Pro-Life Summer Reading List

It is that time of the year where we all go to the beach, the mountains, take a flight to another city, picnic in the middle of nowhere, and going where the roads will lead us.

I have put together a top 10 (plus a few honorable mentions) pro-life summer reading list that can help keep promoting and learning from many pro-life heroes of the past while also polishing up on pro-life dialogue and also learning how to defend life form the moment conception until natural death.

Meanwhile, reading about how prominent pro-choice figures walked to the other side and build a culture of life. Not only did I include anti-abortion stories, but I have included books that cover every life issue. After all, we must be consistent if we are pro-life by remembering the marginalized, victims of war, immigrant, and even wrongly convicted criminals imprisoned and or on death row.

1) Persuasive Pro-Life Trent Horn

Published in 2014 and using his first-hand experience during campus visits, CatholicAnswers.com’s own Trent Horn shares first hand some of the dos and don’ts in engaging and challenging pro-choicers’ viewpoints.

2) Unplanned Abby Johnson

Once a rising star for Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson saw firsthand a defenseless life being killed by an ultrasound-guided abortion in 2009. She recalled the times she saw volunteers for 40 Days for Life pray in front of her work at Bryan, TX. It would soon lead her to be a pro-life advocate and a Catholic convert.

3) Single Candles Brendan Lyons

West Chester, PA native Brendan Lyons writes a series of narratives from a chain of events that link several characters, all of whom demonstrate compassion and bravery in their commitment to the sanctity of life. In one piece, a senator defies his own political party; in another, a neonatal surgeon is asked to compromise her principles. Although the stories are fictional, the passion that informs the characters’ conviction is very real.

4) Rising with Roses Monique Ruberu

Dr. Monique Ruberu thought she was pro-life until she realized that she was prescribed birth control. Because of the help of many pro-lifers in Philadelphia, she reverted back to her Catholic faith and now promotes Natural Family Planning.

5) A Voice for Victoria: A memoir of healing from post-abortion trauma- Geraldine F Jacobs

A Voice for Victoria shares the author’s journey toward understanding how childhood messages and current events played a part in her abortion decision and path to healing from post-abortion trauma through God’s forgiveness.

6) The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch thoroughly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of leading contemporary ethical arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia. He would argue against the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide while using Netherlands and Oregon as prime examples. 

7) Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo

This anti-war novel, written in 1938, shares how a WWI soldier who wakes up from his hospital bed with no limbs and half destroyed face. After his wishes of showing the country of the horrors of wars, he reflects on the realities and myths of war.

8) All Quiet on the Western Front-  Erich Maria Remarque

A German veteran of WW1 recounts the physical and mental stress while fighting in the war. It also shares how to detach from civilian life they were following the war’s end. 

9) Racketeer For Life Joe Scheidler

A former monk recalls his early involvement in the pro-life movement. He has debated media personalities, politicians, abortion workers, and even fought the culture of death at the Supreme Court.

10) Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer- Ann McElhinney

Ann McElhinney details everything that happens inside of Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Even advocates on both sides were horrified at the heinous committed by the most notorious serial killer of the abortion industry.

Honorable mention:

Love Unleashes Life Stephanie Gray

Stephanie offers a fresh approach to abortion dialogue. This time reaching the heart and minds of abortion-minded people.

You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden shares first hand how she survived a saline abortion attempt. Learning at the age of fourteen, she went on a journey to search for her biological parents. She would soon have a change of heart.

Bernard Nathanson

Aborting America- shares how he changed his views on abortion.

The Hand of God- Dr. Nathanson hared how he found God and began promoting life after performing 61,000 abortions, including his own son.

The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity- Carrie Gress

It’s been 50 years, if not more since liberal feminism has given way to the slippery slope to our culture. The author exposes liberal feminism and how it has destroyed marriages, families, and even the use of sex.

40 Days for Life- David Bereit

Started as a small group outside of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX, this life-changing endeavor recalls how it has converted workers, changed hearts, and shut the doors of abortion facilities with prayer, love, and fasting.

Humanae Vitae- Pope Paul VI

Written in 1968 and celebrating over 50 years, the encyclical Humanae Vitae is an eye-opening read written by Pope Paul VI as he foretells the repercussions of a society that accepts sexual promiscuity, abortion-on-demand, and artificial birth control.

Hard list to put together, for sure. However, there are many pro-life books to read such as anything written by Scott Klusendorf, Ron Paul, Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morena, Janet Smith and so many more.

Teenager Makes Viral Response to Miley Cyrus with Message of Adoption

Adoption Cake

Photo courtesy of Hannah Rickords Facebook page

By now, many of us are outraged by the stunt pulled by pop and teen idol, Miley Cyrus.

