Pro-lifers across the United States mourn the loss of the “Godfather” of the early movement, Joseph Scheidler. He died today at the age of 93.
Scheidler, known as the Racketeer for Life, claim to fame was his three victories at the Supreme Court pertaining to free speech among pro-lifers in the landmark case of NOW vs Scheidler.
His son, Eric has noted “the Chicago Sun Times wrote that his father “devoted five decades of his long life to proclaiming the value of human life at its most vulnerable stage, the child in the womb.”
In 2016, Scheidler released a memoir known as “Racketeer for Life”. In it he shares how he trained pro-lifers to take the message to the street while making abortion a bad name. Order your copy here.
Today, God’s faithful servant was called home. His legacy will live on in every pro-lifer. Like the Godfather of the Pro-Life, we must do our part to be racketeers for the pro-life movement. We must bring the message to the public square tirelessly. We must get louder when the abortion movement silence us.
“Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21
Eternal rest, grant unto Joseph, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
The annual, pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life, starts this Thursday, January 21! Because of your interest in other communications and initiatives from the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, you’ll automatically receive this year’s novena by email. (If you’d like to opt out, follow the instructions at the bottom of this email.) You can also get the novena by text message or online.
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The following is from an email blast from Deborah Molina of Sidewalk Servants group in Philadelphia.See more information at the end to sign up if you live in the Greater Philadelphia area.
We were blessed with 2 more babies saved in the last week at 777 Appletree! Praise God! Let’s offer prayers of thanksgiving and support for them. Join us to help make sure that there is always someone there helping mothers to have a chance to say Yes to Life!! We still need coverage next week for the hours below. Also, please join us for the Philadelphia March for Life on Saturday! Sidewalk Servant, Kim, tells us more about one of the babies saved on that beautiful day when the mother chose Life for her child!“Today a woman was walking into 777. I offered her resources and she stopped in her tracks. Looking at me she started to ask me a question, but one of the escorts interrupted us and she walked away. She said she would talk more with me on her way out and went in. A while later a young man and pre-teen boy got out of a car in the parking lot and walked by. I began talking with him, and he told me his friend was inside (the woman I had spoken to) and he wasn’t sure but thought she was going to get the surgical procedure. I showed him the fetal models and told him how every child is fearfully and wonderfully made. He said he agreed totally, he believed in God and thought abortion was wrong. I encouraged him to speak with his friend because sometimes people just need to know they are supported. He said he would call her. He walked down the street to go get something to eat. A while later the woman came out of the clinic. I asked her if she would like to continue our conversation; she turned to the escort, Lynn, who was staring us down and said to her, “She’s not bothering me.” and then walked away with me so we could talk. She shared that she couldn’t go through with it. She was 5 weeks pregnant. She knew it would be wrong to have an abortion. She believed in Jesus and was trying to live for him (even being celibate), but she had “messed up”. But she knew that just because she made a mistake didn’t mean she could end a life. I just encouraged her and told her that the best things in life are the hardest things and that God is working in all circumstances. I asked her if I could pray for her out loud and she said yes. So we prayed together and afterwards I took her information and gave her mine. Before walking away she asked for a hug! And she drove away with her friend waving to me. She said she has three other children and I know she will have some struggles. But the lesson I keep learning when I pray at the clinic is that God’s grace is enough!! I’m pretty sure my voice was trembling and I was tripping over my words when we were praying together, but it didn’t matter. God’s grace was enough! Despite our woundedness and our flaws, God’s love prevails!!” God bless you all for all you do!!
400,000. That is the number of U.S. Covid deaths reported by the U.S. thus far. The incoming administration has vowed to do everything possible to ensure efficient vaccine distribution and financial assistance to those impacted. But here’s another number: 862,320. That is the number of U.S. abortions performed in 2017 as reported by the Guttmacher Institute. These are the most recent statistics available. And no one from the incoming administration has offered any assistance to these vulnerable children. As a country – and in fact as a planet – we are all looking inward, more interested in our own self-preservation and really not interested in the struggle for life our children endure, year in and year out. We have experienced this pandemic for only about a year now and it has smothered our airwaves, while abortion has ravaged generations of children for decades in utter silence. We are encouraged to stay safe, applaud our heroes, wear our mask, wash our hands, distance ourselves, follow the various local regulations, all in an effort supposedly to “care for each other.” Again, it’s all about us. In the meantime, the regulations in place to somewhat curtail the abortion factories are being threatened and challenged. So, the result is herculean efforts to save lives from a pandemic but little or no effort to preserve newly created lives, and in fact the doors are wide open to stop these inconvenient heartbeats as swiftly as possible. Heartbeats that hold so much potential and promise. The old adage, “Hurray for me, the hell with you” comes to mind, although I am sure there are many who would say that is a little harsh, but is it? We are losing lives by the hundreds of thousands every year and there is no daily update on CNN. There is no Dr. Fauci instructing us how to save these babies. Our governors never mention this sorrowful loss of life across their states. All we have is dismissive silence or more rhetoric about the supposed value of all lives…except you know who…children who cannot yet speak or more importantly …..vote. Are they not heroes, sacrificing their lives?
