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.

Philly Welcomes Positively Pro-Life Program to The Delaware Valley

As someone who co-hosted a popular pro-life radio program in the Philly area in the 80’s, I am encouraged and excited to see that we now have a new and much needed weekly pro-life program in SE Pennsylvania.  Hosted by Maria Gallagher and Bonnie Finnerty of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, this 1/2-hour program airs every Wednesday night at 6:00 pm on WWDB-AM 860 Talk Radio

Please pass this information on to everyone you know and tune in each week to hear Maria and Bonnie, and their guests tackle current moral issues from a positively pro-life perspective.  

You can listen to the podcasts of these shows using this link.  

July To-Do List

We’re halfway through the year. It felt like yesterday that we said good riddance to 2020 that will eventually be a livid memory.

Now, that we are slowly but surely coming out of the nerve-wrecking pandemic, it is time to step up your game to defend life in your community.

Here are events and suggestions for July:

  1. First Friday and Saturday devotions
  2. Pray the Patriotic Rosary for the 4th of July holiday
  3. Educate people about the importance of the Declaration of Independence, particularly the first inalienable right.
  4. Make a Holy Hour for Life
  5. Take part in Sidewalk Servants
  6. Learn how to Sidewalk Counsel
  7. Volunteer at a pregnancy resource center
  8. Distribute water, food, and toiletries to the homeless
  9. Host a fundraiser for a homeless shelter, crisis resource center, etc
  10. When on vacation, locate an abortion facility near the destination and pray for an hour while meeting local activists.
  11. Participate in the summer rally near you. Details coming soon.
  12. Join the Sisters of Life in a rosary walk on July 24th. It’ll start at Basilica at 10AM.
  13. Run a maternity drive for mothers in need and pregnancy resource centers.

Overall, your pro-life conviction does not take a vacation. It is 24/7. Be sure to be creative with exercising your pro-life views.

Have a great month of July and a safe summer.

Canadian Rapper Trolls Toxic Culture

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?

Paxton Smith Turns Blind-Eye on Abortion, Pro-Life Activists Respond

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.

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.

PARTICIPATE IN DAY OF GIVING FOR THE CULTURE PROJECT

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!

Learn more and give at daysofgiving.thecultureproject.org

We also accept gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. For more information,  please contact Julie Pesusichjpesusich@thecultureproject.org.

How can you get ready for #CPDaysofGiving?

  1. Visit www.givecp.com to learn more about #CPDaysofGiving and ways you can participate.
  2. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Youtube to stay up-to-date and hear some amazing testimonies.
  3. Spread the word to your family and friends about #CPDaysofGiving so they can join in on the fun.

2022 National Pro-Life Summit To Be Held on Roe v Wade Anniversary in DC

The following is from Tina Whittington, the Vice President of Students for Life of America.

I need you to SAVE THE DATE for our 2022 National Pro-Life Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

This one-day training event for grassroots pro-life activists of all ages saw a record-breaking crowd, selling out at over 3,400 attendees in January 2020.

As you know, we had to replace the 2021 National Pro-Life Summit with our National #Stand4Life Weekend that we hosted in 18 cities across the country and online with more than 63,000 pro-lifers joining us!

But today, I am thrilled to announce that the National Pro-Life Summit is BACK for 2022 and will be better than ever!

While we’ll be revealing the theme of the 2022 National Summit at a later date, what I can tell you right now is all the benefits of attending, like…

Explore and strengthen your personal calling for Life

Become energized to protect the preborn and their mothers

Learn how to engage in the culture more effectively

Strategize with other pro-life youth and adults from communities across the nation

Meet and hear from dozens of experts in the pro-life movement

More details are to come, but you can sign up here to stay in the loop about all Summit-related announcements and updates.

We will sell out again this year…so, trust me, you’ll want to be among the first to know when registration goes live.

I hope you’ll consider joining me, the rest of the Students for Life team, and 3,000+ of your closest pro-life friends in January!