Join Good Counsel Homes to Celebrate Father Benedict Groeschel’s Birthday on August 17th

The following is from Christopher Bell, President of Good Counsel Homes located in New Jersey.  This event takes place on Saturday, August 17th.  

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Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., served as Good Counsel’s Chairman of the Board of Directors from March 10, 1985 until his death on October 3, 2014, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Since Father Benedict would have turned 86 this July, we will gather on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to celebrate his life by giving thanks for Father Benedict in remembrance of his life, his work, and his legacy.

Please join us in a humble birthday celebration for the life of Father Benedict at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary, 375 13th Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07103.  Parking entrance is located on 8th Street. (map) 

The celebration will begin with Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Terry Messer, C.F.R. as the Main Celebrant.  A luncheon will follow at 12:00 noon.  Fr. Terry Messer will then offer a reflection on Fr. Benedict at 12:45 p.m.

This is a free event. Please RSVP by Monday, August 12th by calling 201-795-0637 or via email to silvana_cowden@goodcounselhomes.org.

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Save the Date! Saturday, November 16th – Philly’s 1st Annual “Ladies Love Life” Pro Life Conference for Women!!!!

The following is from the Facebook wall of Dr. Monique Ruberu.  Information on this conference is listed in the post below and on their website where you can sign up for updates on this event.  

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The date is confirmed!!! The Location is Confirmed!!!! Make sure you save the date for Philly’s 1st annual “Ladies Love Life” Pro Life Conference for women!!!!

Please sign up for the latest details on speakers and topics covered – all to be released soon and you don’t want to miss it!!!

Tickets on SALE @The Shop  25 & Under – Free – Regular Ticket $30!

Limited Space – Get your ticket before it is SOLD OUT!

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Saturday Nov 16th 8:30-6
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Registration is Open for Students for Life of America’s Annual Conference

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The following is from Students for Life of America. They released information for their annual summit in Washington, DC to be held on Saturday, January 25th. It is reposted with their permission

In an historic move of unity in the pro-life movement, four national pro-life organizations – Students for Life of America Live Action, The Heritage Foundation, and Alliance Defending Freedom – have united to harness the passion of the most dedicated among those who pilgrimage to Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life, challenging them to dive deeper and return to their communities with a new vision and tools to radically change the political and cultural landscape.

We are excited to bring the generations together under one banner, one National Pro-Life Summit, combining the momentum of the Students for Life National Conference that has been building over the last 12 years, with the expertise of like-minded national pro-life organizations. This one-day event is a game changer and exactly what our movement needs to prepare for a post-Roe America.

Attending The National Pro-Life Summit the day after the March for Life is an amazing way to start your pro-life year off right. Our roster of speakers are experts in the pro-life movement, and they can’t wait to share their wisdom with you and 2,999 of your closest friends.

Make sure you register NOW so that you can be a part of a life-changing experience.

The speaker lineup includes: David Daleiden, Charlotte Pence (daughter of VP Mike Pence), Matt Birk, and many others.

This event is open to both students and adults. .

During their annual summit last year, Bishop Shanahan High School received the National Award for group of the year- high school. Read more here

To register for the conference, visit here

Pro-life Berks Introduces The Prayer Project

The following is from the newsletter of Pro-Life Berks. The reasons they list to close the Reading Planned Parenthood are reasons to close all Planned Parenthood facilities throughout our nation and around the world.

If you live in or around Reading, Pennsylvania and would like to become involved in this project, contact Pro-Life Berks.  The contact information is included in the Guidelines for Praying at Reading Planned Parenthood. 

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For twenty-one long years Reading Planned Parenthood has been doing abortions in Reading,  Pennsylvania.  The purpose of The Prayer Project is to close the Reading Planned Parenthood and to end abortion.

A link is provided below for Guidelines for praying at the Reading Planned Parenthood and for Bible verses for meditation. Contact information is provided in the Guidelines.

When you are standing outside of Reading Planned Parenthood, please pray about each of the following areas of great evil, and ask God to deliver us.  