“The call to protect life – and not merely life but another’s identity; it is perhaps not too much to say another’s soul – was obvious in its sacredness.” These are words written by Dr. Paul Kalanithi in his book “When Breath Becomes Air”. It is a story of his passion as a neurosurgeon while dealing with an unexpected cancer diagnosis. His words were written from a doctor’s perspective to save lives. But they so aptly apply to the issue at hand, protecting lives, identities and souls…of our preborn children.
In an effort to recognize these unborn souls, there will be a Philadelphia March of Life on January 23, 2021. The event begins with a 9:00 AM mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and will be followed by a peaceful march through center city Philadelphia, past the Philadelphia Women’s Center where 6,500 abortions are performed each year, and then a concluding rally at the Independence Mall Visitors’ Center. Covid protocols will be in place. Details can be found at the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
So, as we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected virus, so too should we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected betrayal of moral and ethical integrity by their brothers and sisters around the world, especially all those in leadership positions who claim to value life but really don’t.
On January 20th, Former Vice President Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States.
This will come at a cost as he will look to advance a radical agenda within the next four year, defeating everything his soon predecessor has worked hard to do. In order for to do it, he will have the help of many radicals in his cabinet. Many of whom are proclaimed “Catholics”.
Here is a look at some key positions that have been selected or will be in the fate of the senate after the inauguration.
Attorney General Merrick Garland
If everyone may recall five winters ago when Antonin Scalia tragically died, Merrick Garland was tabbed to be his potential replacement, yet the nomination was struck down as a way to nominate someone following an election year. Now, Garland will be the top lawyer of the nation in a radical administration.
Commerce Secretary: Gina Raimondo
The former governor of Rhode Island who pushed some of the unlimited abortion laws in the Ocean State will see a place in Biden’s cabinet. She has a mixed record on abortion.
John Kerry- Envoy for Climtae
Former Massachusetts Senator, Presidential Candidate, and Secretary of State John Kerry is a name that we all may remember quite well as he is another that supports abortion
Will Biden put the interest of Americans? Likely he won’t. All he wants to do is push his radical ideas hard, in particular, the issue of abortion, which many bishops agreed is an important issue in any given election.
We’re only days into the month of January of 2021, yet what happened through the Black Lives Matter protest has carried into the New Year. What started as an historic day to end the process of the Electoral College Process, two weeks prior to the inauguration, would soon turned into chaos.
Once again, our nation’s capital was at the center of national headlines. What started as a day for like-minded people to peacefully protest in favor of election integrity was turned into what many witnessed last summer. The event gained more coverage than the nationwide BLM protests across the nation.
Many senators and representatives have condemned the actions of those involve let alone President Trump asking everyone to be peaceful through a tweet, only to be deleted by big tech. Speculations are running amoss that ANTIFA infiltrated the peaceful rally, only to raid the capitol building. In time, many elected officials had to scramble for cover and do what they can to get away from the trespassers.
Sadly, the incident on Wednesday has cost the life of a police officer, Brian Sickwick. Ofc. Sickwick was severely injured when confronting the mom only to be pronounced dead at the hospital.
Another casualty from the event was Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt, a 14 year veteran of the Air Force, joined fellow patriots in sharing their concern over the integrity of the elections. Unfortunately, she was shot during an altercation when paid actor posing as Trump supporters were breaking into the capitol building.
What happened last summer and on January 6th had two things in common. The first is that human life was destroyed. Why? Many families had to or will stare at an empty seat during family gatherings with that thought sinking in their minds. The second is agitators wanted to get the media’s attention to help them jumped to their own doom and gloom conclusions. The violence that have happened this week and last are unacceptable, no matter who is at fault.
We need to do better. Violence is not going to protect and nurture life. Rather, it destroys it. We must do better to promote, peace, love, and mercy in our communities and it begins with us.
