Here are photos from several locations that were used with permission from those who were present.
We are over a third into the dog days of summer. By now, we have seen advertisements for back-to-school, last-minute summer getaways, and even some early Christmas deals. Before you know it, the summer is over and it is back to reality for many people. Here are some things you can do this month to advance the culture of life:
- Take part in prayer vigils
- Sign up for 40 Days for Life
- Read a pro-life book or two with our list here.
- Volunteer at a local pregnancy resource center
- Sponsor a Holy Hour for Life at your parish
- Collect diapers and material items for moms in need
- Take part in National Pro-Life Chaslk Day on August 7th. Find out more here.
- Take part in the First Saturday and First Friday devotions
- Make plans to attend your state’s March for Life. For Pennsylvania, visit here. For California, visit here. For Virginia, visit here.
- Heading back to school? Form a pro-life group (if there isn’t one), Recruit new members during activities fair on your campus.
- Start planning your trip to the 49th annual March for Life in DC on Friday, January 21st 2022. Learn more from our previous blogpost here.
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.
Here are photos from yesterday’s rally in Philadelphia
45 BABIES ARE MURDERED EVERY DAY IN PHILADELPHIA. WHEN WILL THE MADNESS STOP?
Archbishop Nelson Perez will lead the faithful in a day of prayer for an end to abortion in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 25th
The day begins with 8AM mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. A rosary procession to Planned Parenthood will follow mass. An ecumenical prayer vigil will take place at 9:15 AM.
ALL WHO LIVE IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA ARE ASKED WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE.
Many of us have grown up to watch the most popular game show The Price is Right. From Bob Barker to Drew Carey, the show has spanned for nearly half a century.
During an airing of a special show, RuPaul, a celebrity known for his drag queen shows came on the show to have the winnings of each prize matched by the producers to go to Planned Parenthood.
This is despicable. Why would they fundraise for an organization that murders innocent children for more than a century in the name of eugenics, population control, and women’s rights and call it “charity”?
Read more about it here
In response to this, I am asking everyone to counter this by participating in the Culture Project’s giving campaign that is tomorrow (5/12) and Wednesday (5/13).
In addition, you are asked to take part in the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia area’s fundraiser that ends on May 15th.
Feeling ambitious? Learn about other organizations that are more worthy of your contribution here.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, 40 pro-lifers gathered outside of the Philadelphia Women’s Center for a pre-Mother’s Day rally.
Pat Stanton opened the rally with a prayer that stresses the importance of being created for God and by God for a purpose. He later asked the question as to why would churches be closed yet abortion facilities remain open under a communist governor like Tom Wolf.
The speakers included Marlene Downing of Hope Pregnancy, Katelyn D’Adamo of Generation Life, Fr. Michael Moriarty of Legionnaires of Christ, and Pastor Herb Lusk III.
Marlene stressed the importance of praying for the conversion of not just the mothers but also those that are accessory to the slaughter of innocent blood. She even knew that God has a plan for when the facility will be closed for good. She encouraged everyone to be steadfast and present.
Katelyn, the acting Director of Generation Life, shared how her closest friend was pregnant while attending college. Because of Katelyn being present, her friend chose life and graduated second in her class.
Following Katelyn was Kim Savage. Twenty years ago, Kim became one of the first members of Generation Life. She is now a mother of four. She shared about her adoption story and reflected on what it meant to be a mother.
Pastor Herb of Greater Exodus Church reminded everyone to come from a place to love in order to change hearts. Drawing from the story of Hannah in the Old Testament, prayed for a child and turned out to be one of the greatest prophets, Samuel. She would dedicate him to God.
Fr. Michael Moriarty concluded the rally with how he shared the fact that his mom chose life despite being an alcoholic and dedicated his priesthood to helping the poor in Kensington.
A blessed Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Thank you for your yes to life. You’re heroes.
“You risk your heart every day to become a mom.” Fr. Mike Schmitz
Hard to believe that we are in the month of May. Everyone here at Voices for Life hope you are all doing well during these uncertain times.
Here’s a checklist on what you can do this month
- Vigil participation
- The first amendment is still applicable to you should you decide to pray outside of abortion facilities. Be sure to bear in mind physical distancing guidelines
- Bring resources with you
- Ask someone to take a photo of your pro-life sign that promotes pregnancy crisis center/hotline and share it on social media.
- Learn about a Mother’s Day prayer vigil on May 9th
- Donate to pro-life organizations
- Pray for moms this month
- Be sure to thank your mom for choosing life.
