On January 8th 2011, a young man stood outside of one of the largest abortion facilities in Pennsylvania. He was nervous that even the bitter cold morning did not keep him from hiding it. Later, a seasoned pro-lifer (the late John Stanton) pulled up as he helped him place a sign on the corner that floored him about the number of abortions committed at this location alone. Before he can blinked, his neighbors showed up and were thrilled to see him. His presence gave them hope.
Since that bitter cold morning of January 2011, he continued to get more and more involved with the pro-life movement that included regular participation in prayer vigils, at large events, and recruiting new people from time to time. He was jeered, assaulted, and even taunted all because he wanted to do “what God wants him to do.”
That young man is me and I am not done until we end abortion on the streets of Philadelphia and every major city across the United States and throughout the world.
The following is from an email blast sent by Deborah regarding an encounter a sidewalk servant witnessed outside of Planned Parenthood
One of the Sidewalk Servants, Bob, shared a story about a young lady they encountered last Thursday at 12th & Locust, and we wanted to share it with you. Please take a few moments to read it; this woman’s comment “I wish you had been here when I came before” is just heart wrenching… It is an encouragement for all of us to give a little of our time to be there for each woman and baby; they need us… Our presence can make all the difference! Please give a couple of hours of your time this week, and ask family and friends to join you or to sign up for a time also. God bless you! His story: At 12th and Locust this AM, Rose approached and I offered her a brochure, pointed to the Community Women’s Center of Philadelphia (Women’s Center) next doorand suggested she could get care that did notinclude abortion there. She was a beautiful and very mature young lady. She smiled knowingly and said she thought she was pregnant, that she had taken the first part of the chemical abortion but thought it had failed. She spoke of immediate regret upon doing so and said she was happy to be pregnant. I expressed my hope and joy at that possibility, and encouraged her to go next door. We also gave her the Natural Womens’ Health material from Dr. Monique. But she proceeded anyway to go into Planned Parenthood. I cautioned her to be careful that she not listen to untruths in Planned Parenthood. I then called the Women’s Centernumber to prepare them in the event she came out. When I was returning to the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood, I saw Rose speaking with Bob G, another Sidewalk Servant who was there with me. Bob was very encouraging and loving as he learned from her that, despite testing positive for pregnancy at home, she had tested negative in PP. I also tried to be comforting, asking her to google Rachel’s Vineyard which she proceeded to do. We also encouraged her to visit the Women’s Center, to consult on her situation and perhaps be re-tested. She did, but before leaving us she looked at us with big, beautiful brown eyes and said “I wish you had been here when I came before”. My heart aches. Please encourage folks to continue to come out to pray and be there for these women. I found her story so encouraging. The women need us there! Let’s be there for them. Thanks to Pat and others for all they have done to be present during the first and hopefully only COVID storm in Phila. Please pray for Rose. Bob ——————————————————HOURS HELP NEEDED:
As the conventions for both parties draw to a close, we will do a recap to pit speakers from both events against each other. For this first edition, we will analyze Sister Diedre and Sister Simone.
Sister Deirdre Byrne
Sister Deirdre Byrne is a member of the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She has over 20+ years with the Army Medical Corps and has worked at a missionary. In the late 90s, she pursued a vocation and found the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary and became a member of the order in 2002. It helped her continue her medical profession while answering God’s call to serve him. During the third night of the RNC, she correlated her medical background with the issue of life saying:
“As a physician, I can say unequivocally life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I’m not just pro-life, I’m pro-eternal life and I want all of us to end up in heaven someday together.”
To listen to the full; version of her speech, visit here.
Sister Simone Campbell
Sister Simone Campbell is best known as the leader of “Nuns on the Bus”. They are a controversial group that promotes abortion. During the Democratic National Convention, Sister Simone delivered an address in which she celebrated the Democrat’s abortion platform.
Divided Catholic Church in America
What we have saw between the two is a good Catholic from a bad one. Sister Deirdre has said that the unborn is the most vulnerable in our society and they must be protected.
Meanwhile, Sister Simone has cheered the Democrats for allowing abortion on demand. Why would she do this?
