Since 1981, pro-lifers from all across the greater Philadelphia area to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to recommitting to defend life from conception until natural death as a new year is just mere weeks away. On Sunday evening, 1200 pro-lifers from newborn to great grandparents gathered for a night to remember, connect with other pro-lifers, and celebrating their first inalienable right; life.
This year, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia area, used the evening to honor award recipients who have chartered authentic healthcare for women, stood tall against the hatred of a state representative, and leading by example on a college campus. Not only did they honor those who were rewarded for their amazing works, but they also took time to recognize the medical students who were in attendance, especially those at Drexel and Thomas Jefferson Universities.
In his open remarks, Fr. Christopher Walsh and Tom Stevens reminded everyone that everything State Rep. Brian Sims said in a viral video when attacking pro-lifers this past spring was all a lie. Pro-lifers continue to do the amazing work in not only caring for babies in the womb, but to also care for the mom and their baby for a lifetime in helping with home economics, job skills, and even their education endeavors.
In addition to the award recipients, the attendees had the opportunity to hear from two amazing speakers. The first was Dr. Monique Ruberu. Dr. Ruberu shared her experience while in residence at Hahnemann University Hospital of how she was forced into taking part in an abortion and she knew from that day that she will never do it again. She encouraged all in attendance to stand tall for their faith and the most vulnerable in our society with her.
The second speaker was Rachel Guy. She thanked everyone for all they do to defend the unborn child. While in the womb, doctors gave a grim diagnosis to her parents who were encouraged to abort Rachel. Her parents chose life instead. Rachel was born at 1 lb. 2 oz. and became healthy during her five-month stay in the NICU. She founded His Love and Care, a ministry that connects expectant mothers with pro-life OB/GYNs and physicians.
As 2019 draws to a close, this is one of the most amazing events that every pro-lifer from conception to senior citizens look forward to when it’s an opportunity to recommit to fighting for the good in the world and even their faith no matter what our professions are in life.
Just a reminder that Human Life Sunday is on January 19th, the Sunday before the March for Life in Washington, DC. and you might want to start planning now for any events you may be planning that weekend. Cathy Wilson of the Hope Center has some practical ideas in the post below along with materials you may use.
- Sanctity of Human Life bulletin inserts (click here to preview)
- Speakers who share the biblical perspective with a motivating call to action
- Opportunity for involvement through the Baby Bottle campaign (an easy fundraiser to benefit A Hope Center)
- Free client testimony video to introduce your congregation to A Hope Center
It’s November. 40 Days for Life campaign has concluded. There are a few events abound for the month.
See the latest on the November Elections here. There are also some takeaways on how to fight harder for the culture of life and to unseat radical pro-abortion incumbents.
Pro-Life Union will continue it’s Newby Saturday on November 9th at 12th and Locust. Learn more here. Note: this event will occur every 2nd Saturday of the month.
The Culture Project will be hosting their Second Sunday gathering on November 10th. It starts with Sunday mass at the Basilica at 6:30 PM. After mass everyone will gather for food and drinks at Mace’s Crossing. Adults 21 and over are encouraged to attend.
The Super Bowl 52 rematch will take place on Sunday, November 17th. But a group is hosting a discussion on Theology of the Body. All fathers are encouraged to attend with their sons.
The annual Stand Up for Life Dinner will take place on Sunday, November 24th. Learn more about it here.
We hope many of you can join us any or all of the events mentioned above. Remember to pray for the faithful departed during the month of All Souls, especially of our pro-life warriors who were called home recently.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon. May their souls and the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
As part of the 40 Days for Life Campaign, Chester County Pro-Life prayer warriors will have their annual baby shower outside the Planned Parenthood located at 8 S Wayne Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 – 12:00 pm. More information on this event as well as suggestions for donations can be found below. Donations will go to two area pregnancy help centers.
From Rachel Hayes, Chester County Leader, 40 Days for Life Campaign
The midway event for the fall 40 Days for Life Campaign is a Baby Shower donation drop-off on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 AM -12 PM outside WC PP.
It is our tradition to collect items for Chester County Women’s Services and Birthright to aid in their crucial efforts to provide life-affirming options and support to women, babies, and families in need.
Not able to make the event or don’t have time to shop? Contact the Campaign Leader directly to make different arrangements and/or donate to Chester County Women’s Services HERE.
- Diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5, 6) in small packages
- Baby Wipes
- Baby Lotions, Shampoo & Wash
- Laundry Detergent (small or medium)
- Dish Soap (small bottles)
- Boys & Girls Clothing (Sizes: Infant, 2T-8)
- New winter clothes for girls & boys from infant through child size 10.
- Mom Items: Deodorant, Lotion, Soap, Tampons, Shower Soap, etc.
- Teenager Items: Boxers, Sports Bras, Headphones, Gift Cards, Socks, etc.
The following article published in Life News is about a pro-life organization. Real Alternatives helps women choose life for their babies. Their counseling and services not only save the life of the baby, but also save their mom from a lifetime of grief and regret.
When you visit the Real Alternatives headquars outside of Harrisburg, you’re not going to find case-workers and pregnant women looking for help. But the work that is done here makes it possible for those two groups of people to meet each other and have that potentially life-saving assistance provided.
“When we talk about providing support, we’re talking about the Catholic Charities throughout the state providing support,” said Kevin Bagatta, the President of Real Alternatives. “We’re talking about pregnancy centers providing support and we’re talking about maternity homes providing support.”
There about 90 Real Alternatives-affiliated pregnancy centers providing support throughout Pennsylvania, using about 370 counselors. They’re about giving pregnant women a choice too. They are dedicated to provide support to encourage childbirth so the client need not feel she needs to choose abortion.
What Real Alternatives does is provide government resources to all of those centers. That has made a huge difference in pregnancy services in the some 24 years that Real Alternatives has been in existence. In that amount of time, almost 310,000 women have been helped. That doesn’t include the babies, just the moms!
Many times the young, pregnant woman is alone and is being pressured to have an abortion. Bagatta says the counselors will help her realize she does not have to abort her baby because of her situation. And that she is not by herself.
“After the pregnancy, especially with young people, that unplanned pregnancy, or unexpected pregnancy can become a crisis parenting situation,” Bagatta said. “We’ll be there with them for that time to make sure they are ready and are providing good parenting and good nurturing and are being taken care of during that first year of life.”
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has offered the nation, in these turbulent times we live, a clearly different policy choice on helping women in unexpected pregnancies. It funds a program that provides love and life-affirming support to the women and then to her baby. This program lowers abortion by supporting the pregnant woman through her crisis. Shouldn’t every state have such a program?
For the rest of the story, see
The following is from Anne Ruegner, General Manager of A Baby’s Breath in Warminster. This 5K Run is a fundraiser that helps keep the doors of this all volunteer pregnancy help center open. Bring your family and join in the support of this life saving center.
Registration is still open! Please support “A Baby’s Breath” and help us provide assistance to moms and dads in need at our Warminster Crisis Pregnancy center.
A Baby’s Breath provides free help in getting through a crisis pregnancy. We don’t just have our clients say “Yes” to Life, we are with them through all nine months and beyond. If a mother wishes to see her child in utero, we offer free ultrasounds. If a mother is without a home, we offer free housing during her pregnancy. As a client walks through the door for our core services, we ask – why is this a crisis pregnancy. The answers are unique, but it’s usually not a good time to be pregnant. Our clients are given their own advocates, someone to share their experiences of a crisis pregnancy. With each visit, our clients earn baby dollars to spend on the items that they need to take care of their baby. A nurse is partnered with our clients to answer medical questions and information about their baby. After the delivery, we offer group and individual parenting classes to continue the path out of crisis. Our clients are not asked to leave, but through the self-realization that they are no longer in crisis and can manage on their own. We share our Christian faith with our Warminster community by offering free, non-judgmental support. Share this with anyone who needs us. For more information, please visit their website using this link.
The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition and A Baby’s Breath would like to invite everyone to a Mass for Life to kick off the 40 Days for Life Campaign in Warminster, Pennsylvania on Monday night, September 23rd at Nativity of Our Lord Church (get directions here). After the Mass we will gather at the Planned Parenthood on Louis Drive for a short prayer vigil.
A Baby’s Breath will have their annual Run for Life on Saturday, October 12th at Tyler State Park in Richboro, Pennsylvania.
After their event ends at 11:00 am, we will head back over to Planned Parenthood in Warminster to join the ongoing prayer vigil. Snacks will be provided. Use this link for A Baby’s Breath Facebook page to find more information on this Run or to register.
