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.
SFLA’s Fellowship program not only equips you to make the biggest impact on your campus based on your school’s unique needs, it also provides support, networking opportunities, and trainings to advance your pro-life skills.
Fellowships kickoff with a weekend of training and activism together, then continue with mentorships, readings, and webinars throughout the year.
Which Fellowship is Right for You?
If you are a college pro-life leader, the William Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship program is for you! Applications are due by March 31st, 2021.
If you are a high school pro-life leader, the Thaddeus Stevens Leadership Fellowship is for you! Applications are due March 31st, 2021.
If you are a Christian/Catholic college pro-life leader, the Christian Leadership Fellowship program is for you! Applications are due March 31st, 2021.
If you are a male college student, either the current leader of a pro-life group or wanting to get more involved, the Invictus Men’s Fellowship is for you! Applications are due by March 31st, 2021.
If you are a young artist (in college or grad school), either the current leader of a pro-life group or wanting to get more involved, the Hildegard Fellowship is for you! Applications are due by March 31st, 2021.
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.
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.
The following is from an email blast sent by Dr. Monique Ruberu. Scroll to the end of the blog to know how you can get involved with 40 Days for Life Philly.
A woman walked out of P.P. at approximately 4pm today.Gerry asked her if she would take some literature.He stated “we are here for the mom and the baby” .She replied “I know I just canceled my appointment.” As she walked away she told Gerry and mark their prayets were answered !!! BABY SAVED ON DAY 1 !! Thanks to every one who stood in the cold and prayed today.
Tomorrow is going to be a crazy cold and rainy one – we’ll check if they are open – Pat and I will be out there if so…
For seven straight years, the 40 Days for Life campaign has been present outside of the largest Planned Parenthood in the heart of Philadelphia.
Their numbers have dropped because of our presence for a while until the lockdown last March, which saw an increase in abortions plus ceasing the campaign early.
The hypocrisy is businesses in PA had to suffer while Planned Parenthood, thanks to their friend Gov. Tom Wolf, profit off a questionable pandemic. At the same time, churches were only to be open for prayer but no masses or services. We got a preview of communism through the Wolf Administration, particularly from his closest ally, Dr. Richard “Rachel” Levine.
This time we will have a full campaign during Lent as it will run from Ash Wednesday (February 17th) to March 27th. The hours are: Monday through Saturday 8AM to 4PM.