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, October 31, 2015

Woman Who Killed Her Baby Has Conviction Overturned, Court Says Six-Day-Old Baby Isn’t a Person






Life News

A New York court recently ruled that a Long Island woman who killed her baby in a car accident cannot be convicted because her baby was not a person yet.

The Times Union reports Jennifer Jorgensen previously was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter for causing the death of her baby daughter in a car crash. She also was indicted for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the report.

Jorgensen was in her third trimester when the car accident occurred in May 2008. Her daughter was delivered by C-section after the head-on collision and died six days later, according to the report.


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/



Dealing With Miscarriage and Stillbirth



by Eric Metaxas
BreakPoint 

"How old would she be?" If you want to bless a mother this week, learn what this question is all about.
Ten years ago, Julie and Brian Neils eagerly awaited the arrival of their twins, Lauren and Leyton. At 28 weeks, Julie was in the hospital with pre-term labor, but the doctors stopped it and were planning to send her home for bed rest. During the short time the baby monitor was off, Leyton twisted on his umbilical cord and died.

Over the next four weeks, Julie bore a profound grief over her son, even as she worked to bring Lauren closer to term. On the day of their birth, Lauren was alive, but struggling. Julie held Leyton tight in a blue blanket, rocking on a creaking chair and weeping over her lost son.

Like many women, Julie always faces a decision when hearing the question, "How many children do you have?"

While she never tires of remembering her beloved son, she has grown weary of the responses she gets when people encounter her grief over Leyton.

"At least you have other children," they say. Or, "Didn't that happen a long time ago?"

No matter how well-meaning they might be, the response seemed to diminish the value of her son, and it breaks her heart all over again every time it happens.


article continues at http://www.breakpoint.org


Mystery Group Donates Millions to Democrat Supreme Court Candidates in Pennsylvania



NOTE:  The Democrat candidates for Supreme Court in Pennsylvania have all been endorsed by Planned Parenthood.  We need to make sure we all get to the polls this Tuesday and vote for the Pro-Life Candidates.   If we neglect to vote, we are in truth giving a vote to these candidates and also our approval of the atrocities committed by Planned Parenthood! 
Educate yourself and please use this link from Pennsylvania Family Institute to find out where the candidates stand on life issues! 

By Eric Holmberg
Public Source


Many familiar organizations gave to Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform so it could run attack ads against the three Republican candidates for Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

In the past month, the group raised more than $2.2 million from affinity groups representing Philadelphia trial lawyers, teachers’ unions, labor unions and others.

Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform is an independent expenditure group, meaning they can buy political ads but they cannot coordinate with the candidates or advocate for the election or defeat of a specific candidate.

But there’s an unfamiliar group called PA Alliance that contributed $500,000 to fund the attack ads through Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform since Sept. 11, making it the second largest contributor behind the Philadelphia trial lawyers.

It gave more than the big labor unions — Service Employees International Union ($488,000) and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ($400,000) — and more than the state and national teachers’ unions.

With three of the seven seats on the state’s highest court up for grabs and the remaining members split 2-2 along party lines, control of the court will be decided next week.

“It's dreadful the amount of money going into our elections,” said Terry Madonna, pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. “Money's a corrupting influence and it's got to be regulated some way, somehow.”

The ads alleged one candidate did not author various legal articles as she claimed and that other candidates have failed to protect women or women and children.

“The candidates are benefitting from ads that are largely misleading,” said Bruce Ledewitz, a law professor at Duquesne University. “In almost every instance in which a judge is accused of doing something bad, it was simply something required by the law.”



Friday, October 30, 2015

Action Item! Healthy People 2020 Needs to Know About NaPro



from Friends of Fertility Care - Philadelphia

Americans have been invited to participate in the Healthy People 2020 process. The comment period will be open for participation until November 13, 2015. Tell your colleagues and friends about this opportunity to be heard, especially your views on family planning. To participate in the public comment period, visit www.HealthyPeople.gov. Why not tell them about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTECHNOLOGY®?

The Friends of Fertility Care remains faithful to the mission of educating men and women about the gifts of fertility and authentic intimacy in relationships. This is accomplished through the promotion of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) and NaProTECHNOLOGY as fertility care throughout all reproductive stages and as an effective means of Natural Family Planning.

In the past year, the FFC has conducted three NaPro “roadshows” at parishes in Montgomery and Bucks County, gave presentations to pro-life groups and high schools, assisted the National Gianna Centers for Women’s Health and Fertility at the World Meeting of Families and sponsored a presentation by Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, Director and founder of the Pope Paul VI Institute, at Neumann University in Aston, PA.

Please support our work with your prayers and a generous donation.

Follow these three steps to better help us.


  • Contribute by mail to the Friends of FertilityCare, PO Box 354, Jenkintown, PA 19046 or via our website by using this link. Help us to continue our core activities of outreach and education. Help us replenish and expand our St. Gianna Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support so that medical students, PA’s & NP’s can be trained in NaProTECHNOLOGY.
  • Share our e-newsletter and website address with family and friends—your neighbor, doctor, local priest, seminarians, minister or your local marriage preparation program. Ask them to subscribe to our e-newsletter for periodic updates
  • Finally, please help us update our files. If your contact information has changed, please update your contact information at our website by using this link. We thank you for your generosity and support. We are building a Culture of Life in Health Care.

State Parental Intervention Laws Save Lives




Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance


You and I constantly hear pro-abortion extremists scream that the supposed mental health of the mother is somehow more important than the life of an unborn baby.

