Philly 40 Days for Life- Day 3

The following is from an email blast sent out by Dr. Monique Ruberu regarding 40 Days for Life in Philadelphia. 

Dear Friends,

Today was another full day at the vigil!! Many thanks to the amazing prolifers from Epiphany led by Janet Glendening and the awesome Temple students led by Karly Brown.

Tomorrow is Saturday…. the worst day at the abortion centers… the line of cars seems endless and it is simply heartbreaking to watch.

Every woman entering these places is entering because they feel hopeless, scared, boxed in… and they don’t realize how much they will suffer if they go through with this “choice”…

The good news is that we are covered for every single hour tomorrow!!!!!! Thanks be to God for every one of you that will be present! Know that we will be praying for you as you stand in the gap!!!

please consider joining us and covering hours next week!!!

Monday 3/2: 12th and locust : 10,1,2

Tues 3/3: 12th and locust: 9,11,12,2,3

Wed 3/4: 12th and loc: 11,2

wed 3/4 777 appletree 12,1,2

thurs 3/5 12th and loc : 8,9,10,12,1

To sign up for hours, visit here for Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust) and Philadelphia Women’s Center.

Rally Outside of Supreme Court

The following is from an email blast sent out by Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America.

Sometimes, the pro-life movement gets a BIG opportunity to make legal progress for Life.

Wednesday is one of those opportunities!

Next week, on March 4th, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the potential landmark abortion case June Medical Services v. Russo.

And we’re having a rally outside the Supreme Court in support of the pro-life Louisiana law.

>>> Visit the rally website for more information.

The case challenges a law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their facility.

As the first case related to abortion that will be heard since Justice Kavanaugh has been appointed to the Court, this decision could challenge/overturn the 2016 Hellerstedt decision, which stripped away commonsense protections that safeguard women from predatory abortionists.

Full Event Details:

March 3rd, 2020

  • Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:00 – 7:00pm – Pre-Event Prayer Vigil & Worship

March 4th, 2020

  • Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
  • 9:00 – 9:30am – Pre-Rally – Women Share their Stories
  • 9:30 – 11:30am – Protect Women Protect Life Rally

Years ago, the late pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia noted that he wanted to reverse the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. But he asked Americans – where was the moral outcry?

You are the moral outcry! That’s why I need you to join us on Wednesday. The Justices need to see you there.

Beginning at 7:30am, we’ll be gathering in front of the court to help stake out space for our pro-life speakers and set the tone for a peaceful, fun, and energized rally. We are asking all pro-life supporters to wear the color BLUE.

Let us know at the Facebook Event if you’re coming. I hope you can; this is certainly one for the history books.

Kick-Off Rally for 40 Days Will Feature Inspiring Speakers

 

In an effort to awaken the black community on the horrors of abortion, the pro-life community will host a kick-off rally at Greater Exodus Church on Wednesday, February 19th. The church is led by former Eagles player Herb Lusk. Pastor Lusk is also celebrating his birthday that evening. The event will kick off at 7PM.

The speaker lineup will include Kathy Barnette, candidate for Congress, best-selling author on Amazon and former Fox commentator.

Matt Britton, the chairman of 40 Days for Life.

Dr. Monqiue Ruberu, a pro-life OBGYN, and physician.

All pro-lifers in the Philadelphia area and surrounding suburbs are asked to come out, be inspired, and help build and defend a culture of life.

Sign up here for vigil hours between February 26th through April 4th.

Take Part In 40 Days for Life Vigils in Center City and Chinatown

Hard to believe that we are days away from another 40 Days for Life campaign (February 26th to April 4th).

Sadly the majority of abortions in Pennsylvania happen in the City of Brotherly Love at three facilities. Two of them account for a combined 11,000 murders a year.

Philadelphia Women’s Center

center city philly

Less than a 1/4 of a mile from Independence Hall is the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in Pennsylvania. 6400 babies are murdered here every year. Your help is needed. The hours of the facility are from Tuesday to Saturday from 8AM to 4PM. The facility is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

You may sign up for vigil hours here

PC PP 1

In the heart of Philadelphia, near the gay section of Center City, lies a Planned Parenthood. It has been the subject of a bullying campaign from State Rep. Brian Sims. The facility failed state inspections. It has also murdered more than 4,000 babies.

Sign up for campaign hours here. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM. Saturday from 8AM to 3PM. This facility is closed on Sundays. Abortions take place from Wednesday through Saturday.

Reminders

Visit here about what to do and say when you’re out on the sidewalk

Pro-lifers are asked to bring materials with them to hand out to women going into the facility, During recent campaigns, signs and even a box full of literature have been stolen by Heather (security guard at Philadelphia Women’s Center) and her pro-abort posse. The Pro-Life Union has some easy guides to create your own blessing bags.

Don’t know what to pray when outside of an abortion facility by yourself or as a group? Here’s a post that gives you a general breakdown for Catholics.

Michelle Williams vs Leah Darrow

The talk of the town in the past two days has been Michelle Williams. Truthfully, Rick Gervais deserves a Golden Globe for his epic speech to scare the elite liberals of Hollywood.

One speech that has offended many women that evening came from actress Michelle Williams. In her acceptance speech, she cowardly made the false correlation between her professional decisions and her personal decisions claiming that “Because as women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice.” She continues, “I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making and not just a series of events that happened to me, but one that I could stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over—sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise, but one that I had carved with my own hand. And I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose: to choose when to have my children, and with whom.”

Clearly, this line is in the guise of a woman’s right to choose an abortion to fulfill a selfish need. I beg to answer the question that has she ever met women who once had an abortion and later in life regretting that fateful decision that has left them scarred, broken, and filled with a hole in their heart.

Leah Darrow

Leah Darrow

A woman that I believe Williams can learn from is a former runway model who is now an evangelist and sought-after speaker, Leah Darrow. Like Williams, Darrow is a celebrity. She was a contestant for America’s Next Top Model. She recalled how she had a road to Damascus experience, which led her back to the Catholic Church. She shares more about it also in her ground-breaking book, The Other Side of Beauty.

After hearing about the news of Williams and ready to give birth to her fifth child, Leah took it to Instagram to slam Michelle Williams for not only her speech but also how being a mom does not keep women from achieving their dreams. Instead, Leah shares the fact that authentic womanhood makes women better moms every time they give their yes to life.

As of today, Leah is now a proud mom of five beautiful children and the wife of a veteran and firefighter. Leah’s “yes” can teach women that choosing to be a mother to one, two, or even fifteen children does not derail us from our dreams and ambitions. Rather, you are willing to sacrifice the things of the world for the sake of your salvation and your family.

The things of the world cannot help you make achievements. Instead, they leave a deeper hole in our hearts. God calls us to something that is bigger than what the world proposes. He calls us to love those around us and to sacrifice the things that give us pleasure for his greater glory.

On behalf of Voices for Life, we congratulate Leah Darrow and her family on the birth of Valor Joseph who was born on the feast of the epiphany. We thank you for your testimony and hope you inspire other women to follow Christ and her mother by saying “yes” to his will.

2019 in Review: 20 Blog Countdown

Hard to believe that 2019 is drawing to a close. It still is a call for us to recall and reflect on the success and how we can be better in the new year.

Voices for Life wants to thank everyone who has shared our posts, read our content, and even engage with us. In honor of the New Year, the team has decided to put together the top 20 blogs of 2019. Each one will include a clickable word that will take you to the original post.

No. 20: Spiritual Battle

In March, I wrote a blog about why engaging in prayer is essential in the constant spiritual battle against abortion.

No. 19: Democratic Party Support of Abortion on all stages

A faithful couple from Warminster, PA issue a concern on their neighbors who support the Democratic Party. Who knew that it would come ahead of the race for the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States.

No. 18: Kentucky Abortion Law Stands

After a very challenging and uphill battle, Kentucky’s ultrasound law that was passed by the state was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

No. 17: Huh?

Anita Flynn shared about how ill-informed Presidential Candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as she was watching a late-night show with the candidate as the special guest.

