Voices For Life

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

How About We Tear Down the Statue of Planned Parenthood’s Racist Founder?

"If Sanger had her way, MLK and Rosa Parks would not have been born."


By Doug Mainwaring
Life Site News

In recent weeks, headlines from town and cities across America have highlighted the removal of statues commemorating Civil War-era confederate figures from public squares and buildings.

Yet a statue remains in Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution commemorating the one person responsible for the deaths of more African Americans that any other in history: Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood.

“More than 19 million black babies have been aborted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in our country,” according to Michigan Right to Life’s website. “On average, 900 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.” Planned Parenthood is responsible for many of those abortions.
In August 2015, a group of Black pastors gathered in front of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to make known their plea for the removal of Sanger’s bust from the museum. Their request was rejected and the bust of Planned Parenthood’s founder remains on display today.

Asked about the continued presence of the bust at the museum, Linda St. Thomas, director of public affairs for the Smithsonian, emphasized to LifeSiteNews, “The Sanger statue has been there for many, many years.”

But so too have statues commemorating Confederate figures also been on display around the country for many, many years — until now.

Regarding the presence of Sanger’s bust in the Museum’s “Struggle for Justice” display, the pastors wrote a letter to the museum’s director, “Perhaps the Gallery is unaware that Ms. Sanger supported black eugenics, a racist attitude toward black and other minority babies; an elitist attitude toward those she regarded as ‘the feeble minded; speaking at rallies of Ku Klux Klan women; and communications with Hitler sympathizers.”

Their letter continues, “Also, the notorious ‘Negro Project’ which sought to limit, if not eliminate, black births, was her brain child. Despite these well-documented facts of history, her bust sits proudly in your gallery as a hero of justice. The obvious incongruity is staggering!”

“Like Hitler, Sanger advocated eugenics — the extermination of people she deemed ‘undesirables,’” said the pastors. “Ironically, Sanger’s bust is featured in the NPG’s [National Portrait Gallery’s] ‘Struggle for Justice’ exhibit alongside two of America’s most celebrated and authentic champions of equal rights — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. If Sanger had her way, MLK and Rosa Parks would not have been born.”

Ninth Circuit Gives Dave Daleiden a Win in University of Washington Baby Body Parts Investigation


By Michael Gryboski
Christian Post


A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel gave pro-life activist Dave Daleiden a victory Monday after he was barred by a lower court from releasing information about the University of Washington's purchase of baby body parts for research.

Last November, a Seattle-based district court judge placed an injunction prohibiting Daleiden from releasing the names and job titles of university personnel involved in research using aborted babies' body parts that were harvested by Planned Parenthood.

Regarding the Ninth Circuit panel's decision on Monday, Thomas More Society's Special Counsel Peter Breen said in a statement to Fox News earlier this week that the ruling "has prevented a serious threat to the public's right to know how their tax dollars are being spent."

The three-judge panel concluded that while they "agree with the district court that there may be a basis for redaction where disclosure would likely result in threats, harassment, and violence," the district court failed to "address how the Doe Plaintiffs have made the necessary clear showing with specificity as to the different individuals or groups of individuals who could be identified in the public records.
"The district court also made no finding that specific individuals or groups of individuals were engaged in activity protected by the First Amendment and what that activity was," read the decision.
"We remand for the district court to address how disclosure of specific information would violate the constitutional or statutory rights of particular individuals or groups of individuals."
The panel did decided that the injunction of the lower court would remain in place for a period not to exceed 120 days so the district court can "enter the necessary findings of fact and conclusions of law supporting injunctive relief, consistent with this disposition."


As Pa. Considers Anti-abortion Bill, Casey's Pro-life Credentials Come Under Scrutiny




by Frank Pavone
for Philly.com


Laws protecting children from abortion in the later stages of pregnancy continue to advance in various states. Two distinct but similar measures are gaining ground. One protects the lives of babies in the womb who can feel pain; the other protects babies in the womb from dismemberment procedures. These measures enjoy the support of the majority of our fellow citizens, even those who consider themselves “pro-choice.”

Pennsylvania is presenting a bill that merges the two concepts. The bill, SB3/HB77, addresses both pain-capable and dismemberment legislation.

Senate Bill 3 would make it illegal to cause “the death of an unborn child by means of dismembering the unborn child and extracting the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments.” It would also push back the legal limit of abortion from 24 weeks to 20 weeks, which is what pain-capable ban bills in other states seek to do.

Continue reading this article at Philly.com here


The Rev. Frank Pavone is national director of Priests for Life.



Are You a Terrorist or a Neo-nazi?



from Brian Burch
Catholic Vote


ISIS terrorists killed 13 people and injured 80+ in Barcelona this morning.  The stories are horrifying. Tragic.  And now CNN is asking: Was this a Charlottesville copycat?