Psychological mumbo jumbo vs. death?

Frankly, this shows there must be something wrong with their minds.

But now there's a new study that shows even this rationalization excusing abortion-on-demand is false.

The fact is, not only do parental intervention laws save the lives of unborn babies and give parents back the right to stop an abortion from being performed on their minor daughter. . .

. . . but they also reduce suicide rates among teen girls by as much as 11 to 21 percent.

These findings released in Economic Inquiry demonstrate the fact that abortion decisions by pregnant teens lead to feelings of overwhelming guilt.


If you have time to take a look at this study on the dual life-saving results of parental intervention laws, I encourage you to click on the picture below to read the article. 
                     

But the bottom line is that hundreds of thousands of unborn babies die as a result of wrongheaded decisions, and one out of five abortions is performed on a minor.

And it's evident that a parent's intervention to stop an abortion can save not only the unborn baby's life but in many cases save two lives -- both the unborn baby and the teenage mother.

The National Pro-Life Alliance is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions to keep our vital programs running. We receive no government funding.  To sign the petition to pass the Parental Notification and Intervention Act  or to make a donation, please use this link.  


China Still Abusing the Family



From Steve Mosher
Population Research Institute


The Chinese government is apparently ready loosen to the stranglehold it has had on reproduction in that country since the late seventies—a little bit. Under the new policy, married Chinese couples will be allowed not one, but two children.

“The regime is backing away from draconian birth limits,” says Steven Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, “not because senior Party officials have suddenly developed a conscience. Rather, it will be because they have finally realized that a shrinking workforce and a rapidly aging population are crippling future economic growth.”

For at least the past two years, China’s workforce has been shrinking. Last year, the potential workforce fell by 3.71 million, a significant number even by China’s standards. At the same time, the over-sixty population is exploding. According to U.N. projections, it is expected to more than double by 2050. China is growing old before it grows rich, and the strains on China’s nascent pension programs will be enormous.

Mosher says, “Beijing now realizes that it must stop restricting childbirth and start encouraging it as soon as possible. Yet it can’t simply abandon the policy altogether and admit it made a mistake. That would call the regime’s legitimacy into question.”

The parallels between China’s current demographic and economic malaise and Japan’s demographic and economic decline in the 1990s is striking. The Japanese economy has never really recovered from its “demographic recession.” China may not recover either.

The One Child Policy has caused fertility rates to plummet over the past three and half decades. Sex-selective abortion has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the country. The strong preference for sons in Chinese culture, especially in rural areas, has resulted in the deaths of millions of unborn baby girls.

The overall loss of human life in China is staggering. China’s own Ministry of Health estimated in 2013 that 336 million babies had been aborted as a result of the onerous population control program. With an estimated 13 million abortions taking place in China every year—almost 1,500 lives per hour—the number is likely significantly higher today.

Chinese President Xi Jinping first sought to loosen the policy in 2013. It was announced that couples where both the husband and the wife were themselves only children would be allowed to have a second child following the birth of their first. The response was underwhelming as few couples applied for a second birth “permit."

Mosher says, “Now couples are allowed to have a second child. But don’t expect it to stop there. A government bent on controlling the fertility of its people will do whatever necessary to produce the number of children it thinks necessary.”

After all, the One Child Policy is only one phase of the larger Planned Birth campaign. This is Beijing’s ongoing campaign to control the reproduction of the Chinese people under a state plan in the same way that it controls the number of tanks, or the number of coal-fired power plants, that it builds each year.

This means that, if the Chinese people refuse to conceive and bear the number of children that the state demands, childbearing will become mandatory. Women will be forcibly inseminated, regular pelvic examinations will be instituted to monitor their pregnancies, and abortions will be forbidden.

Unless and until the Communist regime abandons its Planned Birth policy, and allows couples to freely choose the number and spacing of their children, abuses will continue.

And since when has a one-party dictatorship ever voluntarily relinquished even a portion of the power that it wields over its people?

The Population Research Institute is a non-profit research group whose goals are to expose the myth of overpopulation, to expose human rights abuses committed in population control programs, and to make the case that people are the world’s greatest resource. Our growing, global network of pro-life groups spans over 30 countries. To learn more, use this link.  


Federal Judge Says Alabama Must Restore Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Funding



Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (AP Photo/Phillip Rawls)


from National Right to Life

On Wednesday U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, the same judge who overturned an Alabama law that required abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital,
ordered the state to immediately restore Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

In August, Gov. Robert Bentley had written
“The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans, and I have decided to stop any association with the organization in Alabama. As a doctor and Alabama’s governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important. I respect human life and do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not.”

Days later Planned Parenthood Southeast and a Medicaid recipient (identified only as
“Jane Doe”) filed lawsuit. Planned Parenthood Southeast operates two clinics–one in
Birmingham and one in Mobile.

Story continues at: http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2015/



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fishing for Organs Called "Cute" While Delivering Intact Brains is "Something to Strive for" in Latest CMP Video



By Cheryl Sullenger
Operation Rescue


Washington, DC - Just days after the Texas Inspector General's office raided four Planned Parenthood facilities, the Center for Medical Progress released its eleventh undercover video summary on October 27, 2015, which shows prima facie evidence of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood.

The latest CMP video, "Planned Parenthood TX Abortion Apprentice Taught Partial-Birth Abortion to 'Strive For' Intact Heads" focused on Planned Parenthood's practice of conducting illegal Partial Birth Abortions on living babies and altering abortion procedures to ensure that organs are available for sale.

