A special Valentine’s Day prayer for women whose hearts are broken over abortion

The following is from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  

I will never forget the time when I was a radio reporter and I decided to do a feature on Valentine’s Day.

I arranged to visit a second-grade class at a local elementary school to record their impressions of the holiday. As I took out my microphone and tape recorder, the children gathered around me at lightning speed. They were eager to give their reflections of Valentine’s Day. In that moment, I just felt surrounded by love.

I remember my own excitement as a grade school student anticipating Valentine’s Day. My mother believed in celebrating to the hilt, so the day was filled with cards, gifts, cake, hors’ d’oeuvres, and even flaming cherries jubilee. Again, growing up, I always felt great love on Valentine’s Day.

It seems to me that the national public policy which permits abortion on demand erases a great deal of love from our lives. That is because it eliminates the children who carefully craft those handmade Valentine’s and whisper “I love you” at times of great grace.

Just think if we were to make a Valentine for every child lost to abortion, and for each woman who grieves a child that abortion has taken. The cards could stretch to the heavens and back.

I believe that every woman who was coerced into abortion knows what she is missing—an irreplaceable child with a boundless capacity to love. How sad that a woman could be driven to surrender the one who would love her the most.

A Virtual Adoption Using Sprout

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The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is using the Sprout app for a virtual adoption to follow the journey of a pregnancy from conception until birth.  They are now in week 4 of this journey.  This is a great way to show others the humanity of the unborn.  
Watch as the Federation journeys through pregnancy using the amazing app Sprout. Conceived on January 22, our virtual baby will be due in October. Sprout can be a powerful pro-life teaching tool because it uses incredible life-like graphics, even allowing you to hear, feel, and see baby’s heart beat!
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Week 4: At the moment of conception, a unique and unrepeatable person comes into existence with its own DNA, making it distinct from mother. In this stage of life, a zygote develops into a small collection of cells and about just a day or two later enters the blastocyst stage. Once implanted in the uterus, this life becomes an embryo and begins to produce hormones that may register on a pregnancy test.

The Leader of the Free World Came to the March for Life

“Young people are the heart of the March for Life. And it’s your generation that is making America the pro-family, pro-life nation.” – President Donald Trump

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The following is by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

The leader of the Free World came to the March for Life—and we as a nation will never be the same.

“For 47 years, Americans of all backgrounds have traveled from across the country to stand for life. And today as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you,” President Trump said last Friday.

Through the power of his words, the President has raised the visibility of the March for Life—and the pro-life cause in general. Truly, there is nothing like the bully pulpit to inspire and engage the American people.

Read more

 

Think What Would have been Lost Without Adoption

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and to celebrate, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation has been posting stories all month on adoption.  Below is one from Maria Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director of the Federation on Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas. 

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by Maria Gallagher

My co-worker surprised me one day by asking, “Did you see what’s on your cup?”

I turned the red paper cup around and looked at the wording imprinted on it. It stated, “Face it. Without adoption, Wendy’s wouldn’t be here.”

I knew it to be true. The founder of Wendy’s, the late Dave Thomas, had been adopted as a child. As an adult, after building a successful nationwide restaurant chain, he became a tireless advocate for adoption.

Think about it. Consider the jobs that would have been lost, the relationships that never would have formed. The people who would not have had Dave Thomas to look up to as a mentor and a business leader, were it not for adoption. Just one child. One story.  One adoption.

This story continues here.

 

Abortion Forever Severs the Bond Between Mother and Child

Below is commentary by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation which was published in NRL News Today.  

 

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It was with a mixture of emotions that I noted “Women’s Equality Day” last week.
I am quite thankful for the sacrifices and struggles that our foremothers underwent to ensure that American women live in a free and equal society. I treasure my right to vote, my professional prospects, and equal treatment under the law.
But I cannot help but think that feminist pioneers such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton would be deeply disappointed with the failures that keep women oppressed.
Key among these is legalized abortion. Millions of baby girls are denied the right to life under the Roe v. Wade regime. They are unable to exercise any rights, because they have been robbed of the most fundamental of these—the mere right to exist.  Read more here

 

Did the Democratic Presidential Candidates Forget About Gosnell?

