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! 

Formula Shortage – How To Help

With the much-publicized baby formula shortage, please consider contacting your local life-affirming pregnancy centers to see if they have a need and/or have been receiving requests for help from moms in need.

My personal experience today trying to purchase formula for donation was 1 store out of 3 had any in stock and there was a 4-can limit. 

 I realize how anxious and frustrated new parents must be when they see nothing but empty shelves in front of them or prices that will make their budgets take a big hit.

Hungry mouths to feed takes on a whole new urgency.

Yesterday we considered the pro-life agenda at the polls; today let us continue to reach out at the ground level where the need is the greatest.

And just an added note, I did call Planned Parenthood to see if they were accepting formula donations to help moms (since they state they are all about supporting women and the choices they make). The response was a hesitation, a pause, a stutter and then a statement that “they don’t really handle….another pause…. supply donations and there were probably other outlets that could handle that better.”

 Yes, like life-affirming pregnancy centers!

With PP’s toolkit, when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE PREVIEW: PLANNED PARENTHOOD CENTER CITY

You could be one of the faithful warriors standing outside of Planned Parenthood either praying, sidewalk advocating, or just being present.

As pro-lifers gear up for another 40 Days for Life campaign, Voices4Life takes this time to preview what to expect as we prepare for the Lenten Campaign outside of Planned Parenthood in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, filled with darkness and hatred from those who claim that “#lovewins, #noplaceforhate, and my favorite #blacklivesmatter when a majority of the abortions are perpetrated on black unborn lives. Love will win when we offer compassion, love, and mercy to women in their hour of great need. Pro-lifers in the greater Philadelphia area are encouraged to make a Lenten sacrifice by giving the pro-life movement an hour or more of their time to save lives. The Lenten campaign runs from Wednesday, March 2nd, and ends on April 9th.

The 40 Days for Life Campaign will be present outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City Philadelphia for the 16th time.

During the previous campaigns, there has been much growth, many saves, and even many encounters. The main reason is because of faithful warriors stepping into the breach, whether old, young, retired, young professional, or even a student in the pursuit of knowledge gave an hour or more to help turn the tide of the abortion battle on the streets with prayer, fasting, and alms.

You too can make a difference. You are encouraged to take an hour or so during this Lenten campaign. Bring a friend or two with you.

Visit 40daysforlife.com/philadelphia to pick your hours now.

The hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 8AM to 5PM

NOVEMBER TO DO LIST

The year continues to wind down. We are at the halfway point of autumn and we will be at a point where we do early Christmas shopping, plan for the holidays, and enjoy the fall activities that we shall enjoy while they last. There is still opportunities to defend life which brings us to ideas and events.

  1. Vote in the 2021 General Election. We have the gubernational elections in NJ and VA. We also have civic elections that must get your attention and vote.
  2. Take part in the First Friday and Saturday devotions.
  3. Raise awareness on infertility and miscarraiges. Offer your love and support for these moms who carry this heavy cross.
  4. For those in Greater Philadelphia area, attend the Stand Up for Life Dinner and Respect Life Committee at Holy Martyrs
  5. Help students attend the annual dinner
  6. Plan a Memorial Mass for all those who have died.
  7. Attend prayer vigils near you or out of your comfort zone (Sidewalk Servants start back up on November 1st and end on March 2nd) Give an hour or two of your time a week.
  8. Remember pro-life charities in the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping during #GivingTuesday campaign on Tuesday, November 30th.
  9. Take time to count your blessings as we wind down 2021.
  10. Take part in the Culture Project’s fundraiser to support the Philly missionaries.
  11. Host a Holy Hour for an end to the Culture of Death.
  12. Write to your representative or call them and urge them to defend life and #SaveHyde

Make November the best month to save lives and change hearts. Never underestimate the good work you do to cultivate a culture of life through your witness.

Abortion March Counter Demonstration Photo Gallery

Here are photos from several locations that were used with permission from those who were present.

GENERATION LIFE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

For the last twenty years, Generation Life has changed the hearts and minds of half a million young people throughout the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

On a beautiful fall evening at The Inn at Villanova, 200 supporters gathered to reminisce, celebrate, and hope to equip the organization to continue to fight for love and life.

Kim Savage opened the evening by sharing how far the organization has come since its humble beginnings on the campus of Villanova University, which later grew into sharing chastity in the classrooms, early involvements outside of abortion facilities, and in time beach outreaches.

Those gathered saw a few videos that recapped the last twenty years of the organization while also hearing from past and current staff and volunteers what the organization has done and meant to them.

Fr. Joe Zaleski, the president of the organization, has asked everyone to continue donating to the organization as an anonymous donor wishes to match every money donated to the organization in the near future.

You may do so by donating to the organization here.

Abortion Down In Greater Philadelphia; Much Work Still Needs To Be Done

The following report, from the 2020 Pa. Department of Health Abortion Statistics, provides a stark reminder for the ongoing need for these campaigns.

Planned Parenthood, Warminster – 885
Planned Parenthood, West Chester – 1,141
Planned Parenthood, Norristown – 822
Planned Parenthood, Northeast Philadelphia – 2,393
Planned Parenthood, Center City – 3,705
Philadelphia Women’s Center – 6,224

We will not know what played a role in the dip in numbers last year. Whether it was COVID or not, we know that it is not a time to lick our wounds and hope it continues to take a dip. We must continue to be present. Are you ready to take a stand today? Learn how here

IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR INAUGURAL PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE IN HARRISBURG

By now, Pennsylvanians will be gearing up for the first state March in Harrisburg. See more here.

There are two prayer vigils taking place prior to the rally.

– A Prayer and Praise Gathering for Life led by Gateway House of Prayer at the top steps of Capitol building at 9:00am

A morning mass and adoration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 9:00am

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

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!