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.

‘Assist Us to Live, Not Die’

The following is from Judie Brown of American Life League

“Assist Us to Live, Not Die” is what a poster reads in a recent demonstration against assisted suicide. If this sounds like an overstatement, stay tuned. The situation in the world of euthanasia advocates right now is not only disturbing but deadly.

Across the world, proponents of assisted suicide are gaining ground. And these are the very people who are using the panic created over the coronavirus to convince people that assisted dying is a good idea.

The Atlantic published a report about the “extraordinary decisions” that confront Italian physicians in the wake of the pandemic. The writer explains:

The Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) has published guidelines for the criteria that doctors and nurses should follow as these already extraordinary circumstances worsen. The document begins by likening the moral choices Italian doctors may face to the forms of wartime triage that are required in the field of “catastrophe medicine.” Instead of providing intensive care to all patients who need it, the authors suggest, it may become necessary to follow “the most widely shared criteria regarding distributive justice and the appropriate allocation of limited health resources.”

While such extreme measures are not mandatory for doctors, the recommendations give us cause to stop and consider what is going on in medicine right now. Steven Ertelt observes: “The irony is that the guidelines are called ‘distributive justice.’ But there’s no justice when treatment decisions are based on who is considered too old or too ill.”

Yet this sort of prejudiced justice has been advocated in many scenarios over the years. One writer says: “When it was first made legal, doctor-assisted death was seen as a way to spare terminally ill, pain-racked patients unnecessary suffering in their final days. But definitions of what kind of anguish is unbearable have in many cases widened over time, leading to debate about when a doctor is justified in helping a patient die.”

But what is missing from this rhetoric and similar comments is the fundamental truth that nobody should have the right to take another’s life for any reason any more than someone should be encouraged to take his own life.

Having said that, clearly more and more medical professionals are twisting words and creating wide areas of confusion to drive their anti-life agenda. Efforts to brainwash physicians, nurses, and others with alleged facts that are truly fiction are spreading like wildfire.

For example, Nancy Valko, RN, recently wrote in an e-mail to me that a student nurse expressed concerns to her about what might be on her licensing exam: “She was very concerned about the key points on death and dying to know for her nursing exam for licensure. . . . She was especially concerned about this one: ‘Terminal dehydration has been shown to be palliative in reducing pain. IV hydration is not indicated unless it is a patient’s choice.’”

In other words, denying hydration to an extremely ill patient will result in that person’s death. That does indeed reduce physical pain, since the dead do not feel pain.

Regarding the current pandemic, Diane Coleman of Not Dead Yet addresses this virus as someone who, herself, is disabled. She points out the failures of a medical system that have created another kind of crisis. She writes:

This pandemic resource shortage will touch people who previously felt safe from healthcare rationing. How we treat people in need is a reflection of the priorities of the policymakers we elect. All too often, the voices of people with disabilities and other justice communities have been drowned out. Perhaps the unnecessary loss of life from this pandemic due to healthcare capacity limits will cause others to join with us in re-evaluating the priorities that got us here.

Such justice communities include defenders of the preborn and the elderly as well. Imposing death on a fellow human being for any reason—including neglect, rationing, abortion, or infanticide—is always wrong.

“Assist us to live, not die” is not just a slogan; it is a battle cry for anyone fighting for the right to life.

 

Call your governor, demand elective abortions STOP

The following is from an email blast sent by Eric Scheidler urging everyone to flood their state governor’s with calls to shut down abortion facilities in their state.  

I’m reaching out to you today as a pro-life leader to ask for your help with an urgent campaign.

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, all Americans have been asked to practice “social distancing.” In many states, governors are ordering schools and restaurants to close, and even many churches have closed their doors.
But in the midst of all this, nearly every abortion clinic in the nation remains open for business.

Can you believe that? Millions of Americans can’t go to a church service, but the abortion industry is running at full steam.

We need to put a stop to this.

That’s why I’m asking you to mobilize your pro-life network to call on our governors and demand that they use their emergency powers to close every abortion facility in your state, immediately.

The page provides talking points, along with the contact information for every governor in the country.
Please note that we’re not just asking people to call their own governors, but to call other governors as well, starting with the Republicans that are most likely to respond. This virus is crossing state lines, so we all need every governor to put a stop to elective abortions.
Let’s flood our governors with calls till they do the right thing and shut abortion facilities down for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak!

