PARISH WEBINAR: RESPECT LIFE MONTH

A webinar will take place to equip all parishes for Respect Life month that happens in October.

The webinar will happen on Wednesday, August 17th at 2 PM. All attendees will receive a recording within two business days.

Register here.

STUDENT TESTIMONIES FROM CANVASSING FOR VALUE THEM BOTH AMENDMENT

While the amendment failed to get the yes majority from Kansasans, many of those who went door to door to encourage people to vote had some takes on their firsthand accounts on voters being informed on the pro-life amendment. Here are two of those who were stepped into the breach.

Dana Stancavage, Students for Life Action Press Specialist and Online Editor: “We fought hard in Kansas against the disinformation being spread on Value Them Both, but our work is far from over. While we fully supported this amendment to pave the way for pro-life laws to be taken up by the legislature, we reflect on the many years it took for Roe to fall and know more work lies ahead for the Pro-Life Generation who have the grit and passion to defend preborn lives.”  

Gabby Lara, Students for Life Action KS Value Them Both Field Coordinator: “Despite the disappointing results, the dedication of our students all summer shows us that the pro-life generation is always ready to take action against abortion. We are ready to change culture in America by continuing to talk to our generation about this issue, one of the biggest injustices of our time. I couldn’t have been prouder to work with the Pro-Life Generation every single day.”

If you’re a high school or college student who wants to take part in deployments for Students for Life, visit here to sign up today.

NEW SUPREME KNIGHT CALLS BROTHERS TO DEFEND LIFE; HIGHLIGHTS KNIGHTS’ DEFENSE OF LIFE

After a three-year hiatus, the Knights of Columbus annual convention, held in Nashville, was back in person. For the first time in person, they were addressed by the 14th elected Supreme Knight, Patrick Kelly. He opened his address reflecting on being a part of a family legacy that is now embedded in him as he leads the order. He credited both his grandfather and father on what it means to be a knight.

Reflecting on their examples, Supreme Knight Kelly summed up what it means to be a knight in the Catholic brotherhood.

“A knight is a leader who stands in the breach.” Kelly emphasized. “We defend the faith. We protect the family. And when a need arises, we meet it with charity, unity, and fraternity.

Correlating his message to the recent overturn of the Roe v Wade decision, he stresses the need to “win the fight for life.”

“Abortion was never in the constitution and by its overturning, the Supreme Court has right the worst injustice in American history.”

Roe is overturned, but “we have much work to do.” While it is a crucial milestone, it is not the end. He saw it as a sign of hope and knights must continue to double down on the defense of human life.

Since 1974, the Knights of Columbus were instrumental in the growth of the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.  In addition to Washington, D.C., they have sponsored marches in Canada, Philippines, Poland, and all 50 states in the United States.

He continued to highlight the ultrasound machine initiative, which first began in 2009 and has made it possible to have 1566 machines in pregnancy centers in all 50 states and other parts of the world. The ultrasound has been a proven vessel in the fight to show the humanity of the unborn child.

They also have been the pioneers in a program that assists mothers who look to help at pregnancy resource centers by offering an initiative to donate to these essential places to help a scared mother choose life while matching the amount from any council.

These men called knights are what we need to fight against abortion. Indeed, men can have a say in the abortion debate when they are willing to help a society nurture and protect life from womb to tomb.

PRO-LIFE AMENDMENT FAILS IN KANSAS

Despite the hard work of canvassers through Students for Life Action, the pro-life amendment has failed to get enough yes votes with 58% voting again the life-saving amendment during yesterday’s state primary.

The pro-life amendment would have added language to the Kansas Constitution stating that there is no right to an abortion or taxpayer-funded abortion. Although it would not ban the killing of unborn babies in abortions, it would allow the voter-elected state legislature to do so.

“Without this amendment, even barbaric late-term abortions will be allowed,” said Harrison Butker, kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, in an ad supporting the amendment. “This amendment will let Kansans decide what we do on abortions, not judges and not D.C. politicians.”

It is a sad day that a so-called “Conservative State” in the middle of the heartland of the United States chose death over life.

Pro-lifers all across the board must double their efforts to ensure life is protected from womb to tomb.

Abortion Supporter Attacks Teenager Canvassing with Students for Life Action Ahead of Kansas Value Them Both Vote 

The following is from Kristi Hemrick of Students for Life of America.

“As reported to police, a grown woman took out her frustrations over abortion on a teenager who volunteered to let people know about the Kansas ballot initiative. This brings abortion radicals’ ‘Summer of Rage’ close to home,” said Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins. “But the Pro-Life Generation will not be forced into silence or fear because of radical pro-abortionists who show no regard for life, inside or outside of the womb, and no respect for the free speech rights of their fellow citizens.”  

Kansas City, KS and Washington, D.C. (08-01-22) – Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins said that a police complaint has been filed regarding an attack on a teenager working to get out the vote in favor of the Kansas Value Them Both Amendment that will ensure the state’s constitution is abortion neutral, allowing voters to engage on abortion policy. “In knocking on thousands of doors nationwide, we’ve never experienced such an unprovoked attack,” said Hawkins. A report was filed with the Leewood Police Department by the teenager who was wrongfully attacked. 

“It’s unfathomable that the pro-choice movement claims to be ‘pro-woman’ and yet attacks women who don’t agree with their narrative,” said 18-year-old SFLAction volunteer Grace Hartsock, who returned to door knocking today. “It’s not surprising to me that a person who advocates for violence in the womb wouldn’t hesitate to attack a pro-life woman like myself.” 

