Sunday, September 23, 2018

Pennsylvania Governor's Race Comparison Piece




from Maria V. Gallagher
Legislative/PAC Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation


Above you'll find our new Governor’s Race Comparison piece. 

Some analysts have called the November election the most important mid-term election of our lives. We thank you for doing all you can to ensure pro-life votes at the polls!

To Print PDF of the Comparison Piece, Click here.

Bloggers Note: Please share this post with all pro-life friends and family in Pennsylvania. 

Most people do not know just how anti-life Gov Tom Wolf really is or the fact that he is a former 'escort' for Planned Parenthood. 

According to the Pittsburgh NPR News Station (see story here), Planned Parenthood is  pouring $2.5 million into Gov Wolf's campaign, and I personally have no doubt that the monies they receive from the Federal Government (our tax money) is being used to make sure their candidates win this upcoming election. 



 



Vice President Pence: White House ‘Stands Without Apology for the Sanctity of Human Life’

“If you look at the last year and a half, this is the most pro-life administration in American history.”


By Doug Mainwaring
Life Site News


Vice President Mike Pence brought a packed hall to its feet when he declared, 

“I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life.”
The Vice President spoke at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, an annual gathering which draws conservative Christians from around the country.
“If you look at the last year and a half, this is the most pro-life administration in American history,” continued Pence.
 “You know, it was my privilege to be the first sitting vice president to ever address the March for Life. And earlier this year, President Trump made history when he became the first president to address the March for Life from the Rose Garden live from the White House.”
“Under this president’s leadership we’ve reinstated and expanded the Mexico City policy so that our tax dollars never go to organizations that promote or perform abortions around the world,” said the Vice President. 
“And it was my great honor as president of the Senate to cast the tie-breaking vote for the bill that President Trump signed to empower states to defend Planned Parenthood.”
“With your strong support, we’ve stood strong for life. But our administration has also taken action to protect and promote our first freedom, the freedom of religion and religious liberty for every American,” said Pence.
 “Last year President Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce new policies to protect the religious liberty of every American regardless of their creed.”
“We’ve taken action to protect the conscience rights of doctors and nurses,” said Pence. “And after years of neglect, we’ve restored federal enforcement of our nation’s conscience laws and we ended the last administration’s assault on the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
The Vice President said that freedom of speech shouldn’t end at the threshold of our churches, and so the Trump Administration ended enforcement of the “Johnson Amendment,” which refers to a provision in the United States tax code which prohibits all non-profit organizations, including churches, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Pence pledged to “fight until we repeal the Johnson Amendment once and for all.”


Watch Vice President Pence's full speech:

Pro-Lifers Appeal to Illinois Supreme Court to Stop Forced Taxpayer Funding of Abortion


By Thomas More Society
Life Site News

The suit over a new Illinois law providing taxpayer funding for abortions will head to the Illinois Supreme Court, after the Illinois Appellate Court this week upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the measure.
Thomas More Society filed the suit, on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, seeking to stop the bill previously known as “House Bill 40” in December 2017. 
The suit alleges that the Balanced Budget requirement of the Illinois Constitution prohibits the abortion funding, because the General Assembly has not estimated funds available, and that abortion claims from before June 1 are not valid under the Illinois Constitution’s Effective Date of Laws section, which prohibits laws passed after the conclusion of the General Assembly’s regular session from becoming effective before the following June 1. In this case June 1, 2018.
Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Special Counsel, said that the case will be appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court. 
“We’re disappointed in the appellate court’s decision, which held that the courts cannot enforce the Balanced Budget requirement of our state constitution,” Breen said. 
“But we knew, win or lose, due to the importance of the issues here, this matter would continue beyond the appellate court level. The people of Illinois deserve a definitive ruling from their Supreme Court before our state’s courts entirely step back from enforcing the Balanced Budget requirement of the Illinois Constitution.”
The petition for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court will be due October 22, 35 days after the appellate court’s September 17 ruling.
Read background on HB 40 and the lawsuit against Illinois officials here.

“My first granddaughter would have been six by now”: The scars left by an abortion, from a Grandmother’s perspective

“If my story persuades just one family to seek counselling–and to be prepared for the reality of abortion–then I feel I am right to have spoken out.”


By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life


Does this show my Baby Boomer mentality, or what? The first time I read “Eyewitness to abortion” —a story from an unnamed grandmother (we’ll call her “Gladys”), as told Amanda Cable of the Daily Mail—it escaped me that (guess what?) I am a grandparent.

