President Donald Trump Declares January 22nd “National Sanctity of Human Life Day”

“And finally, 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.

President Donald J. Trump is unarguably the most pro-life president ever elected to the office of president. Those who are in the battle for the sanctity of life were blessed to have him as an advocate in the White House for the past four years. Below is a Life News article by Steven Ertelt which includes President Trump’s Proclamation.

On Friday, the majority of Americans who are pro-life will be mourning 48 years of legalized abortion under Roe v Wade. President Donald Trump yesterday acknowledged those victims of abortion and issued a proclamation designed a spark people to action to put an end to it.

President Trump declared January 22nd as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

The President issued a stirring call to action and eloquently described how abortion has adversely affected our country in the world. He encouraged pro-life Americans to never back down in ending abortion and restoring a respect for the sanctity of human life.

Below is the full text of President Trump’s Proclamation:

NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY, 2021
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Every human life is a gift to the world.  Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God.  The Almighty Creator gives unique talents, beautiful dreams, and a great purpose to every person.  On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.

This month, we mark nearly 50 years since the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.  This constitutionally flawed ruling overturned State laws that banned abortion, and has resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives.  But strong mothers, courageous students, and incredible community members and people of faith are leading a powerful movement to awaken America’s conscience and restore the belief that every life is worthy of respect, protection, and care.  

Because of the devotion of countless pro-life pioneers, the call for every person to recognize the sanctity of life is resounding more loudly in America than ever before.  Over the last decade, the rate of abortions has steadily decreased, and today, more than three out of every four Americans support restrictions on abortion.

Since my first day in office, I have taken historic action to protect innocent lives at home and abroad.  I reinstituted and strengthened President Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title Ten taxpayer funding, and took action to protect the conscience rights of doctors, nurses, and organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor.  My Administration has protected the vital role of faith-based adoption.  At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life.  Just a few months ago, our Nation also joined 32 other countries in signing the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which bolsters global efforts to provide better healthcare to women, protect all human life, and strengthen families.

As a Nation, restoring a culture of respect for the sacredness of life is fundamental to solving our country’s most pressing problems.  When each person is treated as a beloved child of God, individuals can reach their full potential, communities will flourish, and America will be a place of even greater hope and freedom.  That is why it was my profound privilege to be the first President in history to attend the March for Life, and it is what motives my actions to improve our Nation’s adoption and foster care system, secure more funding for Down syndrome research, and expand health services for single mothers.  Over the past 4 years, I have appointed more than 200 Federal judges who apply the Constitution as written, including three Supreme Court Justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.  I also increased the child tax credit, so that mothers are financially supported as they take on the noble task of raising strong and healthy children.  And, recently, I signed an Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children, which defends the truth that every newborn baby has the same rights as all other individuals to receive life-saving care.

The United States is a shining example of human rights for the world.  However, some in Washington are fighting to keep the United States among a small handful of nations — including North Korea and China — that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks.  I join with countless others who believe this is morally and fundamentally wrong, and today, I renew my call on the Congress to pass legislation prohibiting late-term abortion.

Since the beginning, my Administration has been dedicated to lifting up every American, and that starts with protecting the rights of the most vulnerable in our society — the unborn.  On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we promise to continue speaking out for those who have no voice.  We vow to celebrate and support every heroic mother who chooses life.  And we resolve to defend the lives of every innocent and unborn child, each of whom can bring unbelievable love, joy, beauty, and grace into our Nation and the entire world.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2021, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.  Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born.  I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home.  And finally, 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. DONALD J. TRUMP

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HELP NEEDED: LIFEGUARDS AND CLEAN UP/IMPORTANT UPDATES

The Pro-Life Union is asking for help for marshals and clean up. Can you spare an hour or two of your time? If so, contact the Pro-Life Union at mail@prolifeunion.org.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

The parking lot for the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul will open at 7:30 AM on the first come, first serve basis. Plan ahead. The doors to the cathedral will open at 8AM. 200 spots are up for grabs. Your car is safe upon arrival until the event is over.

There will be additional seats in the chapel if needed. Bathrooms are in the gift shop.

If you want to get a bus to the event, there are four busses left over. Contact Steven Bozza at sbozza@archphila.org.