And yesterday morning, the baby-butcher cheerleaders at NARAL tweeted: “Anti-choice groups & white supremacists have something important in common: They both want to control women’s bodies.”

Are you noticing the trend?

If you are pro-life, conservative, Republican… or if you don’t believe in mob rule -- then obviously you must be a racist, KKK-loving, neo-nazi enemy of America. And if you refuse to fall in line, and kiss the ring of the new ruling class, you will be shamed into submission.

The strategy of the Left is working brilliantly.

Many people I talk to feel trapped. They detest the racist “alt-right” fringe, who opposes everything they profess and stand for. But they feel threatened…even scared to speak up for what they believe lest they be trashed and slandered by the Left-wing mafia and the mainstream media.

We made clear in our message on Monday --- racism is evil. Period. And it must be opposed.

But the Radical Left wants to seize on this crisis and use it to advance their progressive revolution. This morning a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois -- the Land of Lincoln -- was burned (and not in an area where the alt-right exists). Meanwhile, prominent left-wing commentators are now wondering aloud whether we should “blow up” Mt. Rushmore.

No, this isn’t a joke.

The truth is the radical Left has completely taken over the Democratic Party. And their allies in the media are eager to pitch in and help them in every way possible. They’ve created a climate where they think good and decent Americans will sit down, shut up, and call it quits. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Remember?

Well, I’ve had enough.

The vast majority of Americans are nothing like the small band of neo-nazis who marched last weekend. What happened in Charlottesville was a disgrace. Racism persists in America. And it must be opposed.

Furthermore, people can debate the merits of President Trump’s response all they want. Did he say enough? Quickly enough? Were segments of the commie “Antifa” counter protest inciting violence too?

But I won’t sit by and allow millions of good people to get smeared by radical left-wing activists who are now exploiting this tragedy.

Online websites like Facebook, GoDaddy and Airbnb are refusing to do business with neo-nazi groups. Good for them. But if a Christian business owner requests the liberty to not participate in a same-sex wedding -- they are shamed and sued.

This is not an apology for moral equivalency.  But the evidence is now clear.

This isn’t just about Charlottesville anymore.



 
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Alert!!! Your Taxes Would Cover What?

URGENT - Board members voting next Wednesday on whether your taxdollars should pay for Planned Parenthood in their school district.



from Pennsylvania Family Institute

Next week Wednesday, August 23rd, Reading School District Board Members (Reading, PA) will vote on a proposal to use state dollars to pay for a school office staffed by Planned Parenthood Keystone in charge of sex education.

This proposal would:
  1. Have an office in the school staffed by Planned Parenthood (the largest abortion business in Pennsylvania),
  2. Schedule Planned Parenthood to make "classroom presentations on sexual and reproductive health topics," and,
  3. Make "referrals to sexual & reproductive health care services" (there is a Planned Parenthood just two miles from the school that performs hundreds of abortions every year).
If passed, all this will be paid for by you, the taxpayer.

That's why we need you to help stop this proposal. Here are four ways you can help:
  •  Contact Reading School Board Members: Tell them your tax dollars should not pay for Planned Parenthood personnel in their school. The #1 abortion business should not be on any high school staff - especially on the taxpayers' dime. You can email each board member using our Citizen Action Center.
  • Recruit others to make contacts as well: If you or anyone you know lives in the City of Reading, please especially encourage them to make their voice heard. To forward this to them, click here.
  • Use Twitter to message the school superintendent: Send a "tweet" to Reading's Superintendent, Dr. Khalid Mumin, that you oppose the use of your tax dollars to pay for Planned Parenthood in this school district.
Here are some sample messages you can use on Twitter:
.@drmuminrsd Oppose the health center proposal, my taxes shouldn't pay for Planned Parenthood in your school. #ProtectReadingTeens #RSDproud 
.@drmuminrsd Please no Planned Parenthood in RSD. Those teaching sex-ed should not profit when that ed fails. #ProtectReadingTeens #RSDproud 
.@drmuminrsd say no to proposed Health Center: the largest abortion business should not staff your school.#ProtectReadingTeens #RSDproud
  • Attend the rally this Wednesday, August 23rd . Plan to come to Reading between 5-7pm as we look to make a statement before the board meeting scheduled at 7pm. For rally details, click here.


 
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Iceland Isn’t ‘Eradicating’ Down syndrome — It is Killing Every Person Who Has It


By Susan Michelle-Hanson
Live Action News


A recent CBS News episode of “CBSN: On Assignment” has garnered some disturbing headlines this week with an episode entitled “The country where Down syndrome is disappearing.” 

The story reports on the nation of Iceland and the almost 100 percent abortion rate for preborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. The CBS story took on a tragically ironic tone:

Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy… Using an ultrasound, blood test and the mother’s age, the test, called the Combination Test, determines whether the fetus will have a chromosome abnormality, the most common of which results in Down syndrome. 

