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.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and the Equality Act

Below is a report from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania on the recent Rally & Protest of Representative Brian Fitzpatrick for his vote on the Equality Act.  Pictures at the bottom were submitted by Mike and Mary Scirocco.   I’ve also included an opinion column Mike submitted to the Bucks County Courier Times on the Equality Act.  

Equality Act

I thank everyone of the approximately 60 people who participated in our protest at Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s District Office on Friday, March 26, 2021 because of his support for the “Equality Act” (EA).

This March 26th Protest launched ongoing efforts to privately contact and publicly admonish Rep. Fitzpatrick because of his support for this insidiously evil legislation.  These efforts regarding Rep. Fitzpatrick and the EA have become a critical test of the pro-life movement’s zeal for and effectiveness on this issue, as well as an opportunity to maintain the opposition of Republican legislators to EA-type legislation.

We plan to continue our efforts by contacting supportive clergy and requesting their participation in this effort.  So, please participate in our continuing efforts to encourage constituents to contact Rep. Fitzpatrick regarding the EA.  I am attaching a flyer to assist in that request.

Fitzpatrick Protest Pictures
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URGENT — Congress to Vote on Proabortion ERA Shortcut Scheme

Pro-aborts have been busy pushing their bills through under the new regime.  But we must be ever vigilant and push back on these harmful bills.  Please see information from the National Right to Life and take the necessary action.  

The pro-abortion movement is trying to “air drop” the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment into the U.S. Constitution!

If their unprecedented scheme is successful, pro-life legislation nationwide could be destroyed.

WASHINGTON– During the week of March 15, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives will take up a measure that attempts to revive the long-expired Equal Rights Amendment. This unprecedented measure poses a dire threat to all pro-life laws and policies, state and federal. You must act now.

The Equal Rights Amendment is a constitutional amendment that Congress proposed in 1972, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade (Jan. 1973). The ERA has a 7-year ratification deadline that expired 42 years ago. But now, the Democrat-controlled Congress will take up a measure (House Joint Resolution 17) that claims to retroactively remove the deadline, and to magically “air drop” the ERA instantly into the U.S. Constitution!

Contact your representative 

If this unprecedented scheme works, virtually all pro-life legislation nationwide might be permanently wiped out.

The National Organization for Women says the ERA “could negate hundreds” of pro-life laws. NARAL says “the ERA would reinforce the constitutional right to abortion…[it] would require judges to strike down anti-abortion laws…” Leaders of numerous other pro-abortion organizations, including Planned Parenthood, have made similar statements.

Please click here for instructions on how to make a quick phone call to the office of your U.S. House member, to urge him or her to oppose this sweeping pro-abortion resolution (House Joint Resolution 17).  You will be shown quick talking points that you can use during your call.

Please do not delay — the House will act within the next week.

If the House narrowly passes the measure, then the Senate will take it up — and only a filibuster by pro-life senators can stop it. A filibuster can only be ended by 60 votes. 

All pro-life senators must be strongly urged to vote to block the ERA-revival measure (House Joint Resolution 17, or the Senate companion measure, Senate Joint Resolution 1).

The Senate Democratic leadership could take up the ERA as early as the week of March 22. Please click herefor the numbers to call, with easy talking points.

These calls will take just a few minutes. The stakes are very high. Please act today!

Please Join us on Friday, March 26th for a Rally Outside Representative Brian Fitzpatrick’s Office to Protest His Vote on the Equality Act

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Equality?  For whom?

  • Not for girls’ sports as they will be forced to allow boys to compete on the same teams as girls.
  • Not for medical professionals who will be forced to perform or assist at abortions and transgender procedures.
  • Not for clergy who will be forced to perform marriages for homosexuals.
  • Not for Christian schools who will be forced to hire homosexuals and transexuals to teach in their schools.
  • Not for women and children who will be forced to share bathrooms and shelters with men who ‘identify’ as women.
  • Not for the Little Sisters of the Poor who help the poorest of the poor. They will be forced to shut their doors if they don’t provide insurance for abortion, and transgender procedures.
  • Not for Christian businesses who will be forced to compromise their Christian principles or close their doors.
  • Not for parents who will lose their right to make medical decisions about their children’s gender dysphoria by normalizing hormonal and surgical interventions.

