Tom MacDonald, a rapper from Canada, uses his music skills to bring to light a problem in our culture.
We have seen of recent young people begging for safe spaces from ideologies that are not in line with their soo called “views”. I wonder how many of them know the issue at hand even before they were brainwashed by communist and corrupted teacher’s unions that are causing more harm than good.
The rapper’s recent music video takes aim at a group that we see on college campuses that would stop at nothing to vandalize and steal off of a display all because it “hurts their feelings”.
One of the lyrics that jumps out from his song reads:
You think taking guns away will save our kids from the killings But your pro-choice abortion kills way more children
This is how you use your God-given talents. So what are we waiting for?
If this blog can do a highlight of the week, then the valedictorian speech during high school graduation would make the list for all the wrong reasons.
A speech given by Paxton Smith that went viral has gotten many people talking. She argues where Texas has gone wrong after signing into law a heartbeat bill that recently passed. However, her logic and reasoning fell short. She used the platform as an opportunity to promote abortion and birth control. She admitted that she is afraid of bringing a child into the world if she faced an unplanned pregnancy and contraception fails (which does) due to inconvenience. The purpose of a high school valedictorian speech is to reflect on the four years of high school or college. It is not a time for propaganda. Even the board of her now alma mater were not notified about the change in her speech.
Some pro-lifers respond to her speech.
Dr. Monique Ruberu took it to her personal Facebook page to address where she is wrong:
Dear Paxton, You are a strong girl, an intelligent girl, but sadly you have bought the lie sold to so many beautiful women all over the world. You are correct that contraceptives do fail… the only way to 100% avoid pregnancy is to abstain from sex… this will help you to know that the man in your life is not using you for his sexual pleasure… it will leave you strong, confident, with the knowledge that the person you are dating is with you because of your beautiful mind, heart, and soul. If you one day marry this man and you need to abstain because of illness or a complication in pregnancy – you will have 100% confidence that he is not going to cheat on you because he is not with you just to satisfy his sexual desires… your relationship will be based on so much more, awesome conversation, dreams, trust… love and respect… If one day God forbid you are raped… the people I know who were conceived in rape are the most beautiful, loving, intelligent, life-changing people I know… to say they should have been aborted because of the sins of their father is heartless. The women who choose to give birth and keep their child or allow their child to be adopted typically do so much better than those who choose abortion… they know that although they were harmed, they are not perpetuating that harm upon another innocent person. Life doesn’t end with pregnancy… even if it is unplanned… every life is precious. You can still accomplish every dream, every goal… these moms need support and someone to tell them they are capable… instead you just told your entire class at lake highlands hs that the women are weak and if pregnant they are incapable of accomplishing great things… how many moms go to school, work, provide for their kids…. you negated all of that strength, that resilience, the very essence of being a strong woman… but it’s not your fault because you were fed a lie… so now is your chance… open your eyes… see how awesome life is… see how awesome women are … see that every life is a gift and every person is precious… see that you can choose to stop having sex … and you would have much less to fear…
To My Daughters, Please do not look up to girls like Paxton Smith. She may have the ability to string together emotionally driven words, but if they are not founded in truth it will lead to destruction. I know this so well. When mommy was a senior in high school I made a huge mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life. I believed the very lies that Ms. Smith relayed in her valedictorian speech. When I found out I was pregnant I felt that my dreams, my goals, and my aspirations were being stripped from me. Knowing what I know now, they were simply feelings. Feelings change but truth does not. As an immature teenage girl, I believed the lie that ending the life of my child would restore my dreams, my goals, and my aspirations. After consuming poisonous pills to end the life of my baby, your sibling, that is not what happened. Nothing was restored. It was all a lie. The regret settled in, but I quickly pushed it down to survive. There is nothing natural about taking the life of your own child. I do not care how empowering someone like Ms. Paxton may make it sound. The reality is I had no right to take the life of my innocent child for my own selfish gain. The last thing I would ever want for my beautiful girls is to believe that lie. What makes you a powerful woman is unapologetically being who God created you to be. It’s standing in truth even when the world is trying to convince you to live in lies. I pray Ms. Paxton will someday take her gift of intelligence and use it to protect life, not promote death.
