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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Lifers March for Life and Mourn 60 Million Abortions


By Milcaiah Bilger
Live News

The 2018 March for Life was full of enthusiasm Friday as hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered in the capital to celebrate the value of human life and the victories for life that have been achieved.

Kicking off the event, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told the crowd that they were participating in the largest human rights demonstration in the world.

“We have persevered to become the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world,” Mancini said. “Your love is saving lives!”
The march began 44 years ago on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade. The decision legalized abortion on demand in all 50 states and made America one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.
“Since [1973], abortion has claimed the lives of over 60 million Americans, and we grieve their loss,” Mancini said.
She went on to praise the dedication of pro-lifers who have worked for four decades and continue to work to protect babies from abortion. As a result, abortions are at a 40-year low and abortion facilities are closing at a rapid pace.

Joining her in praise were President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the first sitting president and vice president to address the march live, along with numerous U.S. Senators and Representatives, and pro-life leaders.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan marveled at the number of young people in the crowd and spoke of the hope that they give him.
“It tells us this is a movement that is on the rise,” Paul said, noting their “infectious” energy.
“And you know one thing that gets lost in this controversy is how compassionate the pro-life movement really is,” he continued. “How much this movement helps women – women who have been through the pain of abortion. … I’m so proud of how this movement provides resources to mothers through thousands of pregnancy centers. This is true compassion. This is real love.”
Speakers encouraged the pro-life advocates to keep up their enthusiasm throughout the year. Many people used the hashtag #whywemarch on social media to explain why they fight for the rights of unborn babies.



U.S. House Passes Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

 

By Kelli
Live Action News


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4712, also known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, by a vote of 241-183. 235 Republicans voted in favor of the bill, along with six Democrats (Cartwright, Cuellar, Langevin, Lipinski, Peterson, and Walz). According to Congress.gov, this bill had 131 co-sponsors and “amends the federal criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital.”

Democrats in opposition to the bill, such as Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — both of whom have received campaign funding from the abortion industry and who immediately demanded an end to the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which eventually resulted in several criminal referrals against various members of the abortion industry — rose and claimed that the bill was not necessary, and that the 2002 Born Alive Infants Protection Act already prohibits the killing of abortion survivors. But in the reading of the text of that Act (BAIPA), it lists few penalties, or “teeth,” so to speak, should an abortionist violate the Act.

Detractors also claimed that H.R. 4712 is a back-door attempt to somehow restrict ‘abortion rights.’ However, the text of the resolution does not restrict abortion. It reads:

The term “born alive” means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut.

Also, a health care practitioner or other employee who has knowledge of a failure to comply with these requirements must immediately report such failure to an appropriate law enforcement agency.

An individual who violates the provisions of this bill is subject to a criminal fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

An individual who commits an overt act that kills a child born alive is subject to criminal prosecution for murder.

The bill bars the criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate these provisions, for being an accessory after the fact, or for concealment of felony.

A woman who undergoes an abortion or attempted abortion may file a civil action for damages against an individual who violates this bill.

Live Action’s 2013 InHuman investigation revealed that the abortion industry does not help abortion survivors, despite the Born Alive Infants Protection Act having been in place for over a decade. In the following video, Washington, D.C. abortionist Cesare Santangelo tells an undercover investigator that if her baby was accidentally born alive, he would not offer assistance to the child to help him or her survive:

Clearly, a law that has few ‘teeth’ is an ineffective law, and the abortion industry’s friends in Congress and the media consistently shield the industry from accountability. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act should now advance to the Senate for a vote.



PRO-life…OR ANTI-abortion?? YES!!




Alexandra Snyder, Executive Director
Life Legal Defense Foundation


I've been following discussions in pro-life circles regarding the meaning of “pro-life” and whether the term adequately describes a position that is vehemently opposed to the killing of children in the womb. As a result, some have started to call themselves exclusively “anti-abortion.”
However, “anti-abortion” does not encompass threats to life to those who have already been born. These threats can come from hospitals and other health care providers—and even from family members—who believe that unless a person enjoys a certain subjectively-determined “quality of life,” that person should be made dead.

So when we receive a call from the son of an elderly woman asking for help because her court-appointed guardian sought to withdraw her ventilator, we say YES! Then we work with a local attorney to see that the woman receives proper care and treatment—which, in this case, was so successful that she was able to leave the hospital.

And when we receive a call like the one we got recently from a 40 Days for Life team asking for help because pro-aborts had disrupted their prayer vigil by throwing glass bottles and blaring loud music, we say YES! Then we ensure that those sidewalk advocates can continue to exercise their right to pray for and reach out to abortion-vulnerable women without fear of physical harm.

So does that makes us PRO-life or ANTI-abortion?

YES! We are unequivocally PRO the protection of the sanctity of human life at all stages, from conception to true death. And we are unequivocally ANTI the extermination of unborn babies for any reason.

