The following is from Michael Geer, President of PA Family Institute.
On the left, that’s our second annual Pennsylvania March for Life, held yesterday on the Capitol steps here in Harrisburg. It was an absolutely amazing day, with crowd estimates of about 6,000 – even more than last year’s rally! Some veteran state lawmakers told us it was the largest Capitol rally they’d ever seen.
On the right is the pro-abortion rally held this morning and organized months ago by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and others as a counter to our PA March for Life. They had less than 80 attendees. Yes, less than 80!
The abortion lobby even hired a public relations firm out of Texas to plan their rally and boost attendance. Their prepared remarks included speaking to “a sea of faces” as their expectations were to see many in attendance. Drop in the bucket is what comes to mind.
Meanwhile, the day before was a pro-life groundswell. There was no hired PR firm for the Pennsylvania March for Life. What we had was you, and thousands of others helping us spread the word about this historic pro-life rally and march – the first state March for Life anywhere since the overturn of Roe v. Wade. And wow did pro-life Pennsylvanians ever show up.
This picture above of the Pennsylvania March for Life doesn’t do it justice. What a blessing I had to view from the stage the waves of people in attendance, from those on the steps to the Capitol to those filling in the sides – and getting some shade from the trees. I’m told we have some drone footage coming soon that will give a fuller picture. I can’t wait to share it with you, and other highlights of the day.
March for Life Participants Gather at Warminster
Planned Parenthood to Close 40 DFL 2019 Fall Campaign
On Saturday, November 2nd, pro-life supporters started arriving in the parking lot of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Warminster, PA. As the number of pro-lifers grew, those who were waiting for the March for Life to begin gathered in prayer. They prayed for the safety and protection of all participants. Among many petitions, one of most importance was an end to abortion in our country.
Before the start of the prayer walk, an elderly man volunteered to carry a white cross. This cross survived the destruction of a large number of crosses that were demolished at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doylestown. The March for Life prayer walk started on the church sidewalk and ended at Warminster Planned Parenthood. As the pro-lifers arrived at the abortion site, they joined others who were standing vigil in front of planned parenthood. A total of 54 men, women and children participated in the March for Life and the prayerful gathering.
Dr. Rob Arner, a theology and ethics professor, is a member of Washington Crossing Methodist Church. He shared an enlightening and encouraging message. His remarks underscored the belief in the sacredness of life of the early church. A handout, with several writings and quotes from the early church fathers, was distributed. Rob read each of the early father’s quotes. Their writings underscored the belief in the sanctity of life and considered abortion an act of murder. Below is an excerpt of one such writing:
“With us, murder is forbidden once for all. We are not permitted to destroy even the fetus in the womb, as long as blood is still being drawn to form a human being. To prevent the birth of a child is a quicker way to murder. It makes no difference whether one destroys a soul already born or interferes with its coming to birth. It is a human being and one who is to be a man, for the whole fruit is already present in the seed.” (Tertullian, Apology, 9:6-8, about AD 196)
Answering God’s Call and Faithful Pro-Life Servants
Ten years ago, Mary Paris, a sidewalk counselor at Warminster Planned Parenthood, took on the challenge of organizing a 40 DFL prayer vigil. She enlisted Catholic Church Coordinators to sign up church members to pray for one hour at Warminster PP. Mary successfully and faithfully served as 40 DFL leader from 2009 to 2018. She is the Lord’s humble servant and continues to serve Him as a dedicated sidewalk counselor.
In the 2018, Melissa Chapman participated in 40 DFL Fall campaign. She felt the Lord calling her to become actively involved in a 40 DFL campaign at Warminster PP. Melissa is a busy wife and mother. She also volunteers at A Baby’s Breath, a pregnancy care center that helps women in a crisis pregnancy. In answer to the Lord’s call, Melissa successfully organized both the Spring and Fall campaigns of 2019. A number of Evangelicals, not previously involved in this 40 DFL, joined with Catholics in these prayer vigils. The number of Protestant and Evangelical churches has been increasing with each campaign since 2009.
Many blessings and thanks to all who answered God’s call to serve as organizers of 40 DFL. We are also grateful to prayer warriors and sidewalk counselors who serve as intercessors at abortion sites throughout the year. Many lives have been saved due to the dedication of sidewalk counselors. We may never know how many mothers chose life for their babies because of your prayerful presence, but our Heavenly Father knows.
Below is an announcement from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Coalition for the Pennsylvania March for Life scheduled for next May. Please add this event to your calendar. We will be posting more on this as we get closer to this event.
Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life in Washington, DC, has announced that they are bringing the March for Life to Pennsylvania on Monday, May 18, 2020.
Mark your calendars now for a rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg at 11:00 a.m. followed by the March for Life at Noon.
Jeanne said, “Ending abortion in America – and Pennsylvania – will take the effort of every single pro-life person. Each of us must commit to making a difference for the pro-life cause.”
Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation said, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the March for Life on this bold initiative and encourage pro-lifers across the Commonwealth to join us in marching together for LIFE.”
The following is from the Facebook post of Dr. Monique Ruberu:
Have you ever wanted to be IN a parade? No… not watching from the side and cheering folks on… actually walking near to the front of the parade waving your banner, waving to the crowds.. pulling your kids in their decorated wagon, handing out stickers etc… AND standing up for the PRO-LIFE CAUSE?!?
Bring the fam and walk with the Pro-Life Union in the awesome downtown Philly St Patrick’s day parade…
Let’s show Philly that there are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that believe life is precious…
Make your most loving pro-life signs, wear your green hats and gloves and get ready to join us!!!
On March 10th starting at 16th and JFK at 11 am
Contact Pat Stanton at 2677184851
Or contact the Pro-life union of Philadelphia to find out when and where we will meet at firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARE with your pro-life buddies what an easy way to get involved!!!!”