Roe v Wade at 47. How did we get here? What Can We Do?

It should come as no surprise to many pro-lifers that Roe v Wade is in its 47th year. The question we must ask ourselves is “How did we allow this barbaric decision to make it this far?”

I can give you a myriad of answers, but sadly churches and people of goodwill have been silent. No more. No more apathy. No more silence. It is time to make noise not only from the pulpit but also in the public square.

Yes, there are risks if we cast ourselves out into the deep. However, we have a job that is bigger than ourselves. Far too often I have seen people who have their thinking clouded by radical liberals in the classrooms and college lecture halls. Our job is to be bold in our claim of being pro-life. We cannot stand by and hope people have a change of heart. We need to instruct people where their argument is wrong with love and mercy.

Love and mercy can win over those who have been poorly educated on abortion. It is what we have on our side when it comes to tools for victory and evangelizing to those who live in darkness. That is how we win the debate. Members of Congress or the state office will not help us win. Sure, they may campaign on promises, yet we have seen many not showing a backbone when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood or even preventing radical abortion laws from ever being law. Abby Johnson reminds us that this debate will be won outside of abortion facilities, college campuses, and even our own homes.

47 years of Roe v Wade has brought nothing but sorrow, agony, and emptiness to our country. I believe that our country is in need of an awakening. I believe a spiritual revival is happening all across the land. Our job has not been an easy one. The abortion lobby may have money, but pro-lifers don’t need a full bank account to combat the diabolic industry. Rather, we have an arsenal of people who are using their talents for something bigger than you and me. These 47 years have only brought a shift in the nation’s attitude on abortion. A majority of America is now pro-life, many of them are young (1/3 of my peers are missing because of his heinous, cold, calculous decision). We have God who has guided many to win many victories for the cause from cradle pro-lifers to former abortion workers.

The question remains: Are you willing to stop another million Americans from being murder due to a false agenda? 61 million Americans, black, white, Latino, Asian, and even mixed were silenced to help women get ahead in life like Michelle Williams and other celebrities. We must be pro-active and step out of our comfort zones. We may think that conveying the message on a digital medium can win everybody. However, as many apologists prove, your “presence” will make a difference to others.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and out of your digital comfort zone?

Bank of America Protests Re-launch in Waco on January 24th

The post below is from John Pisciotta of Pro-Life Waco.  If you live in or around Waco, Texas, we encourage you to attend these peaceful protests beginning again this coming Friday, January 24th.  

BOA

Monthly joy-filled BOA protests will resume this Friday, January 24 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. Why? Bank of America is a Planned Parenthood supporter/enabler. BOA should pay a price for this. And the Central Texas business community should be on notice that acting as a Planned Parenthood supporter/enabler is a very bad idea.

BOA supports Planned Parenthood through matching donations of its employees and management dollar for dollar. Bank of America has also provided financial support for Planned Parenthood fundraising events. We will encourage BOA customers to complain to bank managers and to close their accounts and bank elsewhere. The BOA branch at the corner of Valley Mills and Lake Air is very much in the public eye—a great opportunity for life defenders.

For this inaugural protest, PLW will provide lunch and fellowship after the outreach at the world-famous Uncle Dan’s BBQ Restaurant just across the street from BOA.

WHERE TO PARK: Nearby Emerson Drive is A-OK. When you turn off Valley Mills Drive onto Lake Air Drive, on your left you will see Kentucky Fried Chicken and then Uncle Dan’s BBQ. Take a left on Emerson Drive and park along the street. Also, you could try parking in the lot of a nearby business (probably not BOA).

Rally and Mass to Honor Memory of Pro-Life Union Founder

Pro-lifers in the Greater Philadelphia area are welcome to attend a rally and mass in honor of John Stanton.

The rally will take place outside of Philadelphia’s Women Center (777 Appletree) at 9AM on Saturday, February 1st. There will be a prayer vigil to precede it at 6:30AM. There will be speakers and testimonies on the sidewalk to honor the father of Philadelphia’s Pro-Life movement.

Following the rally, there will be a mass at Holy Redeemer at 10:30AM with a reception/social and guest speaker.

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Northeast Philadelphia Stand Up For Life Rally to Take Place at St. Katherine Church on Sunday, January 26, 2020

If you live in Northeast Philly or the Lower Bucks County area, please try to attend this annual Rally for Life at St. Katherine’s Church next Sunday.  Below is information  on this Rally along with a flyer you can print out and distribute. 

 

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from Mike McMonagle, President of  the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania 

This Rally occurs from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM and is followed by hospitality in the Church Basement.

