Memorial Crosses for Those Lost Through Abortion

 

Memorial Crosses
Picture was taken on Route 413 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham, Pennsylvania

A special way to remember the children who have lost their lives through the tragedy of abortion is the Memorial Cross display at local churches.

The display consists of  small white crosses and a sign indicating that each cross represents one million abortions in our country since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

We have encountered many positive reactions to the crosses. Women who are mourning the loss of their own children have left flowers at the displays and one young man said that after seeing them, he and his girlfriend changed their minds about aborting their baby.

The Pro-Life Union will deliver the crosses to a church, install and then pick them up. They remain at a church for approximately one month.

Please consider asking your pastor to host the crosses at your church. They are a very powerful image and an education tool for passersby.

You can contact Anne  Hinnegan at the Pro-Life Union  by calling 215-885-8150  to arrange for these crosses to be delivered and placed at your church.  

The Pro-Life Union uses hope and love for families to serve and accompany others by offering education, alternatives, and public witness that eliminates the need for abortion and euthanasia in Greater Philadelphia.

For more information on this organization or to see what other services they provide, please use this link.

We Can Help You – And We Will

The following is by Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia from their August newsletter.  If you or someone you know are pregnant and in need of help or experienced an abortion and would like to speak to someone, please contact one of the Hotline numbers listed in the image in this post or call 610-626-4006; text 484-451-8104. 

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Oftentimes when standing outside abortion centers, as we reach out to women (and men), we say, “You don’t have to do this— there’s help! There are options, information, support, assistance, housing, community, clothing, counseling, as well as other forms of help.  We want to help you and we want to help your baby. There’s no problem or difficulty so insurmountable that you can’t overcome it. You are stronger than you think you are!” We can truly help…and we will.

Jhanee was one example. She was living in a friend’s van while putting herself through school. She was pregnant and in need of help. She heard about our maternity home, Guiding Star (it could have just as easily been another home for pregnant moms such as Cradle of Hope, Our Lady’s House, Mother’s Home, etc.). She  met with the Guiding Star director and when there was room, Jhanee moved in and expressed how the home really helped her. Two years later she’s independent, working, living in an apartment, and raising her 10 month old child. Later Jhanee contacted us because her employer cut her hours and she was having troubles paying rent that month. We had her complete a ‘rental assistance’ application and state her need (including her plan to not continue to be in this situation). While Jhanee was visiting our office to receive a check for rental assistance made out to her landlord, she mentioned that she had no furniture in her apartment. Two days later someone called me and said she wanted to donate furniture to the Pro-Life Union. I said, “Thank You, Lord!”—I know someone who needs some furniture. Pro-Life Union board member, Patrick Stanton, and a moving company delivered it to her apartment.

That’s what we call the Continuum of Care. If a mother is unexpectedly pregnant, homeless, or in some other challenging situation, we say, “We can help.” And we do help. She gains housing at Guiding Star (or some other home), support, counseling, parenting classes, community, and other ways of assistance. Then she moves into independent living and we stay in contact. If she needs help again, she will know where to turn.

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Northeast Philly Pro-Life Group Hosted Sidewalk Servant Training on July 27th

About 30 people turned out last Saturday for the Sidewalk Servant Training to learn how to reach women who are entering abortion centers in a loving, compassionate way.  Among them at least three were new to the movement and came to learn what they could do to help.

I spoke to one woman who told me that while driving by the Planned Parenthood on Comly Road going to work each day, she was so moved by the people praying and witnessing outside of this facility that she vowed to join them when she retired.  She was most inspired by Dave & Betty Maier who have been faithful prayer witnesses and sidewalk counselors since this place first opened as the Northeast Women’s Center back in the 80’s.

Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia opened by telling us that the purpose of this training is to get more people to witness and pray outside of the abortion facilities in our area,  and to educate us on the best way to offer help to women who are contemplating abortions.  He mentioned that Planned Parenthood’s message is ‘there would be no healthcare for women if they didn’t exist‘.

We all know that this is not true and that most of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions.  Our purpose as Sidewalk Servants is  to let these mothers know that we can offer them real counseling and true help to get them through this difficult time in their lives.