Children born with this genetic disorder have distinctive facial issues and a range of developmental issues. Many people born with Down syndrome can live full, healthy lives, with an average lifespan of around 60 years.
Iceland, with a population of 330,000, sees only about two children a year born with Down syndrome, CBS reports, noting that in the United States, about 6,000 babies are born annually with Down syndrome. 
While some women choose not to receive genetic testing, since an Icelandic law requires women be informed of the availability of the testing (and a majority of women do test), it’s a widespread practice. So is aborting the child diagnosed with Down syndrome. In fact, one mother even admits to CBS News that she, indeed, aborted partly from the pressure she felt, because it seemed so many mothers were doing it.

CBS reports that four out of five mothers who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome chose to abort their baby:
For expectant mother Bergthori Einarsdottir, who chose to have the test, knowing that most women did so helped steer her decision. “It was not pressure, but they told me that most women did it,” she said. “It did affect me maybe a little bit.”
The story explains that sometimes the reason two children per year with Down syndrome are born is because “sometimes after their parents received inaccurate test results.” 


Chinese Authorities Shut Down Nursery Run by Monk Who Saves Babies From Abortion


By SPUC, UK
Life News

The Chinese news outlet Global Times is reporting that a monk who saves babies from abortion and then brings them up has come into conflict with authorities.

Master Daolu, a former businessman turned monk, believes, like many Buddhists, that the baby has a soul from conception, and that abortion is murder. However, he doesn’t just persuade women not to have abortions – he provides shelter and care for them and their babies.

Lifelong Care

According to an earlier Global Times article, when he began his ministry, Master Daolu converted his own villa in Nantong, in East China’s Jiangsu Province into a foster home, hiring nannies and recruiting volunteers to care for abandoned babies. 

He offers women in crisis pregnancies – most of them in their twenties and unmarried -money, shelter, healthcare and help to raise their children. He promises to take care of the children until adulthood, and, he explains, mothers “chose me instead of a public foster home, as they could return to see their children or take away them at any time.” 

Public foster homes only receive orphans and the mothers don’t know of their babies’ whereabouts after they are adopted, he says.

Shut Down

This brave monk has already faced huge difficulties in obtaining hukou, or household registration, for the children, which is needed to access public education and healthcare. 

Now it is reported that the local government in Rugao, a county-level city under Nantong’s jurisdiction, has shut down his foster home, and forced him to sign an agreement that all the women leave and take their children with them. He is also ordered to cease all further rescue work of women and children in Rugao.

Daolu hasn’t disbanded the women and children as he promised in the letter, instead arranging for them to live in apartments rented by himself, or the homes of lay Buddhists. 

He said that there are currently more than 20 women waiting to give birth and 23 children up to five years of age under his care. He has no plans to stop his rescue efforts, and has vowed to keep fighting to get legal recognition for the children.


Pregnancy Help Centers “Real Alternatives” Offer a Life-Affirmation Option for Pregnant Women and Girls


By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
PA Pro-Life Federation

National Right to Life


Family and friends have abandoned the young woman, believing that her pregnancy is a problem to “be gotten rid of.” Abandoned, the “easy” path leads to her baby’s death.

But there is an alternative, another road, driven by compassion. In our state the woman or girl can turn to Pennsylvania’s Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program.

The program is administered by Real Alternatives, Inc. which supports both the woman and her baby, equipping her with the tools that will help her succeed at motherhood, college, relationships, and the rest of the elements of her life.

Over the past two decades, Real Alternatives has provided kind-hearted, clear-thinking, and loving support to more than 275,000 women and their families. They have helped women and girls to find solace, hope, and encouragement for the future.

As writer Frederica Matthews-Green stated so eloquently,

“They (Women) have said if I’d only had one person to stand by me, and it could have been a stranger, but they’d say I needed somebody to be a sister to me, I needed someone to be a friend . . . I would have had that baby. And, that’s what you do in maternity homes and crisis pregnancy centers and in offering adoption services. You are that friend . . .”
The statewide network of 91 non-profit centers and close to 350 counselors reaches out to women of all backgrounds and walks of life with services that are 100 percent free. 

The success stories are inspiring…women finishing their GED and obtaining gainful employment…women leaving dangerously abusive relationships…women empowered to become effective decision-makers for themselves and their families.
As Kellyanne Conway, now a counselor to the President, once said, “Your trophy does not sit on a shelf . . .the trophy for your hard work plays on a swing, moves a tassel during a graduation ceremony, and yes even one day experiences the joy of motherhood.”
National Right to Life continues


Celebrate Fertility Care in Northeast Philly on September 14th!


