Pennsylvania Action: Get the Word out on Ballot Questions

We are halfway through April and it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming Pennsylvania Primary Election. There are three ballot questions with which everyone needs familiarize themselves before casting your vote.  Below is information provided by Ted Meehan, long-time pro-life warrior,  about these questions and why we need to vote Yes.  This is a pro-life issue inasmuch as Gov Wolf is extremely pro-death placing no value on life whether it is in the womb or the elderly who he put at risk in placing COVID patients in nursing homes.

We need to reign in this out-of-control, pro-death governor, and take away his power grab.  And we can do that by voting YES to these ballot questions on May 18th!

 

PA Ballot Questions 

In the May Primary, there will be 3 Amendments on the ballot to Pennsylvania’s Constitution. We urge a “Yes” vote for all three. 

Two of these deal with the ongoing power grab by Governor Wolf, who asked for and was given special emergency powers as the Covid virus arrived. He doesn’t want to give these powers up! And he has been using them to circumvent the checks and balances of the Legislature. Common sense would indicate that the Legislature, who gave him the special emergency powers, should be able to withdraw them once the emergency has passed. But when they passed their resolution to rescind the emergency declaration, Wolf vetoed it! Only by passing these amendments can we restore Constitutional government to Pennsylvania. So VOTE “YES”! Tell your friends to do the same! 

When voters head to the polls on May 18, they will have the final say on three potential amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution. The way the Wolf Administration worded two of these questions has been roundly criticized as confusing and prejudicial, so it is critical for voters to understand what the questions really mean before casting their votes.

Question 1 asks whether the General Assembly should be allowed to terminate an emergency declaration if a governor continues to wield emergency powers long after the disaster has passed. A YES vote means the General Assembly could serve as a check on the governor’s power during an emergency to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians.

Question 2 asks whether future emergency declarations should be limited to 21 days unless extended by the General Assembly. A YES vote means the governor would be prohibited from maintaining unilateral control for an indefinite period of time during an emergency.

Question 3 asks whether new protections should be added for Pennsylvanians based on race or ethnicity. A YES vote means the rights of all state residents would be protected – regardless of an individual’s race or ethnicity – and the new protections at the state level would match those provided by the U.S. Constitution.

I encourage you to share this information with your family, friends and neighbors so everyone understands what a YES vote means for these critical ballot questions in May.

Two Philly Pro-Life Women Have Books Set For Release

Two local women have books coming out in the coming months. It is an opportunity to support our local advocates in all they are doing.

Anne DeSantis- Love and Care for the Marginalized

“Love and Care for the Marginalized” is a 40-day meditational for Catholics based on reflections from popes, saints, religious leaders, movie quotes, and others on how God speaks to each of us about the importance of making outreach to those who have been hurt, rejected, and marginalized.  Whether you are on the giving or receiving end, we have all experienced the world’s treatment of those who are uncared for and unloved.  Each meditation included a quote, reflection, a prayer, and a call to action.  The book is based on the command of Christ in the book of Matthew 25 where Jesus talks about the importance of loving and caring for those in greatest need and acting on their behalf.  This short book will help the reader to reflect upon the importance of making a difference for those who are alone, rejected and forgotten.   The book was born out of much reflection, thought and most of all prayer.  Learn more about the life and ministry of the author Anne DeSantis at AnneDeSantis.com.

Heather Makowicz- Peak Encounters: 31 Inspirational Reflections to Connect You with God through the Beauty of Nature

From the book description section: Does experiencing creation invite you into a deeper, healthier relationship with yourself, with others, or with God? Peak Encounters is a collection of life-changing experiences from men and women who share their stories of trials, triumphs, fears, and courage as they encountered God through natural creation. God led them from obstacles to opportunities, transforming their lives from the outside in!

Surfing a monstrous wave reminded Jeremiah to be bold and step out in faith. Gardening showed Chiara how to give what she received from God’s tender care. And the author shares how canyoneering taught her that God protects-no matter where you land.

You may pre-order your book here.

Vote for Students for Life to Receive National Pro-Life Award

The following is from an email blast sent out by Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America.

I am thrilled to share with you that Students for Life of America has been nominated for the National Prayer Luncheon for Life 2021 Award!

This award honors three exemplary pro-life organizations that are successfully countering and winning battles against the abortion industry.

This nomination comes with the opportunity to receive a $50,000 grant to continue our life-saving and mind-changing efforts on campuses and in communities throughout the nation!

The recipient pool has been narrowed down to five national organizations, and first, second, & third place awards will be decided by pro-lifers like YOU from across the country.

Mickey, will you please cast your vote for Students for Life?

It’s easy… just click here.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE

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Two local pro-life groups are in need of help. If you can spare a few hours to help. it will be appreciated.

Legacy of Life

Judy Secoda is requesting the help.

The Legacy of Life Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with renovations taking place at their Center City facility.

Their center located at 12th and Locust is going through some renovations and has requested the help of members of the Knights of Columbus between May 7th and 8th to help with moving furniture and light cleanup. The time slots are 8:30-1:30 and 1:30 PM-6 PM. Food will be provided. More than one shift is welcomed. 

They can sign up for shifts here. Judy Secoda can be reached at 215-287-3246. 

Sisters of Life

Chuck Kuhar, Grand Knight of Father Ryan Council # 5036, is seeking someone to assist him in a worthy cause. Chuck works with the Sisters of Life and needs the services of someone with access to a pick-up truck. The Sisters have received furniture donations and need to get the furniture out to the pregnant young women it was intended for. If anyone can help Chuck out, he can be reached at chuckkuhar@gmail.com. Thank you, I know the Sisters would truly appreciate the effort. 

We Have Hope, We Have Healing, We Have Love

We encourage you to view the 12 minute video below of Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs for Live Action.  Video was provided by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia from the 2021 Philadelphia March for Life on January 23rd.  

Alison Centofante

Do you want to know the beautiful thing about being Pro-Life?

We are fighting for the team that has “science, medicine, embryology, logic, and truth,” on our side.

Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs for Live Action, empowered all of us at the Philadelphia March For Life by reminding us of the strength of the Pro-Life Movement.

We are blessed as Pro-Lifers to have organizations like Live Action working every day to give us the information we need to be educated warriors for life.

Alison’s unique path to the Pro-Life movement, rooted in Philadelphia, and so much more beautiful encouragement can be found by listening to Alison’s Speech at the Philadelphia March For Life.

‘I Would Have Been Dismembered… Thrown Into a Trash Can’ Says Black Woman Whose Mother Paid for Abortion

“My mother faced intense pressure to abort, leading her to schedule an abortion at Mt. Sinai hospital in Hartford.”

YouTube screenshot of Christina Bennett, who barely escaped getting dismembered in abortion

Below is a report by Tyler O’Neill published by PJ Media on December 8, 2020. He covered a congressional hearing on the Hyde Amendment.

On Tuesday, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing condemning the Hyde Amendment, a federal policy that protects taxpayers from funding the intentional killing of babies in the womb. Democrats argued that the policy is racist but a black mother gave a powerful testimony in favor of the Hyde Amendment, telling her personal story about having almost gotten aborted herself.

“I was born in 1981, a year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Hyde Amendment,” Christina Bennett, communications director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, testified. “My mother faced intense pressure to abort, leading her to schedule an abortion at Mt. Sinai hospital in Hartford.”

Yet “the kind words of an elderly black janitor” convinced Bennett’s mother to keep her. “Before she left, the doctor pressured her to go through with the abortion, reminding her that she’d already paid for it. When she insisted on keeping me, he yelled, ‘Don’t leave this room.’”

“My mother wanted me even though she paid for an abortion,” Bennett explained. “My mother represents women who’ve been coerced into abortion.”

Bennett testified that she has helped “hundreds of women” who faced similar coercion. Later in the hearing, she explained exactly how a doctor would have snuffed out her life.

“If I was aborted in Hartford, I would have been dismembered, my body would have been thrown into a trash can, and that would have been the reality of what happened,” Bennett said.

“We can never deny the fact that abortion is the intentional taking of a human life and taxpayers who are morally opposed to this — whether it’s for religious reasons or secular reasons — should not be forced to have to fund this, especially for those of us in the black community who view abortion and what has happened to our community as an act of genocide,” she argued.

Indeed, Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson (D) called abortion “modern-day genocide for African-Americans.”

“More African American babies are killed in the womb each year than by any other cause,” she told PJ Media. “There’s no other way to look at it. At the close of 2019, more African American babies will die at the hands of abortionists than any other disease, sickness, or violence combined. How do you not define it to be genocide?”

PJ Media article continues here

VIRTUAL PROTEST AGAINST FR. JAMES MARTIN

Archbishop Nelson Perez is leading a Journey of Hope virtual event on Wednesday, April 28th with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from 7PM to 8PM.

Sadly, they are planning to have Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest who has promoted the sin of homosexuality, as their slated speaker. We cannot let this happen.

Please attend the virtual protest planned by John Ritchie from TFP here.

Good Friday Observance at Warminster Planned Parenthood

Over 100 Christians braved near freezing temperatures as they gathered at Warminster Planned Parenthood. They came to prayerfully observe the death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There was a reading from the Gospel of John. Pastor George Xenophontos shared a message about Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. A scripture reading of each of the 14 stations of the cross was interspersed with the hymn, “Were You There”. The Good Friday observance ended with a prayer to end abortion.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition is thankful to all who who attended this Good Friday observance. The BCPLC asks for continued prayers to end abortion in our nation.

Strong Presence of Youth In Center City

After a one-year hiatus, Center City Philadelphia was fully alive with the sight of smiles and friendliness of high school, seminarians, and even college students from Philly’s Youth Mission Chapter. Due to the pandemic last year, the Holy Week outreach went virtual. While it was good to improvise, many felt that there was a component missing. That would soon be found through an eventful Good Friday.

About 150 youth took the city by storm during Holy Week. For Good Friday, the day in Center City Philadelphia began with a one-hour prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood. Even the police officers were thrilled to see the youth take time out of their Easter break to bring the faith and light of Christ to those on the margins.

After a one-hour vigil, which included testimonies, rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet, the youth broke off around the city to collect intentions for the 3PM Service at the Basilica. Some of the passerbyers took time to admire the youth’s courage and tenacity to show kindness to others.

The pivotal part of the day for the large group was the Living Stations that took place from St. Patrick’s Church in Rittenhouse Square through town to the Basilica. As I was walking in the procession, I took time to survey how everyone stopped and watched everything unfold before them as they were reminded of what Good Friday let alone Easter was all about. Despite some occasional head shaking and maybe some uncharitable taunts, the people continue onward. The most moving part was the parkway was used to signify the lord’s journey to Calvary as I was taking in the background of City Hall and the large crowd following Jesus.

These young people bring hope to a city that is in need of it. Philadelphia has 12,000-13,000 abortions annually. That is extremely more devastating than the 500 homicides that happen in our city. Even a high poverty rate was needed to be shown by many. The youth even came out of their comfort zones to fulfill works of mercy to all around them.

These young people remind us why life from womb to tomb is precious and is worthy of protection. Even Jesus, portrayed by Jack Terzian, remembered every child of his that was going to be victimized by such atrocious acts while also asking his father to forgive his perpetrator.

If you are in the Philly area and interested in getting involved with Mission Youth Philly, please visit their website here.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and the Equality Act

Below is a report from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania on the recent Rally & Protest of Representative Brian Fitzpatrick for his vote on the Equality Act.  Pictures at the bottom were submitted by Mike and Mary Scirocco.   I’ve also included an opinion column Mike submitted to the Bucks County Courier Times on the Equality Act.  

Equality Act

I thank everyone of the approximately 60 people who participated in our protest at Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s District Office on Friday, March 26, 2021 because of his support for the “Equality Act” (EA).

This March 26th Protest launched ongoing efforts to privately contact and publicly admonish Rep. Fitzpatrick because of his support for this insidiously evil legislation.  These efforts regarding Rep. Fitzpatrick and the EA have become a critical test of the pro-life movement’s zeal for and effectiveness on this issue, as well as an opportunity to maintain the opposition of Republican legislators to EA-type legislation.

We plan to continue our efforts by contacting supportive clergy and requesting their participation in this effort.  So, please participate in our continuing efforts to encourage constituents to contact Rep. Fitzpatrick regarding the EA.  I am attaching a flyer to assist in that request.

Fitzpatrick Protest Pictures
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