We Can Only Imagine….

On October 25, 1994, Susan Smith of South Carolina strapped her two children into their car seats in her Mazda Protégé and proceeded to release the car down a ramp into John D. Long Lake.  Alex was 14 months and Michael was 3 years old.  She then reported the car had been hijacked with the children in it and a manhunt ensued.  On November 2, 1994 she pleaded with the hijackers on live TV to return Alex and Michael and then on November 3rd finally admitted to killing her children. The next day the children were found, still buckled in their seats in the car at the bottom of the lake. One of the divers, Steve Morrow,  said there was a small hand against a window pane and the car seats were dangling upside down. 

At the time there was intense media coverage and an outpouring of public sympathy for these children.  I could not help but imagine the two children in the backseat.  Were they awake?  Were they scared when they realized there was no adult with them?  Were they alive when the water started filling the car?  Did they cry?  Did they scream for their mother? Did they struggle in their car seats? 

Dr. Anthony Levatino

Children whose lives are ended thru abortion are in a similar circumstance.  They are trapped, there is no one to stop what’s happening, and their last moments are traumatic. Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, has created several educational videos* (animated drawings) to describe the abortion process. Dr. Levatino early in his career had completed 1200 abortions but later had a conversion – prompted by circumstances in his personal life – and decided never to perform another abortion.   His description of the various abortion methods is very clinical and straightforward.   I’d like to think that if people actually were educated about abortion from a medical standpoint it would make them pause and reflect on how violently life is being destroyed, regardless of its legality.

Politicians may defend and applaud a woman’s right to choose, but the victim of abortion deserves equal consideration.  We cannot ignore the fact that there is a child undergoing severe stress to allow for the predicted outcome of two heartbeats going into an abortion practice but only one coming out. There are those that say the child is not aware of anything, so that makes the vacuums and curettes OK. How cold-hearted is that?  And what degree of confidence do we have in that statement when considering a more fully developed child will receive a needle with a lethal dose of digoxin applied to her heart, torso or head to cause fatal cardiac arrest before surgically disassembling her body. Dr. Colleen Malloy, MD, a board certified Neonatologist and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2012 stated that at 20-week gestation a child’s pain receptors are present and linked.

Should the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision be codified as is the mission of the Biden/Harris ticket** state restrictions on abortion would in theory be nullified. This may not come to pass if the states challenge the federal government through the legal system.  But the fact that politicians who champion unrestricted abortion never mention the child in the equation is disturbing. By taking the time to view Dr. Levatino’s videos, we will have a better understanding of what a baby experiences during an abortion and also the effects that abortion may have on the child’s mother.  Shouldn’t we at least understand both sides of the story before pulling that lever or completing our ballot? Knowledge is power….and silence is approval.

 We will never know what the Smith children experienced in their last moments in the back of that car but we can imagine it was terrifying.  Are we as a country any better than Susan Smith if we refuse to acknowledge the horror of a child’s death at the hands of an abortionist?

* https://www.abortionprocedures.com/about-dr-levatino/

**Source: https://joebiden.com/womens-agenda/Stop state laws violating Roe v. WadeBiden will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.

The True Story of Kermit Gosnell – a Presentation by Detective Jim Wood

 

The Bucks County Right to Life would like to invite everyone to join them for a presentation on Sunday, October 25th by Detective Jim Wood.  Details are below including links to livestream this event from either Our Lady of Guadalupe parish website or through their Facebook page.  We ask that you print out the attached flyer and distribute to all your pro-life family and friends.  We hope to have a good showing both at the church and through livestreaming.  

 

 

Come listen to Detective Jim Wood give a presentation about his experiences during the investigation and trial of Kermit Gosnell, the world’s most horrific serial killer of late-term unborn babies.  Detective Wood was a Philadelphia police officer from 1986 to 2011 and his work after the case led to Pennsylvania passing a law requiring mandatory health inspections of all abortion facilities.  

Gosnell, who was once a well-respected doctor, was arrested, charged, and convicted of the deaths of three babies who were born alive and killed. He was also convicted of the overdose death of a women who had an abortion.

This presentation is dedicated to the memory of Kathy Cox who was president of the Bucks County Right to Life.  Kathy died this past July. It was Kathy’s wish to have Detective Wood come and give his presentation.  

We will follow the soical guidelines provided by the CDC and the State of Pennsylvania.  Those who are still uncomfortable with being in a closed environment due to COVID-19 will be able to live-stream this event through the parish website using this link,  or through Facebook using this link.   

This event is sponsored by the Bucks County Right to Life

 
True Story of Kermit Gosnell flyer

Run for Life 2020, A Baby’s Breath Warminster

Below is information on the Run for Life from A Baby’s Breath located in Warminster, Pennsylvania.    Our Pregnancy Help Centers depend on our generosity to keep their doors open.  We encourage everyone in our area to come out and support them on Saturday, October 10th at their annual run.  Flyer for this event is below as is a link to their website where you can sign up for this run.   

