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.
According to Wikipedia,“Infanticide (or infant homicide) is the intentional killing of infants. Now universally illegal, infanticide was a widespread practice throughout human history that was mainly used to dispose of unwanted children.”
It may be illegal now, but if the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619) is not passed, we may be looking at the resurgence of this evil practice. Please see information from Human Life Action below and send a message to your US. Representative now!
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619) has again been introduced in Congress to protect babies from infanticide.
But efforts to bring the bill to a vote in the House are being blocked. Your action is needed to urge your Representative to sign a discharge petition that would allow this vote to occur.
Some states have passed laws to expand abortion and to repeal laws providing specific protections for babies born alive after surviving an attempted abortion. The Born-Alive Act would provide these specific protections nationwide to help prevent newborns from being killed or left alone to die.
We must continue to push Congress to pass the Born-Alive Act, so babies born alive following an abortion attempt are treated the same as any other newborn baby.
“My mother faced intense pressure to abort, leading her to schedule an abortion at Mt. Sinai hospital in Hartford.”
Below is a report by Tyler O’Neill published by PJ Media on December 8, 2020. He covered a congressional hearing on the Hyde Amendment.
On Tuesday, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing condemning the Hyde Amendment, a federal policy that protects taxpayers from funding the intentional killing of babies in the womb. Democrats argued that the policy is racist but a black mother gave a powerful testimony in favor of the Hyde Amendment, telling her personal story about having almost gotten aborted herself.
“I was born in 1981, a year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Hyde Amendment,” Christina Bennett, communications director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, testified. “My mother faced intense pressure to abort, leading her to schedule an abortion at Mt. Sinai hospital in Hartford.”
Yet “the kind words of an elderly black janitor” convinced Bennett’s mother to keep her. “Before she left, the doctor pressured her to go through with the abortion, reminding her that she’d already paid for it. When she insisted on keeping me, he yelled, ‘Don’t leave this room.’”
“My mother wanted me even though she paid for an abortion,” Bennett explained. “My mother represents women who’ve been coerced into abortion.”
Bennett testified that she has helped “hundreds of women” who faced similar coercion. Later in the hearing, she explained exactly how a doctor would have snuffed out her life.
“If I was aborted in Hartford, I would have been dismembered, my body would have been thrown into a trash can, and that would have been the reality of what happened,” Bennett said.
“We can never deny the fact that abortion is the intentional taking of a human life and taxpayers who are morally opposed to this — whether it’s for religious reasons or secular reasons — should not be forced to have to fund this, especially for those of us in the black community who view abortion and what has happened to our community as an act of genocide,” she argued.
Indeed, Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson (D) called abortion “modern-day genocide for African-Americans.”
“More African American babies are killed in the womb each year than by any other cause,” she told PJ Media. “There’s no other way to look at it. At the close of 2019, more African American babies will die at the hands of abortionists than any other disease, sickness, or violence combined. How do you not define it to be genocide?”
It is Monday, November 9th, 6 days since the 2020 election and while the media has reported the Democratic candidate, Joseph Biden, as the new president-elect, the final decision still is being wrestled in the courts as the ballot process is reviewed.
In the meantime, there are other legislature election outcomes which ultimately affect us in a more personal way as to how our local county, district and state representatives answer to their constituents. My initial goal was to post result updates on local elections but as we have readers from everywhere I’m going in another direction and giving you some homework!
How many of us are really familiar with our U.S. House and Senate reps and also our State House and Senate representatives and what districts we are in? Do we know where their local offices are? How often do we contact these people to offer our yea’s or nay’s as to the bills and laws they initiate or vote for or against? As this particle election seemed to be fraught with contention and opinions fueled by social media and in many cases selected blurbs of info (on both sides), it is imperative that we do not just sit back for another 3 ½ years and jump in at the end to voice our concerns with strangers on the internet when we haven’t taken the time to actually communicate with the people forming policy.
