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, July 26, 2017

Presidential Record on Life--2017!

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation 

Pro-life President Donald Trump has amassed numerous victories in the fight to protect innocent human life in just the first year of his Administration.

One lasting life-affirming legacy comes in the form of his appointment of strict constructionist Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch has written that "human life is inherently valuable, and that the taking of human life by private persons is always wrong." In order to overturn the tragic 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion for any reason during all nine months of pregnancy, we need Justices on the High Court who recognize that the taking of an innocent human life is not a Constitutional right.

The President has also restored the Mexico City policy, which blocks taxpayer dollars from being awarded to organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas. President Trump also signed a law which ensures that individual states can redirect Title X funds away from unsuitable organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, which performs more than 320,000 abortions annually and has been mired in controversy. The President also cut off funding for the United Nations Population Fund because of its involvement in China's egregious forced abortion program.

Research has consistently shown that government funding of abortions increases abortion totals, so countless lives may be saved as a result of these critical executive actions.

In addition, the President has made numerous pro-life appointments to his Administration, from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Not to mention the fact that his Vice President, Mike Pence, accumulated an impressive 100 percent pro-life voting record while serving in Congress and has fought for compassionate alternatives to abortion.

The President has made good on his campaign pledge to protect precious preborn children and their mothers from the harm of abortion. In doing so, he has reversed the drastic course set by the pro-abortion Obama Administration, which openly feted the nation's largest abortion operation at the White House.

The People's House is no longer providing an open house for the abortion industry--and that is very good news indeed for women, children, and their families.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Inc., is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children. Through legislation, political action, education and other legal means, we proclaim the truth about abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.  For more information or to find out how you can become involved, please use this link.  

Senate Casts First Vote on Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

By Steven Ertelt
Life News

The Senate will cast its first vote on Tuesday on legislation to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Republicans will find out tomorrow which of their members oppose moving forward on the bill that also repeals Obamacare.

The legislation has been pending for many weeks and even months as Republicans have been attempting to come up with a version that would please both conservative lawmakers as well as pro-abortion Republicans who are resistant to defunding the nation’s biggest abortion company.

The Senate will move forward on the bill to repeal Obamacare and defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company if they receive more than 50 votes tomorrow.

“The only way we’ll have an opportunity to consider ideas is if senators have an opportunity to offer and debate them and that means kicking off debate, it means voting to proceed,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor. “And that will occur tomorrow [Tuesday].”
“When the vote comes up, I’ll keep my commitment to move beyond the failures of Obamacare,” McConnell said. “I will vote yes on the motion to proceed and I would urge all of my colleagues to do the same.”
The vote has been complicated by the absence of Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who is home after surgery to remove a blood clot, and was later diagnosed with brain cancer. McCain is expected to vote for defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare if he is able to fly to Washington for the vote to proceed.

Also complicating efforts is the news that the Senate parliamentarian may have killed the Senate bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and repeal Obamacare.

Senate Republicans have been using the reconciliation Bill to get around a filibuster by pro-abortion Democrats who oppose defunding the nation’s biggest abortion company and repealing prohibition Obamacare that has included taxpayer-financed abortions.

The parliamentarian issued guidance saying that key portions of the defunding measure require 60 votes to pass. That’s a departure from the ruling the parliamentarian issued in 2015 concerning the same bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. The ruling then paved the way for a 50-vote passage and sending the bill to pro-abortion President Barack Obama, who vetoed it.

Getting 50 votes for the bill to defund Planned Parenthood has been a difficult enough prospect because three pro-abortion Republican women oppose defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Requiring 60 votes for ultimate passage of the legislation would essentially kill it.

But there could be a solution.

Another Ultrasound Success Story

Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance

The abortion lobby is pulling out all the stops to prevent women from viewing an ultrasound of their unborn baby before an abortion.

You see, a nationwide study shows that 78% of abortion-minded women who see an ultrasound image of their unborn baby before an abortion end up choosing life.