Learn how Your Senators Voted on Pain-Capable and Born-Alive Bills

The following information is from the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment.  Please use the links below to see how your Senators voted on these bills and take the necessary actions.   

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). In the Senate, 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster and advance a bill to a vote on passage. The Pain-Capable bill would protect unborn children from late-term abortions. It failed to advance by a vote of 53 to 44. The Born-Alive bill would prohibit infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve his/her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It failed to advance by a vote of 56 to 41.

You can see how your senators voted on both measures by clicking on the following links (note that Sens. Sanders, Warren, and Klobuchar missed both votes):

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275)

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311)

Thank you to all who took action to urge your senators to support these bills. Please take action again to thank those senators who supported these bills and express your deep disappointment to those senators who opposed these bills.

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311)
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Click here to send your messages. Click here to send your messages.

 

 

Abortion Hurts Men Too- Philly 40 Days for Life

The following is from an email blast sent out by Dr. Monique Ruberu. She shares about a pro-lifer’s encounter with a man whose girlfriend was getting an abortion at 777 Appletree.

Dear Friends,

Abortion hurts. It hurts the child the mother and the father. It hurts the siblings, the grandparents, the great grandparents and every one of us that miss out on the gift of that human being.
Often at the abortion centers, we encounter men who are completely helpless. They have no “choice” in the matter and their inability to protect their child is heartbreaking.
Thank you for being there for these men as well.   I thank God that Rita was there to acknowledge one of these men’s pain and try to be the hands and feet of Jesus at that moment…

Sadly, this mother likely didn’t change her mind, but at least this man may be exposed to the love of Jesus… sometimes all we can do is plant a seed and let God grow it within them.

Here is Rita’s encounter:

I had a divine appointment yesterday at Appletree. After driving around forever to find a parking space, I found a space on Appletree Street on the same block as the clinic. Once I found the spot I had to put a note on my car in an attempt to avoid getting a ticket while I wandered all over to get change for the kiosk. In my frustration, I was, honestly, tempted to leave but I pressed past the temptation for the cause. This proved to be perfectly orchestrated as I finally got change and purchased my ticket at the kiosk.  As I stepped away from the kiosk a guy walked up, looked at the kiosk, and asked me in frustration if it took dollar bills.  I told him, “No” and expressed my frustration about the situation to him as well.  I just knew that he was with someone that was in Appletree so I purposely used this encounter as a segue to approach his reason for being there.

So my next question was, “Where are you going?”  He said, “My lady is in there” and pointed to the clinic.  I said, “Oh, she is in there having an abortion?”  He hung his head in sorrow and said, “Yeah.”  I replied, “I’m so sorry.  Is there anything I can do to help?”  He hung and shook his head again, shrugged his shoulders, and said, “Naw.  She made up her mind.”  He said that she has lupus and didn’t want the complications.  I asked him if she did it yet and he said he didn’t know but there was nothing he could do.  I told him that I was so sorry and shared with him the story of my termination as a teenager and how 35 years later the father of the baby still talked about our baby with regret.  As I walked him to his car, I told him that I know abortion hurts men.  I had just parked,  so I didn’t get a chance to grab any literature from our post so I gave him a gospel tract and shared with him the love of Jesus for him, his girlfriend, and their baby.

After I gave him the track, it occurred to me that I could write the names of resources on the back of the track for him.  I saw a pen in his car and asked if I could use it to write some resources on the track for him but he declined.  However, he did keep the tract.  I asked his name to pray for him.  He said his name is Antoine.  If nothing else, I can usher him by name to the throne of God that the Holy Spirit would intervene and draw them to Himself in love, repentance, and healing.  I believe that the process started the moment we met.

Rita

please continue to join us in filling the following hours:

Mon 3/2 : 12th and locust: 12,1,2

Tues 3/3 12th and locust – Ed will be there – come and join him as the 2nd person at 9,10,11,12,2,3

Wed 3/4: 12th and locust: 2

Thurs 3/5: 12th and loc: 10,12,1

God bless you all!

