The Gianna Center of Philadelphia will be celebrating their second anniversary at Suburban Community Hospital this month. Below is information from their newsletter detailing how they began. Congratulations to the Gianna Center and to all those involved in the founding of this center.
Few people know that the Gianna Center’s humble beginnings were at the internal medicine practice of Dr. Max Mercado in Northeast Philadelphia. Dr. Mercado, graciously invited Dr. Delia Larrauri and nurse practitioner Barbara Rose to begin their practice in his office located in the Medical Office Building of Jeanes Hospital.
In April of 2019, the Gianna Center moved to its present location: the Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton. There was an open house celebration and blessing by Bishop McIntyre on its first day. Fr. Joseph Lo Jacono, IVE, the Gianna Center chaplain, placed markings in chalk above our door which says in Latin, Saint Gianna pray for us!
Suburban Hospital is ideal for a number of reasons. First, Dr. Larrauri is able to do minor surgery and procedures there and interact with the medical staff and students in the residency program. This helps to bring more visibility to NaProTechnology and the Creighton Model. Second, the hospital is close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 476 – major routes traversing the suburban area. A third reason that the Suburban Hospital is ideal is the fact that it is in close proximity to a large Hispanic community. Since Dr. Larrauri speaks Spanish fluently, the women from this community benefit greatly. Last, and certainly not least, the Gianna Center is not far from Planned Parenthood in Norristown, and is able to offer a life-affirming approach to women’s health and fertility thus becoming a medical resource for many of the Philadelphia area pregnancy centers.
The Gianna Center staff and volunteers pray daily for your safety and for an end to this pandemic. Remember, St. Gianna’s feast day is April 28. St. Gianna Beretta Molla, ora pro nobis!
According to Wikipedia,“Infanticide (or infant homicide) is the intentional killing of infants. Now universally illegal, infanticide was a widespread practice throughout human history that was mainly used to dispose of unwanted children.”
It may be illegal now, but if the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619) is not passed, we may be looking at the resurgence of this evil practice. Please see information from Human Life Action below and send a message to your US. Representative now!
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619) has again been introduced in Congress to protect babies from infanticide.
But efforts to bring the bill to a vote in the House are being blocked. Your action is needed to urge your Representative to sign a discharge petition that would allow this vote to occur.
Some states have passed laws to expand abortion and to repeal laws providing specific protections for babies born alive after surviving an attempted abortion. The Born-Alive Act would provide these specific protections nationwide to help prevent newborns from being killed or left alone to die.
We must continue to push Congress to pass the Born-Alive Act, so babies born alive following an abortion attempt are treated the same as any other newborn baby.
All of us at Voices for Life wish everyone a very blessed Easter. We would also like to thank you for your continued support for our ministry.
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We cover issues from conception until natural death, as well as family life issues.
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We strive to bring you the most insightful information about the abortion issue, articles and links to the many Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Homes, as well as articles on adoption and natural family planning.
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A beautiful spring Saturday dawned upon the 150 pro-lifers that came out to celebrate outside of the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in the State of Pennsylvania.
Fr. Matthew Bierdrycki of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral delivered the opening prayer for all in attendance.
Those who attendant heard from speakers that ranges from seasoned veterans to young leaders on college campuses and just added to the fold a high school senior.
One in particular was Emily Jones. Jones, a senior at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in Flourtown, spoke about how the inaugural Philadelphia March for Life inspired her to do more for the pro-life cause. Despite backlash, threats, and even the loss of friendships she endured, she kept the faith and helped revitalize her school’s pro-life group. She even signed up for vigil hours.
Two prominent college women spoke to the crowd, Karly Brown of Temple and Kassidy Johnson.
Johnson, a junior at University of Pennsylvania and member of Quakers for Life, shared how she was moved from her experience in Philadelphia. Coming from North Dakota which has only one abortion facility, Johnson shared how she knew that more had to be done to protect life.
For Karly Brown, she is no stranger to pro-life activism in Philadelphia area. Every Friday, her and Sean Garvey, both students at Temple would pray outside of Warminster Planned Parenthood. They both are now engaged. Congratulations Karly and Sean.
Pat Stanton goes on to share why our world should not tolerate the evil of abortion. Using examples of historical figures, he reminded everyone that each of them fought against the injustices of their time. He asked that we do the same when it comes to abortion.
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!
Below is a reflection and testimony on a save that happened yesterday outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City. My hope is that someone would be inspired to step into the breach to save lives as I do with many of my fellow pro-lifers.
Today was a day filled with so much traffic. I remember people walking by shaking their heads in disgust of my presence outside of an abortion facility that is the epitome of White Supremacy. Even one person (Jacob )that walks the route along locust on his way to work, only to stop to snap a photo of me and send it to his friend Anna from (Philadelphia Women’s Center).
As I was winding down my two hour coverage, two young women were going in as I offered to them a blessing bag. They declined and went inside.
