Culture of Life Initiative Opens in the Frankford Section of Philadelphia

The following information was taken from the newsletter of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. They are looking for prayer support as well as volunteers. To volunteer, contact the Pro-Life Union at mail@pro-lifeunion.org.  To make a donation to help them with this worthwhile endeavor, please use this link.  

Frankford Life Center

In October of 2021 the Frankford Family Life Center (final name still to be announced) will fully launch and we’ll have the opening ceremonies events.  The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia in an expanded partnership with Catholic Social Services are opening the first-ever Community-based Culture of Life Initiative of it’s kind.  The goal is to transform the Frankford section of Philadelphia into a Culture of Life by building a sustainable, self-sufficient, and permanent pro-life presence there.  Through compassionate service, education, community engagement, programming and material assistance, we will build an effective effort that helps many moms and families (already servicing more than 60 families) and minimizes abortion-risk in the area.  Planned services include:

  • Parenting, Child-birthing, Fatherhood, Prenatal Classes and many other types of education.
  • Providing diapers, wipes, baby supplies, feminine hygiene products, formula, food & baby/children clothing.
  • Pregnancy Fitness Classes: Fitess classed for pregnant women will be taught by a certified fitness instructor specialized in pregnancy fitness.
  • Housing Assistance
  • Car Seat and Crib Program, Newborn and Maternity Clothing resources
  • Real Alternatives information, STI?STD information, Health & Resource referrals.
  • Fatherhood Initiatives.
  • Chastity/Abstinence Programming
  • Moms’ Coffee Clubs, Toddler Play area and other family support services, seating, soft instrumental music, changing facilities.
  • Grandparent’s Corner
  • Know God, Know Yourself, Know Others
  • No cost laundromat – now in operation.  Thank you to the donors who gave new washers and dryers!

The Frankford Family Life Center is already service over 58 women and counting! Right now the center is open on Thursday’s and Friday’s as renovations and improvements of the space are taking place.  It will be staffed full-time this summer and we will be providing lunches this summer to school-aged children.  We look forward to watching this center take flight in October!

Would you Pray for Us?

We need your prayerful support!  The Frankford Family Life Center is an exciting new mission, but it will be hard work, so we need all the help we can get.  Please consider starting a prayer tream to help life up this project as we move forward!  And pray that it impacts the community and decreases abortion in the area.

Nothing Can Stop You From Doing God’s Will

The following is from a text message sent by Marlene Downing. Be sure to learn about her debut novel here. Also if you live in the Greater Philadelphia area, check out Sidewalks Servants and cover an hour or two with prayer. Need training? The Sisters of Life has you covered.

It was a traffic jam backed up all the way to Chester. I knew that God was up to something. 

When I arrived at Planned Parenthood I saw Manuel on his post  serving as he always does. I apologized for not being there sooner. I missed an hour of my shift.

There was a young lady crying in the courtyard. I told her that I would like to talk to her but I can’t come in there. I put my arm around her and walked with her. She was telling me her story and so grateful that we were there. 

I called Guiding Star Ministries and they weren’t able to do an interview right away because of an emergency. I then called Pat  for openings at Our Ladies House. He said that he would reach out and today the young lady had an interview with them for housing.

She is going to keep her baby. 

Be encouraged everyone..No matter what it looks like your presence matters. 

Canadian Rapper Trolls Toxic Culture

Tom MacDonald, a rapper from Canada, uses his music skills to bring to light a problem in our culture.

We have seen of recent young people begging for safe spaces from ideologies that are not in line with their soo called “views”. I wonder how many of them know the issue at hand even before they were brainwashed by communist and corrupted teacher’s unions that are causing more harm than good.

The rapper’s recent music video takes aim at a group that we see on college campuses that would stop at nothing to vandalize and steal off of a display all because it “hurts their feelings”.

One of the lyrics that jumps out from his song reads:

You think taking guns away will save our kids from the killings
But your pro-choice abortion kills way more children

This is how you use your God-given talents. So what are we waiting for?

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Call to Action

Please see information from the Pro-Life Union below and send an email and/or make those phone calls today! Babies lives depend on our help.

Action Alert 1

The Unborn Need Your Help!

Please reach out TODAY to:

House Majority Leader Benninghoff; Kbenninghoff@pahousegop.com; (717) 783-1918

Calls and emails are needed to be sent to Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House. Three pro-life bills were put forward from the Health Committee. So far none have come to the full House for a vote.