There will be a recitation of the rosary at approximately 8:30 AM.

Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Perez at 9AM. The homily will be given by Bishop Joe Coffey, a former Navy Chaplain who is the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Military Services.

For our Protestant brothers and sisters, there will be an interfaith prayer service on the south lawn of the cathedral (18th and Race). That will begin at 9:30 AM.

The March will begin at 17th and Race at 10:30 AM on the dot.

There will be a stop for every 60-80 marcher in front of the Philadelphia Women’s Center.

The rally begins at noon with music performance from Jack Terzian to precede it.

14th Annual Rally/March to be Held in Oakland, CA on Friday, January 22nd!!

Over the years I ‘ve noticed more cities holding their own March for Life on the anniversary of Roe v Wade.  Below is information passed on by Walter B. Hoye II, founder of Issues4Life Foundation for the annual Rally & March taking place in Oakland, California.  If you live in or around the area, please consider being a part of this event.  Now more than ever we must remain a strong voice for the unborn!

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In Oakland, California …
14th Annual Rally/March.!!
Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2021
Time: From 12:00 Noon To 2:00 P.M.

We walk because abortion in the Black American community is a form of genocide, it is the Darfur of America. 2 We walk because abortion in Black America is the Civil Rights issue of our day. We walk because abortion does violence, both physically and emotionally, to men and women, to their children, and to their families.

We are committed to protecting both the civil and human rights of the child in the womb by recognizing the inherent dignity and unalienable rights of all members of the human family, so that in law and in practice every life is valued.

Please, join us as we rally and march for life in America.

Mass for Life at Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

The Office of Life and Family for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host a mass in solidarity with those who will still march in DC during the would have been March for Life.

Mass will begin at 10AM and is slated to be celebrated by Archbishop Nelson
Perez.

For those interested in helping with the liturgy, contact Steven Bozza at @sbozza@archphila.org.

Please also consider helping people get to this mass.

Please visit Life and Family Office’s website for more information.

Pro-Lifers Mourn Loss of Joseph Scheidler; Grandfather of Movement

Pro-lifers across the United States mourn the loss of the “Godfather” of the early movement, Joseph Scheidler. He died today at the age of 93.

Scheidler, known as the Racketeer for Life, claim to fame was his three victories at the Supreme Court pertaining to free speech among pro-lifers in the landmark case of NOW vs Scheidler.

His son, Eric has noted “the Chicago Sun Times wrote that his father “devoted five decades of his long life to proclaiming the value of human life at its most vulnerable stage, the child in the womb.”

In 2016, Scheidler released a memoir known as “Racketeer for Life”. In it he shares how he trained pro-lifers to take the message to the street while making abortion a bad name. Order your copy here.

Today, God’s faithful servant was called home. His legacy will live on in every pro-lifer. Like the Godfather of the Pro-Life, we must do our part to be racketeers for the pro-life movement. We must bring the message to the public square tirelessly. We must get louder when the abortion movement silence us.

“Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21

Eternal rest, grant unto Joseph, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

9 Days for Life Novena

The annual, pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life, starts this Thursday, January 21!
Because of your interest in other communications and initiatives from the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, you’ll automatically receive this year’s novena by email. (If you’d like to opt out, follow the instructions at the bottom of this email.) You can also get the novena by text message or online.

This will be streaming for the first time. See the list here

Invite your friends to join the THOUSANDS of Catholics praying for the protection of human life. Together, we can make a difference!

SIDEWALK SERVANTS REPORT: TWO SAVES LAST WEEK

The following is from an email blast from Deborah Molina of Sidewalk Servants group in Philadelphia. See more information at the end to sign up if you live in the Greater Philadelphia area.