These are just some of the Americans that our Congressman chose to dismiss when voting for this bill.

Please join us on March 26th  to let Congressman Fitzpatrick know of our displeasure of this vote he cast against the family and God’s commandments. Rally begins at 11:00 am. Below is a flyer for this event.  Please print out and share with others. 

You may also want to write to him and let him know how you feel.  Please be respectful when writing, but get your point across.  Here is a link to his email page on his website. 

Equality Act Protest Flyer
Code of Conduct
 

The Anti-Life Agenda of Xavier Becerra

Pro-Lifers and every American should be more concerned as the Biden Administration continue to to add another so called “Catholic” to a scandalous cabinet. The agenda is simple; death.

His nominee to fill the HHS Department favored euthanasia in San Francisco. In addition to euthanasia, Becerra is also in favor of coercive action towards religious groups.

Becerra even went after David Daleiden when he took over for Vice President Kamala Harris. The crime? Exposing his ally, Planned Parenthood.

This move from the Biden Administrations shows that he is out of touch, not a Catholic, and has nothing real in store for our country.

IMPORTANT Webinar: “The Equality Act”: A Major Threat to Religious Liberty

Please see important information below regarding ‘The Equality Act’ from the  Pennsylvania Family Institute.  This Act is not intended to protect our God-given rights; it will however take away some of our basic rights, and it will force employers to cover abortion and medical professionals to perform or assist in performing abortions. Please contact your Senators (links provided in post below for Pennsylvania and the rest of the country) and sign up for the webinar scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th at 2:00 pm to learn more about this Act.

Equality Act

The Biden Administration lists as a top priority the passage of “The Equality Act” – sweeping legislation pending before the US Congress, which has been described by Dr. Andrew Walker as “ “the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed in America.” This poorly named bill poses a serious risk to religious freedom, privacy, and protections for women and girls.

Dr. Andrew T. Walker, and Dr. Carl Trueman are our special guests at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16th for a critically important live webinar focused on what’s at stake for the churches, Christian ministries, and rights of conscience if this dangerous legislation becomes law. Please join our special guests, along with Kurt Weaver, the Director of our Church Ambassador Network, and attorneys from the Independence Law Center.

Click here to RSVP.

You can contact your Congressman and US Senators to ask them to oppose the Equality Act by clicking here.

For those who live in other states, please use this link to find your members of Congress.  Below is a message to send provided by the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

I ask that you oppose the so-called Equality Act as it would bring to my community a host of negative consequences, not equality.

The government should not take away my bodily privacy in places like locker rooms and restrooms, should not punish religious ministries for operating based on their religious convictions, destroy women’s sports, or take away our religious liberties protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect but the so-called Equality Act uses government overreach to infringe upon my rights and disrespects many in our community. Please oppose the so-called Equality Act.

We Need Your Help to Defeat the NJ Reproductive Freedom Act

New Jersey pro-life warriors are urged to join New Jersey Right to Life on Wednesday, December 2nd for a Day of Outrage to help defeat the  Reproductive Freedom Act being pushed by pro-abortionists.  Please see information below from Mare Tasy, Executive Director for New Jersey Right to Life. 

Pro-abortion sponsors of the NJ Reproductive Freedom Act (S3030/A4848) are aggressively pushing for swift passage of the bill.  Since my last email, more Senators and Assembly Members have signed on as co-sponsors.

