The following is from Michael Geer, President of PA Family Institute.
On the left, that’s our second annual Pennsylvania March for Life, held yesterday on the Capitol steps here in Harrisburg. It was an absolutely amazing day, with crowd estimates of about 6,000 – even more than last year’s rally! Some veteran state lawmakers told us it was the largest Capitol rally they’d ever seen.
On the right is the pro-abortion rally held this morning and organized months ago by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and others as a counter to our PA March for Life. They had less than 80 attendees. Yes, less than 80!
The abortion lobby even hired a public relations firm out of Texas to plan their rally and boost attendance. Their prepared remarks included speaking to “a sea of faces” as their expectations were to see many in attendance. Drop in the bucket is what comes to mind.
Meanwhile, the day before was a pro-life groundswell. There was no hired PR firm for the Pennsylvania March for Life. What we had was you, and thousands of others helping us spread the word about this historic pro-life rally and march – the first state March for Life anywhere since the overturn of Roe v. Wade. And wow did pro-life Pennsylvanians ever show up.
This picture above of the Pennsylvania March for Life doesn’t do it justice. What a blessing I had to view from the stage the waves of people in attendance, from those on the steps to the Capitol to those filling in the sides – and getting some shade from the trees. I’m told we have some drone footage coming soon that will give a fuller picture. I can’t wait to share it with you, and other highlights of the day.
The following is from the Pennsylvania Family Institute.
Today, the State Senate passed the Life Amendment – the proposed bill that would amend the state constitution to maintain the status quo in Pennsylvania that it is up to the people through their state legislators, not the courts, to decide how best to regulate abortion. The bill now goes to the House, where we pray for swift passage. Call your state representative today and ask them to vote for the Life Amendment! Visittinyurl.com/TwoCallsForLife.
This measure is critically needed to respond to a lawsuit and anticipated ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which would force taxpayer funding of abortion in Pennsylvania and invent a “right to abortion” in Pennsylvania’s Constitution. That lawsuit was initiated by Allegheny Reproductive Services (an abortion center in Pittsburgh) along with several other abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood.
We thank every State Senator who voted today to pass the Life Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that empowers Pennsylvanians, not the courts, to decide how best to regulate abortion. “Pennsylvanians agree that no one should be forced to pay for an elective abortion through their taxdollars. Just as the U.S. Supreme Court, in the overturn of Roe and Casey, ruled that the authority to craft abortion policies should be ‘to the people and their elected representatives,’ this amendment preserves the rights of the people through their representatives to make these decisions that rather than Pennsylvania’s courts.” – Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute
We continue our 40 Days for Life preview series. The second vigil site is no stranger to every pro-lifer in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Philadelphia Women’s Center, which sits five floors above a daycare, accounts for 6500 murders a year. 90% of the victims are African-American.
In its 11th campaign, pro-lifers have stepped up their game. They overcame jeers from Heather, the security guard, one escort named Shawn resorted to violence last year against an elderly pro-lifer, but it got him into hot water and told to never return. They even overcame scare tactics from Lynne Molter, professor at Swarthmore University, who videotapes pro-lifers being peacefully present. In the end, pro-lifers have persevered from time to time.
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If John Stanton were alive today, he would love to have stepped out in the bitter, winter cold, all bundled up, ready to save babies and prick the conscience of the workers and volunteers alike. He did it through every element. Whether he was alone or with a group, he carried a smile and a humble demeanor to every person that he would encounter.
His presence was felt this morning with 75 people stronger from all walks of life. The rally began with a rosary led by Martin Stanton.
Kim Savage of Generation Life shared about how on September 11th, she was scared about going to work when the world stood still when the events were unfolding in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. She pointed to the fact that Planned Parenthood was offering abortions to the widows of the fallen first responders. Mr. Stanton told her, “We have work to do”. Indeed, she did go to work.
Pastor Bill Devlin shared how John Stanton prayed for his son Luke who had cancer at 18 months. His fervent prayer cured him, yet he continued to pray for him for the rest of his life.
Marlene Downing took the time to promote Susan B Anthony List. Correlating how she kept fighting this one girl in her neighborhood growing up Marlene shared how we are in a constant spiritual battle. God told her that “I’ll teach you to pray first”.
After the prayer vigil, everyone gathered for Mass that was celebrated by John Stanton’s longtime friend Father Rayford Emmons. Fr. Emmons shared about his many encounters with John Stanton, especially how he met him through an encounter when talking with a woman who had two suicide attempts, which propelled John to launch the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
Pat shared about how his father and several faithful prayed outside of Gosnell’s House of Horrors for many years. Additionally, he would fervently pray outside of two abortion facilities in Center City. He recalled the saves they had during his time out there through a letter Pat read after Mass.
Many of us have a story about John Stanton. Soon, each one will be told. He will also remain a powerful intercessor in heaven for all of your needs.