The following is by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  

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This is a question I long to ask the current crop of Democratic candidates for President: Have you forgotten Kermit Gosnell?

Gosnell was the infamous West Philadelphia abortionist and mass murderer who is suspected of killing hundreds of newborn babies. Prosecutors could bring criminal charges in only a handful of cases because Gosnell destroyed so many records from his “House of Horrors” abortion facility.

Ultimately, Gosnell was convicted of the murder of three newborn babies and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a female patient, Karnamaya Mongar. He is now safely off the streets, serving three consecutive life terms in prison.

I have yet to hear a Democratic Presidential candidate mention his name. He does not fit their false narrative: that abortionists come to the rescue of women (they don’t) and that infanticide is a hoax (tell that to those who witnessed Gosnell’s evil deeds).

Article continues here 

What You Can Do to Save Lives!

Below is commentary by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  
There are many women out there who are hurting because of a decision they made or one that was made for them.  As Maria reminds us, there are many alternatives out there to help women heal after an abortion and many pregnancy help centers ready to help women who are facing a difficult decision. 
Please take a moment to read Maria’s article  and if you know someone who needs help, please offer that help to them in a loving, compassionate way.  I’ve listed links to a few pregnancy help centers and post-abortive groups below.  
You could be the One
By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Whenever I contemplate the effect of abortion on women, I think of a friend I will refer to as “Jessica.”
A boyfriend pressured Jessica into an abortion when she was a young teenager. She felt she had no say in the matter, and she believed she was powerless.
Years after that tragic event, she firmly believes that if a single person had supported a decision for life on the day of abortion, her baby would not have died.
A noteworthy national poll bears that out. The survey of post-abortive women indicated that the vast majority of respondents would have decided against abortion if just one person had offered support. Just one!

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Help Centers 

CareNet – use this link to find a CareNet Center in your area.
United States Pregnancy Help Centers – use link to find help centers in your area
In Southeast Pennsylvania, use this link provided by the Pro-life Union of Greater Philadelphia to find pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, adoption services and post-abortion help.
For post-abortive care nationally, use this link provided by Hope After Abortion.
Sidewalk Servants is a project of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.  This program’s aim is to  educate volunteers on the best way to offer help to women who are contemplating abortions.

In the End, the Truth is the Unborn Baby’s Best Friend

Below is commentary from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation which appeared in the NRL News Today. 

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The abortion industry and its political backers have descended to a new low as far as double-speak is concerned.

For years, they have been promoting dehumanizing language such as “product of conception” and “blobs of tissue” to describe a uniquely formed, undeniably human preborn baby.

But the effort to obfuscate and deceive has intensified with the terminology used about and by their candidates for public office.

This week the pro-abortion lobbying group known as NARAL tweeted that a pro-abortion candidate was a “fighter for women and families.” Such a statement, by rights, should earn a few Pinocchios for its falsity.

Article continues here 

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Save the Date! Pennsylvania March for Life Scheduled for May 18, 2020

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. 

 

PA March for Life

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.”

For more information, please click HERE.

 

Job Opportunity with The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Job Opening
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation has an IMMEDIATE OPENING for a part time position (up to 15 hours per week) as a Data Entry Specialist.

Duties are performed at our state headquarters offices in Harrisburg. Previous data entry experience and competence in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, are prerequisites for this position.

If you are interested and qualified, please email your resume and cover letter to Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo at ciccocioppo@paprolife.org. For more information, call him at 717-541-0034.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is a grassroots right-to-life organization with members statewide. As the state affiliate of National Right to Life, PPLF is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children.  For more information on the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, please use this link.