 


from Friends of Fertility Care - Philadelphia 

Please join us for our second bilingual roadshow on the Feast of the Holy Cross at the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center in Northeast Philadelphia.

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 
7 PM to 9 PM 
Mother Boniface Spirituality Center
3501 Solly Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136 (map and directions)


There will be an information session on NaProTechnology (NaPro) and the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. The evening presentation will be in English and Spanish and will feature a Q&A with NaPro trained ob/gyn physician, Dr. Delia Larrauri. Additionally, there will be a viewing of the film NaPro, A Quiet Revolution.


If you haven't registered already, save your seat by clicking on the "Register Now" button below! For questions, please call Barbara at 215-884-2922.





   
The Friends of FertilityCare Philadelphia are a group of health care professionals and members of our community who wish to promote effective, integrated health care for women and couples.

 To that end, the Friends of FertilityCare are dedicated to making Creighton Model FertilityCare™ services and NaProTechnology known, respected and applied throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

 The primary intention of the Friends of FertilityCare is to educate all people in the "good news" of Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTechnology.  To learn more about this program, follow this link. 


Use this link for other events and activities from Friends of Fertility Care.


 
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.  



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Action Update: Rev Broden at 2nd Sunday. 40 Days is coming--look out PP..




Submitted in Service to the Gospel of Life
John Pisciotta, Director of Pro-Life Waco

  1. Rev. Steven Broden at Second Sunday Gathering
  2. Onward Christian Soldiers with 40 Days for Life
  3. Dickinson, Texas Planned Parenthood closes

1. Reverend Steven Broden lights up our Second Sunday Pro-Life Gathering


 
Reverend Stephen Broden
For weeks, Central Texas pro-lifers have been eagerly awaiting the visit from the Rev. Stephen Broden (Fair Park Bible Fellowship – Dallas) for our Second Sunday Pro-Life Gathering. The dynamic pastor did not disappoint. His content and his spirit shifted the enthusiasm of his audience into a higher gear. That certainly happened for me. The title of his presentation was “Eugenics, Abortion, and the Black Community.” He vividly painted the picture of how devastating abortion and its racist proponents are for the families and communities he serves. I’ll say no more. You’ll see below links to news coverage of the event, 9 minutes of selections from the speech, and then of the entire 40-minute video. You must be on Facebook to see the videos of Pastor Broden. I think you will enjoy photos of Second Sunday at the end of this email. You will see my famous Mama Rosa’s pasta and meatballs.


Links:
For the local Fox News segment, click here
Selections from Rev. Stephen Broden speech on Facebook, click here (you must be a member of Facebook to view this)
Full version of Rev. Stephen Broden's speech on Facebook, click here 

2. Onward Christian Soldiers with 40 Days for Life

The big item for our local action for Second Sunday was Waco participation in 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. The campaign/outreach is September 27 through November 5 at the sidewalks of Planned Parenthood at 1121 Ross Ave. The hours of the prayer vigil will be 7 AM to 7 PM on all days except Sundays. Aine Fitzgerald, the Director of 40 Days for Life in Waco gave an outstanding presentation about the significance of 40 Days for Life, the profound impact that this outreach has had on her life, and how you will be challenged and rewarded by the 40 Days for Life experience. This is probably the most important project that will happen in our valiant effort to contend with and roll back abortion to Waco. 40 Days for Life is sponsored by both Pro-Life Waco and CareNet Pregnancy Center of Central Texas. We are also inviting all churches to be on board supporting 40 Days for Life.

What’s next for you? That would be choosing a particular hour that you will pray during the six weeks of 40 Days for Life. You should pray in groups of at least two people. After the Lord’s Agony in the Garden, Jesus said to Peter “Could you not pray with me for just one hour.” The 2017 call for the defense of the precious pre-born babies is that for six weeks we pray for just one hour at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Waco and Central Texas are being attacked out of Austin PP headquarters by the return of abortion. We must not imply “Welcome PP” by our silence.
How can you communicate the hour that you have selected or ask questions?

1. Contact me by email at prolifewaco@gmail.com

2. You can sign up on-line at the Waco page of the National 40 Days for life website. Here is your link.

You will have to create an account to choose an hour. This will place you on an e-mail list to receive periodic updates on 40 Day from international headquarters. If you have any difficulty with this, ask your child or grandchild for help.

I hope to hear from you soon. Most of us are capable of doing 40 Days for Life. Don’t leave the responsibilities and blessings of participating in 40 Days for Life to others.

3. Dickinson, Texas Planned Parenthood closes its doors 

   

I end with encouraging news came out today. Planned Parenthood in Dickinson, Texas (SE of Houston) has closed its doors.

If Planned Parenthood cannot make a profit off the sexual disorder that it helps create, they will shut down. Let’s pray and work for the day when we will read a news article stating that Planned Parenthood has closed in Waco.






Here are photos from Second Sunday: