. The question, again, is whether the body of the human in her womb can be intentionally destroyed. The child’s body is the one at issue here, and we as pro-lifers are the ones trying to defend it. Besides, the people making this argument don’t even know what a woman is, or what her body is, so that’s a problem as well. But more on that later. 

“Pro-lifers are only pro-birth. They don’t care about babies after they’re born.”

Answer: you have no data or evidence to support this claim. Besides, our position is that babies in the womb have moral worth equal to babies outside. Of course, we believe babies outside have worth. That’s the whole basis of our argument. Our assertion that babies in the womb have worth is based on our contention that babies and all people outside have worth. Our argument hinges on the comparison between humans inside and outside the womb, and our contention is that there is no inherent difference in these groups aside from their physical location. 

“The “fetus” is just a clump of cells.”

Answer: We are all clumps of cells. Some of us are far clumpier than the average infant. None of that is relevant. What’s relevant is whether the “fetus” is a distinct and separate human entity, which he is. He is distinct and separate because he has his own DNA and his own developing body. He is a human being because his DNA is human, and because he was conceived by two humans.

“The “fetus” is not a person but a potential person.”

Answer: No. He is, again, a distinct human entity. If this is not the definition of a person, then none of us are persons. Also, even if he is a “potential person,” it does not automatically follow that we should destroy him. Do you believe that all non-persons can be killed? What if I decapitated a bald eagle? How would you feel about that? You see, you’re wrong that the unborn child isn’t a person — by definition he is — but even if you were right, you’d still be wrong. That’s how wrong you are. A living creature’s status as a “potential person” does not automatically justify destroying him. We all agree that there are all manners of non-person lifeforms that we shouldn’t kill. Now you have to prove not only that the unborn child isn’t a person — which you can’t — but also that, if he isn’t a person, it is morally permissible to destroy him. Which you also can’t.

“Women have reproductive rights.”

Answer: This one I agree with. Nobody should ever force a woman to reproduce. But birth is not a reproduction. Conception is reproduction. By the time the abortion is procured, reproduction has already occurred.

“What about rape and incest?”

Answer: That’s not an argument. It’s hypothetical. Rape and incest only account for one percent of all abortions. These are hard and rare cases. They might mitigate the individual moral culpability of a woman who chooses abortion but they do not change the fact that the unborn child is a distinct human entity, i.e. a human being, i.e. a person, and therefore worthy of the same protections the rest of us receive. We cannot kill the child for the sins of the father. If you want to execute someone for rape, execute the rapist, not the baby. 

“Women cannot be forced to remain pregnant. They have bodily autonomy.” 

Answer: No, they don’t have absolute autonomy, and yes they should be forced to remain pregnant if the other option is to kill the child. If this sounds harsh to you, then consider the fact that we already force parents to do all kinds of things for their born children. We force them to feed their children, clothe their children, and care for their children every second of the day. We impose responsibilities on parents that we do not impose on anyone else. I am required to do things for my child that I do not have to do for any other human on Earth. If parents do not want to fulfill this obligation, they must find someone who will. They cannot simply leave their child on the side of the road, nor can they drown their kid in the bathtub. Murder and neglect are not acceptable parenting strategies for babies outside the womb, and they shouldn’t be for babies inside the womb either. 

“Fetuses aren’t conscious.”

Answer: First of all, how do you know? We know basically nothing about the nature of consciousness. We can’t even agree on what consciousness is, much less where it comes from or how it works. Besides, let’s say they aren’t conscious, how does that justify murder — especially when we know their state of unconsciousness is temporary? Should it be legal to kill sleeping people? What about a person who is in a coma but is expected to recover within a few months? And if consciousness is the measure, then shouldn’t the right to life be granted in degrees according to the level of consciousness? Not everyone is equal in consciousness. A 25-year-old has greater consciousness, and greater self-awareness, than a 1-year-old. What about old people with dementia? They’re conscious to some degree, but it’s fading. What about people who make small talk in elevators? They appear to have no self-awareness at all? How far does this go? What is the limiting principle here? There isn’t one.

“Pro-lifers are just a bunch of men trying to boss women around.”

Answer: Not true. The pro-life movement is and has always been led primarily by women. Also, irrelevant. Also, a double-edged sword. Roe v. Wade was decided by men. Should we overturn it on that basis? I’m guessing you’d say no. Finally, what is this “women” word you use? What does that mean? Can you define it? I didn’t think so.