But when I re-read the story, it struck me like a bolt of lightning that grandparents are the “elephant in the room” in the abortion context. We rarely, if ever, get discussed and it’s usually a criticism from a pro-abortion reporter about how we tried to “interfere.”

Let’s back up a step. Pro-lifers know with every fiber in their bodies that taking the life of an innocent unborn child can never be a “private” decision. There are fathers involved and far more often than we realize the child has siblings. But these little ones have two sets of grandparents as well.

Frankly, I honestly can’t begin to imagine the horror and the sense of helplessness. Your grandchild is about to be obliterated by the child you hoped and prayed you’d raised to honor life, even—especially—in the tough times.

“Gladys’” story out to be read in its entirety here.

But if you can’t, let me quote just a few passages. The story begins….

My first granddaughter would have been six by now. I often watch children in the local playground and wonder what she would have been like. Other times, at night, I dream about her vividly, and know the answer.

Blonde-haired, blue-eyed and with a shy smile. Time and time again, I dream that she has just been born, and as she is handed to me, I name her Katie. Just as my heart is about to burst with joy, I wake up and realise that she does not exist.

I shall never know my granddaughter because her life was extinguished before it even had a chance to begin.


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

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org.  

Saturday, September 22, 2018

NPR Says Don’t Call Gosnell an “Abortionist” or Even an “Abortion Doctor”


By Maria Gallagher, PA Pro-Life Federation
National Right to Life


It is no secret that serial killer Kermit Gosnell earned millions by performing abortions. And yet, National Public Radio refused to allow the term “abortionist” to describe him in a proposed underwriting credit for the NPRprogram “Fresh Air.”

The executive producer of the film, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” told The Daily Beast that he offered a compromise: “abortion doctor” in promotional copy. But NPR nixed that because it was not considered value-neutral. NPR would not permit the use of the word “abortion” in connection with Gosnell. Period. Only “doctor.” Even though Gosnell was an abortionist—and had been one for decades.

If I were to choose an emoji to accompany this story, I would select one which conveyed the emotion “unsurprised.” This is because I once worked for an NPR member station and sometimes filed freelance reports for NPR.

I can vividly recall one day when I fielded a call from a public radio donor—who also happened to manage an abortion facility. She objected to my use of the phrase “abortion clinic” to describe her operation. She argued that her clinic did not simply perform abortions, but also engaged in family planning. What she neglected to mention was that the vast majority of the money she made came from abortions. But she made it quite clear that her donor dollars were helping to pay the radio station’s staff, so the not-so-veiled threat was that we had better not call her facility an abortion clinic—or else no funding for us.

At that time, NPR was careful to note that it did not accept paid advertising. But it did allow “underwriting credits” which would acknowledge the financial support of various enterprises. Still, there seemed to be tight restrictions on the type of verbiage that could be used for the credits.

But such rules can mask reality. To hide that Kermit Gosnell was an abortionist is to reject the reality of abortion itself—the ending of an innocent human life.

Gosnell’s grisly trade led him to deliver (at least) hundreds of full-term babies, after which he would “snip” the spinal cords of these living babies. He crossed the blurry line between late-term abortion and infanticide and, in the process, earned three consecutive life sentences in prison. He also was convicted of involuntary manslaughter of an unsuspecting female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.


Planned Parenthood Spending Over $4 Million Trying to Take Over Congress

The abortion industry is especially desperate to keep pro-abortion Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in office...


By Micaiah Bilger
Life News


The abortion giant Planned Parenthood has dedicated $4 million to help pro-abortion candidates win back the U.S. House of Representatives in November.

Fortune reports the super PAC Planned Parenthood Votes is spending the money on 24 “toss up” races in California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York and other states. The money will be used for mailers, digital ads and door-to-door canvassing.

The largest abortion provider in America, Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and its taxpayer funding are in jeopardy. The U.S. House is solidly pro-life, and just a few more pro-lifers in the U.S. Senate could mean more abortion restrictions and an end to Planned Parenthood’s nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding.

The abortion chain is throwing a lot of money into the mid-term elections in hopes of its allies regaining the House and Senate. In March, it announced plans to spend $20 million on TV and digital ads, mailers and on-the-ground efforts. Then in April, Planned Parenthood and several partner groups released a $30 million election budget to take over Congress.

Here’s more from the report:

Pointing to the importance of health care to voters, Planned Parenthood intends to highlight what’s “on the line,” to ensure the House is flipped to a “pro-reproductive health majority.” This includes underlining Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and Republican candidates’ support for “defunding” Planned Parenthood and stripping protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

The other races that Planned Parenthood will target include other districts in California, as well as in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. This is Planned Parenthood Votes’ largest midterm investment ever in the House.

It has been spending money on gubernatorial races as well, especially in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The abortion industry is especially desperate to keep pro-abortion Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in office, because there are pro-life majorities in both state houses.

Planned Parenthood also made a six-figure ad buy in August to attack U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and lobby senators to vote against him.



Mother Saves Her Baby’s Life Through Florida Safe Haven Law

“moms in crisis should know it’s completely anonymous and in the best interests of the child”


Cassy Fiano-Chesser
Live Action News


Safe Haven laws save lives. Heartbreaking stories occasionally make headlines, of newborn infants abandoned and left to die — in bathrooms, in garbage cans, in sewers — because desperate mothers felt they had no other choice. But in Florida, one baby is still alive after a mother took advantage of the state’s safe haven law.

A mother approached a fire station in Davie, Florida, with her hours-old baby wrapped in a towel. The baby, a girl, weighed about six pounds and is said to be in good condition. The little girl will be placed for adoption, and the mother was able to safely surrender her baby and remain anonymous, with no questions asked and no repercussions. Battalion Chief Daniel Moran praised her for choosing to safely surrender her baby, saying that “moms in crisis should know it’s completely anonymous and in the best interests of the child” to bring newborns to authorities if they aren’t able to take care of them.

READ: Baby saved from abandonment after mother surrenders child under Safe Haven Law

In Florida, mothers can bring their newborn to any hospital, emergency medical service station, or fire station, and surrender custody to any emergency medical technician, paramedic, or firefighter, and remain anonymous without any charges filed. The baby will then be taken to the hospital to receive medical care, and will be placed for adoption. Any medical problems needing treatment will be covered, as the state assumes the baby is eligible for Medicaid, and therefore will receive coverage. The baby will not be deemed as “abandoned,” as this would open the mother to investigation.

Almost every single state has some variation of a safe haven law, although some states — like California and Minnesota — are much stricter, limiting the places and the amount of time a mother can surrender her baby. Baby boxes are also a growing trend, started by firefighter Monika Kelsey, herself abandoned as an infant. In an interview with Live Action, she explained why baby boxes and safe haven laws are so important:

The Safe Haven Law, also called the Baby Moses Law in some states, is in effect in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The law is in place to protect all parties involved. In most states, a woman has 30 days after birth to safely surrender the child at any fire station, police station, or hospital with no questions asked. 



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.  


Friday, September 21, 2018

Pro-Life Waco Offers FREE Pre-screen of Gosnell Movie on Sept 28th



from John Pisciotta, Director
Pro-Life Waco


This is new for PLW and a big opportunity for Waco. Waco has been selected to pre-screen the GOSNELL movie (which will open in theaters nationwide in October). The GOSNELL movie, rated PG-13, is the story of the now-imprisoned Philadelphia abortionist who murdered babies and abused moms.

The movie and discussion will be Friday, September 28 at 6 PM at the Braden Performing Arts Center at Reicher Catholic High School, 2102 N. 23rd Street. There is no charge for attending. Deborah McGregor of CareNet Pregnancy Center will deliver introductory remarks. We will be honored to have a major member of the cast, Alfonzo Rachel, with us and answering questions after the movie. 

Please RSVP to prolifewacorsvp@gmail.com or 210-846-9742. Be a part of this historic evening. We want to know about how many will be in your group. Invite your friends and family.





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



Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Will Have to Stop Killing Babies October 1 Thanks to Pro-Life Law


By Micaiah Bilger
Life News


On Oct. 1, Missouri could go from two abortion facilities to one.

The Columbia Planned Parenthood will have to stop aborting unborn babies Oct. 1 as a result of a court order allowing the state to enforce abortion clinic regulations, the AP reports.

The state laws require that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges for patient emergencies and that abortion facilities meet the same basic health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers. Earlier this month, Missouri won a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overturned a 2017 ruling that blocked the state from enforcing the laws.

The Columbia facility has not been able to comply with the requirements. Now, it is asking a federal judge to block enforcement of the laws again, according to the Columbia Missourian.

“The Columbia health center has abortion procedures scheduled on October 3, 2018, so needs relief by that date in order to avoid canceling patient appointments,” the organization argued to the court.

Planned Parenthood also argued that more than 22 percent of women seeking an abortion at the Columbia facility will “be prevented entirely from exercising their constitutional right to choose, due to their inability to travel the long distance to obtain an abortion in St. Louis.”

Here’s more from the report:

Mary Compton, spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said in a statement Thursday that the office “will continue to vigorously defend Missouri’s commonsense regulations that protect women’s health and safety.”

