New Florida Law Protects Babies From Infanticide, But Planned Parenthood Opposed It

Demonstrating their loyalty to the billion-dollar abortion industry, Democrats blocked the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act at least 80 times last year

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The following is a Life News article by Miciah Bilger.  It’s concerns a Florida law that protects babies who survive abortion.  

Florida Lawmakers added new protections for babies who survive abortions this week as growing evidence indicates that viable babies are born alive in botched abortions every year in the U.S.

Tampa Bay News 10 reports Florida already has a law in place that requires abortionists and support staff to provide medical care to a baby who is born alive from a botched abortion and transport the baby to a hospital. 

But the new law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, increases the penalties for failing to provide that basic care.

Florida Senate Bill 404 makes it a third-degree felony for a doctor or medical worker to neglect to provide care to a baby who survives an abortion. Previously, the penalty was a misdemeanor.

“This law sends a clear message that here in Florida, we will do everything we can to prevent the abomination of infanticide in our state,” Senate President Bill Galvano said after the governor signed the law. “When a child miraculously survives this brutal medical procedure, that child’s life must be preserved and treated with great respect and care. The penalty for refusing to provide medical care to an infant struggling for life should be significant.”

Galvano thanked state Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, the lead sponsor, for her courageous leadership on the pro-life law.

Earlier this year, a Fox News investigation found that 40 known abortion survivors were documented in just three states between 2016 and 2018, including 19 in Florida. It is not clear from the report if any of the babies survived.

Abortions are legal for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy in Florida. Premature babies now are surviving at 21 weeks of pregnancy, and, in 2018, the state reported 213 abortions at or after 21 weeks of pregnancy.

Despite the evidence, the abortion chain Planned Parenthood fought aggressively against the legislation. Stephanie Fraim, who runs the Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida affiliate, claimed the law threatens “a reinterpretation of our constitutional right to privacy and the right to a safe and legal abortion in Florida.”

But the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops and other pro-life leaders praised lawmakers for supporting the life-saving legislation, according to the Catholic News Service.

“As Catholics, we condemn abortion as a grave injustice that denies the fundamental human right to life. However, as long as abortion is legal, we support measures such as parental consent that will reduce the grave harm it inflicts,” they said in a statement.

Stargel’s law also requires a girl under 18 to have at least one parent’s permission before going through with an abortion. The bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies and allows a judge to grant permission instead of a parent.

Meanwhile, growing evidence indicates that babies are born alive in botched abortions every year in the U.S. Earlier this week, Minnesota, one of only a few states that keeps data on abortion survivors, reported three babies survived abortions in 2019.

Life News article continues here

PA Primary and June Events and News

The following is from Tom Stevens, Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Today is a GREAT day to repent and believe the Good News, to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, to love your neighbor AND to understand and listen to your brothers and sisters!  And it is always a great day to stand up for the unborn. Meanwhile don’t forget to vote tomorrow and please take a look at the other items below. 

Vote!  Tomorrow, June 2, is PA Primary Election Day   

Registered voters can lookup how the candidates replied to questions on pro-life issues from the PA Family Voter’s Guide from our friends at the PA Family Council.   Click Here:  pafamilyvoter.com


Guiding Star Mother’s Day Campaign Extended Again!

We’re still reaching towards our goal! Help These Moms who Chose Life! Give a gift in honor of your mom, or your mom’s mom, or in honor of someone who helped your mom along the way.  Join our Mother’s Day Campaign for moms and children.  All proceeds benefit Guiding Star Ministries, a home for single pregnant moms and their children. WATCH THE VIDEO AND DONATE HERE:
https://guidingstar.causevox.com 

Ultrasound Technician Position Available

Genesis Women’s Clinic, genpcc.org, is seeking an ultrasound technician to join our pro life team. We need a sonographer to serve as a back up for our current tech and to cover her maternity leave period.  Compensation is negotiable. Please contact Wendy at 610/970-8088 or email wendy@genpcc.org.  Location is 888 East High Street, Pottstown.


Mother’s Home — Member Organization Spotlight

WATCH INSPIRING MOTHER’S HOME VIDEO HERE

Don’t Miss!  The King’s Men Day of Discovery

TKM Day of Discovery
The Glory of Masculinity
June 13, 2020

In an effort to begin ministering to men again, TKM, Inc. has planned a FREE day of recollection for men at the Discovery House in Hammonton, NJ.

MEN’S PROGRAM
7:30 – 8:30 AM – Registration (Continental Breakfast)
8:30 – 10:00 AM – Morning Session: A Young’s Man Glory
10:30 – 11:30 AM – Outdoor Activity
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Primo’s Hoagies)
1:00 – 2:30 PM – Afternoon Session #1: A Father’s Glory
3:00 – 4:30 PM – Afternoon Session #2: The Glory of God
4:30 – 6:30 PM – Wine & Cheese Social (optional–need headcount)

All current Covid-19 Physical Distancing Requirements and Guidelines will be met.

