AUGUST 2021 TO DO LIST

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:

  1. Take part in prayer vigils
  2. Sign up for 40 Days for Life
  3. Read a pro-life book or two with our list here.
  4. Volunteer at a local pregnancy resource center
  5. Sponsor a Holy Hour for Life at your parish
  6. Collect diapers and material items for moms in need
  7. Take part in National Pro-Life Chaslk Day on August 7th. Find out more here.
  8. Take part in the First Saturday and First Friday devotions
  9. Make plans to attend your state’s March for Life. For Pennsylvania, visit here. For California, visit here. For Virginia, visit here.
  10. Heading back to school? Form a pro-life group (if there isn’t one), Recruit new members during activities fair on your campus.
  11. 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.

Pro-Lifers Rally For Unborn Freedom

Pro-Lifers can peacefully march in the cold and as a test to their character they can even do the same in the scorching heat.

400 pro-lifers across the Greater Philadelphia area were in attendance for the summer rally. The day began with Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. In his greeting and homily, Father Dennis Gill reminded the faithful gathered to continue to pray for the defense of human life, especially in its most vulnerable stage. He also reminded them that the Blessed Mother is with them and interceding with them as they continue to take a bold stand against the greater destroyer of life in society, abortion.

After mass ended, the faithful peacefully processed down to Planned Parenthood located at 12th and Locust. They were people shaking heads in disgust, high-fiving three lone escorts, and even honks for death.

The speakers took time to address authentic womanhood, the need for pro-lifers to be present, what we are really fighting when present outside of abortion facilities, and to be a peaceful vessel of God’s grace through our presences and prayers.

See our photo gallery here.

West Chester Holds Inuaugral March for Life; Mourns 30 Years of Bloodshed

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.

SIDEWALK COUNSELING TRAINING WITH SISTERS OF LIFE

Please join The Pro-Life Union and The Sisters of Life on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 at 7pm at Saint Katherine of Siena in Wayne for a Sidewalk Servants Training Session. 

We will gather to discuss and learn how to effectively bear witness outside of abortion clinics and save lives! 

More details to come, please RSVP by emailing cpinto@prolifeunion.org 

Rally Scheduled for Friday, March 26th Outside Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Office

Fitzpatrick Rally

This coming Friday, March 26th we will be holding a rally outside of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Langhorne Office to protest his votes on both the Equality Act and the ERA. Most know of his recent vote on the Equality Act but might not remember his vote for the ERA.  (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.)

We will gather outside the office building at 1 Summit Square at 11:00 am.  Please see the flyer for this event and a Code of Conduct below.  Please print out the flyer and make sure to read the Code of Conduct.  

One Summit Square

Rep. Fitzpatrick’s office is located in the office building  at the northwest corner of the Summit Square Shopping Center.   You can enter the shopping center on Newtown Langhorne Road (Newtown Bypass).  

 

Equality Act Protest
Code of Conduct

Holy Week Vigils in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Below are a list of Holy Week observances outside of abortion facilities in the Greater Philadelphia. You are welcome to particiapte in all or one of the ones listed.

Prayer Vigils serve as:

  • an appeal to expectant mothers
    entering abortion chambers to give
    birth to their child
  • an act of reparation for the killing of
    children in the womb by abortion
  • a public witness to the deadly
    injustice of abortion

Holy Thursday, April 1st
Planned Parenthood, 1221 Powell Street (at Wood Street), Norristown, 19401
11:00 AM-12:00 Noon


Good Friday, April 2nd

Planned Parenthood, 610 Louis Drive, Warminster, 18974 9:30 AM, procession from Nativity of Our Lord parking lot to Planned Parenthood – 10:00-11:00 AM Prayer Vigil


Planned Parenthood, Wayne & Market Streets, West Chester, 19380
9:00-10:00 AM


Planned Parenthood, 216 West State Street, Media, 19063 10:00-11:00 AM


Planned Parenthood, 2751 Comly Road (at Roosevelt Boulevard),
Northeast Philadelphia, 19154 9:00-10:00 AM


Planned Parenthood, 1144 Locust Street, Center City Philadelphia, 19107
9:00-10:00 AM. At 1:00 PM, Living Stations of the Cross commences at
St. Patrick Church, at 20th and Locust Streets. The procession will go from 20th and Locust around the city to the Basilica before the 3PM service. The Living Stations of the Cross will be performed by high school and college students from Philly Youth Missions.

Why We Should Respond Vigorously to Rep. Fitzpatrick’s Vote for the Equality Act

We encourage everyone to join in the Rally & Protest of Representative Brian Fitzpatrick’s vote on the Equality Act Friday, March 26th at 11:00 am.  Please see the information from Mike McMonagle below.  Post also includes a flyer from Mike and a link to Code of Conduct for Friday’s Rally.  