Featured in this summary video is Amna Dermish, who is a second-trimester abortionist with Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas in Austin.

Dermish explained that the Austin Planned Parenthood does abortions up to 21 weeks, 6 days, and that she uses digoxin during the abortions after 20 weeks. Prior to that, at 18-20 weeks, no digoxin is used and the abortions are done on living babies in violation of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.


Continue reading for more about the raids and to view the latest CMP video!


Abortion Business Closes after 27 Years of Protests





Abortion businesses have been failing across the United States for years. In 2014 alone 73 facilities closed, leaving a total of about 739, a dramatic drop from the 2,176 listed in 1991.
 In 2015, no matter the total, one closure will have special significance for pro-lifers in Chicago.   
Protests, prayer vigils and other events took place for 27 years before the closure of the Albany Medical-Surgical Center Family Planning Associates.

A Night with Dr. Alveda King


from Bucks County Right to Life 

On October 7th, Dr. Alveda King was a guest speaker at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church located in Doylestown, Pa.

Dr. King , the daughter of the late civil rights activist, Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, and the niece of  Dr. Martin Luther King spoke from the heart about her life choices which led her to the pro-life movement.

Below is a video of her talk.  Please take a few minutes to listen to valuable lessons she learned on her life journey which she shared with us that evening.  


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Prolife Martyr Gives up Her Life for a Child


From Crisis Magazine 

"You must abort this baby,"
Chiara's doctor insisted.

"The baby has no skull.
She can't survive
outside your womb."

"She is alive. She is there,"
Chiara replied.

Chiara refused to abort her child.

Baby Maria lived but
40 minutes after her birth.
In that brief time, Chiara
had her baptized, holding
her closely until she
breathed her last.

*
Then . . .
a second pregnancy!

And the same demand:
"You must abort this baby.

He has no legs, and his lungs and
kidneys will not develop.
He cannot live outside the womb."

Chiara refused to abort her son.

Baby Davide was born and his mother
received him and embraced him tenderly.
"My son, my love," she whispered to him.
   

He was baptized,
and died 38 minutes after his birth.
Chiara would say he had, "an
appointment in paradise."

*

A third pregnancy!

This time good news:
you're going to have
a healthy baby!

And then bad news,
almost immediately, while
Francesco was still in the womb:

"Chiara, you have cancer."

Once again, the doctors proposed treatment
that would risk the life of Chiara's unborn child.

"I have no intention of putting
the life of Francesco at risk," Chiara responded
despite knowing it might cost her her life.
                               

*

It did.

Although baby Francesco was born healthy, his mother, Chiara Corbella Petrillo, just 28 years old, soon died from her cancer.

Smiling in the face of death's horror that had stalked her and
her three babies since the very first days of her marriage, happy she had chosen her young son's life over her own, and joyful she would soon be with her beloved Jesus.

What strength! 

What courage!

What faith!

Now Chiara's biography – just published by Sophia Institute Press – shares with you the sources of Chiara's strength, so that when life's troubles and sorrows threaten to overwhelm you, you will be able to stand firm like Chiara – and joyful – even in the face of death.

You see, like you, Chiara was not born a saint, nor was she particularly holy as a young adult. Her stormy engagement with Enrico was punctuated with frequent quarrels, breakups, and reconciliations.

She had to learn – and her example can teach you – many essential things about living a good life in our turbulent modern world, including:

How abandonment of self leads to recovery of the person you are actually called to be

How to defeat the anger and despair that suffering too often breeds, and use it as a means to bring you closer to those you love

How to treasure – even more than you do already – life in the womb as well as the gift of those persons God has chosen to bring into your life

Why you need never lose faith in God's goodness, even in the face of horrors as great as those faced by Enrico and Chiara How to be joyful – profoundly so – even when death approaches

Chiara Corbella Petrillo died in June 2012.

Our biography of Chiara, written by two friends who walked with her every step of her way of the Cross, even unto death, shows how we can transform our own crosses, no matter how painful they may be, into occasions of holiness and even joy.

That's a skill no Christian can afford to live – or die – without.

Learn it today from Chiara Corbella Petrillo, a saint for our times, a saint for you.

To learn more about Chiara's story, use this link to order the book. 


Save the Date for Our Annual Mother-Daughter Fertility Appreciation Program (Tea)



from Friends of Fertility Care - Philadelphia

The annual Mother-Daughter Tea is a special program for mothers and daughters to interact in a facilitated group setting while they learn about the gift of fertility and how to care for it.

Talks will focus on the sacredness of human life, the physical changes in a girl's body, the value of modesty and development of healthy parent and peer relationships.

This year’s tea will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Rd., Doylestown, PA. This is a very popular program.

 Mark your calendar today. Further details will be forthcoming.

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.


March of Dimes 'hiding own dark secrets' on baby parts

By: LEO HOHMANN
WND

A top fundraiser for the March of Dimes in two Southern states has been ousted after questioning her employer on whether it has ties to Planned Parenthood’s business of supplying aborted babies for scientific research.
The March of Dimes has always said publicly that it has no involvement in the abortion industry and “no relationship” with Planned Parenthood. It remains “neutral” politically on the issue of abortion, it says on its website.
The MOD slogan is “A Fighting Chance for Every Baby.” It raises nearly $200 million annually for research into cures for birth defects and premature births.
Joy Barr, who served three years as community director for the MOD’s Augusta, Georgia, and Aiken-Sumter, South Carolina, offices, personally raised more than $250,000 for the organization.
But she discovered the group, founded in 1938 to support healthy newborns, is hiding dark secrets from the public and its donors.




Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Protect the Rights of Pro-Life Health Care Providers!




Amy McInerny, Executive Director
National Committee for a Human Life Amendment


What if you spent years training to help the sick as a nurse – only to find that to keep your job you must take part in the killing of a defenseless five-month-old unborn child?

What if a church in your town lived up to its teaching on healing the sick by providing its employees with excellent health coverage – but was told that is illegal, unless it pays for abortions that violate its teaching on life itself?

These are not projections of a nightmare future. Rather, each of these things happened recently in our country – and will keep happening, unless we stand up as citizens and demand a change in the law. 

Please go to the Human Life Action Center by clicking on the button below  and contact Congress now to urge them to protect the rights of pro-life health care providers.




The nurse is Cathy DeCarlo, who was forced to assist in an elective late-term abortion at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on threat of being fired. The experience gave her nightmares and emotional trauma, so she filed suit to keep it from happening to others. But the court dismissed her case: The federal law protecting her rights could only be enforced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That agency sat on the case for three years, then declared it resolved after the hospital changed its policy. Cathy never had her day in court, and she and other health care providers remain vulnerable. You can see her story here.

It is the California department of managed health care that has ordered almost all health coverage statewide – even when provided by churches and other religious organizations – to include unlimited abortion coverage. California’s mandate violates a federal law known as the Weldon amendment, but the federal agency assigned to enforce it has taken no action since complaints were filed over a year ago. We don’t want other states to follow California’s lead.

A solution is available and we should be part of it. The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) will close loopholes in existing law and provide a private right of action so that healthcare providers, like Cathy, can defend their rights in court. It is now part of the House of Representatives’ appropriations bill for funding HHS. By December, Congress needs to pass a law funding government programs in Fiscal Year 2016 – and this urgently needed reform should be part of that final bill. We must speak up now to protect our cherished right of conscience.

Thank you for acting in defense of life and liberty. Tell everyone you know to join us in raising our voices. Together we will be heard!

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment is dedicated to pursuing this vision. The organization's objectives include educating citizens, developing pro-life legislative networks, and offering programs in support of pro-life legislation. Among its various activities, NCHLA produces educational and program resources, communicates with leaders about legislative priorities, and presents legislative seminars throughout the year. In a special way, NCHLA assists dioceses, state Catholic conferences, and Catholic lay groups. The Committee also works closely with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Message from the New Jersey Right to Life: Vote Pro-Life on Tuesday, November 3, 2015!



Marie Tasy, Executive Director,
New Jersey Right to Life


Tuesday, November 3, 2015 is the General Election. All 80 seats in the NJ Assembly are up for election. New Jersey Right to Life PAC is pleased to provide you with a list of our endorsed candidates. Our list of endorsed candidates includes both incumbent pro-life legislators and pro-life candidates who are challenging pro-abortion incumbent legislators. If any of these pro-life candidates appear on your ballot, we strongly urge you to go to the polls and enthusiastically vote for them. Election turnout is expected to be low so it is critically important that you vote if any of the endorsed candidates appear on your ballot. Each district is comprised of Two State Assembly Members.

You can view the list of our pro-life candidates by clicking here

NOTE:  Before you vote for a candidate for public office, please make sure they are endorsed by New Jersey Right to Life PAC. In this age of technology and social media, it is easy to be confused with other organizations that may be supporting a similar cause. There are other organizations that use media and venues similar to those used by New Jersey Right to Life PAC, but they are not New Jersey Right to Life PAC. 
We do not share our lists with any other organization. As New Jersey's leading Pro-Life Political Action Committee, we are proud of our record, accomplishments and good name. Please notify us or call our office at (732) 562-0562 if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.







Planned Parenthood Flouts FDA Guidelines for RU-486




by Jonathan Abbamonte
Population Research Institute


Planned Parenthood and the abortion-provider Tucson Women's Center spearheaded a lawsuit to strike down an Arizona law requiring doctors to abide by FDA guidelines when administering a “drug or substance” used to induce abortion.

And they prevailed.

An Arizona state court ruled in their favor, a ruling which allows doctors to continue off-label usage of the risky mifepristone (RU-486) drug. These are protocols that Planned Parenthood claims are considered “best practice,” but which the FDA has not approved.

At the time of the ruling, the new Arizona law was not in effect. Late last year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals placed an injunction on the law, calling it “wholly unnecessary.” Since the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the case, it was effectively in limbo until now.

The Maricopa County Superior Court, which issued the ruling, claims that requiring doctors to administer chemical abortion drugs according to FDA guidelines is unconstitutional. The law was originally passed by the Arizona state legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Jan Brewer in 2012. It was designed to protect women by clamping down on inherently risky later-gestation-age chemical abortions.

The maternal health risks associated with RU-486 are, in many circumstances, serious, even life-threatening…

Read more HERE.

The Population Research Institute is a non-profit research group whose goals are to expose the myth of overpopulation, to expose human rights abuses committed in population control programs, and to make the case that people are the world’s greatest resource. Our growing, global network of pro-life groups spans over 30 countries.  


Monday, October 26, 2015

Why Aren’t More GOP-Led States Defunding Planned Parenthood?




by Kate Scanlon
The Daily Signal


Few states have defunded Planned Parenthood in the wake of a series of damaging undercover videos, even though Republicans—who tend to be pro-life—control the governorship and legislature in more than 20 states.

