Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia Hosts “Newby Saturday” for Sidewalk Servants

Newby Saturday

from the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

We understand that people may feel nervous witnessing outside an abortion clinic for the first time. That’s why the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia holds “NEWBY SATURDAY” on the second Saturday of each month to help pro-lifers become acclimated with this type of outreach!

DATE: Saturday, February 8
TIME: 10:00am-12:00pm
LOCATION: Outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets in Philadelphia

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: “Newby Saturdays” are designed to answer the following questions for a first-time witness:

Is there a brochure I can hand to women?
Do I have to/can I talk to anyone?
Where can I stand?
What are the yellow vested ‘escorts’ doing?
Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do?
Some people are praying the rosary, but I don’t do that; what else can I do?
Is everybody going in getting an abortion?
Is there a way to tell if a woman has arrived for an abortion?
What are those brown bags women are carrying out?

Our Sidewalk Servant video series (9 brief episodes) will also help you learn about this type of peaceful outreach: https://prolifeunion.org/outreach/sidewalk-servant/.

OTHER DETAILS: We’ll have experienced people there to help you learn the ropes.

OTHER QUESTIONS? Call our office at 215-885-8150.

God Speaks to Us Through History – Reflection from the March for Life

God Speaks to Us

 

The following is from Ted Meehan, long-time pro-life warrior from Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  

Reflection from the March for Life

God speaks to us through history. He is speaking to us today, in the Culture War that has been raging for 5 decades or more.  The forces of Secular Progressivism justify every evil with Moral Relativism, Political Correctness, and distorted views of Diversity. The denial of God is either implied or articulated. Objective Truth is denied. Virtue is ridiculed. Life itself is treated as a commodity of minimal value.

We are all called upon to be prophets – whether we are willing or not. We must confront the onslaught of cultural depravity, and defend Truth and Virtue and Morality. In fact, we have arrived at a point where even common sense itself requires defending. If we avoid the battle, we will find ourselves living in a state of despair, and hopelessness. Joy will be gone. Hope will end. Beauty will no longer exist. And we will live meaningless lives, filled with superficial madness – with no hope of salvation.

God is the source of Truth, and Beauty, and Virtue, and Goodness. He is Love. He is calling upon YOU to measure your life, to see if you seek to please Him, or to please the forces of moral chaos, and depravity. One cannot be neutral. “If you are not with Me, you are against Me.”

 

 

March for Life Recap

Hard to believe that January kicks off with so many things. One of them for pro-lifers is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

Nearly 750,000 people from all across the United States and beyond borders descended upon our nation’s capital to give voice to the voiceless.

Many brought signs with well-known organizations attached to them. Others got creative using a popular hit show or even social media memes to articulate a point.

The highlight of this year’s march is the historic address given by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. He is the first to do so in the march’s history.

“Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.” 

Though there were thirty-six counter-demonstrators that tried to foil the fun, it gave the marchers more fuel to continue to give voice to the voiceless. One of them was arrested for trying to trespass. No question and surprise that there were more.

The youth and young adults that were in attendance brought vibrant energy that can easily shake capital hill with their various chants such as the famous, “Hey Hey Ho Ho Roe v Wade has got to go” or “We love babies, Yes, we do. We love babies, how about you?”

The March for Life will forever be a well-attended event. Unfortunately, the mainstream media did not give it fair coverage as it has been the same old, same old since the beginning of the march’s existence.

What to take away?

Though it happens once a year we must march for all life from the moment of conception until natural death every day. Our job is to be present for every human, born and unborn. Whether we are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist, we have a duty to protect every life. Every life saved is worth the effort.

I long for the day that those who come to Washington every year will not march for the reversal of the Supreme Court. Rather, we offer chants, songs, and prayers in thanksgiving for the end of the scourge of our society known as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and even unjust wars. Let us make it happen by getting involved in our community today.

President Trump Delivers Historic Speech at March for Life

The following article is from Christine Flowers of Delco Times.

When Donald Trump announced this week that he was going to personally address the participants in the March for Life, the reaction from those of us in the pro-life movement was great satisfaction – and some surprise. You can’t blame us for the surprise, because in the 47 years since Roe v. Wade became law, no U.S. president has dared to step foot at the annual rally in D.C.

