2,000 pro-lifers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania came out to give a voice to the voiceless in the inaugural state March for Life. People from all walks of life, creed, and major cities in the Keystone State came out, a majority from the western part of the state.
The morning began with Mass at neighboring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, located only a few steps from the capitol. Bishop Ronald Gainer was the main celebrant. In his homily, he reminded everyone to boldly stand against the culture of death.
Following Mass, pro-lifers gathered in front of the steps of the capitol to hear from speakers such as Reverend Herb Lusk of greater Exodus Church in Center City Philadelphia, who opened the event with prayer.
Even state legislatures took time to address those assembled. Reminding everyone to remain involved and vigilant while promoting the culture of life.
The keynote speaker of the rally was Abby Johnson. Abby opened her talk reflecting on the 12th anniversary of her walk away campaign from the abortion industry. She saw firsthand the “science” Planned Parenthood wanted her to believe. It was that fateful day that she knew that it was a human life being terminated. God’s road to Damascus that day confirmed that she must not just helped pregnant women but also the workers of the diabolical industry.
Following the rally, the pro-lifers walked a mile around the capitol filling the streets with song, prayer, and even signs. Some of which were created by hand. Some took time to meet with their local representative to hold them accountable in their public service.
For a gallery of photos from the event, see them here.
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
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.
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.
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.
The following is from Michael McGonagleurging 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.
Thank you for reading this correspondence. Please send the requested correspondence and I look forward to seeing you on August 11, 2021!
As pro-lifers fight to Save the Hyde Amendment, Students for Life of America and Democrats for Life will tag team to hold rallies across the nation to convince elected officials to incline the life saving amendment in the new fiscal budget.
This Friday, July 9th, a rally will be held outside of Rep. Brendan Boyle’s office in Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia. Rally begins at 11:00 am.
Please see the message below from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. The legislative arm of the pro-life movement is an important one and one that we should all have time to participate in.
For any questions concerning who your state rep is, see this link.
Dear Pro-Life Leaders,
Please send a message to your state representative, urging him or her to support PA House Bill 1500, the Down syndrome protection measure.
This important piece of disability rights legislation would ban abortions when the preborn baby is diagnosed with Down syndrome. The current abortion rate for unborn children with Down syndrome is extraordinarily high—research indicates the vast majority of them are aborted.
To send a message to your state representative now, please click here.
Below is information from Ted Meehan concerning several bills moving forward in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Please contact your legislators and ask them to sign on to these bills and resolutions.
Several important bills are progressing through the PA Legislature. You can assist in getting these bills through the Committee process and to the floor by asking your local reps to co-sponsor them.
1) The “Dignity” bill (HB 118) is essentially a Fetal Remains bill, requiring abortion providers and hospitals to dispose of remains of aborted or miscarried babies with the respect due to human beings. No dumping into HazMat bags and dumped.
2) Heartbeat Bill prohibits abortions at the point that a baby’s heartbeat is detected.
3) RESCUE Bill is an acronym for “Reporting Evidence of Sexual Crimes and Underage Exploitation. It would close the loophole that has enabled abortion providers to avoid the mandated reporting of treating girls aged 16 or younger for sexually related issues – STDs, pregnancy, abortion. It is needed because without reports to law enforcement or child protective services, little girls trapped in sex trafficking rings, or victims of rape, or even prostitution – are systematically treated and handed back to the perpetrators of their abuse.
4) John Stanton Memorial Resolution is the long overdue public recognition of the “Father of the Pro-Life Movement in Pennsylvania”. (This has been held up for four years by Brian Sims – the same state rep who was the homosexual activist abusing ladies and young girls who were praying in front of the 12th & Locust abortion mill 2 June’s ago.) That person is running for Lt Gov. But our commitment is to continue to bring it up until it passes.
Unfortunately, at this point, I do not have Bill numbers for all of these. But the Dignity Bill is HB 118. But with the above info, your representative can get the info needed. We want them to sign on as co-sponsors to these bills.