Saturday, November 17, 2018

Trump Admin Official: We Will Stop NIH From Buying Body Parts From Aborted Babies


By Micaiah Bilger
Life News


The Trump administration is exploring ways to end the taxpayer-funded purchasing of aborted baby parts through research grants.

Politico obtained a letter from a top Department of Health and Human Services official this week indicating that they are willing to stop the aborted baby parts purchasing if they can find ethical alternatives.

The National Institute of Health, an agency under HHS, has given about $100 million in research contracts to scientists who use aborted baby parts in their research. Pro-life groups have been urging the federal government to end the taxpayer-funded commoditization of human lives, but some scientists are pushing back with claims that fetal tissue from healthy aborted babies is the best material for their research.

The letter from HHS assistant secretary of health Brett Giroir to pro-life Congressman Mark Meadows, of North Carolina, indicates the Trump administration is working toward ending taxpayer-funded purchases of aborted baby parts.

Giroir said HHS is “fully committed to prioritizing, expanding, and accelerating efforts to develop and implement the use of these alternatives.” He also said the department is “pro-life and pro-science.”

Politico did not name the source that provided it with Giroir’s letter.

Here’s more from the report:

Giroir’s letter — drafted in response to a meeting with Meadows and before HHS has listening sessions with scientists on Friday afternoon — suggests that the Trump administration has committed to efforts to accelerate the development of alternatives so it could reduce or eliminate the use of fetal tissue. The draft defines alternatives as “models that are scientifically validated and reproducible in multiple conditions and by multiple investigators.”

HHS spokesperson Caitlin Oakley said the agency has not made a formal determination on whether to continue to fund fetal tissue research. “We continue to go through a thoughtful, deliberative process given the scientific ethical and moral considerations involved,” she said. “When we receive inquiries from members of Congress, we respond.”

Over the past few months, pro-life groups and conservative news outlets have been uncovering new details about government spending on aborted baby parts for research. Some of these contracts have used tax dollars to pay for body parts of healthy, late-term aborted babies – including potentially viable unborn babies up to 24 weeks.

The Trump administration canceled one contract already, but the practice continues.

It’s Here! Week-long Celebration of Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Starts Today


By Katie Franklin
National Right to Life


Fires, hurricanes, and unjust laws. These are just a few of the challenges that pro-life pregnancy help organizations have weathered over the last year—all while pursuing the mighty task of rescuing mothers and their children from abortion.

It’s with these hardships in mind that Heartbeat International, a global network of 2,600 pregnancy help organizations, kicks off the 5th Annual Pregnancy Help Appreciation Week (November 12 – 16), thanking pregnancy help organizations for their tireless service to women in need of pregnancy support.

Designed by Heartbeat International in 2014, Pregnancy Help Appreciation Week honors those working within the pregnancy help movement, a community that consists of more than 5,000 pregnancy help centers, adoption agencies, and maternity homes around the world. For the last half-century, such organizations have walked alongside families throughout pregnancy and beyond, blessing them with pregnancy tests, emotional support, ultrasounds, parenting classes, and so much more at no cost.

To support the continued service provided by these centers, Heartbeat International is offering a “Deal of the Day” each day this week on training resources and other materials.

Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International, recognized the movement’s worldwide impact.

“Year-round, our team has the immense privilege of visiting and working with some tremendous global partners who sacrifice greatly to serve women and babies in need,” said Godsey. 
“The strength and courage this work takes cannot be overstated. The scope of our movement is remarkable, and leaves us exceedingly grateful for every person who plays a role in rescuing mothers and unborn babies from abortion around the world.”
In the U.S. alone, pregnancy help centers served nearly 2 million people with free services in 2017—an estimated community cost savings of at least $161 million.

The bulk of those savings came from the 400,100 ultrasounds performed at pregnancy centers last year. Those services saved communities over $100 million.

A total of 67,400 volunteers—7,500 of which were medical—gave their time to centers in 2017.



Second Annual National Gianna Gala was a Huge Success!





from Anne Nolte, MD, Co-Founder
National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility



On behalf of the Board and Staff of National Gianna, I am pleased to report that our Second Annual National Gianna Gala was a resounding success! Thank you for helping to make it such a memorable event, one which not only raised welcome funds for the operations of our flagship Gianna Center but reaffirmed the importance and urgency of our National Gianna mission.
   
