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.
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
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
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.
Many may recall Abby Johnson’s memoir Unplanned that became to focus of her Walk Away story from the abortion industry. It was also turned into a movie in 2019 that got many people talking and brought her story to life.
During the state March for Life in Harrisburg, PA, it was revealed that Abby Johnson will pick up right where she left off from her debut book.
In her forthcoming novel, Fierce Mercy Abby will reflect on her first decade of her involvement in the pro-life movement while also sharing lessons that can be applied in everyday life,
The book is set to be released in March of 2022, but you can pre-order it here.
Robert Reilly offers a well-thought and researched case on why the principles that laid the foundation of America is on trial today. Reilly evens digs in on the genesis of many of the principles our founding fathers believed in. Much of which dates back to the Middle Ages.
The late Pat Conroy wrote this 2002 novel that spans 40 years, telling the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister, Savannah. Both experience a dark tragedy in their lives. This novel is unforgettable and will make you finish it once you pick it up.
Archbishop Emeritus Charles Chaput gives us a timing and poignant book as we embark in a post-Christian society. His prolific writing, such as his previous works, is a page turner and it will make it hard to stop reading.
Carl Anderson’s many prolific writings and speeches were compiled into this ground-breaking book. The past Supreme Knight of the largest Catholic Global Fraternity known as the Knights of Columbus shares how our call to action for the protection of religious liberty is needed now.
The above mentioned will make great discussions, gifts, and even page turners.
The following is from an email blast sent by Deborah regarding an encounter a sidewalk servant witnessed outside of Planned Parenthood
One of the Sidewalk Servants, Bob, shared a story about a young lady they encountered last Thursday at 12th & Locust, and we wanted to share it with you. Please take a few moments to read it; this woman’s comment “I wish you had been here when I came before” is just heart wrenching… It is an encouragement for all of us to give a little of our time to be there for each woman and baby; they need us… Our presence can make all the difference! Please give a couple of hours of your time this week, and ask family and friends to join you or to sign up for a time also. God bless you! His story: At 12th and Locust this AM, Rose approached and I offered her a brochure, pointed to the Community Women’s Center of Philadelphia (Women’s Center) next doorand suggested she could get care that did notinclude abortion there. She was a beautiful and very mature young lady. She smiled knowingly and said she thought she was pregnant, that she had taken the first part of the chemical abortion but thought it had failed. She spoke of immediate regret upon doing so and said she was happy to be pregnant. I expressed my hope and joy at that possibility, and encouraged her to go next door. We also gave her the Natural Womens’ Health material from Dr. Monique. But she proceeded anyway to go into Planned Parenthood. I cautioned her to be careful that she not listen to untruths in Planned Parenthood. I then called the Women’s Centernumber to prepare them in the event she came out. When I was returning to the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood, I saw Rose speaking with Bob G, another Sidewalk Servant who was there with me. Bob was very encouraging and loving as he learned from her that, despite testing positive for pregnancy at home, she had tested negative in PP. I also tried to be comforting, asking her to google Rachel’s Vineyard which she proceeded to do. We also encouraged her to visit the Women’s Center, to consult on her situation and perhaps be re-tested. She did, but before leaving us she looked at us with big, beautiful brown eyes and said “I wish you had been here when I came before”. My heart aches. Please encourage folks to continue to come out to pray and be there for these women. I found her story so encouraging. The women need us there! Let’s be there for them. Thanks to Pat and others for all they have done to be present during the first and hopefully only COVID storm in Phila. Please pray for Rose. Bob ——————————————————HOURS HELP NEEDED:
The following is from Brittany Christiansen, a Field Director from the Susan B. Anthony List in Philadelphia. She shares a stark truth of many of the 19th Century suffragists and how they were “pro-life”.
Early 18th and 19th century suffragist writings regularly referred to abortion as “ante-natal murder”, “child murder”, “ante-natal infanticide”, and “infanticide”. These early feminists regarded abortion as abhorrent, as violence against women and their children, and attributed its practice to the denial of their rights and a dearth of nonviolent choices for women. While early feminists were indeed concerned about abortion’s physical and psychological dangers to women, they also opposed abortion itself.
Susan B Anthony wrote in her diary in 1876 about her sister-in-law recovering from an abortion (tampering with herself):
“Things did not go well” “Sister Annie in bed — been sick for a month — tampering with herself — & was freed this A.M. what ignorance & lack of self-government the world is filled with.”
