OCTOBER TO DO LIST

Happy October.

Fall is in full swing. The air is getting cooler and crisp. Many will break out the sweaters, hoodies, and enjoying fall activities.

There’s much to happen in the pro-life community as the mid-terms are lurking, fundraisers, and even 40 Days for Life campaigns.

Here’s a list for things to do

  1. Take part in 40 Days for Life campaign
  2. Take part in Student for Life of America deployments
  3. Attend a fundraiser near you
  4. Sponsor a Holy Hour for life at your parish
  5. Take part in homeless outreach
  6. Donate maternity items to pregnancy resource center
  7. Host a rosary rally
  8. Educate everyone on the issue of abortion and debunk myths surrounding the recent Dobbs decision.
  9. Volunteer for your local coalition
  10. Write op-eds to local papers
  11. Learn how to peacefully and lovingly sidewalk counsel outside of an abortion facility
  12. Encourage voters to show up at the polls on November 8th. Mail in balloting is a scam and fraud.

Have a great month of October.

FALL 2022 40 DAYS PREVIEW: PWC

6500. That’s the total number of abortions committed at Philadelphia Women’s Center, located in the Chinatown section and just a 1/4 of a mile from Independence Hall.

The facility has been in operation for 50 years. Ironically, it sits five floors above a daycare in an eight-story building.

Pro-lifers overcame jeers from Heather and her friends that work at the facility, dog feces on the sidewalk where they pray, and intimidation of other sorts, yet those who have been out there continued to persevere.

The vigil hours are Tuesday to Friday from 7AM-4PM. Saturdays from 6AM to 3PM.

Do pray for the following workers and volunteers of the facility to have a conversion: Amanda Kifferly, Heather Loesch (Security Guard), Lisa Perriera, Edith Miller, Anna Smith, Bruce Love, Colin McCrossen, Chris Hill, and Lynne Molter

Visit 40daysforlife.com to sign up for hours today.  

Persecution and Praise Report

Dr. Monique Ruberu offers a reflection from this past weekend outside of both abortion facilities in Philadelphia.

This past Saturday once again we showed up and prayed outside of 777 and 12th. At 777 we covered the street and sidewalks with exorcised salt and anointed all the prayer warriors with exorcised oil… 

Heather as usual showed up with her sage but we continued praying for them all. 

I heard from another prayer warrior who said the following : 

“A year ago, I stole an idea from a woman who participated with us Helpers a few times a few years ago.  I bring Holy Water with me and bless the space right in front of the gate at 12th/Locust: three Crosses for Father/Son/Holy Spirit.  The first time that I did it at 777 was this past Spring.  We’d gotten an early dismissal from work, so I went over there to pray.  The guard saw that and came out and smudged the entire area.  The same thing happened again this summer and I blessed the area again.  And the guard came out again.  Or rather, she PLANNED to do so.  I watched through the window as she tried .. and tried .. and tried .. and tried .. and tried to light the sage bundle ..  but it WOULDN’T take, it just wouldn’t stay lit.  Holy Water – 1; Sage Bundle – 0.” Thanks R!!!

At 12th there was a pro choice protest outside the Community Women’s Center. Our faithful prayer warriors continued the vigil outside of 12th and locust while they were there… these protests will come and go… even though they block the doors and act the fool the police may not even step in but God sees everything and He alone will make a way for us. We continue our work because we work for Him.

REHUMANZIE FOUNDER KICKS OFF BOOK TOUR; NEEDS HELP

The following is an email from Aimee Murphy, the founder of Rehumanize International. To learn about this pro-human organization, visit here.

I can hardly believe that I leave in less than 36 hours to begin my 90-day, nationwide book tour for my debut solo book, Rehumanize: A Vision to Secure Human Rights for All!  Knowing that “all politics is local,” as part of our ongoing outreach, I’ll be traveling to 40+ cities, giving low/no-cost lectures to community groups, schools, churches, and more to share this all-too-necessary message of human rights for all human beings to integrate this vital ethos and rehumanizing work into your local communities.

