Paxton Smith Turns Blind-Eye on Abortion, Pro-Life Activists Respond

If this blog can do a highlight of the week, then the valedictorian speech during high school graduation would make the list for all the wrong reasons.

A speech given by Paxton Smith that went viral has gotten many people talking. She argues where Texas has gone wrong after signing into law a heartbeat bill that recently passed. However, her logic and reasoning fell short. She used the platform as an opportunity to promote abortion and birth control. She admitted that she is afraid of bringing a child into the world if she faced an unplanned pregnancy and contraception fails (which does) due to inconvenience. The purpose of a high school valedictorian speech is to reflect on the four years of high school or college. It is not a time for propaganda. Even the board of her now alma mater were not notified about the change in her speech.

Some pro-lifers respond to her speech.

Dr. Monique Ruberu took it to her personal Facebook page to address where she is wrong:

Dear Paxton, You are a strong girl, an intelligent girl, but sadly you have bought the lie sold to so many beautiful women all over the world. You are correct that contraceptives do fail… the only way to 100% avoid pregnancy is to abstain from sex… this will help you to know that the man in your life is not using you for his sexual pleasure… it will leave you strong, confident, with the knowledge that the person you are dating is with you because of your beautiful mind, heart, and soul. If you one day marry this man and you need to abstain because of illness or a complication in pregnancy – you will have 100% confidence that he is not going to cheat on you because he is not with you just to satisfy his sexual desires… your relationship will be based on so much more, awesome conversation, dreams, trust… love and respect… If one day God forbid you are raped… the people I know who were conceived in rape are the most beautiful, loving, intelligent, life-changing people I know… to say they should have been aborted because of the sins of their father is heartless. The women who choose to give birth and keep their child or allow their child to be adopted typically do so much better than those who choose abortion… they know that although they were harmed, they are not perpetuating that harm upon another innocent person. Life doesn’t end with pregnancy… even if it is unplanned… every life is precious. You can still accomplish every dream, every goal… these moms need support and someone to tell them they are capable… instead you just told your entire class at lake highlands hs that the women are weak and if pregnant they are incapable of accomplishing great things… how many moms go to school, work, provide for their kids…. you negated all of that strength, that resilience, the very essence of being a strong woman… but it’s not your fault because you were fed a lie… so now is your chance… open your eyes… see how awesome life is… see how awesome women are … see that every life is a gift and every person is precious… see that you can choose to stop having sex … and you would have much less to fear…

To My Daughters, Please do not look up to girls like Paxton Smith. She may have the ability to string together emotionally driven words, but if they are not founded in truth it will lead to destruction. I know this so well. When mommy was a senior in high school I made a huge mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life. I believed the very lies that Ms. Smith relayed in her valedictorian speech. When I found out I was pregnant I felt that my dreams, my goals, and my aspirations were being stripped from me. Knowing what I know now, they were simply feelings. Feelings change but truth does not. As an immature teenage girl, I believed the lie that ending the life of my child would restore my dreams, my goals, and my aspirations. After consuming poisonous pills to end the life of my baby, your sibling, that is not what happened. Nothing was restored. It was all a lie. The regret settled in, but I quickly pushed it down to survive. There is nothing natural about taking the life of your own child. I do not care how empowering someone like Ms. Paxton may make it sound. The reality is I had no right to take the life of my innocent child for my own selfish gain. The last thing I would ever want for my beautiful girls is to believe that lie. What makes you a powerful woman is unapologetically being who God created you to be. It’s standing in truth even when the world is trying to convince you to live in lies. I pray Ms. Paxton will someday take her gift of intelligence and use it to protect life, not promote death.

Supporting women and their pregnancy by showering them with help, love, and mercy is pro-woman. That will in essence defeat abortion in our society.

Photo Gallery from Planned Parenthood Outreach in DC

Enjoy some of the photos from yesterday’s event. Nearly 200 people came out to give witness to life, many were from Students for Life, sporting a purple knit hat that read: “Pro Life Generation” across their foreheads.

