More details to come but mark your calendars for Saturday, January 22nd at 10:00 AM to gather at Planned Parenthood. Perfect chance for those who can’t make it to this years March for Life in DC.
The nations today received word that Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader from Nevada, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 82. He came to the political spotlight in the 1970s. Eventually, he would be nominated for the U.S. Senate in 1987 and served there for 30 years until his retirement. He served from 2007 to 2015 as the majority leader.
Unfortunately, he compromised his pro-life beliefs during his span of 3 decades in Congress. Despite supporting the overturn of Roe v Wade, he chickened on the 2015 Late-Term Abortion Ban. In addition to flip-flopping on his views on abortion, he was instrumental in passing Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act.
May God have mercy on his soul on the millions of Americans he allowed to be murdered through his apathey
Sarah Weddington may ring a bell to many who have first heard of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court case. Yes, she was the lawyer who fueled the sham involving the late Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the case. The only problem is she never had an abortion. Soon after the barbaric decision, McCorvey dedicated her life in telling the truth about the case.
Is it any coincidence that Sarah Weddington’s death came on the Catholic feast of Holy Innocents? I guess God does have a sense of humor. Jokes aside.
Weddington has failed to acknowledge the fact that women can have a baby, ne successful, and pursue their dreams. The sad reality of her shameful argument for legalized abortion is that she advocated for the murder of millions of innocent Americans and that has surmounted to 63 million deaths for nearly half a century. She even was concerned over the confirmation of Kavanaugh, two years prior to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
With 2022 approaching and a crucial landmark case awaiting a decision from nine justices, it is only a matter of time if it would give her legacy a black eye.
It is hard to believe that 2021 ia now coming to a close. Soon we will welcome 2022 with much anticipation and anxiety as we will navigate uncertain waters when it comes time to see how we continue to advance the pro-life cause. Let us never forget God is with us, we are strong, and we are meant for a time like this. With that said, the bloggers of Voices for Life will countdown the top blogs of the year. Our first five will come from our own. It was a challenge to pick the best but here is your top five.
- Despite COVID pandemic, I managed to attend the March for Life in DC as it was virtual this year and carshed a national leaders march to the Supreme Court.
- In response to the uncertainty of the National March, the Greater Philly Pro-Life group pulled a successful inaugural March for Life in Philadelphia. This came days following the inauguration of a so called “Catholic President who has deliberately promoted abortion and gay marriage. What a wonderful showing of pro-lifers throughout the community at large despite the bitter cold winter day.
- During the summer, as our country was celebrating the 245th birthday of our country, pro-lifers came together to proclaim freedom for the unborn.
- In the fall, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania witnessed the inaugural March for Life in Harrisburg. 2,000 were in attendance from all across the Keystone State.
- After 12 years of slipping away and the culture of death reigning in Old Dominion, Virginia swept in three key state races .
We will continue more with other blogs on 2021. May you and your loved ones have a Blessed New Year celebration.
As everyone is celebrating Christmas liturgically, I manage to do something that others have already done and that is to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This may offend my mom since she was never fond of the movie, but that is okay.
Now, in its 75th year, the movie has time and time again made a central point about the message of life.
“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Clarence
In the movie, George Bailey hits a breaking point asking that he was never been born. When an angel named Clarence comes to intervene, Geroge discovers what life is when he is not around. As George watches all of the things he accomplished during his life, he sees the dark and tragic alternative when he never existed. One pivotal moment is the dream home him and his wife would live in and grow a life together as he revisits that same house that is deserted and abandoned. Another is the gravesite of his brother Harry who in his reality won the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives in the Pacific Theater of Wolrd wear II. Geroge saved his brother from drowning when they were boys.
Clarence ensures George that he has lived a wonderful life and that he must continue to live it despite his failures.
“Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.” Clarence
In the end, life is worth living and there is so much it can teach us. Never take it for granted.
While the film flopped during its initial release in 1946, the movie still has pivotal moment that all life is precious.
