You Can Help Stop Assisted Suicide in Pennsylvania

Below is an important message for all Pennsylvanians who believe in the sanctity of life. Please take the action requested by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Your phone call and email can stop assisted suicide from becoming law in Pennsylvania.

Dear Pro-Life Leaders,

Please call and email your state Senator with this important message: “I want to prevent assisted suicide in Pennsylvania. Please pass Shawn’s Law—House Bill 1827.”

House Bill 1827 increases the penalties for those who try to assist individuals under age 18 or people with intellectual disabilities to die by suicide. The bill passed the House and is now pending in the state Senate Judiciary Committee.

If you do not know who your state Senator is, or you need contact information, please visit https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#address .

Please note: This is a state issue, not a federal one, so you do NOT need to contact U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey.

To read the bill, please visit https://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2019&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1827&pn=3807 .

Thank you for making these critical calls and sending these important emails!

Yours for LIFE!

Maria V. Gallagher
Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
www.paprolife.org 717-541-0034

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Vetoes Bill That Would Save Babies From Abortion

Wolf is extremely close to the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, having once been a volunteer. It spent a record $1.5 million to support his re-election in 2018.

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Micaiah Bilger of Life News reported on PA Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of Bill 857.  The bill would expand telemedicine to PA residents during the COVID crisis, but would not include abortion drugs

Pennsylvania pro-life leaders criticized Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday for doing the bidding of the abortion industry by vetoing a health care expansion bill because it included a restriction on drug-induced abortions.

“This veto sends the disturbing message that women’s health will be compromised in order to placate the abortion industry,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

Gallagher said Senate Bill 857 included important protections for mothers and unborn babies. The legislation would have expanded telemedicine to millions of Pennsylvanians in response to the coronavirus crisis. It included restrictions on telemedicine for high-risk drugs on the Food and Drug Administration Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy list, and abortion drugs are on the list.

Because of the restriction, Wolf promised his pro-abortion allies that he would veto the legislation, and, on Thursday, he did.

Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, said Wolf is putting abortion politics ahead of Pennsylvanians’ well-being.

“When Planned Parenthood wants a veto, Governor Tom Wolf gives it to them every time – no matter the impact on the health and well-being of Pennsylvania citizens,” Geer said.

Geer said Wolf not only rejected the health care expansion, he also showed his willingness to put women at risk by ignoring FDA safety guidelines for abortion drugs.

The abortion drug mifepristone is not safe for the mother or her unborn child. It has been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications. Risks of mifepristone and misoprostol, the most common abortion drugs taken together to abort and then expel an unborn baby from the womb, include excessive bleeding, severe abdominal pain, infection, hemorrhage and death.

A 2009 study  “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy.” Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20% for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6% for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.

Despite these risks, the abortion industry is pushing to expand telemed abortions. Instead of seeing a doctor in-person, women meet remotely over a webcam before the abortion drugs are dispensed from a remote-control drawer or by a staff member.

These are dangerous for mothers as well as their unborn babies. In-person exams are important for dating the pregnancy; the abortion drugs do not work well later in pregnancy and potentially could lead to more complications. Exams also can detect ectopic pregnancies, which can be deadly on their own but especially so if the woman takes the abortion drugs.

Currently, 18 states ban telemed abortions and require abortion facilities to follow FDA guidelines.

 Life News article continues here

ACTION ALERT: Contact Gov. Tom Wolf

Diamond and Silk Keynote Address at 2019 40th Anniversary Celebrate Life Banquet

Diamond and Silk, social media stars, were keynote speakers at the PA Pro-Life Federation banquet in Harrisburg, PA. Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, reported on their powerful speech about the sanctity of life of unborn babies.

Cable news commentators Diamond & Silk are known for their humorous take on the issues of the day.

But, before a massive crowd at the Celebrate Life Banquet in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the two sisters told the unvarnished truth about the tragedy of abortion.

“Can you imagine if Mommy had aborted us?” asked one sister to the other. Given the dynamic duo’s widespread popularity, it is apparent that a world without Diamond & Silk is unthinkable.”

The women, who are African-American, spoke frequently and forcefully about the impact of abortion on the black community. Indeed, African-American women have a disproportionate number of abortions—one of the nation’s most under-reported tragedies.

“Babies’ lives matter, too!” one of the sisters said to the crowd, which came to support the life-saving work of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life.”

Diamond & Silk decried the move by states such as New York to pass radical laws allowing abortions up to the moment of birth and providing no protections for babies who manage to survive abortions. They also lamented California’s decision to provide free abortion pills to college students. The pair posed this poignant point: Why not provide medication for free for people to live, rather than supply lethal drugs to take innocent lives?

The banquet also included a salute to National Right to Life Director of Outreach Ernie Ohlhoff, who received the 2019 PA Pro-Life Lifetime Achievement Award. Ernie was an engineer who became involved in the pro-life movement in the early 1970s in the Poconos. He eventually became the first president of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation when it was established in 1979.

Click here for link to this article and the video.