Abortion March Counter Demonstration Photo Gallery

Here are photos from several locations that were used with permission from those who were present.

OCTOBER TO-DO LIST

It is the tenth month of the year. 2021 is winding down. We are seeing various displays of pumpkin spice themes, Halloween commercials, and even people flocking to the farms for apple picking and pumpkin.

As we begin a new month, let us continue to recommit ourselves to defending life from womb to tomb.

Here are events and things that can be done in October

  1. Attend the friend for life workshop.
  2. Attend the Fall Rally
  3. Participate in 40 Days for Life campaign near you
  4. Hold a Holy Hour for Life at your church
  5. Collect donations for your local pro-life group
  6. Host a screening of Roe V Wade at your church
  7. Donate $50 to ensure a student to attend the annual Stand Up for Life Dinner this coming November.
  8. Recruit new members for your group
  9. Have a pro-life display at church event

GENERATION LIFE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

For the last twenty years, Generation Life has changed the hearts and minds of half a million young people throughout the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

On a beautiful fall evening at The Inn at Villanova, 200 supporters gathered to reminisce, celebrate, and hope to equip the organization to continue to fight for love and life.

Kim Savage opened the evening by sharing how far the organization has come since its humble beginnings on the campus of Villanova University, which later grew into sharing chastity in the classrooms, early involvements outside of abortion facilities, and in time beach outreaches.

Those gathered saw a few videos that recapped the last twenty years of the organization while also hearing from past and current staff and volunteers what the organization has done and meant to them.

Fr. Joe Zaleski, the president of the organization, has asked everyone to continue donating to the organization as an anonymous donor wishes to match every money donated to the organization in the near future.

You may do so by donating to the organization here.

PENNSYLVANIA HELD INAUGURAL MARCH IN HARRISBURG; STRONG SHOWING STATEWIDE

2,000 pro-lifers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania came out to give a voice to the voiceless in the inaugural state March for Life. People from all walks of life, creed, and major cities in the Keystone State came out, a majority from the western part of the state.

The morning began with Mass at neighboring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, located only a few steps from the capitol. Bishop Ronald Gainer was the main celebrant. In his homily, he reminded everyone to boldly stand against the culture of death.

Following Mass, pro-lifers gathered in front of the steps of the capitol to hear from speakers such as Reverend Herb Lusk of greater Exodus Church in Center City Philadelphia, who opened the event with prayer.

Even state legislatures took time to address those assembled. Reminding everyone to remain involved and vigilant while promoting the culture of life.

Elena Ligouri, graduate student from University of Pittsburgh, took time to share about how her medical colleagues at her soon to be alma mater harvesting body parts from unborn children while still alive. She encouraged everyone to remain bold and not afraid to defend life.

The keynote speaker of the rally was Abby Johnson. Abby opened her talk reflecting on the 12th anniversary of her walk away campaign from the abortion industry. She saw firsthand the “science” Planned Parenthood wanted her to believe. It was that fateful day that she knew that it was a human life being terminated. God’s road to Damascus that day confirmed that she must not just helped pregnant women but also the workers of the diabolical industry.

Following the rally, the pro-lifers walked a mile around the capitol filling the streets with song, prayer, and even signs. Some of which were created by hand. Some took time to meet with their local representative to hold them accountable in their public service.

For a gallery of photos from the event, see them here.

SAVE HYDE RALLY PART TWO

The following is from Michael McGonagle urging pro-lifers to rally to save the Hyde Amendment.

The most important and urgent challenge for the pro-life movement at the national, state, and local levels is to save the Hyde Amendment.  Thus, I appeal for your participation in efforts to save the Hyde Amendment by sending correspondence to Pa.’s U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. and participating in a Rally in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle’s office at 8572 Bustleton Avenue, which is in a shopping center at Placid Street that has ample parking.

The Importance of the Hyde Amendment

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment greatly restricts federal funding of Medicaid abortions, then numbering about 300,000 per year.  Studies (conducted by pro-abortion organizations) have indicated that at least 1/3 of Medicaid-funded abortions do not occur if this funding is removed.

Our experience in Pa. with Medicaid-funded abortions is similar.  Before our state restrictions took effect in 1985, the Pa. Medicaid program was funding about 13,000 abortions per year.  After these restrictions took effect, the Pa. government-funded less than 100 per year, and abortions in Pa. declined by 5,000 per year.

Thus, the Hyde Amendment has saved millions of children and mothers from abortion.

The Status of the Hyde Amendment

On July 22, 2021, at the urging of the Biden Administration, the U.S. House passed a 2022 Health and Human Services Budget Bill (due to take effect on October 1, 2022) without the Hyde Amendment.  As I will soon explain, this vote is not likely to be the final action by the U.S. House on this issue.

