“Unplanned” Movie Star Establishes Scholarships to Help Pregnant Women Keep Their Babies

“The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will be a lifeline to a young mom’s future as she makes the brave choice to embrace motherhood.”

LifeNews Note: Andrea Trudden writes for PregnancyHelpNews, where this originally appeared.

Inspired by her role as Abby Johnson in the movie Unplanned, Ashley Bratcher is partnering with Heartbeat International to offer moms facing unplanned pregnancies educational scholarships so they can continue pursuing their dreams while raising their children.

The Unplanned Movie Scholarship fund is now accepting donations at www.UnplannedMovieScholarship.com. 

“Women CAN pursue their careers, live out their dreams, and have richer, more fulfilling lives while balancing motherhood. Sometimes, it just takes a little help,” Bratcher said. “I wanted to be a part of empowering mothers to chase their dreams and to provide a means for those who chose life to continue their educations.”

The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will honor brave women who choose life when facing an unplanned pregnancy with a $5,000 annual scholarship to put toward their education. The application process for the Unplanned Movie Scholarships will open at a later date.

“Tucked into Unplanned is a vivid reminder that education can present an obstacle to accepting the new life within,” said Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International. “The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will be a lifeline to a young mom’s future as she makes the brave choice to embrace motherhood.”

When asked about the partnership, Bratcher said, “Working with Heartbeat is an opportunity to direct women to the support that so many of them are seeking. Not only will the scholarship financially support the decision of mothers to continue their education, but it will also connect them to an organization that will support them throughout their pregnancy and beyond.”

Heartbeat International is the first and largest pro-life pregnancy help network in the world, with over 2,700 affiliated locations in more than 60 countries. Heartbeat’s mission is to Reach and Rescue as many lives as possible, around the world, through an effective network of life-affirming pregnancy help, to Renew communities for LIFE in order to achieve their vision of making abortion unwanted today and unthinkable for future generations.

“Heartbeat International is an organization that represents the essence of all that I believe the pro-life movement should be. Women are supported, empowered, loved, and never judged,” Bratcher said.

What You Can Do to Save Lives!

Below is commentary by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  
There are many women out there who are hurting because of a decision they made or one that was made for them.  As Maria reminds us, there are many alternatives out there to help women heal after an abortion and many pregnancy help centers ready to help women who are facing a difficult decision. 
Please take a moment to read Maria’s article  and if you know someone who needs help, please offer that help to them in a loving, compassionate way.  I’ve listed links to a few pregnancy help centers and post-abortive groups below.  
You could be the One
By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Whenever I contemplate the effect of abortion on women, I think of a friend I will refer to as “Jessica.”
A boyfriend pressured Jessica into an abortion when she was a young teenager. She felt she had no say in the matter, and she believed she was powerless.
Years after that tragic event, she firmly believes that if a single person had supported a decision for life on the day of abortion, her baby would not have died.
A noteworthy national poll bears that out. The survey of post-abortive women indicated that the vast majority of respondents would have decided against abortion if just one person had offered support. Just one!

Read more

Help Centers 

CareNet – use this link to find a CareNet Center in your area.
United States Pregnancy Help Centers – use link to find help centers in your area
In Southeast Pennsylvania, use this link provided by the Pro-life Union of Greater Philadelphia to find pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, adoption services and post-abortion help.
For post-abortive care nationally, use this link provided by Hope After Abortion.
Sidewalk Servants is a project of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.  This program’s aim is to  educate volunteers on the best way to offer help to women who are contemplating abortions.

Ohio Defunds Planned Parenthood, Funnels $7.5M Over Two Years to Life-Affirming Pregnancy Centers

The Senate bill now needs to be reconciled with the House version and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

The following article authored by Bridget Sielicki of Life Site News is an encouraging report for crisis pregnancy centers and bad news for Planned Parenthood in Ohio.

