Abortion Pandemic

400,000.  That is the number of U.S. Covid deaths reported by the U.S. thus far.   The incoming administration has vowed to do everything possible to ensure efficient vaccine distribution and financial assistance to those impacted.   But here’s another number:  862,320.   That is the number of U.S. abortions performed in 2017 as reported by the Guttmacher Institute.  These are the most recent statistics available.   And no one from the incoming administration has offered any assistance to these vulnerable children.   As a country – and in fact as a planet – we are all looking inward, more interested in our own self-preservation and really not interested in the struggle for life our children endure, year in and year out.  We have experienced this pandemic for only about a year now and it has smothered our airwaves, while abortion has ravaged generations of children for decades in utter silence.   We are encouraged to stay safe, applaud our heroes, wear our mask, wash our hands, distance ourselves, follow the various local regulations, all in an effort supposedly to “care for each other.”  Again, it’s all about us.  In the meantime, the regulations in place to somewhat curtail the abortion factories are being threatened and challenged.  So, the result is herculean efforts to save lives from a pandemic but little or no effort to preserve newly created lives, and in fact the doors are wide open to stop these inconvenient heartbeats as swiftly as possible.   Heartbeats that hold so much potential and promise.  The old adage, “Hurray for me, the hell with you” comes to mind, although I am sure there are many who would say that is a little harsh, but is it?  We are losing lives by the hundreds of thousands every year and there is no daily update on CNN.  There is no Dr. Fauci instructing us how to save these babies.  Our governors never mention this sorrowful loss of life across their states.  All we have is dismissive silence or more rhetoric about the supposed value of all lives…except you know who…children who cannot yet speak or more importantly …..vote.  Are they not heroes, sacrificing their lives?

“The call to protect life – and not merely life but another’s identity; it is perhaps not too much to say another’s soul – was obvious in its sacredness.”  These are words written by Dr. Paul Kalanithi in his book “When Breath Becomes Air”.  It is a story of his passion as a neurosurgeon while dealing with an unexpected cancer diagnosis.   His words were written from a doctor’s perspective to save lives.   But they so aptly apply to the issue at hand, protecting lives, identities and souls…of our preborn children.

In an effort to recognize these unborn souls, there will be a Philadelphia March of Life on January 23, 2021. The event begins with a 9:00 AM mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and will be followed by a peaceful march through center city Philadelphia, past the Philadelphia Women’s Center where 6,500 abortions are performed each year, and then a concluding rally at the Independence Mall Visitors’ Center.  Covid protocols will be in place.  Details can be found at the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

So, as we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected virus, so too should we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected betrayal of moral and ethical integrity by their brothers and sisters around the world, especially all those in leadership positions who claim to value life but really don’t.

Local and National March for Life Updates

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.

Don’t forget to get your pro-life gear at Catholic to the Max. Learn more here.

Inaugural Philly March for Life January 23rd

See information regarding the event here.

National March for Life January 29th

This will come one week after the Inauguration of the most radical pro-abortion administration of our time, particularly led by a so called “Catholic”.

Don’t feel safe? You can attend a livestream from your computer. Learn more here. EWTN will also begin covering the event at 11AM. Check your local listing.

Are you going? Here is what you need to know. Be sure to check out the pre-rally concert with Matthew West, the singer behind the theme song of Abby Johnson’s biopic.

Checklist for What to bring to Both or Either

  1. Pro-Life Gear (Make it visible)
  2. Prayers
  3. Your loving and peaceful presence
  4. Creative and catchy chants
  5. A sign that is loving and articulates a message about life or promotes life

We hope you make one if not all of the events. Be sure to March for Life every day, not just every January 22nd.

Covid-19 Vaccines and Catholic Conscience

Below is a summary of this past Monday’s presentation of Dr. John Brehany on the COVID-19 vaccines hosted by The Regina Academies.  Dr. Brehany is the Director of Institutional Relations at the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC). 

A special thanks to Dr. Denise Wilcox, Ph.D., O.D. for providing this report.  You can view the seminar below.  Links are provided to additional resources mentioned in Dr. Brehany’s presentation.

from Dr. Denise Wilcox

The presentation by  the National Catholic Bioethics Center was provided to us by Dr. John Brehany a bioethicist. 