One featured speaker is Nadia Gordynsky, who is the Director of Save a Life International, which operates a crisis pregnancy center in Feasterville to serve the Russian populations in the northwest section of Northeast Philadelphia.  Nadia delivered a terrific presentation at the October 27, 2019 Bucks County and December 7, 2019 Northeast Philadelphia Pro-Life Coalition Meetings.

The other featured speaker is Emily Welfield, who is the Northeast Philadelphia Director for Rachel’s Vineyard.  Emily delivered a powerful witness at all of the Masses on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish located in Central Bucks County.

NE Philly Stand Up for Life Rally Flyer

 

 

Additional Events Hosted by Priests for Life in DC and West Coast

The following is from an email blast sent out by Fr. Frank Pavone. Accommodate these events if you’re attending the March for Life or Walk of Life.

Here are the main events – for more details and exact event locations see www.PriestsForLife.org/MarchForLife.

Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 22: 7:00-8:00 pm: Pro-life Candle Light Prayer Vigil at the steps of the Supreme Court

Thursday, January 23: 9:00-11:00 am: Prayerful protest at Planned Parenthood killing center

Friday, January 24: 8:30-10:30 am: National Prayer Service at DAR Constitution Hall

Friday, January 24: 2:30 pm (approx.): Once the marchers begin to reach the Supreme Court, Silent No More Awareness Campaign testimonies begin

Priests for Life will have our exhibit booth at the March for Life Exhibit Hall at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel on Thursday, January 23. We will be booth numbers 118, 120 and 122.

 

San Francisco: Saturday, January 25

8:00-9:30 am: Prayerful protest at Planned Parenthood killing center

8:30-9:30 am: Fr. Frank on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral greeting people before the 9:30 am Mass

10:45 am-12:15 pm: Silent No More Awareness Campaign testimonies

12:30 – 1:30 pm- Walk for Life Rally. Fr. Frank Pavone will deliver a keynote address during the rally regarding the political responsibility of the pro-life movement.

Once again this year Priests for Life is offering pro-life products free of charge for buses traveling to the March for Life in DC. Our 2020 bus kit includes two videos we’ve made especially for the buses – one for the ride to DC and one for the ride going back. The kit also includes prayer cards and books. The bus kit can be requested by the bus captain or a designated representative at www.PriestsForLife.org/BusKit. Please place your order no later than January 10.

A Pro-Life To-Do List

To do list

 

For the past few years, I took time on my Facebook page to reveal some of the things I hope to accomplish or do in a given new year. It can be challenging, but at the same time, it can help you to do new or accomplish things that you’ve always wanted to cross off.

As a pro-lifer, you may be on the same boat as I am. You may be asking yourself what you can do in the New Year to be a better pro-lifer or go into the unknown. To help you get a jump start on your pro-life to-do list, I came up with 10 things you can do as a pro-lifer.

  1. Host a screening of a pro-life themed movie. Unplanned took the world by storm and there is no question that many groups want to show movies like the world phenom of 2019. Cinema is a powerful medium to convey the message of life.
  2. Take part in a 40 Days for Life campaign (February 26th thru April 5th, 2020 and again the fall from September 23rd to November 1st). Be on the lookout once registration for vigil hours become available.
  3. Have a mass or Holy Hour offered for an end to the scourge of abortion or the conversion of those involved with the diabolical industry.
  4. Brush up on apologetics. It may be one thing to think you know it all. It’s another if you educate on what to say to those who may not know the issue at hand. Some people to learn from are Stephanie Gray and Trent Horn. Using their experience, they share the dos and don’ts in conveying the pro-life message to an individual or group.
  5. Volunteer at a pregnancy resource or crisis center. Many of them are not too far from a Planned Parenthood facility. these facilities need additional help with tasks like answering calls, taking inventory, and even being a support to vulnerable women. Side note: consider helping one raise funds for an ultrasound machine.
  6. Take part in prayer vigils. Yes, this may be scary, but we have been reminded 365 times in the Bible to not be afraid. If you can muster the courage every day to be present, your reward will be heaven. Don’t know what to say or do? Here’s a blog post for that. Here’s a post on prayers to recite in front of the facilities.
  7. Donate or raise funds for pro-life organizations. A previous blog post breaks down different groups that may help you decide who you can send your donation. If you want to go towards a fundraiser route, you might want to consider having a quizzo night, have someone teach ballroom dancing, or arts and craft and sell them with proceeds going to a pro-life organization of your choosing.
  8. Attend a rally. One of the most common events you can attend is the March for Life in DC, Chicago,  or West Coast area (San Francisco or L.A. areas). You may also want to consider attending one on the state level. (Pennsylvania will host their inaugural state march on May 18th, 2020.
  9. Attend a pro-life seminar near you or on a national scale. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski will be speaking at the annual National Pro-Life Summit on January 25th in Washington, DC. Secure your spot today.
  10. Recruit more people to join the pro-life cause. Visit parishes, have displays on your campus, invite a pro-life speaker to your classroom, and learn more about how you can