My first week has back-to-back-to-back events: Detroit on Tuesday 8/23, then South Bend on Wednesday 8/24, Chicago on Thursday 8/25, Madison (WI) on Friday 8/26, and Omaha on Saturday 8/27. After that, we’ll hit up Denver, Salt Lake City, Helena (MT), Seattle, Reno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Topeka, and St. Louis. (Stay tuned for more details on those events in the coming weeks, friends!) I hope if you live near any of these cities, you’ll join me for some excellent events where we crack the spine on my book and talk about this vital message of our shared, inherent human dignity—no matter the circumstance!

Help jumpstart my 13,400-mile BOOK TOUR!

Donate Today:

It will be a grueling 3+ months on the road, and I need your help to cover gas, some meals, and some other travel expenses. We still have $3,000 left to raise!

If you’d like to specifically help with gas or groceries to keep us moving and fed healthy meals, you can also donate gift cards for nationwide gas or grocery chains!

Oh, and if you want to meet up along the tour, check out my slated schedule and send me a message: aimee@rehumanizeintl.org.

Thank you so much for following and supporting our work to create a more peaceful world, where every human is respected, valued, and protected. I’m so grateful for your support and friendship.

For peace and life,

Aimee Murphy

Founder, Rehumanize International

Show Up for Life at Aug 18’Reproductive Rights’ Meeting

Come represent the unborn tomorrow night as panelists have an ‘in-depth conversational about preserving access to safe and legal abortion in PA’

Pro-abortion legislators and advocates are panelists invited by Senator Tim Kearney to a ‘Reproductive Healthcare as a Human Right’ event in Morton this Thursday night at 7PM. The list of speakers includes:

  • Mayor Gamal Sherif, Mayor Rutledge Borough
  • Dr. Monica Taylor, Chair, Delaware County Council
  • Representative Leanne Krueger
  • Senator Tim Kearney
  • Dayle Steinberg, CEO, Planned Parenthood
  • Julie Avalos, Executive Director, Domestic Abuse Project
  • Roxanne Sutocky, The Women’s Center
  • Dr. Onaje Muid, Foundation for Delaware County

DATE:  Thur, Aug 18

TIME:  7 PM – 8 PM

LOCATION:  Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 200 Yale Ave, Morton, PA

Come to peacefully make visible the majority who recognize:   It’s not a right — it’s a baby. 

See you there!

SUICIDE HOTLINE LAUNCHES THREE NUMBER SYSTEM

In 1968, Alabama became the first state in the United States to use 911, which is used for an emergency.

Today, The National Suicide Hotline launched a three-number system for text and calls nationwide.

Instead of the 10-digit number related to the hotline, it was reduced to 9-8-8. This is a much-needed change for all who have suicidal thoughts or want to help someone who is thinking about suicide.

Remember this number if you or someone close to you who is going through a difficult time.. 9-8-8

You are loved. You are worthy. You are stronger than you will ever think. The world needs you. Be strong.

Support PA Constitutional Amendment to Protect Life

The following is from Maria Gallagher in response to the passage of PA’s life amendment. She reminds us of the next steps to ensure PA is a pro-life state.

Dear Pro-Life Leaders,

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives have now passed the Constitutional Amendment which would bar taxpayer funding of abortion and would keep abortion out of the PA Constitution. The legislation ensures that the people, through their duly-elected representatives, would decide on abortion policy rather than the courts.

The Amendment was included in Senate Bill 106. To find out how your state Senator voted, click here (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RC/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm?sess_yr=2021&sess_ind=0&rc_body=S&rc_nbr=709 ).

To find out how your state Representative voted, click here (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RC/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm?sess_yr=2021&sess_ind=0&rc_body=H&rc_nbr=1156 ).

If your state lawmakers voted for SB 106, please thank them.