- Support small businesses
- Pray for those affected by the pandemic
- Pope Francis has asked you include these prayers at the end of your rosary for an end to the pandemic
- Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3PM for those who have died from the pandemic
May God keep you safe. Remember to be bold. Stand Up for Life. Maintain social connections while physically distancing yourself. Fight the good fight of faith.
The following is from an email sent out by Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
Please pray and witness for moms and their children at a Mother’s Day Prayer Vigil on Saturday, May 9th from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Women’s Center, 777 Appletree Street (8th and Arch) followed by 10 a.m.
Mass at Holy Redeemer Church, 915 Vine Street, Philadelphia, 19107.
The following is a blogpost on Alliance Defending Freedom from David Benham who is sharing about his arrest outside of an abortion facility in North Carolina.
I still remember the night.
I was 15 years old when Norma McCorvey came walking through our front door with her then-partner, Connie Gonzales. The fact that we were hosting guests for dinner wasn’t unique. We were preacher’s kids, so our door was basically always revolving.
But this night was different. On this night, God was doing something amazing—something only He could do.
Legacy of Life
The woman that my family affectionately knew as “Ms. Norma” is more widely known by her pseudonym, “Jane Roe.” Norma McCorvey was the “Roe” of the infamous U.S. Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. Through the faithful witness of my dad, Norma met Jesus. Several weeks later Norma was baptized, and Jason and I helped move her stuff out of Connie’s house.
Norma wasn’t the exception. We regularly witnessed the Gospel pervade the darkness of those affected by abortion. My dad committed himself to standing for the unborn as a full-time ministry, and this commitment was a family affair.
Our dad’s vigor for life was contagious. From a young age, he instilled in us that defending the defenseless wasn’t just a duty, it was an honor. He told us that if our theology wasn’t our biography, then our theology was worthless—because Jesus cared for the “least of these,” so must we.
Leverage for Life
After retiring from professional baseball, Jason and I moved to Charlotte and immediately noticed two things:
- There were three thriving abortion clinics.
- There was a desperate need for a network of life-affirming organizations.
As our business continued to grow, the Lord made it clear He wanted us to leverage our influence and resources to mobilize Christians to stand up for life. We didn’t know exactly what this would look like, but we knew that we had been called for such a time as this.
In 2010, we joined hands with business owners and local churches and started a non-profit called Cities4Life. We were driven by the vision that true compassion always leads to action. We didn’t want to just stand against abortion, we wanted to embody the life-giving actions of the Good Samaritan.
Practically, this looks like reaching down into a place of pain, tending to any wounds, taking them to an inn, and providing intentional follow up. Vulnerable women visiting abortion clinics need the warmth and love of Jesus regardless of whether they are walking in or out of that place.
Since 2010, we’ve had the privilege of serving over 5,000 women. But in ten years, we never encountered anything like we experienced earlier this month.
Locked up for Life
On Saturday, April 4, 2020, I was standing on a public sidewalk outside an abortion clinic here in Charlotte when I was unlawfully arrested.
Earlier that morning, I had received a call saying that the police were threatening to arrest our sidewalk counselors from Cities4Life. The police claimed that we were in violation of the “shelter-in-place” ordinance put in place in response to COVID-19.
I knew immediately that the authorities had no grounds for an arrest. Because we’re a federally recognized 501(c)3 that provides life-affirming social services to women in crisis, our services are classified “essential” under the ordinance. So we had a legal and constitutional right to be there. And on top of that, as an “essential” service, we could have been there with more than ten people. Out of concern for our sidewalk counselors and our community, however, we stayed under ten in number, maintaining social distancing the entire time.
I respectfully explained all of this to the officer, but to no avail.
As they cuffed me, I couldn’t help but recall the countless hours that I watched my dad standing on similar sidewalks, proclaiming life in the midst of death. It was a surreal experience, to say the least. Only two hours earlier, I had been sitting on my couch, Bible and coffee in hand, getting ready for a day with the family. Now those same hands were pressed behind my back going numb from the tight grasp of the cuffs.
I am grieved that our local government is employing the coronavirus as an illegitimate excuse to silence the voices of pro-life people. This is nothing less than viewpoint discrimination. Abortion clinics are flooded with people receiving so-called “essential” services, while peaceful counselors are arrested for offering truly essential services.
That’s why, with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, we filed a lawsuit against the City of Charlotte. If abortion clinics can stay open during the pandemic, Christians should be allowed to pray outside—particularly those abiding by health and safety guidelines.
Today, we continue to partner with numerous ministries and local churches to help bring mothers to a place of hope and healing. Opposition will not dissuade us in this fight. In fact, we are invigorated all the more to be a voice for the voiceless. We pray you’ll join us!