Last week, I attended CPAC for the first time. This year it was held in Orlando due to the restrictions from its preceding location in Baltimore.
The event gathers thousands of like-minded conservatives from all across the United States and even parts of the world. Those in attendance got to hear from elected officials and even personalities in conservative media.
Below is my review of the event.
The even proves that big gatherings can be held as we navigate past COVID. Florida has been open for business and it was an outstanding choice on their part to allow tourism and event large events happening. Yes, Karen, people were wearing masks when walking around.
Many topics were covered during the event, especially our bill of rights. Many elected officials have taken time to talk about what is plaguing our country.
The ecumenical committee is growing at CPAC, particularly among Jewish, Catholics, and Protestants. Even Fr. Frank Pavone was present to celebrate mass for Catholic attendees.
A great red carpet of the upcoming Roe v Wade movie.
The only miss that is worth nothing is the results of a straw poll conducted by The Washington Times. The poll was to gauge attendees on the top three issues pressing them. Surprisingly, the recent election and its integrity was Number one with almost 70% of the votes. The issue that came in last was pro-life. How disappointing.
Overall, I do recommend attending. Pro-Lifers should not pass on a chance to connect with other pro-lifers and hopefully we can make this a more pressing issue.
Last night, the Red Carpet was rolled out for the screening of Roe V Wade. The film tackles the true debate that happened with the landmark Supreme Court of the United States.
The movie is the first feature length film that lays out the actual facts about the controversial decisions casted down by the Supreme Court.
The movie followed the storylines of Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Dr. Mildred Jefferson who were the two central figures of the national debate, both of late. Nathanson is known as the founder of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League). He was the trailblazer that saw New York pass legalized abortion that paved the way for Texas to make vits case all the way through the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Jefferson, the first African American to graduate with a medical degree from Harvard, would be pulled into the debate as she saw abortion for what it is, murder. She would be the founding pioneer of National Right to Life.
Enjoy some of the photos from yesterday’s event. Nearly 200 people came out to give witness to life, many were from Students for Life, sporting a purple knit hat that read: “Pro Life Generation” across their foreheads.
For the blog post about the event, read about it here.
In addition to the day outside of Planned Parenthood, learn why I still made the trip to DC for the March for Life, despite the restrictions and the switch to virtual.
Today, while everyone was home due to the virtual March for Life, I was in our nation’s capital for a big weekend.
I got there early and met a couple of local regulars.
A few minutes later, 100 college students and regional coordinators from Students for Life came out and help packed the sidewalk.
I led the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. As we were transitioning into the rosary, a young man dropped off his girlfriend and taunted verbal and even hateful things at us. It was tempting to stop the praying. However, I kept going without stopping like a train on full speed to its destination. I even felt that my Guardian Angel was watching over me as that same man made threats to bring a gun and unload bullets on me and fellow pro-lifers.
Thankfully everyone kept the faith while their composure and we managed to have an eventful day on the sidewalk filling it with love, mercy, and even hope as it lies only a mile from one of the most beautiful Basilicas in the country on the grounds of Catholic University of America.
The devil is real and he knows that his time is short. His weapons are vices and principalities. Ours are prayers, works of service and mercy, and even the Eucharist.
Hard to believe that many of us had to enjoy a streaming of the March for Life from the comfort of our own home. At least those that were watching didn’t have to endure the bitter cold conditions like I did.
Then, there were those, like me, that still made the trek to our nation’s capital to keep the tradition alive.
I’m Never Alone
I remember God planting the seeds for this once in a lifetime moment to send a message to others. When I got to the National Mall, I remember looking around and thinking back to the past National Marches that have taken place. Then, as I was snapped back to reality thanks to a trio of cheerful women from Cincinnati, I knew that I wasn’t the only person that still made it to DC to keep it alive.
As I ventured around the rest of the mall, we bumped into people from Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and even South Carolina. People of all walks of life that felt compelled to keep their annual pilgrimage going.