Why We Need to Close Reading Planned Parenthood:

  • Kills babies by the cruel act of abortion, that is sucking the baby out of the womb by suction machine; or by giving pills to kill the baby in the womb which is then expelled in the toilet, a very painful and bloody experience for women.
  • Kills about 800 babies per year, right here in Reading, for the last 21 years.
  • Participates with other Planned Parenthood centers to be the largest abortion provider in Pennsylvania.
  • Founded by the racist Margaret Sanger, who promoted eugenics similar to Hitler.
  • Continues to be part of the genocide that is killing a disproportionate number of African-American babies.
  • Provides little, or no help for dads who want to keep their babies and not see them killed by abortion.
  • Refuses to allow a dignified burial of the aborted babies; but instead, sends the dead, unnamed babies to an incinerator for an impersonal end.
  • Promotes sexual promiscuity by encouraging sexual activity, outside of marriage.
  • Promotes sex ed to young and impressionable children, leading to increased sexual activity before marriage, often with tragic results.
  • Encourages children to not tell their parents about going to Planned Parenthood or reading their materials.
  • Promotes the use of birth control methods, most of which are abortifacients (cause an early abortion) such as The Pill, I.U.D.’s, birth control injections, morning after pills.
  • Promotes the dangerous concept of the gay lifestyle and gender and transgender confusion, even for children.
  • Provides false and misleading information about pro-life advocates who do sidewalk counseling outside and who offer assistance.
  • Participates in a national organization that has been proven to sell unborn baby body parts to companies for research and use.
  • Participates in a national organization that receives over $500 million dollars, federally, from taxpayers who do not want to fund abortion.
  • Participates in a strong, national, political organization that promotes very liberal causes and candidates.
  • Refuses to admit to the scientific proof that life begins at conception and that unborn babies have the inalienable right to life from the Creator.

Guidelines for Praying and Bible Verses

Pro-Life Berks is a peaceful, prayerful organization dedicated to the defense of human life from conception to natural death, since 1998. We oppose the use of force against persons and property.

We organized in 1998 when Reading Planned Parenthood began doing abortions. We’ve been praying there and doing sidewalk counseling every week, since then.

We’ve been hosting a television program on BCTV since 2000, and currently our program is live, the third Monday of every month. Our focus is also education, community outreach and advocacy in support of life, marriage and the family.

We are affiliated with the American Life League and the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania.  Your prayers and financial support of Pro-Life Berks is greatly appreciated.  For more information, visit our website:   www.prolifeberks.org.   Like us on Facebook here.

 

Single Mom Who Rejected Abortion of Twins Graduates With Two Degrees

Below is a story of a young woman in a crisis pregnancy and her decision to choose life for her twin babies. It tells of her determination to care for her infant daughters as she struggled to finish her education. Micaiah Bilger of Life News authored the report on Montoya Major’s journey.

Montoya Major’s perseverance is an inspiration to mothers everywhere. The 23-year-old single mom became pregnant not long after she started graduate school, according to the Today Show. Though her situation was extremely difficult – she was far away from family and studying for two different degrees, she chose life. Montoya Major’s perseverance is an inspiration to mothers everywhere.

Later this month, her hard work and perseverance will come to fruition when she graduates from Nova Southeastern University – with her two young daughters by her side, the report states.

Major said she moved from Alabama to Florida several years ago to attend graduate school. Five months into school, she discovered that she was pregnant.

“My initial thought, when I found out I was pregnant, was, ‘What am I going to do with a child?’” she told the news outlet. “I was living in Florida, away from all my family and friends. Having kids was never a thought of mine. I wanted to pursue my degree and establish a career. I knew that now, my entire thought process would have to be re-evaluated, and I needed to figure out what to do next.”

Her shock increased when she found out that she was carrying twins.

“I cried like there was no tomorrow. I didn’t know what I was going to do with one baby, and now two!” she remembered.

She did not mention if she considered an abortion, but Major soon embraced the challenge of becoming a single parent. She said she immediately began making plans for her daughters’ arrival.

But things became even more difficult when the university encouraged her to quit school.

Click here to coninuting reading Life News.

Abortions Drop 20% in Georgia Since Passage of Pro-Life Bill

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The following is a post written by Matt Lamb, Director of Communications for Students for Life of America. He details the recent success of pro-life bills and suggestions on defeating abortion. It is reposted to Voices for Life to promote the news of pro-life legislature and its impact with the permission of the writer.