This shows that with more than half of Catholics still buying the lies from the party of slavery, sodomy, terrorism, abortion, and even now socialism that good and faithful Catholics must rise up and take up the gauntlet to defeat this modern church that is a 180 degree opposite of what was established in 33 AD.
Our Catholic faith is at stake. We cannot support someone who is Catholic in Name Only while he has a shaky history of promoting abortion.
The following is from Brittany Christiansen, a Field Director from the Susan B. Anthony List in Philadelphia. She shares a stark truth of many of the 19th Century suffragists and how they were “pro-life”.
Early 18th and 19th century suffragist writings regularly referred to abortion as “ante-natal murder”, “child murder”, “ante-natal infanticide”, and “infanticide”. These early feminists regarded abortion as abhorrent, as violence against women and their children, and attributed its practice to the denial of their rights and a dearth of nonviolent choices for women. While early feminists were indeed concerned about abortion’s physical and psychological dangers to women, they also opposed abortion itself.
Susan B Anthony wrote in her diary in 1876 about her sister-in-law recovering from an abortion (tampering with herself):
“Things did not go well” “Sister Annie in bed — been sick for a month — tampering with herself — & was freed this A.M. what ignorance & lack of self-government the world is filled with.”
Three days later, “Sister Annie better — but looks very slim — she will rue the day she forces nature”
Susan B Anthony delivered a speech in 1875:
“When the office of maternity shall be held sacred … then, and not till then, will this earth see a new order of men and women, prone to good rather evil.”
Susan B. Anthony responded to a male leading publicist who asked why she with such a generous heart had never been a wife or mother:
“I thank you kind sir, for what I take to be the highest compliment, but sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them”
Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded a Newspaper in NYC called The Revolution with the motto “Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.”
Published only editorials against abortion during its run from 1868 to 1872
Refused to publish ads for abortifacients
In the late 1800s, pills and pessaries were sold by unscrupulous abortion practitioners through euphemistic ads, labeling these products as for “the remedy of illnesses peculiar to women”, “restoration of female regularity”, and “correction of menstrual suppression”.
Many newspapers and publications ran ads for such products, and such businesses proliferated even though abortion was technically illegal at the time. These ads were lucrative for many newspapers of the time; however, Anthony and her colleagues steadfastly refused to accept them for The Revolution’s entire run.
Susan B Anthony is credited by some scholars with writing one of the most powerful anti-abortion articles ever to appear in The Revolution; however, the article was published with only her initial, leading some to argue that it she was not in fact the author. The article, entitled “Child Murder” included the following:
“Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh! thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime.”
Susan B Anthony repeatedly gave her “Social Purity” speech in the 1870’s lumping abortion in with many other social evils:
“The prosecutions on our courts for breach of promise, divorce, adultery, bigamy, seduction, rape; the newspaper reports every day of every year of scandals and outrages, of wife murders and paramour shooting, of abortions and infanticides, are perpetual reminders of men’s incapacity to cope successfully with this monster evil of society.”
“The true relation of the sexes never can be attained until woman is free and equal with man. Neither in the making nor executing of the laws regulating these relations has woman ever had the slightest voice. The statutes for marriage and divorce, for adultery, breach of promise, seduction, rape, bigamy, abortion, infanticide—all were made by men. They, alone, decide who are guilty of violating these laws and what shall be their punishment, with judge, jury and advocate all men, with no woman’s voice heard in our courts”
Susan B Anthony was arrested for voting straight Republican in the 1872 Presidential Election
November 1st 1872 Susan B Anthony registered to vote in a barbershop in Rochester’s Eighth Ward. The male registrars didn’t want to do it, but Susan B Anthony threatened to sue them personally unless they relented.
14 other women also registered to vote.
President Grant and his Republican Party, the party that ended slavery, was far more receptive to the idea of women’s rights than the Democratic Party. And so, as she informed Elizabeth Cady Stanton in a letter, Susan B Anthony enthusiastically voted for Grant and a straight party-line ticket.
A Democratic Party poll watcher named Sylvester Lewis didn’t want to accept the vote, but the two Republicans registrars did; on a 2-1 vote, it went in the hopper.