It was truly moving to receive so much support from so many guests – 300 guests to be exact -- all passionate about advancing our vital mission, which is to provide pro-life, authentically Catholic healthcare to women and families in New York and around the country. I was personally humbled by the commitment to the cause of life of those who gathered with us, and I am so grateful to have all of you “on our team!”

This year we had a roster of superb honorees. In addition to the All Saints Council 6277 of the Knights of Columbus (see Derek Brown accepting award above), Eleonora and Joseph Reel, and Gwen and Charles Millard, we also honored Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., Superior General of the Sisters of Life, with our Lifetime St. Gianna Award.

In addition to the support of our honorees, we were grateful to have the generous, sponsoring support of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus, whose Building the Domestic Church program so nicely dovetails with our Gianna mission.
  
 
 
To have this much pro-life dedication in one room on one evening was a true blessing. We were moved by the speeches of our honorees, who bore witness to what it means to love authentically – in marriage, in family life, in vocation, and in service. By sharing the stories of their lives they demonstrated what it means to make the “sincere gift of self” for the good of another. Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical on authentic love, was mentioned more than once!

Most moving was the courageous testimonial of a young Catholic couple, Christine and Joe Riley, who, when faced with the heartbreak of infertility, refused to compromise on their commitment to life by refusing IVF when it was presented to them as their “only hope.” They excitedly shared that they are now expecting their second “Gianna” baby thanks to Dr. Karen Dalton and Gianna of Syracuse!

The evening closed with a life-affirming look to the future. We were blessed to hear Grace McInerney, a third-year medical student, who shared her hopes of becoming a pro-life OBGYN. Grace – we are all praying for you!

We are also grateful to Tribeca 360 – a wonderful venue with great views of the city, great service and great food.

I want to conclude by thanking you wholeheartedly for your generous support and by reminding you of how much your generosity means to those we serve. Your support helps Gianna to continue to provide women and families with the transformational health care they need – health care that is natural, restorative, ethical and effective – and I am sure all of our patients join us in thanking you not only for sharing our mission but helping to sustain and strengthen it.


   
The National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 dedicated to advancing the culture of life by helping to offer women and families natural, restorative and effective healthcare in line with best medical science and the ethical teachings of the Catholic Church.  To learn more about this organization, please use this link. 


 
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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, November 16, 2018

Did You Know that Pro-life Policies are in Jeopardy?





Tom McClusky
President, March for Life Action


When the 116th Congress convenes next January, a pro-abortion majority will control the U.S. House of Representatives, and all current and long-standing pro-life protections will be under attack.

This includes the Hyde Amendment which is estimated to have already saved over 2 million lives since 1976!

I am working with members of both the House and the Senate to sign a letter urging President Trump to veto any legislation that would remove pro-life policies, like the Hyde Amendment, which must be added annually to appropriations bills.

We need you to express to President Trump how necessary it is that he veto any legislation that chips away at pro-life protections.

  


Thank you for using your voice to defend the most vulnerable among us.

   
The March for Life was founded in 1973, when a group of pro-life leaders gathered at Nellie Gray's home in Washington, D.C. to express concern that the first Anniversary of Roe v. Wade would come and go with no recognition. On January 22, 1974 the first March for Life was held on the steps of the Capitol. Pro-lifers have been Marching for Life every year since!


Ultrasounds Have "Complicated" the Abortion Agenda



Martin Fox, President
National Pro-Life Alliance

Looking at a sonogram of an unborn baby, the humanity of the unborn couldn’t be any clearer.

And the abortion lobby knows it.

In fact, even hardcore abortion advocates admit that the advance of ultrasound technology has “complicated” their agenda -- and they fear what that could mean for the abortion industry.

One such abortion advocate, Dr. David Garrow, confessed that thanks to the power of ultrasounds, “We are a much more fetally aware society than we were when Roe came down.”

So in order to counteract the life-giving reality of ultrasounds, abortionists will do whatever they can to prevent a mother from seeing a picture of her unborn child. Instead, they lie to her, telling her that her child is just “tissue” or “clumps of cells,” -- all while urging her not to view the one image that they know would unveil the truth.