From their Facebook Event Page: 

Join us on Saturday, October 10th for our run for life 5k and fun run. While we hope to all be together while using appropriate social distancing, we understand that everyone’s comfort levels are different. If you are not comfortable joining us in person, we encourage you to join us virtually. Our virtual option will be coming soon! Separate but together we will run to raise money for a baby’s breath Warminster, crisis pregnancy center. Visit our site to learn more about all the amazing things the center does/offers. 

Use this link to register for this run.  
 
Babys Breath Run flyer

Comparing the Presidential Candidates on the Life Issues

The following is from Maria Gallagher, Legislator Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation comparing President Trump’s record against former Vice-President Joe Biden’s record. The Federation recently endorsed President Trump for relection.

Please print out and share this comparison piece.

I am once again sharing the comparison piece on the Presidential candidates on the life issues.

This is an educational piece, not a political one, so it can be distributed in churches and other places where pro-lifers congregate. It can also be printed in newsletters and shared on social media. You will find it below.

Presidential-Comparison-2020

Virtual Homeschooling Pro-Life Conference; Hosted by Students for Life of America

 

pro-life-generation

Are you interested in getting more involved in the Pro-Life Generation, and working to change hearts and minds for life?

Students for Life of America is bringing homeschool groups from around the country together for the first ever Homeschool Summit!

JOIN US via Zoom on Tuesday, August 11th at 8 PM CST/9 PM EST to learn how to recruit and retain members, take advantage of the biggest opportunities, and engage others in impactful conversations for life!!!

For more information and to register please visit: https://studentsforlife.org/homeschoolsummit/

Help Pro-Life Candidates Get Elected

The following is from Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America.

I have some exciting news from our friends at the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), our allies to elect pro-life candidates and educate voters to #VoteProLifeFirst.

Right now, they are looking for people in eight key states who are willing to be trained to knock doors and ask a targeted group of voters a few simple questions and give them important information about the pro-life candidates in their area.

If you don’t live in one of these states, please consider passing this email along to friends who do! We’d also love you to get involved in SFLAction’s nation-wide efforts—sign up at voteprolifefirst.com.

The states SBA List is looking for canvassers in:

Florida
Pennsylvania
Arizona
Texas
Montana
Michigan
North Carolina

SBA List will train everyone, provide the talking points to help you be effective, and select the specific homes to visit.

This is a paid canvassing opportunity and the hours are flexible!

Participants must be 16 or older, able to abide by strict daily reporting requirements, and in harmony with a pro-life mission.

Contact Ella Witt at ella@sbalistfield.org to sign up or learn more about this opportunity!

Thank you for helping us make a difference for life in 2020!

August To-Do List

Hard to believe that it is August, and we’re more than half way through the summer.

The 8th month of the year can serve as a time to get in much needed family vacation before school is back in session. Sadly, the pandemic has put everyone’s plans on hold. Some are still unsure due to the unprecedented times.

The good news is Voices for Life has a to-do list throughout the month that can help you channel your Covid-19 frustrations in helping to advance the pro-life message. This list is applicable for your daily pro-life conviction.

  1. See Trump Card

It should come as no surprise that Dinesh D’Sousa, an immigrant of India, is not done defending the core principles of America. For the last eight years, he has been on the New York Times bestseller’s list, been falsely convicted for fraud, and has produced documentaries that have been game changers. His latest project, “Trump Card” is slated to be released on Friday, August 7th. Due to the temporary closing of movie theaters, you can view the documentary on-demand.

He played a pivotal role in exposing Hillary Clinton’s past which helped Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States with “Hillary’s America”.

In addition, his most recent book United States of Socialism, is out now. To make your purchase, visit here.

2. Holy Hour/Mass for Life

Many states have masses back in session (with restrictions). Some of the faithful should be encouraged to host a Holy Hour for an end to abortion. St. Teresa of Calcutta once believed that if every Catholic made a weekly Holy Hour, we would see an end to abortion. So what are you waiting for? Even if you can’t bring one to you church, make one on your accordance.

3. Take part in vigils in your community

Connect with your local pro-life coalition and find out about vigil locations and times. Pray with your family, college, or even church group. Create a sign that advertises free help with contact information.

4. Host a pro-life committee meeting in your church

Gather people in your parish or church and discuss ways you can help get the pro-life message to your community all around with another pivotal election approaching.

5. Donate to pro-life charity

Give anything you have to advance many pro-life groups making a difference. Some groups include: Generation Life, The Culture Project, St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, Guiding Star, and Susan B Anthony List to name a few.

6. Work for Susan B Anthony List

The Susan B Anthony List is gearing up to help reach out to voters as the 2020 elections are coming very soon. They are hiring in many battleground states. To learn more, visit here.

7. Purchase Stork: Sowing Season

An indie author recently came out with an amazing book that promotes a pro-life message. To order your copy, visit here. It will make an excellent read in your backyard with a cold drink or while you’re catching rays at the beach.

8. Sign up for 40 Days for Life

The 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Wednesday, September 23rd and ends the weekend before the General Election. The spring campaign was interrupted with the pandemic. Now, with many states putting this phenomenon behind, it is time to go all in to save lives, pray for the workers, help moms choose life, and make a difference in your community.