WHY ARE WE HERE?
As we all regrouped, we gathered at the mall. One by one, everyone shared their stories of why they are pro-life. There were two that stood out.
The first was a student from Penn State who shared how his best friend who has such a deep faith recently celebrated his 19th birthday. He later learned that his friend would not be alive if it weren’t for her mother’s “yes” to be here. Because of the example of his friend, he became Catholic after searching for the right answers.
The other story was how a woman shared that his brother with down syndrome who celebrated his 50th birthday and how she is disgusted at how 90% with the same condition are aborted.
Following the sharing of testimonies we all stopped along a familiar place during the march. We waited for our chance and we prayed more.
After 30 minutes and thanks to those who were able to watch the livestream, we all made our way to the national leaders on 3rd Street and processed over to Massachusetts Avenue and onto Second Avenue to the back of the Supreme Court.
In the midst of bumping into amazing friends and making new ones, one thing was clear and that was how extraordinary God provided through my out of the ordinary experience with this year’s March for Life. I even told those that were with me on the National Mall that this whole virtual apparatus will not settle the debate. Rather, it creates a dichotomy that can only be filled by being the foot soldiers we need to be present.
If we are going to win the abortion debate, we need to step away from the screen and be willing to go out into the public square, our community, and even the nearest abortion facility in your community to change hearts and minds.
Today, do your part to make your real presence known.
The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition sponsored their annual Rally for Life on Friday, January 22, 2021. This date is the 48th anniversary of the infamous US Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
The event began at the VFW Hall across the street from Warminster Planned Parenthood. Pro-Life supporters from churches in Bucks County and surrounding areas started streaming in the hall before noon.
Sandy Slater, President of Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition shared pertinent information about the abortion industry in general and Warminster PP in particular. Fr. Mike Davis, Pastor of Assumption BVM opened the program with prayer.
Anne Ruegner, Acting Director of A Baby’s Breath, shared a slide presentation about their mission to mothers in a crisis pregnancy. These include free help and resources including ultrasounds, counseling, gift cards, diapers, formula, housing for up to six moms and their babies. Refreshments were provided by the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania. The program ended and attendees took pro-life signs as they exited the VFW to Planned Parenthood in silent prayer.
As the VFW group walked to the abortion site, there was a large crowd of 100 pro-life warriors that were assembled. They were praying and singing hymns. The number of people from the VFW joined with those gathered in front of Warminster PP had swelled to over 200.
Pastor Chuck Wilson of the New Hope Community Church closed the gathering in prayer. Pastor Bill Devlin, Co-Pastor of Infinity Bible Church added last words of encouragement to continue on in the battle for the sanctity of life.
A chilly Saturday couldn’t freeze the warm spirits of thousands of pro-lifers throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
The morning began with a short prayer service in the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral with the recitation of the rosary and the litanies of loreto and St. Joseph while a protestant group held a prayer service outside of the south lawn of the church.
Archbishop Nelson Perez celebrated mass with Bishop Joseph Coffey, auxiliary bishop of the military archdiocese, as the homilist. For Bishop Coffey, he saw the event as a way to recommit to the cause of life. He shared how God blessed him when Fr. Dennis Gill blessed him on Good Friday just before he was arrested during an Operation Rescue demonstration outside of Planned Parenthood. Bishop Coffey recalled that those events helped formed his call to the priesthood.
Following the mass and Protestant prayer service, everyone came together to peacefully march one mile to Independence Hall. Along the way, many stop to pray in front of the Philadelphia Women’s Center for a short prayer while Pat Stanton states the history of the facility that murders 6,500 lives annually.
Everyone finally gathered outside of the north lawn of Independence Hall to hear amazing testimony and even music from Jack Terzian who reminds people to be you and cool.
Alison Centofante of Live Action emcee the event. She shared about how she would one day meet her grandmother who chose life for her dad.
Ashley Garecht fired up the crowd by reminding them to not be scared by the bullies who want to stop you from standing up for what is right.