Here are the important facts
 
  1. In the 1950s a scientist from the Wister Institute in Philadelphia used cells from an elective abortion to develop a cell line. It was called WI-38. Since then scientists have created other cell lines MRC-5, HEK-292 (human embryonic kidney) and PERC6
  2. These cell lines are used in biomedical research to develop vaccines and monoclonal antibodies.
  3. The principle of Legitimate Cooperation determines whether one can be involved in morally evil actions.
    • A) you must avoid being closely involved in an immoral action
    • B) you must avoid formal cooperation
    • C) if one avoids A and B for a good reason it may be permissible to be involved with someone’s actions
  4. In 2008 the Church set out a document Dignitas Personal that clearly recognized that creating these cell lines was wrong
  5. In 2005 In Moral Reflections the church said that any degree of cooperation was remote and in the face of grave danger to health using the vaccine is permissible. But people should demand and use alternatives when possible
  6. COVID vaccines have 50 to 60 trials now. 13 are close to being finished.
Go to the Charlotte Lozier Institute website for a detailed analysis. They studied 38 vaccines. 
 
There are 3 types of vaccines
  1. some use no aborted cells
  2. some have a limited use in the first stage
  3. some are used in manufacturing , design or testing
AstraZeneca used embryonic cells in producing manufacturing and supply. Moderna and Phizer used the cells in some of the testing. The vaccine was designed on a computer. No cells were used in manufacturing.
 
If you can only get the Astra Zenca vaccine do so under protest. Pregnant and nursing mothers cannot take the vaccine. Heath care workers and essential workers may be required to take the vaccine.
 
Lastly look at the Children of God for Life website.    It lists all vaccines and how they are derived.
 
 

Below are additional resouces provided by Mark Bradford, Executive Director of the Regina Academies.  

Both the NCBC and the Charlotte Lozier Institute are trusted resources for analysis on prolife issues and threats to human life and dignity. 

Here’s Which Coronavirus Vaccines are Developed Using Cells From Aborted Babies

The potential that the much anticipated vaccines would use cells from aborted babies poses weighty moral problems for many Americans who object to abortion.

Life News published an informative article authored by Mary Margaret Olohan who writes for Daily Caller.

The pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute has released information on which coronavirus vaccines have been made using cells obtained from aborted babies.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) released a new chart Thursday examining whether eight leading COVID vaccines were either produced or tested using cells obtained through abortions. The institute’s analysis found that most of the vaccine candidates did not use cell lines derived from abortions in their production, though several used abortion-derived cell lines in laboratory testing.

The potential that the much anticipated vaccines would use cells from aborted babies poses weighty moral problems for many Americans who object to abortion.

Religious leaders such as Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas said earlier this year that he would refuse the vaccine if “we use body parts of aborted children,” saying, “I will not kill children to live.”

“Unfortunately, some vaccine developers have unnecessarily put American families in a difficult position by choosing to use controversial human fetal cell lines in production or testing, or by a lack of transparency,” CLI said in a statement. “Many developers already opt to use animal cell lines, non-fetal human cells, yeast, or chicken eggs instead.”

“We urge all developers to avail themselves of these options going forward,” the institute’s statement continued. “Doing so will reduce vaccine hesitancy for those who oppose the use of fetal cell lines, thereby increasing the public health impact of the vaccine.”

CLI evaluated vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Sanofi/GSK, Inovio, and Merck.

Both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson use abortion-derived cell lines in development, production, and lab testing, the analysis found.

Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, and Inovio use abortion-derived cells in some tests but do not use abortion-derived cells in other tests, the analysis found. These four do not use abortion-derived cell lines in development or production of the vaccine, the analysis found.

The analysis could not determine whether Sanofi/GSK and Merck used the abortion-derived cell lines in lab testing, but noted that Sanofi/GSK and Merck do not use abortion-derived cell lines in development or production of the vaccine.

Life News article continues

Support Pro-Life Charities this #GivingTuesday December 1st

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner as many organizations are always asking people to make a contribution to their organizations before the year draws to a close.

In the midst of the busy shopping season, let us not forget our local and national groups that promote the culture of life near us and beyond. Here are just a few organizations to support:

  1. Pro-Life Unmion of Greater Philadelphia

Since its inception in 1971, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia has reached millions in the City of Brotherly Love and its surrounding suburbs. They hope to continue its work laid out by its late founder, John Stanton. You may donate to them here

2. Generation Life

Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, Generation Life has been preaching the pro-life and chastity messages to hundreds of thousand young people nationwide. Despite the plandemic, the small group has continue to give talks on chastity and pro-life messages on the virtual realm. Donate to them here.

3. Hope Pregnancy Center

Located 2/3 of a mile from Temple University, Hope Pregnancy, led by Marlene Downing, continues to help the vulnerable in the heart of our city. They have seen an increase in clients and hope to meet the needs of the recurring and new clients in the heart of Philadelphia. Make your donation here.