Tom introduced Dr. Monique Ruberu,  an OB/GYN and one of the few Napro Technology trained doctors in the Southeast Pennsylvania area.

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Dr. Ruberu, an experienced pro-life speaker both locally and nationally,  gave us practical tips to use.  The training was brief, but packed with plenty of good information, covering from what to say to these mothers; how to act while witnessing, medical facts about abortion (see link below for the Sidewalk Servants website), and even what to wear.

She explained in detail the various abortion methods used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities.  She emphasized that it’s not necessary for us to commit this to memory, but we all should have an idea of just what goes on in these various centers and know where to send these women if they choose to continue with their pregnancies.

Dr. Ruberu has put together what she calls ‘Blessing Bags’ to give to women who are looking to abort.  These bags contain information for these mothers on where to obtain help as well as some candy and prayer cards.  It is a way to let them know that they are not alone and there are people out there to support them.

Our training ended with a trip to the Comly Road Planned Parenthood where we applied what we had just learned.

You can find more information on becoming a Sidewalk Servant by visiting their website  using this link.  To view the educational videos from Sidewalk Servants use this link.  

Below are some pictures of Saturday’s event and well as useful tips and facts Dr. Ruberu gave us to use. I have taken the liberty to make some changes to accommodate those who live in other areas.

Practical Tips for Sidewalk Servants
Sidewalk Servants Comly Road

 

 

 

 

 

Join Pro-Life Warriors for a Prayer Vigil Outside the Philadelphia’s Women’s Center on Saturday, July 27th

Independence for Unborn

Based on the latest information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Philadelphia Women’s Center performed 6,437 abortions just in the year 2018. Join our Respect Life Prayer Vigil and Mass to pray for the independence of unborn babies. We must pray and help more mothers and fathers to choose life for the unborn children!

Prayer vigil

After Mass there will be brief presentations, on pro-life evangelism followed by hospitality in the Parish Center.

Please share this event with others, especially those who have experience praying outside an abortion center!

 

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Sidewalk Servant Training with Doctor Monique Ruberu Scheduled for July 27th in Northeast Philadelphia

Dr Ruberu

This training is ideal for people who are new to our Sidewalk Servants outreach program and those who want to become more familiar and involved as prayerful witnesses outside abortion centers. Our Sidewalk Counseling Training will help you to effectively and compassionately be a witness, share resources, and reach out to abortion-vulnerable women and family/friends so they consider, and ultimately choose, life for their unborn babies.

After Sidewalk Counseling Training, participants will then get an opportunity to exercise what they have learned outside Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia (2751 Comly Road, Philadelphia, Pa). (map) 

DATE: Saturday, July 27, 2019

TIMES: Training at 9:00 am, followed by a visit to Planned Parenthood (Comly Road in Philadelphia) around 10:15 am to utilize what was taught.

LOCATION OF TRAINING: St. Katherine of Siena Church (9700 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114) (map)

PRESENTER: Dr. Monique Ruberu, leader of Sidewalk Servants Philadelphia and 40 Days for Life Philadelphia

TO REGISTER: Email mail@prolifeunion.org with your first and last name, contact information, and number of guests attending.

***Please be sure to contact the Pro-Life Union as noted above in order to participate in this training.***

Prayer Chain at Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Scheduled for June 24th

 

from Tom Stevens, President and CEO – Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

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Don’t miss the next big event since last month’s Pro-Life Rally outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets!

Join us for the Students for Life of America‘s Prayer Chain, alongside student participants for SFLA’s Mission Trip in Philadelphia, at Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets on Monday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Organizations, churches, or those associated with schools are also welcome to bring groups to this event.

To RSVP: Members of the general public who plan to attend this Prayer Chain must register online! SFLA would like to receive an approximate count of attendees ahead of time. Click here to fill out this brief online form

Spread the Word: Share our Facebook event with friends and family!

 

The Pro-Life Union uses hope and love for families to serve and accompany others by offering education, alternatives, and public witness that eliminates the need for abortion and euthanasia in Greater Philadelphia.  For more information, please use this link. 

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues.  Follow us on FacebookPinterest, and on MeWe.  Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.  