That’s why, in addition to fighting for a Life at Conception Act to ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade, you and I must also fight for the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act at both the state and federal levels.

These bills at both the state and federal level would require that mothers be shown an ultrasound prior to any abortion, ensuring that all mothers see that picture of life.

And since research shows that 78% of abortion-minded women choose life after seeing an ultrasound of their unborn child, this bill has the potential to save countless lives.

So if you haven’t already done so, please click here to sign your petition to pass the national Ultrasound Informed Consent Act.


   
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.


An Invitation to SE Pennsylvania's Annual Memorial Mass for Our Deceased Pro-Life Friends



From Pat & Jack O'Brien

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. (Rosary will begin at 7:45 p.m.) 

St. Anastasia Church
3301 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA (map)


This Memorial Mass is offered for our departed Pro-Lifers, the workers who have touched this land and enriched it.
  
    


This Mass is also a feast! A banquet in Eucharist for us!
Our deceased Family, by their passing, have brought us together to reap a harvest of Grace.


We need not be mournful this night. There is a time for that. Here at the Mass, we will receive in true food, and true drink a share in the treasure our departed Family lived for.

We thank You Lord as we celebrate this Mass of Remembrance.
May God bless you with his love, peace and joy.

Pat and Jack O'Brien are long time pro-life warriors and pioneers who reside in Southeast Pennsylvania.


   
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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, November 15, 2018

God's Special Gift: Choosing Life for Special Needs Unborn Babies


By Terry Noble
Voices for Life

This poem is dedicated to special needs children and their parents who chose life for their precious unborn babies. 

God's Special Gift

The sentence is death, I heard it today
The doctor told Mommy there's no other way

Please give me a chance Mom to show you God's reason
His purpose for my life will come in due season

I may not be cute, or charming or bright
My speech may be slow, my limbs not quite right

My gifts may not dazzle, enthrall or bring cheers
It's God's love I can give, full of laughter and tears

His plan for my life, a gift from above, 
Is just to show others a glimpse of His love

His marvelous love to reach just one soul
Who longs to be loved, accepted, made whole

I wish you could see all the blessings in store
It may not always be easy. Life won't be a bore.

So Mom, please listen to His voice from above...whispering

 "This is a Special Gift of My Love"


Pennsylvania Bill Would Ban Killing Babies With Down Syndrome in Abortions


Kurt Kondrich is a true champion for life.
By Maria Gallagher
Life News

A former police officer, Kondrich quit his job in law enforcement to work full-time advocating for children with special needs. The cause is personal for him. His daughter, Chloe, has Down syndrome. But that diagnosis has not stopped her from accomplishing feats well beyond her years. The high school student has met the President, Vice-President, numerous lawmakers, sports figures, musicians, and many other celebrities. She has even had her photo displayed for all the world to see in New York’s Times Square.

Kondrich and his daughter have been lobbying in their home state of Pennsylvania for a bill that would ban abortions in the case of a Down syndrome diagnosis. The bill, known as House Bill 2050, passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by an overwhelming, bipartisan, veto-proof majority this past spring.

The Pennsylvania Senate adjourned for campaigning without passing the bill, which had already been reported out of committee. While there is an outside chance the bill could be voted on before the end of the year, it is more likely the legislation will be re-introduced next year.

Kondrich offers a cogent rationale for House Bill 2050, also known as the Down Syndrome Protection Act:

Children diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome are being identified, targeted and terminated with the instrument of abortion at an alarming rate, and this represents the ultimate, extreme form of eugenics, prejudice, bigotry, profiling, bullying, discrimination and hate.  

This prenatal death sentence given to a group of innocent, amazing people who have no malice or evil is a global genocide that must be stopped, and we will restore a culture of LIFE where people ‘Embrace don’t erase’ Down syndrome.
It has been estimated that the vast majority of babies who receive a Down syndrome diagnosis in utero are aborted. At a time when disability rights are in the news, the case for protecting preborn babies with Down syndrome is all the more compelling.
Unfortunately, while portraying himself as an advocate for disability rights, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has threatened to veto the life-saving legislation. Wolf is on record opposing any restrictions on abortion.
He once volunteered as a clinic escort for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation. Planned Parenthood, by its own count, commits more than 300,000 abortions each year—about a third of the total number of abortions in the country.
As part of the advocacy effort for House Bill 2050, a coalition of groups, including the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the Pennsylvania Family Institute, and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, established a popular website https://protectatdiagnosis.com/. The website’s motto is “Disability rights start at diagnosis.” The site includes stories of 21 individuals who are not simply surviving, but are thriving, with Down syndrome.