Hope in the U.S. Senate

The good news is that the U.S. Senate is not likely to pass a Budget without the Hyde Amendment because of the position of the 50 Republican Senators and West Virginia Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.  We need to urge Sen. Casey (who says he supports the Hyde Amendment) not to support a 2022 Budget without the Hyde Amendment.  Sen. Casey’s contact information is 215-405-9660; 2000 Market Street – Suite 610, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3209; www.casey.senate.gov/contact.

In recent years, Congress has funded the federal government by passing Continuing Resolutions (CRs) and not by Budget Bills because of the extensive disagreements over the 13 Budget Bills that fund the federal government.  This reality can help to save the Hyde Amendment.

If the U.S. Senate passes a CR for the 2022 Fiscal Year, any funding restrictions are usually maintained as in the prior CR.  This practice would mean that the Hyde Amendment would remain in the 2022 CR.

Thus, we also need to urge Sen. Casey not to support any 2022 CR without the Hyde Amendment.

Pa.’s U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has already committed not to support any 2022 Budget or CR without the Hyde Amendment.

The U.S. House is Very Likely to Vote Again on this Issue

If the U.S. Senate passes the 2022 Budget or CR with the Hyde Amendment, the U.S. House will need to concur in such a Budget or CR.  Pro-abortion forces will be urging a no vote on such a 2022 Budget or CR.  Thus, our efforts to save the Hyde Amendment can help to persuade the Democrat U.S. House Majority not to defund the federal government because the Hyde Amendment is maintained.

Save Hyde Rally at U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle’s Office on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon at 8572 Bustleton Avenue (at Placid Street) in Northeast Philadelphia

All nine Pa. Democrat U.S. House Members have opposed the Hyde Amendment (and all nine Pa. Republican U.S. House Members have supported the Hyde Amendment).  Nevertheless, we are focusing our Save Hyde public square efforts on Northeast Philadelphia’s Democrat U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle.

Boyle served as the President of Democrats for Life at Notre Dame University (Class of 1999), a Youth Group Leader at St. Anselm Parish, and was elected in 2008 to the Pa. House with a strongly pro-life position.  However, he switched to the pro-abortion side to, in his view, ensure his victory in a Democrat Primary for the U.S. House.  Since this switch, he has declined to meet with pro-life constituents.

So, it is reasonably possible that this Rally, with extensive contact from the laity and clergy in his District, can persuade Rep. Boyle to support the Hyde Amendment.  In addition, this Rally has national significance because it can generate much-needed debate and attention on the fate of the Hyde Amendment, which is not likely to be finally determined until mid-late September 2021.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this correspondence.  Please send the requested correspondence and I look forward to seeing you on August 11, 2021!

CALL TO ACTION: BE AN INTERRUPTER

The following is from an email blast sent by Dr. Monique Ruberu. Please visit 40daysforlife.com to sign up for hours now and encourage family and friends to join you.

Im in Houston today at the 2021 40 days for Life Leaders Symposium. Yesterday we were praying and rallying outside of the largest abortion center in the Western Hemisphere… where as of 2016 the reported number of deaths were 8000 a year. This fact struck me for a few reasons… number one… the abortion industry has not reported their numbers SINCE 2016… and number 2 in downtown Philadelphia the two abortion centers we pray at and offer help and hope end more lives combined every year. 777 that is only open 5 days a week ends the lives of 6000 babies a year.  My friends… if this pit of hell in Houston is the largest in the western hemisphere.. we sadly pray outside one of the Largest centers as well. 

Last night We were blessed to hear from Abby Johnson… if any of you haven’t seen “Unplanned” let me know – I have a dvd I would be happy to lend you so you can show at your church or group to help people understand the importance of this mission. 

Abby as usual made some amazing points. 

#1 – People may say – I want these abortion Doctors or politicians to be Blessed – yes it sounds very Christian, but she pointed out that to “Be blessed”  means that your plans are approved by God and that they go UNINTERRUPTED.  She said that Her desire was NOT for them to be blessed, but for them to be INTERRUPTED in every one of their plans. SHe wants them to be frustrated, to feel lost, to finally understand that the sin they are standing in can never bring them happiness, peace, joy. Friends we are the INTERRUPTERS.  When we show up and lovingly reach out to the abortionist, the workers, the escorts… the Moms the Dads… we are INTERRUPTING Satan’s plan. We Are bringing the most powerful tool with us – PRAYER AND FASTING. We are asking for the intercession of GOD. We are invoking the HOLY SPIRIT.  This is the most powerful thing we can do… and we can’t do it unless we SHOW UP.  