9. Sidewalk Servants

Even though we’re a long way from the next 40 Days for Life campaign, there are babies being murdered every day. Your presence for at least an hour two during the week will make an impact on the abortion industry. Learn more about sidewalk servants here. Consider starting one in your community.

Time for a time-out.

 

Signs

With the pandemic news roiling through our heads, social unrest in our local communities and political encampments bracing for the November elections I felt like I was losing my focus as to why I became involved in the pro-life mission.  Suddenly, I was receiving emails and posts from unknown senders telling me what to think, how to vote, wear a mask/don’t wear a mask, sign an online petition for this or that, attend a march, subscribe to an email chain, send money to an organization, follow an “influencer”, etc.    It was difficult to determine exactly which individuals and organizations were valid and where was the value in all this frenzied activity.  Why wasn’t I doing more to save innocent lives and who were all these groups with their agendas and suggestions?

This splintering off into various tangents might work for some to keep them active and engaged but it wasn’t working for me. And that is when I decided to go back to what I was doing before.  Before Covid, before masks, before protests, before politics, before Twitter – educate myself as how I can best support the pro-life mission.

I’m the kind of newspaper reader who rips out pages and has a pile of things I want to delve into further. And back in May I read a superb story in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer about a retirement-age couple who adopted a special needs child. I saved it and put it on my night table – partly as inspiration of the goodness of mankind and partly because the adoption aspect agreed with my pro-life compass.  In the course of the article a reference was made to the Philadelphia-based Adoption Center.  I was curious about this organization and their involvement with special needs adoptions.  Onto the internet I went and saw pictures of several children awaiting adoption and read the Center’s mission statement.  While on the site there was a reference to a Parenting Special Needs magazine and I reviewed a few issues.  From one Inquirer article, I took about two hours of my day to learn more about what I, as a pro-life supporter, offer as an alternative to abortion – Adoption.

Through quiet focus and education, I now know about a few more resources if the question ever comes up about quality of life issues as a reason to abort.  I am by no means an authority but I learned there are people voluntarily willing to take on this herculean task of providing for a child with special needs.  I’ve learned there are adoption agencies that work in this particular environment and I’ve read about some of the proud moments parents have celebrated with their special needs children. I consider this enlightenment another aspect of being a pro-life supporter.

Education is not just what we learn at school.  It is not just memorization.  It is fulfilling our curiosity.  It is following up one question with another.  It is taking a time-out from doing and instead learning.  It is using the often maligned yet powerful internet for good versus contention.  And this kind of education will only help me as I engage in the various facets of the pro-life message.

The moral of this story is to follow my instinct as to how I can best support the message of LIFE given what I know about myself.  And while it is important to be open to new experiences and communications – and I am grateful for all that I have learned along the way – juggling too many “Action Required” to-do lists from unknown parties may not be the most effective way for me to do what I can to support this message.

Note:  Our mission is to offer our prayers and talents to ensure that our children’s lives are respected and valued and that no harm comes to them.  In that vein, I’d like to ask each of you reading this blog to keep in your prayers two children (ages 5 and 10) who yesterday in my local area witnessed in their home the shooting death of their mother and grandmother at the hands of their father.  It’s heartbreaking to have children, both in and out of the womb, be subjected to such violence. Violence in the womb begets violence in society.  Please keep them and those who will now care for them in your prayers.  Thank you.

 

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

Pick YOUR Day to Pray for the Success of ‘Face the Truth Tour’ on July 10-18

The following is from Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League, asking for each of us to pick a day to commit to praying for the success of the ‘Face the Truth Tour.  Tour starts tomorrow, July 10th  and ends next Saturday, July 18th.  Prayer is the most powerful weapon on earth, and sometimes we all need to be reminded of that. Will you commit to pray for this intention? 

Prayer

I don’t have to tell you that last week was brutal for the pro-life movement.

First, the Supreme Court struck down Louisiana’s law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Then they refused to hear the appeal in our case against Chicago’s restrictive “bubble zone” ordinance.

At moments like this, it can feel like we’re losing. Like we’re not getting anywhere.

But that’s nonsense!

For every defeat, the pro-life movement racks up countless victories:

  • Every time we change a heart.
  • Every time we get someone to stop and reconsider abortion.
  • Every time we save a baby, just by being there when it mattered.

Those are the kind of victories I’m going to be looking for during the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth Tour, which starts in less than 48 hours.

But to get there, I need your help.

Today I’m asking you to pledge to pray for one specific day of the 2020 Face the Truth Tour, July 10-18.

Your special prayer pledge will include praying beforeduring, and after your chosen day. That’s why I’m asking you to pick just one day, and focus on it.

To get all the details on exactly what to pray for and submit YOUR prayer pledge, click here.

I can’t tell you how much it will mean to all of us out there on the streets July 10-18 to know we’ve got your prayers behind us!

Thanks in advance for joining the 2020 Face the Truth Prayer Team!