In the end, Clarence delivers a hand-written message to George after being sparred from a suicide attempt to
The staff of Voices for Life blog wishes all our faithful followers a very happy and holy Christmas. The following blessing was found on the website of the Irish American Mom. This is our Christmas wish for all of you.
“May the Blessings of Christmas be with you,
May the Christ Child light your way,
May God’s holy angels guide you,
And keep you safe each day.”
Below is a request from Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life for the National Prayer Service that will take place in Washington DC on the morning of the March for Life. If you are planning to travel to Washington to attend the March, please consider attending this prayer service.
I am requesting your help in promoting the National Prayer Service, a major pro-life prayer event that Priests for Life plans each year for the morning of the March for Life in Washington, DC.
It will take place on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St), Washington, DC. We will begin with a 7:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Coffey.
Below you will see special letter of invite from him.
We will have a major Christian musician performing at the event. An official announcement will be made soon.
I will deliver the sermon at the 8:30 a.m. prayer service and Danielle D’Souza Gill will be the emcee for the event.
We will present pro-life recognition awards to the pro-life activists and legislators of Texas and Mississippi responsible for the strong pro-life bills in those states.
Texas Award Recipients for the Texas Heartbeat bill:
John Seago, Legislative Director, Texas Right To Life
Texas Senator Bryan Hughes
Janet Porter, Spearheaded the idea of heartbeat bills
Mississippi Award Recipients for the law protecting babies in the womb starting at 15-weeks gestation, which the Supreme Court is currently reviewing in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health:
Mississippi Senator Angela Hill
Mississippi Senator Joey Fillingane
Mississippi Representative Becky Currie, author of the bill
Find more information and register to attend at www.NationalPrayerService.com. The event is free and no tickets are needed.
I am asking your help in promoting this event. We want as many people as possible to come to pray with us to commemorate the tragic Roe vs. Wade decision and to express gratitude to the award recipients for their tremendous work!
We hope you can join us.
The main event website is www.NationalPrayerService.com. Go to the promotional materials tab to find videos, audios, memes and more.
An Invitation from Bishop Joseph Coffey
Brothers and Sisters:
I invite you to join me in Washington, DC on the morning of the March for Life, Friday, January 21, 2022 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., for the Annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers at historic Constitution Hall.
What a great way to start the day – with prayer, songs of praise and inspiring talks, leaving you with a renewed focus on our mission before heading to march and witness on the streets of Washington.
There is plenty of room at Constitution Hall for your entire parish or school group to attend.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life will give the sermon and pro-life recognition awards will be given to the people of Texas responsible for the Heartbeat Bill and the people of Mississippi responsible for Mississippi’s law, the “Gestational Age Act,” protecting babies starting at 15 weeks. This is the law that the Supreme Court is now reviewing.
I encourage my brother clergy to attend as well.
This event is also an opportunity to join with our brothers and sisters in different Christian denominations as we unite in our one common purpose of ending abortion.
Bishop Joseph Coffey
Today, the pro-life community received the devastating news that Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood employee in Iowa, lost her battle to cancer.
In a social media post, Shawn Carney summarized it well:
“The only former Planned Parenthood manager to lead a 40 Days for Life outside her former workplace which led to its closing.”
Two years ago, the Philly Pro-Life community had the blessing and honor of hosting her visit to the Greater Philadelphia area.
Learn about her testimony
Here’s a blog post about her visit to 40 Days campaigns in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Eternal rest, grant unto your sister Sue Thayer, O Lord. and let the perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace
Please see action alert below from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Use the links provided to read the amendment and to contact your state legislators.
The Constitutional Amendment to keep abortion out of the PA Constitution has now been introduced in the state legislature.
Senate Bill 956 would ensure that there is no right to abortion or taxpayer funding of abortion in the PA Constitution. Read the text of the amendment here.
