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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Planned Parenthood Was Caught on Video Covering Up Sex-Trafficking, Its Response is Horrifying


By Micaiah Bilger
Life News


A new Live Action investigation reveals that Planned Parenthood did not fulfill its promises to change after its employees were caught willing to help sex traffickers cover up abuses of young girls.

The pro-life group recently decided to follow up to see if the abortion chain retrained staff about sex trafficking and abuse, and if it had reported the suspected sex traffickers to authorities, as it said it would.

The abortion group made these promises to media outlets and others in 2011 after a Live Action investigation uncovered wide-spread willingness among Planned Parenthood employees to help sex traffickers abuse young teens.

But it did not keep them, according to Live Action’s latest findings.

“It appears that many media outlets simply took Planned Parenthood’s word that it reported the suspected child sex traffickers to the proper local authorities,” Live Action President and Founder Lila Rose said. “If Planned Parenthood can provide proof that it actually tried to protect children it thought were being forced into prostitution by reporting the suspected crimes to local law enforcement, we’d love to see the evidence.”
Rather than train staff to identify and help sexual abuse victims, former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Trevino said her employer taught them how to identify undercover journalists.

Trevino, who managed a Planned Parenthood in Texas when Live Action released its undercover investigation, said she initially believed the abortion group could and would fix the problem. But when she attended a manager training meeting, her views quickly changed.
“When were called into this meeting, I went in really believing that … they really do care about women and this is something that really concerns them,” Trevino told Live Action. “They begin to play all of the previous undercover investigations that had been put out about Planned Parenthood, and I became very perplexed.
“As time went on, I raised my hand and said, ‘I’m confused. When are we going to actually begin the retraining? What can I do as a manager to take this information back to my staff and enforce policies and procedures that would help protect women?’ [The Planned Parenthood speaker] immediately shot me down. She said, ‘We’re not here to talk about that.’”
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Man Reunites With the Men Who Saved Him From a Dumpster as a Newborn

Michael Randelman, Marcus Wallace, and retired 
police sergeants Phillip Lavigne and Sheridan Ogden

By Nancy Flanders
Live Action News


Marcus Wallace spent the first seven years of his life believing his aunt was his mother. It wasn’t until his family began referring to her as his aunt that he knew something wasn’t quite right. He just didn’t know what it was. Then at age 20, he discovered his birth certificate and saw a stranger named as his mother.

Unsure of what this meant, he headed to the New York Public Library where he found a newspaper clipping from 1985 detailing the story of his birth. His mother, Dorothea Ballas, was a 21-year-old student at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, when she gave birth to Wallace in her dorm room. Scared and alone, she placed the baby boy in a trash bag, tied a knot, and placed him in a dumpster behind a gas station. It was a frigid January day when she left her son to either freeze to death or suffocate.
“I broke down” after finding this information, Wallace told The New York Post. “I got on the subway and cried all the way from 42nd Street to Flatbush Avenue. I had lot of whys. What was wrong with me? Why me?”
Heartbroken and distraught, Wallace’s self-esteem plummeted and brought his health down with it. He suffered two strokes but eventually began to accept what had happened and reclaim his life.
“My mother threw me in a dumpster,” he said. “It took me a very long time to deal with that, but I’ve gotten past it.”
He decided to track down the reporter who had covered the story of his birth and abandonment. Through this connection, he was able to have The New York Post arrange a reunion with the three people who found and rescued him from the dumpster.

A Review of the Documentary, 3801 Lancaster Avenue: American Tragedy



by Ellen Gifford, President
Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition

On January 14th, the semi-annual Pro-Life Summit was held at the archdiocesan complex in center city. The hallmark of the Summit was a showing of the documentary film “3801 Lancaster Ave. - American Tragedy.” The hour long movie, visually depicted the horrific conditions that existed at Dr. Gosnell's abortion facility on Lancaster Ave. In fact the building was so poorly maintained that it has been condemned as being unsafe for use (the city has yet to make a decision on the next steps for building).