For the blog post about the event, read about it here.

In addition to the day outside of Planned Parenthood, learn why I still made the trip to DC for the March for Life, despite the restrictions and the switch to virtual.

Couple Chose Life/ Help Needed

What an incredible week!

The Philadelphia March for Life was a testimony to the commitment of so many people to protect and pray for the lives of the precious unborn. And, praise God, these past weeks have been blessed in a very special way with mothers choosing life for their babies, and again this past week at 12th & Locust with a mother and father choosing to keep their child! 


This would not have been possible if there weren’t Sidewalk Servants present providing them with the information and loving help that they needed! 


So, please, please help fill the hours that still need coverage this week. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about how to be a Sidewalk Servant by joining some long time Sidewalk Servants, please let them know about Newby Saturdays (more information below).


More about the couple who chose life:


Sidewalk Servant, Mark, was praying outside 12th & Locust and saw a couple walk into the courtyard and up to the doors. He spoke to them saying that he had something very important for them and if they could please just give him a few moments of their time. And they turned around and went to speak to him!!  He gave them information and told them about the incredible life the mom was carrying inside her. He let them know about all the support and help available from the pro-life community of incredible people who are there to walk with them and help them with whatever they might need. And, they listened and chose Life for their child!  Mark got them all the contact information they needed and was able to spend time with them to continue to answer questions and support this couple and their baby. What a blessing!! Thank you to all of you who are present every day to provide hope and help to these babies and their parents. May God bless you!

NEWBY SATURDAY (Every Second Saturday)10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets.
Want to witness outside an abortion center when you know experienced Sidewalk Servants will also be present? The Pro-Life Union introduces “Newby Saturdays,” held the second Saturday of each month, for newer pro-lifers to learn by example, knowing they won’t be by themselves.

SIDEWALK SERVANTS- General Information:

1) Take a look at the Sidewalk Servants website and videos for more helpful information and resources:

Sidewalk Servants Video Series

     sidewalkservantsphilly.com 

2) Remember to wear a mask when you go to pray. If you can please bring a sign that says:

“LOVE, Financial and Emotional HELP:  Call: 610-626-4006 or Text: 484-451-8104”

And/Or: 

 abortionpillreversal.com – It’s not too late to change your mind”

Help still needed this week:

Thursday 1/28:

12th:      8,9,2,3,4

777:       1,2

Friday 1/29:

12th:      3,4

777:      12,1,2

Saturday 1/30:

12th:         8,9,12,1,2,3,4

777:         2

Philadelphia Women’s Center 10 Years Later: Reflection

On January 8th 2011, a young man stood outside of one of the largest abortion facilities in Pennsylvania. He was nervous that even the bitter cold morning did not keep him from hiding it. Later, a seasoned pro-lifer (the late John Stanton) pulled up as he helped him place a sign on the corner that floored him about the number of abortions committed at this location alone. Before he can blinked, his neighbors showed up and were thrilled to see him. His presence gave them hope.

Since that bitter cold morning of January 2011, he continued to get more and more involved with the pro-life movement that included regular participation in prayer vigils, at large events, and recruiting new people from time to time. He was jeered, assaulted, and even taunted all because he wanted to do “what God wants him to do.”

That young man is me and I am not done until we end abortion on the streets of Philadelphia and every major city across the United States and throughout the world.

Rehumanize Virtual Conference

The following is from Rehumanize International

I wanted to reach out to make sure you know about the upcoming Rehumanize Conference on August 29th, 2020. This year we’ve decided to move things online in order to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, and staff. While I’m sad that we won’t get to meet in person this year I am also excited about the unique opportunity to reach people all over the world with our life-affirming speakers and sessions.

Tickets are on sale now starting at just $5.00 at rehumanizeintl.org/conference! I really hope that you are able to join us at this one of a kind event. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need financial assistance or a press pass.