Video, pictures, and more details at the Students for Life Action blog, here. The details of the event from the volunteer are as follows:

On Sunday, July 31st, Hartsock rang the doorbell of a home just as the SFLAction team did over 1,700 times that day in the Overland Park area. After introducing herself and asking if she could count on the woman’s support for Tuesday vote, the resident replied, “No, I’m sorry I don’t think you want to talk to us.” 

Hartsock recounted that as she politely thanked her for her time and began to leave the property, a female voice began yelling and cursing from inside the home. Hartsock said that she stopped momentarily to turn around to face the voice yelling expletives and heard her say, “Don’t apologize to her, mom.” As Hartsock was turning, the yelling woman ran out the front door and began chasing her.  

The woman shoved Hartsock in the chest with both hands and began hitting her in the head with closed fists. Hartsock attempted to protect herself and leave while the resident’s mother was laughing and telling her daughter to stop the violence.

Hartsock told police that as she made it down the driveway to get distance from the irate pro-abortion supporters, the woman (the mother?) threw a piece of food that hit her in the face as the pro-abortionist (daughter?) followed her down the street screaming curses and phrases such as, “I hope you get raped,” and “I hope you get run over by a car.” 

Students for Life Action’s team on the ground took Hartsock to be examined at a local Emergency Room and has no physical injuries though she was emotionally shaken.  

“What’s a little ironic is that the ballot initiative would allow every Kansan to weigh in on the policy they prefer, but rather than fight for abortion policy, we have some fighting our volunteers,” said Hawkins.  

This first post-Roe vote would allow make it clear that Kansas State Constitution does not protect abortion, which would allow pro-life laws to be passed. With the vote set to take place on Tuesday, SFLAction and pro-life groups are making one last push to educate voters on the Value Them Both ballot referendum as the Pro-Life Generation seeks for their voice and vote on abortion to be heard.  

To learn more about the Post-Roe Blueprint from SFLAction, read Hawkins’ latest op-ed at Fox titled RIP Roe: Supreme Court abortion ruling sets stage for what pro-life groups do next. 

August To Do List

August is upon us. We are also entering the second full month since the Dobbs decision.

We are seeing many back to school commercials, summer deals, and for the whole nation the political ads as we are less than a 100 days away from the general election.

Here is a list for the month of August

  1. Collect items for children in need of school supplies
  2. Take part in prayer vigils in your community
  3. Make a Holy Hour for Life
  4. Volunteer to make blessing bags with your group
  5. Recruit new members on campus, your parish, or even at school
  6. Make plans to attend your state March for Life
  7. Host a pro-life movie screening and raise funds for pro-life PRC or for a mom in need
  8. Make meals for the homeless
  9. Give a talk to youth and or young adults about the pro-life message

Happy August

WITH ARCHBISHOP, PRO-LIFERS OFFER MASS FOR GIFT OF LIFE

As the first entire month of the Post-Roe Era concluded, Pro-lifers in the Greater Philadelphia area attended Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Archbishop Nelson Perez was the main celebrant. In his homily, he alluded to the fact that life “is the most sacred gift from God.” He reminded those gathered that with the lord’s help lives will be saved.

Following Mass, Dr. Monique Ruberu encouraged everyone that the work to save lives is not over. “While Roe was reversed, pro-lifers are tempted to sit back and think that it’s over. It’s not. It continues in Philly as more than 10,000 lives are murdered on an annual basis.”

Big families, religious, seasoned and callow pro-lifers, and even regular attendees were all in attendance for Mass. It was a day to remember for all.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, you are encouraged to step up, pray for one hour, offer your talents to advance and cultivate a culture of life, and most importantly offer love and mercy on the sidewalks.

MICHIGAN FOOTBALL COACH SETS STANDARDS; WAKE-UP CALL FOR MANHOOD

Every time we turn on the football game we see the head coach giving the play from the quarterback to his players. In turn, the offense has to execute in any given situation.

Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach of the University of Michigan’s football team and Former NFL coach, knew he had to make the right call when it came to the pro-life convictions his parents instilled in him and his siblings at a young age.

A recent article points out that he lives up to the values he learned at a young age.

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS?

It’s simple. Man Up! Real men defend life. Real men protect women and children. Real men don’t stand idle during hard times.

Men, stand up, fight for life, you are needed!

Pennsylvania March for Life: Monday, September 19, 2022 — Deacon John’s Space

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Pennsylvania March for Life: Monday September 19, 2022 — Deacon John’s Space

Post-Roe Turns One Month

It’s hard to believe that it has been one month since Dobbs v Jackson case was decided. Since the decision, nearly half the country have or will restrict abortion thanks to pro-life laws passed by state legislature.

Unfortunately, for many states controlled by pro-abortion leaders, the hard work and perseverance must be doubled. At the same time, those of us who live in states that have banned abortion should continue to be on the alert to ensure its state defends life at its earliest stage. No doubt this will be at stake in many senate, congressional, and gubernational races.

Take the first step today in doubling your efforts to defend life and end abortion. The issue is not settled in the state capitals, city halls, or even the legislative or executive branches. Instead, this can be settled in our homes, communities, and even on the public square when we change the hearts and minds of those who are directly or indirectly involved with the Culture of Death.

Never give up, persevere. The abortion lobby’s house of cards will soon fall.

We just witnessed the fall of Goliath thanks to Dobbs v Jackson. Now, we must chase after the Philistines and have them surrender.