Recap on Stand Against Bullying Rally

The hard work of many pro-lifers, such as Lila Rose, has paid off. After hearing about the videos of a so-called “State Rep.” Brian Sims harassing pro-life women was met by a thousand loving pro-lifers. Not only local pro-lifers came together but some went the extra mile (the furthest being Fort Wayne, IN. as of now).

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The rally was organized by Lila Rose and her organization Live Action. Her group has helped expose Planned Parenthood from falsely advertising mammograms to the trafficking of fetal parts and everything in between.

Rose noted in her opening remarks that the event had been organized “for a much bigger reason … (to) stand for the dignity of human life,” this point was reiterated by other speakers who followed her during the rally.

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Matt Walsh of the Daily Caller called for a rally in a series of tweets on Twitter. He even condemned the actions of Brian Sims.

Ashley Graechet

Ashley Garecht, the mother of the two teenage girls dox by Sims, used her time to commend pro-lifers who have done extraordinary work, despite backlash from people who disagree with them. She even knew that God wanted her to be an instrument in being present as a sidewalk advocate. She also observed that the demonstration took place just blocks from the one-time home of James Madison, a primary author of the U.S. Constitution, which enshrines “a self-evident, inalienable right to life,” she said. She also called out Rep. Sims for his lack of an apology.

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In the videos, Sims claimed that pro-lifers are racists. Well, he hasn’t met Richara Krajewski, member of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. She used her time to acknowledge the fact that she is “a pro-life black woman”.

The real racism, as she points out is, “co-opting the language of liberation to advocate for the destruction of the lives of the most vulnerable. Real racism is a so-called white ally telling black and brown women that they need to choose between their dreams and their babies.”

Toni McFadden was another black pro-lifer at hand who shared about her abortion experience. Foundress of Relationship Matters, an organization that helps heal and honor our relationships, spoke about how it is important to develop them “so that no more babies need to die because of convenience.”

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The main highlight of the rally is Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director in Bryan, TX, now a pro-life advocate. she wrote a memoir about her #WalkAway from the abortion industry. It is now a movie.  Johnson opened her remarks when she saw the escorts acknowledging the fact that she was once them.

She pointed out some staggering facts about the Planned Parenthood (See related post here: Planned Parenthood Facility in Center City, Defended by Re. Brian Sims, Has Failed Thirteen State Inspections) has “covering up statutory rape of minors, not sterilizing instruments that are being used woman to woman” and repeatedly failing health inspections.

“Turn your prayer into action. The fight against abortion will be won on the streets, not the halls of Congress or state houses” Johnson proclaimed.

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The rally itself shows that the pro-life community is bigger, stronger, younger, and diverse. It cares about women. It is eager to help women in their time of crisis. Many moms, including Candace with her son, was able to choose life because of the love and support of the pro-life community at large.

The pro-life movement is pushing back harder. The tide has changed. We must be willing to stand taller and be bolder everywhere we go.  We must not be afraid of anti-life bullying from public servants or average people that will verbally taunt us when we peacefully assemble outside abortion facilities, like Planned Parenthood.

The sleeping giant has awakened. It’s time to rose up and fight for life from womb to tomb.

 

 

From Judging to Loving: Reflection on 5th Sunday of Lent’s Gospel

The 5th Sunday of Lent had a timing gospel that makes us think about how we can best approach women who enter an abortion facility. But most important of all, the way we encounter the workers.

Here’s the gospel reading (Note: Some heard a different reading if your parish had candidates in the RCIA program):

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning, he arrived again in the temple area,
and all the people started coming to him,
and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”

The gospel reading is refreshing as we see once again the message of mercy. Jesus did not care what kind of a person the woman was. All he did was he showed love and mercy for her actions. He even drew on the ground while the Pharisees told him what she has done. His response? He asked them to cast the first stone. One by one they walked away and knew that they were judging.

Pro-lifers need to be more loving and less judging. Love conquers our judgments. If we show love and not care about the kind of a person he or she is, it can speak volume in our encounters. I have seen some people walk up to or shout at people and judge them as a whole, and they get judged in return. Not only does it happen to women going into the facility but also the workers. It is clear to me that we don’t deserve judgment from anyone else but God. People need love, not presumptive judgment.  Humility is the virtue we strongly need if we want to conquer our presumptions and pride. We are not perfect. At the same time, we don’t know everything and we must be willing to admit it.

Instead of casting our stones, let us cast mercy and love to the people we encounter.

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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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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Pro-Life Night at National Catholic Shrine in Doylestown

Dr. Monique Ruberu is inviting pro-lifers to attend a night to strengthen your convictions for the life cause. She will be the main speaker of the event.

The event will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA on Saturday, April 13 at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room (Visitor Center).

The event will include “Gosnell” Movie Screening & Discussion, prayer, and many pro-life vendors.

This is a free event. Free will donations are appreciated, and all proceeds will benefit the Poland Pilgrimage of the Youth Group.

Sue Thayer to Visit Philly/Allentown/Jersey Areas

The following is an email from Chris Davis who is a strategist for 40 Days for Life. He has alert that Sue Thayer, a former abortion provider in Iowa, will be in the area. I know many pro-lifers will learn how she stopped taking lives and now works with others to save lives. It will also plant the seeds for any of the abortion workers to one day walk away from Planned Parenthood.

We are very excited about Sue Thayer’s Philadelphia/New Jersey visits! She’s looking forward to joining all of you and plans to keep the following schedule:

Monday, April 1

  • Plainfield, NJ at 2:00 pm (FORMER Planned Parenthood, 123 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ) and 3:15 (Options, LLC, 1024 Park Ave, Plainfield, NJ)
  • Washington, NJat 6:30 pm (Planned Parenthood, 66 E Washington Ave, Washington, NJ)

Tuesday, April 2

  • Bethlehem, PA at 9:30 am (Allentown Women’s Center, 31 S Commerce Way, Bethlehem, PA)
  • Allentown, PA at noon (Planned Parenthood, 29 N 9th St, Allentown, PA)
  • Warminster, PA at 6:30 pm (Planned Parenthood – Warminster Medical Center, 610 Louis Dr, Warminster, PA)

Wednesday, April 3

  • Northeast Philadelphia, PAat noon (Planned Parenthood Surgical Center, 2751 Comly Rd, Philadelphia, PA)
  • Philadelphia (combined), PA at 6:30 pm (12th and Locust Planned Parenthood, 1144 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA)

Thursday, April 4

  •      Chester County, PA at 9:00 am (West Chester Planned Parenthood, 8 S Wayne St, West Chester, PA)

You can reach Sue at (979) 595-3174. This visit is intended to help generate publicity, grow your campaign, motivate participants, and celebrate God’s blessings during this campaign. Sue will also be delighted to share a meal with you and your team, to meet with any local pro-life or church leaders as may be helpful to you, and to conduct media interviews as possible.

We urge you and your team to make some advance preparations to help ensure that this visit is as useful for you and your campaign as possible. Here are our recommendations:

Request Media Coverage

  1. Create a list of local media that might consider covering your event. Include both secular and Christian television programs, radio programs, newspapers, magazines, and even blogs.
  1. Update and email the attached press release to the media on your list, to your participants, and to other organizations that might want to participate.
  1. Consider following your press release with a phone call the next day.
  1. Please take high-resolution photographs (at very least 1MB). A smartphone is all you need for this! Group photos are great! But please take some “action shots” too. Photograph people praying and holding signs. Photograph hands, feet, close-ups of faces. Photograph the abortion facility where you are praying or whatever you think tells the story. Consider enlisting a college student to do this! Send those photos to steve.karlen@40daysforlife.com.

Other Tips and Suggestions

  • Use the attached speaker biography and picture to promote the event.
  • Effective strategies for increasing event attendance include direct phone calling, bulk email, email messages to individuals and social media.
  • Arrange for someone to take pictures of the visit for local and national use.

We’ll be praying for you and your team.

Learn more about Sue Thayer here: Sue Thayer’s Interview

The Litany of Life from The Catholic Feminist

Lord Jesus. Lord and giver of life, Hear me.
The unborn children who will lose their lives today, Save them, Jesus.
The millions of people trapped in the chains of slavery, Save them, Jesus.
The elderly around the world who are neglected and ignored, Save them, Jesus.
The souls on Death Row who will soon have their lives taken, Save them, Jesus.
The women considering immoral means of achieving a pregnancy out of a true,
good desire for children, Save them, Jesus.
The people around us who silently struggle with mental illness and depression,
Save them, Jesus.
The mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression and contemplating
suicide, Save them, Jesus.
The refugees caught in warzones with little hope of escape, Save them, Jesus.
The homeless who live on our streets and don’t know where their next meal
comes from, Save them, Jesus.
The nurses and doctors who prescribe contraception and perform abortions, Save
them, Jesus.
The pro-choice advocates with a real heart for women’s issues, Save them, Jesus.
The politicians who consistently struggle with valuing the most vulnerable among
us, Save them, Jesus.
The patients in hospitals suffering from painful chronic diseases, Save them,
Jesus.
The disabled who suffer immensely and are often made to feel worthless, Save
them, Jesus.
The victims of violent crimes and the unborn children who are sometimes
produced as a result, Save them, Jesus.
From my own hardness of heart, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my selfishness and desire to store up treasure on earth, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my willful ignorance and lack of compassion, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my lack of understanding of complex societal issues, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my own pride, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my lack of trust in You and Your goodness, Deliver me, Jesus.