We didn’t expect Democrats like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama to show up. Legalized abortion is a sacrament for the Left, and it would have been surprised to see progressive executive show solidarity for those of us who fight for the rights of the unborn.

But we also didn’t hold out much hope for our so-called allies, either, the presidents like Reagan, Bush Papa and Bush Son, who talked the good talk about being anti-abortion but who did little more than phone in their good wishes.

I often think that this is because each of those men was married to a woman who was pro-choice, and therefore connubial peace was much more important than expressing support for the people who voted them into office. They had to wake up next to Nancy, Barbara, and Laura. We were just a vague concept.

So imagine the impact when Donald Trump showed up at the March on Friday and made this pronouncement:

“When we see the image of the baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world.”

This was a watershed moment. In much the same way that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the dignity of all men on the mall in that same capital city, so did the words spoken by Donald J. Trump recall the dignity of a marginalized and nearly invisible part of society. And the messenger was the president of the United States.

It is not lost on me that the man who was giving that speech was being tried for high crimes and misdemeanors a few hundred yards away in another part of the city. That is an irony of history and underscores the unique character of the current executive. He is adored by some, who see in him a true and independent crusher of paradigms. He is loathed by many others, who see in him a fraud, a grifter, a breaker of rules and constitutional covenants.

That is likely why Trump’s appearance at the March for Life elicited criticisms as harsh as the praise heaped on him from abortion opponents. When I mentioned on social media how happy I was that he’d be there, this is a sampling of the reactions I got:

“Yeah, ask him how many abortions he paid for when he knocked up those models he was dating.”

“You know he wanted Marla to abort Tiffany, right?”

“Come on, he’s doing this so we’ll forget he’s being impeached.”

And my favorite, as an immigration lawyer who has heard this time and time again:

“He put kids in cages, so to say he cares about them is a joke.”

I don’t expect the reaction to this column will be any different. Most people who already hated Donald Trump are not going to change their minds because he happens to have done something exceptionally moral, decent and wholly necessary in these nihilistic times.

I am also pretty certain that there are pro-lifers out there who are Never Trumpers and would not even vote for the man if he single-handedly burned down every abortion clinic in the nation and provided free health care for every pregnant woman in America. His personality is such that some will hate him even when he is doing exactly what we begged other, more palatable “conservatives” to do for us.

But the thing is, we don’t need Donald Trump to be existentially pristine. We honestly do not need to have a man with spotless character and impeccable human rights credentials to step into the breach created back in 1973; with Roe we don’t need Sir Galahad, with that purity hanging around his neck like an albatross.

And we don’t need eloquent speakers like Reagan and Bush (OK, like Reagan) telling us all that we want to hear and then doing virtually nothing to stop the killing, the destruction of millions of babies over five tortured decades.

Sometimes, we need the flawed ones, the Sauls riding that horse on the way to Damascus and struck by lightning. We can use the intercession of the Augustines, who spent the large part of their lives creating havoc and only coming to the truth late into their adult lives. Sometimes, we need an actual human being, who screwed up and left carnage in his wake.

I am not saying that Donald Trump is the answer to our problems. He is, indeed, flawed. He has caused people of faith to denounce him, including the kind who write editorials for magazines devoted to living a Christian ideal. He very well may have paid to end the lives of unwanted children, now residing at the side of the Lord.

But for the first time ever, a president of the United States has stood with those of us who stand with the unborn. He was unapologetic and fierce. And even if it was to shift our attention from the impeachment debacle, or to make us forget about the chaos at the border, or to help his star rise as the election cycle gets underway, it doesn’t matter.

Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States, went to the March for Life. And that was more than enough to send a message heard ‘round the world.

PLU is HIRING! Marketing & Communications Coordinator Needed

The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia has an opening for a Marketing & Communications Coordinator.  If you know of someone who may be interested, please have them contact the Union.  Information on role responsibilities and applying are listed in the post below.

We are hiring

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

The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia is hiring. Do you know a potential Marketing & Communications Coordinator? The idea is someone with energy, creativity, is tech savvy, an exceptional communicator and is committed to the dignity and sanctity of life from the beginning to the end. Please see below … and spread the word!

