Two local women have books coming out in the coming months. It is an opportunity to support our local advocates in all they are doing.
Anne DeSantis- Love and Care for the Marginalized
“Love and Care for the Marginalized” is a 40-day meditational for Catholics based on reflections from popes, saints, religious leaders, movie quotes, and others on how God speaks to each of us about the importance of making outreach to those who have been hurt, rejected, and marginalized. Whether you are on the giving or receiving end, we have all experienced the world’s treatment of those who are uncared for and unloved. Each meditation included a quote, reflection, a prayer, and a call to action. The book is based on the command of Christ in the book of Matthew 25 where Jesus talks about the importance of loving and caring for those in greatest need and acting on their behalf. This short book will help the reader to reflect upon the importance of making a difference for those who are alone, rejected and forgotten. The book was born out of much reflection, thought and most of all prayer. Learn more about the life and ministry of the author Anne DeSantis at AnneDeSantis.com.
Heather Makowicz- Peak Encounters: 31 Inspirational Reflections to Connect You with God through the Beauty of Nature
From the book description section: Does experiencing creation invite you into a deeper, healthier relationship with yourself, with others, or with God? Peak Encounters is a collection of life-changing experiences from men and women who share their stories of trials, triumphs, fears, and courage as they encountered God through natural creation. God led them from obstacles to opportunities, transforming their lives from the outside in!
Surfing a monstrous wave reminded Jeremiah to be bold and step out in faith. Gardening showed Chiara how to give what she received from God’s tender care. And the author shares how canyoneering taught her that God protects-no matter where you land.
A beautiful spring Saturday dawned upon the 150 pro-lifers that came out to celebrate outside of the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in the State of Pennsylvania.
Fr. Matthew Bierdrycki of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral delivered the opening prayer for all in attendance.
Those who attendant heard from speakers that ranges from seasoned veterans to young leaders on college campuses and just added to the fold a high school senior.
One in particular was Emily Jones. Jones, a senior at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in Flourtown, spoke about how the inaugural Philadelphia March for Life inspired her to do more for the pro-life cause. Despite backlash, threats, and even the loss of friendships she endured, she kept the faith and helped revitalize her school’s pro-life group. She even signed up for vigil hours.
Two prominent college women spoke to the crowd, Karly Brown of Temple and Kassidy Johnson.
Johnson, a junior at University of Pennsylvania and member of Quakers for Life, shared how she was moved from her experience in Philadelphia. Coming from North Dakota which has only one abortion facility, Johnson shared how she knew that more had to be done to protect life.
For Karly Brown, she is no stranger to pro-life activism in Philadelphia area. Every Friday, her and Sean Garvey, both students at Temple would pray outside of Warminster Planned Parenthood. They both are now engaged. Congratulations Karly and Sean.
Pat Stanton goes on to share why our world should not tolerate the evil of abortion. Using examples of historical figures, he reminded everyone that each of them fought against the injustices of their time. He asked that we do the same when it comes to abortion.
The following is from Tina Whittington, the Vice President of Students for Life of America.
I need you to SAVE THE DATE for our 2022 National Pro-Life Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
This one-day training event for grassroots pro-life activists of all ages saw a record-breaking crowd, selling out at over 3,400 attendees in January 2020.
As you know, we had to replace the 2021 National Pro-Life Summit with our National #Stand4Life Weekend that we hosted in 18 cities across the country and online with more than 63,000 pro-lifers joining us!
But today, I am thrilled to announce that the National Pro-Life Summit is BACK for 2022 and will be better than ever!
While we’ll be revealing the theme of the 2022 National Summit at a later date, what I can tell you right now is all the benefits of attending, like…
Explore and strengthen your personal calling for Life
Become energized to protect the preborn and their mothers
Learn how to engage in the culture more effectively
Strategize with other pro-life youth and adults from communities across the nation
Meet and hear from dozens of experts in the pro-life movement
More details are to come, but you can sign up here to stay in the loop about all Summit-related announcements and updates.