Supporting women and their pregnancy by showering them with help, love, and mercy is pro-woman. That will in essence defeat abortion in our society.
Despite a taste of summer in the air on Saturday, June 5th, 500 pro-lifers gathered for a call to action while mourning the thousands of lives lost to abortion in West Chester, PA a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia.
The day began with Mass at St. Agnes Church near the heart of town. Bishop John McIntyre was celebrant homilist for the Mass for Life. In his homily, he reflected on his visit to the 9/11 memorial in New York and how the 3,000 lives lost there was no different that the daily murder of the unborn in our society today. He reminded everyone that life from womb to tomb is precious and made perfect in the eye of God.
After the celebration of Mass, the pro-lifers peacefully march around town. The first stop was the Planned Parenthood facility.
Following the brief rally and prayer at Planned Parenthood, everyone processed to the courthouse in the middle of town.
The speakers were deep, personal, and cover topics that are affecting the culture of life.
Overall, the day was filled with beauty and love.
Please see our gallery containing photos from the event here.
Below is a summary from Kim Griffin on the recent webinar on the May 1st pastoral letter “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life” by Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone’s, Archbishop of San Francisco. The video of this webinar as well as a link to Archbishop Cordileone’s letter are posted below.
Many pro-life leaders are crying out that now is the time for bolder leadership and clarity on the issue of abortion, the Catholic faith, and reception of the Holy Eucharist.
On May 28th, a group of panelists came together to discuss these topics in a webinar titled “Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue.”
The webinar was moderated by Helen M. Alvare, an Antonin Scalia Law School Professor and joined by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Kristan Hawkins, Lila Rose, and Kathy Folan and her son Nathan, who was placed in an open adoption.
The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco pointed out that now is a time of urgency because the abortion industry is getting “more aggressive” and laws “more permissive.”
He authored a pastoral letter May 1st titled, “Before I Formed You in Womb I Knew You.”
The four main points of the letter address;
1. The gravity of the evil of abortion
2. Cooperation in moral evil
3. The Meaning of choosing to receive the Holy Eucharist
4. The responsibilities of Catholics in public life
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reflected that “a sense of the sacred” is being lost amongst Catholics. An example; disbelief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. He explained, “If we lose this, we lose everything as Catholics and society.” And he makes the correlation that with the loss of belief in the sacredness in God comes the loss of belief in the sacredness of human life, even; “the sacredness of the most vulnerable human life, a little baby in the mother’s womb.”
Kristen Hawkins, President of Students for Life in America since 2006 (an organization that recruits, trains and mobilizes young adults to work to abolish abortion)
discussed three issues Students for Life are currently focusing on;
1) The issue of censorship; Pro Life people are being silenced and some pro-life groups are being classified as “hate groups.”
2) Rise of chemical abortions
3) Post Roe; She pointed out the need to be ready and willing to take care of women and their babies
Addressing the issue of censorship, Helen Alvare commented she would love the time to come when both the left and the right “embrace free speech again.”
Lila Rose is the Founder of the human rights non-profit Live Action and an undercover journalist. Live Action is a global educational leader for the pro-life movement. Lila discussed three areas they are currently focused on;
1) Exposing the truth about abortion
2) Inspiring people to take action
3) Activation; Getting people active in the political battles currently taking place
She pointed out that many Catholics, due to mis-education are “on the fence” when it comes to the abortion issue despite abortion being the “antithesis of our Catholic faith.”
Kathy Folan offered her personal story about being the victim of rape during her junior year of college. When she found out she was pregnant she was filled with fear; of what people would think, a lack of resources to care for the baby, and disappointing her parents. But despite all the fears she also knew that the life inside of her was a gift from God, entrusted to her. She knew she had to choose life.
To Kathy’s surprise the community and her parents were supportive. Kathy had planned to keep her rape and pregnancy secret, except for a few friends. But an intuitive professor noticed something was wrong and reached out to her. When she shared her story, he encouraged her to be open and share it with others, to be a pro-life example.
