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.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Abby Johnson will Lead a Rally at PP in Waco on Tuesday, Dec. 19th



from John Pisciotta, Director
Pro-Life Waco


As usual, I have good news and bad news in our battle against the shedding of innocent blood at the hands of Planned Parenthood in Waco.

My best information is that we may be spared abortions again this week. However, for the week before Christmas there will likely be abortions onDecember 20, 21st, and 22nd. This is a Wednesday/Thursday/Friday.

The good news is that Abby Johnson will be coming to Waco on Tuesday, December 19 for a rally during the noon hour at Planned Parenthood at 700 West Hwy. 6. Abby Johnson managed an abortion facility in Bryan, Texas and fled to the pro-life side in October of 2009. Abby has written, spoken, and acted in dynamic ways for the Gospel of Life since here conversion. 


Please mark your calendar. Pro-Life Waco invites you to come out as early as 11 AM on the 19th for prayer, fellowship, and some hot refreshments to warm you up for Abby's encouragement and other rally features. Central Texas life defenders will call out PP for a likely Christmas week massacre. We hope for press coverage.

This will be an excellent opportunity for you and me to invite new friends to take in a life-defender event.

I don't know the name of the rally. Perhaps you can name the event. The theme is the disgraceful abomination of Planned Parenthood extinguishing the lives of babies in the womb just days before their first Christmas. I have thought of these rally names. You can do better at naming than this senior citizen.


--Christmas is for Angels not Abortions
--Abortions are not Christmas gifts
--No to Planned Parenthood Abortions at Christmas 

Just write meat prolifewaco@gmail.com 
 to let me know what you think we ought to name the rally. 

I want everyone to know that Abby Johnson took the initiative to propose this event and did so without compensation. Central Texas life defenders are getting outstanding support for our valiant efforts. I have stated that our discipleship should make Planned Parenthood in Waco face stronger opposition than any other abortion facility in the history of the State of Texas. I believe this is happening. Let's pull together and pray together for this worthy cause. None of us will receive personal benefit from what we do except to know that we have aligned our actions with God’s will.

We continue our outreach on many fronts:

Pray. Pray. Pray.

At any time, come and pray along the front of PP near the HWY 6 service road. The sidewalk has been cut into pieces and taken away. We can pray on sand. We do not come to 700 W HWY 6 for comfort. Of course, pray for life wherever you are.

Christmas Caroling on Fridays, December 15 and 22

In two decades, Pro-Life Waco has never done this. We will come together on the in the PP public right-of-way at the corner of HWY 6 service road and Sanger Avenue for Christmas Caroling on two consecutive Fridays before Christmas. The time is 4 to 5:30 pm. The address is 700 W. HWY 6. Come with your family and friends. Ellen Staniszewski and her musical elves will have the music prepared for you to sing. Also, there will be refreshments to drink and eat. I have heard a rumor that Santa will appear on one or both evenings. The caroling may also go out into the adjacent residential neighborhood, which suffers most from having an abortion facility just steps away from their residences. This will be a high-spirited time of fellowship. We engage a difficult conflict. However, Planned Parenthood will never take away our joy in supporting the Gospel of Life.

Wednesday, December 13: 8 am Mass. Then Rosary at HWY 6. 

The 8 am Mass on Wednesday the 13th at St. Louis Church (2001 N 25th Street) will be celebrated for the pro-life intentions of life and love for babies and mothers. Then, following the Mass, those who wish and others around the city will drive out to the Plan Parenthood abortion/birth control facility on HWY 6 to pray the Rosary and other prayers. Wednesday mornings at PP have developed into an enjoyable time of camaraderie. All, Catholic or not, are welcome.

T-Shirt Tuesday. 

YOU are the most powerful sign possible. Each Tuesday is pro-life T-shirt Tuesday. Wear either your black or your red T-shirt. I have had such positive experiences wearing my T-shirts in public on Tuesdays and other days.

New developments at Planned Parenthood unfolded at a dizzying pace last week. Here’s a summary:

Construction of 8-foot-tall wooden fence around Planned Parenthood continues. The frame is 80% complete. Only a very small segment of the actual fence is installed. When complete, the fence will block Planned Parenthood clients and employees from seeing the pro-life faithful (except for the drive way). The fence may be completed by the end of the week.