We will sell out again this year…so, trust me, you’ll want to be among the first to know when registration goes live.
I hope you’ll consider joining me, the rest of the Students for Life team, and 3,000+ of your closest pro-life friends in January!
Below is a reflection and testimony on a save that happened yesterday outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City. My hope is that someone would be inspired to step into the breach to save lives as I do with many of my fellow pro-lifers.
Today was a day filled with so much traffic. I remember people walking by shaking their heads in disgust of my presence outside of an abortion facility that is the epitome of White Supremacy. Even one person (Jacob )that walks the route along locust on his way to work, only to stop to snap a photo of me and send it to his friend Anna from (Philadelphia Women’s Center).
As I was winding down my two hour coverage, two young women were going in as I offered to them a blessing bag. They declined and went inside.
A few minutes later, those same girls came out two minutes apart. One of them was crying. I knew that it was my moment as I prayed the flying novena. After concluding the flying novena, the girls came out of the gate. This time, I wasted no time offering them life saving information. They thanked me for sharing and wished me a good day as I watched them walk away from the place.
If this is not why we are needed outside of places of doom and gloom then I don’t know what is.
And what amazes me is she went from tears of sadness and woe to leaving PP with a hint of hope for her and child
It also dawned on me that today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. God’s sense of timing for yet another news worth of praise.
Please attend the closing rally outside of the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in our city and state.
T️he following is from Dr. Monique Ruberu pertaining to the upcoming Sidewalk Servants campaign, which will take place between Holy Week and Tuesday, September 21st. Note: The Fall 2021 campaign launches on Wednesday, September 22nd and will run until October 30th in the Philadelphia area.
Thanks so much for your awesome service as a sidewalk servant!! ️️
Thus far in our 40 Days campaign, we had 14 moms Choose LIFE simply because there was a loving, peaceful, prayerful presence outside!!
The battle for life does not end this Saturday though… the abortion industry never takes a break. So we can’t stop either.
Please let me know if you would like to sign up for:
SFLA’s Fellowship program not only equips you to make the biggest impact on your campus based on your school’s unique needs, it also provides support, networking opportunities, and trainings to advance your pro-life skills.
Fellowships kickoff with a weekend of training and activism together, then continue with mentorships, readings, and webinars throughout the year.
Which Fellowship is Right for You?
If you are a college pro-life leader, the William Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship program is for you! Applications are due by March 31st, 2021.
If you are a high school pro-life leader, the Thaddeus Stevens Leadership Fellowship is for you! Applications are due March 31st, 2021.
If you are a Christian/Catholic college pro-life leader, the Christian Leadership Fellowship program is for you! Applications are due March 31st, 2021.
If you are a male college student, either the current leader of a pro-life group or wanting to get more involved, the Invictus Men’s Fellowship is for you! Applications are due by March 31st, 2021.
If you are a young artist (in college or grad school), either the current leader of a pro-life group or wanting to get more involved, the Hildegard Fellowship is for you! Applications are due by March 31st, 2021.
The following is an op-ed from the Philadelphia Inquirer written by two “OBGYNs” who clearly cannot accept medical reality let alone the fact about the most vulnerable stage of human development.
Anti-choice legislation can be deceptive. When lawmakers pass laws to make abortion illegal after six weeks (as they did in Georgia), or illegal in all cases including rape and incest (as they did in Alabama), a Pennsylvania bill imposing requirements on how fetal remains are handled seems nearly quaint. But it is all part of the same assault on reproductive health care, and as OB-GYNs, we know firsthand how damaging this legislation could be.
House Bill 118, introduced by Francis X. Ryan, a Lebanon County Republican, would require health-care facilities to provide cremation or burial services for every miscarriage or abortion. This requirement would force the provision of a death certificate even in cases such as a miscarriage occurring within days of a missed period, or an ectopic pregnancy implanted outside the uterus and therefore never viable. The bill states that any health-care facility would bear this responsibility or face fines, imposing additional costs to care and potentially reducing access to lifesaving, reproductive health care.