Join our Sidewalk Counseling Training on June 19th in Center City Philadelphia

from Tom Stevens, President and CEO
Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Sidewalk Counseling The unborn need you! Get equipped now. Follow up last month’s activism by getting out there this month.

A month ago, Philadelphia held one of its largest pro-life rallies ever outside of Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. Recent news of radical abortion bills in states such as Illinois, Nevada and Vermont have been signed. More may be in works across the country.

We can no longer stand on the sidelines. The battle for the lives of the unborn is in many places, but as Abby Johnson said, “It’s going to be here, praying in front of abortion centers.”

Join our Sidewalk Counseling Training! Learn how to become a prayerful and peaceful witness outside an abortion center, helping women and directing them step-by-step to the care and support they really need.

Sidewalk Counseling Training:

Date: Wednesday, June 19

Time: from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Location: St. John the Evangelist Church, 21 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (map)

Details: This training will help you to effectively and compassionately be a witness, share resources, and reach out to abortion-vulnerable women and family/friends so they consider, and ultimately choose, life for their unborn babies. The training will be presented by Dr. Monique Ruberu, leader of Sidewalk Servants Philadelphia and 40 Days for Life Philadelphia.

Before attending this training, I suggest you watch the Sidewalk Servant Quick-Start video series: https://prolifeunion.org/outreach/sidewalk-servant/.

Register: Email mail@prolifeunion.org with your first and last name, contact information, and number of guests attending.

Spread the Word: Share our Facebook event with friends and family!

The Pro-Life Union uses hope and love for families to serve and accompany others by offering education, alternatives, and public witness that eliminates the need for abortion and euthanasia in Greater Philadelphia.  For more information, please use this link. 

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues.  Follow us on FacebookPinterest, and on MeWe.  Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.  

 

Action Alert – Hold Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims Accountable!

Below is a message from Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia encouraging all to keep the pressure up on Representative Brian Sims.  He has issued an apology, but not to those to whom he should be apologizing.  Please use the link provided by the Pro-Life Union to contact your State Representative,  and write to the House Leadership (sample letter below)  to hold Rep. Sims accountable for his actions!  

Action Alert 1This has been an exciting and encouraging few weeks in the fight for life! New legislation in Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Alabama mark major steps toward making abortion not only illegal, but also unthinkable in America. And the “Pro-Life Stand Against Bullying” Rally held in our very own Philadelphia on May 10 drew over 1,000 supporters to the street in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic at 12th and Locust where we stood for life and prayed for the conversion of State Rep. Brian Sims. I believe the Lord is up to something!

But the fight is not over. In many ways, our work is just beginning again.

Many of you know about the encounters between Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims and an elderly woman, as well as three teenage girls as they were peacefully praying outside of the Planned Parenthood facility at 12th and Locust. Not only did Mr. Sims aggressively harass the woman and endanger the girls by doxxing them—offering a $100 bounty in exchange for their identities—he proudly filmed himself doing these appalling things and posted the videos on his own Twitter account.

Sadly, the story gets worse. Mr. Sims completely refuses to apologize to these women for his egregious behavior and accept genuine accountability for his actions. Instead, he released an open letter stating that he is “absolutely sorry…for disrespecting [Planned Parenthood’s] policies of not engaging with protestors” and then he asks supporters to make a donation to Planned Parenthood! 

These aggressive, dangerous, and unrepentant acts of harassment cannot go unanswered. 

Will you join us as we call on the leadership of both political parties in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to hold Representative Sims accountable—publicly, specifically, and on the record? It is our right and our duty as Pennsylvanians to hold our own elected officials to a higher standard. This disgraceful behavior will not be tolerated in our beloved state!

Below you will find the contact information for elected leadership in the Pennsylvania State House as well as suggested content for letters or phone calls. Additionally, we encourage you to communicate with your own State Representative on this matter. CLICK HERE to find contact info for your State Representative.

With gratitude for your support as we continue to fight for the rights of Philadelphia’s unborn babies.

