The Gianna Center of Philadelphia to Host an An Evening of Celebration on October 22nd in Support of Authentic Femininity

From Barbara Rose, NP, CFCP  – The Gianna Center of Philadelphia.  

Gianna Center Philadelphia

Join us in honoring Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus, the Love and Fidelity Network, the Missionary Sisters of Charity, Norristown, and Liz Parrish and the Friends of FertilityCare.  Cocktail reception and Awards Ceremony.  Black tie or Formal Regalia Optional.

This gala takes place on Tuesday, Oct 22nd at the Union League of Philadelphia
140 S Broad Street, Philadelphia PA. 19102.  For more information about this gala,  visit their event page using this link.  

Information on sponsorships can be found in the link below.  For more information, please contact Emily Rice at

Sponsorships and Case for Support


The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is dedicated to providing general gynecologic care, natural family planning education and infertility services – all while honoring the sanctity of each human life, the dignity of women and the integrity of marriage. All medical treatments are aimed at restoring the reproductive system and work cooperatively with a woman’s body. 

Use this link to find out more information about the services they provide. 

One Woman’s Journey from Crisis Pregnancy to Loving Adoption

The following was sent to me by a very dear friend from Facebook.  She is sharing her story so those who find themselves in similar situations will know that there is always hope and loving solutions available.  If you are pregnant and in need of help, please contact one of our pregnancy help centers.  The national hotline number is: 1-800-712-HELP or text HELPLINE to 313131. 

twins babies

On February of 1998, I found out I was pregnant by an older man that I had met at my job. At that time, I was a newly divorced single mother of a two-year-old boy, and working two jobs to make ends meet. After my divorce, I got very depressed and felt lonely. I, then, made some unwise decisions. I was not very interested in this man, but he was nice to me and gave me the attention that I had been wanting. Looking back, I was yearning for a ‘father figure‘ or someone who would take care of me.

One day, I contacted a close family member to confide in her. I was in dire poverty, and considered living in my car. My relative suggested an abortion, stating, ‘nobody would know.’ Once I told the Father he was not upset, but disinterested, he said he was too old and told me I should get an abortion; his children were all grown and he’s not going to do it again. The option of abortion was the last word I wanted to hear.  I finally decided to pray to God.  I poured out my heart to Him, stating, ‘God, I can barely take care of myself and my son; I cannot do this.’ I remember breaking down and crying out to Him, stating over and over, ‘Please tell me what to do.’

After, I had the urge to look through my phone book. While searching through my phone book, I came across ‘Abortion Alternatives’ and found ‘Birthright’ and a Crisis Pregnancy Care Center in my area. I thought I should give them a call,but I waited a few days.

Though I was baptized Catholic in my early 20’s, I fell away from my faith, interestingly enough, I drove past the Church, St. Michael’s in my hometown.  It had a huge sign out front that read “Pregnant? Need Help?” This caught my interest. I walked right in, full of embarrassment & nerves. I didn’t know where I was going or what I was doing but God did! I saw a bunch of people in a small room in the corner of the Church praying. So, I thought, prayer wont hurt and maybe someone here can tell me who to talk to.

They had out their rosaries,I had none. I was feeling more foolish by the minute & considered leaving and asked myself, “what am I doing here?” I listened and tried to follow their prayers.  I knew the simple prayers.  I was caught off guard when I discovered they were doing a rosary for the unborn!  I can’t leave now. They will hate me and shame me I thought. When it was finally over I waited and approached a lady and said I really enjoyed the rosary and had a question – I was so nervous! Uh, yeah, I actually saw your sign out front and I’m pregnant, I just blurted out. I probably cried. She gave me a big hug and she asked if I knew how far along I might be. I said maybe a month. She took out of her purse a tiny plastic doll (what I thought it was) and said your baby is probably around this size then. She gave it to me. She asked if I knew about the Pregnancy Center. I said not really. She set me up to visit the Pregnancy Center here locally. You know what? I never knew her name, but I will never forget her.

The Pregnancy Center helped me find many resources and were very kind to me. This is where I also read about the adoptive parents. Reading about this family,  I found that they lived in the hometown where I grew up, and that they had been longing for a baby.  I knew then they were the right parents for my baby.

