Saturday, January 19, 2019

Low U. S. Fertility Will Lead to Social Strife, Population Expert Says






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



NEW YORK, January 18 (C-Fam) “The 21st century is likely to see increasingly bitter struggles over the ramifications of declining fertility,” warns Lyman Stone, a population expert and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

“All our long-term obligations will have to be financed with substantially fewer people (or perhaps substantially more immigrants) than most actuarial projections assume,” he writes in a report published last month. Because of the “collective failure” of federal agencies to anticipate this scenario, according to Stone, America is not at all prepared to confront the social and fiscal challenges of low fertility.

The Congressional Budget Office, the Social Security Administration, and Medicare have just assumed long-term U.S. fertility near replacement level, without ever attempting to test alternate demographic scenarios, Stone notes in his report. They were not alone.

Even as U.S. fertility declined over the last two decades, U.S. demographers have held off predicting the worst possible demographic scenarios in the hope that economic conditions might stabilize U.S. fertility. But the data is in, and Stone’s report brings home just how much these hopes have been vain.


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A Most Powerful Tool for Humanizing the Unborn




Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance



Ultrasounds have long been a powerful tool for showcasing the humanity of the unborn, highlighting their little hands, tiny feet, and beating hearts.

And sometimes, mothers can even catch a glimpse of their unborn child’s personality.

One mother recently got a video ultrasound, and to her delight, her unborn baby boy turned towards her and started waving at her on the ultrasound screen!

“It was really lovely to see. . . I think we’re definitely going to have a little showman on our hands,” said the overjoyed mother.

Stories like this truly are heartwarming.

They also demonstrate that ultrasounds really do have the power to humanize the unborn -- so much so that even calloused abortion industry workers have often become pro-life after viewing an ultrasound.

For example, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, founder of the so-called “National Abortion Rights Action League” (NARAL), attributed his conversion to the power of ultrasounds, stating, “I ran the largest abortion clinic in the world for two years. . .”

“I changed my mind because the new scientific data which we were getting from advanced technology persuaded me that we could not indiscriminately continue to slaughter what was demonstrably a human being.”

And ultrasounds continue to change the hearts and minds of mothers and abortion workers alike to this day.

In fact, studies indicate that up to 78% of abortion-minded women choose life after viewing an ultrasound of their unborn child.

But in the end, these ultrasounds are just affirming what you and I have long known -- that unborn children really are living human beings.


 
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A Call to Courage and Commitment - Montgomery County, Pa. Stand Up for Life Rally





Stand Up for Life Rally
Sunday, January 28, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 pm 
Epiphany of Our Lord Church
3050 Walton Road
Plymouth Meeting, Pa 19462 (map)
Reception to follow in the church narthex


 



This Rally observes the 46th anniversary of the infamous January 22, 1973 Roe v Wade decision. Since then, the abortion industry in the U.S., including Montgomery County, has killed approximately 60 million children, and injured their mothers.





How to Build a Pro-Life Future

 
The many efforts of the pro-life movement in our area and throughout Pennsylvania have resisted the Culture of Death and have succeeded in reducing abortions by 55% since 1980. 

Please attend this Rally, learn how to assist these effortrs, and hear messages from young adults who are providing leadership to ensure that this success continues.



Our presenters include:

  • Reverend Brian Kean, Principal, St. John Paul II High School
  • Teresa Creciun, Volunteer at  A Baby's Breath and Director of Sacred Heart Parish Respect Life Commitee
  • Joe Dembik, Generation Life Educator and Activist

This Rally is sponsored by the Montgomery County Pro-Life Coalition and Epiphany of Our Lord Respect Life Committee, along with many other Catholic and Protestant Churches in Montgomery County.

For more information contact the Montgomery County Pro-Life Coaliton at 215-393-3610. 


 
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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.  



Friday, January 18, 2019

Thank You to All who Participated in Today's Prayer Rally at Planned Parenthood in Warminster, Pa.




Over 70 people were present for today's Prayer Rally outside the Planned Parenthood in Warminster, Pennsylvania. This rally was planned in solidarity with the March for Life in Washington, DC.

The Rally began with an opening prayer and message from Pastor Chuck Wilson of the New Hope Community Church and Monsignor Joseph Gentili, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham, Pennsylvania gave the closing prayer.

Those present came from all walks of life and from all age groups from young babies to the very old.


 

One woman who had planned to go to Washington for the March for Life was unable to make the trip due to her disability, and traveled from St. John Newman parish in North Philly to be part of this event. Another young man from the Norristown area also came to pray and give witness.


Several people shared their personal stories and reasons for being present. One young mother whose baby daughter has Down Syndrome gave a very powerful testimony.


Many children and young adults were present and I was told that one of the schools in the area had closed so the students could go to the March for Life or other pro-life events taking place today.

Thank you to all who came out, despite the inclement weather, to be part of this very solemn and sad day. A special thanks to Terry Noble for putting together the program and organizing today's event.

Below are some additional pictures of today's pro-life rally.


  

 


Incredible Video of 8-Week-Old Unborn Baby Shows You Just How Wrong Abortion Is


By SPUC
Life News


A video of an eight week old unborn child who had to be removed because of an ectopic pregnancy is illustrating the humanity of the unborn child and that even an early abortion takes a human life.

The video was originally shared two years ago by Jonathan Van Maren, communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, but it is now gaining more attention through the Nurses&Midwives4Life Ireland Facebook page.

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It shows the tiny unborn baby, who was only about eight weeks old, moving its arms, legs and head. Tragically, the baby will not have survived – he or she started growing in the mother’s fallopian tube – a situation where the baby cannot survive and which is potentially fatal for the mother. In traditional medical ethics, removing a damaged follopian tube (containing an embryo that sadly will not survive) with the intention to save the mother is allowed under the principle of double effect, and is not considered an abortion.

According to comments on the original video, the parents of the baby wanted the video posted to help in the fight against abortion, and to show that the baby they tragically lost was not a blob of tissue.
Young babies are people too

The images are particularly powerful as they are of a baby in the first trimester – the time when babies are commonly dismissed as “clumps of cells” or “not a baby yet”. It’s also when the most abortions happen – in 2017, 77% of abortions took place at 3-9 weeks gestation, and 13% at 10 to 12. While late term abortions are generally seen as particularly barbaric and upsetting, pictures like these show that younger babies are equally living, moving humans whose lives are ended by abortion.

LifeNews Note: Courtesy of SPUC. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is a leading pro-life organization in the United Kingdom. Photo is of an unborn baby at 8 weeks



New Poll Shows Millennials Will Change Position on Roe When Given the Facts

Pro-life marchers mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade
US Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion. | (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
By Julie Roys
Christian Post

Pro-choice advocates consistently forward the narrative that the majority of the American public does not want to overturn Roe v. Wade. And to some degree, surveys and polls agree. For example, a 2018 poll reported in Vox found that 67-percent of Americans would not like to see Roe overturned, and only 29-percent would.

However, a survey released Monday shows that support for Roe v. Wade is based largely on ignorance. When educated about the realities of abortion, opposition to the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion rises sharply.

The survey conducted by Students for Life of America’s Institute for Pro-Life Advancement found that 40-percent of millennials (those in their 20s and 30s) totally support Roe, and only 12-percent totally oppose. Many (48-percent) are either unsure or neutral about the issue.

However, after being informed that Roe allows for abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, opposition to Roe jumped to 51-percent and support fell to 35-percent. Additionally, when millennials were told that abortion could be used as a form of contraception, or when a mother doesn’t like the sex of the baby, opposition rose to 54-percent.

This is a crucial finding, showing how key education is to overturning the abhorrent court decision that has led to the slaughter of more than 60-million babies. As I have engaged in discussions about abortion with friends and colleagues, I am always amazed at how few know the truth. For example, most believe it’s illegal to abort babies in the third trimester, but it’s not

As former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson can attest, “Late-term abortions are legal in the U.S. and do take place through the entire third trimester, including through the ninth month of pregnancy. . . (A) late-term abortion can be provided for any reason, as long as the abortionist checks a box on her chart stating it was affecting her ‘life or health.’ No documentation of proof is required.”

Similarly, I’ve found very few Americans know what’s involved in an actual abortion. Few know, for example, that a second trimester abortion involves dismembering a baby in the womb and removing it piece by piece. Few realize that this grisly procedure is done at all, let alone that’s it’s done without any anesthesia. We treat our dogs better in this country.

A few years ago, I posted live animation of the most popular abortionprocedures to my website. Even though they’re just animated videos, they’re powerful. Every citizen of this country should watch these. If they did, I’m sure opposition to overturning Roe would evaporate.

This week, hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates will gather in D.C. for the March for Life. And as we do, or simply support the cause by posting to social media and watching the live coverage, we need to remember that education and advocacy matter. As more and more Americans hear the truth, they adopt pro-life convictions and understand Roe as a license to murder.

We also need to be smart about how we discuss the issue. I agree wholeheartedly with Kristan Hawkins, president of Student for Life of America, who said: 
“On the issue of abortion, labels like pro-life, pro-choice, access, health, or women’s rights often camouflage the true realities of the policies that today crisscross the country. Especially as we talk with millennials, who are often outside the political structure of Washington D.C., the anti-abortion movement must be clear on what we are advancing and its impact on mothers, the preborn and taxpayers.”
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Faith Was Pregnant and Homeless but Chose Life for Baby Noah Anyway. Today They’re Thriving.


Thanks to the PRC of Rolla, Faith and her son
Noah are thriving. This week, they head 
to Capitol Hill to share their story with lawmakers.
Photo Courtesy: PRC of Rolla

By Katie Franklin
National Right to Life


When Faith first came to her local pregnancy help center, she was not a mother in crisis. Unexpectedly pregnant at 21, she was beside herself with joy.
“In fact, I was excited to be a mother for the first time,” she would later tell a roomful of supporters at a fundraiser for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Rolla in Missouri.
But as others’ criticisms came crashing in, she soon found herself mired in negativity.
“You’re too young to have a baby.” “This is going to ruin your life because you’ll have to drop out of college.” “This is a mistake.”
The most gut-wrenching one of all came from her baby’s father, the very man she planned to marry: “Abort this baby and we’ll try again after we’re married.”
“I felt betrayed, alone, confused, discouraged, hopeless,” she said. “I was left traumatized. Without the support I needed to succeed as a mother, I believed I was bound to fail.”
But Faith wasn’t alone. Not by a long shot.
“I knew I needed help to sort this all out and I knew where I could find it,” she said. “I went back to the PRC, but this time I was a mother in crisis. They spoke truth to my situation. They told me I was not alone, that whatever I needed they would help me get. And that’s exactly what they did.”
Like thousands of pregnancy help centers across the country, the PRC of Rolla provides a myriad of services to families in need, all free of charge. As a pregnancy help medical clinic, they offer pregnancy tests, obstetrical ultrasounds, pregnancy options counseling, and more.

Two months later, when Faith became homeless, the PRC of Rolla came through yet again. This time, they connected her to their partner organization, St. Raymond’s Society, a transitional home for pregnant and newly parenting women.

Within three days, Faith moved in.

“This was the turning point in my life,” she said. “I was given this golden opportunity to become the person God created me to be and I took full advantage of it.”
Jane Dalton, the center’s client services director and program director for St. Raymond’s Society, encouraged Faith through it all.
“In less than a year, I went from a homeless, pregnant, part-time waitress to a breastfeeding mom, a college graduate employed in my field of study with a 401k, a business owner, and most importantly, I became a baptized Christian,” Faith said.
This week, Faith and her son Noah head to Capitol Hill as part of Heartbeat International’s Babies Go to Congress. Once there, they’ll share with lawmakers what pregnancy help has meant to them over the last couple of years.



 
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Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?


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


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



Thursday, January 17, 2019

Exposed! Abortion Pill By Mail Study Has Population Control Motive





Wichita, KS -- Operation Rescue has released a new investigative exposé detailing a new abortion pill distribution scheme that is delivering abortion pills to women in five states using a smart phone app and the U.S. Postal Service.

Operation Rescue found that Gynuity Health Projects, the organization that is conducting the abortion pill-by-mail study, is funded by a "who's who" of foundations that support and promote abortion and population control, including Planned Parenthood, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others.

The new report includes a video featuring an undercover conversation between an Operation Rescue investigator and an employee of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette that explains the experimental abortion drug distribution process.

There is also a concern that in an effort to control costs that must be paid by women involved in the study, women may seek to exploit free ultrasound exams offered by pro-life pregnancy help centers that are morally opposed to abortions, making them unwitting participants in the abortion process.

"This is not about helping women. It is not even about making a profit, although there is profit to be made in this low-overhead process," said Newman. "It is really about coming up with a plan to kill as many babies as possible, as cheaply as possible, while having the least interaction with their abortion customers. These people have no concern for women except to make sure they do not reproduce. Their depopulation agenda is appalling and destructive to families and society. The FDA must end this abortion scam now."

Read Operation Rescue's investigative exposé: "Abortion Pill by Mail Study Has Population Control Motive."



Can You Look Into Her Eyes and Say Abortion is OK?




By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation 


I was captivated by a baby girl I saw recently in church. Her eyes were filled with wonder, taking in everything within her environment.


This chance encounter made me reflect upon the development of an unborn child. At just 19 days after conception, the eyes begin to develop. Imagine that. Less than three weeks after egg and sperm have united, the birth of sight begins. It is truly incredible.


By the 9th week after conception, the preborn child will be able to squint–a quite human response.


If we could look her in the eyes at that point, would any of us say that abortion is a rational option?





In Pennsylvania, Taxpayers Will Be Outraged at Suit Requiring Taxpayer Funding of Abortion





from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation



Harrisburg, PA—Taxpayers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be outraged by a lawsuit demanding that hard-earned tax dollars be spent on abortion.

Abortion facilities in Pennsylvania have filed a suit that would require taxpayer-funded Medicaid money to be spent on abortion in an attempt to overturn the Keystone State’s long-standing ban on the practice.

“Poll after poll has shown that taxpayers in the U.S. do not want their tax money to be spent on abortion, period,” said Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life. “This lawsuit flies in the face of the will of the people to safeguard their money from abortion,” Gallagher added.

The lawsuit, known as Allegheny Reproductive Health Center v. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, represents a giant step backward in both the protection of tax money and the protection of women and their preborn children from the harm of abortion.

“Research shows quite clearly that taxpayer funding of abortion is greatly unpopular. At a time when Pennsylvania’s abortion totals are at a record low, abortion businesses are trying to capture a lucrative market to prop up their sagging industry. This is a lose-lose proposition—for taxpayers and for pregnant women,” Gallagher said.

Pennsylvania’s law is constitutional and should be upheld, Gallagher added.

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


 
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 FacebookGooglePinterest, and on MeWe.  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.