Voices For Life

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. We cover issues from conception until natural death, as well as all family life issues.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Please Join Shawn Carney for the 40 Days for Life Kickoff in Center City Philadelphia

Join Shawn Carney at the Walk for Life and 40 Days for Life kickoff on Sunday, September 24 at Sister Cities Park in Philadelphia. 
Information on the Walk for Life can be found here.  

Please watch the video of Shawn below or on Youtube using this link.   

The Walk for Life is sponsored by the The Office for Life and Family of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.

Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  

National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call or text 610-626-4006  

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pro-Abortion EMILY’s List Targets Pro-life Pennsylvania Lawmakers

By Maria Gallagher
PA Pro-Life Federation

Fresh from a stinging defeat in 2016, the pro-abortion political action committee known as EMILY’s List is setting its sights on Pennsylvania next year. 

Pennsylvania was among the blue-turned-red states that helped propel pro-life President Donald Trump to the White House last year. The Keystone state is also home to strong pro-life majorities in the state House of Representatives and the state Senate.

Now EMILY’s List is telling the news media it is working to flip both PA chambers to pro-abortion Democratic control.

Gov. Tom Wolf
A published report says PA is being targeted by the pro-abortion group because of common sense legislation such as a bill which would ban the brutal practice of dismemberment abortion, in which a living preborn baby is torn limb by limb from a mother’s womb. A statewide poll showed the ban actually has the support of a majority of Pennsylvanians, with the support higher among women than men.

Emily’s List is also upset by bills which would defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and would allow doctors to exercise their conscience rights to avoid participation in anti-life activities.
An official with Emily’s List is quoted as saying, “That is why EMILY’s List is recruiting an historic number of strong, pro-choice Democratic women leaders in 2018 to hold these Republican legislators accountable for their out-of-touch agenda and defeat them next year.”
The nerve of those pro-life Pennsylvania lawmakers—trying to protect conscience rights and trying to bar funding from an organization headed by people who casually discuss the harvesting of baby body parts while eating salad and sipping wine! 

It should also be noted that a number of those pro-life legislators are women—strong women who believe in empowering other women to help them make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families.
Of course, Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood have a reliable ally in pro-abortion Governor Tom Wolf, who has vowed to veto any pro-life legislation that crosses his desk. The Governor also holds the distinction of once having served as a volunteer escort at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility.
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Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid Patients Were Like ‘Cash Cows’ That We Milked For All We Could

By Ramona Trevino
Live Action News

Every year Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding. What absolutely blows my mind is knowing how much fraud takes place at Planned Parenthood, and yet, they still receive this federal funding!
Out of 51 Planned Parenthood affiliate audits, almost all found fraud through overbilling. The average amount of each instance was around $94,000; in total, we’re talking millions and millions of dollars. Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania are just some of the states where fraud and overbilling by Planned Parenthood have been found.
Medicaid patients are like mini cash cows for Planned Parenthood. And when I worked there, we milked those patients for all we could get away with… and we did get away with it.
Patients who went to Planned Parenthood abortion centers used federal funds to pay for post-abortion exams at Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion centers. We not only served them, but we served them for free as a “courtesy to women who have already paid hundreds of dollars for an abortion.” We were told to never document in the patient’s chart, nor bill in the system, that they received post-abortion services.

If a Medicaid patient at Planned Parenthood chose pills as her birth control method, then we “sold” 13 packages of pills to her and billed Medicaid for it all. (Don’t ask me how that’s possible, because I have no clue, but we did it and were told that was the way it was done.) 

But if a month or so later that same patient decided that the birth control pills weren’t working out for her and she now wanted the Depo Provera shot, we administered that and billed Medicaid again (meaning months worth of Medicaid-purchased birth control pills sold to the patient went unused).

Every Medicaid patient that came in received STI testing for every single STI/STD. Anyone who’s ever worked in the medical field knows that unnecessary labs are not routinely performed on patients. But this wasn’t the case at Planned Parenthood. 
The STI testing really served two purposes. One, it allowed us to meet our quotas (which I’ve talked about before, here), and two, it allowed Planned Parenthood to increase its statistics for STI tests performed.

The Simple Truth That Can End Abortion

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages 
and Literatures from New York University and has 
served as a professor at a number of seminaries. 

By Michael Brown
Christian Post

A radio host in Detroit told me he was shocked one day when a caller referred to his child as a "carbon unit." Yes, a carbon unit. That's how a dad talked about his own kid.

But this is not much different than referring to a baby in the womb as a "mass of cells" or comparing it to a tumor that needs to be removed.

In fact, this is the very mentality that underlies the pro-abortion movement: That child in the womb, growing and developing and moving and kicking, looking more and more like mom or dad (or both) by the day, is not a human being. It is a thing, an appendage to be expelled if not wanted. 

As expressed by pro-abortion feminist Florence Thomas (speaking of her abortion in France in the mid-1960s), she felt "a relief. An immense relief. This tumor went away, disappeared. I could go back to living."

Really now, if the fetus is nothing more than a mass of cells, a tumor, then the baby (or even the adult) is nothing more than a carbon unit.

