Gun Control and the Culture of Death

The following was sent to me by pro-life prayer warrior and friend,  Barney Byrne.  He uses Archbishop Chaput’s words to draw a correlation between the gun violence in our country to the killing we’ve allowed of unborn children through abortion.  

Gun Control

Is the Culture of Death in our Country the main reason for our Country’s recent history of mass shootings and are guns only ones means of instituting that violence?
Exactly 20 years ago, in U.S. Senate testimony just weeks after the Columbine H.S. massacre, Archbishop Charles Chaput of our own Philadelphia Archdiocese offered these thoughts:
“The real problem is in here, in us… In the last four decades we’ve created a culture that markets violence in dozens of different ways, seven days a week.  When we build our advertising campaigns on consumer selfishness and greed, and when money becomes the universal measure of value, how can we be surprised when our sense of community erodes?  When we glorify and multiply guns, why are we shocked when kids use them.  When we answer murder with more violence in the death penalty, we put the state’s seal of approval on revenge. 
When the most dangerous place in the country is a mother’s womb and the unborn child can have his or her head crushed in an abortion, the body language of that message is that life isn’t and may not be worth much at all.  In fact, certain kinds of killing no longer even count officially as “killing”. Certain kinds of killing we enshrine as rights and protect by law. 
When we live this kind of contradiction, why are we surprised at the results?  The Columbine murders will mark my (Denver) community for years to come.  We live in the most violent century in history.  Nothing makes us immune from that violence except a relentless commitment to respect the sanctity of each human life, from womb to natural death.  The civility and community we’ve built in this country are fragile.  We’re losing them.  In examining how and why our culture markets violence, I ask you not to stop with symptoms.  Look deeper.  The families in Littleton and throughout the country deserve at least that much”  
  Twenty years later, the Archbishop has said,
“only a fool can believe that “gun control” will solve the problem of mass violence.  The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts.  The twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve created over the past half-century. 
And so the Archbishop went on to say,
” Treating the symptoms in a culture of violence doesn’t work.  We need to look deeper.  Until we’re willing to do that,  nothing fundamental will change.”
    Surly words of wisdom, no matter what your creed.

Pro-Life Summer Reading List

It is that time of the year where we all go to the beach, the mountains, take a flight to another city, picnic in the middle of nowhere, and going where the roads will lead us.

I have put together a top 10 (plus a few honorable mentions) pro-life summer reading list that can help keep promoting and learning from many pro-life heroes of the past while also polishing up on pro-life dialogue and also learning how to defend life form the moment conception until natural death.

Meanwhile, reading about how prominent pro-choice figures walked to the other side and build a culture of life. Not only did I include anti-abortion stories, but I have included books that cover every life issue. After all, we must be consistent if we are pro-life by remembering the marginalized, victims of war, immigrant, and even wrongly convicted criminals imprisoned and or on death row.

1) Persuasive Pro-Life Trent Horn

Published in 2014 and using his first-hand experience during campus visits, CatholicAnswers.com’s own Trent Horn shares first hand some of the dos and don’ts in engaging and challenging pro-choicers’ viewpoints.

2) Unplanned Abby Johnson

Once a rising star for Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson saw firsthand a defenseless life being killed by an ultrasound-guided abortion in 2009. She recalled the times she saw volunteers for 40 Days for Life pray in front of her work at Bryan, TX. It would soon lead her to be a pro-life advocate and a Catholic convert.

3) Single Candles Brendan Lyons

West Chester, PA native Brendan Lyons writes a series of narratives from a chain of events that link several characters, all of whom demonstrate compassion and bravery in their commitment to the sanctity of life. In one piece, a senator defies his own political party; in another, a neonatal surgeon is asked to compromise her principles. Although the stories are fictional, the passion that informs the characters’ conviction is very real.

4) Rising with Roses Monique Ruberu

Dr. Monique Ruberu thought she was pro-life until she realized that she was prescribed birth control. Because of the help of many pro-lifers in Philadelphia, she reverted back to her Catholic faith and now promotes Natural Family Planning.

5) A Voice for Victoria: A memoir of healing from post-abortion trauma- Geraldine F Jacobs

A Voice for Victoria shares the author’s journey toward understanding how childhood messages and current events played a part in her abortion decision and path to healing from post-abortion trauma through God’s forgiveness.

6) The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch thoroughly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of leading contemporary ethical arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia. He would argue against the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide while using Netherlands and Oregon as prime examples. 

7) Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo

This anti-war novel, written in 1938, shares how a WWI soldier who wakes up from his hospital bed with no limbs and half destroyed face. After his wishes of showing the country of the horrors of wars, he reflects on the realities and myths of war.

8) All Quiet on the Western Front-  Erich Maria Remarque

A German veteran of WW1 recounts the physical and mental stress while fighting in the war. It also shares how to detach from civilian life they were following the war’s end. 

9) Racketeer For Life Joe Scheidler

A former monk recalls his early involvement in the pro-life movement. He has debated media personalities, politicians, abortion workers, and even fought the culture of death at the Supreme Court.

10) Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer- Ann McElhinney

Ann McElhinney details everything that happens inside of Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Even advocates on both sides were horrified at the heinous committed by the most notorious serial killer of the abortion industry.

Honorable mention:

Love Unleashes Life Stephanie Gray

Stephanie offers a fresh approach to abortion dialogue. This time reaching the heart and minds of abortion-minded people.

You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden shares first hand how she survived a saline abortion attempt. Learning at the age of fourteen, she went on a journey to search for her biological parents. She would soon have a change of heart.

Bernard Nathanson

Aborting America- shares how he changed his views on abortion.

The Hand of God- Dr. Nathanson hared how he found God and began promoting life after performing 61,000 abortions, including his own son.

The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity- Carrie Gress

It’s been 50 years, if not more since liberal feminism has given way to the slippery slope to our culture. The author exposes liberal feminism and how it has destroyed marriages, families, and even the use of sex.

40 Days for Life- David Bereit

Started as a small group outside of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX, this life-changing endeavor recalls how it has converted workers, changed hearts, and shut the doors of abortion facilities with prayer, love, and fasting.

Humanae Vitae- Pope Paul VI

Written in 1968 and celebrating over 50 years, the encyclical Humanae Vitae is an eye-opening read written by Pope Paul VI as he foretells the repercussions of a society that accepts sexual promiscuity, abortion-on-demand, and artificial birth control.

Hard list to put together, for sure. However, there are many pro-life books to read such as anything written by Scott Klusendorf, Ron Paul, Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morena, Janet Smith and so many more.

PRO-LIFE FIRST SATURDAY MASS AND ROSARY VIGIL

Please join the Northeast Philadelphia Pro-Life Community at the 8:00 AM Mass on the First Saturday of every month to be held at St. Katherine of Siena Church. Following the Mass, we invite you to participate in a 45-minute Rosary Vigil at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility at Comly Road and the Roosevelt Boulevard.

We have selected the First Saturday of each month to pray for the end to abortion in fulfillment of the Blessed Mother’s request for acts of reparation, which she made at Fatima in 1917.

Where: St. Katherine of Siena, 9700 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia 19114

When: First Saturday of every month – 8:00 AM

Rosary Vigil: Planned Parenthood, 2751 Comly Road, Philadelphia 19154

Review of Unplanned

This past weekend, many pro-lifers and even pro-choicers flocked to the movie theaters to watch the highly anticipated pro-life movie. Despite the media blackout, the backlash from Twitter following the shutdown of the movie’s account, and even the poorly written reviews from secular media, the movie has pricked the conviction of those who support abortion.

According to Forbes, the movie has performed well enough to make the top five in the box office as it sits at number four on opening weekend. That’s impressive considering it is released on the same weekend as Disney’s Dumbo and Captain Marvel. At the same time, Unplanned received more positive reviews than the number one movie in the box office.

Based on a memoir written by Abby Johnson, the movie brings the book to life in an astonishing way while articulating the two bold messages of the film; mercy and hope.

The movie has given an accurate account on what happens inside of a Planned Parenthood facility that the media and even the organization itself try to deny that their number one product is abortion. There is no surprise that what goes on inside the facilities are as accurate as it is portrayed in the film.

In the movie, Abby (portrayed by Ashley Bratcher) starts out as a young college junior who is figuring out where to go after she finishes college at Texas A&M. One day she stumbles upon a table for Planned Parenthood. Conflicted because of her family’s pro-life convictions, she was hesitant. However, she reluctantly became part of the largest abortion provider in the world.

Within eight years, Abby went from clinic escort to director of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX aborting 20,000 babies. During that time, she met many of the workers who were employees of the facility. In addition to her co-workers and colleagues at the abortion center, she also interacted with a group of pro-lifers who were quietly praying and sidewalk counseling on the other side of the facility’s fence. Two of them were Shawn and Marilisa Carney (played by Jared Lotz and Emma Elle Roberts), founders of 40 Days for Life.

Not only did Shawn and Marilisa open dialogue with Abby about her work, but she also received opposition from her parents and husband, Doug (played by Brooks Ryan). Upon watching the film, I remember seeing a scene where Doug challenge how much Abby changed after she received Planned Parenthood’s employee of the year award.

In 2009, she was asked to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion. What she saw became her road to Damascus moment as her eyes were open to see that what doctor killed was a human being in the mother’s womb. She found refuge in the 40 Days coalition that was down the road from the facility. She walked away from the abortion and knew that she had to protect the lives of the precious unborn children. Soon, the facility she once worked for, would sue her. After a one-hour court session, the lawsuit against her and the Carneys was dismissed.

Takeaways

The theme of mercy is clearly seen after Abby walked away. She was in so much agony over the many babies that were killed under her watch. When asked how can she ask for forgiveness, her husband told her to go seek it.

I have also seen the theme of hope in the movie when Abby’s family and friends on the other side of the fence were hoping that one day she would walk away from the abortion facility. They never gave up hope in her quitting a gruesome job.