A few minutes later, those same girls came out two minutes apart. One of them was crying. I knew that it was my moment as I prayed the flying novena. After concluding the flying novena, the girls came out of the gate. This time, I wasted no time offering them life saving information. They thanked me for sharing and wished me a good day as I watched them walk away from the place.
If this is not why we are needed outside of places of doom and gloom then I don’t know what is.
And what amazes me is she went from tears of sadness and woe to leaving PP with a hint of hope for her and child
It also dawned on me that today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. God’s sense of timing for yet another news worth of praise.
Please attend the closing rally outside of the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in our city and state.
Below is information on the Gianna Center of Philadelphia from Barbara Rose, NP. This also includes information on a Golf Outing to take place on May 3rd (see flyer). Please read below as Barbara reports on the Gianna Center’s progress these past two years.
The Gianna Center of Philadelphia celebrates two years at Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton this April, all because of the generous support of faithful Catholics.
Named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Gianna Center of Philadelphia features two unique women’s health services: the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™. This authentic pro-life women’s healthcare allows us to provide women with a more natural, restorative, scientifically-based approach to improving health and respecting fertility.
Our highly skilled team is delighted to offer women’s health care which includes preventive and specialized gynecology and early pregnancy support. This is health care at its finest as it respects the sanctity of life, the dignity of women, and the sacramental integrity of marriage.
The program’s medical director, Dr. Delia Larrauri, speaks Spanish fluently and has been a tremendous gift to the under-served Hispanic community of Norristown.
To continue this life-affirming and transformative mission, we rely on your help. Please consider joining us for the first annual golf benefit at the LuLu Country Club in North Hills, PA, on Monday, May 3rd, 2021. Sponsorship is a great way to show everyone that you support authentic pro-life health care for women, couples and families in our area.
Here is a sample bulletin announcement:
The Gianna Center is dedicated to providing women’s health care and infertility treatment that honor the sanctity of each human life, the dignity of women, and the sacramental integrity of marriage. Join us at LuLu Country Club for the first annual Golf Benefit in support of the Gianna Center on May 3, 2020. For details please go to http://www. phgiannacenter.org and click the events tab.
The following is an op-ed from the Philadelphia Inquirer written by two “OBGYNs” who clearly cannot accept medical reality let alone the fact about the most vulnerable stage of human development.
Anti-choice legislation can be deceptive. When lawmakers pass laws to make abortion illegal after six weeks (as they did in Georgia), or illegal in all cases including rape and incest (as they did in Alabama), a Pennsylvania bill imposing requirements on how fetal remains are handled seems nearly quaint. But it is all part of the same assault on reproductive health care, and as OB-GYNs, we know firsthand how damaging this legislation could be.
House Bill 118, introduced by Francis X. Ryan, a Lebanon County Republican, would require health-care facilities to provide cremation or burial services for every miscarriage or abortion. This requirement would force the provision of a death certificate even in cases such as a miscarriage occurring within days of a missed period, or an ectopic pregnancy implanted outside the uterus and therefore never viable. The bill states that any health-care facility would bear this responsibility or face fines, imposing additional costs to care and potentially reducing access to lifesaving, reproductive health care.
According to a co-sponsorship memorandum circulated by Ryan in December, he introduced this bill in response to his and his wife’s experience with miscarriage in the 1970s. Because up to 20% of pregnancies result in a miscarriage, his family is not alone in going through this experience. In a speech on the House floor, Ryan stated that he felt that the inability to bury the remains contributed to his pain. But the response to pregnancy loss is deeply personal and varied. We know this because discussing recovery from a pregnancy loss, both physical and emotional, is a conversation we have every day with patients. While the families we care for already have the option to make personal arrangements for the remains of their pregnancies, many do not even want to consider this; they simply want to move on. This bill would force Ryan’s personal belief system on the thousands of Pennsylvanians who will experience a miscarriage or abortion each year.
Pennsylvania already has legal requirements for the processing of remains from second-trimester pregnancies. All pregnancy tissue is disposed of safely and responsibly and in compliance with Pennsylvania state health regulations. If HB 118 becomes law, it will mean asking Pennsylvanians whose pregnancies never developed into an embryo or fetus, or even those with ectopic pregnancies, to make additional decisions about what happens to the tissue. This is an intrusion on an individual’s personal and private medical decision-making. For our patients undergoing the physical and emotional pain of pregnancy loss, this bill would only add cost, paperwork, and the potential for more confusion and grief.
It is not by chance that State Rep. Ryan is an adamant anti-choice lawmaker. This session he introduced a resolution to celebrate the work of John Stanton, a man who founded the pro-life movement in Pennsylvania and raised tens of thousands of dollars for fake pregnancy centers (also known as crisis pregnancy centers). He previously supported the most extreme restrictions on abortion that were introduced in the Pennsylvania House, including a so-called “heartbeat ban” last session that would have prohibited abortion after a heartbeat has been detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. In addition to intruding on the physician-patient relationship, and imposing additional costs and emotional burden on patients, HB 118 uses incredibly broad language that introduces “personhood” at the moment of conception. The bill defines an “unborn child” as starting from fertilization, which would include embryos that have not yet implanted, ectopic pregnancies, and pregnancies that are many months away from reaching the point where they can be considered viable. HB 118 is yet another politically motivated attack on abortion, and we adamantly oppose it.
The bipartisan vote for the bill in the House last session shows the danger of anti-choice legislation in disguise. It is up to all of us to inform our representatives that we do not want our reproductive health decisions being manipulated by coercive legislation and misguided politicians. Pennsylvania lawmakers should be focused on improving the health of Pennsylvania families. This bill does nothing toward that end.
The following is a response from Mike McGonagle to the above op-ed.
Our organization continues to provide leadership for the passage of the “Fetal Remains” Bill and a Resolution to honor John Stanton, the founder of the Pa. pro-life movement. Rep. Frank Ryan is serving as the lead sponsor for both of these proposals. A March 16, 2021 Commentary by Drs. Sarah Gutman and Alhambra Frarey criticized these proposals.
The premise of the Fetal Remains Bill is that the remains of children in the womb, killed by abortion or lost by miscarriage, should not be treated as “medical waste,” but in a manner currently required for the body of any other human being. Drs. Gutman and Frarey demonstrate their denial of medical reality by describing the dismembered bodies of children killed by abortion as “pregnancy tissue.”
Among many other achievements for the Pa. pro-life movement, John Stanton’s leadership resulted in Pa.’s “Choose Life” License Plate Program. Thus, Stanton deserves recognition for the tens of thousands of dollars that this program has raised for crisis pregnancy centers in Pa. Such centers offer the truth, compassion and extensive assistance to expectant mothers, which have saved hundreds of mothers and children from abortion.
We continue to urge our state legislators to pass these and other pro-life proposals.
Pro-aborts have been busy pushing their bills through under the new regime. But we must be ever vigilant and push back on these harmful bills. Please see information from the National Right to Life and take the necessary action.
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.
WASHINGTON– During the week of March 15, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives will take up a measure that attempts to revive the long-expired Equal Rights Amendment. This unprecedented measure poses a dire threat to all pro-life laws and policies, state and federal. You must act now.
The Equal Rights Amendment is a constitutional amendment that Congress proposed in 1972, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade (Jan. 1973). The ERA has a 7-year ratification deadline that expired 42 years ago. But now, the Democrat-controlled Congress will take up a measure (House Joint Resolution 17) that claims to retroactively remove the deadline, and to magically “air drop” the ERA instantly into the U.S. Constitution!
If this unprecedented scheme works, virtually all pro-life legislation nationwide might be permanently wiped out.
The National Organization for Women says the ERA “could negate hundreds” of pro-life laws. NARAL says “the ERA would reinforce the constitutional right to abortion…[it] would require judges to strike down anti-abortion laws…” Leaders of numerous other pro-abortion organizations, including Planned Parenthood, have made similar statements.
Please click here for instructions on how to make a quick phone call to the office of your U.S. House member, to urge him or her to oppose this sweeping pro-abortion resolution (House Joint Resolution 17). You will be shown quick talking points that you can use during your call.
Please do not delay — the House will act within the next week.
If the House narrowly passes the measure, then the Senate will take it up — and only a filibuster by pro-life senators can stop it. A filibuster can only be ended by 60 votes.
All pro-life senators must be strongly urged to vote to block the ERA-revival measure (House Joint Resolution 17, or the Senate companion measure, Senate Joint Resolution 1).
The Senate Democratic leadership could take up the ERA as early as the week of March 22. Please click herefor the numbers to call, with easy talking points.
These calls will take just a few minutes. The stakes are very high. Please act today!
While driving to Mass yesterday I was listening to a Catholic radio station that was giving a news report stating ‘Catholic Scholars’ have given their approval for the major vaccines for COVID, including the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Really? Even though Johnson & Johnson uses cells of aborted babies in their vaccines? (You can read a related article from the National Catholic Register here.)
It’s bad enough that we are being encouraged to use any vaccines considering most use cell lines of aborted babies in their testing, but to tell everyone that it’s okay to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well! It’s for the ‘greater good’ right? What about the greater good of the unborn babies whose cells are being used for the testing or production? Are our lives worth more than these innocent little ones? Is that why God created them? To be used in research and development?
How can these so-called ‘pro-life’ scholars tell us that abortion is a grave sin, and then say it’s permissible to be vaccinated with these products knowing they use the cells of aborted babies? How is this ‘for the greater good’? Isn’t it bad enough they were killed in a very cruel way without scientist exploiting them further?
I know some people will tell me that the cell lines used are from babies aborted back in the 60’s & 70’s; however, compromising on this issue gives Planned Parenthood and other killing centers the ammunition they need to justify performing abortions ‘for the greater good’.
Until they produce a vaccine that doesn’t compromise our basic principles (and put it in writing), I will not be getting vaccinated. If that means I’ll have to spend the rest of my days locked in my home, so be it. I’d rather be locked in my comfortable home here on earth than locked in the eternal flames of hell in the next life.
‘I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.’ – Romans 16:17