UPDATE, 8/7/19: The Charlotte Lozier Institute reports that Governor Mike DeWine signed a budget bill on July 18 funneling millions to pregnancy centers. The group writes:

As Planned Parenthood is being defunded of $1.5 million in annual state funds this year, pro-life pregnancy centers are being allocated $7.5 million in Ohio’s state budget. Taken together, these two changes represent a bold stride for protecting unborn lives and supporting women’s well-being at the state level….

Ohio pregnancy centers have been the recipients of $1 million in annual funding through the Parenting and Pregnancy Support Program in previous budgets. The recent appropriation of $7.5 million over two years represents a major increase and opens up considerable funding to the 200 pro-life pregnancy help centers across Ohio. The final two-year budget bill was signed by pro-life Governor Mike DeWine on July 18.

7/1/19: Legislators in Ohio have omitted funding for Planned Parenthood in the state’s annual budget and have pledged to substantially increase funding for crisis pregnancy centers. The Senate’s spending bill cuts $1.5 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and allocates $5 million for the state’s more than 200 pregnancy centers. This is five times the amount of funding that these pregnancy centers have received in the past.

The move comes after a federal appeals court upheld a 2016 Ohio law stripping funding from Planned Parenthood. That law was challenged, with a lower court initially ruling in Planned Parenthood’s favor. However, in March of this year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s ruling, upholding the state’s right to restrict funds to abortion providers.

“Governments generally may do what they wish with public funds, a principle that allows them to subsidize some organizations but not others and to condition receipt of public funds on compliance with certain obligations,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote concerning the ruling. “The Ohio law does not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion.”

READ: ‘Major blow to Planned Parenthood’: Appeals court lets Trump admin defund abortion providers

Senate President Larry Obhof spoke of the ruling to Tony Perkins on Washington Watch. He reiterated the state’s desire to funnel funds away from abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood while increasing the funds available to pro-life alternatives. “This is the first budget opportunity we’ve had since [the ruling] to invest additional funds into crisis pregnancy centers, and I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to do so far,” he said.

Click here to continue reading.

Join Good Counsel Homes to Celebrate Father Benedict Groeschel’s Birthday on August 17th

The following is from Christopher Bell, President of Good Counsel Homes located in New Jersey.  This event takes place on Saturday, August 17th.  

Father Benedict

Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., served as Good Counsel’s Chairman of the Board of Directors from March 10, 1985 until his death on October 3, 2014, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Since Father Benedict would have turned 86 this July, we will gather on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to celebrate his life by giving thanks for Father Benedict in remembrance of his life, his work, and his legacy.

Please join us in a humble birthday celebration for the life of Father Benedict at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary, 375 13th Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07103.  Parking entrance is located on 8th Street. (map) 

The celebration will begin with Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Terry Messer, C.F.R. as the Main Celebrant.  A luncheon will follow at 12:00 noon.  Fr. Terry Messer will then offer a reflection on Fr. Benedict at 12:45 p.m.

This is a free event. Please RSVP by Monday, August 12th by calling 201-795-0637 or via email to silvana_cowden@goodcounselhomes.org.

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If you would like to help continue the life-saving work which Father Benedict helped start with Good Counsel, please click here.

Biking for Babies Spurs Young Athletes to Support Crisis Pregnancy Centers

“At Biking for Babies, we envision a society that embraces the immeasurable worth of every human life from conception to natural death.” Nikki Biese. Exec. Director

The Life Site article below, written by Lisa Bourne, is an inspiring story of young adults involved in raising money for crisis pregnancy centers. They unselfishly give of their time to become ‘missionaries’ on a seven-month period of preparation both physically and spiritually.

A 10-year-old grassroots pro-life outreach that has young adults biking cross-country has given more than half a million dollars to support pregnancy resource centers and continues to grow.

Biking for Babies recently completed its 2019 ride, during which more than 30 college students and young adults cycled a combined 2,500 miles over four routes across the U.S. for the babies, women, and families served by pregnancy resource centers. 

“At Biking for Babies, we envision a society that embraces the immeasurable worth of every human life from conception to natural death,” said Executive Director Nikki Biese. “In order to obtain that vision, Biking for Babies is mobilizing a generation that will change the course of the pro-life movement and is going to change the world.”