It is critically important that we contact our PA state representative and state senator and urge them to support this Constitutional Amendment. You can contact your state lawmakers conveniently online here:
The abortion industry has gone to court to try to establish a so-called right to abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion under the PA Constitution. The case is now before the PA Supreme Court. If the abortion industry wins the case, all of our pro-life laws could be wiped out. That would mean taxpayer funding of abortion, no ban on late-term abortion, no parental consent for abortion, no 24-hour waiting period for abortion, no inspection and regulation of abortion facilities. Tragically, it could mean abortions up to the moment of birth in Pennsylvania.
In order to stop this disastrous scenario from occurring, we need a Constitutional Amendment to keep abortion out of the PA Constitution.
Please share this alert with your pro-life friends, family members, and all appropriate lists.
“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” This quote personifies Sandy Slater. Of course her weapons were her constant prayer and daily Mass attendance, her faithfulness to the Lord, and her commitment to the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn.
Sandy passed away on December 12 of this year; the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn! How fitting that she would enter her eternal reward on this feast day.
Sandy and I had many conversations over the years and created a bond. She and I are both adoptive mothers. We connected because of our adoption experiences, our love of the Lord, and our commitment to do what we can to stop the slaughter of our unborn brothers and sisters.
I can picture Sandy sitting on a rocking chair in heaven holding and consoling the many babies who lives were cut short through abortion. I can hear her voice saying to them, ‘hush, it’s okay, you’re safe now.”
Several pro-life warriors have shared their memories with me and I’ve posted them below.
“Sandy Slater was a gentle, graceful presence in the pro-life movement. She was always eager to learn more about the issue and was an absolute joy to work with. Her quiet strength and dignity made her a wonderful role model for advocates for life. She was at the forefront of alerting voters in southeast Pennsylvania to the stands of the candidates as they related to the pro-life issue. She was tireless in her advocacy and dedication. She will be greatly missed.” Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
“Sandy Slater was the epitome of a daughter of the Pro Life Movement. She walked in grace and dignity with silent determination to right the grievous wrong of abortion. Every time I met her , she was quietly encouraging and helpful in any pro life work I asked her to share with me. My heart is deeply saddened at her passing. I can imagine that all of the babies she tried to save are now giving her a round of applause and cheer. This beautiful daughter of Life is now residing with her Heavenly Father. I will miss her as will all that knew her and were blessed enough to be her friend in the Journey of the Pro life movement. With all of my heart.” Denise Wilcox, RTL SE PA, the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation, Director to the NRLC
“Sandy was a person who would want you to get involved in pro life. She had a warm and loving personality. She always was thinking of others before herself. She was a great example of following Christ with a true and loving heart. She was humble, modest, kind, and a gentle woman. My comfort is thinking of her in the arms of Mother Mary, St Joseph and our loving and merciful God, Jesus.” Christina Doherty, Treasurer, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition
“A few years back when Sandy was sick, another pro-lifer and I spent some time praying with her. I was very inspired by Sandy’s acceptance of her cross and quiet, gentle demeanor in spite of her suffering. Another memory which I will always hold onto when thinking about this kind woman is that she always asked how my youngest son was doing even though she had met him only once. She was so spiritual that she was truly seeing Christ in everyone. Missing you already, Sandy. Please pray for us.” Mary Paris, Bucks County Sidewalk Counselor
“I only met Sandy two years ago but am so thankful I had the opportunity to know her and join her at Bucks County Pro-Life activities. She was a soft-spoken woman with an easy smile and laugh but was fiercely committed to the pro-life cause and was a tremendous gatherer of people to help her on this journey.” Anita Flynn, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition
“Sandy was a great lady! It is heartbreaking to hear she is gone. May she be richly rewarded for her marvelous work on behalf of the babies! And May the Lord of Life hold her in the palm of His hand. Rest In Peace Sandy!” – Ted Meehan, Delaware County Pro-Life Coalition
“Sandy always had a little hustle in her step and a gentile manner in dealing with others. She was the real McCoy. There was no guile, only a willingness to lead others in the fight against the greatest evil in our lifetime.” – Patrick Stanton, Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors, Founder, Our Lady’s House
“Sandy was by far one of the sweetest persons to ever enter our lives. I believe most of us would agree on this. There was an instant connection between Sandy and whomever she met. Many of us felt like a daughter, son, a sister, brother, or a best friend to Sandy because that’s just the way she made you feel. Sandy was interested in your wellbeing and your family too. Her soft and gentle style was all it took to feel the warmth of her personality and the depth of her sincerity.