BIKING FOR BABIES FUNDRAISER

The following is from Kim Griffen. If you can help, no matter how big or small, it is appreciated. Be sure to learn more about Biking for Babies by visiting their website here.

On June 11th, my cousin Rachele and I will be participating in Biking for Babies’ first local ride in the Philadelphia area (Exton, Pa.) We are biking to raise awareness and funds for pregnant women and their babies! 

Would you consider “sponsoring” our ride with Biking for Babies? We hope to raise $500. Your contribution will support the Sisters of Life, Chester County Women’s Services, and the Hope Pregnancy Center. Thanks in advance, your contribution to this cause means so much to us!

https://gofund.me/5facb035

We know times are tough for many folks right now, so if you are unable to donate could you please share the link with family or friends? Neither of us has social media so we could use some help reaching out to the pro-life community! Thank you!

Please pray for pregnant women vulnerable to abortion and their precious babies. And please pray for all the cyclists participating on June 11th! 

JOE MANCHIN DOES IT AGAIN

The Senate Bill Women’s Health Protection Act was defeated today. Along with 50 republicans that stopped it from codifying Roe v Wade into federal law, one lone Democrat crossed party aisles to prevent this so-called “healthcare bill” from being passed… Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

The bill would’ve wiped out 500 pro-life bills passed on the state level while expanding abortion to the point of coercing medical staff against their moral conscience and even allowing non-medically licensed people to perform the procedure.

We have another pro-life victory, despite a deadlock in the senate and a razor-thin pro-death majority in the House of Representatives.

Pray. Fast. Hold the line. Hold your elected officials accountable. We’re not done yet.

Bear in mind, that this debate will be decided when we make abortion unthinkable and it begins in our community. Continue changing hearts and minds.

PRO-LIFERS, STAND FIRM. PRAY HARDER!

Like many people, I heard of the leak on the news about the possibility of Roe v Wade not making it to its 50th anniversary. (I think my sister and brother in law have a better shot at that). Even Justice Samuel Alito believes that the issue should be decided by the people, not the high court.

Since the news of the leak, pro-aborts have acted unhinged. There was a protest in Los Angeles that turned violent that law enforcement had to intervene. Even elected Karens, like Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, (I’m surprised she didn’t suffer a stroke after her agonizing rant). Wait a second, Sen. Karen of Massachusetts is angry? *Eye roll*. She is so angry that a snickers bar can’t turn her into a conservative.

Even Catholics for Choice (oxymoron name for a group) are up in arms with the leak that they are planning to protest during Catholic Masses nationwide on Mother’s Day weekend.

WHAT CAN CHRISTIANS DO

Regardless of the imminent outcome and ruling that will be casted by nine judges, pro-lifers must remain vigilant. Yes, Roe v Wade has been a controversial court decision for five decades, and there is light at the end of the tunnel for many pro-lifers to see this issue return to the states as it should have from the beginning.

The first and foremost thing to do is pray. Hold Holy Hours for an end to abortion and for the conversion of those who turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the cry of the most vulnerable of our society. Pray the rosary. Learn about the Flame of Love rosary that has been effective during several prayer vigils here.

Continue attending prayer vigils. This idea speaks for itself. The presence of pro-lifers has a powerful and profound impact on the number of people entering the facility. Your presence matters. 40 Days for Life Campaign may have came and went, but murders are still happening.

Participate in the 2022 elections. Primary season is heating up. Pennsylvania’s primary is Tuesday, May 17th. Be sure to vote with a clear conscience and in person. Visit here for all state primaries.

Speak up! This goes for laity and clergy alike. The only way hearts and minds will change in this ongoing debate to have these hard discussions. Indeed, we have seen the videos of a bunch of grown up kindergartners wanted to silence speech of people they don’t agree with. Bishops, Pastors, and Deacons, preach the message of life from the pulpits. We need more engaging homilies and sermons that pierce the hearts and minds of church-goers every given Sunday.

Laity, share the message of life on social media. Get louder on the platform if big tech tries to silence you. The truth can never be silenced or censored. The Minister of Lies can’t stop the movement that has gained momentum the last fifty years. This is our time! Let’s seize the moment!

Pray, Fast, and Give Alms!