In keeping with this mentality, NARAL (the National Abortion Rights Action League), took strong exception to a silly Doritos commercial during Super Bowl 50 (2016) in which a pregnant woman is getting an ultrasound of her baby with her husband present.

As he mindlessly munches on his Doritos – to his wife's consternation – he then dangles one near her belly, after which we're led to assume that the baby made a premature exit from the womb, eager to grab that Doritos chip.

What was so offensive to NARAL?

According to NARAL (via Twitter), Doritos was guilty of gender stereotyping (using "sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight").

Worse still, Doritos was guilty of using "#antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses." How dare anyone humanize a developing human being in the womb! Not surprisingly, NARAL took a lot of heat for its absurd, even heartless, tweet.

But NARAL didn't back down. If the fetus can be humanized, then abortion cannot be justified.

As I wrote in response to the NARAL tweet, there's a reason that the vast majority of women who see their ultrasound choose not to abort their babies.

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. 

To read our Mission Statement, use this link. Follow us on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest

Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.

Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  

National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call or text 610-626-4006  

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  

Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Court Stops Planned Parenthood From Opening Three New Abortion Centers

 By Cheryl Sullenger 
Life News

Late Friday, the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a preliminary injunction issued by a lower court that had blocked enforcement of existing Missouri abortion safety laws requiring abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of the place where they conduct abortions.

It is now expected that no facility license will be issued to three Missouri Planned Parenthood offices that applied for licensing to conduct abortions under the injunction. Those offices are in Columbia, Springfield, and Joplin.
“I applaud the Eighth Circuit’s decision,” Attorney General Josh Hawley stated in an e-mail to news outlets. “The health and safety of Missouri women will now be protected while the court considers the merit of our appeal.”
Friday’s stay is a temporary one pending the outcome of the state’s appeal of the preliminary injunction, which will now be heard before the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. It came just days after another ruling that allowed the state to seek the stay.

Missouri pro-life activists were equally thrilled about the ruling that will keep abortions out of the three communities, which they consider an answer to prayers.

The new ruling came just days before the Planned Parenthood office in Columbia was expected to be licensed for surgical and medication abortions.

None of the three Planned Parenthood facilities are in compliance with the hospital privilege rule or the facility requirements of the existing law.
“We are very grateful for the last-minute reprieve from the Eighth Circuit that allows the Department of Health to fulfill its duty to protect the public,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.
 “Licensing these substandard facilities for abortions would have been a grave mistake that would have cost the lives of babies, and endangered their mothers.”
However, the stay does not affect the newly licensed Planned Parenthood facility in Kansas City, which plans to dispense abortion pills as early as next week.

40 Days for Life – Northeast Philadelphia Kick Off Rally – Tuesday, September 19th, 7:30 PM – St. Katherine of Siena, Philadelphia

Please join us in Northeast Philadelphia as we get together Tuesday evening (9/19) to kick off our Fall 40 Days for Life campaign.  In addition to learning more about the 40 Days for Life organization, we also will be hearing from three pro-life guest speakers:  Karen Hess (AlphaCare), Marie Joseph (Legacy of Life Foundation) and Maggie Sweet (Silent No More).  

If you have seen references to the 40 Days for Life in your church bulletins or through media outlets and would like to learn more, this is a perfect opportunity to get involved.

So please come out and join us at St. Katherine of Siena Church in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday evening!  If for some reason you cannot attend but would like more information on 40 Days for Life in the Northeast Philadelphia community,  just contact me directly at aflynn3250@yahoo.com

Nine Facts You Need to Know if You’re Considering an Abortion

By Cassy Fiano
Live Action News

The pro-abortion lobby claims to be “pro-choice” — but a big part of choice (especially when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy) is having all the information to make an informed decision, especially when you are considering having an abortion

The choice to have an abortion is a monumental one, something life-changing for the mother, and life-ending for the baby. Once it’s over, it can’t be undone. A woman considering abortion deserves to have all the information the abortion industry won’t tell her.

This is our guide to real choice before you consider an abortion:

1. Your Baby is Alive.

One of the most frequent tactics used by the abortion industry is to deny the humanity of preborn children. Abortionists say the baby is just a clump of tissue or a blob of cells. They lie about fetal development, with some claiming the baby isn’t actually alive yet. Live Action’s medical misinformation investigation exposed this unethical behavior at Planned Parenthood facilities around the country.

Here’s the truth: your baby is alive, and is not just part of your body, but a separate, living human being from the moment of conception, a fact backed up by science.

At conception (fertilization), the baby already has his/her own separate, individual, unique DNA. Within three weeks, often before women even know they’re pregnant, the baby’s organs have already begun to develop and the heart has begun beating, at just 18 days gestation. By 22 days, the heart is pumping blood. By six weeks, the baby has measurable brain waves and responds to touch.

The science of embryology and fetal development makes it clear: these are not just blobs of tissue to be carelessly discarded, but living human beings.

2. Abortion Risks Your Physical Health.

The abortion industry promises women that having an abortion is perfectly safe, that the risks to your life and health are so minimal as to be practically nonexistent. But is that true?