Please stand with us in 2018 as we fight for the protection of innocent human life and against the indiscriminate killing of the weak and vulnerable.

 
The Life Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit law firm that specializes in the defense of vulnerable human life, especially life in the womb. For more information on this organization or to make a donation to help them with their work, please use this link. 




Either Suicide is a Big Deal... Or It Isn't




By Matthew Wagner, Education Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation 



YouTube sensation Logan Paul has recently come under fire for an insensitive video he posted on YouTube. In the offending video Paul, whose YouTube channel has over 15 million followers, visited Japan’s Aokigahara forest, also known as the “suicide forest.” During their visit, Paul and his friends came across the body of someone who recently committed suicide and made jokes about the suicide victim. Their insensitivity led to him to delete the video and issue an apology.

The backlash to the insensitivity of Paul and his friends has been swift and strong, and rightly so. What’s interesting is the notable silence of the Hemlock Society, rebranded as Compassion and Choices. Its advocacy for legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide (and ultimately euthanasia) hinges on an assumption that suicide is no big deal and should be treated as cavalierly as Paul and his friends did. The fact that the organization has not come out in full-throated defense of Paul is indicative of its hypocrisy.

Paul has stated he posted the video “to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention” but admits he doesn’t expect to be forgiven. He has even apologized to the family of the person who committed suicide. Similarly, Compassion and Choices, and other advocates of doctor-prescribed suicide should apologize to all who commit suicide for the cavalier attitude they display toward suicide and should refocus their attention on reminding people considering suicide they can always choose life.


 
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is a grassroots right-to-life organization with members statewide. As the state affiliate of National Right to Life, PPLF is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children.  For more information on the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, please use this link. 


 
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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.  



Friday, January 19, 2018

Catholic Bishop: “Abortion is a Uniquely Intimate Form of Violence With Bitter Public Consequences”



By Archbishop Charles Chaput
Life News


The “March for Life” this January, like every January over the past several decades, reminds the nation that killing an unborn child is never a private matter. Abortion is a uniquely intimate form of violence – but violence with bitter public consequences. Catholics eagerly join the March for Life each year because we believe in the God of life and joy; a God who creates every human being with innate dignity and rights, including above all the right to life.

What we really believe, we conform our lives to. And if we don’t at least try to conform our lives to what we claim to believe, then we’re fooling only ourselves, because God cannot be fooled. When we claim to be “Catholic” but then don’t advance our beliefs about the sanctity of the human person as the basis of law, it means one of two things. We’re either very confused, or we’re very evasive.

All law involves the imposition of somebody’s beliefs about the nature of truth, charity and justice on everyone else. That’s the reason we have marches, debates, elections and Congress–to peacefully turn the struggle of ideas and moral convictions into laws that guide our common life. …

There’s a very old Christian expression that goes like this: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

Are we troubled enough about what’s wrong with the world — the killing of millions of unborn children through abortion; the neglect of the poor, the disabled and the elderly? Do we really have the courage of our convictions to change those things?
The opposite of hope is cynicism, and cynicism also has two daughters. Their names are indifference and cowardice. In renewing ourselves in our faith, what Catholics need to change most urgently is the lack of courage we find in our own personal lives, in our national political life, and sometimes even within the Church herself.

Every year in these weeks between the end of Christmas and the beginning of Lent, I reflect on what the Church means when she talks about the season of “ordinary time.” 


Ordinary time is where we spend most of our lives — raising families, doing our jobs, helping others, making the daily choices that shape the world around us. Ordinary time is the space God gives us to make a difference with our lives. What we do with that ordinary time — in our personal choices and in our public actions — matters eternally.



President Trump Will Protect Doctors Who Don’t Want To Do Abortions

“To be forced under pain of losing one’s job
 is just outrageous,” Rep. Chris Smith 


By Steven Ertelt
Life News


President Donald Trump is reportedly considering issuing new protections for doctors who don’t want to perform abortions.

President George W Bush first issued conscience protections for pro-life doctors and other medical workers who did not want to participate in abortions. But President Barack Obama rescinded those protections and created a situation where pro-life medical workers and others who don’t want to be involved in abortions are pressured to do so.

Full details have not been released about the potential guidelines but online reports indicate the White House is reviewing the proposal from the Department of Health and Human Services to protect doctors and healthcare workers from being forced or pressured to perform abortions. Language will reportedly protect anyone who has a “moral objection” to involvement in an abortion because it kills an unborn child before birth.

Here is more on what President Trump is considering. As always, abortion activist threaten to sue to force doctors and nurses to participate in or perform abortions:

Under a proposed rule — which has been closely guarded at HHS and is now under review by the White House — the HHS office in charge of civil rights would be empowered to further shield these workers and punish organizations that don’t allow them to express their moral objections, according to sources on and off the Hill.