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Election Priorities

Below is a message from Ted Meehan of the PA Pro-Life Coalition on the upcoming elections this year,  and the actions we need to take to  protect the Sanctity of Life in Pennsylvania and in the USA. 

Priorities

We are in a strange time. Important election campaigns are taking place, but they are getting no media attention – and normal campaigning is impossible. So, we must do all we can to lay groundwork for success.

Priority NUMBER ONE is the re-election of President Trump. He does get media attention so I don’t think we will forget to vote for him. But make sure you do!

Priority Number Two in Pennsylvania is to elect Heather Heidelbaugh Attorney General.

– The current AG (Shapiro) will not enforce laws he doesn’t like. Abortion regulations to protect underage girls from human traffickers? Shapiro looks the other way. Parental consent violations? Shapiro dismisses them. The assault on marriage in Pennsylvania started with Shapiro. His ideological extremism motivates his official acts – not the Law.

Many people spend a lot of time and energy to enact laws to protect the Sanctity of Life. But if our Law Enforcement officers refuse to enforce these laws, they are useless in protecting Life.

If we were, by the grace of God, to overturn Roe v. Wade and prohibit abortion, a corrupt AG who refused to enforce that law could virtually reverse the rule of law – as Shapiro repeatedly does now.

Shapiro has sued the Little Sisters of the Poor to force them to pay for abortion and contraception. He is doing this right now – even after the Supreme Court of the United States has twice ruled that the Little Sisters are exempt from any such obligations.

The pro-life people of Pennsylvania must re-elect President Trump. But almost as important is to elect Heather Heidelbaugh AG.

So please begin spreading the word for Heather any way you can think of. Social Media, email blasts, blogs, Facebook, and word of mouth. Try to reach 5 new people each week. If you do, Heather will be our AG next January – and the Cause of Life will have a “new sheriff” in Harrisburg!

Find out more on Heather Heidelbaugh here .  A financial gift will be a huge help.  Thank you and God Bless each one!

 

The Presidential Record on Life

 

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Below is a document put together by the National Right to Life on President Trump’s record on pro-life issues.  We ask that you please share this document with all your pro-life friends on social media and via email.  And let’s keep President Trump, his family and his administration in our prayers.

 

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The Hypocrisy of Pro-Abortion Governors

It should come as no surprise that many governors who claim to be Catholic are choosing their self-interest over the faith of others.

Here is  a rundown of every so-called Catholic governor so far

Andrew Cuomo- New York

Cuomo does not need a long introduction, but God knows that he is in the state of mortal sin as he continues to murder life from womb to tomb in the Empire State. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree as his father, Mario, labeled the idea that “I’m Catholic, but” which was backfired by Cardinal John O’Connor. Who dares to play God when it comes to human life?

Gina Raimondo- Rhode Island

She sent a letter to Barth Bracy, the executive director of Rhode Island Right to Life, about keeping abortion facilities open while churches are closed during the pandemic.

Gretchen Whitmer- Michigan

Whitmer is a feminist. A tween from 2018 recently surfaced that shows her wearing a pink hat that reads, “Planned Parenthood makes America Great”. Oh, really? Then why have 61 million Americans been murdered by the largest abortion chain? She even barred purchasing American flags while allowing abortions to happen in her state. Read more here

Tom Wolf- Pennsylvania

Wolf volunteered for Planned Parenthood in his early days. He even is their best friend. Observe

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What is appalling is, like many of his esteemed colleagues that have turned states progressive, he deemed abortion as “essential service” while many businesses in the commonwealth are suffering. Even with a red house and senate in the Keystone State, Wolf has vetoed pro-life bills, but they will be overridden.

Ralph Northam

Dr. Ralph Northam has been the subject of many news headlines. What is so disconcerting about him is the fact that a former pediatrician who dares to play the inconsistent card when it comes to human life. One example is his viewpoint on infanticide.

Bottom line: elections have consequences and those that have refused to defend the most precious must be voted out.

 

 

 

Virtual Pro-Life Events

Here is a list of upcoming pro-life events taking place in the next few days.

 

Tonight, 8:00 – 10:00 pm: Students for Life, National Pro-Life Summit Follow-Up Webcast- register using this link: https://www.studentsforlife.org/summit-webcast/

Thursday, April 30th, 8:00 pm: Sisters of Life Virtual Gala – register using this link: https://sistersoflife.org/virtualgala
Friday, May 1st, Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd – One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies – we are asked to pray one additional rosary each of these days for the following intention: for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons. Register using this link: http://www.saintmichaelthearchangelorganization.org/index.cfm

Denied Sacraments; Not Access to Abortion. Catholic Bishops, Speak Up

By now, many Catholic bishops have made one of the hardest decisions to ever come in the midst of the pandemic. That decision was to suspend the celebration of mass and live stream masses until the pandemic passes. Catholics are not thrilled over this decision. They are deprived of receiving the Eucharist. However, many are encouraged to make a spiritual communion. In the midst of it, one brave pastor held a Sunday service. He paid the price as he was arrested.