The destruction of the Planned Parenthood sidewalk happened. In a very curious turn of events, the sidewalk installed to meet Waco zoning laws was removed at substantial expense to Planned Parenthood. This sidewalk was 6 foot-wide and the length of a football field. This is one of the shortest-lived sidewalks in the history of mankind. One might say that the sidewalk was aborted.

Both the Waco Police Department and the city of Waco Zoning Department have banned parking the billboard truck either in street parking or at a clinic parking space for which I have permission to park.

I’m looking closely into the legalities of what the city is has done and is doing regarding the the sidewalk and the banning of Carolyn the billboard truck.

There will be NO overpass outreach over Interstate 35 on Saturday, December 16.
Wow, I wonder what surprises are ahead for this week.

As Christmas approaches let us pray for decisions for life and love and not . . .(I don’t want to end this message with that awful word.)



 
Pro-Life Waco is a local community-based organization with collaborative relationships with regional and national pro-life affiliations. Pro-Life Waco is committed to ending abortion, its damaging effects among women, and promoting chastity.  For more information on Pro-Life Waco, please use this link.





Tens of Thousands Expected to Protest Abortion in Netherlands this Weekend


By Jonathan Van Maren
National Right to Life


NETHERLANDS, December 7, 2017 — Cry for Life, a Dutch pro-life organization that has been battling the Culture of Death in the Netherlands since 1985, is predicting a massive turnout for the 25th March for Life in The Hague this weekend, with tens of thousands of people expected to participate in the silent march.

The theme of the March for Life, which will feature Dutch politicians as well as a pro-life UN lobbyist, is “When did your heart start beating?” and will draw attention to euthanasia as well.

Abortion was legalized in the Netherlands in 1980, and is currently legal up until 24 weeks, and legislation legalizing euthanasia was passed in 2002. The Netherlands became the first country since Nazi Germany to legalize euthanasia, and the numbers of Dutch men and women requesting euthanasia continue to rise annually.

One reason that Dutch pro-lifers expect a higher turnout and more enthusiasm this year is the fact that four of the seven operating abortion clinics in the Netherlands were shut down in 2017 due to massive fraud scandals.

Dutch abortion clinics had been submitting false reimbursements to the government, totaling nearly 15 million euros in fraudulent charges. Cry for Life hopes that pro-lifers can take advantage of the abortion industry’s setback and present Dutch women with compassionate and non-lethal options for pregnancy.

Editor’s note. This appeared at LifeSiteNews and is reposted with permission.

Two Companies That Sold Aborted Baby Parts for Planned Parenthood Forced to Close Down


By Steven Ertelt
Life News


In what is the first successful prosecution in the scandal involving Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry, and the sale of aborted baby parts, two companies that sold aborted baby parts for the nation’s biggest abortion company have been forced to close down.

The two California-based companies reached a settlement with the Orange County District Attorney’s office of almost $8 million dollars. As a result of the settlement the two companies will close up shop over the next couple of months and will no longer be selling parts from babies killed in abortions for Planned Parenthood or anyone else.

This is huge news and the first successful result of the effort by the Center for Medical progress and leading pro-life organizations to expose the industry surrounding the sale of aborted baby parts.

Here’s more:

Two bioscience companies that once operated in Costa Mesa have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district attorney’s office over allegations that they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world, prosecutors said Friday.

According to the settlement signed Monday, DV Biologics LLC and sister company DaVinci Biosciences LLC, both based in Yorba Linda, must cease all operations in California within 60 to 120 days. The agreement also requires the companies to admit liability for violations of state and federal laws prohibiting the sale or purchase of fetal tissue for research purposes, prosecutors said.

Also named as defendants in the settlement are company principals Estefano Isaias Sr., Estefano Isaias Jr. and Andres Isaias.
“This settlement seized all profits from DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, which they acquired by viewing body parts as a commodity and illegally selling fetal tissues for valuable consideration. These companies will never be able to operate again in Orange County or the state of California,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement.
The companies had faced a lawsuit accusing them of illegally selling parts of aborted babies’ brains for as much as $1,100 from 2009-2015 to to pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions in Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada and the United Kingdom. The suit alleged that DaVinci Biosciences and its sister company DV Biologics sold hundreds of fetal tissue products (aborted babies’ body parts) and stem cells to research facilities for a profit.