In fact, we're seeing ultrasound images saving lives even in some of the most extreme instances.

A young lady took RU-486, the chemical-abortion drug, which she received from an abortion facility to abort her unborn child.

Fourteen weeks later an ultrasound was performed that detected a heartbeat.

The baby had survived the chemical abortion.

And better yet, after seeing the ultrasound of her unborn child, the expecting mother changed her mind and decided to carry her baby to full term.

An ultrasound image is a picture that the abortion lobby is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent a woman from viewing.

That of course is why National Pro-Life Alliance members in all 50 states are fighting to pass legislation which will require abortionists to show ultrasounds to women before performing any abortion.

In fact, in the story I just mentioned, if a law had already been in effect, the abortion facility would have been required to perform an ultrasound and the mother may have decided then to keep her unborn child.

Your National Pro-Life Alliance continues to build up support at both the state and federal level for an Ultrasound Informed Consent Act to protect the unborn and give their mothers an opportunity to see the life inside.

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.

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.

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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, July 25, 2017

The Importance of ‘Humanae Vitae’ — a Testimony to the Truth

COMMENTARY: Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of birth turns 50 next year.

by Archbishop Charles Chaput
National Catholic Register 

A bishop attends a lot of worthy public events and fundraisers. It’s part of the job. And supporting good people doing good things is always a source of satisfaction and hope.

But once in a while, an event comes along with an unexpected pleasure.

The June 17 luncheon on behalf of our Philadelphia Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary was just that kind of event. It drew an enthusiastic crowd — honoring Bishop John McIntyre’s 25th anniversary as a priest was part of the focus — and among the many attendees were two longtime friends: Martha and Bill Beckman.

The Beckmans have three children. A daughter will marry this fall, and twin sons are both studying for the priesthood. As members of the Neo-Catechumenal Way, they’ve devoted much of their lives to Church service. That’s included direct missionary work as a couple and as a family. Bill served on my staff during my ministry as archbishop in Denver. He helped me with a number of key projects, including a pastoral letter I released in 1998 on the 30th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (“On Human Life.”).

Charlie Gard’s Parents End Legal Battle, Say It’s ‘Too Late’ For Treatment"

“A whole lot of time has been wasted. Charlie’s quality of life could have been improved greatly (by earlier treatment)."

By Cassy Fiano
Live Action News

It appears that the battle to save Charlie Gard’s life has come to an end. Today was the final day in a hearing that would appeal court decisions barring Charlie’s parents from taking him to the United States for experimental treatment, which they believed could help his condition. In a shocking turn of events, the lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced that they were withdrawing their appeal instead.

Charlie was originally placed on life support after he became seriously ill. He was then diagnosed with a rare RRM2B mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Initially, his parents wanted to take him to the United States for an experimental nucleoside therapy treatment, which they believed could save his life. 

They raised over $1.4 million for his treatment, but Charlie’s hospital – Great Ormond Street Hospital in London – disagreed that the therapy would be beneficial and insisted that Charlie should instead be taken off of life support. The decision sparked a months-long legal battle, with Charlie’s parents losing appeal after appeal, until the European Court of Human Appeals ultimately ruled against them.

The case garnered international attention. A Vatican hospital offered to take in Charlie for treatment, President Trump offered to help baby Charlie, and United States lawmakers introduced a bill to make Charlie and his parents U.S. citizens. However, the hospital and the courts initially held firm and refused to allow Charlie to be treated elsewhere. The hospital also refused to let his parents take him home to die.

As the controversy grew, Great Ormond Street Hospital eventually requested a new court hearing so new evidence could be considered. An American doctor, Dr. Michio Hirano, traveled to London to examine Charlie and to meet with specialists. 

Dr. Hirano was optimistic that the nucleoside therapy could help Charlie, saying British doctors could be wrong in their diagnosis. Instead, Dr. Hirano said, Charlie could be suffering from muscle weakness, and if this is the case, there is up to a 55 percent chance of therapy helping him.