Planned Parenthood affiliates with Missouri health centers filed the underlying lawsuit to block state requirements on admitting privileges and mandates that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 struck down similar rules in Texas.

U.S District Judge Howard Sachs in May 2017 issued a temporary restraining order to block the admitting privileges rule. But his action was undone earlier this month by judges on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who argued Sachs didn’t do enough to weigh the cost benefits of Missouri’s rules and sent the case back to the lower court.



U.S. Fights Back Against Abortion as a Humanitarian Right




By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
Center for Family & Human Rights



NEW YORK, September 21 (C-Fam) During the Obama administration abortion groups successfully included the term “sexual and reproductive health” in two Security Council resolutions and an annual UN General Assembly resolution.

The result is that now UN resolutions on humanitarian policies for war and natural disasters call “sexual and reproductive health” a “basic humanitarian need.” What this means is that nearly all UN reports on humanitarianism call for access to abortion as a humanitarian right under the rubric of providing access to “sexual and reproductive health.”

It is now impossible to include “sexual and reproductive health” in UN resolutions without also endorsing the notion of abortion as a humanitarian right, even if only indirectly and on shaky legal ground.


Continue reading here


 
C-Fam is a non-partisan, non-profit research institute dedicated to reestablishing a proper understanding of international law, protecting national sovereignty and the dignity of the human person.  Use this link for more information.  



 
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, September 20, 2018

New Netfix Movie “Reversing Roe” Features Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman




By Operation Rescue Staff
Washington, DC – A new movie about the fight to end abortion in America called “Reversing Roe” is now available for viewing on Netflix. Featured in the movie are clips from an interview with Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Canadian pro-life activist Jonathan Van Maren has written a review of the movie in which he wrote the following:
My friend Troy Newman of Operation Rescue surfaced early in the documentary, discussing themes that he wrote about in his 2014 book Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time.“If we have to do it through continuous legislation,” he told the documentarians, “we’re going to back again and again and again until we win.”


Continue reading and watch the official trailer!


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

Makers of Hit Movies “God’s Not Dead” and “I Can Only Imagine” Make New Pro-Life Movie “Unplanned”


By Micaiah Bilger
Life News


The makers of the hit movie “God’s Not Dead” are coming out with a new film about the life of Abby Johnson.

A former Planned Parenthood director, Johnson became a pro-life advocate as a result of a 40 Days for Life outreach in her community. Now, she runs an organization called And Then There Were None that helps abortion clinic workers leave the industry.

Compelled by her conversion story, film writers/directors Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon of “God’s Not Dead” and “I Can Only Imagine” fame decided to turn Johnson’s book “Unplanned” into a film of the same name, the Daily Wire reports.

“Unplanned,” a drama based on Johnson’s memoir, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2019.

Shawn Carney, president of 40 Days for Life and a friend of Johnson’s, said he has been working with the film directors for years, but they did not announce anything publicly until now. A Hollywood Reporter article leaked news about the film earlier this week.

“Needless to say, Planned Parenthood is not happy about this movie, so please keep this project in prayer as there is much going on behind the scenes,” Carney wrote on 40 Days for Life’s blog.
 “You don’t need me to tell you that the media portrays many pro-life people as violent or judgmental. This movie will show the love, mercy, and joy that have helped save thousands of babies and helped hundreds of abortion workers leave their jobs.”
The film will follow Johnson as a director of Planned Parenthood and later as a pro-life advocate with a strong desire to help women. Johnson, played by Ashley Bratcher (“War Room” and “90 Minutes in Heaven”), oversaw approximately 22,000 abortions at Planned Parenthood before she witnessed the ultrasound of an unborn baby that changed her life.

Konzelman and Solomon said Johnson’s story is compelling because she experienced both sides of the abortion battle.

They told the Daily Wire:

“The one thing that was always true for Abby was that all she ever wanted to do was help women. And the great thing is it’s not only true, but it’s endearing in terms of creating audience empathy. It’s something that female viewers in particular should be able to relate to: Here’s a young woman who underwent two abortions herself… then served as a volunteer escort, counselor, and clinic director, becoming one of the youngest clinic directors in the country, and ultimately winning ’employee of the year’ award for her entire affiliate, before switching sides." 
 "But when she saw the real-time image on an ultrasound screen of one child fighting for its life, against the intrusion of the suction catheter that was about to end its existence, it changed her entire belief system in the space of a few seconds. Because she realized that what she was looking at was undeniably human and very much alive… until suddenly it wasn’t.