David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, which exposed Planned Parenthood and medical groups peddling aborted babies’ body parts in a series of undercover videos, said the abortion chain is a long-time partner of the two companies.
“For eight years, Planned Parenthood supplied aborted baby hearts, lungs, brains, and intestines to DV Biologics, which DV Biologics then resold for profit,” Daleiden said. “In exchange for merely providing access to aborted baby body parts, Planned Parenthood received kickback contributions from DaVinci Biosciences over the course of their eight-year contract.
“Planned Parenthood is not above the law, and law enforcement and elected representatives everywhere must now hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their barbaric profiteering off of pregnant women and the body parts of their aborted children,” Daleiden added.
Life News report continues 

Eight Christmas Caroling Events to Take Place Across Pennsylvania Starting on December 15th!



Between Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 23rd, several Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling Days are scheduled in Pennsylvania, most in the Northeast and Southeast parts of our state.

The purpose of these events is to bring the joy and hope of Christmas to these places of misery and despair. Children have been saved from abortion when their mothers heard the carols and reconsidered their choice for abortion in light of the Christmas story.

Below is a list of those sites that will have events. If you live in or around any one of these, we ask that you make an effort to attend.

Allentown 
Friday, December 22 at 10:15 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 29 N. 9th Street (Map)

Norristown 
Saturday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 1221 Powell Street (Map)

Pittsburgh
 Saturday, December 16 from 9 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 44 Liberty Street (Map)

Center City Philadelphia 
Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 a.m. outside Philadelphia Women’s Center, 777 Appletree Street (Map)

Northeast Philadelphia 
Saturday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 2751 Comly Road (Map)

Reading
Saturday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 48 S. 4th Street (Map)

Warminster 
Friday, December 15 at 9:30 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 610 Louis Drive (Map)

West Chester 
Tuesday, December 22 at 10:00 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 8 S. Wayne Street (Map)


Please dress warm and invite your family and friends. All are welcome!

The empty manger is a dual symbol. Like the empty manger lovingly placed in every Christmas crèche in anticipation of celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ, it represents the joy that ought to accompany the birth of every child.

The “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling Day has become an important annual event for pro-life groups across the country.

For more information about these events or to find one in your area, please use this link.  


This event is sponsored by the Pro-Life Action League.  


         
The Pro-Life Action League is dedicated to saving mothers and babies from abortion through peaceful direct action. We encourage all pro-life Americans to join us on the front lines, actively fighting for an end to abortion. We are very active in Illinois, where we are headquartered, but our activism reaches across the globe.  For more information, please use this link.  



 
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Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  


National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call the Community Women's Center at  215-826-8090


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, December 10, 2017

Help a pregnant mom who is expecting a baby girl this month!

  



From Anna, the president and founder of Lehigh Valley Pro-Life Future:

A Lehigh Valley Sidewalk Counselor has been working with a pregnant mother in serious need and living on a row of abandoned houses in the Lehigh Valley. She has 3 kids and is due with her 4th child in the next week. (For this mother's protection, we are leaving out her name and the location.)


With all of this said, LVPLF is looking to help sponsor this woman this Christmas in her great time of need.


Her children are 13 (girl), 11 (boy), 3 (girl) and one soon to be born! She previously was being forced into an abortion by her boyfriend, and left the abortion clinic (this past spring) and her boyfriend to ensure the life of her child who will be born this coming week!

Every donation to LVPLF between today and December 21st, will be donated to this young woman.

If you are interested in giving clothing or toys, they can be dropped off at Bright Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Allentown, December 19th between 6:00 and 8:00 PM or given to LVPLF members at our Christmas Party December 16th.

Any messages of support for this mother can be emailed to lehighvalley@prolifefuture.org and we will pass them on to her!


Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!


Sincerely,

Your LVPLF Officers



Bloggers Note: Donations can be sent to Lehigh Valley Pro-Life Future, 1034 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101


Upcoming Pro-Life Events Begin Tuesday, Dec 12th in West Chester, Pa.