No. 16: Gravestones for Aborted Children

Aleteia wrote about the efforts of the Knights of Columbus as they help memorialize the victims of abortions.

No. 15: 30th Birthday Reflection

I celebrated my 30th birthday this month which comes at the pinnacle of everyone’s Christmas preparations. I reflected on my 30 years of living and how a 1/3 of my peers never had the chance to live like I have.

No. 14: Praying Outside of Planned Parenthood… In Nashville

During my travels to the music city, I learned about a Planned Parenthood facility that I figured I take part in with other people in hopes of saving a life. I shared what I saw.

No. 13: New Faces Cut Teeth in Saving Babies

During one of her email reflections, Dr. Monique Ruberu shared how some first-timers took part in the 40 Days for Life campaigns in Philadelphia.

No. 12: Creativity in Defending Life

A post by Regnum Christi sparked my interest and thought that it needed to be shared. Learn how you can be pro-life.

No. 11: Eleven Cases of Dangerous 3rd Term abortions

Operation Rescue shared how late-term abortions can be dangerous through the investigations on eleven different occasions

The top ten were selected to share and issue a call as to why we must defend life. It also shares some of the news that has happened on a local, state, and even national level. Some headliners of 2019 were reserved for the top 10.

No. 10: Room in the Inn

I wrote a reflection about having room in the inn for single and unwed mothers who are pregnant. Not just during the Christmas season, but 365 days a year.

No. 9: Angels Have Red Hair

In sharing from the late Joseph Wall, Pat Dowling shared his amazing writing that was published through the American Life League in Fall/Winter 1996.

No. 8: Inaugural Year for The Gianna Center of Philadelphia

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia will round out the next two spots. First up, their year in review

No. 7: The Gianna Center Gala

In celebration of its establishment and hopes of continuing its operation, the center held its inaugural gala. They honored organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus and Missionaries of Charity for their extraordinary work.

No. 6: Chick Fil A and Hallmark

The two franchises do ring a bell with every average person. Sure, you hear about women guilty pleasure of Hallmark movies while a fast-food chain closes on Sunday. Sadly, they have been on the news for disturbing reasons. Chick Fil A caved yet they have a super deep connection to the abortion industry. Meanwhile, Hallmark recently became open to the idea of sodomy romance.

No. 5: Teacher’s Adoption Story

Terry Noble shared an article about how a teacher stepped in to adopt a child with down syndrome following the death of her student’s mother.

No. 4: Students for Life Honor Bishop Shanahan

Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, PA area was recognized as the pro-life club of the year by Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America. This took place during the annual National Conference in DC. Read more here

No. 3: Diamond and Silk

In October, Diamond and Silk, conservative black women duo on social media, headlined the annual Pro-Life Federation Dinner in Harrisburg. Here’s the full message.

No. 2: The 38th Annual Stand Up for Life Dinner

At the annual dinner, 1200 prolifers had the opportunity to hear a powerful message of love and mercy from Rachel Guy while learning about Dr. Monique Ruberu’s mind-blowing conversion story. It even placed the spotlight on pioneers, brave witnesses, and a rising star in the movement on her college campus. Read more here.

No. 1: Brian Sims

State Rep. Brian Sims has been on the news lately. This time it’s for all the wrong reasons. During the springtime, Sims live-streamed himself harassing pro-lifers outside of a Planned Parenthood that is located in the heart of Philadelphia. In the first incident, there was an elderly woman praying. Sims insisted that he continue to verbally harass her to the point that he got closer to her. In a separate incident during Holy Week, Sims was at it again. Only this time, he offered a $100 to anyone watching the video to give him the names of the teenage girls who were praying at Planned Parenthood while verbally race-baiting them. This was done in front of two of the teens’ mother. The father responded

Nearly a week and a half following the surfacing of the videos on social media, a thousand pro-lifers from near and far rallied outside of the Planned Parenthood where it all took place.

Honorable mentions:

COL 1972

Earlier this year, a family from West Chester launched a clothing line to counter the status quo of the fashion industry who continue to support Planned Parenthood. Since their launch, they have made appearances and even took time to answer some questions about their business and their background.