This year we will have a March for Life in Warminster to close the 40 Days for Life Campaign. More information will be posted as we get closer to the end of this campaign.
If you have not yet signed up for this campaign, please contact Melissa Chapman. She is the Coordinator for the Warminster 40 Days for Life Campaign in Bucks County. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or you can register on-line using this link.
This campaign also has a page on Facebook. Use this link to ‘like’ this page and keep up-to-date on what is happening during the 40 Days for Life Campaign.
The mission of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition is to educate the community regarding the sanctity of life issues from conception until natural death, and to provide financial support to pregnancy help centers in and around Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Monthly meetings are held the last Monday of each month (except in the event of a national holiday) in the conference center of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 625 Street Road, Warminster, Pa. Follow us on Facebook using this link.
A Baby’s Breath is a crisis pregnancy center that helps women find the direction thy need in a time when being pregnant is not exactly the best time.
A Baby’s Breath’s primary mission is to “help a mother to see her child take his/her first breath”. It is a safe place where mothers, fathers, and families can talk freely without being judged and where they can hear the truth from a voice filled with compassion and hope. Through their pregnancy counseling sessions with our volunteers, mothers learn about the life developing inside of them and are given the opportunity to discuss and focus on their life goals. For more information on A Baby’s Breath – Warminster, please use this link.
The following was sent to me by a very dear friend from Facebook. She is sharing her story so those who find themselves in similar situations will know that there is always hope and loving solutions available. If you are pregnant and in need of help, please contact one of our pregnancy help centers. The national hotline number is: 1-800-712-HELP or text HELPLINE to 313131.
On February of 1998, I found out I was pregnant by an older man that I had met at my job. At that time, I was a newly divorced single mother of a two-year-old boy, and working two jobs to make ends meet. After my divorce, I got very depressed and felt lonely. I, then, made some unwise decisions. I was not very interested in this man, but he was nice to me and gave me the attention that I had been wanting. Looking back, I was yearning for a ‘father figure‘ or someone who would take care of me.
One day, I contacted a close family member to confide in her. I was in dire poverty, and considered living in my car. My relative suggested an abortion, stating, ‘nobody would know.’ Once I told the Father he was not upset, but disinterested, he said he was too old and told me I should get an abortion; his children were all grown and he’s not going to do it again. The option of abortion was the last word I wanted to hear. I finally decided to pray to God. I poured out my heart to Him, stating, ‘God, I can barely take care of myself and my son; I cannot do this.’ I remember breaking down and crying out to Him, stating over and over, ‘Please tell me what to do.’
After, I had the urge to look through my phone book. While searching through my phone book, I came across ‘Abortion Alternatives’ and found ‘Birthright’ and a Crisis Pregnancy Care Center in my area. I thought I should give them a call,but I waited a few days.
Though I was baptized Catholic in my early 20’s, I fell away from my faith, interestingly enough, I drove past the Church, St. Michael’s in my hometown. It had a huge sign out front that read “Pregnant? Need Help?” This caught my interest. I walked right in, full of embarrassment & nerves. I didn’t know where I was going or what I was doing but God did! I saw a bunch of people in a small room in the corner of the Church praying. So, I thought, prayer wont hurt and maybe someone here can tell me who to talk to.
They had out their rosaries,I had none. I was feeling more foolish by the minute & considered leaving and asked myself, “what am I doing here?” I listened and tried to follow their prayers. I knew the simple prayers. I was caught off guard when I discovered they were doing a rosary for the unborn! I can’t leave now. They will hate me and shame me I thought. When it was finally over I waited and approached a lady and said I really enjoyed the rosary and had a question – I was so nervous! Uh, yeah, I actually saw your sign out front and I’m pregnant, I just blurted out. I probably cried. She gave me a big hug and she asked if I knew how far along I might be. I said maybe a month. She took out of her purse a tiny plastic doll (what I thought it was) and said your baby is probably around this size then. She gave it to me. She asked if I knew about the Pregnancy Center. I said not really. She set me up to visit the Pregnancy Center here locally. You know what? I never knew her name, but I will never forget her.
The Pregnancy Center helped me find many resources and were very kind to me. This is where I also read about the adoptive parents. Reading about this family, I found that they lived in the hometown where I grew up, and that they had been longing for a baby. I knew then they were the right parents for my baby.
