Red Rose Rescue comes to Philadelphia

The following comes from a long-time friend and pro-life warrior,  with information on the rescue held in Philly a few weeks ago.  I hope everyone takes the time to read her commentary in full to better understand Red Rose Rescue and why she feels it is such an important part of the pro-life movement. 

I just read the transcript of the phone call Todd Beamer made to a GTE phone operator on the United 93 flight, before he and 3 men made a plan to take the plane down, to keep the plane from completing the terrorists’ mission to hit Washington DC.

As I read this, I thought of the way the system of our nation is destroying itself from within by supporting and defending abortion.

I thought of how many people involved in peaceful rescue at the abortion sites have been willing to lay down their lives to stop abortion for that day, alongside having a day in court to speak for the abandoned unborn they were seeking to rescue.

And I think about the ones who have been jailed for doing these peaceful rescues and serve as a further witness within the system that supports and protects abortion. Being in jail is a critical part of the witness, which aligns our small suffering (of jail) with the ultimate suffering of the helpless children.

I am thinking of the mentality I have in doing these rescues: it is to be a stick in the spokes of the wheels of abortion, to place myself between the abortionist’s knife and the children.

To me, the quick action on United 93 to protect innocent people from the suicidal mission of the terrorists to crash that plane into a large building, is the same as our action in rescue.

In rescues we purposely put ourselves, our bodies, in a place that is preventing ‘the usual business’ of abortion from happening.

This usually involves sitting in a waiting room, or in some cases a hallway, where staff and police must notice us and must stop to negotiate (often yelling, at first) with us to ask us to leave. In our peaceful refusal to leave, we are buying time for the children’s mothers, who ultimately must decide for life and against abortion, in order to save the lives of these children, to hear offers of help and think about what problems can be untied to make the choice for life instead of death-by-abortion of their helpless dependent child.

To me, the terrorists of 9/11 who took over those planes are in fact exactly the same as the abortion-bound and the abortionists who seek to end the lives of the children. The terrorists were completely determined to see their mission thru to destroy as many lives as possible that day. The abortionists are completely determined as well, to dismember as many helpless, innocent children each day they are open for “business.” The mothers, even if under duress and in many cases compelled by others, are determined until shown a way out of this dreaded abortion decision, are also determined to complete this horrible deed.

And it is exactly the possibility of hope, changed direction, of a possible aborting of the mission of an abortion that drives the rescuer! We want willfully, intentionally to get in the way of the terrorists known as abortionists, to prevent murder!

This is what Todd Beamer and the others on United 93 realized they had to do, and do with great intent and speed, to prevent that airplane from being used by the terrorists to kill more people. And both prolife rescuers and Todd Beamer already accept that they are giving up their own freedom, their own lives to save others.

2 weeks ago, on August 27th, 2021, I placed myself in the way at a Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia, the city which gave birth to a nation, a few blocks away from where they signed the Declaration of Independence. I peacefully entered the waiting room, and sat in a chair with roses, to offer to patients who were contemplating aborting their child. I was able to interact with a few of these mothers. One took a rose and thanked me!

Eventually, the police walked in and saw me, sitting peacefully in a chair, with my arms full of roses. The officer said, “You don’t belong in here! You need to go outside with the rest of the protestors!” I said: “Officer, if you can get an affidavit from the employees and the abortionists that they will leave the building and not come back to kill helpless children, I will leave. Otherwise, I will stay here.”

About 10 minutes later, another officer asked me to leave, and I repeated my offer to leave peacefully, after they brought me proof that no employee of Planned Parenthood would come back inside to kill babies. When this officer proceeded to touch my shoulder, I knelt on the floor. Then he grabbed my arms, placing them behind my back, as the roses I was holding fell to the floor in front of me.

I was handcuffed. The 1st officer came over and the 2 police officers, picked me up off the floor and dragged me out of the building.

I did my best to stay inside this place of death, where for over 35 years at least 90,000 preborn children have been mercilessly dismembered. I was a witness to the abandoned unborn, and for those killed that week, and scheduled to die that day, I was there to be with them in their place of death, when even their own mothers had abandoned them.

As it turned out, the disruption to the usual abortion business of the day at that Planned Parenthood caused them to cancel all their appointments, and we were a witness to the police informing each young woman that approached the gate they could not enter — after I was removed from the waiting room —- myself and others witnessed that Planned Parenthood was closed for the day!

To me, this was being Todd Beamer for as long as I could, in a place where terrorists were not going to stop their usual business of killing. I want to see this courage in every American so as to shut down every place of terror that continues to grind apart our tiniest fellow Americans in an even more brutal way than the horrific attacks of 9/11 2001.

One day of abortion was wrong! Forty-nine years of abortion in the USA is too long. It has actually now been over 100 years worldwide since Soviet Russia “legalized” abortion in 1920, and that is far too long. This needs to end!

Fall 2021 40 Days for Life Preview: Planned Parenthood

Nearly 4500 lives end on an annual basis in Center City Philadelphia. Thankfully, we have seen moms change their minds and even chose life.

Across the street is a life-saving facility that has seen an uptick in clientele. Some of it has to do with the peaceful presence every day outside of Planned Parenthood.

The campaign, running from September 22nd through October 30th, is looking for brave pro-lifers to cover an hour or two with love, prayer, and mercy. The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 7 AM to 5PM. Abortions are committed from Wednesday through Saturday. Philadelphia Community Women’s Center, under the operation of Legacy of Life, is across the street and will be open every day as well to meet the needs of any mom who changes her mind about abortion.

Sign up for campaign hours here. Bring a friend, group, or even someone who needs to do more in the pro-life movement.

If interested in the campaign at 777 Appletree, visit here.

In the post-Heartbeat Environment: Waco Delivers National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

If you live in or around Waco, Texas please try to attend this memorial service.  All the information as well as a flyer are included below.  

Waco

from John Pisciotta, Pro-Life Waco

We will mourn babies lost to abortion and also focus on the surge in the babies that we can help save. Wow! The abortion battlefield has changed in Waco because of the Texas Heartbeat Law. PLEASE come out to this big event with a lead speaker I know you will love. It is the pro-life pastor from the pulpit and the public square, Rev. Clenard Childress (New Calvary Baptist Church of Montclair, New Jersey).

And our other speakers like Deborah McGregor (Care Net), me (Pro-Life Waco), Nancy Rothe (Nightlight Christian Adoptions), and Elle Staniszewski (Sidewalk Counseling) and Aine Fitzgerald (40 Days for Life) will rev us up for life-defender action. It is going to be an amazing morning.
Saturday, September 18th. 9 to 10:30 AM followed by fellowship, ministry displays and breakfast tacos. 4720 N 19th Street, Rachel’s Park Memorial. Arrive early and view the moving features of Rachel’s Park.  See the event flyer below. 

I was asked about dress. Of course, casual. I would like to see a lot of pro-life t-shirts: red (Life Saver), green (Help Cure Abortion), 40 Days for Life in any color and any language. Or maybe you have another. Weather forecast looks good.

Waco remembrance_day_flyer_2021

Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign Preview: Philadelphia Women’s Center

6500 lives are murdered every year at the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in Pennsylvania. Abortion. No matter what exists well at Philadelphia Women’s Center, located a few mere blocks from Independence Hall. During recent years, pro-lifers overcame assaults from escorts that were told not to return again, stolen property, bring videotaped by a professor of engineering who covered up sexual assault at Swarthmore University, vandalize signs, and a potty mouth security guard who has a demon inside of her.

Despite everything thrown against the faithful pro-lifers that are out there from Tuesday to Saturday, there have been saves and possibly some that went unreported by the grace of God.

The facility is open from Tuesday to Saturday 7AM to 4PM. Your presence, even for just one hour, is needed. We are yet to witness one of the dedicated workers at this murder center walk away from this place. Please sign up for hours here.

Prayer for Our Nation

God Our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.
You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people.
Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of
human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is
rooted in seeking and doing Your will.
Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the
culture of death. Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Your Chance to do God’s Work

The following is from an e-mail blast sent by Dr. Monique Ruberu.