 




from Paulette Matthews
Chester County Pro-Life Coalition

Below are some pro-life events taking place starting this Tuesday sponsored by the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition.


  • December 12 Tuesday Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Hour Prayer Vigil in front of PP 8 S. Wayne Street, West Chester starting at 12 Noon. (see Facebook event page by clicking here). 
  • December 22nd Christmas Caroling in West Chester PP at 10 Am for an hour. Address is 8 S. Wayne Street, West Chester, Pa. 
  • December 28th Feast of the Holy Innocents Prayer services: at SS Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Road, West Chester after the 8:30 mass and at SS Simon and Jude, 8 Cavanaugh Ct., West Chester, Pa after the 9 AM mass.  (see Facebook event page by clicking here). 
  • January 21st Sunday St Agnes Catholic Church, 233 Gay St. West Chester, Pa. Chester County March for Life. 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM March to old Courthouse for short service then to the Knights of Columbus Hall, 110 W. Market St., WC. For a social gathering and snacks. 
   


The mission of the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition is to promote respect and protection for all human life by informing and educating the people of Chester County, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit their website using this link.



Pro-Choice Catholic Politicians Are 'Misleading Our People,' Says Archbishop

Democratic U.S. vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine 


By Michael Gryboski
Christian Post


Catholic politicians who talk of their faith influencing them but then advocate pro-choice public policy are "misleading our people," says a prominent Roman Catholic archbishop.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas was recently selected to head the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee of Pro-Life Activities.

In an interview with The Catholic World Report that was published Monday, Archbishop Naumann spoke about the problems of when "we have Catholic politicians who flaunt their Catholicity, but take positions that our inconsistent with our Catholic teaching."

Naumann cited as specific examples former Health and Human Services Department head Kathleen Sebelius and former vice presidential hopeful Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.

"[Sebelius] would talk about how Catholic she was, but act totally contrary to Church teaching. It creates a problem for us as bishops when Catholic politicians do that. They teach our people that it is okay to be Catholic and support legalized abortion," said Naumann.
"Tim Kaine, a US Senator and former vice presidential candidate, is another example of a politician who flaunted his Catholic background but spewed a lot of pro-choice rhetoric. When they do this they're taking on a teaching role and misleading our people."
Naumann also told the CWR that he felt there were many challenges in advancing the pro-life agenda at the federal government level, especially due to the courts.
"But we've seen that in a majority of states legislators have pushed as far as they could to extend protections to unborn life that the federal courts will permit," stated Naumann.
"... It was really the U.S. Supreme Court that created the problem, usurping the role of the states to create public policy in these areas. I think that we have some hope that we can change the composition of the Supreme Court."
Christian Post article continues 


The Supreme Court Said They Weren't People - They Were Proven Wrong



Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance


Whenever great moral sicknesses infect a society, the road to recovery is usually long and rough.

And as you know, it's been forty-four years since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

That 7-2 decision by unelected judges overturned laws in all 50 states and legalized the killing of more than 60 million unborn babies.

You see, in Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court said that unborn babies weren't "persons."

But Roe v. Wade wasn't the first time the Supreme Court denied legal protection to certain people.

In 1857, the Supreme Court decided Dred Scott v. Sandford.

This case, another 7-2 decision, declared that African Americans were not persons, and therefore had no legal protection or rights.

But just declaring it so didn't change the facts.

You and I know that the abolitionists continued to fight, and ultimately the rights of all born people were secured regardless of race.

And you and I must show the same resolve in ensuring that the right to life is protected for all unborn persons as well.

That's why your National Pro-Life Alliance is fighting to pass the Life at Conception Act to legislatively bypass Roe v. Wade.

Thanks to you and other National Pro-Life Alliance members, we have a record level of pledged supporters for the Life at Conception Act in Congress.

And as support for the Life at Conception Act continues to grow, I have no doubt that you and I will ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade and end abortion-on-demand.

 
The National Pro-Life Alliance occupies a unique and important role in the pro-life movement. The focus of many other pro-life organizations is research, publications or counseling. These are all important and worthy activities, but the National Pro-Life Alliance is singular in its focus on passing pro-life legislation that will protect the unborn from the moment of conception onward. For more information on the National Pro-Life Alliance or to make a donation, please use this link.