#2 – Our work is LIFE CHANGING.  Abby pointed out that three of the people who prayed her out of the abortion center were sitting with us at the Gala… their prayer their fasting, brought about a change in her heart. There was another former abortion worker there who is now starting a campaign at her old place of work- PRAISE GOD!!!  The woman who prayed her best friend (another abortion worker) out was sitting next to her at the table, when her best friend left she followed soon after…  The moments we spend outside of these places are never wasted… every moment, every sacrifice goes toward the greater cause of saving lives, changing lives, you NEVER know what your small sacrifice of 2 hours a week will do for another person. 

#3 – Abby said that over 600 workers have left – there aren’t that many more abortion centers in the United States… She said that we likely don’t even know it but people from our clinics have likely left… and are healing with abortionworker.com. PRAISE GOD!!!

#4 Abby shared a story of a recent conversation she had… A worker called her crying and said that she had to leave… when Abby asked her why she said, “That woman outside…”  Abby asked, “What did she say to you?” the worker said, ” No she didn’t say anything…” Confused,  Abby said, “What do you mean?” The worker went on to say… “It was pouring rain outside… this woman was there all by herself… nobody was with her… and in the middle of this horrible storm she knelt down and continued praying..” The worker went on to say, “I was so convicted… this woman loved the babies and me so much… that she would kneel on the hard concrete in the middle of a torrential storm… to pray for us… I just can’t do this anymore… I have to leave” PRAISE GOD

Friends… we were CREATED for this time. To stand up for God, to be His soldiers in this time of persecution… We know what our enemy is… not the abortionist, not the people persecuting us, not the workers… but Satan…  We have our marching orders… deep inside your gut you KNOW what HE wants you to do… 

So I will ask you… Are you WITH US?  Will you Sacrifice for OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR? Will you be on the WINNING TEAM so that one day we can all celebrate in the GLORY OF HEAVEN? Are you willing to Humble yourself? Are you Willing to Sacrifice? Are you willing to Worship God in one of the most difficult and rewarding ways possible? Are you willing to face Him at the end of your life without the security of knowing that you did EVERYTHING in your power to end the greatest sin of all time?  When you face Him and he Asks you… will you be able to look Him in the face and know you did your part? 

Friends we need you… We are not just there for 40 days of life 2 X a year… we are out there every day. Because abortions happen every day except Sunday.  PLEASE. respond to this email, let us know that you are willing to commit. 

Give us 2 hours a week , or 2 hours every other week  and Help us to end abortion in out Philadelphia. 

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.

#SAVEHYDE RALLY IN PHILADELPHIA

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.

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.

We Get the Behavior We are Willing to Tolerate

“We get the behavior we are willing to tolerate”. 

Apply this axiom to what we are willing to tolerate from our government representatives, from our local committee office all the way up to the President of the United States.

What behavior are we willing to tolerate?

This past Friday the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania held a public forum outside of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s local office in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania to voice our concerns with his support of the Equality Act. A Republican, Fitzpatrick in 2019 said he would not vote for that version of the Equality Act without a religious exemption; however, two years later he voted for the 2021 version of the Equality Act which specifically notes there is no exemption for religious concerns. 

Here is some of the fine print of this act as currently written and waiting on a Senate vote.

*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.  It allows no provision for conscience rights, as any reference to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is expressly disallowed.

*Taxpayer funding of elective abortions would now be a result of the “equality” act.

*Minors who wish to pursue gender transitioning surgery/hormonal change would not require parental consent

*Anyone who identifies as opposite to their biological sex would need only to state this fact to join same sex schools and teams.  Also, no questions asked to enter private facilities such as restrooms, locker rooms, or women’s shelters.  In other words, a biological male who perceives himself as a woman can now attend a girls-only school and proceed to play on the same athletic field, regardless if any hormonal therapy has taken place or not. This could have a profound effect on women’s sports and sport scholarships.  Also, a biological male can enter a women’s shelter if he so states he identifies as a woman.  The Equality Act contains no acknowledgement that males and females are biologically different.  What happened to “follow the science” as we have been admonished to do for global warming or Covid concerns?

 I have no idea how they plan to protect a woman in a shelter if a straight male enters, clearly planning to exploit the Equality Act for his own purposes, which could include assault, rape or murder. Apparently Fitzpatrick didn’t see the need to consider or protect these women’s rights.

Now is the time to hold our representatives’ feet to the fire.  One of the positive results of Friday’s rally is there was a genuine sharing of information how to get involved in local politics in order to have your voice heard.  Search for local Facebook pages for your local township, call your state representative to obtain information of local party committees, ask neighbors and friends if they have any contacts.

Politics is like commerce.  We buy a particular product because we like what it does and we pay for it with our vote.  Once we notice a degradation in the quality of the product, we can opt to take our business elsewhere.  We should never put the failed product back in our pantry or closet and simply say, oh well, nothing I can do about that.  There is always something you can do and silently tolerating poor performance or behavior should not be our default.