Dr. Monique Ruberu talked about the need of being present outside of abortion facilities in our area.
Reverend Herb Lusk III reminded everyone to keep up the fight. God is bringing about the victory over death.
Kathy Barnette shared that we must be louder in our convictions when speaking about the danger of abortion.
“And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.
President Donald J. Trump is unarguably the most pro-life president ever elected to the office of president. Those who are in the battle for the sanctity of life were blessed to have him as an advocate in the White House for the past four years. Below is a Life News article by Steven Ertelt which includes President Trump’s Proclamation.
On Friday, the majority of Americans who are pro-life will be mourning 48 years of legalized abortion under Roe v Wade. President Donald Trump yesterday acknowledged those victims of abortion and issued a proclamation designed a spark people to action to put an end to it.
The President issued a stirring call to action and eloquently described how abortion has adversely affected our country in the world. He encouraged pro-life Americans to never back down in ending abortion and restoring a respect for the sanctity of human life.
Below is the full text of President Trump’s Proclamation:
NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY, 2021 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION
Every human life is a gift to the world. Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God. The Almighty Creator gives unique talents, beautiful dreams, and a great purpose to every person. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.
This month, we mark nearly 50 years since the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. This constitutionally flawed ruling overturned State laws that banned abortion, and has resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives. But strong mothers, courageous students, and incredible community members and people of faith are leading a powerful movement to awaken America’s conscience and restore the belief that every life is worthy of respect, protection, and care.
Because of the devotion of countless pro-life pioneers, the call for every person to recognize the sanctity of life is resounding more loudly in America than ever before. Over the last decade, the rate of abortions has steadily decreased, and today, more than three out of every four Americans support restrictions on abortion.
Since my first day in office, I have taken historic action to protect innocent lives at home and abroad. I reinstituted and strengthened President Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title Ten taxpayer funding, and took action to protect the conscience rights of doctors, nurses, and organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor. My Administration has protected the vital role of faith-based adoption. At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life. Just a few months ago, our Nation also joined 32 other countries in signing the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which bolsters global efforts to provide better healthcare to women, protect all human life, and strengthen families.
As a Nation, restoring a culture of respect for the sacredness of life is fundamental to solving our country’s most pressing problems. When each person is treated as a beloved child of God, individuals can reach their full potential, communities will flourish, and America will be a place of even greater hope and freedom. That is why it was my profound privilege to be the first President in history to attend the March for Life, and it is what motives my actions to improve our Nation’s adoption and foster care system, secure more funding for Down syndrome research, and expand health services for single mothers. Over the past 4 years, I have appointed more than 200 Federal judges who apply the Constitution as written, including three Supreme Court Justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. I also increased the child tax credit, so that mothers are financially supported as they take on the noble task of raising strong and healthy children. And, recently, I signed an Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children, which defends the truth that every newborn baby has the same rights as all other individuals to receive life-saving care.
The United States is a shining example of human rights for the world. However, some in Washington are fighting to keep the United States among a small handful of nations — including North Korea and China — that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks. I join with countless others who believe this is morally and fundamentally wrong, and today, I renew my call on the Congress to pass legislation prohibiting late-term abortion.
Since the beginning, my Administration has been dedicated to lifting up every American, and that starts with protecting the rights of the most vulnerable in our society — the unborn. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we promise to continue speaking out for those who have no voice. We vow to celebrate and support every heroic mother who chooses life. And we resolve to defend the lives of every innocent and unborn child, each of whom can bring unbelievable love, joy, beauty, and grace into our Nation and the entire world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2021, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born. I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home. And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. DONALD J. TRUMP
Just as we slowly realized the immorality of enslaving humans, it is time to get woke about abortion.
The following statement by Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director of the PA Pro-Life Federationdeclares the truth about the infamous US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
Why Roe must go…
It’s been almost a half century, yet two Supreme Court decisions still divide our nation. In 1973, Roe v. Wade and its companion case Doe v. Bolton legalized abortion up through birth. Some Americans have accepted abortion on demand as being morally permissible because it is legal.