Equality Act image

 

Rep. Fitzpatrick has compiled a mostly pro-life voting record on abortion-related legislation.  Thus, his continued support for the EA reflects poorly on the pro-life position and indicates that our response to his 2019 vote for the EA was quite inadequate.

The supporters of the Culture of Death will relentlessly continue their efforts to pass the EA, just as they did for legalizing child killing until birth and same-sex marriage.  Sad to say, but I believe that the leaders of the Culture of Death understand Scripture and recognize (and thus seek to destroy) God’s image more than most participants in the pro-life movement.

Human life is sacred because human beings are created in God’s image.  The male-female difference (and, thus, the conjugal relationship between husband and wife) reflects that image.

“In God’s image, He created them.  Male and female, He created them.” Genesis 1:27

The awful reality is that our “pro-life” Congressman’s vote to change federal law to eliminate any recognition of the male-female difference (and punish those who still recognize that difference) should outrage all of us and motivate us to respond zealously, faithfully and effectively to Rep. Fitzpatrick’s vote for the EA.

Proposed Actions

  1. Attend a Protest and Rally at Rep. Fitzpatrick’s District Office on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon at Route 413 and Langhorne-Newtown Road in Langhorne.

Ample parking is available at this location in the nearby Summit Square Shopping Center.

The purpose of this Event is to educate and motivate other pro-life citizens on this issue by generating public square debate and coverage of this issue and possibly schedule future such protests at his Office and Events that he attends.

Attached is a promotional flyer for this Event (see below) We will also be providing signs that I propose to prepare for this and future Fitzpatrick protests.  You are welcome to bring your own sign.

2. Please circulate the attached flyer among family, friends and your Parish or Church members that urges them to contact Rep. Fitzpatrick on this issue.  

3.Please make your own phone call soon and send your own letter or email to Rep. Fitzpatrick on this issue.  His contact information is:

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, 271 CHOB, Washington, DC 20515     Phone: 202-225-4276 – fitzpatrick.house.gov

Prospects for the Equality Act

The U.S. Senate is currently not likely to pass the EA (despite the current unanimous support for all 50 Democrat Senators) because its passage is likely to remain subject to the 60-vote filibuster rule.  There are currently much less than ten Republican Senators who would support the EA.  While Pa.’s U.S. Senator Pat Toomey did not take a public position on the EA during the 2019-2020 term, his Legislative Assistant recently informed me that he is very likely to oppose the EA and support a filibuster against it.

The Harms of the Equality Act

The EA amends current federal civil rights laws to also prohibit discrimination based on “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity,” as well as re-defining “sex.” The harms of such a law include the following:

  1. It ends all restrictions on federal funding for abortions, which have saved millions of children and expectant mothers from abortion.
  2. 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.
  3. This legislation rests in the falsehood that certain sexual behaviors or orientations and/or “identities” must be treated as immutable, such as race or sex, and sex must be treated by “gender identity” rather than biological reality.
  4. This legislation provides no protections for the civil and religious liberties of Americans who reject these falsehoods.  For example, this legislation enables parents, who object to “gender transition surgery” or harmful medications for their child, to lose custody of their minor children.  This legislation also authorizes school officials to be punished who wish to protect the privacy of girls in bathrooms and locker rooms, as well as female athletic competitors from boys who “identify” as girls.
  5. This legislation devastates health care professionals and institutions that seek to operate on pro-life principles.  For example, this legislation authorizes individuals and/or government officials to punish Catholic hospitals and/or health care professionals who decline to commit abortions or “gender transition surgeries.”

Because of these harms, all national, state, and local pro-life organizations, as well as Catholic advocacy and medical professional organizations, opposed this legislation.  For example, in addition to our organization and our Bucks County affiliate, the other organizations that oppose this legislation include the following:

  • Pro-Life Federation
  • National Right-to-Life Committee
  • Susan B. Anthony List
  • Family Research Council
  • National Catholic Medical Association & its Philadelphia area affiliates
  • Catholic Conference
  • S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Summary

The USCCB provided a cogent summary of the vast harms of the EA.

“[T]he 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.”

 
Code of Conduct

BCPLC Monthly Life Chains Continue to be a Success

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The temperature was below freezing but that didn’t stop about 40 people from coming out for our monthly First Friday Life Chain the other day. Many brought diapers, wipes, formula and other supplies for our pregnancy help centers, who because of restrictions due to COVID, are running low on supplies.  Thank you to all who braved the cold and brought baby supplies with them.  

Our next First Friday Life Chain will be held in May as the First Friday in April falls on Good Friday.  Please open and share the flyer below for our Good Friday services.  

One note:  when you go to pray outside of Planned Parenthood in Warminster, please don’t park in the lot directly across the street from PP.   The owner has asked that we refrain from parking there because of the many trucks which pull into their lot.  

2021 Good Friday Vigil Flyer