HHS did not respond to multiple requests for comment. However, HHS’ leaders have repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for rolling back regulations dating to the George W. Bush administration that legally insulated health care workers while affirming their religious freedoms.

Roger Severino, the Trump administration appointee who now leads the HHS civil rights office, has repeatedly stressed that strengthening conscience protections for health care workers is a top priority for his office.

The pending rule, which could be released as soon as this week, has been described to POLITICO as establishing a new “division” of the HHS civil rights office that would conduct compliance reviews, audits and other enforcement actions to ensure that health care providers are allowing workers to opt out of procedures when they have religious or moral objections.

The office would also conduct outreach and technical support to help others who are seeking to strengthen protections for these workers.


Pro-Life Leader Invites Pro-Abortion ‘Out of Touch’ Canadian Prime Minister to March for Life


By Katie Yoder
National Right to Life


On Friday, more than 100,000 Americans are expected to march in the nation’s capital to celebrate life and condemn abortion. While the networks often overlook the March for Life, it exemplifies the strength and youth of the pro-life movement – something one leader wants the Canadian prime minister to grasp.

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini appeared on Fox & Friends Monday to discuss Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent comments attacking the pro-life movement – and invited him to attend the march to “see who’s really out of touch with mainstream America.”

To begin the segment, Fox co-hosts Rachel Campos-Duffy and Brian Kilmeade played a clip of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bashing pro-life groups.
“An organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion is not in line with where we are as a government, quite frankly where we are as a society,” Trudeau declared Wednesday during an Ontario town hall.
Campos-Duffy and Kilmeade turned to Mancini for a reaction. She stressed that he was “out of touch.”
“He doesn’t need to look far to see that eight out of 10 Americans for the last 10 years have wanted to limit abortion more than it’s limited, at least in the United States,” Mancini responded, likely citing a Marist/Knights of Columbus poll.
To see for himself, she invited him to the 45th annual March for Life held later 
this month, on Jan. 19.
“I’d love to extend an invitation to the prime minister to come to the March for Life on Friday, because he will see who’s really out of touch with mainstream America,” she continued.
Held in Washington, D.C., the March for Life condemns abortion around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in this country. Regardless of the weather, the march regularly attracts tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands from across the country.

For her part, Campos-Duffy found Trudeau’s comments “ironic” because the March for Life is a “young movement” as well as a “pro-science movement.” Mancini agreed.
“It’s pro-science. It’s pro-love,” Mancini stressed. “And you’re right, Rachel, it’s primarily young people.”
She went on to urge that the March for Life, the “largest human rights demonstration that happens annually around the world” is “45 years strong.”
“It’s astounding when you consider that we’ve lost over 60 million Americans to abortion,” Mancini concluded. “And to the prime minister, I just would really want to talk to him about, this is the most significant human rights abuse of today.”
National Right to Life article continues here 

Why Nadya Walked Out of Planned Parenthood, Chose Life for Baby Charlie


Nadya and baby Charlie will tell their story to lawmakers on Capitol Hill
with Heartbeat International’s Babies Go to Congress.
Photo Courtesy: Elizabeth’s New Life Center
By Jay Hobbs
National Right to Life


Almost three years ago, Nadya was sitting in a Planned Parenthood waiting room in southwest Ohio, feeling abortion was the only way she could salvage her life.

But even as she waited for the front desk staff of the abortion business to call her name, Nadya suddenly found the strength that was so elusive in the weeks leading up to the appointment.

All of the sudden, a dozen conversations—both with her sister and at a local pro-life pregnancy help center, “Elizabeth’s New Life”—had fallen into place in Nadya’s mind and heart. Just in the nick of time, Nadya stood up and walked out the door of Planned Parenthood, determined to choose life for her little boy, who she named Charlie.

Now married to Charlie’s father, Nadya is taking her son and her story up Capitol Hill on Thursday as part of Heartbeat International’s Babies Go to Congress, where she’ll tell her elected representatives what pregnancy help has meant to her.

With 18-month-old Charlie at her side, Nadya will have an adorable visual aid to point to as she tells the story of how she rescued her son by walking out of Planned Parenthood.

“Through the constant support and prayer and coaching of Elizabeth’s New Life Center, they showed me that [parenting] was possible,” Nadya, who’s finishing up a business degree and works at a law firm, said. “It was not the end of the world. If anything, I’m so much better off today.”
One of three mothers participating in this year’s event, Nadya was raised in the Evangelical church, with her father serving a stint as a Southern Baptist pastor. In fact, all three mothers in this year’s Babies Go to Congress grew up in Evangelical or Catholic churches, but were vulnerable to abortion.

According to research from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 54 percent of women resorting to abortion came from a Christian background—a figure that may actually be on the low end, compared to a 2015 survey conducted by LifeWay Research and Care Net.