Take part in local vigils in Philadelphia

center city phillyThe numbers released in Harrisburg are staggering. If you look at Philadelphia, it is a hotbed for abortions in our Keystone State that last year one million have been murdered by abortion since Roe v Wade. We need to do more to stop abortion in the city of Brotherly Love where our first inalienable right was given to us… The right to life.

The good news is that you can do something if you refuse to be passive. You can lace up your boots, grab your holy water, benedictine and miraculous medals, rosary, and prayer books, drive or take a train to the nearest abortion facility, pray, and offer healthy alternatives to abortion.

Here is the list of the different vigil sites during the week. You can go there anytime during the week just note their hour of operations. In the meantime, learn about Sidewalk Servants

Daily vigils

Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust Street) 8AM-5PM every Monday through Saturday (Abortions are performed from Wednesday to Saturday.) There is a 3rd Saturday vigil with Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. 745AM mass at St. John the Evangelist (13th Street below Market St) Procession to Planned Parenthood will immediately follow.

Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree Street) 7AM-3PM from Tuesday through Saturday. Note: There’s a weekly vigil every Saturday from 6:30AM to 10AM.

For more information on other abortion facilities in the Philadelphia area and the surrounding suburbs read more here.

National Pro-Life Organization Honors Local High School in Greater Philadelphia High School

The following is an article published by CatholicPhilly.com, written by Lou Baldwin.

Many good things happened in Washington, D.C., surrounding the Jan. 18 March for Life, although mainstream media focused on an incident where a group of kids from Covington, Kentucky were thrown under the bus.

A local positive example happened the next day when the students from Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown accepted the National High School of the Year award from Students for Life of America (SFLA). That’s quite an honor considering SFLA has more than 1,200 high school and college chapters nationwide.

Along with the award the Shanahan SFLA group received $1,000 to assist it in its mission.

“This is an amazing group and they are working really hard to impact the culture of their school,” said Liana Hollendonner, the Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator for SFLA. “They are positive and articulate.”

Probably no one knows that better than Joe Aquilante, a theology teacher at Shanahan for 21 years and moderator of the school’s pro-life group for the past 18 years. At this time there are about 160 students in the SFLA Chapter.

“My job is to take the gifts of the kids and help them to develop them,” he said. “The leadership of this year has been fostered by past leaders. Students for Life has energized youth in a way nothing else has. The younger generation is getting involved, fighting for life.”

Mary Taylor, a senior and president of SFLA at Shanahan, is only in her second year at the school.

“I’ve always been pro-life,” she said, adding at her previous public high school she was in the minority but that is not the case at Shanahan. “I was raised Catholic and know killing anyone is wrong,” she said.

(Below, Bishop Shanahan High School’s Pro-Life Club gives an enthusiastic witness to the sanctity of human life at the March for Life Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C.) 

Over the years she has heard about girls getting an abortion but never really personally knew one who did.

Mary personally believes it is her generation that will end abortion or at least overturn Roe v. Wade as national law and return it to the states, and the more permissive laws passed in New York and proposed elsewhere are a sign others believe this too.

The strength of the pro-life movement at Shanahan was really exhibited during the March for Life.

“We had three buses that went,” Mary said. “We probably could have had a fourth. I was really surprised by the number of people who wanted to go.”

During their time in Washington, “we didn’t have any problems at all,” she said. “I feel awful about what happened to the kids (from Covington) and it was really unfair. I saw one boy on television, and he was so respectful.”

Michael Prieto, also a senior is vice president of SFLA at Shanahan and has been a member since his freshman year.

“I’ve always felt a call to protect those who can’t protect themselves,” he said. “The Pro-Life Club is a great way to do this. The pro-life movement is definitely huge in our school. I think most of the kids understand what we are trying to do.”

Even outside of the school Michael has not experienced much opposition, other than counter-protestors at times when members give witness outside abortion clinics.

“But I was very surprised when we were chosen as National High School of the Year,” Michael said. “It shows people are recognizing what we are doing here.”

At this time all of the archdiocesan high schools have SFLA groups. Others that sent delegates to the meeting in Maryland include John W. Hallahan, West Catholic Prep, St. Hubert and Cardinal O’Hara.