Since the release over the summer of the videos, in which Planned Parenthood executives are seen and heard discussing the sale of body parts from babies aborted in their clinics, six states have stripped the organization of taxpayers’ money.

That small number means the pro-life movement “has not done its job” in pressing state governments to act, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told The Daily Signal.

Republicans hold the governor’s office in 31 states and, in 23 of them, enjoy majorities in both houses of the state legislature, according to a tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

continue reading at http://dailysignal.com

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Citizen Petitions Delivered to Legislature Demanding Action on Planned Parenthood



From the Pennsylvania Family Council 

Public outrage over Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue operations, not to mention its longstanding brutal abortion business, continues to percolate across Pennsylvania and the country. The Pennsylvania Family Council was pleased to deliver to the Capitol this week thousands of pages of petitions urging the legislature 1) to mount an independent investigation of Planned Parenthood, and 2) to support HB 1623, the Whole Women’s Health Funding Priorities Act, which would ensure abortion-selling organizations are at the very bottom of the list for state healthcare appropriations.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has already concluded its own investigation of Planned Parenthood, but the impartiality of the investigation is seriously in doubt. It has recently been revealed, for instance, that Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania has an incredibly tight relationship with the governor’s office, with leaders meeting Gov. Wolf on multiple occasions and talking points being distributed to the governor’s staff. It’s time for a real, independent investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices in our commonwealth.

The Whole Women’s Health Funding Priorities Act, introduced by freshman representatives Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) and Judy Ward (R-Blair), must be a part of any serious response to the Planned Parenthood videos. No organization that does abortions, and certainly no organization that treats the unborn with such callousness and flippancy, deserves a dime of taxpayer subsidy. Our legislators need to know that Pennsylvanians care deeply about this injustice.


You can see more about these responses to the Planned Parenthood videos, including opportunities to sign the petition and contact your legislators, at our Citizen Action Center on our website - pafamily.org.


The Mission of the Pennsylvania Family Institute is to strengthen families by restoring to public life the traditional, foundational principles and values essential for the well-being of society. We are the only full-time, professionally staffed non-profit organization representing family values—your values—in the state capitol. We encourage responsible citizenship and involvement in civic affairs to promote respect for life, family, marriage and religious liberty.  

Use this link for more information about this group.  


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Churches Suing California Over Abortion Coverage Mandate

Pictured above are protesters who gathered outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Vista, California, August 3, 2015. Planned Parenthood will be the focus of a partisan showdown in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as abortion foes press forward a political offensive against the nation's largest abortion business over its role in selling babies' tissue and organs. Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood's half billion dollars in annual federal funding, reinvigorating America's debate about abortion as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up.

by Michael Gryboski
The Christian Post 

Three California churches have filed a complaint against the state over a recently implemented health insurance provision mandating the coverage of elective abortions.

Foothill Church of Glendora, Calvary Chapel in Chino, and Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch filed the complaint last Friday in U.S. District Court. The suit, filed against the director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, seeks injunctive relief from the abortion mandate.

continue reading at http://www.christianpost.com



Friday, October 23, 2015

Safety Claims Questioned: Spokane Planned Parenthood Tears Hole in Abortion Patient’s Womb




By Cheryl Sullenger
Operation Rescue

Spokane, WA – For the third time this year, an ambulance was called to a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Spokane, Washington. The incident took place on September 16, 2015.

According to the 911 recording obtained by Operation Rescue show that the Planned Parenthood caller hesitated when asked by the 911 dispatcher what happened.

“Um, uh, uterine perforation,” the Planned Parenthood caller said.

A uterine perforation is a hole torn in the woman’s womb when the sharp suction cannula that is used to dismember the baby is thrust too deep into the uterus. This can be a life threatening injury depending on the severity of the tear, whether other internal organs were damaged, and the amount of internal bleeding that occurs. Uterine perforations can usually be repaired, but may result in hysterectomies in severe cases.



FROM THE SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: CRIME OF THE UNBORN



By Reverend Katherine Marple
KeepLifeLegal

“Unborn children are treated like criminals, wanted for the crime of being UNPLANNED. They are hunted down, singled out, and targeted for capital punishment…the death penalty. Are they simply the blob of flesh that anti-lifers swear they are? Certainly, it would seem to me that if ‘it’ were just a ‘blob’, then killing ‘it’ would NOT be necessary.”

CERTAINLY if these little blobs were 'blobs', then they would not be harvested for 'parts'. That's sort of like having a living parts car at your disposal [car people know what I mean ;)]. Resurrect the old, banish the new.

Please read the rest here.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Corporations with Infants’ Blood on their Hands‏



Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance


It's not just the politicians in Washington who are using your money without your consent to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortionists.

Year after year, major corporations (usually without the knowledge of their customers and stockholders) have funneled millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry.
Major corporations like Disney, EBay, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Starbucks, and Chevron, just to name a few.
That's why I hope you'll click on the button below to see more than 70 Corporations which gave Planned Parenthood shareholder and company dollars last year and sign the "End Corporate Funding of Planned Parenthood Petition," which I'll link to in a moment.

Now is the time to act.

Millions of Americans are incensed as never before at Planned Parenthood's butchery – especially after the release of the now infamous "sting" videos which revealed they actually harvest preborn baby organs for profit!

Of course, their biggest source of funding is taxpayer dollars. So ultimately we must cut off those dollars.