PLU staff Member, Beth Harrison, has served for the past 18 months as our Communications Manager. Beth has been an incredible asset and has helped us upgrade our communications, media relations, website, social media, etc. She will be missed and yet we are pleased that she was offered and accepted an excellent full-time role with Hamilton Strategies (a mission-oriented public relations firm). It’s a great career move and I personally wish Beth all the best. Beth will continue to occasionally help out from time to time as a volunteer and as a contractor—so farewell, but not goodbye.

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Work for a mission-driven human rights organization that positively and profoundly impacts pregnant moms, families, children and protects and frequently saves the lives of the unborn. We are a growing organization meeting a critical need. To learn more, see prolifeunion.org.

The successful candidate will possess demonstrated alignment with our vision, mission and belief statements found here: prolifeunion.org/mission. The Marketing & Communications Coordinator will be responsible for creating communications content which includes newsletter, social media, email, web content, brochures, and graphics.

This is a Part-Time position (24 hours/week) and work will be primarily completed from our Oreland, PA office. There is flexibility for hours and some working from home for the right candidate. Future full-time employment is possible (as funding allows) for a candidate that possesses superior experience in program management, training, speaking, and organization.

Role Responsibilities:  

  • Develop and maintain a cohesive communications plan.
  • Work closely with President & CEO, Guiding Star Program Director, PLU staff, Member Organizations, Churches and other groups to promote stories, activities and news.
  • Maintain, develop, design, and update website, social media platforms, signs, brochures, flyers and email communications.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of web, social media and other platforms. Adjust accordingly.
  • Bring original ideas, cutting edge and creative content to all platforms.
  • Maintain active knowledge of current technologies and trends in social media; maintain active knowledge of local and national news in sanctity of life issues.
  • Represent our organization at events, fairs, meetings and in public. Provide admin. and program support for various Pro-Life Union events.
  • Coordinate interaction with media outlets.
  • Ensure a powerful and impactful voice for life in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Position Requirements:

  • Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms, participants, and influencers (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.).
  • The proven candidate will possess demonstrated alignment with our vision, mission and belief statements found here: prolifeunion.org/mission.
  • Functional knowledge of WordPress, and basic understanding of HTML and web publishing.
  • Knowledge, experience and demonstrated excellence with MS Office, Google Docs and other tools.
  • Creative writing, creative design, and ability to produce multiple types of content (intelligent, logical, pithy, humorous; as intent and audience dictates).
  • Ability to work with all types of people with various backgrounds.
  • Maintains excellent writing and language skills. Possesses ability to proofread.
  • Ability to be responsive to all types of constituents and forward to appropriate person and resources.
  • Must have the ability (and preferably possesses experience) to work within a member/donor relationship management system.
  • Practices superior time-management.

Preferred (not required) Position Skills and Experience:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Canva

Occasional Duties Will Include:

  • Inbound and Outbound phone responsibilities.
  • Referring women and families in crisis in timely manner to correct contact and resources.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: mail@prolifeunion.org.

March is done. Now what?

Trenton Rally for Life

 

By now, many of us finished marching for life in either DC, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, or even anywhere in our state.

The question now is, “Are we finished?”

No, you have just begun. In fact, you should be pro-life 24/7/365. Yes, being pro-life is not reserved once a year like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Instead, it must be a daily thing.

We are called to be pro-life every day. That will mean taking part in prayer vigils.

I even outlined 10 things you can do that do not have to apply as a yearly thing but a daily routine.

If you are one of those people that think being pro-life is once a year, it is time to start taking a leap of faith.

6TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL VIGIL AND MASS HONORING JOHN & HARRIET STANTON

Re-posting this event as the times were changed since this was first posted.  The Prayer Vigil at the Philadelphia Women’s Center is now scheduled to begin at 9:00 am and Mass at Holy Redeemer Church at 10:30 am.  The address of both the abortuary and the church is listed below. 

So many lives have been touched by John Stanton. He was a very quiet, gentle man, but one who had a very powerful presence in our pro-life community.  John wasn’t just the founder of the Pro-Life Union, he was also the Father of the Pro-Life Movement in Southeast Pennsylvania and beyond.

I encourage everyone in the SE Pennsylvania area to make an effort to attend these events to honor John’s memory.

Stanton Memorial Vigil2020 (1)

Join us for the 6th Anniversary Memorial Vigil and Mass honoring the Founder of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, John P. Stanton and his wife, Harriet Stanton.   A Respect Life Prayer Vigil will take place at 9:00 a.m. outside Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106).