PRO-LIFERS MOURN LOSS OF VICKI THORN

On Wednesday, the pro-life community has learned of the tragic loss of Vicki Thorn, foundress of Project Rachel, at the age of 72.

She shared her first indirect encountered when a friend needed help. “All I could do was just love her and be present to her, and make sure she was OK,” Thorn would recall years later. “But it was a life-changing experience for me, in understanding that abortion was not a non-event, that it left enormous footprints in someone’s life, and enormous pain.”

In 1984, Thorn founded Project Rachel while working for the Respect Life Office in Milwaukee. The idea of her ministry came from Jeremiah 31:25, which reads, “In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing, bitter weeping! Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled for her children — they are no more!”

In his statement on the tragic loss of Vicki Thorn, Archbishop Listecki recalled that “Vicki’s life was dedicated to a single mission; caring for men and women wounded by abortion. As the founder of Project Rachel, she single-handedly created a post-abortion healing ministry at a time when none existed,”

In 2021, Vicki Thorn received Evangelium Vitae Medal from the University of Notre Dame. View the presentation here.

Today, Project Rachel is flourishing through a majority of Archdioceses throughout the United States and in 25 additional countries.

More information about Project Rachel is available on the ministry’s USCCB’s website, or by calling 888-456-HOPE (4673).

#SAYTHEIRNAMES: Ángel, Holly, Phoenix, Harriet and Christopher

News broke last week of the discovery of five babies who were murdered by means of infanticide in our nation’s capital. Tragic.

The suspected abortionist was exposed by Live Action who admitted that he won’t help any baby that survives an abortion.

This is a tragedy. Even lawmakers, Department of Justice, and others refuse to pay attention to the injustice that is happening in Washington. They also refuse to investigate.

Is this Gosnell 2.0?

We must take action today. Students for Life is leading the way and you can participate today. Help them bring justice to the five babies left to die.

FIVE SAVES IN ONE WEEK

The headline says it all. In two separate email blasts within 48 hours, Monique reported five saves.

On Monday and Tuesday, a save took place, one from each facility. On Friday, a student from UPenn reported of a woman changing her mind about abortion and connected her to Alpha Pregnancy in West Philly.

On Wednesday, a pro-lifer encountered a police officer who shared how he saved his son from abortion 34 years ago.

Then, Dr. Monique Ruberu received two calls about women who took the abortion pill and want to reverse it. She was able to call in the medication needed to begin the process.

We are making strides. Continue to do your part in saving lives with your loving and peaceful presence.

PRO-LIFERS IN GREATER PHILADELPHIA RALLY FOR LIFE AT INDEPENDENCE HALL

Pro-lifers across the Greater Philadelphia area gathered in the City of Brotherly Love for the 2nd annual March for Life in Philly.

With over 300 in attendance. they all gave voice to the most vulnerable in our society through their love and bold witness.

Before Mass, Catholics gathered at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral for a rosary and singing of “America the Beautiful”. In his homily, Fr. Gill told those gathered to “Our efforts begin with God. Be encouraged, not discouraged.” He goes on to say that Catholics are not only armed with prayer but also with the Eucharist.

On the lawn of the cathedral, Catholics joined their Protestants brothers and sisters in Christ in a ecumenical prayer service as many pastors ask for God for his intercession to end the senseless violence committed against everyone from womb to tomb.

The march went from the cathedral to Independence Hall with a stop at Philadelphia Women’s Center. While there, pro-lifers saw the reality of where the murders take place while overcoming the vile hatred and ridicule from the volunteers and workers there who masked their disgust on their faces of the loving and peaceful pro-lifers assembled. All were reminded to treat them with mercy and kindness. Even a woman came out scared and crying as sadly she had her child murder despite the pleas to offer the woman post-abortive help.

The rally helped energize the faithful as they heard from Toni McFadden, Monique Ruberu, Michael Geer, Pete DeMaio, and Kristan Hawkins.

The fitting part of the rally is Kristan Hawkins correlating the Declaration of Independence with the three unalienable rights our founders mention in the historic document. She goes on to tell the faithful in attendance to “be bold. be not afraid. defend life.”

Everyone is ready to make their bold stand against abortion now. They have God on their side and are ready to get the job done, no matter the critical outcomes that will be decided in the next few months.

Pro-lifers, assemble! Do not be afraid to step into the breach and offer your gifts and talents to cultivate the pro-life message.

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