I learned they had many of the values I had, had been married over 20 years, and waited and longed to have a baby for about 20 years as well! They nearly had a baby twice, but in each case, the birth-Mother changed her mind and decided to parent. That is her right to do so, but I fell in love with this couple like they were my own family. Before I ever heard the term ‘love them both’, they truly did love me and the baby! I also saw how they interacted with and loved my toddler son. I never considered any other family, I knew right away they were the One!

At five months pregnant, the adoptive mother attended an ultrasound appointment with me. We were able to find out together that I was having twins! During the appointment, the adoptive mother said that she saw an extra little hand across the ultrasound screen as if one of the babies were waving and saying, ‘Hi, I am here, too.’ Finding out that I was having twins confirmed my decision of adoption, that I could not care for three babies alone, and I wanted my twins to have a father in their lives.

The twins were born in September 1998, only three days before my due date. Even though I had a lot of trouble during the delivery, close to having a blood transfusion and hysterectomy, the twins were born perfect and healthy.

To be 100 percent honest, I almost changed my mind and decided I wanted to parent at the last moment. Oh, how I didn’t want to break their heart, but when I was very close to having a hysterectomy, I thought I am still so young, these might be my last children. God had His hands in all of it throughout. I am happy and grateful that I decided to place them in an open adoption with this loving family.

The journey was not always roses; no journey is. There is grief and loss and pain, but there is also beauty, and trust and  love and  family! To this day, the adoptive parents and I still remain friends, and my birth children are loved by me and many others.

I was pressured to abort and my situation was then considered a ‘crises pregnancy’.
I didn’t know how or what to do. I wanted them to have everything and to have a Father too. To know that they are loved by so many!

Never given up-only given More; Given Life; Given a family Given Hope and a Future  – (Jermiah29:11) Given Love

As birth Mom, I am blessed with Open Adoption, the ‘adoptive ‘Mom said to me – you will never have to worry about them or wonder about them being off in the wild blue yonder (her words).

They are soon to be 21! Happy birthday to these precious young adults. I love you with all my heart. I hope in sharing my story that especially those being pressured or considering abortion will heed my words below:

Please don’t let anyone pressure you to abort your child! 

You are a Strong Mama and there are many wonderful resources, (like Pregnancy Centers) that love you and your baby and will help see you through.

If you know it is not possible to parent or unable, whatever your situation may be, remember that adoption is a loving option.  Life is a beautiful gift and adoption is an amazing journey.

Thank you for reading. God Bless. And Happy 21st birthday to my birth twins!
You never regret choosing Life! ~Birth Mom Mindy




Sidewalk Counseling Training to be Held Saturday, Sept 14 in Woodway, Texas

The following is from John Pisciotta, Director of Pro-Life Waco.  All pro-lifers living in and around Woodway, Texas are invited and encouraged to attend this training. 

Sidewalk Advocates

Take advantage of this educational and motivational opportunity. We must BE pro-life. And, additionally, we must learn to SPEAK pro-life.
Sessions facilitated by staff from Care Net Pregnancy Center.

DATE: Saturday, September 14
TIME: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Training material, including videos, are created by Sidewalk Advocates for Life.

LOCATION: Woodway First Baptist Church, 101 Ritchie Road, Woodway, Texas. (map) 

To reserve your slot contact: Care Net: 254-772-8270 or contact Nancy  at  or Aine at  Coffee and breakfast and lunch provided.

Your benefit will be great even if you decide not to do sidewalk counseling at Planned Parenthood. All of us have opportunities to engage and respond to others in support of moms and babies in the womb. Prepare now to talk about the Gospel of Life with your relatives at Thanksgiving dinner.

The Crossing UMC to Host ‘An Evening of Hope’ on September 27th



The Crossing United Methodist Church is hosting ‘An Evening of Hope’ on Friday, September 27th at their church in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania (map).

Allison Henry, a member of The Crossing UMC told us “the purpose of this community-wide event is education, awareness, compassion, and transformation.”   She further stated “the centerpiece of this program will be hearing the testimonies from several of the young women that have been helped by the various pregnancy help centers in Bucks County.  You’ll hear their stories of how these organizations were there for them in their hour of need and provided the resources and spiritual support necessary to allow them to choose life for their babies.”

Admission is free and there is no pre-registration required.  You will have an opportunity to chat with the representatives of these pregnancy help centers and make a donation. These non-profit groups depend on our generosity to keep their doors open.