Blogger’s Note: This is why we must be present outside of these abortion facilities. We must, like Christ, overcome the unruly passions of the word to share his message with others. 

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Newly Released Details Regarding Inaugural State March in Pennsylvania

The following is from Dan Bartkowiak, Communication Director of Pennsylvania Family Institute and Council, regarding the inaugural state march in Pennsylvania.

We are excited to announce that joining us for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life on Monday, May 18th is Abby Johnson! The former Planned Parenthood director now travels the globe sharing her pro-life story, one that was put to the big screen in the movie Unplanned released last year.

“I left [Planned Parenthood] after I assisted in the ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus and realized humanity in the womb existed.” – Abby Johnson

As we work to build Pennsylvania as a state where life is protected from conception to natural death, we are so excited to be getting closer to this first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life. People from across the Commonwealth are planning to march with us in this historic event. Here are some details to help you plan your trip to Harrisburg.

“We will bring abortion to an end through the March for Life and other pro-life initiatives, we will build a culture of life in the United States.” – Jeanne Mancini, President – March for Life
Bus Captains
The official drop-off location for any bus or vehicle joining us for the Pennsylvania March for Life will be on 7th Street between North Drive and South Drive. Capitol Police will be closing the lane closest to the sidewalk to allow for safe drop off.

If you have a bus coming which you would like to be listed, please fill out this form to share that information with us.

More details can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions portion of the website: PaMarchForLife.org

Schedule – Monday, May 18
11:00AM – Rally at the PA State Capitol

12 noon – March begins

RSVP to Attend (optional)

Free Parking and Shuttle Available
The Pennsylvania March for Life is able to offer free off-site parking and a free shuttle service. The parking is available at the Elmerton Parking Lot, located at 116 Azalea Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110. The free shuttle service is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus.

There are additional parking and transportation options to consider:

Parking: City Island ($10 per day), Various parking garages. Options: parkharrisburg.com
Train: The Harrisburg Amtrak Train Station is four blocks away from the Capitol Complex.
Bus: The Harrisburg Greyhound Bus Station and the Transfer Center for CAT Bus Services are 4-5 blocks from the Capitol Complex.

Confirmed Speakers

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Ryan Bomberger

Founder, The Radiance Foundation

Abby Johnson
Abby Johnson

Pro-Life Activist, Former Planned Parenthood director

 

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Jeanne Mancini

President, March for Life
Donate to the PA March for Life
Become an official Participating Group
There are so many individuals and groups already participating with us to help this first-ever PA March for Life have a significant impact. We want to connect with pro-life groups around the state who are coordinating support for the PA March for Life and we want to show appreciation to so many who are helping to make this all possible. That’s what becomes an official participating group is all about.

There are already over a dozen participating groups! For details on how to become an official participating group, contact Dan Bartkowiak at dbart@pafamily.org or 717-545-0600.

More details to come!
For future alerts, sign-up at PaMarchForLife.org or text PAMARCH to 73075.
Please share this information! To view this email in your browser, click here.

Sean Maguire – Event Coordinator
ourseanmaguire@gmail.com | 717-222-8588

Philly 40 Days for Life- Day 3

The following is from an email blast sent out by Dr. Monique Ruberu regarding 40 Days for Life in Philadelphia. 

Dear Friends,

Today was another full day at the vigil!! Many thanks to the amazing prolifers from Epiphany led by Janet Glendening and the awesome Temple students led by Karly Brown.

Tomorrow is Saturday…. the worst day at the abortion centers… the line of cars seems endless and it is simply heartbreaking to watch.

Every woman entering these places is entering because they feel hopeless, scared, boxed in… and they don’t realize how much they will suffer if they go through with this “choice”…

The good news is that we are covered for every single hour tomorrow!!!!!! Thanks be to God for every one of you that will be present! Know that we will be praying for you as you stand in the gap!!!

please consider joining us and covering hours next week!!!

Monday 3/2: 12th and locust : 10,1,2

Tues 3/3: 12th and locust: 9,11,12,2,3

Wed 3/4: 12th and loc: 11,2

wed 3/4 777 appletree 12,1,2

thurs 3/5 12th and loc : 8,9,10,12,1

To sign up for hours, visit here for Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust) and Philadelphia Women’s Center.