They are:

  • HB 118 – Dignity for Fetal Remains
  • HB 1500 – Down Syndrome
  • HB 904 – Heartbeat Bill

Please call Leader Benninghoff and ask that he “expeditiously schedules votes for each of the 3 pro-life bills”. If possible also send an email too – with “Run All Three Pro-Life Bills NOW”.

The bills are good legislation, and our legislators need to have an opportunity to pass them. Waiting could delay the Senate from taking them up before the Summer Recess.

The “Baby Q” Project

The following was sent to me by Walter B Hoye, Founder of Issues for Life Foundation.  The purpose of this project is to save preborn black babies from abortion in the USA.  Please read the information he provides and view the video below to find out more about this project. 

Baby Q Project

The “Baby Q” Project is an effort to save the lives of Pre-Born Black-American babies. Alabama attorney Sam J. McClure, Esq. interviews “Restoration Project” President and “National Black Pro-Life Coalition” Executive Member, Catherine Davis to discuss this important effort.

The Alabama “Baby Q” class-action lawsuit tackles Roe v. Wade from eugenics and states’ rights argument. Sam McLure, the plaintiffs’ attorney in “Baby Q“, et al. v. Gov. Kay Ivey and AG Marshall, et al., said it’s important to fight Roe. v. Wade from the state level, because the federal ruling legalized abortion nationwide regardless of state laws already in place.

McLure said the “Baby Q” case rests legally on the U.S. Constitution’s Ninth Amendment, which says the U.S. Constitution does not abridge or abrogate rights that previously existed as common law, and the Tenth Amendment, which states that matters not covered in the U.S. Constitution are left to the states.

Brothers, we need to talk.

View interview with Catherine Davis here 

 

 

 

 

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.

West Chester Holds Inuaugral March for Life; Mourns 30 Years of Bloodshed

Despite a taste of summer in the air on Saturday, June 5th, 500 pro-lifers gathered for a call to action while mourning the thousands of lives lost to abortion in West Chester, PA a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia.

The day began with Mass at St. Agnes Church near the heart of town. Bishop John McIntyre was celebrant homilist for the Mass for Life. In his homily, he reflected on his visit to the 9/11 memorial in New York and how the 3,000 lives lost there was no different that the daily murder of the unborn in our society today. He reminded everyone that life from womb to tomb is precious and made perfect in the eye of God.

After the celebration of Mass, the pro-lifers peacefully march around town. The first stop was the Planned Parenthood facility.

Following the brief rally and prayer at Planned Parenthood, everyone processed to the courthouse in the middle of town.

The speakers were deep, personal, and cover topics that are affecting the culture of life.

Overall, the day was filled with beauty and love.

Please see our gallery containing photos from the event here.

Abortion- From the Darkness into the Healing Grace of Jesus

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June To-Do List

Happy June to everyone.

Schools will soon be out for the summer. Students will be enjoying a few long weeks of their much-anticipated summer break.

Sadly, there is still work that must be done. Here is a list of things you can do to continue being pro-life during the hot, hazy, days of summer.

  1. Pray outside of abortion facilities near you. Be sure to do it when you’re traveling.
  2. Volunteer at a local pregnancy center
  3. Collect maternity items and donate them to pro-life groups. Some may have a list through Amazon of the items they are in need of.
    1. Here’s an ongoing effort.
  4. Hand out St. Joseph prayer cards on Father’s Day to all of the fathers.
  5. Check on the elderly.
    1. Buy their groceries and offer to pick them up.
    2. Run errands for them
  6. Be sure to remember those getting married, graduating, or recently welcomed to the faith by supporting some pro-life business people and authors. See my previous blog for information.
  7. Offer to watch children if single moms have work or other things planned.
  8. Continue to share the pro-life message on social media.
  9. Read some pro-life-themed books.
  10. Attend a retreat or pro-life conference (in-person events are coming back, so you may want to take advantage of it).
  11. Hold a Holy Hour for Life at your church
  12. Recruit new people for your respect life committee at your church.
  13. Fundraise for pregnancy resource centers
    1. Host a dance party event
    2. Have a beer and beef event
    3. Host a screening of a recent pro-life movie, especially Roe v. Wade

We hope you have a great month of June. Be ready to stand for life.