AUGUST 2021 TO DO LIST

We are over a third into the dog days of summer. By now, we have seen advertisements for back-to-school, last-minute summer getaways, and even some early Christmas deals. Before you know it, the summer is over and it is back to reality for many people. Here are some things you can do this month to advance the culture of life:

  1. Take part in prayer vigils
  2. Sign up for 40 Days for Life
  3. Read a pro-life book or two with our list here.
  4. Volunteer at a local pregnancy resource center
  5. Sponsor a Holy Hour for Life at your parish
  6. Collect diapers and material items for moms in need
  7. Take part in National Pro-Life Chaslk Day on August 7th. Find out more here.
  8. Take part in the First Saturday and First Friday devotions
  9. Make plans to attend your state’s March for Life. For Pennsylvania, visit here. For California, visit here. For Virginia, visit here.
  10. Heading back to school? Form a pro-life group (if there isn’t one), Recruit new members during activities fair on your campus.
  11. Start planning your trip to the 49th annual March for Life in DC on Friday, January 21st 2022. Learn more from our previous blogpost here.

Pro-Lifers Rally For Unborn Freedom

Pro-Lifers can peacefully march in the cold and as a test to their character they can even do the same in the scorching heat.

400 pro-lifers across the Greater Philadelphia area were in attendance for the summer rally. The day began with Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. In his greeting and homily, Father Dennis Gill reminded the faithful gathered to continue to pray for the defense of human life, especially in its most vulnerable stage. He also reminded them that the Blessed Mother is with them and interceding with them as they continue to take a bold stand against the greater destroyer of life in society, abortion.

After mass ended, the faithful peacefully processed down to Planned Parenthood located at 12th and Locust. They were people shaking heads in disgust, high-fiving three lone escorts, and even honks for death.

The speakers took time to address authentic womanhood, the need for pro-lifers to be present, what we are really fighting when present outside of abortion facilities, and to be a peaceful vessel of God’s grace through our presences and prayers.

See our photo gallery here.

#SAVEHYDE RALLY IN PHILADELPHIA

As pro-lifers fight to Save the Hyde Amendment, Students for Life of America and Democrats for Life will tag team to hold rallies across the nation to convince elected officials to incline the life saving amendment in the new fiscal budget.

This Friday, July 9th, a rally will be held outside of Rep. Brendan Boyle’s office in Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia. Rally begins at 11:00 am.

To rsvp for the event, visit here.

Philly Welcomes Positively Pro-Life Program to The Delaware Valley

As someone who co-hosted a popular pro-life radio program in the Philly area in the 80’s, I am encouraged and excited to see that we now have a new and much needed weekly pro-life program in SE Pennsylvania.  Hosted by Maria Gallagher and Bonnie Finnerty of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, this 1/2-hour program airs every Wednesday night at 6:00 pm on WWDB-AM 860 Talk Radio

Please pass this information on to everyone you know and tune in each week to hear Maria and Bonnie, and their guests tackle current moral issues from a positively pro-life perspective.  

You can listen to the podcasts of these shows using this link.  

IMPORTANT Webinar: “The Equality Act”: A Major Threat to Religious Liberty

Please see important information below regarding ‘The Equality Act’ from the  Pennsylvania Family Institute.  This Act is not intended to protect our God-given rights; it will however take away some of our basic rights, and it will force employers to cover abortion and medical professionals to perform or assist in performing abortions. Please contact your Senators (links provided in post below for Pennsylvania and the rest of the country) and sign up for the webinar scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th at 2:00 pm to learn more about this Act.

Equality Act

The Biden Administration lists as a top priority the passage of “The Equality Act” – sweeping legislation pending before the US Congress, which has been described by Dr. Andrew Walker as “ “the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed in America.” This poorly named bill poses a serious risk to religious freedom, privacy, and protections for women and girls.

Dr. Andrew T. Walker, and Dr. Carl Trueman are our special guests at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16th for a critically important live webinar focused on what’s at stake for the churches, Christian ministries, and rights of conscience if this dangerous legislation becomes law. Please join our special guests, along with Kurt Weaver, the Director of our Church Ambassador Network, and attorneys from the Independence Law Center.

Click here to RSVP.

You can contact your Congressman and US Senators to ask them to oppose the Equality Act by clicking here.

For those who live in other states, please use this link to find your members of Congress.  Below is a message to send provided by the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

I ask that you oppose the so-called Equality Act as it would bring to my community a host of negative consequences, not equality.

The government should not take away my bodily privacy in places like locker rooms and restrooms, should not punish religious ministries for operating based on their religious convictions, destroy women’s sports, or take away our religious liberties protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect but the so-called Equality Act uses government overreach to infringe upon my rights and disrespects many in our community. Please oppose the so-called Equality Act.

Why I Went to the March for Life Anyway?

Hard to believe that many of us had to enjoy a streaming of the March for Life from the comfort of our own home. At least those that were watching didn’t have to endure the bitter cold conditions like I did.