Court Shoots Down Forced Abortion Referrals


By Charlie Butts
One News Now

For a second time, courts in Illinois have expressed displeasure about the state's edict impacting pregnancy care centers.

State law forces pregnancy care centers in Illinois to post signs detailing where women can obtain abortions free or at low cost. Noel Sterett, an attorney with the law firm of Mauck & Baker in Chicago, tells OneNewsNow it also targets medical personnel.
"[Under the law] you at least have to tell the woman that abortion is a treatment option, and then tell her where she can get an abortion and the benefits of an abortion," he explains. "So this is essentially the government forcing or compelling speech of pro-life medical professionals and [in fact] explicitly targeting those doctors who have objections to these procedures."
So the law, he says, indicates the state doesn't care about conscientious objections or religious views.
Sterett explains that a federal judge has blocked enforcement of the law, but it's the second court-ordered injunction.
"The first injunction [that] we got on behalf of a select group of pregnancy care centers in state court ... wasn't as broad as this one because it only protected those pregnancy care centers involved in this case," says the attorney. "The federal court went a step further and says [it's] going to make a broad injunction protecting all healthcare professionals who have and want to exercise their right of conscience."
While the two injunctions don't necessarily mean both cases will be won, Sterett says it does give their clients encouragement that they won't have to sell abortions – which would be in direct opposition to their pro-life convictions.

'I Had An Abortion, And I Want Planned Parenthood Defunded'

'I use my past and my voice to be a voice for the children lost to get the Planned Parenthood monster defunded.'

By Ally Bowlin
Live Action News

A recent article by the Dallas Morning News claims that Republican leaders are trying to “bludgeon” Planned Parenthood against the will of voters. But the reality is that many women who have gone to the abortion industry for care – like myself – are some of the most vocal proponents of defunding the abortion provider.

Unfortunately, I succumbed to society’s lies and the devaluing of women in the abortion industry at 21 years old. My post-abortion follow-up appointment at Planned Parenthood was no more than 15 minutes, not counting the 30 minutes past my appointment time in the waiting room and then another 15 to even see the doctor. Planned Parenthood treated me like a number toward their quota.

After I had answered her questions and she ensured I was no longer pregnant, the Planned Parenthood clinician referred me back to my regular gynecologist for contraception and any further care I may need. The doctor was nonchalant about whether or not I would choose to use contraception in the future. 

And Planned Parenthood provided no education about contraception failing, even though I – along with a shocking percentage of women obtaining abortions – was on birth control when I got pregnant. [Editor’s Note: For more on the dangers and abortifacient properties of hormonal birth control, see this article.]

Nor did Planned Parenthood provide any education about the effects the abortion could have on me (it turns out there were many, and they were severe). There were no counseling options.

After many years of heartache and more poor choices I made as I suppressed my grief following my abortion, I now work in the pro-life world. As an employee of one of the fastest growing pro-life non-profits in the nation, Human Coalition, I use my past and my voice to be a voice for the children lost to get the Planned Parenthood monster defunded.

If Planned Parenthood is all about “empowering women,” caring for women in need, or educating and training women, then why was I pushed out the door before I could even ask any questions? And I am not an outlier, a singular example of Planned Parenthood misogyny and profiteering. Former Planned Parenthood managers have confirmed that my experience of sub-par care and being ushered through the business quickly is Planned Parenthood’s business model.

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.

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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, July 24, 2017

Thomas More Helps Pro-Lifers Sue Their School

By Bob Kellogg
One News Now

Two students who started a pro-life club at a Pennsylvania public high school have gone to court over the school's requirements.

After receiving a letter from the Thomas More Society on behalf of the students, the school relented to allow the school club. But now Thomas More is suing over requirements that it says are unlawful.

The lawsuit, filed July 11 in Lehigh County, names the Parkland School District as well as the high school and three administrators. The students are Elizabeth Castro and Grace Schairer. 