Life Dress

Angelique Clark came up with an amazing idea to make dressing up lifeworthy. She had an opportunity to share her passion for life and fashion.

Christopher West

Pope Francis bestowed a papal honor to Christopher West of the Theology of the Body Institute for his extraordinary work. In the fall he spoke to people during the True Freedom Conference.

Unplanned

Abby Johnson’s book became a movie with the same name It shares how she walked away fro Planned Parenthood after eight years. In the spring, it debuted in the top ten and maintained its position there for two weeks. Oer the summer it became a best seller in pre-order

 

 

 

An Open Letter to Green Bay Packers

The following is a letter penned by Fr. Richard Heilman in response to the news of Green Bay Packer’s franchise support of Planned Parenthood.

This letter will be delivered on Monday, December 23. This comes in response to the news that, regrettably, the Green Bay Packer Foundation contributes to Planned Parenthood (see HERE). Please pray that this beloved organization – once coached by the legendary Vince Lombardi, who was a devout Catholic and daily Mass goer – sees the error of their ways. If you’d like to write your own letter, you can see the contact information from mine.

 

Green Bay Packer Foundation, Inc.                                                                December 23, 2019
Thomas Cardella
Chairperson
P.O. Box 10628
Green Bay, WI 54307-0628
Dear Mr. Cardella,

 

Those who know me, have witnessed my lifelong passion for the Green Bay Packers. I was a kid in the 1960s, or as we like to refer to it in Wisconsin: “The Lombardi Era.” Inspired by Coach Vince Lombardi and the many titles his Green Bay Packers won for our state, I worked very hard in high school and received Wisconsin All-State Football honors. From there, I headed off to college, fully intending to work my way up to become a Green Bay Packer someday, until a neck injury ended my football career in the first year of college. I joke that “God broke my neck” to change my direction, and now I am a Catholic priest.

 

In 1997, I was a Parochial Vicar in Janesville, WI (home and parish of Speaker Paul Ryan). The Packers and Brett Favre were making everyone a Packer fan. Caught up in the Brett Favre/Green Bay Packer enthusiasm, at the beginning of the 1997 season, after the final blessing at Mass, I would say, “1,2,3” and the congregation would respond, “Go Packers!” Then the Packers would win. In the second week of the season, I had to go out of town, and the Packers lost. Members of the parish half-joked, “Don’t do that again … we need to say ‘Go Packers’ so they win.” Three weeks later, I had to go out of town again, and the Packers had their second loss. Now members of the parish seemed to put joking aside, and said, “Don’t leave!” Five wins later, I had to go out of town again, and they lost. I had a local reporter of the Janesville Gazette in my pews, and he thought it was a cute story to print. He did, and the New York Times picked up the story. So, on the last game of the season, ABC, NBC, and CBS set up their cameras in our choir loft, so they could film the “Go Packers” cheer at the end of Mass. We did it, and the Packers won, and they were off to the playoffs.

 

Even the book I wrote, Church Militant Field Manual, quotes legendary Packer Coach, Vince Lombardi, as he was a devout Catholic and daily Mass goer. Here’s my favorite quote:
“And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat. I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
I’m even a part-owner of the Green Bay Packers, as a stockholder.

 

So, you can see that, if I am not the most super of super fans, I am among the most super.
I wrestled with this for several days, after discovering that the Packers donated to Planned Parenthood. But, here’s the thing. I needed to understand just how “attached” I am to the Green Bay Packers. I believe God is challenging me, “Do you really want to do EVERYTHING you can to end the worst genocide in human history? Prove it.”  And so, I can’t do this.

 

So, here I am Lord, I come to do Your will. I will cease watching/following the Green Bay Packers until that day when they come to their senses, admit their egregious mistake, and cease to funnel money to those who kill innocent children. In the meantime, I will pray for this conversion of the heart of my beloved Green Bay Packers. This is SO HARD, but I love God and those babies more than the Green Bay Packers.

 

Finally, I have a very large following on social media, as well as 57,000 members of the United States Grace Force, of which I am the leader. I have shared this letter with them.