Does she realize that she is part of the problem of how many people are being exposed to the promiscuity in our culture?

Recently, Hannah Rickords, a young woman in her late teens countered Miley’s Facebook sharing her adoption story.

Read below:

Miley,

You teamed up with Planned Parenthood to share a message…

Here’s mine.

20 years ago, my biological mother walked into her Planned Parenthood pregnant and not sure where else to go. Measuring over 20 weeks, she was told they could move forward with termination. When she explained she wasn’t there for that kind of procedure, it was explained to her that was all the only help she could receive there.

My birth mom wrote:

“All I wanted was help. For someone to see me for the terrified young woman I was. I wanted someone to hold my hand and tell me everything was going to be okay. I quickly learned that this was not the place for that kind of reassurance. The woman quietly, but firmly, said she was sorry she couldn’t help me.”

If that day she had chosen abortion as her plan, I would not be here today. Regardless of what argument you could have of when life truly begins, if that day in that Planned Parenthood, a young girl was swayed to terminate, I would not be here.

Miley, what about my healthcare? What about the millions of people that will never see the light of day because “abortion is healthcare?”

As an unborn child, there wasn’t much I could do to contribute to society, but now as a 20-year-old being, I have been able to touch the lives of hundreds through a conference I held and my original music.

I am grateful every single day that my birthmother chose another plan for me.

I am grateful every single day that an adoption is an option.

Take action by sharing her photo on her social media platforms today. Adoption Story

Student for Life of America Student Retreats

For the first time ever, Students for Life of America will be offering special Leadership Retreats as an opportunity for pro-life students to grow in their skills as young leaders. These regional events have specially tailored the meet the specific needs of the students in that area – infanticide response for the D.C. area, city activism in Texas, sidewalk counseling & Gosnell visits in Philly, and campus abortion pill action in California.

These retreats are coming this summer, and though the finer details are still being worked out, we wanted to let you know about them so you can plan accordingly! Stay tuned for more details – we hope to see you there!

 

Capital Area (VA, DC, MD)

Theme: #ResistInfanticide

Dates: Early August, dates TBD

Expected Events: Apologetics Training, Activism in D.C., Door-Knocking with SBA List

Visit the website HERE to see more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Stephanie Schmitt, sschmitt@studentsforlife.org

 

Philadelphia

Theme: TBD!

Dates: June 23-29

Expected Events: See Gosnell’s facility, Sidewalk Counseling at Planned Parenthood, Apologetics Training, Educational Activism at Creation Fest Northeast

Visit the website HERE to see more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Liana Hollendonner, lhollendonner@studentsforlife.org

 

Texas

Theme: Rock the Pro-Life Movement, Shake the Abortion Industry

Pick up: Houston, Dallas or San Antonio

Dates: July 28-August 4

Expected Events: Outreach at Rock the Desert, Sidewalk Advocacy, City activism, special projects for PRCs and maternity homes, pro-life movie screening in a city park, abortion worker outreach, and hands-on training to take your pro-life leadership to the next level this upcoming school year!

Visit the website HERE for more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Sarah Zarr, szarr@studentsforlife.org

 

California

Theme: West Coast Stop Campus Abortions Mission Trip

Dates: June 23-28

Expected Events: Stop SB-24 through rallies, lobbying, and protests. Also, will be visiting a pregnancy center and sidewalk counseling

Visit the website HERE for more details and to register.

Regional Coordinators to contact for more info:

Katie Lodjic: klodjic@studentsforlife.org

Anna Bakh: abakh@studentsforlife.org

Generation Life Beach Outreach in Wildwood

Every year, crowds of recently graduated high school seniors flock to the Jersey Shore for Senior Week.

And who is there to meet them? GenLife and a team of volunteers to talk about love, life, and chastity.

Youth and young adults are invited to join us in this outreach to our peers.

Visit here for more information: Beach Outreach Sign Up

Interview with Culture of Life 1972 Apparel

COL 1972

Recently, I interviewed the founders of a clothing line that is responding to the trend of clothing companies supporting Planned Parenthood. The interview is below.

What is the name of the clothing line?

COL1972 was created around our family dinner table. 1972 Is the final year we enjoyed a culture of life in the United States of America. In 1973 the supreme court ruled that are tiniest Americans did not have the right to life. Since 1973 61 million Americans have been denied the right to life. We would like to get back to celebrating all life as we did in the year 1972.

Where are you headquartered?

We are in Pennsylvania. We are a family business that just launched a January 2019 for sanctity of life month.

You are responding to a common trend that clothing lines are donating to Planned Parenthood. Does it make you counter-cultural? How?

Yes. We are proud to be countercultural. Our brand applauds life.

We are tired are pointing to what we are against. We think sharing what we are for is more beautiful and powerful.