But we have another opportunity right now.

Last year, $436 MILLION (30% of Planned Parenthood's money) came from non-government sources. And the vast majority of that $436 MILLION came from major corporations.

That's why I'm hoping you'll sign your petition right away.



My goal is to generate at least 150,000 signed petitions from National Pro-Life Alliance members within the next 30 days.

Together, we can demand they stop using stockholder and company funds to pay for the slaughter of innocent unborn children.

Hopefully, your petition -- combined with a spate of bad publicity -- will shame at least some of these companies into cutting off the spigot of corporate donations to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

If you and I together can convince even one corporation to cut off even $1 million to Planned Parenthood, it will make a real difference.

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.

We believe that it is not sufficient to merely support minor regulations on abortion in a few outrageous cases.

Instead, members of the National Pro-Life Alliance lobby both incumbents and candidates for office to come out clearly for measure like a Life at Conception Act to legislatively define constitutionally-protected "personhood" as beginning at the moment of conception.

For more information on the National Pro-Life Alliance or to make a contribution, please use this link. 


Legacy of Life Foundation's 'Legacy Alive' November Tour



Legacy of Life Foundation, an organization which raises funds for Women’s Centers where Life-Centered Counseling helps a woman in crisis make the one right choice for the life of her unborn child, is pleased to announce their Fall tour of their centers located in Bucks County and center city Philadelphia.
  • Join Marie Joseph and her talented crisis pregnancy center counseling staff for a very special, uplifting and engaging tour of one their centers.
  • Journey step-by-step through the extremely charitable process that has empowered over 600 women and counting  in unplanned pregnancies to be freed from fear and isolation and choose LIFE! 




  • Discover through compelling firsthand accounts of lives saved and radically changed through the effective, highly professional, and unique approach of the women's centers.
  • Learn about their three year "STAR" support program that is transforming women's lives and the communities they serve. Hear about their exciting plans for growth in 2015 and beyond.
For address and details, please RSVP to Tobey by phone at 215-788-4051, or email her at  Tobey@legacyoflifefoundation.org


The Legacy of Life Foundation supports two crisis women’s centers in Bucks County and Philadelphia, by fundraising to support the financial needs of these two life-sustaining centers.

The unique mission of the centers they fund is the counseling approach used to empower women in an unplanned pregnancy to be free from fear and isolation so that they can freely choose life.
If you would like to help them with a tax-deductible contribution, click on the button below.





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Furious Abortion Advocate Attacks "Operation Overpass"





From Mark Harrington 
Created Equal 

Published on Oct 21, 2015 “This is a citizen’s arrest,” an angry abortion advocate declares while ripping down Created Equal’s anti-abortion display in a newly released video. The Columbus resident encountered our team with banners on a highway overpass on the morning of October 16. Outraged by the pictures of aborted babies, she went on a tirade.

The video shows the abortion advocate ripping down banners showing aborted fetuses put in place for Created Equal’s “Operation Overpass”. While tearing down the display, she insults the team—calling them illiterate, mocking their occupation—before another resident arrives and grabs, pushes Created Equal staff member Ian.

When Ian requests she stop violating our right to free speech, she responds: “I served in the military for a number of years. I defended that right.” Nevertheless she does not stop trampling on those rights—all the while calling herself a “good citizen.”

Police eventually arrive on the scene, telling the defenders of abortion that Created Equal’s “Operation Overpass” is allowed. When the couple begins to argue, the officer states multiple times, “Freedom of speech.”

Created Equal coordinates in advance with the Ohio Department of Transportation and Columbus Police Department to ensure adherence to the law. Our “Operation Overpass” is a lawful expression of our First Amendment rights.

Created Equal is pressing charges.

Please take a few minutes to watch the video below:  




Created Equal is a social action movement seeking to end the greatest human rights injustice of our time. Killing preborn babies is nothing less than age-based discrimination. Abortion robs us of our future. Our goal is to restore the true meaning of equality to include equal protection between the born and the preborn.

Protecting preborn children is our cause. What makes Created Equal a movement is that we are an organized, mobilized generation choosing to live intentionally to protect the weak and defenseless by drawing strength and inspiration from one another.

Our various media make it possible for people to become part of a grassroots effort intelligently responding to injustice. We are 21st century defenders. There’s a place for everyone in this movement. Join us.  For more information, use this link.  

For more information or interviews contact Mark Harrington at mark@createdequal.org.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Legislative Alert--Call Your Congressman Before October 23rd‏




From the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote Friday, October 23rd on the pro-life reconciliation bill (HR 3762). This fast-track bill would strip $400 million from Planned Parenthood, which performs more than one-third of the abortions in the U.S.

The bill has two major provisions:

1.) It would block, for one year, most federal payments to affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It would close the largest source of federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, as well as other revenue streams, stripping the abortion giant of $400 million in federal funds.

2.) It would repeal especially dangerous aspects of Obamacare which could contribute to the rationing of life-saving care, including the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the "Cadillac Tax" (excess benefits tax.).

Please contact your Congressional representative now with this urgent message:

 "Please support HR 3762, the Healthcare Freedom Restoration Act. I want to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare."

Please take action now to support this bill by clicking here.


Planned Parenthood Changes Its Plans, But We Do Not


Responding to all the pressure, Planned Parenthood has agreed to stop taking money for fetal tissue!