Newman Applauds Planned Parenthood Criminal Investigation Confirmed by DOJ



from Operation Rescue
Washington, DC - A letter sent Thursday from the Department of Justice to Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, confirms that Planned Parenthood is indeed under investigation of criminal acts committed in the sale of aborted baby body parts, according to Fox News.

News broke in November that the Department of Justice had requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, obtained during its investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood trafficked in aborted baby remains for profit. Sen. Grassley asked for confirmation that those unredacted documents would be used for investigative purposes.

Thursday's letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd, verified their investigation in what Fox News describes as a "rare confirmation" that a criminal investigation was ongoing.

The investigations were prompted by the 2015 release of a series of undercover recordings by the Center for Medical Progress, which clearly showed Planned Parenthood executives and others discussing potential deals for money - and in some cases, haggling to get the best prices - in exchange for organs and tissue procured from aborted babies.

"As a co-founder of the Center for Medical Progress, I am very proud our work in exposing Planned Parenthood's criminal conduct. It is gratifying to learn that a criminal investigation of the nation's largest abortion merchant is underway," said Troy Newman, who serves as President of Operation Rescue.

"The videos show the true face of Planned Parenthood; one that is obsessed with exploiting every possible profit stream from their abortion business at the expense of the women they purport to serve," Newman continued. "Greed, deception, and exploitation of the vulnerable are all hallmarks of Planned Parenthood's nefarious activities."

Newman and other CMP members continue to fight Federal lawsuits filed by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, which won an injunction to halt the release of further videos and barred the sharing videos with law enforcement officials even if they contained evidence of crimes.

Newman, who is represented by Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year claiming the gag order is rife with constitutional violations. Earlier this month the Supreme Court ordered the abortion businesses to submit briefs in response. A decision from the Court on whether it will hear the case is expected next month.

"News of this investigation gives new urgency to our Supreme Court appeal. The DOJ needs access to all the evidence so justice can be properly done. Planned Parenthood must not be held above the law," said Newman.

 
 
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates. For more information or to make a donation to help them with their work, please use this link. 



 
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 the Community Women's Center at  215-826-8090

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.  




Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Threat Pregnancy Help Centers Pose to the Abortion Industry Explains Their Hysterical Response

To come full circle, a primary mission of the abortion industry and its legion of media apologists is to drive its “competition” out of business.

Linda Greenhouse, 
former NY Times Supreme Court Reporter

By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life


I think it would be fair to say that the savvier pro-abortionists understand there is case pending before the Supreme Court that has the potential to seriously upset a major objective of the Abortion Industry: compelling pro-lifers to compromise their principles, lessen their impact, and to force them to do the bidding of the likes of Planned Parenthood.

We’ve written or reposted a dozen stories or more about California’s so-called Reproductive FACT Act [“FACT” stands for Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency]. In a word, the legislature is threatening to cripple pregnancy help centers if they do not comply.

Today we revisit the topic in light of former New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse’s latest diatribe which appeared today in the Times’ opinion section.

Understand, these are alternative to abortion organizations, which rely heavily on volunteers (like my middle daughter), and receive no government funding. As Jay Hobbs has explained

California’s law orders the pro-life organizations to prominently post and distribute the following notice. “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].”

What about pregnancy centers that do not offer free medical services such as ultrasounds?

They must post the following disclaimer “conspicuously at the entrance to the facility” “in no less than 48-point type”: “This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.”

Greenhouse can’t be bothered with the Big Brother aspect of this case: the entire force of the California governmental apparatus coming down on organizations who are hopelessly outgunned.

What about other courts which, unlike the oft-overturned U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, struck down very similar laws? That doesn’t delay Greenhouse either.

She takes up the distinction without a difference argument the 9th Circuit used to uphold the Reproductive FACT Act versus a New York Appeals court that struck down a similar law. And, of course, she bludgeons the Supreme Court for opening the floodgates by recognizing and protecting free speech rights.

Greenhouse’s overarching argument is all that California is requiring is the truth. Which(a) misses the whole point of compelling a pro-life organization to advertise to its clients that they can get free or reduced abortions elsewhere, and (b)is grounded in the pro-abortion meme that women-helping centers are by nature liars and ought to be put out of business.