4. The Culture Project

Founded in 2014, the Culture Project has reached the masses at every corner in the United States and beyond through in person presentations and event virtually during the plandemic. They currently have missionaries in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Toledo, and Pittsburgh. Make a donation here.

5. Legacy of Life

Legacy of Life has two centers across from Planned Parenthood facilities and has seen an uptick in clients because of women choosing life through the presence of pro-lifers. Donate to their cause here.

6. Alpha Pregnancy Center

Alpha Pregnancy has been in Philadelphia area for 40 years. They recently opened a center next door to the former House of Horrors in the Manuta section of Philadelphia. Learn how you can support them here.

7. Guiding Star Ministries

A program adopted by the PLU of Greater Philadelphia, Guiding Star Ministries helps pregnant moms develop life skills that will help them through their life. Donate today to help them reach women in their time of great need.

8. St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation

Located in Overbrook, the foundation promotes the pro-life message while also helping Catholics heal from spiritual and mental trauma brought about from divorce. If you are a Catholic who went through this life-changing experience and in need of healing, visit them here.

Upcoming Events in Bucks County and Surrounding Areas

2020 has been a year no one will forget.  Shutdowns due to the coronavirus, businesses closed (sadly, some for good) due to this virus, schools closed, students and office workers telecommuting, vacations cancelled or shortened.   

And while most have been waiting for the virus to end to get on with their lives,  the pro-life movement has been busier than ever.    It seems that this year more pro-life events, both virtually and publicly, have and will occur.   

Below are some upcoming events for the remainder of this year.  I have included a list that you can download and print out.  We hope that you will join us for these events.   Most listed are sponsored by the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition.  

Life Chain – Sunday, November 1st 2:30 – 3:30 pm. This will close out our 40 Days of Prayer and Repentance. We will gather along Street Road starting at Louis Drive and going west towards Old York Road.

Election Day – Tuesday, November 3rd. It’s important that you vote, if you haven’t already done so;  and please vote for pro-life candidates. God’s precious little ones are counting on us to do our part to make sure they have the right to be born.

Right to Birth – Saturday, October 31st – Rally and Prayer Vigil – begins with Mass at the Cathedral followed by march to Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets.  This event is sponsored by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. 

Walking with Moms in Need – Saturday, November 7th – Peace Valley Park in Doylestown. Registration begins at 10:00 am and Walk starts at 11:00 am. 

First Friday Life Chain – every first Friday of the month on Louis Drive in Warminster outside of Planned Parenthood from 9:30 – 10:30 am. We encourage everyone to join us in prayer for the closing of this abortion mill.

For other events in and around Bucks County, Pa., click on the link below.  

Upcoming Events of Note in SE PA

40 Days of Prayer and Repentance for and End to Abortion Begins on Sept 23rd in Bucks County

We’ll all be glad to see 2020 go. We have seen riots in the streets of large cities, and forced quarantines of healthy people, plus harsh restrictions on our freedoms due to COVID-19.

Because of the COVID restrictions, our usual 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign is being curtailed and we are asking people to join us not only at our local Planned Parenthood for public witness and prayer, but also in private prayer. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we possess to fight against the evils of our world.

Our Prayer Campaign starts on Wednesday, September 23rd and runs until Sunday, November 1st. We will post a prayer and meditation every day during this time to remind everyone to pray for an end to abortion.

If you live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, please join us for our 40 Days of Prayer and Repentance outside of the Planned Parenthood in Warminster. Contact your church’s Respect Life Committee Chairperson and find out which day your church is scheduled for public prayer. If you don’t have a committee or a 40 Days for Life coordinator, we will be glad to help you. (see flyer at end of this post for more information.)

What will 2021 bring? Only God knows for sure. But I’m certain that if enough people turn to Him in prayer and repentance, He will heal our land, our hearts and our souls, and end the sin of abortion in our country.

Please see the flyer below for more information. We ask that you print out and distributeto all your contacts in Bucks County.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

40 Days of Prayer Flyer 

This event is sponsored by the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition

A Pro-Life Response to the COVID Pandemic

The following is from Michael McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pa.  This event will be held on Thursday, July 23rd at White Manor Country Club at 831 Providence Road in Malvern from 7:00-9:00 PM, which is a few minutes drive from the Malvern Retreat House. Please see flyer at end of this post for more information.  

End this pandemic

The purposes of this Event are to launch activities that

– call the Church, in response to the COVID Pandemic, to repentance for our apathy regarding the massive shedding of innocent blood of children in the womb by abortion; and

– call the Church laity and clergy to make the legal protection of these children the preeminent issue when they vote in and preach on the November 3, 2020 General Election.

Randall Terry will make a presentation on these themes following an abbreviated showing of his movie, Pandemic.  Randy and some of his team will also provide praise and worship music.