Testimonies will be shared by Kathy Barnette, former Adjunct Professor, Political Commentator , Veteran, and Mom; and Pastor Herb Lusk III,  Senior Pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After the prayer vigil, join us for a Catholic Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church (915 Vine Street in center city) remembering John and Harriet Stanton.

There will be a reception with light refreshments following the Mass. For more information, contact the Pro-Life Union’s office at 215-885-8150.

 

Please watch the Pro-Life Union’s video about the legacy of John P. Stanton here.

This event is sponsored by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

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The First Sitting President to Attend the March for Life is……

“Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.” President Donald Trump

In 2018, Vice President Mike Pence became the first VP to attend the March for Life. Those who are attending this year’s March for Life will also get to be a part of a historical feat. This was never done by Presidents, Reagan, Bush Sr or Bush Jr.

News has broken that Donald Trump will be the first President of the United States to attend the largest grassroots rally ever. He made the announcement today via https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>Twitter.

Even Abby Johnson rejoices over the news on her public page:

“There has NEVER been a president in United States history that has done more to break down the abortion industry more than President Trump. Not Bush, not Reagan…no one Like it or not, that’s a fact.”

Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Foundation, released these words in light of the news.

“President Trump and his Administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering,” she said in a statement. “We are grateful for all these pro-life accomplishments and look forward to gaining more victories for life in the future.”

“I ask every citizen of this great nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.” Donald Trump

 

Please Join Us on Thursday, January 23rd in Center City Philly to Welcome Students from Omaha

Omaha

 

The following information comes from Patrick Stanton  of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia and Our Lady’s House, a maternity home located in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  Patrick along with his wife Wendy founded this home.  

On Thursday, Students from Omaha will make their annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, DC with a stop at the Planned Parenthood located at 12th & Locusts Streets in Center City Philadelphia.  We expect them to be at the Planned Parenthood between 8:30 – 9:30 am.

We encourage all to come out to greet these students, and pray and witness  with them at this abortuary  and wish them well as they make their way to Washington, DC for the annual March for Life.

Roe v Wade at 47. How did we get here? What Can We Do?

It should come as no surprise to many pro-lifers that Roe v Wade is in its 47th year. The question we must ask ourselves is “How did we allow this barbaric decision to make it this far?”

I can give you a myriad of answers, but sadly churches and people of goodwill have been silent. No more. No more apathy. No more silence. It is time to make noise not only from the pulpit but also in the public square.

Yes, there are risks if we cast ourselves out into the deep. However, we have a job that is bigger than ourselves. Far too often I have seen people who have their thinking clouded by radical liberals in the classrooms and college lecture halls. Our job is to be bold in our claim of being pro-life. We cannot stand by and hope people have a change of heart. We need to instruct people where their argument is wrong with love and mercy.

Love and mercy can win over those who have been poorly educated on abortion. It is what we have on our side when it comes to tools for victory and evangelizing to those who live in darkness. That is how we win the debate. Members of Congress or the state office will not help us win. Sure, they may campaign on promises, yet we have seen many not showing a backbone when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood or even preventing radical abortion laws from ever being law. Abby Johnson reminds us that this debate will be won outside of abortion facilities, college campuses, and even our own homes.

47 years of Roe v Wade has brought nothing but sorrow, agony, and emptiness to our country. I believe that our country is in need of an awakening. I believe a spiritual revival is happening all across the land. Our job has not been an easy one. The abortion lobby may have money, but pro-lifers don’t need a full bank account to combat the diabolic industry. Rather, we have an arsenal of people who are using their talents for something bigger than you and me. These 47 years have only brought a shift in the nation’s attitude on abortion. A majority of America is now pro-life, many of them are young (1/3 of my peers are missing because of his heinous, cold, calculous decision). We have God who has guided many to win many victories for the cause from cradle pro-lifers to former abortion workers.

The question remains: Are you willing to stop another million Americans from being murder due to a false agenda? 61 million Americans, black, white, Latino, Asian, and even mixed were silenced to help women get ahead in life like Michelle Williams and other celebrities. We must be pro-active and step out of our comfort zones. We may think that conveying the message on a digital medium can win everybody. However, as many apologists prove, your “presence” will make a difference to others.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and out of your digital comfort zone?