According to a co-sponsorship memorandum circulated by Ryan in December, he introduced this bill in response to his and his wife’s experience with miscarriage in the 1970s. Because up to 20% of pregnancies result in a miscarriage, his family is not alone in going through this experience. In a speech on the House floor, Ryan stated that he felt that the inability to bury the remains contributed to his pain. But the response to pregnancy loss is deeply personal and varied. We know this because discussing recovery from a pregnancy loss, both physical and emotional, is a conversation we have every day with patients. While the families we care for already have the option to make personal arrangements for the remains of their pregnancies, many do not even want to consider this; they simply want to move on. This bill would force Ryan’s personal belief system on the thousands of Pennsylvanians who will experience a miscarriage or abortion each year.
Pennsylvania already has legal requirements for the processing of remains from second-trimester pregnancies. All pregnancy tissue is disposed of safely and responsibly and in compliance with Pennsylvania state health regulations. If HB 118 becomes law, it will mean asking Pennsylvanians whose pregnancies never developed into an embryo or fetus, or even those with ectopic pregnancies, to make additional decisions about what happens to the tissue. This is an intrusion on an individual’s personal and private medical decision-making. For our patients undergoing the physical and emotional pain of pregnancy loss, this bill would only add cost, paperwork, and the potential for more confusion and grief.
It is not by chance that State Rep. Ryan is an adamant anti-choice lawmaker. This session he introduced a resolution to celebrate the work of John Stanton, a man who founded the pro-life movement in Pennsylvania and raised tens of thousands of dollars for fake pregnancy centers (also known as crisis pregnancy centers). He previously supported the most extreme restrictions on abortion that were introduced in the Pennsylvania House, including a so-called “heartbeat ban” last session that would have prohibited abortion after a heartbeat has been detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. In addition to intruding on the physician-patient relationship, and imposing additional costs and emotional burden on patients, HB 118 uses incredibly broad language that introduces “personhood” at the moment of conception. The bill defines an “unborn child” as starting from fertilization, which would include embryos that have not yet implanted, ectopic pregnancies, and pregnancies that are many months away from reaching the point where they can be considered viable. HB 118 is yet another politically motivated attack on abortion, and we adamantly oppose it.
The bipartisan vote for the bill in the House last session shows the danger of anti-choice legislation in disguise. It is up to all of us to inform our representatives that we do not want our reproductive health decisions being manipulated by coercive legislation and misguided politicians. Pennsylvania lawmakers should be focused on improving the health of Pennsylvania families. This bill does nothing toward that end.
The following is a response from Mike McGonagle to the above op-ed.
Our organization continues to provide leadership for the passage of the “Fetal Remains” Bill and a Resolution to honor John Stanton, the founder of the Pa. pro-life movement. Rep. Frank Ryan is serving as the lead sponsor for both of these proposals. A March 16, 2021 Commentary by Drs. Sarah Gutman and Alhambra Frarey criticized these proposals.
The premise of the Fetal Remains Bill is that the remains of children in the womb, killed by abortion or lost by miscarriage, should not be treated as “medical waste,” but in a manner currently required for the body of any other human being. Drs. Gutman and Frarey demonstrate their denial of medical reality by describing the dismembered bodies of children killed by abortion as “pregnancy tissue.”
Among many other achievements for the Pa. pro-life movement, John Stanton’s leadership resulted in Pa.’s “Choose Life” License Plate Program. Thus, Stanton deserves recognition for the tens of thousands of dollars that this program has raised for crisis pregnancy centers in Pa. Such centers offer the truth, compassion and extensive assistance to expectant mothers, which have saved hundreds of mothers and children from abortion.
We continue to urge our state legislators to pass these and other pro-life proposals.