Last Saturday Irene who is new to sidewalk counseling (only her 2nd time praying there) came and joined Jim at 12th and Locust. A college-age guy and girl were stunned at the sign.  They complained about the facts written about Margaret Sanger. 

Four male friends showed up. Two held back so I asked what they knew about Margaret Sanger. Never heard of her.

Irene alertly noticed one of the other guys nodding at her points as she explained how bad abortion was so she asked him to speak.

He simply said “I’m adopted. I would have been aborted.”

The six then headed off to some event with no further debate.

You don’t have to speak… all we ask is that you lovingly, prayerfully stand witness and offer resources if possible… 

I promise that if you stand in prayer the Holy Spirit will give you the words needed when the time comes to speak.

Please help us have an unbroken chain of prayer!!! Please help us fill these empty slots. 

Wed 9/8

777: 11-1

Thursday 9/9 

12th and locust: 11-1

777: 11-1

Friday 9/10

777: 11-1

Saturday 9/11

12th and locust: 1-2, 2-4

Abortion Front and Center in Gubernatorial Campaign

Commentary below is from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life.  She is asking for all who live in New Jersey to contact their Assembly Member and their State Senators to vote No on S3030/A4848.  And please get out and vote for  candidate Jack Ciattarelli for Governor of New Jersey!

Ciattarelli Murphy

As expected, NJ Governor Murphy and pro-abortion forces used the news about the Texas law which will protect babies when their hearts begin to beat as a rallying cry to pass the radical, draconian Freedom to Kill Act (S3030/A4848) aka the NJ Reproductive Freedom Act.

This article linked below covers a press event that the Governor held  yesterday.  Despite his protestations to the contrary, this issue is most definitely political as indicated by the headline.

To his credit, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli responded by pointing out that it is Murphy’s position that is the one that is extreme.

Please contact your State Senator and two Assembly members and let them know you expect them to vote No on S3030/A4848.

Please read the article and educate as many individuals as possible about this issue and the candidates’ positions on it.  Please share it with as many friends and family members as possible.

The Unborn Child Is Protected by Law; Deep In The Heart of Texas

For decades, Texas has lead the way in its efforts to defend the sanctity of human life. On September 1st, the heartbeat bill has gone into effect. Despite a pea from ACLU and Planned Parenthood to the Supreme Court to dstrike down the law, five justices, including Amy Coney-Barrett (about time) has ruled in favor of the law.

The law, signed in the spring time by Governor Greg Abbott, protects the unborn child as early as 6 weeks following conception. It is a time of rejoicing for all pro-lifers. At the same time, we still have much work that needs to be done to cultivate a culture where all life is protected from the moment of conception to natural death.

Kudos to the Republic of Texas for leading the charge and continuing to do so for the unborn.

Pennsylvania Action Alert! Contact your State Senator about Pitt

This is a reminder from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation  to contact your State Senator regarding the organ harvesting  on unborn babies.  When you’re done, please forward to all your pro-life family and friends and ask them to do the same. 

University of PItt

Please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to support a bill being introduced to conduct a thorough investigation into the University of Pittsburgh’s use of aborted baby body parts in its research. You can send a message to your state Senator now by using this link. 
 
Please share the link on social media and with your chapter members, pro-life friends and family members, and all appropriate lists.
 
Also, if you have not already done so, please sign our online petition calling on Pitt to stop gruesome research involving aborted baby body parts. You can sign the petition by clicking here.
 
 

Will You Mourn for Aborted Children this September 18th?

The following is from the website of the Pro-Life Action League. If you are willing to host this National Day of Remembrance in your area, please use this link to sign up.  

National Day of Remembrance

Pro-life Americans will honor the gravesites of our aborted brothers and sisters on the 8th annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday, September 18th, 2021.  Solemn prayer vigils will be held at these gravesites and and at dozens of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted children.

Click here for times and locations for National Day of Remembrance services around the country.