We were blessed with 2 more babies saved in the last week at 777 Appletree! Praise God! Let’s offer prayers of thanksgiving and support for them. Join us to help make sure that there is always someone there helping mothers to have a chance to say Yes to Life!!  We still need coverage next week for the hours below. Also, please join us for the Philadelphia March for Life on Saturday!
Sidewalk Servant, Kim, tells us more about one of the babies saved on that beautiful day when the mother chose Life for her child!“Today a woman was walking into 777. I offered her resources and she stopped in her tracks. Looking at me she started to ask me a question, but one of the escorts interrupted us and she walked away. She said she would talk more with me on her way out and went in.
A while later a young man and pre-teen boy got out of a car in the parking lot and walked by. I began talking with him, and he told me his friend was inside (the woman I had spoken to) and he wasn’t sure but thought she was going to get the surgical procedure. I showed him the fetal models and told him how every child is fearfully and wonderfully made. He said he agreed totally, he believed in God and thought abortion was wrong. I encouraged him to speak with his friend because sometimes people just need to know they are supported. He said he would call her. He walked down the street to go get something to eat. 
A while later the woman came out of the clinic. I asked her if she would like to continue our conversation; she turned to the escort, Lynn, who was staring us down and said to her, “She’s not bothering me.” and then walked away with me so we could talk. She shared that she couldn’t go through with it. She was 5 weeks pregnant. She knew it would be wrong to have an abortion. She believed in Jesus and was trying to live for him (even being celibate), but she had “messed up”. But she knew that just because she made a mistake didn’t mean she could end a life. I just encouraged her and told her that the best things in life are the hardest things and that God is working in all circumstances. I asked her if I could pray for her out loud and she said yes. So we prayed together and afterwards I took her information and gave her mine. Before walking away she asked for a hug! And she drove away with her friend waving to me.
She said she has three other children and I know she will have some struggles. But the lesson I keep learning when I pray at the clinic is that God’s grace is enough!! I’m pretty sure my voice was trembling and I was tripping over my words when we were praying together, but it didn’t matter. God’s grace was enough! Despite our woundedness and our flaws, God’s love prevails!!”
God bless you all for all you do!!

UPCOMING EVENT: Philadelphia March for LifePhiladelphia March for Life on January 23rd!! Join us! 
Philadelphia March for Life Jan. 23rd

1) Take a look at the Sidewalk Servants website and videos for more helpful information:

https://www.prolifeunion.org/sidewalk-servant-video-series

     sidewalkservantsphilly.com 

2) Remember to wear a mask, and if you can please bring a sign that says:

       “LOVE, Financial and Emotional HELP:  Call: 610-626-4006 or Text: 484-451-8104”

        And/Or:  abortionpillreversal.com – It’s not too late to change your mind”

3) Contact infoDr. Monique Ruberu:  roobearoo@gmail.com   469-231-9084;   Patrick Stanton:   pjstanton9@gmail.com  267-718-4851 Deborah Molina:  deb.mol.fi@gmail.com 360-808-2935

Help needed this week:

Monday 1/18:

12th:     CLOSED!!

Tuesday 1/19:

12th:       12,1,3,4

777:        1,2

Wednesday 1/20:

777:       11,12,1,2,

Thursday 1/21:

12th:      8,9,10,11,2,3,4

777:       1,2

Friday 1/22:

12th:     4

777:      1,2

Saturday 1/23:

12th:        12,1,2,3,4

777:         11,12,1,2

Abortion Pandemic

400,000.  That is the number of U.S. Covid deaths reported by the U.S. thus far.   The incoming administration has vowed to do everything possible to ensure efficient vaccine distribution and financial assistance to those impacted.   But here’s another number:  862,320.   That is the number of U.S. abortions performed in 2017 as reported by the Guttmacher Institute.  These are the most recent statistics available.   And no one from the incoming administration has offered any assistance to these vulnerable children.   As a country – and in fact as a planet – we are all looking inward, more interested in our own self-preservation and really not interested in the struggle for life our children endure, year in and year out.  We have experienced this pandemic for only about a year now and it has smothered our airwaves, while abortion has ravaged generations of children for decades in utter silence.   We are encouraged to stay safe, applaud our heroes, wear our mask, wash our hands, distance ourselves, follow the various local regulations, all in an effort supposedly to “care for each other.”  Again, it’s all about us.  In the meantime, the regulations in place to somewhat curtail the abortion factories are being threatened and challenged.  So, the result is herculean efforts to save lives from a pandemic but little or no effort to preserve newly created lives, and in fact the doors are wide open to stop these inconvenient heartbeats as swiftly as possible.   Heartbeats that hold so much potential and promise.  The old adage, “Hurray for me, the hell with you” comes to mind, although I am sure there are many who would say that is a little harsh, but is it?  We are losing lives by the hundreds of thousands every year and there is no daily update on CNN.  There is no Dr. Fauci instructing us how to save these babies.  Our governors never mention this sorrowful loss of life across their states.  All we have is dismissive silence or more rhetoric about the supposed value of all lives…except you know who…children who cannot yet speak or more importantly …..vote.  Are they not heroes, sacrificing their lives?