Then, there were those, like me, that still made the trek to our nation’s capital to keep the tradition alive.

I’m Never Alone

I remember God planting the seeds for this once in a lifetime moment to send a message to others. When I got to the National Mall, I remember looking around and thinking back to the past National Marches that have taken place. Then, as I was snapped back to reality thanks to a trio of cheerful women from Cincinnati, I knew that I wasn’t the only person that still made it to DC to keep it alive.

As I ventured around the rest of the mall, we bumped into people from Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and even South Carolina. People of all walks of life that felt compelled to keep their annual pilgrimage going.

WHY ARE WE HERE?

As we all regrouped, we gathered at the mall. One by one, everyone shared their stories of why they are pro-life. There were two that stood out.

The first was a student from Penn State who shared how his best friend who has such a deep faith recently celebrated his 19th birthday. He later learned that his friend would not be alive if it weren’t for her mother’s “yes” to be here. Because of the example of his friend, he became Catholic after searching for the right answers.

The other story was how a woman shared that his brother with down syndrome who celebrated his 50th birthday and how she is disgusted at how 90% with the same condition are aborted.

Following the sharing of testimonies we all stopped along a familiar place during the march. We waited for our chance and we prayed more.

After 30 minutes and thanks to those who were able to watch the livestream, we all made our way to the national leaders on 3rd Street and processed over to Massachusetts Avenue and onto Second Avenue to the back of the Supreme Court.

In the midst of bumping into amazing friends and making new ones, one thing was clear and that was how extraordinary God provided through my out of the ordinary experience with this year’s March for Life. I even told those that were with me on the National Mall that this whole virtual apparatus will not settle the debate. Rather, it creates a dichotomy that can only be filled by being the foot soldiers we need to be present.

If we are going to win the abortion debate, we need to step away from the screen and be willing to go out into the public square, our community, and even the nearest abortion facility in your community to change hearts and minds.

Today, do your part to make your real presence known.

Students for Life Host Rally at Senator Casey’s Office

As the nation will witness history to be made early next week, Students for Life have made stops in ten different cities urging senators to vote yes to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat.

Fifteen students from across the nation, led by PA coordinator Liana Hollendonner, held a peaceful rally outside of Senator Bob Casey’s Center City office, urging for his vote on the right side of history.

Unfortunately, it is likely that Casey will not carry out his father legacy as he has done since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Following the mini rally, the students chalk up messages in support of Amy Coney-Barrett. However, they were met with some threats by a security guard. After conferring with Cicil Affairs, the students were permitted to chalk on the public sidewalk.

Wanna Get Involved in Public Policy? Two Opportunities To Do So

The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia is launching an exciting outreach in the effort to gear up for a post-Roe America. The following exerpt is from Joe Garecht.

In many ways, the end of legalized abortion in our country is closer than ever before. It is critical that we engage on every front of this battle with thoughtful, coordinated and effective advocacy for the unborn.

Would you consider joining our newly formed Pro-Life Action Team? Led by Joe Garecht and the PLU Public Affairs committee, the goal of this group is to concentrate citizen advocacy for the pro life cause in the spheres of politics and the media.

Commitment will be a specific action item once every other month – typically contacting a legislator via phone or email, or sending a comment/op ed to local media outlets – and occasional meetings, no more than twice per year.

Our voices are powerful! We have heard from state legislators that they felt compelled to act on bills in front of their committee after receiving as few as 12 emails or phone calls from constituents. When we organize and combine our advocacy efforts we improve the chance for lasting change in our community on behalf of the unborn.

Please send your name, email and phone number to Tom Stevens with the subject Pro-Life Action Team to mail@prolifeunion.org and let us know we can add you to the Pro-Life Action Team!

In addition, Students for Life of America have an opportunity to give you the knowledge and tools to engage in public policy.

While COVID-19 is affecting the pro-life movement’s ability to train grassroots activists of all ages, Students for Life is now able to bring our pro-life trainings from campuses right into your home.  Enroll in pro-life “majors” in each pillar of pro-life activism.

Not a student?  No problem!  Continuing your education is important to us and there is no age limit on being an effective pro-life advocate. 

How Does It Work?

  • There are four course subjects (Effective Education, Industry Impact, Public Policy, and Supportive Services) in each of the three education levels (High School, College, Adult).
  • All are welcome to join one or more classes as the schedule allows.  Each course will cover FIVE bi-weekly live video classes, and four on-your-own optional assignment weeks.
  • Classes begin the week of September 14th (check each course for exact times) and wrap-up the week of November 9th. 

REGISTER NOW for a course in your current education level. 
Scroll down to choose: High School, College, or Continuing Education (Adult).

If course times do not fit in your schedule, you can work through our self-paced pillar courses which are always available on www.studentsforlifehq.com or connect with your Regional Coordinator here.

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.