I learned they had many of the values I had, had been married over 20 years, and waited and longed to have a baby for about 20 years as well! They nearly had a baby twice, but in each case, the birth-Mother changed her mind and decided to parent. That is her right to do so, but I fell in love with this couple like they were my own family. Before I ever heard the term ‘love them both’, they truly did love me and the baby! I also saw how they interacted with and loved my toddler son. I never considered any other family, I knew right away they were the One!
At five months pregnant, the adoptive mother attended an ultrasound appointment with me. We were able to find out together that I was having twins! During the appointment, the adoptive mother said that she saw an extra little hand across the ultrasound screen as if one of the babies were waving and saying, ‘Hi, I am here, too.’ Finding out that I was having twins confirmed my decision of adoption, that I could not care for three babies alone, and I wanted my twins to have a father in their lives.
The twins were born in September 1998, only three days before my due date. Even though I had a lot of trouble during the delivery, close to having a blood transfusion and hysterectomy, the twins were born perfect and healthy.
To be 100 percent honest, I almost changed my mind and decided I wanted to parent at the last moment. Oh, how I didn’t want to break their heart, but when I was very close to having a hysterectomy, I thought I am still so young, these might be my last children. God had His hands in all of it throughout. I am happy and grateful that I decided to place them in an open adoption with this loving family.
The journey was not always roses; no journey is. There is grief and loss and pain, but there is also beauty, and trust and love and family! To this day, the adoptive parents and I still remain friends, and my birth children are loved by me and many others.
I was pressured to abort and my situation was then considered a ‘crises pregnancy’.
I didn’t know how or what to do. I wanted them to have everything and to have a Father too. To know that they are loved by so many!
Never given up-only given More; Given Life; Given a family Given Hope and a Future – (Jermiah29:11) Given Love
As birth Mom, I am blessed with Open Adoption, the ‘adoptive ‘Mom said to me – you will never have to worry about them or wonder about them being off in the wild blue yonder (her words).
They are soon to be 21! Happy birthday to these precious young adults. I love you with all my heart. I hope in sharing my story that especially those being pressured or considering abortion will heed my words below:
Please don’t let anyone pressure you to abort your child!
You are a Strong Mama and there are many wonderful resources, (like Pregnancy Centers) that love you and your baby and will help see you through.
If you know it is not possible to parent or unable, whatever your situation may be, remember that adoption is a loving option. Life is a beautiful gift and adoption is an amazing journey.
Thank you for reading. God Bless. And Happy 21st birthday to my birth twins!
You never regret choosing Life! ~Birth Mom Mindy
Mothers’ Home is hosting their 9th annual golf outing to raise funds for their shelter which houses women who find themselves in a crisis situation and have no support system in place.
Our homes and pregnancy help centers depend on our generosity to keep their doors open. If you are able to attend this golf outing, please use the link to register on-line or complete the registration form in the link provided below. If you are not able to attend, please consider making a donation to Mothers’ Home.
Upper Dublin Golf Club 1400 Twining Rd. Dresher, PA 19025
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Tee Time: Shotgun start 9 a.m.
Cost: $90 includes golf, cart, buffet dinner, lunch (hot dog + soda), prizes
Golf registration is available through our donation page. Please make a notation that your donation is for the golf outing and all pertinent information. Please click HERE to make online donation/registration.
Checks can be sent to Mothers’ Home at 51 N. MacDade Blvd. Darby, PA 19023 Attn: GOLF
Sponsorship levels: Platinum $1,000 Gold $500 Silver $300 Bronze. $200 Copper $100
Golf Outing Sponsorship is available through our donation page. Please make a notation that your donation if for the golf outing and all pertinent information. Please click HERE to make online donation/sponsorship.
Checks can be sent to Mothers’ Home at 51 N. MacDade Blvd. Darby, PA 19023 Attn: GOLF
Questions or information on outing contact email@example.com.
Mothers’ Home is a residential shelter which provides a safe haven for vulnerable, pregnant women in a crisis who choose life as a sacred gift.
Mothers’ Home is located in Darby, Pennsylvania and was founded in 1991 as a program to provide hope and support for young adult women who choose life for their unborn child despite rejection, abandonment, and ongoing obstacles. Mothers’ Home provides shelter for up to 28 women during their pregnancy and the first 6 months after their babies are born. For more information on Mother’s Home, please use this link.