COVID pandemic flyer

NJ Planned Parenthood Affiliates Once Again Flout the Law – Ordered to Repay Millions from Coronavirus Relief Funds They Were Ineligible For

Once again we see that Planned Parenthood believes they are above the law by applying for and taking  coronavirus relief funds for which they were not entitled. Please see press release below from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life. 

PP of NJPlanned Parenthood is once again trying to steal more money from taxpayers.  At least 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates, including two from New Jersey, who were ineligible for funds from the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program, applied for and received a total of $80 million from the coronavirus relief fund.

Among them are two Planned Parenthood affiliates from New Jersey.   Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is their parent company, has more than 600 employees.  They took the money even though the loans prohibited organizations with more than 500 employees to apply for the funds.

According to reports released by the Small Business Association (SBA) this past week, Planned Parenthood of Northern and Central New Jersey in Morristown received $2-5 Million and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey based in Newark, which received $1-2 Million.

SBA sent Planned Parenthood a letter stating that their 49 affiliates were ineligible for the loans.  A group of 27 Republican U.S. Senators subsequently sent a letter asking U.S. Attorney General Barr to investigate the matter.  As proof that Planned Parenthood knew they were ineligible for funds, the Senators cited a statement by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that the Small Business Administration could exclude them from the funding.  The penalty for fraudulent loan applications carries civil and criminal penalties.

This is not the first time Planned Parenthood affiliates in NJ have applied for and received taxpayer funds illegally.

Several years ago, the abortion group was found engaging in fraudulent Medicaid activity in New Jersey. The U.S. Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services  uncovered a consistent problem with New Jersey-based family planning clinics run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business. A government audit found that they were improperly billing Medicaid for services that did not qualify as family planning.

An initial audit revealed New Jersey improperly received federal reimbursement at the enhanced 90 percent rate for 160,955 prescription drug claims that were billed as family planning but did not qualify as family planning services. A letter from the Inspector General to New Jersey officials recommended that New Jersey repay $2,219,746 to the federal government.

On Tuesday, June 30, NJ Governor Phil Murphy signed a Supplemental Appropriation Bill (A3/S20) which allocated $3.814 Million in taxpayer funds for Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood sent a letter to legislators demanding that they vote in favor of the bill and warned them that they intend to score the vote.  The bill passed both houses of the Legislature the day before, along mostly partisan lines.  Governor Murphy and the Democrat-controlled Legislature previously allocated $20 Million this year to the abortion lobbying group and Governor Murphy’s FY 2021 proposed budget allocated another $20 million to the abortion business.

“Our state is facing a $2 Billion deficit, businesses have had to shutter their doors, over 1 million NJ citizens are currently unemployed, and so many worthwhile programs are not being funded, yet the shameful money grab by this legislature and Governor Murphy to use our tax dollars to subsidize and boost Planned Parenthood’s abortion business continues unabated,” said NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy.

Planned Parenthood is a private, non-profit, political, partisan organization that financially supports the Governor and many members of his current party at election time.

Commenting on this latest scheme to syphon more money from taxpayers, NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy, said, “Planned Parenthood should be immediately charged with civil and criminal penalties and ordered to pay the money back immediately.   It is not surprising that Planned Parenthood would use a global pandemic to try to steal more money from taxpayers.  They have proven to be ruthless pro-abortion political advocates that will go to any length to protect their bottom line.”

 

Pro-Life Waco Launches “Summer Signs for Life” Initiative

The following was taken from an email from John Pisciotta of Pro-Life Waco.  Need a yard sign or want to replace an old one?  Contact John and he will have one delivered to you free of charge.  Although these signs are for the Waco area, it would be a good project for other pro-life organizations in other areas of the country as well.  

Choose life

This new initiative will be a game changer in the Central Texas Covid-19 environment. You may not like the heat. However, our free and attractive pro-life yard signs thrive at 100 degrees or more. Through July, Pro-Life Waco offers a FREE yard sign to households and churches in the Waco area–including counties bordering on McLennan County.

WE WILL DELIVER your free yard sign with an unbreakable metal holder. You can choose from one of five designs that you see below. Your sign will be delivered to your home.

The new style holder stake will not break like the ones we have used for years. To join your neighbors or lead your neighbors in SUMMER SIGNS FOR LIFE, send your request to prolifewaco@gmail.com. You may also call or text John Pisciotta at (254)-644-0407. You can do this. You should do this. Let’s triple the number of Central Texas homes affirming love and life for babies and moms.

Also, let me know if you want to have an old, battered yard sign replaced. Our delivery team is capable and probably not as fast as Amazon.