You are Invited to a Benefit Dinner to Support Guiding Star at the Shores on February 6th

Guiding Star at the ShoreGuiding Star at the Shores is holding their annual dinner to benefit ‘pregnant women with LIFE AFFIRMING choices through education, counseling, ultrasounds, OBGYN services and whatever else is needed to support and love her in her time of need.’  

The dinner takes place at  The Carriage House, 25 South Pitney Road, Galloway, NJ 08205 on February 6th from 6:00 – 8:15 pm.  The keynote speaker is Leah Jacobson, the founder of The Guiding Star Project.

Although there is no cost for the dinner, you must register to attend.  Please use the link below for more information  and to register for this event.

Guiding Star at the Shores Benefit Dinner Information

 

Michelle Williams vs Leah Darrow

The talk of the town in the past two days has been Michelle Williams. Truthfully, Rick Gervais deserves a Golden Globe for his epic speech to scare the elite liberals of Hollywood.

One speech that has offended many women that evening came from actress Michelle Williams. In her acceptance speech, she cowardly made the false correlation between her professional decisions and her personal decisions claiming that “Because as women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice.” She continues, “I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making and not just a series of events that happened to me, but one that I could stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over—sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise, but one that I had carved with my own hand. And I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose: to choose when to have my children, and with whom.”

Clearly, this line is in the guise of a woman’s right to choose an abortion to fulfill a selfish need. I beg to answer the question that has she ever met women who once had an abortion and later in life regretting that fateful decision that has left them scarred, broken, and filled with a hole in their heart.

Leah Darrow

Leah Darrow

A woman that I believe Williams can learn from is a former runway model who is now an evangelist and sought-after speaker, Leah Darrow. Like Williams, Darrow is a celebrity. She was a contestant for America’s Next Top Model. She recalled how she had a road to Damascus experience, which led her back to the Catholic Church. She shares more about it also in her ground-breaking book, The Other Side of Beauty.

After hearing about the news of Williams and ready to give birth to her fifth child, Leah took it to Instagram to slam Michelle Williams for not only her speech but also how being a mom does not keep women from achieving their dreams. Instead, Leah shares the fact that authentic womanhood makes women better moms every time they give their yes to life.

As of today, Leah is now a proud mom of five beautiful children and the wife of a veteran and firefighter. Leah’s “yes” can teach women that choosing to be a mother to one, two, or even fifteen children does not derail us from our dreams and ambitions. Rather, you are willing to sacrifice the things of the world for the sake of your salvation and your family.

The things of the world cannot help you make achievements. Instead, they leave a deeper hole in our hearts. God calls us to something that is bigger than what the world proposes. He calls us to love those around us and to sacrifice the things that give us pleasure for his greater glory.

On behalf of Voices for Life, we congratulate Leah Darrow and her family on the birth of Valor Joseph who was born on the feast of the epiphany. We thank you for your testimony and hope you inspire other women to follow Christ and her mother by saying “yes” to his will.

Global Message of Hope

SaveALifeNadia Gordynsky is the President of Save a Life International and her story is an interesting one.  Raised in the Ukraine and now living in the United States, she has made it her mission to create life centers throughout the Ukraine, Poland and now in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  These centers not only support women who choose life instead of abortion but also provide post-abortion healing through counseling.

In 1920 The Soviet Union became the first country to legalize abortion resulting in abortion being engrained in the Russian culture.  Nadia and her teams are working to change that conversation through the Save A Life International’s Learn to Earn programs, Young Mom Camps and home visits.

The Save A Life teams also reach out within local communities through schools, hospitals and the medical community to bring messages of hope and life to young women.

The center in Philadelphia, PA is the first in the U.S. and is directing assistance to the large Russian population within Northeast Philadelphia.

To learn more about the dedicated work this organization provides, visit the Save a Life website and Facebook page.  For those who live in the Philadelphia area, Nadia is a scheduled speaker –  as is Emily Welfield –  at the Northeast Philadelphia Stand Up for Life Rally on Sunday, January 26th, 2:30 PM at St. Katherine of Siena Church, 9700 Frankford Avenue.    Both women will inspire you with their personal stories of involvement in the pro-life movement.

Abortion is a worldwide sadness but it is encouraging to see how the message of support and hope is available to young mothers all around the world.  We just need to keep spreading this message and strong women such as Nadia and Emily are helping us to do just that!

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

2019 in Review: 20 Blog Countdown

Hard to believe that 2019 is drawing to a close. It still is a call for us to recall and reflect on the success and how we can be better in the new year.