By: John Stonestreet
BreakPoint


Unless you’ve been completely unplugged for the last several months, you know about the undercover Planned Parenthood videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. These videos show Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price of fetal body parts procured during abortions and admitting that they had altered the abortion procedures in order to procure those parts. On air and in front of Congress, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has denied that the organization ever profited via such transactions—but the videos tell a different story.

Now Richards, after withering publicity, congressional scrutiny, state investigations, and calls for the federal government to defund the organization, says that Planned Parenthood will no longer take any money for fetal tissue used for medical research.

In an October 13 letter to the National Institutes of Health, Planned Parenthood stated, “In order to completely debunk the disingenuous argument that our opponents have been using … our Federation has decided … that any Planned Parenthood health center that is involved in donating tissue after an abortion for medical research” will accept “no reimbursements for its reasonable expenses.”



Former N.J. Abortion Doctor Due in Court to Answer why He Still Owns Clinics


The following article is from Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life.
By Susan K. Livio
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com


TRENTON - Steven Brigham, whose questionable practice of beginning late term abortions in New Jersey and finishing them in Maryland led to the revocation of his medical license last fall, is pursuing an appeal, according to his lawyer and court records.

The state Board of Medical Examiners took away Brigham's license in October, and in November ordered him to pay $560,000 in court fees and fines. Without his license, Brigham was required by state law to divest himself from the American Women's Services clinics he owned in Elizabeth, Mount Laurel, Paramus, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Woodbridge and Voorhees.

Brigham's attorney Joseph Gorrell of Roseland said his client late last year submitted a letter on Brigham's behalf confirming he had sold his interest in the clinics. Vikram H. Kaji, an obstetrician and gynecologist and the medical director for American Women's Services has assumed ownership, according to the state Health Department.

continue reading at http://www.nj.com

Susan K. Livio is a Statehouse reporter covering health, social policy issues and politics for NJ Advance Media. You can find her work on NJ.com and in The Star-Ledger.

New Jersey Right to Life Foundation, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. Its mission is to engage in educational efforts to develop and promote respect and reverence for the dignity, sacredness and inviolability of human life, from the moment of conception until natural death, in the society in which we live through non-legislative, legal means.  For more information on this group or to become involved, please use this link. 


Three Reasons why you Should Vote November 3rd in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 is Election Day in Pennsylvania 


Seven candidates, including these three endorsed by Planned Parenthood, are running for an unprecedented three open seats on the state's highest court. 

From the Pennsylvania Family Institute & Council

Voters across Pennsylvania will be voting on an unprecedented three open seats for the State Supreme Court; among various other races.

To aid your decision process, Pennsylvania Family Institute offers Judicial Voter’s Guidewith information on the statewide races – Supreme Court, Superior Court & Commonwealth Court.

Download the 2015 Statewide Judicial Voter's Guide by clicking on the picture below.  
           





Monday, October 19, 2015

Death With Dignity?




Catholic Exchange
Catholic Answers 

With the passing of ABx2-15, “the physician-assisted suicide bill,” signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown on Oct. 5, 1015, California became the fifth state in the U.S. to legalize physician-assisted suicide, along with Oregon, Vermont, Washington State, and Montana.

Let’s see: “no fault” divorce, abortion, homosexual “marriage,” trafficking in human baby “parts,” experimenting on human embryos, legalized drugs, prostitution, etc. Just another day in the “land of the free, and the home of the brave,” right?

Oh, but I forgot to mention the good news. Planned Parenthood now says (emphasis onsays) they are not going to charge money for the babies they murder, slice up, and send out for parts.

And this is supposed to be the answer that solves things?

Legalized immorality seems to be coming at us in tidal waves these days. I have reached the point where every day I look at the Drudge Report or turn on the news I dread seeing who is going to be targeted for death next. Or, what kind of immorality is going to be defended as a “human right.” The words of Pope Francis are becoming more and more prophetic:

I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds… And you have to start from the ground up.
 continue reading at http://catholicexchange.com

Catholic Answers is an apostolate dedicated to serving Christ by bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world. They help good Catholics become better Catholics, bring former Catholics “home,” and lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith. Visit them online at www.Catholic.com.


State to Drop Planned Parenthood from Medicaid Over Videos




By Brian M. Rosenthal
Houston Chronicle


AUSTIN -- Texas health officials have decided to cut Planned Parenthood out of the state Medicaid program entirely because of issues revealed in an undercover video, the Houston Chronicle has learned.

In a letter to be sent to state Planned Parenthood affiliates on Monday, officials say they made their decision because a video released earlier this summer showed that the women's health organization alters its abortion process to preserve fetal organs and allows private citizens into its lab wearing only gloves.

The private citizens allowed into the lab were the secret videographers, who were actors posing as people trying to buy fetal tissue for medical research.

"The State has determined that you and your Planned Parenthood affiliates are no longer capable of performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal and ethical manner," writes Stuart Bowen, the inspector general of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The video was part of a series released by the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress which have caused a nationwide firestorm and incited at least four separate investigations in Texas. The health commission inquiry was ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott.


Florida's Notorious James Pendergraft Identified As Rolling Abortionist Arrested in South Carolina



By Cheryl Sullenger
Operation Rescue


Spartanburg County, SC - Operation Rescue has learned that the traveling abortionist that was arrested in South Carolina as the result of a traffic stop is the notorious Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV.

At the time of his arrest on October 5, 2015, Pendergraft had in his possession surgical implements that were covered in blood and human tissue from abortions he had illegally performed throughout South Carolina. He was also in the possession of illegal narcotics.