The pro-life movement is built on hope, love, and mercy. All three of them combined unleashed life and our culture can become fully alive.

Hope is the antidote in the culture of despair. We need to have that when we confront abortion as we plant the seeds to those who work in the abortion industry. There are times we walk away from a prayer vigil in our community with no one listening to your prayers or your offer to help. However, we have a God who is giving us hope to continue fighting the good fight.

When Marilisa first approached Abby after her first day, she did not yell, curse, or even judged her. Rather, she approached her with love. She would constantly remind Abby that she is praying for her. One scene that jumped out to me was when both were pregnant and Marilisa made Abby think how much of a joy she would be when Christmas approaches. Another example of love is the times that Doug held Abby close during her times of despair. He reminded her how much he loved her.

Mercy is the bridge to healing. When Abby saw a file on an abortion she had at the same facility, she knew that she wanted to be forgiven. To me, mercy can go a long way when we encounter someone who is post-abortive or is expecting a child, even in the direst of circumstances.

Unplanned is a must-see movie. Take your family, church or prayer groups, or even invite someone who is on the fence with the issue.

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Abortion Facility Hours in Greater Philadelphia Area

It is no question that half the abortions that happen in Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia. You are needed to pray in front of these “chop shops”.

Philadelphia Women’s Center

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6,000 babies are killed at the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in the city of Philadelphia. This facility is located at 777 Appletree between Chinatown and Old City. The facility itself sits on the 7th floor of the eight-story pictured above. The sad part is that five floors below it is a daycare center. The facility is open from 6:30 AM to 5:00PM (Tuesday through Saturday). They only do surgical and chemical abortions. A weekly vigil is Saturday from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.

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Peter Rawson from A Baby’s Breath prays outside of the gates of hell during 40 Days

Planned Parenthood has two facilities in Philadelphia. One is in the heart of Center City on the corner of 12th and Locust Street. 3,500 babies were killed last year, making it the second most in Philadelphia. Their hours are 7:30AM to 5PM Mondays through Saturdays. Mondays and Tuesdays are counseling days. Abortions are done between Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s a 3rd Saturday vigil with Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants on the 3rd Saturday of every month with 7:45 AM mass at St. John the Evangelist located on 13th Street below Market Street.

Northeast PP

In the far northeast of Philadelphia, there’s another Planned Parenthood on the edge of the facility. Lowly maintained. It is located at 2751 Comly Road. Their hours are:

Mon Closed Tues 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wed 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thurs Closed Fri 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sat 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sun Closed.

There’s a 1st Saturday mass at ST. Katharine of Siena on Frankford Avenue near Holy Family University at 8AM. Vigil at the facility immediately follows it.

West Chester PP

In West Chester, PA, a forty-minute ride from Philadelphia, Planned Parenthood does abortion. Location is 8 South Wayne Street. The hours are:

Mon 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wed 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Planned Parenthood Northeast Philadelphia- Castor Avenue

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Another Planned Parenthood is in the Northeast section of Philadelphia. This is a referral center. Their hours are:

Mon 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sat 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sun Closed

Warminster, PA (Bucks County)

Mon 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wed 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fri by appointment only

Warminster PP

Planned Parenthood-Upper Darby 7200 Chestnut Street Upper Darby, PA 19082

Upper Darby PP

Mon 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sun Closed

Planned Parenthood Media

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Mon 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

 

Unplanned Screening: Where to See It?

As Unplanned is less than 48 hours from hitting theaters, Pro-Lifers are ready for the most anticipated Pro-Life movie since Bella and Gosnell combined. In an email sent out by Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia President Tom Stevens, he notes many theaters are hosting a screening in the days leading up to its March 29th release.

Here is the message:

The movie Unplanned is coming to a theater near you starting March 28th!  See below to reserve tickets.  If you’re already working with one of these teams, please continue to do so since all teams have put tremendous effort, time and money into their theater showing(s).  Please share this email so that we can fill the theaters!The Unplannedmovie is based on Abby Johnson’s true story.  It has been rated ‘R’.  Please see the attached letter from Abby regarding this.  To see an R-rated movie a person must be 17 or older or be accompanied by a parent/guardian.MOST OF THE BELOW ARE PRIVATE SHOWINGS: (Public showings can be found atunplannedtickets.com, search by zip code) EDGMONT / NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA — DELAWARE COUTY – Thanks to the Respect Life teams at St. John Neumann, St. Pius X and parishioners:

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Thanks to Respect Life teams at St. John Neumann and parishioners:

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — CHESTER COUNTY – Thanks to St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus, Deacon Libbi and parishioners:

NESHAMINY, PA — BUCKS COUNTY — Thanks to Dr. Monique Ruberu:


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Thanks to Generation Life.

https://www.generationlife.org/unplanned?utm_campaign=2861c8b9-f46a-4cdc-8516-dd5194f4bb6d&utm_source=so Note: Some of the theaters may be sold out, so please call the rally captain closest to you. If it is sold out, go at your own convenience. 

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