Voices for Life wants to thank everyone who has shared our posts, read our content, and even engage with us. In honor of the New Year, the team has decided to put together the top 20 blogs of 2019. Each one will include a clickable word that will take you to the original post.

No. 20: Spiritual Battle

In March, I wrote a blog about why engaging in prayer is essential in the constant spiritual battle against abortion.

No. 19: Democratic Party Support of Abortion on all stages

A faithful couple from Warminster, PA issue a concern on their neighbors who support the Democratic Party. Who knew that it would come ahead of the race for the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States.

No. 18: Kentucky Abortion Law Stands

After a very challenging and uphill battle, Kentucky’s ultrasound law that was passed by the state was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

No. 17: Huh?

Anita Flynn shared about how ill-informed Presidential Candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as she was watching a late-night show with the candidate as the special guest.

No. 16: Gravestones for Aborted Children

Aleteia wrote about the efforts of the Knights of Columbus as they help memorialize the victims of abortions.

No. 15: 30th Birthday Reflection

I celebrated my 30th birthday this month which comes at the pinnacle of everyone’s Christmas preparations. I reflected on my 30 years of living and how a 1/3 of my peers never had the chance to live like I have.

No. 14: Praying Outside of Planned Parenthood… In Nashville

During my travels to the music city, I learned about a Planned Parenthood facility that I figured I take part in with other people in hopes of saving a life. I shared what I saw.

No. 13: New Faces Cut Teeth in Saving Babies

During one of her email reflections, Dr. Monique Ruberu shared how some first-timers took part in the 40 Days for Life campaigns in Philadelphia.

No. 12: Creativity in Defending Life

A post by Regnum Christi sparked my interest and thought that it needed to be shared. Learn how you can be pro-life.

No. 11: Eleven Cases of Dangerous 3rd Term abortions

Operation Rescue shared how late-term abortions can be dangerous through the investigations on eleven different occasions

The top ten were selected to share and issue a call as to why we must defend life. It also shares some of the news that has happened on a local, state, and even national level. Some headliners of 2019 were reserved for the top 10.

No. 10: Room in the Inn

I wrote a reflection about having room in the inn for single and unwed mothers who are pregnant. Not just during the Christmas season, but 365 days a year.

No. 9: Angels Have Red Hair

In sharing from the late Joseph Wall, Pat Dowling shared his amazing writing that was published through the American Life League in Fall/Winter 1996.

No. 8: Inaugural Year for The Gianna Center of Philadelphia

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia will round out the next two spots. First up, their year in review

No. 7: The Gianna Center Gala

In celebration of its establishment and hopes of continuing its operation, the center held its inaugural gala. They honored organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus and Missionaries of Charity for their extraordinary work.

No. 6: Chick Fil A and Hallmark

The two franchises do ring a bell with every average person. Sure, you hear about women guilty pleasure of Hallmark movies while a fast-food chain closes on Sunday. Sadly, they have been on the news for disturbing reasons. Chick Fil A caved yet they have a super deep connection to the abortion industry. Meanwhile, Hallmark recently became open to the idea of sodomy romance.

No. 5: Teacher’s Adoption Story

Terry Noble shared an article about how a teacher stepped in to adopt a child with down syndrome following the death of her student’s mother.

No. 4: Students for Life Honor Bishop Shanahan

Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, PA area was recognized as the pro-life club of the year by Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America. This took place during the annual National Conference in DC. Read more here

No. 3: Diamond and Silk

In October, Diamond and Silk, conservative black women duo on social media, headlined the annual Pro-Life Federation Dinner in Harrisburg. Here’s the full message.

No. 2: The 38th Annual Stand Up for Life Dinner

At the annual dinner, 1200 prolifers had the opportunity to hear a powerful message of love and mercy from Rachel Guy while learning about Dr. Monique Ruberu’s mind-blowing conversion story. It even placed the spotlight on pioneers, brave witnesses, and a rising star in the movement on her college campus. Read more here.

No. 1: Brian Sims

State Rep. Brian Sims has been on the news lately. This time it’s for all the wrong reasons. During the springtime, Sims live-streamed himself harassing pro-lifers outside of a Planned Parenthood that is located in the heart of Philadelphia. In the first incident, there was an elderly woman praying. Sims insisted that he continue to verbally harass her to the point that he got closer to her. In a separate incident during Holy Week, Sims was at it again. Only this time, he offered a $100 to anyone watching the video to give him the names of the teenage girls who were praying at Planned Parenthood while verbally race-baiting them. This was done in front of two of the teens’ mother. The father responded

Nearly a week and a half following the surfacing of the videos on social media, a thousand pro-lifers from near and far rallied outside of the Planned Parenthood where it all took place.