His illegal abortion operation was described as a "mobile abortion clinic."

Pendergraft, 58, was charged with four drug-related offenses, but remains under criminal investigation for practicing medicine without a license.

Continue reading this story at Operation Rescue!



Sunday, October 18, 2015

Planned Parenthood Billed Medicaid for Abortion Services, Ex-employee Claims



By Sarah Ferris
The Hill  

A former Planned Parenthood employee told lawmakers Thursday that she had firsthand knowledge that the organization has billed the federal government for abortion-related ultrasounds and medications, in violation of federal law.

Susan Thayer, who spent 17 years working as a clinic manager for Planned Parenthood in Iowa, told lawmakers Thursday that the group had overbilled Medicaid by about $28 million, reasserting claims that have been the subject of a drawn-out court battle in Iowa.

“Because I had access to the billing system for the whole affiliate, I also know that Planned Parenthood would bill Medicaid for abortion-related services — ultrasounds, office visits, blood tests, medications, and other services that were part of an abortion,” Thayer told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Thayer was fired from Planned Parenthood in 2008 after making a series of claims related to billing and a practice known as "tele-abortions." In a formal complaint to the state in 2007, Thayer said the group filed false claims related to “medically unnecessary” birth control pills and abortion-related services, in addition to counting some payments as “donations” to allow clinics to still submit claims.



Saturday, October 17, 2015

SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: PROLIFE MENTORSHIP



by Reverend Katherine Marple
KeepLifeLegal


“I don’t know about you, but I didn’t wake up one day and find myself witnessing on the sidewalk of abortion facilities or on the steps of the Statehouse fighting for unborn life. And if you did, GREAT, but most of us prolife boots-on-the-ground soldiers did not. And most of us have mentors who have contributed to our lives, whether knowingly or not.

My goal with this article is to make all prolifers understand that people are aware of where we are and what we do. We absolutely have to be a positive source and perhaps a mentor you did not know that you are. I have four mentors who brought me to where I am now. I may add to that list, such as the selfless others who pound the sidewalk and expect no accolades EVERY DAY. They may be my greatest source of strength at times.”

PLEASE read the rest here.


Pro-Life Youth Day to be Held on Nov. 21 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania



From Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

A special event "Respect Life Youth Day: Keeping Young People Pro-Life" will begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at the St. Patrick Church in Carlisle.

Speakers will include Michele Hendrickson from Students for Life, the Rev. Dwight Schlaline and the Rev. Don Bender. A panel discussion featuring high school and college students, teachers and parents also will be held. The cost is $5. All ages are welcome.  Use this link for more details or to register for this event.


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.


#ProtestBOA in 7th Week in Texas



Pro-aborts respond with counter protest in Austin
Texas Observer on site at 515 Congress Avenue for article defending Planned Parenthood
from John Pisciotta, Director
Pro-Life Waco


In its 7th week, our protest against Bank of America seeks a termination of Bank of America’s 100% matching grants for employee donations to the now disgraced Planned Parenthood. #ProtestBOA happens each week in Waco and Austin—and hopefully soon in other cities. #ProtestBOA at the downtown BOA branch in Austin Wednesday brought a counter demonstration and a hit piece on pro-lifers from the leftist Texas Observer. I am pleased the article was published. You can read the article here.

The article focuses more attention on the controversy over Bank of America and also contains flagrant lies. 1. It is untrue, as stated in the first paragraph, that pro-lifers mocked a personal story of abortion. 2. As explained later in the article, the alleged mocking came from a statement by a Bank of America security guard who was not happy with our weekly protests in Austin. 3. Texas Observer states we were aggressive and harassing in our behavior. I will not waste my words with a response. There was aggressive behavior from a young man on the other side. Except for this one man, all on the Planned Parenthood side and our side were well-behaved.

I’m more into action than words these days. My response to the “heavily edited distortions” of Texas Observer is: WE SHALL RETURN. The article implied that all the 10 protesters in Austin Wednesday were from Waco. Actually, eight were from Waco. We were joined by fellow foot soldiers from Round Rock and Georgetown. Obviously, we do not have a lot of participation from the Austin area at this time.We would enthusiastically appreciate collaboration from anyone from Travis or nearby counties. We will be at the BOA branch at 515 Congress Avenue for the foreseeable future on Wednesdays from 11-1 p.m.

I close with making it clear that we win EACH TIME WE PROTEST. Our winning involves the clear message to the Austin business community that it is not a good idea to partner in any way with Planned Parenthood. We are also an encouragement to many people in the Austin-area who are pro-life. In Austin, those on our side tend to whisper their support rather than shouted it out. We want to be an encouragement to those people. We also pass out flyers on #PPSellsBabyParts to do the job the mainstream media refuses to do. Finally, pro-lifers have various gifts to offer our cause. For some, it is participation in a challenge in the public arena to Planned Parenthood and their supporters. Pro-Life Waco makes public proclamations possible. I believe the #ProtestBOA is a worthwhile and winnable cause. So who’s afraid of the second largest bank in America and their media allies in Austin?! See more on #ProtestBOA at the our website using this link.

Achieving the capitulation of Bank of America will likely require a collaboration among several pro-life organizations. If your organization is willing to deliver weekly protests at a Bank of America branch in your community, pro-life Waco can work with you on this so that there is virtually no financial cost to you. I would be so pleased to hear from you.

I end with photos of the sights of #ProtestBOA in Austin last Wednesday.