Precious Moments of Life

BNA“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” the saying goes and many times this is true. But I must say during this time of a slower-paced life and staying indoors it has given me an opportunity to learn new things – even when I’m not looking for them. Today I visited the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website to get an update on Holy Week livestreaming events. While on the site I flittered from one link to another gathering tidbits of information that I never knew existed. And then I landed on a video clip that mentioned Lily’s Gift and another aspect of being involved in the pro-life culture was opened to me.

Lily’s Gift is a ministry of parents and medical professionals who work to support parents who have been given a poor prenatal diagnosis. The program is in collaboration with the Archdiocese’s Office of Persons with Disabilities, the Office of Life and Family and Catholic Social Services. It follows the support training of Be Not Afraid (BNA). BNA is a private non-profit organization which provides comprehensive case management to parents carrying to term, rather than terminating the pregnancy, following a poor prenatal diagnosis and follows the ethical teachings of the Catholic Church. The stories and examples of parents who have received a poor prenatal diagnosis are heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. We all know the excitement of learning of a new life and it’s difficult to imagine what it must be like the day you learn that your pregnancy will not be routine and your baby’s life could last just minutes after birth.  Below is an excerpt from a mother’s personal narrative about carrying an anencephalic child. Her story is even more touching because this happened to her with two pregnancies and her sister also experienced it with a son.

“There is no way to avoid the sad fact that she cannot live long after birth with this condition, but causing Charlotte to die earlier will not stop this happening. Causing her to die earlier will only take from us the beautiful experience of knowing and loving her.

The tragedy is not the fact that we know our baby will die. The tragedy is that our baby will die. It is not nice to know for months beforehand, but it gives us a chance to appreciate a life so brief, and not to miss a moment.

The value of Thomas Walter, Benedict and Charlotte cannot be measured by the length of their lives – we don’t apply this yardstick to adults, so why should we to babies? A baby is not a possession, an accessory to acquire. A baby is a gift, a new entity, a precious, individual soul loved by God. We are created for a purpose, there is a reason for our being here. Even if that reason is unclear to us most of the time, we are constantly affecting other people in our families, communities etc. Who knows what purpose can be fulfilled in 9 months and one day? I don’t know, but God does.”

There are many obstacles to overcome besides the emotional acceptance of what is to be. Organizations like Lily’s Gift offer support in the preparation of medical decision making and neonatal critical care. One couple offered advice in that they insisted that their child be treated as any other child after birth and they had a birth plan in place. The nurses and doctors were aware that they were not to treat this child with less dignity just because of the lethal diagnosis.

While it is so difficult to imagine these circumstances, it is comforting to know that there are organizations like this out there to offer support, answer questions and walk through this journey with these parents who are adamant about giving their child a right to life, whether it be just a few minutes, a few hours or a few years.

My idle time was well spent today. I was reminded that it is not just about parents who want to end a child’s life.  It is also about those parents who are willing to fight for those very few but oh so very, very precious moments of life.

 

 

40 Days For Life: DAY 37: It’s here! — Deacon John’s Space

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LifeNews: Abortion Pill Has Killed Dozens of Women, Injured Thousands. — Deacon John’s Space

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Pro-life Charity Offers $3000 to Women to Not Abort Their Child — Deacon John’s Space

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Light Shining Out of Darkness

At the start of every 40 Days for Life campaign there is PPHope. Hope that this time, at any particular vigil site there will be a SAVE. A mom who changes her mind and decides to keep her baby. Last week at the Northeast Philadelphia vigil site just such a thing occurred – and through the efforts of a most unlikely advocate, the security guard at Planned Parenthood who was outside there by himself later in the day. He shared the following details.

A young woman, about 25 years old had gone into PP and at some point, came back out distraught. She seemed immature – a party type. She said she was confused about what to do. Her boyfriend wanted her to keep the baby but would leave the decision to her. Her dad wanted her to keep the child also but her mom thought abortion would be best. As the guard listened to her story, he advised her to talk to her boyfriend again, to discuss all what being a parent entailed. He told her she was basically old enough to give it mature thought and know what she wanted to do, not just react without thinking it through. She took his advice and went back to the car and discussed it with her boyfriend and together they decided they would keep the baby. She called her mom who responded that she wasn’t going to be the babysitter! (how many times have those words been said until the baby arrives).

And just like that, a baby was saved from abortion that day. I thanked him for sharing the story and told him he’s a good listener. He said his position outside the doors of the PP is similar to that of a bartender. People come in and out those doors and tell him all kinds of things. He still believes a woman should have a choice, but in this instance he thought the young woman involved was so confused she needed to think things through. So the security guard was the light shining out of the darkness.

In sharing this story he also mentioned that about six months ago another woman came to PP thinking the only way to end an abusive relationship was to have an abortion. He provided her with information about Laurel House which offers support for women who are victims of domestic violence. He later learned she decided to keep the baby.

God works in mysterious ways and a calming presence in the midst of chaos might be all these young women needed. Aren’t the words of the poem below so true….

Light Shining out of Darkness

By William Cowper

God moves in a mysterious way,

His wonders to perform;

He plants his footsteps in the sea,

And rides upon the storm. 

Deep in unfathomable mines

Of never-failing skill,

He treasures up his bright designs,

And works his sov’reign will. 

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,

The clouds ye so much dread

Are big with mercy, and shall break

In blessings on your head. 

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust him for his grace;

Behind a frowning providence

He hides a smiling face. 

His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding ev’ry hour;

The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower. 

Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan His work in vain;

God is his own interpreter,

And he will make it plain.

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Action Needed: Prevent Telemed Abortion & Shutdown Abortion Centers – Contact Your State Senator and Gov. Wolf Today!

Below is an action request from Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia asking us to contact our State Senator and Governor Wolf for their support on the amended Senate Bill 857.   

Please click on the link which takes you to SignUp Genius and commit to a time you will contact these legislators.  Tom has provided a sample comment for both Gov Wolf and your State Senator.  

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TODAY and TUESDAY you can be part of this campaign to not allow abortion by telephone/videoconference.

SIGN UP NOW for this 48 Hour Campaign and add your voice to this fight:

SIGN UP HERE!

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, pro abortion advocates are trying to expand abortion access via TeleMedicine.  They want doctors to be able to prescribe the abortion pill RU-486 without ever meeting the woman in person.

This is dangerous for the women involved and will greatly expand the number of abortions performed in Pennsylvania.  We need your help NOW to stop this threat.

Additionally, our Governor refuses to close the doors of existing abortion facilities even as all non-essential businesses and health care facilities are closing to decrease exposure to COVID-19 and conserve critical medical equipment.

Can you give us 20 minutes of your time this week to tell Legislators and Governor Wolf that new TeleMedicine legislation CANNOT allow telemed access abortions in Pennsylvania, and that abortion facilities should be ordered to CLOSE during this pandemic?

 We are asking supporters to commit to time slots on Monday and Tuesday to call and email members of the Pennsylvania State Senate and Governor Wolf.

It is critical that our government hears directly from pro life Pennsylvanians.  Indeed, we often hear from our friends in the Legislature that pro abortion advocates yell longer and louder on issues regarding abortion access

We cannot allow the chaos of this pandemic to increase the number of surgical and medicated abortions performed in our state.

SIGN UP NOW for this 48 Hour Campaign and add your voice to this fight:

SIGN UP HERE!

WHAT DO I DO AND WHAT DO I SAY:

**Please know that almost all phone calls will go to voice mail because Legislators are working with minimal staff at this time.  LEAVE A MESSAGE!  Voice mails are checked daily.  Be brief in your voicemail.   There is a small chance you will speak with an office staff person.  Please relay this message directly to them.

  1. At your allotted time, call your State Senator’s office. You can find your Senator’s name and contact information via this web tool.

https://pennsylvaniafamilycouncil.salsalabs.org/dontpullapelosi/index.html

SUGGESTED PHONE COMMENT: “Senator _____, as your constituent I urge you to support Senate Bill 857 as amended and I ask you to do all you can to make sure that this telemedicine bill is not used to expand abortion access in Pennsylvania.

I’m also asking you to pressure Governor Wolf to close all abortion facilities in our state during this pandemic because abortion is always non-essential and open doors at abortion facilities means needlessly exposing thousands of workers and women (and their families) to the virus.”

  1. Send your State Senator a follow up email with similar text (email addresses also available on the above contact page)

SUGGESTED EMAIL TEXT: “Senator _____, I just left a message with your office but because this issue is so critical I wanted you to hear from me directly via email.  As your constituent I urge you to support Senate Bill 857 as amended and I ask you to do all you can to make sure that this telemedicine bill is not used to expand abortion access in Pennsylvania.  Please ask Senate Leader Corman to keep the House language in Senate Bill 857.

I’m also asking you to pressure Governor Wolf to be consistent in his leadership by closing all abortion facilities in our state during this pandemic because abortion is always an elective and non-essential procedure.  It is crucial that all available medical equipment be conserved for use by hospitals treating seriously ill and COVID-19 patients.  Also, open doors at abortion facilities means needlessly exposing thousands of workers and women (and their families) to the virus.”

  1. Call Governor Wolf and demand that he acts consistently in his leadership by closing all abortion facilities in the state.

Phone: 717-787-2500

SUGGESTED PHONE COMMENT: “Governor Wolf, I am grateful for your leadership as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  Please be consistent in your efforts to conserve essential medical equipment and protect our citizens from unnecessary exposure to the virus by closing all abortion facilities in our state.”

  1. Follow up with an email to Governor Wolf.

Online Email Form: https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/#OnlineForm

SUGGESTED EMAIL TEXT: “Governor Wolf, I left a message with your office but because this issue is so critical I wanted to follow up with an email.  As a Pennsylvanian, I am grateful for your leadership as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  I am asking you now to be consistent in your efforts to conserve essential medical equipment and protect our citizens from unnecessary exposure to the virus by closing all abortion facilities in our state.

You asked last week that “all hospitals not engage in elective surgeries, elective treatments.”  Abortion is always an elective procedure.  I support your efforts to “do everything we can to support our front-line medical workers,” and this must include shutting down non-essential abortion facilities to conserve medical supplies and protect all Pennsylvanians from needless exposure to COVID-19.”

  1. Have some extra time? Please contact State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman about the Senate Telemedicine Bill and closing abortion facilities.

Office Phone: (717) 787-1377

Online Email Form: https://www.senatorcorman.com/contact/

SUGGESTED PHONE COMMENT: “Majority Leader Corman, as a Pennsylvanian I urge you to advance Senate Bill 857 as amended and I ask you to do all you can to make sure that this telemedicine bill is not used to expand abortion access in Pennsylvania.”

SUGGESTED EMAIL TEXT:

“Majority Leader Corman, I just left a message with your office but because this issue is so critical I wanted to email you directly.  As a Pennsylvanian I urge you to advance Senate Bill 857 with the amended language from the House and I ask you to do all you can to make sure that this telemedicine bill is not used to expand abortion access in Pennsylvania.

I’m also asking you to pressure Governor Wolf to be consistent in his leadership by closing all abortion facilities in our state during this pandemic because abortion is always an elective and non-essential procedure.  It is crucial that all available medical equipment be conserved for use by hospitals treating seriously ill and COVID-19 patients.  Also, open doors at abortion facilities means needlessly exposing thousands of workers and women (and their families) to the virus.”