Our November 11 Protests were a huge success.  We are now planning our next Day of Outrage on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 and ask you to please attend one or more of these protests, if possible. Please share this information with 10 friends and ask them to share it with 10 more friends. Some signs will be provided.  Please also bring your own hand-made signs.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Essex County
 Assemblywoman Mila Jasey’s office (Primary Sponsor of bill)
Location:  511 Valley Street
Maplewood, NJ  07040

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Monmouth County
Senator Vin Gopal and Assemblywoman Joann Downey’s office (Senator Gopal is a co-sponsor and member of the Senate Health Committee and Asw. Downey is a prime sponsor)
Location:  35 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ  07728

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Atlantic County
Assemblyman John Armato and Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (Asw. Armato is on the Assembly Health Committee and Asm. Mazzeo signed on recently
as a co-sponsor)
Location:  2312 New Road, Suite 101 and 102,
Northfield, NJ  08225

Please also contact your State Senator and two Assembly members to oppose the bill. We have updated our Action Alert to reflect all the sponsors of the Act.  You can take action and view all the sponsors by going to the link below:

Action Needed to Oppose the NJ Reproductive Freedom Act (S3030/A4848)

Also call, email and mail letters via postal mail to Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin urging them NOT to post S3030/A4848.
Their address and phone numbers are listed below:

Senator Stephen Sweeney
935 Kings Highway, Ste. 400
West Deptford, NJ  08086
Phone:  856 251-9801
Email:  SenSweeney@njleg.org

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin
569 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ  07095
Phone:  (732) 855-7441
Email:  AsmCoughlin@njleg.org

Election Hangover – Stay Involved!!!

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!

BLACK LIVES MATTER? THEN WHY DOES NEW JERSEY LEGISLATE BLACK GENOCIDE?

Please Join in a Day of Outrage – Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in New Jersey.  Information about these two events is listed below.  And please contact the sponsors of the Reproductive Freedom Act and express your outrage at this bill!  Use your own words when calling or use the sample message below.  

from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life 

We Need your help now to educate and inform the public of this callous abominable bill in the New Jersey legislature that makes New Jersey the Abortion Mecca of the world at the expense of the New Jersey Tax Payer.

You will pay for any abortion at anytime for people from anywhere as long as they come to New Jersey to have the abortion.

New Jersey citizens must pay for the abortion!!! Babies born alive from botched abortion may be killed with impunity.

Abortions will be able to be performed by persons who are not licensed physicians!  Women’s Health???

“Day Of Outrage!” Call For Prayerful Protest

Your help is needed immediately to stop the Reproductive Freedom Act,  the most radical abortion bill ever proposed in this state. If this bill is passed, it will codify into law the extreme anti-life policies practiced in only a handful of nations.

This includes:
·  Babies can be aborted up to the point of birth.
·  Pregnant teenage moms can abort their children without the abortionist
or school officials ever notifying parents.
·  Late-term abortions will be fully paid for by your taxes and your health
insurance.
·  Conscience protections for medical workers will be removed, forcing
pro-life medical workers to assist in the abortion procedure.
·  Non-physicians can perform risky and unsafe abortions on women.
·  Annual funding for Planned Parenthood will be mandated despite
the budgetary process and priorities of future administrations.
Governor Murphy and the current pro-abortion lawmakers want to end
the debate over the right to life in New Jersey once and for all.  Their
solution is simple: abortion at any time, for any reason, without any
restrictions – without end.

For more information on this radical bill, please view NJRTL’s Facebook
live session HERE

What can you do?

First, join us and over a dozen pro-life organizations for a Day of Action on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in a peaceful protest and prayer gathering led by Rev. Clenard Childress of New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair. Please register so we can contact you with updated information this week.

We will meet at the offices of the two senate sponsors:

Wed, Nov. 11, 10 am–12 pm: Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Asw. Valerie
Huttle, 545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck New Jersey

Parking in CVS lot across the street and other adjacent lots

Wed, Nov. 11, 2 pm—4 pm: Sen. Linda Greenstein, 1249 S River Rd #105, Cranbury, NJ

There is ample parking in the office complex. Signs will be provided but you can bring you own signs.