You have a big power player as your ambassador for your organization? Who is it? What prompted you or her to represent your line? We are thrilled the author of Unplanned, Abby Johnson, has graciously accepted to be our global ambassador. She understands that ‘Life is always in style.’ She also understands that we should be using every medium possible, including Fashion, to share how amazing the culture of life crowd is!

Discuss some of the clothes you have on sale currently.

We are street chic. We are launching our Abby J Collection the end of June. It will be our contemporary business collection. Classic pencil skirts, crisp white button downs and much more! We believe modesty is the new black!

You plan to support pro-life causes. Any in particular? Yes. Our family had always given back. We practice something called tithing. It is very traditional but we give back to organizations that support our faith and core values. 10% of each purchase goes to a Culture of Life event or organization. We were able to sponsor the March for life and students for life conference this year amongst other COL events.

What is your hope for your clothing line as you move forward? We pray our clothing is used to incite civil and productive conversation about protecting the life’s tiniest moment to it’s final breath.

If someone is interested in learning more or purchasing your products, where can they find you?

COL1972.com

Insta/YouTube/FB/twitter @COL1972official

Our very first COL1972 Fashion for Life runway show will be at Abby Johnson’s prolife women’s conference June 21-23.

We will be streaming LIVE Saturday June 22 morning 9am. This fashion show will be EPIC!

2019 ACROSS AMERICA RELAY

The largest spanning Pro-Life event in the world with 1,528 legs covering 5,359 miles (12 million steps)!  Register to run or walk 5K legs anywhere and anytime from July 4th kickoff to August 11th finish.
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Invite family, friends, and organizations to participate and sponsor the event (see below).  Wear “REMEMBER The Unborn” jersey as a public witness, impacting hearts and minds for saving lives! 

COURSE:  Live Progress Map (opens July 4th).  All four arms of the Relay will kick off on July 4th:  East Arm kickoff from the NYC Brooklyn Bridge, West Arm kickoff from San Fran Golden Gate Bridge, South Arm kickoff from San Antonio TX, and North Arm kickoff from Grand Forks ND (sponsors below).  Relay photos/videos below.  The route goes by abortion facilities for prayer.  All four arms will unite for a Finish Line celebration on August 11th in Overland Park, KS (schedule below).
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STEP 1 – JOIN TEAM:  Order “REMEMBER The Unborn – Jer 1:5” jersey and wear it as a public witness.  You will receive Team Updates and Devotions.
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STEP 2 – REGISTER FOR RELAY LEGS:  Multiple individuals can register for the same leg.  When possible, start each leg at designated place/time – don’t wait for the previous leg.  Relay batons are available but not required.  If you can’t make it to the course, register to do 5K legs remotely in your neighborhood.  If you can’t make the scheduled time, do 5K legs anytime between the start and finish of the Relay.  Turn a local training run or walk into a remote Relay leg.  $25 registration (tax-deductible) for an individual or family to register for as many Relay legs as you choose.  Free registration for students, clergy, seniors, international.
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STEP 3 – PRAY:  before training and racing, pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion.  Add and offer up prayers on the LIFE Runners Prayer Wall.
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STEP 4 – FUNDRAISE or DONATE for RELAY GEAR:  Tax-deductible donations support our Team ministry needs.  Medal ($25 donation), Shirt ($100 donation).

FRIENDS, PARTNERS, SPONSORS (2019):
*** Names listed at liferunners.org/fundraising.
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Bronze Friends ($125 or $10/mo):  medal, shirt
Silver Friends ($325 or $25/mo):  2 medals, 2 shirts
Gold Friends ($625 or $50/mo):  2 medals, 2 shirts, baton
Bronze Partners ($1,250 or $100/mo):  5 medals, 5 shirts, 2 batons
Silver Partners ($2,500 or $200/mo):  2 jackets, 5 medals, 5 shirts, 2 batons
Gold Partners ($5,000 or $400/mo):  4 jackets, 5 medals, 5 shirts, 4 batons
Relay Shirt Sponsor ($10,000):  sleeve logo, jackets, medals, shirts, batons
Relay Arm Sponsor ($25,000):  name, jackets, medals, shirts, batons

