January 2022 To Do List

It’s 2022! Happy New Year! Start the year off with a bang. Here’s how

  1. Make plans to attend the March for Life in DC.
  2. Participate in prayer vigils in your community
  3. Reach out to pregnancy centers and donate maternity items for mother’s in need
  4. Collect old clothes and give to a homeless near you.
  5. Give alms to pro-life groups on the local and national level
  6. Offer a Mass for an end to abortion
  7. Hold a local pro-life rally in your city for those who can’t go to National events in DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco’s Walk for Life
  8. Write pro-life op-eds for your local paper
  9. Call your representative and urge them to defend life from womb to tomb
  10. Begin the groundwork to oust pro-abortion politicians as 2022 is a mid-term election for 88% of state and federal offices.

Urgent PA Legislative Alert – Please Take Action!

Please see action alert below from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  Use the links provided to read the amendment and to contact your state legislators. 

 

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The Constitutional Amendment to keep abortion out of the PA Constitution has now been introduced in the state legislature.

Senate Bill 956 would ensure that there is no right to abortion or taxpayer funding of abortion in the PA Constitution.  Read the text of the amendment here. 

Action Item:

It is critically important that we contact our PA state representative and state senator and urge them to support this Constitutional Amendment. You can contact your state lawmakers conveniently online here: 

Background:

The abortion industry has gone to court to try to establish a so-called right to abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion under the PA Constitution. The case is now before the PA Supreme Court. If the abortion industry wins the case, all of our pro-life laws could be wiped out. That would mean taxpayer funding of abortion, no ban on late-term abortion, no parental consent for abortion, no 24-hour waiting period for abortion, no inspection and regulation of abortion facilities. Tragically, it could mean abortions up to the moment of birth in Pennsylvania.

In order to stop this disastrous scenario from occurring, we need a Constitutional Amendment to keep abortion out of the PA Constitution.

Please share this alert with your pro-life friends, family members, and all appropriate lists.

 

BIG WINS IN VIRGINIA’S STATEWIDE ELECTIONS; LIFE, FAMILY, AND FREEDOM PREVAIL

We are recapping the results of the 2021 civic, gubernatorial, and even state elections. For results of the PA Supreme race, see this article for more information.

The motto of the state of Virginia reads, “Sic Semper Tyrannis” meaning “Thus ever unto tyrants”. For the longest time, tyrants have run Virginia, home to eight Presidents of the United States. From McAuliffe to Northam and even senate races that have had no contest let alone the ten-point win by President Joe Biden last year proved that tyranny must stop.

Many analysts and even Vice President Kamal Harris predicted in her own words that this election would, “determine what could happen in 2022, 2024, and so on”. Well, election night 2021 proved that the tyrannical actions of the Biden Administration had to be put to a halt. Glenn Youngkin, despite being behind in many early polls, came out triumphant to replace Ralph Northam by defeating former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.

Not only was abortion a pivotal issue of the race but also what Terry McAullife said on the trail about entrusting children to the state when it comes to education while pushing critical race theory and parents were not allowed to have a say. The parents have spoken. Life has triumphed over death. It was a miracle. A pro-life majority will also have possession of Virginia house by one seat. On top of it, the race shows that every voice matters when it comes to our three inalienable rights given to us by God.

As we look ahead to 2022, let us remember those God-given rights when he put forth strong men and women of character and morals, no matter what party we affiliate with.

We have just begun. Let us carry this with us in the midterm election year let alone your own state’s races.

“Remember vote for life. It may be your own.” Mother Angelica

Respect Life March and Rally with Rev. Clenard Childress

We are just days away from the Fall 2021 Rally in Philadelphia.

Back by popular demand is Rev. Clenard Childress who highlighted the closing Fall 2020 rally last year.

The day will include a rally outside of the Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree).

The event will follow with a peaceful procession to Liberty Bell.

All are encouraged to attend a bring a friend or two. Make your voices heard.

PENNSYLVANIA HELD INAUGURAL MARCH IN HARRISBURG; STRONG SHOWING STATEWIDE

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.

Elena Ligouri, graduate student from University of Pittsburgh, took time to share about how her medical colleagues at her soon to be alma mater harvesting body parts from unborn children while still alive. She encouraged everyone to remain bold and not afraid to defend 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.

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

The Unborn Child Is Protected by Law; Deep In The Heart of Texas

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.

Pennsylvania Action Alert! Contact your State Senator about Pitt

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. 

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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.
 
 

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!