While the Democratic presidential candidates were debating who supported infanticide the most, and how to make you pay for it,  some great news came out of the state of Georgia, which just a few months ago passed a great pro-life law. Abortions have dropped nearly 20% in the past 25 years! And this doesn’t take into account the recently passed law, which will save even more lives.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “In 1994, the earliest year data was available on the Georgia Department of Public Health’s vital statistics database, there were 33,516 abortions reported — a rate of about 13.7 abortions per 1,000 Georgia females between the ages of 10 and 55. There were 27,453 abortions reported in 2017, the most recent data available, at a rate of 8.3 per 1,000 females.”

They note that the population has grown, but abortions overall continue to drop too.

This is great news for the pro-life movement. In a post-Roe America, the pro-life movement has to be prepared to abolish abortion in each state, so state by state, we must prepare now to end abortion. Georgia has been successful in reducing abortion through a mixture of supportive services for women and their families as well as pro-life laws that protect preborn babies and women from abortions.

This follows the great news that the South Dakota abortion rate is also on the decline. As we reported several weeks ago, “Last year, in 2018, the state Department of Health reported 382 abortions. KELO News reports. 497 preborn babies were aborted in the state in 2017. That’s a 23% decrease! This last Planned Parenthood is located in Sioux Falls. Majority of the mothers who chose abortion live in the same county as this facility.”

The pro-life movement does not take a break during the summer. Consider some of these recent successes, made possible by the hard work of pro-lifers.

  • A Planned Parenthood facility in Michigan, which previously had received a sweetheart deal to set up shop inside a government building, is having problems finding a new facility.
  • Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, was fired, revealing a split inside the organization over how overt the organization should be about their love for aborting babies.
  • Fresno State University announced that thanks to the work of Fresno State Students for Life, pregnant students would now have closer parking on campus.
  • Pro-life groups screened the movie ‘Unplanned’ on the front lawn of a massive D.C. Planned Parenthood abortion mill.

Planned Parenthood’s Absolute Moral Corruption Comes From One Source… Satan

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The following is from an email blast sent out by Judie Brown of American Life League. It is reposted to the blog to educate our readers and followers. It is used with the permission of the original author. 

Since the 1970s, ALL has been engaged in trying to awaken the soul of Americans to the truth about the horror of abortion and the absolute evil of Planned Parenthood.

What is it going to take to wake people up? What is the malaise, the fog, the blinder that just keeps people of good will numb and passive to the avalanche of moral depravity and corruption that is swallowing this great nation?

No one wants to know that answer, because they don’t believe it or they refuse to accept it.

It is the devil.

In this generation, the devil is unleashed and its just too easy and comfortable for the average American citizen to shrug his or her shoulders, turn away his or her head, and allow evil to go unchecked.

No one wants to be uncomfortable. No one wants to be called a bigot, or a racist, or the latest greatest term attached to “phobe.”

It’s all meant to silence and intimidate us so that the devil has a clear lane.

The devil is working to destroy virtue in America and continue the slaughter of babies unchecked—to kill the sick and the elderly and the suffering out of “convenience,” unchecked; to destroy and confuse God’s design for human sexuality, unchecked; to corrupt and kill the souls of our children and young adults, unchecked; to have Catholic politicians, judges, priests, teachers, and those most in the public eye of popular culture who have influence on society, openly and without shame or fear of correction, corrupt and destroy the truth of the natural law and Catholic teaching on faith and morals. And they do so with zero — zero — hesitation

And, ladies and gentlemen, the devil unchecked is doing just that with these people.

The prophet Isaiah referred to them as “Those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness to light, and light into darkness.”

The devil is intelligent and using these people to willingly do his bidding.

They are Catholic men and women fighting every day to defend and continue funding Planned Parenthood and their murderous and corrupt practices.

They get away with this because many Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals turn a blind eye, failing to correct evil and teach truth. These people intentionally and knowingly subvert the truth of Christ. They despise faithful Catholics and are filled with hatred.

The great hope of the devil and his legion is that we cower in silence and do nothing.

If you are reading this, do not let that happen.

We have got to be visible, virile, and virtuous. Catholic saints and martyrs have died standing and fighting against the very things that are being embraced and celebrated today by the culture of death and Planned Parenthood.

The “anti-saints” who call themselves Catholic and have devoted their lives to opposing the Church’s teachings and advancing death and moral corruption need your prayers, for their only hope is a miraculous conversion because their home in hell awaits with open arms.