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Be Not Afraid

In a recent email sent out by Monique Ruberu, she shares how a sidewalk servant helped in a recent save.

This work is really hard. There are times that the person who is considering abortion is no more than a child herself.

One of our sidewalk servants was put in contact with a very young girl. She was in a relationship with an older person and conceived a child. Her age makes this a case of rape. When the conversation began, she was unwilling to consider allowing the pregnancy to continue.  Her main concern was that it would prevent her from pursuing a gymnastics career in the future.

The Sidewalk Servant had multiple conversations with this girl, explaining that although she couldn’t guarantee that she would be an Olympic gymnast in the future, it is totally possible for her to have a child and still pursue her dreams.

Despite the many conversations, the sweet young girl decided to go for an abortion today to planned parenthood.  The Sidewalk servant sent her one more message:

“I heard that you are going to get the abortion. I wish you would reconsider, but I understand why you feel that you need to. I am here to talk, I know you must be really scared, but I want to remind you that you are in control of your life, not your boyfriend. Please don’t do this for him”

The girl responded ” I changed my mind. God told me not to do it. I heard him… do you believe me???”

SS: “Really? what did He say? I believe you. God has spoken to me before.”

girl: “He said to be not afraid for I have a plan for you. That’s what I heard”

SS: “That’s right, He has a plan for you because YOU are HIS child.. You have no idea what God has planned for you, but it is bigger than you and me. Where did He talk to you?”

girl: outside of the planned parenthood

SS: were there people outside? Did they help you? They have resources you can use”

girl: ya, but not right outside.  I want to give my life to God like my sister..

My friends. This girl who is so brave, and so willing to listen to the voice of God is just a child herself. If she can be so brave and come to the gates of hell… and because she heard His voice SHE can turn away… shouldn’t we be there… every hour that they are open… all year?

Rejoice.. two of our children have been saved today. This young girl, and her precious child… Thanks be to God for this loving Sidewalk servant.. all names deleted to protect the privacy of the pregnant mom.

please help us cover the next set of hours:

Wed 3/20:

12th and locust: 12

Friday 3/22:

12th and locust: 11,12

777 appletree: 11,12

Tuesday 3/26:

777: 1,2

Tuesday 4/2:

777: 1,2

Wed 4/3:

777: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2,

Visit 40 Days for Life to sign up for your vigil hours.

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Quizzo Night for Life-Saving Cause

I know many of you love trivia and would enjoy playing for fun while also helping to raise funds for a good cause.

Pro-Lifers in Northeast Philadelphia will be hosting their first quizzo night. Cost is $25 per person and includes pizza, soft drinks, beer, prizes, and DJ. Proceeds will benefit abortion alternatives and pro-life outreach in the Northeast section of Philadelphia. Come one, come all.

The event will be held at St. Katherine of Siena Parish McBride Hall, 9700 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA on Friday, April 26th from 7:30PM to 10PM.

To register or for additional info, visit www.HV50Philly.com/Events or contact Lisa Beck at 267-574-5854; lisa.mcardle.beck@gmail.com

Baby Save #3 in Philadelphia

The 40 Days Campaign has saved their third baby during the current campaign outside of the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in Pennsylvania. The following is an email from Dr. Monique Ruberu that was sent to contacts involved with the campaign. Note: there are hours available this coming week that need to be filled with your love and mercy that must be emptied out to every person you will encounter.

From her email:

Holy Martyrs had taken the day… it was a Friday and things seemed quiet.

On the narrow alley that holds the nursery school next door to the abortion center where 6,000 babies lives are ended each year they stood… quietly… prayerfully… lovingly.

They continued to hope that even one of these mothers would have a change of heart.

She walked up to Bob Gilles…. and she said “I never had the procedure, sir… I changed my mind”  He was too shocked to know how to respond… he never thought this would happen on his watch…Thrilled but shocked!

But it can and does happen because when we show up and cover these people and places with love and prayer hearts and minds change.

God bless all of you for helping,

please join us this week:

Monday 3/18:

12th and locust: 2

Wed 3/20:

12th and Locust: 3

Thursday 3/21:

777 appletree: 1,2

Friday 3/22:

777 appletree: 11,12,1,2

Mon 3/25:

12th and locust: 9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4

Sign up at your local campaign site(s) here: 40 Days Sign Up

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