Further details about this event can be found on the flyer below.  For additional information, please contact Rob Arner at   

An Evening of Hope Flyer



Operation Rescue Introduces Newly Redesigned Website – the Largest Collection of Documents on America’s Abortion Cartel

Below is a recent press release from Operation Rescue about their new and improved website .


Abortion Docs

Wichita, KS – Operation Rescue is pleased to announce that it has launched a new version of the website that is bigger, faster, and more user-friendly than ever.

After realizing that no accurate listing of U.S. abortion facilities existed anywhere, Operation Rescue began the daunting task of identifying every abortion facility in the nation in 2009, a list that has been continually updated since then.

Because of this research, Operation Rescue conceived the idea of a website that could maintain an accurate listing of abortion facilities by state and act as a depository for documentation about each facility and known abortionist. first debuted in 2012 as the largest archive of source documents related to abortion facilities and abortion providers on the web.  Since then, the document archive has grown to nearly 21,000 documents, with more being added daily. is a valuable resource for the public where documentation about abortion facilities can be easily accessed in one place that would otherwise take someone years to compile,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.  “There isn’t a lot on commentary on the web site.  It has source documents so people can read for themselves about the abuses found at abortion facilities across the nation and reach their own conclusions.”

Each year, Operation Rescue conducts a survey of every abortion facility in the nation and uses this data to make sure is as accurate as possible.  Through this research, Operation Rescue has documented the decline of the abortion industry in America.

In 1991, there were 2,176 known surgical abortion facilities in the U.S.  Today, there are only 470 surgical and 236 abortion pill-only clinics, for a total of 706 abortion facilities in the U.S.  This represents a 68 percent reduction in the number of abortion facilities over the past 28 years.

Through, Operation Rescue has also tracked the increasing tread of abortion pill usage.  Facilities that conduct abortions via the abortion pill only now account for about one-third of all abortion facilities in the nation.

The newly designed is quicker, has improved search capabilities, and allows for greater organization of documents.

In addition to, Operation Rescue also operates two other informative websites. These include, which serves as our main informational platform, and our newest site,, which is an archive of hundreds of documented abortion-related medical emergencies at abortion facilities around the nation.

Read this release online.

Save the Date! Saturday, November 16th – Philly’s 1st Annual “Ladies Love Life” Pro Life Conference for Women!!!!

The following is from the Facebook wall of Dr. Monique Ruberu.  Information on this conference is listed in the post below and on their website where you can sign up for updates on this event.  

Ladies Love Life

The date is confirmed!!! The Location is Confirmed!!!! Make sure you save the date for Philly’s 1st annual “Ladies Love Life” Pro Life Conference for women!!!!

Please sign up for the latest details on speakers and topics covered – all to be released soon and you don’t want to miss it!!!

Tickets on SALE @The Shop  25 & Under – Free – Regular Ticket $30!

Limited Space – Get your ticket before it is SOLD OUT!
Saturday Nov 16th 8:30-6
New Life Church,  

Pro-life Berks Introduces The Prayer Project

The following is from the newsletter of Pro-Life Berks. The reasons they list to close the Reading Planned Parenthood are reasons to close all Planned Parenthood facilities throughout our nation and around the world.

If you live in or around Reading, Pennsylvania and would like to become involved in this project, contact Pro-Life Berks.  The contact information is included in the Guidelines for Praying at Reading Planned Parenthood. 

Defund Planned Parenthood

For twenty-one long years Reading Planned Parenthood has been doing abortions in Reading,  Pennsylvania.  The purpose of The Prayer Project is to close the Reading Planned Parenthood and to end abortion.

A link is provided below for Guidelines for praying at the Reading Planned Parenthood and for Bible verses for meditation. Contact information is provided in the Guidelines.

When you are standing outside of Reading Planned Parenthood, please pray about each of the following areas of great evil, and ask God to deliver us.  

Why We Need to Close Reading Planned Parenthood:

  • Kills babies by the cruel act of abortion, that is sucking the baby out of the womb by suction machine; or by giving pills to kill the baby in the womb which is then expelled in the toilet, a very painful and bloody experience for women.
  • Kills about 800 babies per year, right here in Reading, for the last 21 years.
  • Participates with other Planned Parenthood centers to be the largest abortion provider in Pennsylvania.
  • Founded by the racist Margaret Sanger, who promoted eugenics similar to Hitler.
  • Continues to be part of the genocide that is killing a disproportionate number of African-American babies.
  • Provides little, or no help for dads who want to keep their babies and not see them killed by abortion.
  • Refuses to allow a dignified burial of the aborted babies; but instead, sends the dead, unnamed babies to an incinerator for an impersonal end.
  • Promotes sexual promiscuity by encouraging sexual activity, outside of marriage.
  • Promotes sex ed to young and impressionable children, leading to increased sexual activity before marriage, often with tragic results.
  • Encourages children to not tell their parents about going to Planned Parenthood or reading their materials.
  • Promotes the use of birth control methods, most of which are abortifacients (cause an early abortion) such as The Pill, I.U.D.’s, birth control injections, morning after pills.
  • Promotes the dangerous concept of the gay lifestyle and gender and transgender confusion, even for children.
  • Provides false and misleading information about pro-life advocates who do sidewalk counseling outside and who offer assistance.
  • Participates in a national organization that has been proven to sell unborn baby body parts to companies for research and use.
  • Participates in a national organization that receives over $500 million dollars, federally, from taxpayers who do not want to fund abortion.
  • Participates in a strong, national, political organization that promotes very liberal causes and candidates.
  • Refuses to admit to the scientific proof that life begins at conception and that unborn babies have the inalienable right to life from the Creator.

Guidelines for Praying and Bible Verses

Pro-Life Berks is a peaceful, prayerful organization dedicated to the defense of human life from conception to natural death, since 1998. We oppose the use of force against persons and property.

We organized in 1998 when Reading Planned Parenthood began doing abortions. We’ve been praying there and doing sidewalk counseling every week, since then.

We’ve been hosting a television program on BCTV since 2000, and currently our program is live, the third Monday of every month. Our focus is also education, community outreach and advocacy in support of life, marriage and the family.

We are affiliated with the American Life League and the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania.  Your prayers and financial support of Pro-Life Berks is greatly appreciated.  For more information, visit our website:   Like us on Facebook here.


Northeast Philly Pro-Life Group Hosted Sidewalk Servant Training on July 27th

About 30 people turned out last Saturday for the Sidewalk Servant Training to learn how to reach women who are entering abortion centers in a loving, compassionate way.  Among them at least three were new to the movement and came to learn what they could do to help.

I spoke to one woman who told me that while driving by the Planned Parenthood on Comly Road going to work each day, she was so moved by the people praying and witnessing outside of this facility that she vowed to join them when she retired.  She was most inspired by Dave & Betty Maier who have been faithful prayer witnesses and sidewalk counselors since this place first opened as the Northeast Women’s Center back in the 80’s.

Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia opened by telling us that the purpose of this training is to get more people to witness and pray outside of the abortion facilities in our area,  and to educate us on the best way to offer help to women who are contemplating abortions.  He mentioned that Planned Parenthood’s message is ‘there would be no healthcare for women if they didn’t exist‘.

We all know that this is not true and that most of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions.  Our purpose as Sidewalk Servants is  to let these mothers know that we can offer them real counseling and true help to get them through this difficult time in their lives.

Tom introduced Dr. Monique Ruberu,  an OB/GYN and one of the few Napro Technology trained doctors in the Southeast Pennsylvania area.

St. Katherine

Dr. Ruberu, an experienced pro-life speaker both locally and nationally,  gave us practical tips to use.  The training was brief, but packed with plenty of good information, covering from what to say to these mothers; how to act while witnessing, medical facts about abortion (see link below for the Sidewalk Servants website), and even what to wear.

She explained in detail the various abortion methods used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities.  She emphasized that it’s not necessary for us to commit this to memory, but we all should have an idea of just what goes on in these various centers and know where to send these women if they choose to continue with their pregnancies.

Dr. Ruberu has put together what she calls ‘Blessing Bags’ to give to women who are looking to abort.  These bags contain information for these mothers on where to obtain help as well as some candy and prayer cards.  It is a way to let them know that they are not alone and there are people out there to support them.

Our training ended with a trip to the Comly Road Planned Parenthood where we applied what we had just learned.

You can find more information on becoming a Sidewalk Servant by visiting their website  using this link.  To view the educational videos from Sidewalk Servants use this link.  

Below are some pictures of Saturday’s event and well as useful tips and facts Dr. Ruberu gave us to use. I have taken the liberty to make some changes to accommodate those who live in other areas.

Practical Tips for Sidewalk Servants
Sidewalk Servants Comly Road






The Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York Will be the 2019 Honoree for the Third Annual National Gianna Center Gala

The following is from an email we received from the National Gianna Center for Women’s Health.  This gala takes place on Thursday, October 3rd at the Tribeca 360 in Manhattan.  Details and information on purchasing tickets and advertising can be found in the post below. 



We are thrilled to share with our friends and supporters that the National Gianna Center 501 ( c ) 3 will be honoring the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York at our Third Annual National Gianna Gala, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 3rd at Tribeca 360 in Manhattan.  Since this year’s gala will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the very first Gianna Center, we are thrilled that the Friars have accepted the honor and look forward to a very special celebration.

As most of our constituency will know, the Dominican Order of Preachers is one of the most historic and fruitful orders in the Catholic Church, which, though dating back to Saint Dominic’s founding in the early thirteenth century, continues in full bloom today.  And one proof of their vitality is their Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry, the mission of which “is devoted to promoting the dignity of the human person and the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through pastoral care, education, ethical consultation, and prayer.  As a ministry of the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph collaborating with the Archdiocese of New York, the friars are at the service of the health care community in New York City and beyond.”

The missionary alignment between the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry and the National Gianna Center could not be more solid: we are both dedicated to sharing the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services with those we serve and reaffirming “the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”  For many years, the Dominicans have been celebrating an annual Gianna Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Church for couples suffering from infertility and, this December, they will be hosting a Mass and Reception for families made possible by the Gianna Centers of metropolitan New York.

In 2002, the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph broadened its health care ministry in New York.  A new focus on health care ethics was added to the pastoral ministries at Saint Catherine’s Church and in the area hospitals.

Today, Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York includes the work of four full-time friars and dozens of lay men and women.  In partnership with area health care centers, the Archdiocese of New York, the Parish of Saint Vincent Ferrer and Saint Catherine of Siena, the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude, and others, the Dominican Friars’ Ministry continues to grow.

Often referred to as “midwives to eternity”, the Friars of the Dominican Health Care Ministry devote their fatherly hearts, time, and prayer to lighten the crosses of those suffering in hospital, and we at the National Gianna Center cannot think of a worthier recipient of our honor and gratitude.

Please join us at our Third Annual National Gianna Gala to celebrate the Dominican Friars and the 10th anniversary of the Gianna Center in New York!


Anyone interested in purchasing tickets, tables, underwriting or advertising in this year’s dinner journal, please send an email to for details.


3rd Annual National Gianna Gala
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 Tribeca 360° – 10 Desbrosses Street – New York, NY 10013 United States  Google Map


The mission of the National Gianna non-profit is to help our national network of Gianna medical affiliates to provide pro-life, authentically Catholic health and fertility care to women and families.  To that end, we continue to establish and nurture a national network of healthcare centers based on the Gianna model, which offers a natural alternative to artificial birth control, abortion and in vitro fertilization (IVF) and paves the way for the culture of life to flourish in parishes and communities around the country.  For more information, please use this link.  

Ode to Abortion: Poeticizing Death

The following is from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation LifeLines Newsletter  by Bonnie Finnerty who is the Education Director of the Federation.

Ode to Abortion

In my past life as an English teacher, I encouraged students’ playful experimentation with language. Words matter, I told my students.  Words stir emotions, illuminate a truth, even persuade a foe.  Poetry and prose possess power.

Yet, words can be used for more malevolent purposes.  They might not illuminate, but darken and distort. They can minimize, romanticize, even glorify that which is ugly, violent, and evil. Words can be used to manipulate those who hear them.

No one knows this better than the pro-abortion wordsmiths.

They have poeticized abortion, luring many with polished vocabulary and rhythmic phrases that seek to dull senses and numb protestations.

Their “ode” to abortion goes something like this:

The right to choose is a private decision between a woman and her doctor and an integral part of her reproductive freedom and health care. The termination of a pregnancy is a safe procedure that empties the pregnancy tissue from the uterus and is a Constitutionally protected right.

Sounds almost harmless. Until you scratch through the lexicon’s shiny veneer.

Deconstruct this abortion “poem” phrase by phrase, and the blaring truth is a cacophony that pierces our conscience.  READ FULL ARTICLE


The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is a grassroots right-to-life organization with members statewide. As the state affiliate of National Right to Life, PPLF is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children.  For more information on the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, please use this link.