I feel like that I need to write an open letter embedded in a blog for those who continue to find something to rip apart or tell others not to read.
As the first quarter of 2021 is drawing to a near close, we have seen that every other headline involves the cancellation of a rising celebrity, a former president, an elected official, and just recently a beloved children’s author. This is just the many attacks we have seen in our culture from the woke mob.
What I have noticed from this “woke mob” is that they are just plainly looking for something to find offensive. Take, for example, the most recent attack to Dr. Seuss, a beloved children author. Seuss has written countless books that many have come to love. One notable quote from pro-lifers is: “A person is a person, no matter how small.” which is from Horton Hears a Who. Sadly, six of his books were deemed racist. How so? Even his stepdaughter claimed that he cared about the world. He was never racist.
Meanwhile, the woke mob is okay with songs that promote promiscuity, video games that are rated M for mature with adult content, an increase in pornography, the list goes on. This is the same group that has seen an increase in mental illnesses and abortion as we approach the one year anniversary of the COVID lockdowns that has devastated many lives.
Have any of them ever considered going to church with all the time on their hands to pray for God to return in the midst of the utter chaos and political upheaval.
STOP CANCELING WHAT YOU DON’T OR THINK YOU KNOW
It appears to me that Generation Z and millennials are being brainwashed by a radical left propaganda that is present in our education system, particularly universities, that teaches them to find any excuse to deem such things as racist while inheriting crushing debts, have their faith and conservative convictions compromised by professors who stop it nothing to get what they want. I see it with an escort who has been circulating the wagon for many years while holding an engineering position at Swarthmore University in Delaware County. Every time she is out there, she has people around my age wearing the vest for extra credit. She is even persistent in taking pictures and videos of peaceful pro-lifers who are doing their best to save lives and change hearts as she displays a menacing grim across her face.
There is a reason we have past. It may not have been perfect. Instead, it provides us with lessons as to why we cannot repeat it today. That is why you can’t just cancel the losers of the American Civil War because you didn’t agree with what their practices were. Rather, you should learn how they lost and why the Civil War was more than just freeing African Americans.
My hope for Millennials and Generations Y and Z is that they learn to think for themselves, learn a trade, not worry about what their peers doing, and realize that they are made to stand out.
As a millennial, it sickens me to watch another one of my peers commit suicide, seek an abortion, engage in sodomy, be okay with sitting on their butts without learning the value of a dollar through hard work or a good paying job, and most importantly, learn what is right and wrong.
I challenge any millennial and member of Generations Y and Z to research issues pertaining to life, why communism and socialism are not cool, and how you can change the culture when you let God back in the public square while canceling the lamestream media. Start today.
“Standing and holding a sign doesn’t seem like much, but we have no idea the impact we have on those who see us,” said the local leadership team.
Think your prayers and presence at your local abortion site doesn’t reach abortion-minded women and saves babies? Read the account below of just one of many unborn babies saved during a 40 Days for Life campaign.
A young woman pulled up to the 40 Days for Life vigil in Fayetteville, North Carolina to talk with a vigil participant.
“I just wanted to show you my miracle baby. She’s now four years old,” the woman said. “When I was pregnant, I was scheduled to come here for an abortion.”
At the time, the little girl’s father had just left the family, and the woman thought abortion was her only option.
“I saw you guys standing out here and I chose LIFE instead,” the mother continued. “Now, I’m married with four children. What y’all do out here makes a difference!”
The encounter was a powerful reminder that God answers prayers–even if we don’t always see it right away.
“Standing and holding a sign doesn’t seem like much, but we have no idea the impact we have on those who see us,” said the local leadership team.
Sometimes it takes months–or even years–to learn that your presence made an impact. But moms and dads are returning to 40 Days for Life vigils around the world to say “thank you” to prayer warriors for saving their babies!
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3
Heavenly Father, please keep me from taking for granted the gift of children. Help us to remember this heritage that you have given us. Make us faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each generation might be raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.