As Lent is drawing to a close and one of the most pivotal times of the church’s calendar approaches, it seems many pro-lifers are being challenged even more. 40 Days for Life campaigns are canceled now due to the rapid spread of the virus as we cannot have 10 people or more outside of abortion facilities in the midst of physical distancing (the correct term as opposed to social distancing). No palms this year, witnessing new Catholics coming to the faith on Easter Sunday, not even families gathering for mass together and receive the blessing of the Easter Holy Water.

Meanwhile, across many states, Planned Parenthood facilities remain open as they are deemed “essential”. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck the Schmuck Schumer were looking out for Planned Parenthood when it came to stimulus money without a care for the average American out of work. Even many doctors are up in arms about many states’ decisions to leave them open. Time and time again, the abortion industry is using events like the pandemic to put profit ahead of actual care.

At the same time, the Catholic bishops have been silent. It has helped the oppressors. Our bishops can do better. Where are they? They all come together to close the church’s door and improvise mass celebrations to the virtual world. Catholics can’t receive the sacraments. No weddings. No funerals. Churches are open for worship only. Many Catholics are seeing this as a way to forget the 3rd commandment, yet they are encouraged to view the mass on the internet. Sadly many are not doing so.

CALL TO ACTION

I am calling on all people of faith to come together, call their representative and ask their officials to close the abortion facilities.

If you are in good health and are prepared, go and be physically present outside of abortion facilities. Bring resources with you.

Offer your next Holy Hour or prayer meeting (physically or virtually) for an end to abortion.

Take a photo of your pro-life sign and tag the location of the Planned Parenthood facility on your next social media post (Facebook and Instagram).  Remind women that they are amazing, strong, and beautiful. You have help.

Post-pro-life messages on your church’s billboard and bulletin.

Use social media to spread the pro-life message. Be ready for a backlash. Respond with love.

This pandemic can bring the best and worst out of everyone. Let this bring out the best in every pro-lifer.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice”  Proverbs 31: 8-9

 

Tell Gov. Wolf to Shut Down All Abortion Facilities in PA

The following is a statement from Mike McGonagle, President of Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition. This is being shared to the blog with his permission

Our organization urges Gov. Wolf to act consistently with his directive for Pa. health facilities to cease all elective surgeries by directing the closure of all of Pa.’s free-standing abortion facilities.

Our organization’s President, Michael J. McMonagle, explained the reason for this action.

“Pregnancy is not a disease and therefore, abortion is not required surgery.  Even abortion facility operators admit that most surgical abortions are elective.

“A non-elective abortion would be one of the exceptions authorized by Pa.’s ban on post-24-week gestation abortions.  Hospitals would remain available for non-elective abortions.”

BREAKING: PENNSYLVANIA INAUGURAL MARCH POSTPONED

The following is from Tom Stevens, the Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. 

The sponsors of the Pennsylvania March for Life, out of concern for the health of those planning to attend, and in line with the guidance of public health officials and Capitol authorities, are today announcing the postponement of the Pennsylvania March for Life, originally set for Monday, May 18, 2020.

We greatly appreciate the wonderful excitement we’ve witnessed in planning for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life, and for the desire of many thousands to join together in making a public stand in support of the sanctity of life. Thank you as well to those who are working hard to make sure Pennsylvanians from every corner and county of our state will be represented in big numbers at the rally and march.

Even now we are looking to confirm a date for this fall. With you, we are committed to ensuring that Pennsylvania’s pro-life voice will be heard by the Governor, our General Assembly, and other elected officials.

Continue to check the website at pamarchforlife.org for regular updates, the announcement of a new date, and ways you can help spread the word and plan to attend.

We look forward to joining with you as we stand for the sanctity of all human life from conception until natural death – towards our goal of making abortion unthinkable.


We will keep you updated as we obtain more information. Stay safe and keep praying for the babies and moms!

PS—Help us continue the fight:

1.) Support pro-life efforts by donating to our work.

2.) Watch the Pro-Life Union’s Sidewalk Servant Video Series, become trained, and contact us today to become a prayerful, peaceful presence in front of an abortion clinic. You can impact someone’s life forever!

3.) Pregnancy Hotline: call 610-626-4006 or text 484-451-8104.

Reflection for the Annunciation

Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom, there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Reflection

The passage above offers us a crucial message that we must convey to moms who will be in Mary’s position. At first, Mary was afraid when she was given the news. However, she gave her “yes” to be the mother of Jesus Christ.

You see, we may be afraid to take the same leap. However, we are called to say yes to God’s will for us. When we say “yes” to life, like Mary did, we unleash the plan God has for us and the child in the mother’s womb.

Say yes to life. It will change yours.