The truth is, they are a distraction. Armed with the power of prayer, the intercession of our Blessed Mother and the conviction of our own time and effort, we must engage head on, every day. The victory is ours if we are willing to pay the price.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

Here is who we are, here is how your support of ALL battles this filth head on.

American Life League travels the country teaching communities and associate pro-life groups how to close Planned Parenthood abortion mills.

We teach communities how to prevent Planned Parenthood from opening abortion mills in their areas.

We teach communities how to kick the corrupt vile soul-destroying filth of Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs out of their school districts.

We presented a detailed report to Rome asking Pope Francis and his cardinals to declare Planned Parenthood an enemy of the Catholic Church.

We have an exhaustive array of resources available to any person or group on every subject matter that exists as it relates to abortion, euthanasia, birth control, etc.

We publish the nation’s only pro-life magazine, Celebrate Life!

We do so much …and we need your help.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. This summer, we are in multiple communities working to prevent Planned Parenthood from opening death mills. This is one specific example and your support is vital.

We are counting on you not only to pray for this great work but also to support it with your contributions.

Every dollar you give to American Life League goes directly to battle evil — to save lives and to convert souls.

The summer is the absolute toughest time to raise the funds we need to move forward.

Folks are busy and times are hard. But today — help me (please).

Help me fight.

My staff engages every hour of every day in the battle to end abortion and fight evil and end Planned Parenthood’s reign of terror.

Today, if you can give $8, $48 or $800, we beg you to do so. We need your help and your prayers.

Do not lose hope. Pray often and support ALL as we battle for the soul of America.

Social Media Sites Using ‘Fake’ Fact-checking Sites to Silence Pro-Life Speech

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A few weeks ago  we published an article about how Facebook and other social media sites are doing all they can to silence our pro-life speech in our groups and on our pages, and we don’t even have the option to rebut their charges.  (read that article here).   Also, from what I understand, pro-death trolls are joining our groups in order to share our articles in their groups and have their members report these articles as abuse or fake.

The fake fact-checking site who rebutted a short clip of an abortion in the movie ‘Unplanned’ in our Facebook group, Voices for the Unborn,  is from Brazil and their report is in Portuguese.  One of our blogger’s daughter took the time to translate the gist of this fake report (it is a 15 page document) and I’ve attached her translation below so you can see what they have to say about this movie clip.

I’m also attaching the YouTube documentary ‘The Silent Scream’ from Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who was an American medical doctor and co-founder in 1969 of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL)  later renamed National Abortion Rights Action League (from Wikipedia) so everyone can see that what was presented in movie ‘Unplanned’ is very real.

According to a National Catholic Register (you can read this article here),   ‘after performing his last abortion in 1979 and declaring himself to be pro-life, Dr. Nathanson produced the 1985 film The Silent Scream, which shows sonogram images of a child in the womb shrinking from an abortionist’s instruments, and the documentary film Eclipse of Reason, which displays and explains various abortion procedures in graphic detail. Both films had a significant impact on the abortion debate, solidified his credentials among pro-life advocates and earned him the scorn of his former pro-abortion friends and colleagues.’ 

As I’ve said in my precious article, we must be doing something right when Facebook and other social media sites go to such extreme lengths to try to silence us.  Keep sharing pro-life articles and the posts from our blog.  We cannot allow the pro-death bullies to suppress our free speech!

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Biking for Babies Spurs Young Athletes to Support Crisis Pregnancy Centers

“At Biking for Babies, we envision a society that embraces the immeasurable worth of every human life from conception to natural death.” Nikki Biese. Exec. Director

The Life Site article below, written by Lisa Bourne, is an inspiring story of young adults involved in raising money for crisis pregnancy centers. They unselfishly give of their time to become ‘missionaries’ on a seven-month period of preparation both physically and spiritually.

A 10-year-old grassroots pro-life outreach that has young adults biking cross-country has given more than half a million dollars to support pregnancy resource centers and continues to grow.

Biking for Babies recently completed its 2019 ride, during which more than 30 college students and young adults cycled a combined 2,500 miles over four routes across the U.S. for the babies, women, and families served by pregnancy resource centers. 

“At Biking for Babies, we envision a society that embraces the immeasurable worth of every human life from conception to natural death,” said Executive Director Nikki Biese. “In order to obtain that vision, Biking for Babies is mobilizing a generation that will change the course of the pro-life movement and is going to change the world.”

