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

Abortion Front and Center in Gubernatorial Campaign

Commentary below is from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life.  She is asking for all who live in New Jersey to contact their Assembly Member and their State Senators to vote No on S3030/A4848.  And please get out and vote for  candidate Jack Ciattarelli for Governor of New Jersey!

Ciattarelli Murphy

As expected, NJ Governor Murphy and pro-abortion forces used the news about the Texas law which will protect babies when their hearts begin to beat as a rallying cry to pass the radical, draconian Freedom to Kill Act (S3030/A4848) aka the NJ Reproductive Freedom Act.

This article linked below covers a press event that the Governor held  yesterday.  Despite his protestations to the contrary, this issue is most definitely political as indicated by the headline.

To his credit, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli responded by pointing out that it is Murphy’s position that is the one that is extreme.

Please contact your State Senator and two Assembly members and let them know you expect them to vote No on S3030/A4848.

Please read the article and educate as many individuals as possible about this issue and the candidates’ positions on it.  Please share it with as many friends and family members as possible.

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. 

University of PItt

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!

#SAVEHYDE RALLY IN PHILADELPHIA

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.

To rsvp for the event, visit here.

Please Join us on Friday, July 2nd to Protest Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Vote on the Equality Act

The information below is from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania. Mike explains the harsh reality of the so-called ‘Equality Act’ and why we need to protest Representative Fitzpatrick’s vote on this bill.  Protest is scheduled for 12:00 noon on Friday, July 2nd. 

Equality Act

Please participate in a protest at U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s District Office at 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Road in Langhorne in the Summit Square Shopping Center on Friday, July 2, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.  This office building shares a parking lot with a Giant Supermarket, where ample parking is available.

The purpose of this Event is to continue our efforts to persuade Rep. Fitzpatrick to cease his support for the “Equality Act” (EA).  On February 25, 2021, Rep. Fitzpatrick became one of only three Republican U.S. House Members to vote for this very pro-abortion legislation with many other harms.

Our area’s pro-life movement needs to provide leadership to resist these Culture of Death intrusions into the Republican Party.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has summarized the harms of the EA.

“Our faith calls us to uphold every individual’s dignity and rights against unjust discrimination – including in employment, housing, and services – regardless of characteristics or background.  Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, the Equality Act would impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights.  The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘sex’ and ‘gender identity’ would erase women’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws.  Its sex-based nondiscrimination terms would end women’s shelters and many single-sex schools.  It would close faith-based foster care and adoption agencies that honor children’s rights to a mother and father.  The bill would even act as an abortion mandate.  We must pursue justice and equality for anyone denied it; but this is a regrettable approach.  We are gravely disappointed with the Act’s passage in the U.S. House.”


The EA would eliminate the Hyde Amendment – and other abortion funding restrictions because it redefines “sex” such that not funding abortions becomes an act of “sex discrimination.”  Specifically, this expansion of abortion occurs because the EA re-defines “sex” to include “pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.”  The EA also states that “pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions.”  Some prior court decisions and pro-abortion government officials have established that a “related medical condition” includes abortion.

The attached promotional flyer for this Event also summarizes the harms of the EA. (see flyer below)

Please do not be assuaged if Rep. Fitzpatrick reports that he is sponsoring “EA Lite,” also known as the “Fairness Act.”  This legislation claims (quite dishonestly) to protect religious liberty and female athletics.  Nevertheless, it maintains its abortion funding mandate.

In addition to attending this July 2nd Event, please send – or resend – your own correspondence to Rep. Fitzpatrick that urges him to oppose the EA.

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Tom Wolf Stripped of Emergency Powers By State Voters

If voters from the Keystone State were at the polls during the primary, they may have noticed the first question on whether the governor should have limited executive power. It was common sense. Now one was above the law.

By a 7-point margin (53%-46%), voters said yes to limiting the governor’s power. This came during the advent of the pandemic that took place last year. He closed churches [which should have been opened to encourage people to pray for the end of COVID-19] and businesses, yet he let abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood continue having abortions.

Despites the state’s efforts to pass bills ending the pandemic, Wolf vetoed every measure. That send the message for the people to decide at the polls and the convincing victory showed.

This shows that accountable is still alive in Pennsylvania as 2022 is around the corner.

Pennsylvania is just the first state to do so. Many others are looking to follow suit.

It’s time for We the People to stand up to tyrants like Commie Tommy Wolf and take our states back. Wolf’s legacy lied in his response to the scamdemic that happened and how he radically promoted abortion in the heat of the lockdowns where pro-lifers were not permitted to be peacefully demonstrating outside of abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood.

Pennsylvania Alert! Please Take Action

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.  

Pennsylvania action alert

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.

Pennsylvania Action: Get the Word out on Ballot Questions

We are halfway through April and it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming Pennsylvania Primary Election. There are three ballot questions with which everyone needs familiarize themselves before casting your vote.  Below is information provided by Ted Meehan, long-time pro-life warrior,  about these questions and why we need to vote Yes.  This is a pro-life issue inasmuch as Gov Wolf is extremely pro-death placing no value on life whether it is in the womb or the elderly who he put at risk in placing COVID patients in nursing homes.

We need to reign in this out-of-control, pro-death governor, and take away his power grab.  And we can do that by voting YES to these ballot questions on May 18th!

 

PA Ballot Questions 

In the May Primary, there will be 3 Amendments on the ballot to Pennsylvania’s Constitution. We urge a “Yes” vote for all three. 

Two of these deal with the ongoing power grab by Governor Wolf, who asked for and was given special emergency powers as the Covid virus arrived. He doesn’t want to give these powers up! And he has been using them to circumvent the checks and balances of the Legislature. Common sense would indicate that the Legislature, who gave him the special emergency powers, should be able to withdraw them once the emergency has passed. But when they passed their resolution to rescind the emergency declaration, Wolf vetoed it! Only by passing these amendments can we restore Constitutional government to Pennsylvania. So VOTE “YES”! Tell your friends to do the same! 

When voters head to the polls on May 18, they will have the final say on three potential amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution. The way the Wolf Administration worded two of these questions has been roundly criticized as confusing and prejudicial, so it is critical for voters to understand what the questions really mean before casting their votes.

Question 1 asks whether the General Assembly should be allowed to terminate an emergency declaration if a governor continues to wield emergency powers long after the disaster has passed. A YES vote means the General Assembly could serve as a check on the governor’s power during an emergency to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians.

Question 2 asks whether future emergency declarations should be limited to 21 days unless extended by the General Assembly. A YES vote means the governor would be prohibited from maintaining unilateral control for an indefinite period of time during an emergency.

Question 3 asks whether new protections should be added for Pennsylvanians based on race or ethnicity. A YES vote means the rights of all state residents would be protected – regardless of an individual’s race or ethnicity – and the new protections at the state level would match those provided by the U.S. Constitution.

I encourage you to share this information with your family, friends and neighbors so everyone understands what a YES vote means for these critical ballot questions in May.