When she found out she was pregnant, Nadya hesitated to tell anyone close to her except her sister, who recommended Elizabeth’s New Life Center, which serves over 4,700 women per year in six locations throughout southwest Ohio.

Though she visited Elizabeth’s New Life Center, Nadya was having trouble seeing past her chaotic living situation, her career goals, and what was then a shaky relationship with Charlie’s father.

More urgently, Nadya was mired in the guilt and shame, and was desperate for a way out.

“Naturally, I was terrified,” Nadya said. “I knew what I was supposed to do, and I knew what I wasn’t supposed to do. I didn’t know where to go.
“I saw my ultrasound and I was six weeks pregnant. The nurse at the time gave me all the options and said, ‘Listen, this is possible. You’re going to be a great mother… there’s adoption as well. This life is going to be wonderful, it’s going to be beautiful, and you’re going to do this.”
While those words of encouragement didn’t set in right away for Nadya—who later booked an abortion appointment at Planned Parenthood—they did in time for Nadya to reject abortion and choose life for herself and little Charlie.

Babies Go to Congress has brought 155 mothers and their children into congressional offices since Heartbeat International took its initial group to the nation’s Capitol in 2009. Overall, mothers with their children in tow have visited 315 congressional offices representing 25 states.

Thursday’s event is set to be capped off with a special address from U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a past speaker at the March for Life and ardent supporter of vulnerable life.

Watch Nadya tell her story below:


Editor’s note. This appeared at Pregnancy Help News and is reposted with permission.

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.  


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Your Attendance is Needed on Monday, January 22 at the Rally for Life! NJ Poised to Force Taxpayers to Fund Planned Parenthood!





Rally for Life on Monday
11 am - 1 pm
Courtyard Annex of the State House 
Trenton, NJ (map)


Marie Tasy, Executive Director
New Jersey Right to Life


I know you may be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life tomorrow. It is a very exciting time indeed to be in the Nation's Capitol with pro-life people from all walks of life who come from all over our great country to stand united in Defense of Life. I wanted to let you know that NJ Congressman Chris Smith is again hosting a Reception immediately following the March for NJ pro-life citizens in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

I also wanted to inform you about a very urgent matter that will affect all NJ taxpayers which will take place on Monday, January 22nd.

As you know, our state just elected a new Democrat Governor who has called himself a "proudly progressive Democrat." The Legislature is controlled by huge majorities of like minded people who are wasting no time to force taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood.

In fact, the Senate Health Committee has scheduled a hearing on the day of our Rally to hear two bills (S105 and S120) that will use our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood.

For this reason, it is especially important that we have a large crowd in attendance at the Rally for Life on Monday, January 22 in Trenton, NJ. The Rally is from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. in the Courtyard Annex of the State House. We have many great speakers lined up, including our state legislators. many of whom are coming down to Trenton just to be with us and address the Rally. NJ is were we live, where we raise our children, and where we pay our taxes. We need to stand up and be counted as citizens who oppose the destruction of innocent babies in the womb and the funding of Planned Parenthood!

You see, it does not matter to them that Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation by the FBI for engaging in illegal activity. It doesn't matter that their staff was caught on video right here in Perth Amboy, NJ willing to aid and abet undercover investigators posing as sex traffickers. It doesn't matter that the Federal Office of Inspector General found that their past taxpayer funding history showed that NJ Planned Parenthood affiliates engaged in medicaid fraud by billing the federal agency for services that did not qualify as "family planning." It does not matter that the NJ Dept of Health inspected their clinics in Mercer and Monmouth Counties and found numerous health and safety violations, including the unsanitary use of vaginal ultrasounds. These things don't matter because Planned Parenthood is a favored constituency of the parties currently controlling all three branches of state government.

Please help leave our footprint at our State Capitol to show lawmakers that we are not giving up, that we are watching and will continue to oppose and call for the reversal of the Roe v. Wade Decision and fight against taxpayer funding of abortion and Planned Parenthood. Please join us on Monday in Trenton as we mourn the lives of 60 million innocent children and offer our support to the countless women and men who suffer long-lasting pain and grief over the loss of their children because of this terribly flawed and antiquated decision.

Thank you and I hope to see you on Monday!

PS. Look for our Billboards on major highways on your way to Washington and Trenton!




Young People Called ‘New Magi’ of Pro-Life Movement

 


By Joyce Duriga • Catholic News Service 
CatholicPhilly.com

CHICAGO (CNS) — Over 5,000 people from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and other Midwestern states gathered Jan. 14 in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago for the annual March for Life Chicago commemorating the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Participants carried signs with pro-life messages and balloons during the rally and march through the streets of downtown. The drum line from Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein played in the march.


View the video below of students preparing for the March for Life or on YouTube using this link.  





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