Over the 10 years of its existence, Biking for Babies has raised over $550,000 for pregnancy resource centers, Biese told LifeSiteNews.

Riders, or missionaries, apply months in advance. Upon acceptance, they embark on a seven-month period of formation that is both physical and spiritual and centers on the national ride in July.

They are asked to develop and articulate their pro-life testimony based upon three things: what they are doing, why they are doing it, and for whom they will do it. Missionaries have the goal of deepening their personal relationship with Christ and experiencing ongoing spiritual growth.

They partner with life-affirming pregnancy centers to learn about the front line of the pro-life movement and prepare themselves to share the centers’ missions, needs, and client stories to invite financial support for the pro-life movement. 

Click here to continue reading Life Site story on Biking for Babies.

Pro-Lifer Makes Dressing to the Nine Life Saving

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Recently, I reached out to a spokesperson for Students for Life of America, Angelique Clark. She makes dresses that promote a culture of life and other formal attires. She was gracious enough to share about herself, activism, and her clothing line that helps pro-life groups. Her interview with me is below.
1) Tell me who you are. Where you’re from? What drew you to being pro-life?
My name is Angelique Claire Clark, and I’m a 20-year-old, Vegas-born college student, writer, artist, photographer, an activist for preborn human rights, and the designer and founder of Life Dress. I became a pro-life activist in my freshman year of high school when my public school denied my Constitutional right to start a pro-life club. So I eventually sued and the entire fiasco went national from TV to radio to social media. Three days after the lawsuit was filed, my club was approved. That experienced changed me and opened my eyes to see just how tragic abortion is for both women and their preborn children, and also how silenced the issue is in our society.
2) What are you doing to build a culture of life?
I work for Students for Life of America, currently as a Student Spokesperson, writing op-eds, drawing social media graphics, and designing t-shirts. I dedicate any time I have outside of my job at a local art studio and my time in college working to end abortion in my lifetime. I attend conferences all over the U.S., go on mission trips, chalk outside of Planned Parenthoods, lobby for pro-life legislation, and have done activism in Australia, was an extra in the film Roe v. Wade, and went to the White House for a pro-life roundtable with Vice President Mike Pence, just as some highlights. At that roundtable, in fact, Pence’s takeaway message was “show up”- show up to the things that matter, and that is something I certainly live by.
3) What drew you to begin Life dress? What do the profits go?
Life Dress honestly began after I felt like painting a pro-life dress one day and enough people told me they wanted one too. I was trying to figure out what to wear to a few upcoming SFLA Galas and it dawned on me that I could wear what I believed- literally on my sleeve. The first pro-life dress I painted was in October 2018, and it was inspired by Joy Villa’s dress she wore to the Grammy’s. After she shared my dress online with her stamp of approval, it motivated me even more to keep painting dresses. The second one was for the Denver SFLA Gala, and it was there that Kristan Hawkins said she wanted a pro-life dress. So in April of 2019, I attended the NYC SFLA Gala and both Kristan and I wore Life Dresses to it. From that point forward, more and more activists for life were messaging me and asking me to design them something bold and unique. Life Dress was born. Currently, the proceeds from Life Dress go to funding pro-life student activism.
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4) What is your hope for your involvement in the pro-life movement?
I want to make a real, positive, and lasting change in this world- this world coated in misinformation about what the preborn are. In addition to my other social and political work in the movement, I want Life Dress to be a visual reminder to people that the pro-life movement is alive and ready to change hearts and minds. Every time someone wears their unique, hand-painted Life Dress apparel, it opens a door to catch an eye, spark a conversation, change a heart, and save a life. There is power in art, and wearing art can make a true difference.
5) What advice do you have to offer for anyone who is creative in their attempt to challenge the culture with the message of life?
Creativity is a beautiful thing that the pro-life movement can never have too much of. Whether it’s a song, a painting, a poem, or just a unique approach to solving a problem, the ability to look and build outside the box is crucial to challenging the culture.
6) How can one find out more about Life Dresses?
You can head to lifedress.org to see all the Life Dress apparel, order a custom, hand-painted dress, learn more about how and why I started the fashion line, and what you can do to make a visual statement for life. You can also follow Life Dress on Instagram (@lifedressorg) and Facebook (@lifedress).