Thomas More attorney Jocelyn Floyd says Parkland High School originally complained a pro-life club is "political" and "controversial," but it backed off those accusations when informed a school couldn't turn down a student club for such reasons per the Equal Access Act.

The school is demanding the pro-lifers change their mission statement, among other demands, and Floyd says no other clubs at Parkland have been subjected to special requirements.
"No other club has been told that they must restrict their communications to members of the club only," she says. "No other club has been told they can't have off-campus activities."
The lawsuit includes the Parkland School District as well as the high school.

Judge Says Charlie Gard’s Parents Can’t Take Him to U.S. Even Though He Was Given U.S. Residency

By Micaiah Bilger
Life News

Charlie Gard’s parents appeared in court again Friday to discuss the next step in his case.

In the course of the hearing, British high court Justice Francis said their son cannot be moved to the United States for treatment without a court order, squashing hope that a move to grant him residency in the U.S. would help him, according to The Independent.

Earlier this week, U.S. Congressional leaders approved a measure to grant Charlie and his parents permanent residency status in an effort to make it easier for him to receive an experimental treatment. Pro-life Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington, led the effort; her daughter also was diagnosed with a fatal condition but survived because of an experimental treatment.

Charlie’s parents and his hospital are involved in an on-going legal battle over his medical care. The 11-month-old British infant suffers from a mitochondrial disease and brain damage.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates want to take their son to the United States for an experimental treatment. They raised more than $1.5 million for his care. His parents said they know the chance of the experimental treatment working is slim, but they want to try anyway for Charlie’s sake.

However, the courts and hospital have refused to allow them to transfer their son to another hospital. About a month ago, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the hospital can remove Charlie’s life support and allow him to die. The hospital recently agreed to consider new evidence involving Charlie’s condition before taking him off the ventilator.

Justice Francis will consider the new information Monday and Tuesday in court.

Here’s more from the report:
The judge also said Mr. Gard and Ms. Yates cannot take Charlie abroad without a court order, despite efforts by US Congress to grant him permanent residency in the country so he can fly there for treatment, according to [legal expert and journalist Joshua] Rozenberg.

Charlie, who was born on 4 August 2016, has a faulty RRM2B gene, which affects the cells responsible for energy production and respiration, leaving him unable to move or breath without a ventilator.

On Friday, the high court judge also had stern words for protesters outside Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is located. Justice Francis said protesters for Charlie have disturbed other patients and threatened staff, and he warned them to stop, the report states.

“I Know Life Begins at Conception,” Admits Pro-Choice Activist

National Right to Life

“Here is a startling revelation: I am a mother of two and a woman who earlier in her life had an abortion. I am unapologetically pro-choice. And I know life ‘begins’ at conception …. because I kinda already knew that having a child required, as a first step, the successful integration of a sperm and an egg, or fertilization.

“In other words, ‘life’ begins at conception, if by ‘life,’ we mean the essential starting place of a potential human being. Neither my 16-year-old daughter nor my 13-year-old son would be here if they were not first conceived, if the fertilized eggs had not gone through the process of cell division, successfully implanted in my uterus and developed into healthy embryos, and subsequently gone successfully through the many other phases of development leading to their births.”
[Commenting on a quote from Congressman Paul Ryan, where he said that seeing his unborn baby on the ultrasound screen, convinced him that life began at conception, Jacobson writes]

“I understand that seeing the sonogram of a wanted child is a powerful thing and a connection to the potential person whose birth is much awaited. But if it took Paul Ryan to see a sonogram of his daughter in utero to get him to believe his wife was pregnant and that his daughter’s “life” began with conception, the state of GOP knowledge on sex and biology is even worse than I thought.”

She does not explain how “life begins at conception,” but an unborn baby is only a “potential child.” It is typical pro-choice doublespeak.
Editor’s note. This appeared at clinic quotes and is reposted with permission.

Website: National Right to Life

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