We need only consider that slavery was legal for over 240 years. Its end was brought about by a small yet undeterred group of people. When the truth that human dignity belongs to every person triumphed, the institution of slavery was abolished.
Modern-day abolitionists seek to end another immoral institution: the killing of innocent human life through legalized abortion. With the balance on the Supreme Court shifting, is overturning Roe a possibility?
There is no explicit right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution. In Roe, the Court ruled that the “right” to abortion was implicit in a right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment. But the 14th amendment fails to mention privacy. To justify abortion based on a right to privacy not stated in the Constitution, the Court referenced a 1965 case on contraception called Griswold vs. Connecticut.
In that decision, Justice William O. Douglas essentially invented a right to privacy, writing that the Bill of Rights casts penumbras (shadows) and emanations (rays) in which a “zone of privacy” exists. It was on this weak foundation of shadows and rays that a right to privacy and later a right to abortion were founded.
But the 14th Amendment does include explicit language about a more fundamental right: no State shall make a law depriving any person of life. Ironically, the 14th amendment is used to imply a right to abortion that is somehow prioritized over anexplicitly statedright to life.
From the time Justice Blackmun wrote the majority opinion for Roe, legal scholars have acknowledged its shaky foundation. Even Blackmun’s law clerk, Edward Lazarus, said, “As a matter of constitutional interpretation and judicial method, Roe borders on the indefensible….”
Furthermore, Blackmun conceded that the right to abortion is not absolute, stating, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, [Roe’s] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”
Since 1973, haven’t both science and technology shown us such irrefutable proof? Advancements in ultrasound and embryology prove that we are distinctly human persons from the moment of fertilization.
With a feeble legal foundation and today’s advanced science, Roe seems ripe for reconsideration. If overturned, abortion will not become illegal. Rather, the issue would go back to each state.
Roe has always been bad law, failing to truly empower women in crisis. Being led to believe that one must kill her own child in order to succeed in the workplace, obtain an education, or maintain a relationship is far from liberation.
Just as we slowly realized the immorality of enslaving humans, it is time to get woke about abortion. Life in its smallest, most vulnerable, dependent stages is still precious human life worth protecting. It’s how you and I began. How can we say others do not deserve the same right to life?
Roe must go.
Bonnie Finnerty Education Director PA Pro-Life Federation 4800 Jonestown Rd. Suite 102 Harrisburg, PA 17109 717-541-0034 firstname.lastname@example.org
Most in the pro-life movement are too young to remember many of our pro-life pioneers who paved the way for future pro-life warriors. One of these women was Bea Gutherman, a mother of 11 children who was faithfully committed to praying and sidewalk counseling outside the Northeast Women’s Center abortion mill which at that time was located at 9600 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philly.
Below is a memory of Bea from another of our pro-life pioneers, Theresa Connolly, one of our lawyers who worked pro bono whenever any of us were arrested (which in the 80’s was frequent). God bless Bea, Theresa and all who stood up then and who stand up now for God’s precious little ones.
It was early in the 1980’s on a cold, dreary morning in Philadelphia, a young woman was headed for 9600 Roosevelt Boulevard. She was going down the walkway as Bea, a middle-aged woman made a blood curdling scream: ‘’DON’T KILL YOUR BABY.”
It was horrifying! The small prolife group was shocked at how rude she was to this woman who was about to abort her baby. Yes, shocked!
Someone was incredibly wrong; but it was not Bea.
In 1973 seven dirty old men pronounced the murder of unseen human children to be a woman’s right to abort. *
How were we supposed to behave? Bea knew. Bea did it.
Groups formed outside ‘9600’ daily. They were always polite. Their weapon was the rosary. And that weapon worked!
Some mothers left. Some children lived.
*Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. It struck down many U.S. state and federal abortion laws. – Wikipedia