Three days later, “Sister Annie better — but looks very slim — she will rue the day she forces nature”
Susan B Anthony delivered a speech in 1875:
“When the office of maternity shall be held sacred … then, and not till then, will this earth see a new order of men and women, prone to good rather evil.”
Susan B. Anthony responded to a male leading publicist who asked why she with such a generous heart had never been a wife or mother:
“I thank you kind sir, for what I take to be the highest compliment, but sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them”
Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded a Newspaper in NYC called The Revolution with the motto “Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.”
Published only editorials against abortion during its run from 1868 to 1872
Refused to publish ads for abortifacients
In the late 1800s, pills and pessaries were sold by unscrupulous abortion practitioners through euphemistic ads, labeling these products as for “the remedy of illnesses peculiar to women”, “restoration of female regularity”, and “correction of menstrual suppression”.
Many newspapers and publications ran ads for such products, and such businesses proliferated even though abortion was technically illegal at the time. These ads were lucrative for many newspapers of the time; however, Anthony and her colleagues steadfastly refused to accept them for The Revolution’s entire run.
Susan B Anthony is credited by some scholars with writing one of the most powerful anti-abortion articles ever to appear in The Revolution; however, the article was published with only her initial, leading some to argue that it she was not in fact the author. The article, entitled “Child Murder” included the following:
“Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh! thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime.”
Susan B Anthony repeatedly gave her “Social Purity” speech in the 1870’s lumping abortion in with many other social evils:
“The prosecutions on our courts for breach of promise, divorce, adultery, bigamy, seduction, rape; the newspaper reports every day of every year of scandals and outrages, of wife murders and paramour shooting, of abortions and infanticides, are perpetual reminders of men’s incapacity to cope successfully with this monster evil of society.”
“The true relation of the sexes never can be attained until woman is free and equal with man. Neither in the making nor executing of the laws regulating these relations has woman ever had the slightest voice. The statutes for marriage and divorce, for adultery, breach of promise, seduction, rape, bigamy, abortion, infanticide—all were made by men. They, alone, decide who are guilty of violating these laws and what shall be their punishment, with judge, jury and advocate all men, with no woman’s voice heard in our courts”
Susan B Anthony was arrested for voting straight Republican in the 1872 Presidential Election
November 1st 1872 Susan B Anthony registered to vote in a barbershop in Rochester’s Eighth Ward. The male registrars didn’t want to do it, but Susan B Anthony threatened to sue them personally unless they relented.
14 other women also registered to vote.
President Grant and his Republican Party, the party that ended slavery, was far more receptive to the idea of women’s rights than the Democratic Party. And so, as she informed Elizabeth Cady Stanton in a letter, Susan B Anthony enthusiastically voted for Grant and a straight party-line ticket.
A Democratic Party poll watcher named Sylvester Lewis didn’t want to accept the vote, but the two Republicans registrars did; on a 2-1 vote, it went in the hopper.
She was then indicted, tried, and convicted for voting illegally and sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and court costs. She declined to pay the fine.
The historic New Yorker described her two-day trial in June 1873 as “the greatest judicial outrage history has ever recorded,”
On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) recognizing women’s right to vote, President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned suffragist pioneer Susan B. Anthony for illegally voting in 1872. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, a member of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, was present for the historic moment.
“Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony,” “She was never pardoned. What took so long?” “She was guilty for voting” – President Trump
“Walking out of the White House on cloud nine because Susan B Anthony has just been pardoned for voting illegally. At the time, she said ‘I will pay not one penny for this unjust fine.’ ” “Susan B. Anthony fought to expand the promise of human rights and dignity to all people,” “She and her compatriots provide us with the model of how to advocate for the voiceless and disenfranchised in our own time. It is her courageous example that inspired the formation of SBA List and continues to inspire our work today. We are deeply moved and grateful to President Trump for honoring the legacy of this great American hero and we pledge never to tire in carrying on her unfinished work.” – Marjorie Dannenfelser
DRIVE-IN and watch the inspiring true story of ABBY JOHNSON in the film UNPLANNED! Gates open at 7:30 pm with Unplanned books and DVD’s available for purchase. Bring your appetite! You can pre-order and purchase food on the Delsea Drive-in website!
One lucky car will win our raffle and get to have ABBY as their guest while watching UNPLANNED together! Abby’s message to South Jersey will be previewed immediately before the film begins. Bring your chairs if you’d like to watch the movie outside of your car, and don’t forget your masks!
For additional info about the venue visit: DelseaDrive-in.com So gather your Carpool , get your tickets and let’s go to the movies!!