She took his advice and to her surprise found the support and love of the community. Her fears were unfounded. She chose to place her son Nathan in an open adoption. When she met his adoptive parents for the first time they all “clicked.” She even spent her spring break with them. Seeing the love the adoptive mother and father extended to her son and to her affirmed her in her choice.
Her son Nathan, now an engineer participated in the webinar and offered his rare perspective; “You’ve heard it before: ‘I am pro-life EXCEPT in cases of rape.’ I want everyone to realize, especially the EXCEPTers, that you are talking about me. Life is life, no exceptions.”
Archbishop Cordileone suggested a three-step approach for Catholics wishing to change the culture of death we are living in; pray the rosary daily, commit to one hour of adoration of the blessed sacrament weekly, and to fast on Friday’s.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Re-discover Catholic teaching on the Eucharist by attending the virtual Eucharistic Conference June 4-6. Find out more information here.
Watch the webinar; “Life in the Womb; the Preeminent Issue below.
Read Archbishop’s Salvatore Cordileone’s Pastoral Letter in its entirety for free here.
The following is from Jo Christof of Chester County, Pennsylvania. We encourage everyone in Southeast Pennsylvania to join with Chester County to send a peaceful, prayerful message to the community that abortion is morally and ethically wrong. Details on this March for Life are in the inserts below.
This summer we mark 25 years since Planned Parenthood in West Chester began doing abortions. Over 23,000 children have lost their lives there since August 1996.
The Chester County Pro-Life Coalition is sponsoring a March for Life on Saturday, June 5, 2021. It will begin with Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. John J. McIntyre at 9:00 am at St. Agnes Church in West Chester. Following the Mass we will march to Planned Parenthood for prayer and then on to the Chester County Courthouse for a program of amazing speakers.
Members of the Culture Project delivering a presentation to a group of teens.
You are invited to take part in The Culture Project’s day of giving on May 11th. The organization will welcome full time missionaries in Philadelphia next school year. Like many growing for an organization, they need to address the financial needs for their teams in Toledo, Cleveland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and even in Philadelphia.
All donations made today and tomorrow will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Double your impact to help us meet our goal!
Tune in tomorrow on the Culture Project’s Facebook page at 9 AM EDT as their CEO, Cristina Barba Whalen, kicks off The Culture Project’s Days of Giving by sharing their goals for this campaign and the impact your gift will make!
New Jersey’s Reproductive Freedom Act is nothing more than Gov Murphy rewarding Planned Parenthood for their political support. Everyone from New Jersey is encouraged to to attend the peaceful protest this Saturday. Details are listed below. If you are not able to attend, please use the link provided to send a message to your Senator and Assembly member.
Please join us this Saturday in Woodbridge, NJ for a peaceful demonstration against the NJ Freedom to Kill Act (S3030/A4840) a.k.a. The Reproductive Freedom Act.
The demonstration will take place outside Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senator Joseph Vitale’s legislative offices. As Speaker, Assemblyman Coughlin has the ability to decide whether this legislation gets scheduled for a hearing and whether it will get scheduled for a vote by the full Assembly. Senator Vitale is Chairman of the Senate Health Committee which is the Committee that S3030/A4848 was referred to.
This legislation has not been scheduled for a hearing or vote at this time, but we must continue our efforts to educate the public and our legislators to ensure that S3030/A4848 does not gain any traction.
The details for the demonstration are below. I hope to see you there!
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Legislative Office of Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, 569 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ
Some signs will be provided. Feel free to bring your own signs as well.
Take Action to oppose S3030/A4848 and be informed about this bill by clicking here.
We encourage you to view the 12 minute video below of Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs for Live Action. Video was provided by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia from the 2021 Philadelphia March for Life on January 23rd.
Do you want to know the beautiful thing about being Pro-Life?
We are fighting for the team that has “science, medicine, embryology, logic, and truth,” on our side.
Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs for Live Action, empowered all of us at the Philadelphia March For Life by reminding us of the strength of the Pro-Life Movement.
We are blessed as Pro-Lifers to have organizations like Live Action working every day to give us the information we need to be educated warriors for life.
Alison’s unique path to the Pro-Life movement, rooted in Philadelphia, and so much more beautiful encouragement can be found by listening to Alison’s Speech at the Philadelphia March For Life.
“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?”