May Brian Sickwick and Ashli Babbitt rest in peace.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon them
A dark cloud is hovering over the “Peach State” of Georgia after a bad case of deja vu. When the state normally goes red during a mid-term/presidential race, it just somehow went blue. What we saw on election night with battleground states was all the same again in Georgia.
Pro-abortion candidates, thanks to the help of Stacey Abrams (no doubt she commited fraud), swept the runoff competition. With the sweep of the races and the other gains from election night 2020, We have a divided house in the senate. In the event of an tie, the VP can break it by just one vote.
The Progressive Pastor
Imagine a candidate that openly supported slavery or the holocaust getting elected. Now, imagine that same candidate that claimed to be a pastor but supports murder as a way to get elected. That became a reality in one race.
Raphael Warnock was one of the winners. He has said time and time again that abortion is justified in the bible. I wonder if the fifth commandment, “Thou shall not murder.” means anything to him. This so called “Christian pastor” is not a Christian. A Christian’s job on earth is to protect, defend, and nurture life from womb to tomb. Warnock is a progressive sinner. Rather, he is the pastor of hypocrites. He was the same one that was involved with an altercation between him and his wife.
Jon Ossoff became the youngest member ever elected to the United States Senate at the age of 33. Ossoff could compliment the aging Bernie Sanders let alone the Biden Administration’s agenda to advance socialism throughout our country. History has proven that socialism does not work. Sadly, we have seen it win tonight because of unconsciousness voters.
If pro-lifers are to make Biden a lame duck by the end of the midterms of during the 2nd half of his term, they need to step up their game to put forth men and women who would defend life from womb to tomb, bring fiscal responsibility, end to unjust wars, defend our bill of rights, and uphold law and order for all.
Pro-lifers are asked to pressure their elected officials in safeguarding the most vulnerable in our society through phone calling, letter writing, and even email campaigns.
The Republicans Party have lost credibility since Donald Trump was elected to office. They have shown their true colors. Many of them are part of an establishment that think they can make a long career of winning numerous elections while getting little to nothing done at the expense of taxpayers. Meanwhile, the Democrats continue to advance their radical agenda let alone putting forth social justice warriors to hold office positions on all levels without a care for their constituents.
WE NEED CHANGE NOW!!! DRAIN THE SWAMP!!! TERM LIMITS!!!
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 email@example.com
Below is the executive summary from the 2019 Pennsylvania Department of Health on abortion statistics.Please note: The 13 page report follows the Executive Summary in a PDF file.
Pennsylvania has been monitoring and reporting on abortion data since 1975. This report is produced pursuant to Section 3214 of the Abortion Control Act, 18 Pa. C.S. § 3214(e)(1).
In 2019, there were 31,018 abortions performed in Pennsylvania. Nearly half, (14,816) of all abortions performed in Pennsylvania were to white women, and 13,516 were to black or African-American women.Abortions to women of Hispanic origin accounted for 3,336, or 10.8 percent, of all abortions in 2019. More than 87 percent (27,221) of the abortions performed in Pennsylvania in 2019 were to unmarried women.
The largest age group having abortions was 25-29, accounting for 9,529 (29.9 percent) of all 2019 abortions. Women under age 20 accounted for 8.2 percent of all abortions in 2019, and women under age 18 accounted for 2.4 percent. Comparatively, in 2018, women under age 20 accounted for 8.6 percent, and women under age 18 accounted for 2.7 percent.
Similar to 2018, 92.8 percent of the abortions performed in 2019 were on Pennsylvania residents. Residents of other states, territories and other countries accounted for just 2,222 abortions in 2019.
Of the abortions performed in 2019 in Pennsylvania, 83.3 percent were performed in five counties: Allegheny; Delaware; Northampton; Philadelphia; and York.
More than 40 percent of Pennsylvania residents having abortions were residents of Philadelphia County.Other counties with a large number of resident abortions included: Allegheny (3,265); Delaware (1,839); Montgomery (1,652); and Bucks (934). Of all 67 counties, 34 (50.7 percent) showed a decrease in the number of resident abortions performed in 2019 compared to 2018.
In 2019, there were 285 reports of complications from abortions that were submitted by physicians; 59.2 percent more than the 179 reported in 2018. More than 82 percent of the complications were related to retained products of conception, 12.3 percent to bleeding and 1.8 percent to infection.
Notes: The source for the number of abortions reported in Pennsylvania in 2019 is the “Report of Induced Termination of Pregnancy,” which is an individual report filed for each procedure. The source for the complications data is “Abortions: Report of Complications,” a separate reporting form completed by physicians who have provided medical care to a woman because of a complication resulting from an abortion or attempted abortion.