Check out the phenomenal schedule of events below:

Conference Schedule
10:30AM – 10:45AM > Reception

10:45AM – 11:00AM > Welcome

Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International

11:00AM – 11:30AM > Opening Session: Why Consistency Matters in the Effort for Human Rights

Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

11:30AM – 12:15PM > panel: Police, Prisons, and the Death Penalty

Hannah Cox, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

Zuri Davis, Reason

Miea Walker, Forward Justice

12:15PM – 1:00PM > Panel: Pro-Life Perspectives

Kristen Day, Democrats for Life of America

Tom Shakely, Americans United for Life

Jazzi Milton, Pro-Life San Francisco

1:00PM – 1:15PM > Break

1:15PM – 1:45PM > Ideologies Breakout Session

​A: Feminism and the Consistent Life Ethic

Rachel Peller, Activist

B: The Non-Aggression Principle and the Consistent Life Ethic

Tony Guajardo, Young Americans for Liberty​

1:45PM – 2:15PM > Lived Experiences Breakout Session 1

A: Incarceration

Robert Saleem Holbrook, Amistad Law Center & the Human Rights Coalition

B: Healing After Abortion

Serena Dyksen, She Found His Grace

2:15PM – 2:30PM > Break

2:30 – 3:00PM > Lived Experiences Breakout Session 2

A: Ableism

Beth Fox, Rehumanize International

B: Sexual Violence

Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

3:00PM – 3:45PM > Keynote: Can War Ever be Just?​

David Swanson, World Beyond War

3:45PM – 4:00PM > Break

4:00PM – 4:30PM > History Breakout Session

A: Torture

Josie Setzler, Witness Against Torture

B: U.S. Immigration Policy

Mikhayla Stover, Academic

4:15PM – 5:00PM > Action Breakout Session 1

A: Abolishing War

Greta Zarro, World Beyond War

B: Dismantling Racism

Ismail Smith-Wade-El, City Councilmember

5:00PM – 5:45PM > keynote: Not Dead Yet: Ableism, Euthanasia, and Assisted Suicide

John Kelly, Not Dead Yet​

5:45PM – 6:15 PM > Action Breakout Session 2

A: Activism

Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life San Francisco

B: Creative Expression

Maria Oswalt, Rehumanize International

Sarah Terzo, PLAGAL+ & Live Action

6:15PM – 6:30PM > Closing Remarks

Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International

6:30PM – 9:00PM > Create | Encounter Release Party and Happy Hour at Home

I really hope you can make it! Visit rehumanizeintl.org/conference for more information.

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.

PA Primary and June Events and News

The following is from Tom Stevens, Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Today is a GREAT day to repent and believe the Good News, to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, to love your neighbor AND to understand and listen to your brothers and sisters!  And it is always a great day to stand up for the unborn. Meanwhile don’t forget to vote tomorrow and please take a look at the other items below. 

Vote!  Tomorrow, June 2, is PA Primary Election Day   

Registered voters can lookup how the candidates replied to questions on pro-life issues from the PA Family Voter’s Guide from our friends at the PA Family Council.   Click Here:  pafamilyvoter.com


Guiding Star Mother’s Day Campaign Extended Again!

We’re still reaching towards our goal! Help These Moms who Chose Life! Give a gift in honor of your mom, or your mom’s mom, or in honor of someone who helped your mom along the way.  Join our Mother’s Day Campaign for moms and children.  All proceeds benefit Guiding Star Ministries, a home for single pregnant moms and their children. WATCH THE VIDEO AND DONATE HERE:
https://guidingstar.causevox.com 

Ultrasound Technician Position Available

Genesis Women’s Clinic, genpcc.org, is seeking an ultrasound technician to join our pro life team. We need a sonographer to serve as a back up for our current tech and to cover her maternity leave period.  Compensation is negotiable. Please contact Wendy at 610/970-8088 or email wendy@genpcc.org.  Location is 888 East High Street, Pottstown.