PA State House Leadership Contacts:

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R)
139 Main Capitol
PO Box 202028
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2028
(717) 772-9943

Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R)
110 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202100
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2100
(717) 783-6424

Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D)
423 Main Capitol Bldg.
PO Box 202033
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2033
(717) 787-3566

House Ethics Committee Chairman Frank Farry (R)
153B East Wing
PO Box 202142
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2142
(717) 260-6140

Letter Suggestion:

Dear Representative ____________,

I was deeply distressed by the appalling behavior of one of your fellow elected Representatives, Brian Sims, in his encounters with several women peacefully praying outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Philadelphia. When he verbally harassed an older woman and then aggressively confronted and threatened three teenage girls by offering a $100 bounty in exchange for their identities, he not only trampled on their First Amendment right to freely express their faith through speech, but also put them in danger. The woman he hassled was alone and acting completely in accord with her rights as an American citizen. The girls, moreover, are minors with an equal right to free speech, but also completely undeserving of such contemptible and threatening behavior on the part of an adult man who also happens to be an elected public servant who draws his salary from taxpayer dollars.

Additionally, Mr. Sims’ actions have disgraced our state. As Pennsylvanians we cannot tolerate this disgraceful behavior from anyone, least of all one of our own elected representatives.

It is your job as Mr. Sims’ peer in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, and your duty as a leader in that body, to hold Mr. Sims accountable for his grave misdeeds.

It is crucial that:

1.) You force Mr. Sims to apologize publicly for his actions, on the record and from the floor of the State House.

2.) As members of leadership you condemn his behavior, specifically and by name.

3.) You encourage Mr. Sims to reconsider his position on the issue of life in the womb, but at a minimum, that he promises to recognize and protect the rights of citizens to peacefully pray and protest outside abortion clinics.

These deeds cannot go unanswered, and it is your responsibility as an elected leader to hold Mr. Sims accountable. Do your duty. Stand for the rights of the citizens of your state, most especially the rights of the courageous women and girls who exercise their First Amendment rights every day in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania as they stand for life and pray for an end to abortion.

Regards,
A Concerned Citizen

 

 

Students for Life to Host Pro-Life Mission to Philadelphia

*The following is an email I have received from Liana Hollendonner, the Pennsylvania and Delaware coordinator for Students for Life. It is reposted for promotional purpose. All are asked to mass the message on to high school and college students.

This summer, I’m selecting a group of Pennsylvania students to come with me for a week of intensive pro-life training, activism, and special events. And I want you to join me!

There are only 10 spots available for current students 18 and older! High school students can also attend single-day events during the week (see link for more details).

Click Here to Register Today!

WHAT: Pennsylvania Mission Retreat

WHEN
: June 23-30, 2019

WHERE: Begins in Philadelphia

SCHEDULE:

  • Intensive training from pro-life experts
  • Visit to Gosnell’s abortion facility
  • Participation in a prayer chain outside the Philadelphia Planned Parenthood
  • Starting Wednesday, we will travel to Agape Farm in Mount Union, PA to work the SFLA Booth at Creation Fest 2019, one of the largest Christian music festivals in the nation. Campfires, concerts, food, and fun included!


COST
: $100/student (all-inclusive)

18+ REGISTER NOW
https://prolifeamerica.org/pennsylvania-mission-trip/

FACEBOOK RSVP FOR ALL AGES
Pennsylvania Mission Retreat Facebook Event

Reach out to me with any questions by email at lhollendonner@studentsforlife.org

Delaware County Church Vandalized

Notre Dame de Grace Parish in Swarthmore was vandalized over the weekend by pro-choice vandals.

The graffiti has since been cleaned up at a Delaware County church, but now the search is underway for the vandal.

On Sunday, parishioners at Notre Dame de Lourdes in Swarthmore, Pa. spotted graffiti on the front glass doors and a side brick wall that included the words, ‘You do not have the right to decide what people can do, #ProChoice.’

This is what we are up against. Unhinged and violent pro-choicers who would cry, complain, whine, and even resort to violent confrontations in order to get their point across. On the other hand, pro-lifers rely on prayer, fasting, education, and even works or mercy to build a culture of life.

People constantly put the will of God aside for things of this world, like comfort.

God did not put us here for comfort, He put us here for greatness.Notre Dame de Lourdes