She was then indicted, tried, and convicted for voting illegally and sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and court costs. She declined to pay the fine.
The historic New Yorker described her two-day trial in June 1873 as “the greatest judicial outrage history has ever recorded,”
On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) recognizing women’s right to vote, President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned suffragist pioneer Susan B. Anthony for illegally voting in 1872. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, a member of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, was present for the historic moment.
“Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony,” “She was never pardoned. What took so long?” “She was guilty for voting” – President Trump
“Walking out of the White House on cloud nine because Susan B Anthony has just been pardoned for voting illegally. At the time, she said ‘I will pay not one penny for this unjust fine.’ ” “Susan B. Anthony fought to expand the promise of human rights and dignity to all people,” “She and her compatriots provide us with the model of how to advocate for the voiceless and disenfranchised in our own time. It is her courageous example that inspired the formation of SBA List and continues to inspire our work today. We are deeply moved and grateful to President Trump for honoring the legacy of this great American hero and we pledge never to tire in carrying on her unfinished work.” – Marjorie Dannenfelser
On August 9th, Fran Rafferty, a former city councilman and dedicate pro-lifer, has died from complications due to Covid-19.
Fran is remembered for being the last pro-life democrat standing in Philadelphia’s City Council as the party was on the slippery slope. He even opposed Gay marriage.
Even former congressman Bob Brady saw Fran as the defender of “the little guy.”
He was a loving husband and father. He participated in many local pro-life vigils, particularly the 3rd Saturday Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. He was a proud South Philadelphian and even parishioner of St. Gabriel’s in Grays Ferry neighborhood. He also attended daily mass.
He is survived by sons Francis Jr., Peter, Thomas, and Michael; daughter Marypat; two sisters; and 10 grandchildren.
Viewings are to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19th, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 2917 Dickinson St.. A Funeral Mass is to be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And may the perpetual light upon him. May Fran’s soul and the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
by Denise Wilcox, PA Pro Life Federation Director and Director NRLC for Pennsylvania
The Pro-life movement lost another warrior last week. Kathy Cox, a tireless pro-life advocate was called home by Our Lord on Tuesday, July 22nd.
Kathy was the president of Bucks County Right to Life, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, for 18 years. During this time, she developed a strong outreach for this chapter to Bucks County residents.
Kathy hosted a bus to the annual March for Life in Washington, DC for 10 years, and she was the bus captain for 8 of those years. Although unable to participate in the March for Life the last two years because of her illness, she continued to collect all the names and donations for the trip. Kathy always had hard candy and precious feet to distribute and prayers for us for meditation.
Kathy hosted many town hall meetings for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation which provided Bucks County residents with up-to-date legislation and events in Pennsylvania. She invited speakers to discuss many pro-life topics. Among the speakers were Angela Franks who spoke about Margaret Sanger; JD Mullane who told us about the Gosnell trial; Dr. Alveda King of Priests for Life; and Ann McElhinney, producer and director of the documentary, Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. Kathy rented the County Theater in Bucks County so Ann could show the Gosnell film.
Kathy worked vigorously to raise funds for our bus, the speakers and our area crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) though our annual rummage sale, which she organized and chaired.
Besides raising funds for our CPCs, donations of clothing and baby equipment were given to these centers, and clothing was given to Father Onunwa for his home in Nigeria. Kathy always made sure there was pro-life literature available at the sale and sign-up sheets for those who wanted to become more active in the pro-life movement in Bucks County. Her labor bore much fruit.
Henry Hyde said it best, “There will be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement.” They will say to God, “spare her because she loved us.”
Well done, good and faithful servant. I will miss your generosity to those who had no voice but yours.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 29th at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State Street in Doylestown, Pennsylvania from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am. (View obituary notice here)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Line Nigeria Village Empowerment, c/o Fr. Paschal Onunwa, 235 E. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901, or to the Legacy of Life Foundation, 24 S Main St #217, Yardley, PA 19067.
Below are some pictures of Kathy from the various pro-life events in which she participated or organized.