STEP 5 – PHOTOS & VIDEOS:  Post your Relay photos on social media with #AcrossAmericaRelay19.  Share photos & videos at Photo & Video Submission Form..
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BE A SECTION LEADER:  Adopt a section of legs and invite friends, family, teammates to register for those legs.
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FINISH LINE EVENTS:  Overland Park, KS – 2018 photos.
Sat, Aug 10th, 2019
* 5:00 PM – Mass at Divine Mercy Church, 555 W Main St, Gardner, KS.
* 6:30 PM – Dinner at Golden Corral, 13440 S Blackbob Rd, Olathe, KS.
* 8:30 PM – Where There Is Darkness film, location TBD.  
Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
* 7:30 AM – Mass at Church of the Holy Cross, 8311 93rd St, Overland Park, KS.
* 8:15 AM – Breakfast at Church of the Holy Cross, 8311 93rd St, Overland Park, KS
* 9:30 AM – Prayer rally at Planned Parenthood, 4401 W 109th St # 200, Leawood, KS. liferunners.org/creed.
* 10:30 AM – Run/walk finishing legs.  Register.
* 12:30 PM – Celebration rally at Roe Park, 10400 Roe Ave, Overland Park, KS.
* 12:45 PM – March final leg (only quarter mile) into the finish with all four arms. Register.
* 1:00 PM – Free lunch in Roe Park, 10400 Roe Ave, Overland Park, KS.  RSVP at contact@liferunners.org.

 

Breaking Through the Abortion Distortion Barriers: Pro-Life Defense 101 with Teresa Tomeo

Whether it’s NPR insisting a baby can’t be called a baby until after it’s born or Hollywood celebs demanding abortion on demand without apology while at the same time insisting McDonald’s end it’s “cruelty” to chickens, the abortion distortion is now out of control.
Despite the huge disconnect and the shocking rhetoric, the language of lies provides huge opportunities for people of life to speak the truth.  Never before, since the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that gave us abortion through nine months of pregnancy, has this issue been discussed. We need to use this as a Romans 8:28 situation and turn obstacles into opportunities to change hearts and minds on the most pressing issue of our day.
Join Teresa Tomeo and her guests, including Fr. Frank Pavone, as they provide simple and effective tools that can be used to defend life. To sign up for the event, Register Here

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

Pro-Life Essay Contest for local students

Are you a student, or know of students, who would like some spending money this summer? If you have an interest in the right to life, then write for cash!

The Respect Life Committee of Saint Maria Goretti Parish is sponsoring an essay contest for Greater Philadelphia region middle school and high school students!

This year’s essay question is: “What are your thoughts on abortion after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected?”

Judging will be based on Judeo-Christian Ethics relevant to this subject.

Current federal law prohibits destroying the egg of a bald eagle with the punishment of several thousand dollars or a year in jail. Florida law prohibits taking or destroying the eggs of sea turtles. If there are protections for animals, should there also be the same (or more) protections for human beings? Express your personal opinion according to your USA Constitutional rights of free speech.

There are two divisions:

  • Junior Division—Any student in grades 6 through 8
  • Senior Division—Any student in grades 9 through 12

Each division will be awarded the following cash prizes by June 15th:  

  • 1st Prize—$300
  • 2nd Prize—$200
  • 3rd Prize—$100

Word Count:

  • Junior Division—Essays should be 500 words or less.
  • Senior Division—Essays should be 1,000 words or less.

How to Submit Your Essay:

Mail or send your entry to St. Maria Goretti’s parish office address:

Saint Maria Goretti
Attention: Respect Life Committee
1601 Derstine Rd.
Hatfield, PA 19440

Note: Please include your name, grade and contact information.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Bob McCormick by email at bobmcc52@verizon.net.

 

Ambulance Shows Up Hours Later Outside Same Planned Parenthood Rally Took Place

Safe, legal, and rare? That’s the biggest lie of the abortion industry.

Just hours following a rally against State Rep. and his bullying, an ambulance stops to take a woman to a nearby hospital after a botched abortion attempt.

See the video here

Here’s more from Operation Rescue:

Nearly 1,000 pro-life supporters had gathered in front of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Friday, May 10, 2019, to protest the bullying of pro-life activists by State Rep. Brian Sims.  But after the protest was over and the crowd had cleared the streets, an ambulance was dispatched to that same Planned Parenthood facility.

One pro-life supporter, Antonio Calimano, captured the incident on video.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., an ambulance arrived at the Planned Parenthood facility on Locust Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Emergency responders can be seen in Calimano’s video pushing a woman in a wheelchair out to the ambulance.  She was loaded into the ambulance’s side door before being transported, apparently to a nearby hospital.

“We question whether this Planned Parenthood delayed calling an ambulance for this woman until after they thought all the pro-lifers had left for the day.  It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a Planned Parenthood delayed calling for emergency medical assistance,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which documents such emergencies at abortion facilities.

“This is another example of just how dangerous abortions really are.  Planned Parenthood tells the public that abortions are the safest ‘procedure,’ yet hundreds of documented medical emergencies at the abortion facilities themselves debunk that false narrative,” said Newman. “We pray that every abortion facility in America is closed down so women and their babies will no longer suffer from the barbaric practice of abortion.”

[This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates as we get them.]

For more on medical emergencies at abortion facilities around the nation, visit Abortion911.com.