 

In Christ,

 

Fr. Richard Heilman
Pastor, St. Mary of Pine Bluff, WI
Past State Chaplain, Wisconsin Knights of Columbus
Chaplain, Pro-Life Wisconsin
Chaplain, Vigil for Life
Chaplain, Women’s Care Center
Chaplain, Holy Family Homeschoolers
Founder, Knights of Divine Mercy
Founder, Holy League
Founder, United States Grace Force

Stop Planned Parenthood in KCK campaign

 

Stop PP in KCK

Your witness and voice are crucial to our success!!!!!

 
Please take 2 minutes to call Mayor David Alvey’s office and respectfully ask that he publicly state that he is opposed to Planned Parenthood opening a center in KCK. A similar statement by the mayor in 2006 kept a strip club from opening in WyCo. 

 

Remember how effective your calls and emails were to Larkin & Garcia Funeral Care that resulted in canceling the lease that they had with PP on their building located at 1854 Minnesota Ave!!!!!!!

 

 

How to contact Mayor David Alvey
1. Call and leave message with his assistant at (913) 573-5010  or

2. Email Mayor Alvey at dalvey@wycokck.org .

 

Message: 

 

Mayor David Alvey,

Respectfully, I urge you to publicly state that you are opposed to Planned Parenthood opening a center in KCK.
 

I would like to ask that you email me at ronkelsey10@gmail.com with any contact efforts that you make so that I can measure the size and effectiveness of our Call to Action.

______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Approximately 40 individuals participated in our Oct 26 prayer rally at the UG municipal building.

Diamond & Silk Share Message of Life at Pro-Life Banquet

I recently had the opportunity to see Diamond & Silk at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s 40th Anniversary Celebrate Life Banquet held in Harrisburg.  While I knew these ladies were very conservative and very pro Trump, I didn’t realize just how pro-life they are.  Among the many things they spoke about was  Margaret Sanger, her founding of Planned Parenthood and the focus of Planned Parenthood to exterminate pre-born babies, particularly the genocide of black babies.

For those who were not so fortunate to see them in person, you can view the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s video of this event below.

I would like to suggest that we all write to them and urge them to speak out more on the issue of abortion, particularly the genocide of black babies.  You can reach them at: Diamond and Silk,  7711 S. Raeford Rd. Suite 102-171,  Fayetteville, NC 28304 or email them at DiamondandSilk@gmail.com

 

 

Teenager Makes Viral Response to Miley Cyrus with Message of Adoption

Adoption Cake

Photo courtesy of Hannah Rickords Facebook page

By now, many of us are outraged by the stunt pulled by pop and teen idol, Miley Cyrus.

Does she realize that she is part of the problem of how many people are being exposed to the promiscuity in our culture?

Recently, Hannah Rickords, a young woman in her late teens countered Miley’s Facebook sharing her adoption story.

Read below:

Miley,

You teamed up with Planned Parenthood to share a message…

Here’s mine.

20 years ago, my biological mother walked into her Planned Parenthood pregnant and not sure where else to go. Measuring over 20 weeks, she was told they could move forward with termination. When she explained she wasn’t there for that kind of procedure, it was explained to her that was all the only help she could receive there.

My birth mom wrote:

“All I wanted was help. For someone to see me for the terrified young woman I was. I wanted someone to hold my hand and tell me everything was going to be okay. I quickly learned that this was not the place for that kind of reassurance. The woman quietly, but firmly, said she was sorry she couldn’t help me.”

If that day she had chosen abortion as her plan, I would not be here today. Regardless of what argument you could have of when life truly begins, if that day in that Planned Parenthood, a young girl was swayed to terminate, I would not be here.

Miley, what about my healthcare? What about the millions of people that will never see the light of day because “abortion is healthcare?”

As an unborn child, there wasn’t much I could do to contribute to society, but now as a 20-year-old being, I have been able to touch the lives of hundreds through a conference I held and my original music.

I am grateful every single day that my birthmother chose another plan for me.

I am grateful every single day that an adoption is an option.

Take action by sharing her photo on her social media platforms today. Adoption Story