Abortion comes with enormous risks to women that they’re often not told about before undergoing the procedure. The most well-known — and controversial — of these risks is that of breast cancer, heavily disputed by pro-abortion advocates. Multiple studies have found that abortion does, in fact, increase the risk of breast cancer, up to a 20.62% increased risk. There are also increased risks for cervical, liver, and ovarian cancers.

In addition to cancer, abortion also carries other risks to women’s physical health. If you’re considering having children in the future, it would be wise to consider that abortion is known to increase the chances of premature birth in future pregnancies. Women who have had abortions are also more likely to get endometriosis or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. 

To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  

Follow us on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest

Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.

Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  

National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call or text 610-626-4006  

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org.  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Troubled Harrisburg Abortion Facility Closes

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
PA Pro-Life Federation

The embattled Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center has shut its doors.

Government sources have confirmed that Hillcrest has voluntarily relinquished its license to operate as an abortion facility.

The abortion center had until August 31st to fix the myriad of health and safety problems discovered during an inspection earlier this year. That inspection yielded an astounding 44 pages worth of violations.

A group of state Senators demanded to know why the state Health Department allowed the facility to remain open, given its abysmal safety record. A follow-up inspection resulted in Hillcrest being shuttered until it could meet basic health standards.

But the deadline for compliance came and went with little indication the abortion center would reopen. A notice posted by the local natural gas company indicated that the gas had been shut off. A subsequent notice by the electric company said the electricity would be cut off if $1,600 in bills was not paid within the week.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health website now lists Hillcrest as “closed.” For the health and safety of central Pennsylvania women, the closure is long overdue.

Gosnell Movie to be Shown at County Theater in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

The new movie, Gosnell American's Biggest Serial Killer, will be shown in an exclusive Pennsylvania pre-screening at the County Theater located at 20 East State Street, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (map and directions) from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon on Saturday October 7, 2017.

Movie co-producer and the book co-author, Ann McElhinney, will be present to share some insights and to sign books during that time.

The movie is a full length true crime motion picture drama.  It takes the viewer on a journey of discovery with Philadelphia police investigators and the lead assistant district attorney of what happened in Kermit Gosnell's abortion, murder and drug dealing operation in West Philadelphia.  Everyone who see this movie will have their eyes opened to the truth of what can happen in abortion facilities in America today.

The theater only seats 140 people, so the seats will fill fast.  There is no charge to attend, but free will donations will be greatly appreciated.

Those who wish to attend must send an email with their name to Kathy Cox, president of Bucks County Right to Life at angel092051@aol.com.  Ask her to confirm that seats are still available.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tell the Smithsonian to remove Planned Parenthood founder’s image

from  Texas Right to Life

Margaret Sanger, the founder of America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, which kills over 300,000 unborn American babies every year, is currently featured in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery exhibit “The Struggle for Justice.”

Sanger was a divisive, racist eugenicist. As one of the most evil forces in the twentieth century, she has no place in a public display honoring true heroes of American history such as Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Margaret Sanger worked with the Nazis and KKK, and called African Americans “human weeds.”

Amid the movement to remove Confederate monuments from public display, we must not overlook any memorials of Margaret Sanger who began an organization and movement that has decimated the African American community. Planned Parenthood has killed more black lives than any other organization in our nation’s history.

Contact the director of the gallery, Kim Sajet, now to demand that the bust of the evil racist Margaret Sanger be immediately removed from gallery.


Message to Ms. Sajet:

Dear Ms. Sajet:
I am writing to you to express my concerns with the inclusion of Margaret Sanger in the National Portrait Gallery exhibit “The Struggle for Justice.”

Margaret Sanger saw Planned Parenthood as the means of eliminating “human weeds,” people she deemed unfit. Her heinous plan has become more successful than even she could have imagined: Planned Parenthood now has a more than 100-year history of killing the preborn, exploiting vulnerable populations, and advancing the profit-driven abortion industry as a taxpayer funded “health care” organization.

At a time when so many in our nation long for unity, we are saddened to see the divisive figure of Margaret Sanger featured in an exhibit with heroes of American history who gave their lives in service to the marginalized. Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist who worked with the KKK and founded Planned Parenthood in order “to assist the white race toward the elimination of the unfit.” Margaret Sanger did not work to include the voiceless in our society but instead she sought to end the lives of those she deemed unworthy. This shocking reality is contrary to the vision of “The Struggle for Justice.”

Based on the extensive evidence of Margaret Sanger’s support of the eugenics movement and her work to eliminate minorities in our country, I ask you to remove her bust from the National Portrait Gallery.

Thank you for taking the time to address my concerns.

The members, directors, and officers of Texas Right to Life join together in the defense of innocent human life. We seek due process of law and equal protection of the law for all human beings from the moment of conception until natural death (including those manufactured via scientific means) and without regard to their age or physical and mental competence. Human life is a sacred gift of our Creator, and only He has the power to end human life. Our purpose is the furtherance and implementation of our view of human life through legal and peaceful means. For more information, please visit their website using this link.