Beneath the tenderness was a woman of conviction that was full of love for God. Her priorities were God-driven, placing others’ needs before her own. Nothing was sugar-coated about Sandy’s ambition to protect life. Year after year, the challenge was on between good and evil and Sandy’s determination persisted. Sandy inserted herself, in her kind yet convincing manner, where the need was the greatest. Understanding the law, knowing our legislators, seeking protection for the unborn and attending to the financial needs of the pregnancy centers was Sandy’s mission and she carried out God’s plan through her tireless efforts.
People were drawn to Sandy and for this reason were compelled to join her crusade for those at-risk babies. Individually and collectively, we were important to Sandy. She saw our value and understood the impact each of us could make if we gave just a little tiny bit of ourselves. Sandy’s requests of us were simple and uncomplicated, never wanting to burden anyone with a load too heavy to carry. All the while, Sandy carried the heaviest load as our leader and mentor. Never asking of us what she wouldn’t do herself.
Sandy, our dear, sweet friend will be remembered by all those who entered her life. Only the Lord knows the full range and magnitude of her acts of kindness as I am sure we have only had a glimpse. Sandy’s influence on the respect life movement and many other social concerns will surely have a lasting effect on those she touched. Well done faithful servant! Proverbs 16:24 – Anne Ruegner, A Baby’s Breath
Sandy Slater was a strong leader and role model in the pro-life movement. She was devoted to the Lord and faithful to His call in restoring the sanctity of human life. Sandy was soft spoken and gentle in her manner. These were in strong contrast to her efforts and determination to save babies from abortion and assisting mother’s who chose life. She worked tirelessly to promote the pro-life cause.I’m so thankful for having known Sandy. Her friendship, leadership and example of perseverance and love has been an inspiration. I will miss her more than words can say. As we mourn her passing, we remember the legacy she left us. We are grateful for Sandy’s life and devotion to ‘serve the least of these’. Sandy was faithful to His call and now she is home with Jesus. “…We’ll done thou good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21 – Terry Noble, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition, Voices for Life Blog
I describe Sandy Slater as a meek and faithful compassionate servant and courageous warrior for justice, all motivated by her deep Catholic Faith.
Meekness is the virtue that counters the sin of Anger, which is the desire for revenge or to cause serious harm to another. In her pro-life advocacy and leadership, Sandy maintained a calmness and gentleness in word and spirit while usually speaking through her actions.
Sandy spent most of her 83 years in the service of the Least of our Lord’s brethren. When the Culture of Death pervaded our nation, State, and community, she demonstrated the insight and courage to recognize children in the womb as the least of these.
During her service as a social worker, particularly in drug and alcohol abuse counseling, Sandy offered a sympathetic ear and practical assistance. In her encounters with expectant mothers, she resisted the pervasive practice of her colleagues to recommend killing the mother’s child by abortion and provided extensive assistance for these mothers and their children.
Providing such counseling and assistance led Sandy to lengthy and extensive volunteer service in the pro-life movement as her Parish Pro-Life Coordinator and in the leadership of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition. This leadership included persistent and effective efforts to elect and motivate public officials who would do justice by enacting pro-life public policies that included legal protection for the lives of all children before birth.
Sandy’s life beautifully fulfilled the exhortation of the Old Testament Prophet, Micah to.. “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” – Micah 6:8 – Mike McMonagle, President Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania