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.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Students Plan Pro-Life Walkout After School Supported Anti-Gun Protest

By Steven Ertelt
Life News

High school students across the country have organized walk outs to draw attention to horrible shootings that have taken place at schools nationwide. Now, pro-life students in Sacramento California are organizing a walk out to draw attention to another horrific form of violence, abortions that kill unborn babies.

Here’s more:

This week, Rocklin High School students are using social media to organize pro-life walkout using the hashtag #life.

“To honor all the lives of aborted babies pretty much. All the millions of aborted babies every year,” said organizer Brandon Gillespie.
He says his history teacher inspired the idea. The pro-life students are worried they’re facing a double standard that could imperil their free speech.

Brandon says protesting on school grounds is just the point.

“I would like to see if there really is a double standard and what will come of that,” he said.
He doesn’t have a date for the protest, but he does with the principal. Their meeting is set for this Friday.

Responding to the news, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins told LifeNews she appreciates the students drawing attention to the violence of abortion.

“Brandon Gillespie is a terrific example of the passion this pro-life generation has, and his courageous effort to draw attention to the reality that more lives have been lost in our generation to abortion than all other causes should be national news. It’s estimated that more than 650,000 preborn infants die in abortions annually, a loss that grieves many Americans,” she said.
Hawking continued: “Having opened to door to student-lead walkouts as a way to express a political or cultural viewpoint, schools cannot shut that door to pro-life students who also are moved by the loss of life and horrific realities of the toll of abortion. Pro-life students deserve the same respect and accommodation that anti-gun student activists experienced. 

There is a reason this is the pro-life generation, more pro-life than their parents even; it is because they have witnessed just how harmful abortion is to women and their pre-born infants. They are the survivors who know abortion is not the simple fix, but a life-changing, life-ending event.”

Hawkins took issue with one pro-abortion student who said abortion is not relevant to high school students, even though teens are getting abortions on a daily basis..

She said: “In the initial media reports about this student-lead effort, one student is quoted as saying ‘Abortions aren’t really anything that has to do with school or students here.’ Sadly that is not the case. Educating students about how abortion and those who sell it have infiltrated the culture and covered up just how dangerous abortion can be is reason enough to welcome Brandon’s effort to talk about something which does impact us all.”
 Website: Life News

Teacher Placed on Leave after Questioning Whether Pro-life Students Could Participate in a Walkout

By Veronica Neffinger
Christian News

A California high school teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave after she questioned whether a student walkout would be allowed for the pro-life cause.

On Wednesday, March 14th, thousands of students participated in a walkout to protest gun violence and to honor the 17 students and teachers who were killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Reason.com reports that Julianne Benzel, a teacher at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, California, was placed on leave after she questioned whether the school’s administrators would give the same treatment to students who wanted to participate in a walkout for the pro-life cause.

“And so I just kind of used the example which I know it's really controversial, but I know it was the best example I thought of at the time," Benzel explained. "[If] a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided 'I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes' and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration?"
Benzel’s students apparently understood the point she was trying to make and they had a helpful class discussion, but the school’s administration did not see the issue the same way.

Instead, they issued this statement: 

“A Rocklin High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave due to several complaints from parents and students involving the teacher's communications regarding today's student-led civic engagement activities.”
Website: Christian News

40 Days for Life Day 34: Philadelphia Report, Mom Chooses Life

By David Brandao
40 Days for Life

In Philadelphia, Monique tells of a young woman that 40 Days for Life volunteers directed to a local pregnancy care center.

She confided in the counselors that she’s overwhelmed by the idea of raising another baby … but once she heard about the support available through the center, she chose life. She said the counselors helped her realize that having the child was what she was meant to do.

Vigil participants also met a mother of two … who was setting up an abortion appointment because her husband didn’t want another child. 

“I know it’s not good,” she told them, “but he won’t let me” have this baby.
“Please pray for her and her husband,” Monique said, “that she is willing and enabled to stand up for her child, that we can help them.”
She reminded the 40 Days for Life volunteers that “none of this is possible if you aren’t out there.”
David Brandao, Communications Director 

With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.

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.  

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Finding Hope From History

Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance

Thanks to you and other National Pro-Life Alliance members, support for the Life at Conception Act has grown tremendously.

In fact, the Life at Conception Act was introduced with an all-time record number of original cosponsors in this Congress and we're on track to break our prior record.

Yet even with our steadily growing support, our battle to pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion-on-demand isn't going to be easy or happen overnight.

But I find confidence and strength as I reflect on the fact that past generations have struggled -- and prevailed -- against similarly grave evils, such as William Wilberforce's battle against slavery over a century and a half ago.

You may already be familiar with his story, which was recently depicted in the film "Amazing Grace."

William Wilberforce was a British Member of Parliament who fought for over forty years to put an end to slavery.

He doggedly re-introduced his bill to abolish the international slave trade every year. At first, his efforts were overwhelmingly defeated.

Conventional wisdom believed that slavery was a permanent staple of British life, essential to the British Empire's economy -- much like activist judges want the people to believe that the "right" to abortion is "settled law."

But Wilberforce kept his determination, and ultimately he was victorious.

Twenty years after he began, Parliament abolished the slave trade. And another twenty years after that, they ended slavery itself.

And like Wilberforce in his battle to end slavery, I am confident that we will ultimately emerge victorious as well, as long as you and I keep up the fight.

In fact, I am certain that William Wilberforce would be in the trenches with you and me, fighting to protect the unborn, if he were alive today.

Indeed, his great-great-grandson, Fr. Gerald Wilberforce, recently noted that "with the passage of time we look back in horror at how we devalued human life [through slavery]. I truly believe we will look back in years to come, repent and ask forgiveness for what we let happen to the unborn child."

Whenever great moral sicknesses infect a society, the road to recovery is usually long and rough. But together there is no doubt you and I will ultimately prevail.

The National Pro-Life Alliance occupies a unique and important role in the pro-life movement. The focus of many other pro-life organizations is research, publications or counseling. These are all important and worthy activities, but the National Pro-Life Alliance is singular in its focus on passing pro-life legislation that will protect the unborn from the moment of conception onward. 
For more information on the National Pro-Life Alliance or to make a donation, please use this link.

Idaho Gov. Otter Signs Abortion Pill Reversal Bill

Governor Butch Otter
By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life

When Gov. Butch Otter signed SB 1243 into law on Tuesday, Idaho joined Utah, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Arizona in updating their informed consent packet so that women will know they may change their mind about a chemical abortion half-way through the two-drug technique—the Abortion Pill Reversal.

Chemical abortions account for almost half of all of the abortions performed in Idaho.

Last week on a vote of 55-11, the Idaho House joined the Senate, which had earlier passed SB 1243 on an equally overwhelming vote of 29-6. In both houses the vote was straight party-line: all Republicans in favor, all Democrats opposed.

Chemical abortions [“RU-486”] involve two drugs: Mifeprex, taken at the abortion clinic, and then 48-72 hours later, misoprostol, a prostaglandin. The Abortion Pill Reversal technique is premised on the woman not taking the second drug and being given large dosages of progesterone in order to counteract the effect of the first pill.

According to all media accounts, the debate Monday in the House was fiery. Pro-abortion Democrats charged that the technique was unethical and unproven. Tell that to the mothers of over 300 healthy babies who have been saved by this reversal protocol and the over 100 women are currently pregnant awaiting delivery.

Credit goes to Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review who provided many quotes from House speakers on both sides.
“These are babies we’re talking about,” Rep. Karey Hanks told the House. “It’s difficult, it’s almost impossible for me to speak because I feel this so strongly. These aborted, these are pre-born babies. I just want to remind us who are Republicans that in our platform, it talks about right to life, that we reaffirm our support for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.”
Rep. Barbara Ehardt said,
“What a humbling and historic opportunity we have right now … to give them hope again … to restore life, to be a mother… Truly this is historic, why wouldn’t we want to be a part of this today, why wouldn’t we want to be a part of something that could potentially change lives? … Life is precious and we should know that,” she said. “Please vote life.”
Russell reported that Rep. John VanderWoude added he was moved by what he saw at the committee hearing on the bill.
“I don’t know what more evidence we need that it works, if you see a healthy child standing right there in front of you,” he said.
National Right to Life article continues here

7 Key Moments During Supreme Court Hearing Over Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Free Abortions

By Elizabeth Slattery
Life News

How far can a state go to promote its views on abortion?

Can it force crisis pregnancy centers that support women who face a difficult or unplanned pregnancy to advertise the state’s free abortion program? Can it mandate resource centers that provide counseling, education, and baby supplies to include in their ads a lengthy disclaimer in up to 13 languages?

These are the issues the Supreme Court heard Tuesday in the case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.

Three lawyers appeared before the justices. One is Michael Farris, president of Alliance Defending Freedom, who represented pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that object to these requirements.

Some of the centers represented by Farris are licensed medical providers that perform pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and other prenatal care, and the state of California is trying to force them to post signs with information about free abortions.

Other centers are unlicensed and do not provide medical care but offer free resources for pregnant women in need. California would require them to include a 29-word disclaimer in their ads, effectively drowning out their message.

Jeffrey Wall, deputy solicitor general of the United States, represented the federal government, which filed a brief supporting neither side. Joshua Klein, deputy solicitor general of California, defended the state’s law.

The justices peppered all three advocates with questions. Here are seven key exchanges from the oral argument.

1. Comparisons to Informed Consent

During Farris’s introduction, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg jumped in, asking why posting the notice isn’t just like requiring a doctor to provide informed consent before performing an abortion.

Farris explained that providing informed consent turns on whether there is a medical intervention. States may require doctors to discuss the risks of an abortion before performing the procedure, as the Supreme Court held in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992), and this can include discussion about alternatives to abortion.

But here, the pregnancy centers aren’t performing medical procedures yet they would be forced to advertise California’s free or low-cost abortion program to every person who enters the building.

Justice Samuel Alito asked whether the state could require all doctors treating pregnant women to post a notice with the full range of options available to them, including services not performed at that center. Farris explained that there could be a problem with that if doctors objected to performing abortions, but what the state did here is target pro-life centers and force them to advertise for abortions.

Justice Stephen Breyer said he saw this case as the pro-choice version of the Casey case. Breyer mused that a ruling for California would be even-handed because “the sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” Farris explained that this would politicize the practice of medicine.

2. A Statute Riddled With Exemptions

Breyer pointed out that 60 to 70 centers exist throughout California, and asked if the trial court should develop the record on whether the law is targeting these clinics before the Supreme Court rules.

Farris responded that the gerrymandering is evident on the statute’s face. It contains so many exemptions (for doctors in private practice, general medical clinics, and pregnancy clinics that perform abortions) that the pro-life centers are practically the only ones that would be forced to post the state’s abortion notices.

Later, when California’s Klein stepped up to the podium to defend the law, Alito wanted to know why the state exempted so many other doctors and medical facilities from the notice requirement. While the law appeared neutral on its face, Alito said, the number of exemptions uncovered a “strange pattern” that could amount to intentional discrimination against pro-life centers.

Moms and Babies Saved From Abortion Pose in Front of Planned Parenthood, What Happened Next is Awesome

“We’ve proved once again that we are a professional medical clinic that treats women with compassion and dignity." 

By Jay Hobbs
Life News

To Brandi Swindell, one picture in particular is worth a bit more than a thousand words. After all, it just took one picture to turn back a nagging lawsuit Planned Parenthood had filed against her life-saving group.

Swindell, CEO of Stanton Healthcare, was in the middle of a four-hour deposition in late January, when lawyers from Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands confronted her with a group photo of eight mothers and the children they’d rescued from abortion.

The photo, taken outside of the Planned Parenthood location in Meridian, Idaho, which shares a parking lot with Stanton Healthcare, was intended to demonstrate that Swindell’s group was guilty of harassing patients outside the abortion giant’s doors.

Instead, Swindell knew the moment she saw the picture as proof that Planned Parenthood had absolutely no case in its frivolous lawsuit against Stanton Healthcare.

In his ruling March 13 throwing out the case, District Judge Michael Reardon agreed.
“It was a game-changer,” Swindell said. “I just started smiling and I said, ‘There’s Jessica’ and ‘There’s baby Paulina!’ I’m just beaming because I’m so happy to see this picture—and then I realize they’re trying to use it against us. I realized at that moment that what they were using as evidence against Stanton was the very evidence of why we need to be there, and why we need to be so close to Planned Parenthood.
“It was such a hope-filled picture, and I just still can’t wrap my mind around why they thought that was compelling evidence against us.”
Core to the lawsuit, which Planned Parenthood filed in early 2016, was the claim that Stanton Healthcare was violating an occupancy code by setting up a 36-foot mobile ultrasound and medical unit in the shared parking lot.

While that claim could be argued for or against based on an interpretation of the building complex owner’s regulations, Planned Parenthood had also embedded a far more serious charge in its complaint, accusing Stanton of harassing women outside the Planned Parenthood clinic.

Most importantly, the judge’s wholesale dismissal—which included striking Planned Parenthood’s demand for lawyer fees even in the case of a potential settlement—affirmed Swindell’s contention that Stanton Healthcare is only there to offer women a viable alternative to abortion.
“We are professional, we are medical, we uphold the dignity of women,” Swindell said. “We provide women with compassionate, quality care, and we make ourselves available and accessible. That’s the point of being near a Planned Parenthood—you go to where the women are, so they can have true choice and true options.”
Along with free pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds, options counseling, post-abortive help, Stanton offers a wellness program that includes individualized care plans, fitness and nutrition and massage therapy.

Since establishing Stanton in 2006, Swindell has expanded her organization’s reach to six locations in the U.S. and one in Ireland—where leaders are exploring plans to repeal the nation’s 8th Amendment, which prohibits abortions except to save the life of a mother.

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.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bucks County Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage & Prayer Vigil at Warminster PP Begins at 9:30 am


from the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition

Note: The events begin at 9:30 am at Nativity of Our Lord Church and not at 9:00 am which was previously stated. 

Our Good Friday observance (Friday, March 30th) at Planned Parenthood in Warminster will begin with a procession from Nativity of Our Lord Church parking lot (map) starting at 9:30 am an ending at the Planned Parenthood on Louis Drive.

At 10:00 am we will have the reading of the Passion and the Stations of the Cross in front of Planned Parenthood.

We invite everyone to attend and pray with us in reparation for the crimes of abortion that take place in this facility and those across our nation.

For a list of other locations across the country holding Good Friday Stations of the Cross, please use this link.  


The mission of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition is to provide financial support to area crisis pregnancy centers and educate the community regarding sanctity of life issues from conception until natural death.  For more information, visit and like us on Facebook using this link.  


‘I Am With You’: YouTube Star Was About to Go Ahead With Abortion When God Spoke These Stunning Words

By Will Maull
Faith Wire

When musician Kimberly Henderson found out she was pregnant back in 2013, she felt like she didn’t know which way to turn. She was young, her boyfriend was cheating on her and she felt utterly overwhelmed at the thought of having to look after a child. So, she did what millions of Americans have chosen to do — she decided to have an abortion. But that wasn’t the end of Henderson’s story.

The singer became famous for a video she posted of herself singing to her daughter, Vaida. Within just one week, it garnered a staggering 20 million views on YouTube.

Kimberly eventually released her debut single, “Tiny Hearts.” She told TV host Steve Harvey that the song is about “her children, single moms and the journey of motherhood.”

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the star. In an incredibly insightful and honest Facebook post, the singer and YouTube sensation took fans back to those fateful moments as she waited to terminate the life of her unborn child:“I had my mind made up. My boyfriend was cheating on me. I have small kids, what will people think?? I kept telling myself I’m all alone I need to do this,” she wrote in the post.

But Henderson still felt uneasy about what she was about to do. She was extremely emotional at the thought of ending her unborn baby’s life, and was weeping uncontrollably.
“I prayed God would stop and give me a sign, give me the strength to get up and walk out of here,” she explained.
Then, as she waited for hours to be called forward for the fatal procedure, she cried out to God for help, asking Him for a sign. What happened next was utterly remarkable:
“The lady called me to the desk. Last step before you go back. I fumbled through my wallet to find my drivers license and out fell a card a couple left on the table Saturday night when I was working. … It had their church name on it. On the back was a common verse:
 ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
"I knew God was speaking to me.”
Immediately, Henderson knew she was making a terrible mistake.

Abortion Clinic Caught Transporting Box of Aborted Babies in Car and Selling Them to Someone

By Steven Ertelt
Life News

A South Carolina abortion clinic as been caught on video illegally transporting the bodies of aborted babies in a car and transferring them to a waste management company.

Whistle blowers have uncovered ongoing illegal transactions of aborted baby body parts between a Greenville, South Carolina abortion clinic and Stericycle, America’s largest biological waste hauler. On three separate occasions, video was captured showing a representative of Greenville Women’s Clinic illegally transporting dead babies in a passenger car and transferring the aborted baby body parts to a Stericycle waste truck at a local gas station.

The illegal transactions have caught the attention of state health department officials. Five different transactions are referenced in a March 6, 2018 Notice of Alleged Violations from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to Greenville Women’s Center and Stericycle.

According to the letters from the SDHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management Division of Compliance and Enforcement these illegal actions violate South Carolina’s Infectious Waste Management Regulation 61-105.

The SDHEC alleges that Greenville Women’s Center (GWC) violated nine regulations. They include:

  • Illegally transferred and storing infectious waste (aborted babies).
  • Transferring waste at a non-designated transfer facility (gas station).
  • No having a properly marked transfer vehicle and leak resistant cargo carrying containers.
  • Not being registered as a transporter of infectious waste.
  • Having no infectious waste management plan.
State health department officials allege that Stericycle violated five regulations. They include:
  • Illegally transferred and stored infectious waste (aborted babies).
  • Illegally transferred infectious waste from one vehicle to another at a non-designated transfer facility.
  • Illegally accepted infectious waste without a proper manifest.

Greenville Women’s Clinic has been investigated before, found in violation of other rules and regulations, and issued enforcement actions after inspections were completed in September 2017.

The pro-life group Created Equal filmed the videos catching abortion clinic staff making the illegal transfers. Mark Harrington, the group’s president, said he’s not surprised the abortion clinic is trying to cover up how it disposes the bodies of aborted babies.

“Abortionists and their medical waste enablers are the dregs of society and medicine and, therefore, are forced to conduct their nefarious activities in secret. Because abortionists kill babies, they also break other laws. We thank the SCDHEC for bringing to light both the unlawful conduct of Greenville Women’s Clinic and Stericycle. We demand the SDHEC shut down both these operations over these violations, not just given a slap on the wrist,” he said.
Website: Life News