I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a nearby suburb of Philadelphia. As part of a pro-life effort, I have actually met with my local Pennsylvania House Representative Todd Polinchock(R) to discuss his stance on pro-life initiatives put before him. So, at election time, he wasn’t just a name on banner by the side of the road (he won!). Also, my U.S. Rep Brian Fitzpatrick (R) won over his Democratic opponent Christine Finello. I know our readers come from many home bases so I am providing an interactive link so you can track how your particular state 2020 elections went. I would also suggest getting familiar with your local state websites so you can stay apprised of district changes due to gerrymandering or census changes and read actual bills instead of going on hearsay as to what is or is not included. You can also contact your local state pro-life or right-to-life websites for further discussions about abortion laws. In order to bolster our pro-life efforts, we need to ensure that we have the facts and credible information to state our case on behalf of our children who cannot yet speak.
A prime example of this is noted in one of our earlier blog posts concerning New Jersey’s Reproductive Freedom Act. Obtain factual details directly from the bill, contact your local representatives and share accurate information with contacts who vote in that state. Babies and moms’ lives are at stake if restrictions are lifted.
As it looks like we will continue to be restricted somewhat on the social scene due to Covid concerns, let us use this time thoughtfully to gather facts, to have our voices heard and make our legislators actually work for their pay instead of just skimming along hoping they don’t have to explain themselves to us, the people who ultimately pay their salaries.
“Get out and vote” was widely publicized the last few weeks. That’s not good enough. These aren’t Congeniality contests. Know who you are voting for inside and out and if you can depend on them to be your voice, just as our babies in the womb are depending on us!
The following is from an email blast sent by Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America.
I want to invite you to a special pro-life, virtual event thisTuesday (September 8th) featuring one of Pennsylvania’s pro-life champions!
On Tuesday evening at 6PM EST, canyou join Students for Life Action and Drew Murray for aPro-Life Generation Roundtableon “Pursuing a Post-Roe Pennsylvania?”
Drew is running for Pennsylvania State House District 182, and his opponent is the infamous Brian Sims.
You remember PA Representative Sims right? He made headlines last year for harassing two young girls, Students for Life members, as they prayed outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in his Philadelphia district.
Drew has a solid pro-life record and will surely be an unwavering ally for the preborn if elected to the Pennsylvania State House. So, we would love for you to meet him and have the opportunity to ask him any questions you may have.
To register for the Pro-Life Generation PA Roundtable with Drew Murray, just click here.
At Students for Life Action, we are committed to enacting pro-life policies that will uphold the rights of the pre-born in Pennsylvania and working towards that day when abortion is unthinkable and illegal..
I hope you can join us this Tuesday, Sept 8th at 6pm EST!
Please read the article from Judie Brown, President of American Life League below. And if you live in California, please use the link below to take the necessary action.
Should midwives become abortionists?
There are few pieces of legislation that I would call just outright EVIL. Yet the state of California seems to be in a race to push the boundaries of the diabolic these days.
California’s legislature is actively considering a bill that would allow midwives to perform unsupervised abortions. From our friends at the California Family Council:
“In 2013, California lowered the health safety standards for women by letting non-physicians, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse-midwives do first-trimester surgical and medical abortions. State legislators are at it again this year with the introduction of SB 1237, a bill to remove the requirement that certified nurse-midwives be directly supervised by a doctor.”
— “Assembly Considers Bill to Let Midwives Do Abortions Without Doctor Supervision” Greg Burt, California Family Council, 04 August 2020
Word from our activists in California indicate that this legislation even goes so far as to lay the groundwork for re-introducing second trimester “induction” abortions.
Of course, what passes in California becomes model legislation for state and federal lawmakers.
American Life League is committed to opposing SB 1237, so we are asking you to do three things right now:
PLEASE CALL the bill author and the members of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and tell them to vote no on SB 1237, unless they remove the provision of the bill pertaining to abortion.
The following is from an email blast sent by Fr. Frank Pavone.
I have some exciting news from our friends at The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a key political pro-life group.
As you may know, they are longtime friends and allies of ours in the effort to elect pro-life candidates and inform pro-life voters.
Right now, they are looking for people willing to go door-to-door in their community to a targeted list of voters to ask them some simple questions and give them some helpful information to equip them for voting.
SBA List will train those who want to do this, provide the talking points and the information, and provide the specific, pre-selected homes to visit.
Those who do this are paid $10-$15 per hour depending on state and are reimbursed $0.30/mile for their travels. Hours are flexible (up to 40 hours per week). Other incentives are offered.
Participants must be 16 or older, able to abide by strict daily reporting requirements, and in harmony with a pro-life mission.
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.
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.
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.”
“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 abortionsevery 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.