Second, I want to urge you to contact the bill sponsors and other key senators who will decide the fate of babies in the womb.  Please  call your legislator and express your outrage.

·  Sen. Fred Madden: (856) 232-6700
·  Sen. Vin Gopal: (732) 695-3371
·  Sen. Ronald Rice: (973) 371-5665
·  Sen. Loretta Weinberg: (201) 928-0100
·  Sen. Linda Greenstein: (609) 395-9911
·  Sen. Lagana: (201) 576-9199
·  Sen. Addiego: (609) 654-1498
·  Sen. Nilsa Cruz Perez: (856) 541-1251

Hello, my name is __________. I am calling about The Reproductive Freedom Act. This is the most dangerous and radical abortion bill ever proposed in our state. It violates conscience protections, puts women at risk in late-term abortions and abortions performed by non-physicians, and prohibits any protections for babies in the womb – even up to birth. I urge  Senator/Assembly ___________  to vote NO. Can we count on him/her to help protect women and children from this unsafe law? 

The bill is most likely scheduled to be heard in committee within weeks.

You can also send a prewritten message to your three legislators from NJRTL’s legislative action center HERE

 

Have You Heard This Lately? “You can’t be pro-life if you don’t support gun control…immigration reform…regulations combatting climate change, etc.”

The following article was forwarded to Voices for Life from Lauren Merz of Life Site News.

The list goes on and on as to the issues used to attempt to redefine what it means to be “pro-life.”

To be sure, the vast majority of the people trying to redefine the pro-life label are hijacking it for nefarious purposes.

How do I know this?

Because they are mostly abortion advocates and their supporters in the media and culture.

And their tactics are aimed at dividing you and me and fracturing the Pro-Life Movement for their own political benefit while thwarting our efforts to protect the innocent in the womb.

Now, this is not to say that some of the people who are trying to associate their own cause with the pro-life label aren’t genuine, sincere, and well-intentioned…

But let’s be clear – you cannot call yourself “pro-life” if you do not value human life at its earliest, most vulnerable stage. And, it’s important to keep in mind the goal of the Pro-Life Movement is to end abortion.

This is why, to call ourselves “pro-life,” we must prioritize changing our culture into one that values and defends life in the womb and where abortion is completely unthinkable.

There should be no debate – and no compromise permissible – when it comes to the brutal murder of 2,363 babies in the United States each day.

Being “pro-life” also means to be completely against the intentional killing of a preborn child, for any reason, at any stage of fetal development. Period.

We cannot support the killing of children in the small percentages of cases where they were conceived in rape or incest.

We cannot support the killing of children when a mother’s life is in danger. It may be necessary to deliver a baby early – sometimes too early for him to survive – but everything is done to preserve BOTH lives, rather than intentionally kill that innocent child.

We cannot support the killing of children because of a disability…or because of a fatal prenatal diagnosis…or because of their race, gender, or economic status…

Abortion is ALWAYS an unjust act that takes the life of an innocent child.

The victims of abortion are real human beings, who are being starved, dismembered, decapitated, crushed, lethally injected, and ripped apart by suction in the womb.

The leading cause of death around the world today is abortion. These deaths are entirely preventable.

Now more than ever, we need people to understand that to be pro-life is to be against abortion – no matter the circumstance.

This is a tragedy that is almost unparalleled in human history and an atrocity that is carried out every day in our own communities and neighborhoods.

The preborn deserve their own social and political movement to end the injustice against them.

Attempting to redefine “pro-life” to achieve political ends is a betrayal of the innocent human person the Pro-Life Movement exists to defend.

That is why I am so thankful for you and your commitment to sharing these truths, and for fighting alongside us to protect the innocent preborn.

Together, we are building a world where EVERY preborn child is protected and loved.

For life,

Lauren Merz
VP of Strategic Partnerships