The Amendment must pass the House and Senate again next session before the issue can be placed on the ballot for voters to decide. The next session begins in January. The legislation does not need to be signed by the Governor since it is a Constitutional Amendment.

To find out more about the Amendment—and to sign our petition—please click here (https://www.paprolife.org/pa-life-amendment ).

Thank you so much for all you have done to support this important Constitutional Amendment!

ARE PRO-LIFERS GOOD SAMARITANS OR KNOW-IT-ALLS?

The following is an article written by Tom Stoopes, a writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchinson, KS.

Jesus tells the Good Samaritan story in the Gospel for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, and it comes just in time for us to learn what we are supposed to do in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

God is demanding that we be willing not just to preach what is right, but to act on it — even with those who we don’t naturally get along with; even with those who actively oppose what we stand for. Because that is what he did for us.

Before we apply it to our times, notice what the Good Samaritan story meant in the First Century.

As Jesus tells the story, a man “falls victim to robbers” on the rough downhill road from Jerusalem to Jericho. People looking for money violated him and didn’t care what happened next in his life — “They stripped him and beat him and left him half-dead.”

A priest and Levite passed by without helping him. We think of them as haughty, uncaring people, but in the First Century context they could easily have had very good reason not to stop.

They may have needed to avoid ritual uncleanness because of their duties to God and their congregations. Touching a dead person would put a priest out of commission for a week. They also may have feared for their safety. The road to Jericho was notoriously unsafe. Robbers could be lying in wait for someone to stop to help the injured man, or the victim might even have been a decoy placed to attract do-gooders who could themselves be robbed.

We can guess that the priest and Levite are like the scholar Jesus tells the parable to. He knows the law. He knows that “You shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” The scholar sees the commandment clearly — especially, perhaps, the “love him with your mind” part — but is unclear about the service part, asking “Who is my neighbor?” The priest and Levite in the story are “know-it-alls” who fail in the same way.

But a Samaritan traveler comes and “moved with compassion at the sight” pours oil and wine over the wounds of the victim, bandages him, carries him on his own mount, and pays for him to stay at an inn.

There are two ways to think of the parable. Applying it to ourselves, we are the Good Samaritan and need to “go and do likewise,” as Jesus puts it, serving others in crisis. Applying it to the Church, all humanity is the victim of the rebellious angels, Christ is the Good Samaritan and the Church is the Inn where we recover while we await his Second Coming.

But here’s another way to think of the parable after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

What if women who are pregnant in difficult circumstances are the victim in the story? They too were often used by men and then discarded, and many faced a financial crisis as a result. For them, we have made our whole world like the rough road from Jerusalem to Jericho, where we expect women to be sexually available outside of the protection of marriage, and allow men to walk away from their responsibility once women, inevitably, become pregnant. Corporations that eagerly pay for their abortions make matters worse, paying to get rid of the child so that nothing will interfere with their workers’ hours in the office.

So, if abortion-minded women are the victims, men who use women for sex and corporations who use them for their own profit are the robbers.

And who are we? Too often we are the priest and Levite in the story.

On the matter of abortion, many of us are experts in God’s law. It is crystal clear to us that an unborn child should never be killed. But we forget the second commandment.

One woman I spoke with said that seeing a priest holding an “Abortion Is Murder” sign actually made her more likely to have an abortion because it only made the shame of her situation feel overwhelming. On the other hand, the same woman was moved by her sister’s “Choose Life” sign and found her greatest healing by finally confessing her sins to a priest.

In other words, pro-life messages were only effective for her when she heard them from people who simultaneously believed the truth about the right to life and loved her personality, and treated her mercifully.

Then, notice what the Good Samaritan in the story offers the victim: costly, lengthy, hands-on help. That kind of personal care is the only form of service that works when you are dealing with a person in crisis.

Another woman who had an abortion told me that many pregnancy resource centers she called offered her a pro-life message and a list of phone numbers where she could find help. Her desperate state of mind made it impossible for her to face the exercise of organizing help from various quarters, so she headed to the abortion clinic. It was only when a pro-life woman called her and pledged to help her each step of the way, before and after giving birth, that she turned away from abortion.

Frankly, we could all do a lot more for women who face crisis pregnancies.

It is absolutely true that pro-abortion voices willfully ignore the many wonderful things the pro-life movement is doing to serve women. And it is also true that no matter what, it is wrong to kill a human being and abortion should be illegal.

But at the same time, it is undeniable that pro-lifers could give more money, offer more hours, make more phone calls, and post more encouragement and love for women facing difficult circumstances.

We not only can do more but to be authentic followers of Jesus, imitators of the Good Samaritan worthy of eternal life, we must. “You have answered correctly” Jesus is saying to pro-lifers. But now “do this and you will live.”

It’s not knowing the truth, but doing it that matters. “For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you,” the First Reading, from Deuteronomy, says. “No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.”

But through it all, never forget that Jesus is the true Good Samaritan.

We Christians are not God’s gift to the universe. Far from it. We are all victims of sin and death, the world’s robbers and only Christ can save us. The whole Second Reading is a beautiful meditation on the radical Christ-centeredness that is the essence of Christianity. “Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,” St. Paul writes. “[A]ll things were created through him and for him.”

He is the Good Samaritan who came from heaven, a stranger in our streets, and gave us costly service to restore us to health, “making peace by the blood of his cross.” He left us in the hands of the Inn, his Church, where he pours out the “oil and wine” of his sacraments for our healing and guards us in his safe house.

We serve those who have fallen victim to evil not because we are better than them, but because we stand together with them in need of a savior.

The Life Amendment passes the State Senate

The following is from the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Today, the State Senate passed the Life Amendment – the proposed bill that would amend the state constitution to maintain the status quo in Pennsylvania that it is up to the people through their state legislators, not the courts, to decide how best to regulate abortion. The bill now goes to the House, where we pray for swift passage. Call your state representative today and ask them to vote for the Life Amendment! Visit tinyurl.com/TwoCallsForLife.

This measure is critically needed to respond to a lawsuit and anticipated ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which would force taxpayer funding of abortion in Pennsylvania and invent a “right to abortion” in Pennsylvania’s Constitution. That lawsuit was initiated by Allegheny Reproductive Services (an abortion center in Pittsburgh) along with several other abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood.


We thank every State Senator who voted today to pass the Life Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that empowers Pennsylvanians, not the courts, to decide how best to regulate abortion. “Pennsylvanians agree that no one should be forced to pay for an elective abortion through their taxdollars. Just as the U.S. Supreme Court, in the overturn of Roe and Casey, ruled that the authority to craft abortion policies should be ‘to the people and their elected representatives,’ this amendment preserves the rights of the people through their representatives to make these decisions that rather than Pennsylvania’s courts.” – Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute

BIKING FOR BABIES FUNDRAISER

The following is from Kim Griffen. If you can help, no matter how big or small, it is appreciated. Be sure to learn more about Biking for Babies by visiting their website here.

On June 11th, my cousin Rachele and I will be participating in Biking for Babies’ first local ride in the Philadelphia area (Exton, Pa.) We are biking to raise awareness and funds for pregnant women and their babies! 

Would you consider “sponsoring” our ride with Biking for Babies? We hope to raise $500. Your contribution will support the Sisters of Life, Chester County Women’s Services, and the Hope Pregnancy Center. Thanks in advance, your contribution to this cause means so much to us!

https://gofund.me/5facb035

We know times are tough for many folks right now, so if you are unable to donate could you please share the link with family or friends? Neither of us has social media so we could use some help reaching out to the pro-life community! Thank you!

Please pray for pregnant women vulnerable to abortion and their precious babies. And please pray for all the cyclists participating on June 11th!