Dear Teen Vogue, Stop Hailing Post-Abortive Teens As Reproductive Experts




by Petra Wallenmeyer, J. C. Beichner
Human Defense Initiative


What defines an expert? Teen Vogue recently published a piece clearly stating young women ages 17-24 are experts when it comes to abortion and reproductive rights. Yet expertise in a subject or specific field, especially when it comes to your physical and mental health and the life of a child, deserves a second opinion. Here is ours.

Merely experiencing an event does not make you an expert on the event. Experts are, by general definition, people who display special skills or knowledge in a specific area, domain, or subject. Expertise is not developed overnight. Knowledge, wisdom, and tenure come from years of study, life experience, reflection, and truth-seeking.

Free expression and the cult of personality developed and exploited by the mainstream media, Planned Parenthood, and those seeking leverage for political expediency do not make experts.

Youth Testify, as featured in the aforementioned article, seeks to create activists of young girls, most under the age of 18 years old, who recently had abortions (some more than one), before they even have an opportunity to absorb and process their experience.

Youth Testify is trying to stretch the definition of “expert.” Not only are they trying to convince people that teens and young adults are experts based on limited experience alone, but they are also trying to stretch experience on a very specific event—abortion—into expertise on a very broad topic—reproductive health. In any definition or connotation of the word “expert,” this attempt is unconvincing at best and harmful at worst.

Continue reading Human Defense Initiative article here.


 
The Human Defense Initiative's mission is to offer an engaging platform that empowers individuals to be a voice for life to those without one.

Use this link to read the history of this organization and meet their staff.  



Two More Women Suffer Abortion Injuries at Beverly Hills “Abortionist to the Stars” Facility



By Cheryl Sullenger
Operation Rescue


Beverly Hills, CA — July 2018, was a particularly troubling month for the Beverly Hills “Abortionist to the Stars,” Josefa Seletz. Two ambulances were summoned to her Pro-Choice Medical Center, an upscale late-term abortion facility on LaCienga Boulevard for patients that were each transported to Cedars Sinai Hospital for treatment Seletz could not offer at her ill-equipped “doctor’s office” type of clinic.

The first incident took place on July 3, 2018, at 2:12 p.m. when a 911 call was placed for emergency medical assistance. An ambulance was dispatched to provide Advanced Life Support, indicating the patient’s condition was serious in nature. Documents obtained by Operation Rescue note that the patient suffered vaginal bleeding and required hospitalization.

Operation Rescue article continues here

 
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. 




Wednesday, November 14, 2018

40 Days for Life is Over, Now what? Recap and What You Can do Going Forward.


As pro-lifers concluded the 40 Days for Life Campaign, they've stepped out of their comfort zones to be present. Pro-lifers from infant to pre-baby boomers  and Catholics to Protestant and everything in between had the opportunity to give witness to life outside of an abortion facility in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.

Philadelphia Campaigns

Pat Stanton and Dr. Monique Ruberu started a 40 days campaign in the fall of 2014. Fast forward 4 years later they had their 9th campaign in front of the largest Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania where 3300 babies were killed in 2017. 13 babies were saved because of dedicated pro-lifers and even first timers. Despite some holes, God provided.

 Fr. Chris Walsh of St Raymond's in Mt. Airy extending
 a hand of mercy outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City


Members of Knights of Columbus Regina Mundi Council 
outside of Comly Rd Planned Parenthood


 40 Days sign used for Appletree vigil the
 bottom caption says it all


Tom Stevens with the DeMaios

The parish had a myriad of groups, especially college aged students take part in two different vigils one location each.


Northeast Philadelphia



The Northeast 40 DFL site had no reported SAVES, however, we were blessed with six new contacts who signed up for our vigil.

In addition to individual visits at the site, our vigil was covered by 10 churches (Evangelical and Catholic), as well as 2 Knights of Columbus Divisions and Generation Life.