Mother’s Home — Member Organization Spotlight

WATCH INSPIRING MOTHER’S HOME VIDEO HERE

Don’t Miss!  The King’s Men Day of Discovery

TKM Day of Discovery
The Glory of Masculinity
June 13, 2020

In an effort to begin ministering to men again, TKM, Inc. has planned a FREE day of recollection for men at the Discovery House in Hammonton, NJ.

MEN’S PROGRAM
7:30 – 8:30 AM – Registration (Continental Breakfast)
8:30 – 10:00 AM – Morning Session: A Young’s Man Glory
10:30 – 11:30 AM – Outdoor Activity
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Primo’s Hoagies)
1:00 – 2:30 PM – Afternoon Session #1: A Father’s Glory
3:00 – 4:30 PM – Afternoon Session #2: The Glory of God
4:30 – 6:30 PM – Wine & Cheese Social (optional–need headcount)

All current Covid-19 Physical Distancing Requirements and Guidelines will be met.

Hope Pregnancy Has Client in Need of Help

From Marlene Downing, Director of Hope Pregnancy Center. This was copied and paste to the blog from her Facebook status.

 

can you help

A need for a client

Window air conditioner that works… she’s pregnant and hot!

And Laptop if someone has a used one. She would like to resume her classes.

Please don’t just pass this by. Think of someone you may know or if you could possibly assist.

Contact Marlene at mdowning.hopecenter@peopleforpeople.org

Sidewalk Servants Needed

 

witness

Sidewalk Servants are men and women of any age who volunteer one hour a month (or more) to pray and offer resources to anyone entering or leaving an abortion clinic. It is through love and prayer that hearts can be transformed and lives can be saved.

We still need help this week to cover the hours below; please let us know if you are able to cover any of these times. You can make a difference! 

Also, please let us know which days/times you can cover for next week (May 25-May 30). 

God bless!

(Week 5/25 – 5/30)

Monday:  12th:  8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4

Tuesday: 12th:  8,1,2
                 777: 11,12,1,2
Wed:       12th:  11,12,1,2,3,4
                 777: 12,1,2
Thurs:     12th:  11,12,1,2,3,4
                 777: 12,1,2
Fri:          12th:  8.9.10,11,12,1,2,3,4
                 777: 12,1,2
Sat:         12th:  12,1,2
                 777:  11,12,1,2


We ask that you: 
1. Sign up to go one or max. two at a time
2. Wear masks 
3. Have a sign that says : LOVE, Financial and Emotional HELP:  Call: 610-626-4006  or  Text: 484-451-8104
    And/Or abortionpillreversal.com – it’s not too late to change your mind
4. Ask the girls to take a pic of the sign – can always share on Facebook if they don’t want the help themselves…
5. Share the sidewalkservantsphilly.com website

Login for Life Webinar

The following is from an email blast sent out by Tom McClusky, a representative of the March for Life Foundation.

The March for Life, together with the PA Catholic Conference and PA Family Institute, out of concern for the health of those planning to attend, and in line with the guidance of public health officials and Capitol authorities, have decided to reschedule the Pennsylvania March for Life, originally planned for May 18th, 2020.

 

However, it is with great excitement that we are instead announcing PA March for Life: Login for Life, an educational webinar on Pennsylvania pro-life advocacy, scheduled for May 18th from 12-1 ET.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn about the principles of effective lobbying, the specific and current issues Pennsylvania is facing, and what you can do right now to champion pro-life policies to your Pennsylvania elected representatives. This webinar will be hosted by a panel of experts who will be able to answer any questions during a concluding Q&A. This webinar is suited for all levels of experience and comfort with advocacy.

 

We greatly appreciate the wonderful excitement we’ve witnesses in planning for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life, and we are hopeful that we can reschedule the event soon. Thank you to those who are working hard to make sure Pennsylvanians from every corner and county of our state will be represented at the rally and march.

 

 

You can view the video stream on your phone, computer, or tablet, or you can dial in by phone to listen to the presentations. Be sure to RSVP to receive updates and reminders, and forward this email to friends and family who might be interested!