“The call to protect life – and not merely life but another’s identity; it is perhaps not too much to say another’s soul – was obvious in its sacredness.”  These are words written by Dr. Paul Kalanithi in his book “When Breath Becomes Air”.  It is a story of his passion as a neurosurgeon while dealing with an unexpected cancer diagnosis.   His words were written from a doctor’s perspective to save lives.   But they so aptly apply to the issue at hand, protecting lives, identities and souls…of our preborn children.

In an effort to recognize these unborn souls, there will be a Philadelphia March of Life on January 23, 2021. The event begins with a 9:00 AM mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and will be followed by a peaceful march through center city Philadelphia, past the Philadelphia Women’s Center where 6,500 abortions are performed each year, and then a concluding rally at the Independence Mall Visitors’ Center.  Covid protocols will be in place.  Details can be found at the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

So, as we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected virus, so too should we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected betrayal of moral and ethical integrity by their brothers and sisters around the world, especially all those in leadership positions who claim to value life but really don’t.

PREVIEW OF BIDEN ADMINISTRATION

On January 20th, Former Vice President Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States.

This will come at a cost as he will look to advance a radical agenda within the next four year, defeating everything his soon predecessor has worked hard to do. In order for to do it, he will have the help of many radicals in his cabinet. Many of whom are proclaimed “Catholics”.

Here is a look at some key positions that have been selected or will be in the fate of the senate after the inauguration.

Attorney General Merrick Garland

If everyone may recall five winters ago when Antonin Scalia tragically died, Merrick Garland was tabbed to be his potential replacement, yet the nomination was struck down as a way to nominate someone following an election year. Now, Garland will be the top lawyer of the nation in a radical administration.

Commerce Secretary: Gina Raimondo

The former governor of Rhode Island who pushed some of the unlimited abortion laws in the Ocean State will see a place in Biden’s cabinet. She has a mixed record on abortion.

John Kerry- Envoy for Climtae

Former Massachusetts Senator, Presidential Candidate, and Secretary of State John Kerry is a name that we all may remember quite well as he is another that supports abortion

Will Biden put the interest of Americans? Likely he won’t. All he wants to do is push his radical ideas hard, in particular, the issue of abortion, which many bishops agreed is an important issue in any given election.

Here’s the Schedule for the Philadelphia March for Life Next Saturday, January 23rd

Below is the schedule for next week’s March for Life in Philadelphia.  We encourage everyone to join the Pro-Life Union for their inaugural event.  And since the March for Life in Washington, DC is now being done virtually, it’s a perfect opportunity for those in or around Philadelphia who were planning to go to DC to come out and give public witness in your own neighborhood.  

Here’s Our Schedule!

09:00 AM     Roman Catholic Mass

Archbishop Nelson Perez will kick off the day by celebrating Roman Catholic Mass at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. All are welcome!

10:30 AM     Let The March Begin!

March begins! We will begin our march at the Cathedral and we will have many stops along our route, including the Philadelphia Women’s Center where over 6,500 abortions are performed each year.

12:00 PM     Rally and Speakers

We will conclude the march with a rally at Independence Mall where you will get to listen to some incredibly compelling speakers to wrap up the day.

More than 17,000 unborn children are being quietly exterminated in Greater Philadelphia annually. Come stand with us to say, “ENOUGH!”

We are looking forward to keeping you updated during our planning and preparations for this event. But what’s going to make this event great… is YOU.

Please invite at least one friend to join you at the march and to help us in our protest! Don’t miss this!

Masks and social distancing will be required.

Use this link for more information on this March for Life 

Can’t make the march but want to support the pro-life movement in a different way? Click here to make a donation to the Pro Life Union and help us in our fight for the sanctity of life in the Greater Philadelphia area!