Our highlight was the presence of the the Our Lady of Guadalupe image which Veronica Kull brought to us at the site on two of the Saturdays during the vigil.

Bucks County- Warminster

Because of your efforts, 40 DFL at Warminster PP has been fruitful in praying for an end to abortion and interceding on behalf of  mothers and their unborn babies.  We’ll never know how many mothers cancelled appointments and chose life for their babies because of your presence, prayers and sacrifice. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
A personal thanks to Mary Paris for serving as Bucks 40 DFL coordinator for ten years.  Without her faithful efforts, there would not be 40 DFL at Warminster PP.


  • 30 Catholic Churches and 4 Evangelical Churches participated
  •  5 parishes served two days: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Mary Mother of the Redeemer, Nativity of Our Lord, Shrine of Czestochowa and Our Lady of Good Counsel
  •  Several clergy, including Fr. O’Donnell in his 90s, joined intercessors in praying
  • 704 intercessors signed-up through their coordinators to pray for 1 hour or more.  Many served 4 or more hours.
  • 12 served as volunteers for emergency fill-ins


Chester County- West Chester


The only really good news at WC PP is that the number of abortions have declined from 1,000 something to 800 something in the last report. WC PP is still the number 4 abortion center in our area though.

Montgomery County- Norristown

From Jim Schellner

The prayer and devoted counseling offered this 40 Days for Life was a great and devoted effort by area residents which offered hope and saving measures to hundreds of women and their husbands - which include many college students and women of mature age.  Thanks be to God that we were once again there for them!

What now?
  • Going forward we must be present for an hour or more every week outside of an abortion center in the greater area.
Millennials are encouraged to sacrifice one hour a week to be present (I have). It won't hurt to offer that hour for the conversion of those involved in abortion.
  • Educate your campus, community, parish, and even family about how abortion has left a gaping hole in our society.
40 Days all around is a great initiative, but we need to do more than being present 40 days in a row if we want to shut down the butcher shops. Being present on a more regular basis will save more lives, and make our presence known with our merciful loving presence.


 
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.  



766 Babies in Canada Are Born Alive After Failed Abortions and Left to Die

Killing a child in the womb and removing the pieces is abortion. This forced delivery without intent to save falls more to the 
line of infanticide.


By Mike Schouten
Life News

In August 2018, pro-life blogger Patricia Maloney reported that the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) recorded 766 late-term, live-birth abortions over a five-year period.

In other words, pregnancies were ended late enough in pregnancy that the child survived for some amount of time outside the womb but died shortly thereafter in the absence of attempts at life-saving medical care. This isn’t the first time cases like these have been reported.

As Maloney herself notes, there is much speculation about why and how these deaths happen. The sources listed on her blog give us numbers but they don’t tell us how or why these children died after a failed abortion, and why this is still considered an abortion rather than a stillbirth or murder.

But ignoring the issue because of the gray areas will never gain us more clarity. We have a pretty terrible reporting system around abortion. Hospitals report their abortion-related data, but they perform only about a quarter of the approximately 100,000 abortions that occur annually in Canada. Private clinics take care of the remaining 75%, but they are not required to report their data on anything from gestational age at the time of abortion to complications that followed.

To be clear, most late-term abortions are performed in hospitals, and so recorded. Clinics generally do not perform abortions after the first trimester. It is also likely that many of these children suffered from diseases or abnormalities that resulted in a quick death after birth, or their hearts were injected with something intended to kill them prior to birth which took effect shortly after.

However, until we know for sure with proper records, these vague and horrifying numbers will have no context and there will be no criminal consequences for potentially real criminal acts.

Our Criminal Code is very clear that pre-born children are not considered persons under the law until they have proceeded, in a living state, from the body of the mother. At this point, after exiting the ‘magical birth canal’ as one viral video calls it, the child has full human rights. The death of a child that proceeded in a living state from its mother may be called a failed abortion, but the rights conferred on that child at birth should stand.

So should these deaths be called abortions? Is medically-induced delivery of a baby prior to its due date with the intention of letting it die abortion? We would argue it is not, in terms of statistics. Killing a child in the womb and removing the pieces is abortion. This forced delivery without intent to save falls more to the line of infanticide.