Honorable mentions:

COL 1972

Earlier this year, a family from West Chester launched a clothing line to counter the status quo of the fashion industry who continue to support Planned Parenthood. Since their launch, they have made appearances and even took time to answer some questions about their business and their background.

Life Dress

Angelique Clark came up with an amazing idea to make dressing up lifeworthy. She had an opportunity to share her passion for life and fashion.

Christopher West

Pope Francis bestowed a papal honor to Christopher West of the Theology of the Body Institute for his extraordinary work. In the fall he spoke to people during the True Freedom Conference.

Unplanned

Abby Johnson’s book became a movie with the same name It shares how she walked away fro Planned Parenthood after eight years. In the spring, it debuted in the top ten and maintained its position there for two weeks. Oer the summer it became a best seller in pre-order

 

 

 

Urgent Need for Kansas City Pregnancy Clinic to Open ASAP

The following is a message from Ron Kelsey, President, Planned Parenthood Exposed on the need to open a pregnancy help center in Kansas City, Kansas. Please read the post below to find out how you can help them with this endeavor. 

PP Targets

As we continue to aggressively continue to Stop Planned Parenthood in KCK there is also an urgent need to open Kansas City Pregnancy Clinic ASAP because lives of unborn babies are more significantly threatened with Planned Parenthood (PP) plans to open a regional abortion clinic in KCK. This regional abortion clinic especially targets the inner cities of KCK and KCMO because of their significant minority populations which we all know are areas that PP often locates their killing centers.

One of the more successful strategies of the pro-life movement has been to locate pregnancy clinics in the same area as abortion clinics. Historically, we have seen this strategy used in KCK. Specifically, there was a pregnancy clinic in he same area as the former KCK abortion clinic near 7th & Central. This pregnancy clinic closed in 2014 after the closure of the KCK abortion clinic.

The PP regional abortion clinic will be located near I-70 and I-35. Combine this central location with the wild, wild, west landscape for abortions that now exists in Kansas with the recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling that incoherently found a “right to abortion” in the Kansas state constitution and PP finds KCK to be an ideal location for a regional abortion clinic. According to PP this clinic will also serve as a hub for PP s_x education and PP is early in its new efforts to set up “reproductive health centers” in high schools. Our children, born and unborn are the intended targets/victims of PP.

With the planned PP regional abortion clinic in KCK there is again a need for a pregnancy clinic located in the same area. So, Kansas City Pregnancy Clinic (KCPC) has been started. KCPC was named such that it could readily market to the inner cities of both KCK and KCMO.

KCPC is well on its way to opening. The governing board of KCPC is now constituted. Being transparent, I am serving as the KCPC board president. Once adequate funds have been raised KCPC will locate within the Mercy and Truth building at 721 N. 31st St. Dr. Brendan Mitchell has graciously agreed to volunteer as the KCPC medical director. Dr. Mitchell is well known to the KCK community having served thousands of KCK pregnant women. Donna Kelsey, who served as the Executive Director for Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic for eleven years, has volunteered as the KCPC interim executive director. All that remains is to raise adequate monies to open.

Currently, KCPC has raised $45,000 in cash and pledges towards its goal of $100,000. Please consider making a donation and/or pledge to help KCPC reach its goal and then open. You may mail your donation/pledge to:

Kansas City Pregnancy Clinic
10940 Parallel Parkway Suite 307
Kansas City, Ks 66109

You may also make an on-line donation by going to: www.KCpregnancyclinic.org/donate 

Your help is needed!!

 

Help Support Gianna Center of Philadelphia with End of Year Fundraiser

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia has a tremendous opportunity here to make up for the less than expected revenue from our fundraiser as we have a generous donor willing to match funds up to 25,000 but ONLY until Dec. 27.
Find out more here

Thousands Gathered to Celebrate Life, Honor Courageous Witnesses and Pioneers

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.

 

 

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is on January 19th, 2020!

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.  

Hope Center

During this season of thanksgiving, we are grateful that God is blessing our efforts for life! A Hope Center is privileged to spread the gospel with you by nurturing those experiencing unplanned pregnancy.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is January 19, 2020. There are several ways that A Hope Center can support you in the education and encouragement of your congregation:
  • 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

I hope that you will prayerfully consider having us join you during this beautiful celebration of the Sanctity of Human Life. Please contact me by December 16 at cathywilson@ahcfriends.org.

November Events

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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.