It is hard to believe that it is a joyous occasion marked with uncertainty let alone hope for the future.
For the pro-life movement in the Greater Philadelphia area, we are proud of our future young leaders who have done so much despite a hectic college schedule to advance the culture of life.
Case in point, the students at Temple University. These young people have done everything from praying outside of abortion facility, tabled next to Planned Parenthood during a college fair to stir some debate, and even helping out at HOPE Pregnancy Center.
We are proud of these young men and women and wish them all of the best in their future endeavors.
The information below comes from the Gianna Center of Philadelphia. Due to COVID, this year’s program will be virtual. More information on this event will be posted in the coming weeks.
Readers who fondly remember the mother-daughter programs hosted by the Friends of FertilityCare Philadelphia will be pleased to know that we will be continuing the tradition albeit virtually this year.
In spring of 2021, the Gianna Center will be partnering with the Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of NFP to bring the Wonder of Eve to the Philadelphia area for the very first time.
The Wonder of Eve is a fresh and engaging presentation, helping young women understand how naturally amazing their bodies are and the impact their choices can have on their future health and fertility. Designed for high school girls and their mothers, this program is ideal as an online program as we await the safe return of in-person events.
The program’s topics include the marvelous design and function of the female body and reproductive system, a brief introduction to tracking cycles and ways for young women to take care of themselves now that will benefit them in the future.
The 60-minute presentation is aligned with both Christian and Catholic teaching and values. The speakers are health care professionals and there is an opportunity for Q&A. For an article in the St Louis Review click here. Look for more details in our next newsletter!
The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is an official charity with Charity Mobile – a phone provider that sends 5% of your plan’s monthly cost to the charity of your choice. Most providers support questionable causes and agendas, but Charity Mobile allows you to support the Gianna Center with every bill. Best of all, they offer the benefits of the major providers, so you won’t have to compromise on services or values! Sign up here!
A new year – a new time and location! The Bucks County Pro-life Coalition has changed venues. The meeting will now be held at A Baby’s Breath in Warminster. See the information below provided by Sandy Slater, President of the Bucks County Pro-life Coalition.
This is a reminder of our monthly Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition Meeting for Monday January 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM at the location of A Baby’s Breath, 65 W. Street Road, Warminster, PA , Bldg. B; Suite 203.
Topics of discussion will be:
Debrief on the Pro-life activities this past month.
Pro-Life goals and direction for the year 2021.
This will be an important meeting as we welcome new members to bring to the table thoughts and ideas for expansion of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition.
We encourage all to attend this meeting and be active.
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:
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 themhere
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.
We need to provide opportunities to learn, to think critically, to articulate facts, to argue persuasively, and to defend the truth about the sanctity of every human life. Our Essay Contest is an excellent way to do that! We invite all students in Grades 7-12 who are attending any school in PA, including homeschool, to enter our contest. Winning entries are awarded cash prizes and publication, but all students win by being a voice for life!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
**Source: https://joebiden.com/womens-agenda/Stop state laws violating Roe v. Wade. Biden 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 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
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 siteto learn more about all the amazing things the center does/offers.