SAVE HYDE RALLY PART TWO

The following is from Michael McGonagle urging pro-lifers to rally to save the Hyde Amendment.

The most important and urgent challenge for the pro-life movement at the national, state, and local levels is to save the Hyde Amendment.  Thus, I appeal for your participation in efforts to save the Hyde Amendment by sending correspondence to Pa.’s U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. and participating in a Rally in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle’s office at 8572 Bustleton Avenue, which is in a shopping center at Placid Street that has ample parking.

The Importance of the Hyde Amendment

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment greatly restricts federal funding of Medicaid abortions, then numbering about 300,000 per year.  Studies (conducted by pro-abortion organizations) have indicated that at least 1/3 of Medicaid-funded abortions do not occur if this funding is removed.

Our experience in Pa. with Medicaid-funded abortions is similar.  Before our state restrictions took effect in 1985, the Pa. Medicaid program was funding about 13,000 abortions per year.  After these restrictions took effect, the Pa. government-funded less than 100 per year, and abortions in Pa. declined by 5,000 per year.

Thus, the Hyde Amendment has saved millions of children and mothers from abortion.

The Status of the Hyde Amendment

On July 22, 2021, at the urging of the Biden Administration, the U.S. House passed a 2022 Health and Human Services Budget Bill (due to take effect on October 1, 2022) without the Hyde Amendment.  As I will soon explain, this vote is not likely to be the final action by the U.S. House on this issue.

Hope in the U.S. Senate

The good news is that the U.S. Senate is not likely to pass a Budget without the Hyde Amendment because of the position of the 50 Republican Senators and West Virginia Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.  We need to urge Sen. Casey (who says he supports the Hyde Amendment) not to support a 2022 Budget without the Hyde Amendment.  Sen. Casey’s contact information is 215-405-9660; 2000 Market Street – Suite 610, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3209; www.casey.senate.gov/contact.

In recent years, Congress has funded the federal government by passing Continuing Resolutions (CRs) and not by Budget Bills because of the extensive disagreements over the 13 Budget Bills that fund the federal government.  This reality can help to save the Hyde Amendment.

If the U.S. Senate passes a CR for the 2022 Fiscal Year, any funding restrictions are usually maintained as in the prior CR.  This practice would mean that the Hyde Amendment would remain in the 2022 CR.

Thus, we also need to urge Sen. Casey not to support any 2022 CR without the Hyde Amendment.

Pa.’s U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has already committed not to support any 2022 Budget or CR without the Hyde Amendment.

The U.S. House is Very Likely to Vote Again on this Issue

If the U.S. Senate passes the 2022 Budget or CR with the Hyde Amendment, the U.S. House will need to concur in such a Budget or CR.  Pro-abortion forces will be urging a no vote on such a 2022 Budget or CR.  Thus, our efforts to save the Hyde Amendment can help to persuade the Democrat U.S. House Majority not to defund the federal government because the Hyde Amendment is maintained.

Save Hyde Rally at U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle’s Office on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon at 8572 Bustleton Avenue (at Placid Street) in Northeast Philadelphia

All nine Pa. Democrat U.S. House Members have opposed the Hyde Amendment (and all nine Pa. Republican U.S. House Members have supported the Hyde Amendment).  Nevertheless, we are focusing our Save Hyde public square efforts on Northeast Philadelphia’s Democrat U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle.

Boyle served as the President of Democrats for Life at Notre Dame University (Class of 1999), a Youth Group Leader at St. Anselm Parish, and was elected in 2008 to the Pa. House with a strongly pro-life position.  However, he switched to the pro-abortion side to, in his view, ensure his victory in a Democrat Primary for the U.S. House.  Since this switch, he has declined to meet with pro-life constituents.

So, it is reasonably possible that this Rally, with extensive contact from the laity and clergy in his District, can persuade Rep. Boyle to support the Hyde Amendment.  In addition, this Rally has national significance because it can generate much-needed debate and attention on the fate of the Hyde Amendment, which is not likely to be finally determined until mid-late September 2021.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this correspondence.  Please send the requested correspondence and I look forward to seeing you on August 11, 2021!