Over the 10 years of its existence, Biking for Babies has raised over $550,000 for pregnancy resource centers, Biese told LifeSiteNews.

Riders, or missionaries, apply months in advance. Upon acceptance, they embark on a seven-month period of formation that is both physical and spiritual and centers on the national ride in July.

They are asked to develop and articulate their pro-life testimony based upon three things: what they are doing, why they are doing it, and for whom they will do it. Missionaries have the goal of deepening their personal relationship with Christ and experiencing ongoing spiritual growth.

They partner with life-affirming pregnancy centers to learn about the front line of the pro-life movement and prepare themselves to share the centers’ missions, needs, and client stories to invite financial support for the pro-life movement. 

Click here to continue reading Life Site story on Biking for Babies.

Care Net to Provide Pre-Natal Care in Waco, Texas

The following is from John Pisciotta, Director of Pro-Life Waco 

Care Net’s next innovation: Free prenatal care for up to 3 months

 

Care Net Texas

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas will provide up to three months of prenatal care to needy moms.  Read all about it by clicking here.

Ascension Providence Health Alliance of Waco has stepped up to the plate to partner with Care Net in this outreach. Care Net Central Texas continues its innovative outreach to moms, babies, and families. Care Net/Providence will provide the prenatal care as they work to arrange long-term prenatal care for the moms. I am guessing that our dynamic Care Net affiliate will provide more prenatal service in the coming year that Planned Parenthood will in the entire state of Texas.

 

Pro-Life Waco is a local community-based organization with collaborative relationships with regional and national pro-life affiliations. Pro-Life Waco is committed to ending abortion, its damaging effects among women, and promoting chastity. For more information on Pro-Life Waco, please use this link.

 

 

 

Messy Gifts

 

Your Life is a Gift

from Marie Joseph, Executive Director of Legacy of Life Foundation

Your Life is a Gift!

Life can be a messy thing!

Life can be a wild portrait of joy, sorrow, pain, triumph, and everything in between. Emotions we have one moment can be completely changed in the next!

An unplanned pregnancy can really add to the emotional roller coaster of Life!

I am thinking of a woman named Kathy who came into our center. She came to us with her friend and was totally overwhelmed by the news of her pregnancy. Her situation was messy. She did not feel financially stable.

All of her family was in Venezuela.

The father of her baby wanted her to have an abortion.

Feeling alone and forgotten, she felt she had no other choice.

When she learned the truth about the abortion procedure she came to understand that it, too, was messy.

It was then she said: “I can’t kill my baby!”

But her situation was far from over. She needed a lot of help and she had no idea how her family would react to the news.

She was encouraged  to tell her family, and she finally told her aunt, who she was very close to.

To her surprise, her family was overjoyed at the news!

Her mother made plans to fly in to help during her delivery.

Her family embraced Kathy with all the love and support she needed.

They recognized both Kathy and her unplanned pregnancy as a gift.

This is the most important realization a woman needs to have…

That this baby, planned or unplanned, is a gift.

It is God’s blessing to the woman and the world!

This past Sunday, Jesus calls us the Father’s “gift” to him.

“Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world”    John 17:24

Our messy lives are a gift to Jesus!

Here at the Legacy of Life Foundation centers, we seek to see each woman as a gift from the Father.

Her pregnancy, her crisis, the beauty of her messy life is a gift to us.

We want to make the love of God known to the mothers who come to our centers.

So many of them do not know the gift they’ve received!

When they receive love the mess becomes blessed!

Pray for the beautiful, courageous moms everywhere – that they can rise above the mess of life and see the beautiful perfection of the Father’s plan in their lives!

 

Legacy of Life Foundation supports two crisis women’s centers in Bucks County and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,  by fundraising to support the financial needs of these two life sustaining crisis pregnancy centers. The unique mission of the centers we fund is the counseling approach used to empower women in a crisis pregnancy to be free from fear and isolation so that they can freely choose life.  For more information on this organization, please use this link.