Ironically, the police were not drawn to the building to investigate Gosnell's abuses of Pennsylvania abortion laws, but because of an investigation into Gosnell's selling of prescription drugs illegally. Police officers interviewed on screen, related their reactions upon entering what was advertised as a place where a surgical procedure was to be performed. A place where blood stains littered the floor, a feral cat roamed the floors using an open litter box full of cat feces, fetal remains were in the staff food freezers, and a row of jars containing severed feet were found.

Gosnell, known in the industry for performing late term abortions had referrals from abortuaries as far away as Puerto Rico. This part of his practice was so lucrative, it was not unusual for him to gross $10,000 - $15,000 dollars in an evening, the time of day he preferred to perform the late term abortions. 

Although Pennsylvania allows abortions until week 24 of gestation, it was not unusual for him to perform abortions on babies as old as 30 or even 36 weeks. Gosnell preferred to deliver these babies in tact and to then perform a procedure he called 'snipping' on the baby. This was the insertion of a pair of scissors into the base of the baby's head and 'snipping the spinal cord resulting in the baby's death. 

Sometimes he was so busy, that the 'snipping' task was given to the clerical help. Although he was charged with 47 counts of first degree murder, the jury found him guilty in only 3 deaths, but enough to get him 3 life sentences without possibility of parole.

During the Q and A that followed the showing, the writer/director of the movie, David Altrogge shared that he found out about Gosnell quite by accident when he happened to see a small article in a Pittsburg, Pa. newspaper. Gosnell pleaded not guilty to all charges, did not take the stand in his defense and feels that one day he will be vindicated.

J. D. Mullane a local journalist was also on hand and participated in the Q and A. He attended all sessions of the trial, and received threats from major media concerning the end of his writing career.
     
While the court had set aside 3 entire rows of sets for the media, only Mullane was there to report on the trial. It was his publishing of a picture of the empty seats on social media and the uproar it caused that made several major media outlets to reverse themselves and cover the trial. 



Because of the Gosnell revelations, in 2011 Pennsylvania passed Act 122 setting minimum common sense standards for surgical facilities including abortion centers. At the current time this bill is in jeopardy of being repealed. Please contact your state representative and state senator, telling them  to keep Act 122 in place.   If you don’t know who your state legislators are, or you need contact information, please use this link.  

Note: The film is available on Amazon prime.  To view the trailer of this documentary, or to find out how to purchase this film, please use this link. 

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition plans to show the film in 2 parts at an upcoming meeting.

   


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, please use this link. 

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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 or text 610-626-4006  

If you are experiencing pain or loss because of an abortion, please know there are many organizations where you can find help. Call 1-800-5WE-CARE. 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

URGENT: #ProtestPP webinar Jan 18 on DEFUNDING PP




Eric J. Scheidler, Executive Director
Pro-Life Action League


Please join a webinar this coming Wednesday for #ProtestPP and 40 Days for Life leaders on the fight to defund Planned Parenthood. The defunding battle has turned red hot.

We all thought the effort to defund Planned Parenthood would have to wait until the 2018 budget negotiations this fall, but Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded right now.

#ProtestPP has a critical role to play in the fight to defund Planned Parenthood! Pro-life insiders on Capitol Hill are begging #ProtestPP and 40 Days for Life to get the pro-life grassroots involved in this defunding effort in a big way.

That means you.

And that's why I'm asking you to join me and Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life for a special Defunding Planned Parenthood Webinar next Wednesday.

Defunding Planned Parenthood Emergency Webcast
DATE: Wednesday, January 18
TIME: 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT


During the half-hour webinar, Shawn and I will explain what's going on behind the scenes to immediately defund Planned Parenthood and we'll tell you all about the nationwide #ProtestPP action we're planning for February 11th.

We'll also be joined on the call by:

  • Monica Miller from Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and #ProtestPP
  • Marilyn Musgrave from Susan B. Anthony List
  • Mark Harrington from Created Equal and #ProtestPP

Things are moving too fast for me to give you all the details on the big event right now. But please mark your calendar for February 11 and plan to join Wednesday's webinar to get all the details -- and find out how you and the pro-life community fit into this historic effort.


Just think, by spring, Planned Parenthood could be stripped of nearly half their $1 billion budget. Within months, they could be shutting down centers throughout the country!

But to make that happen, we need all hands on deck. So please make every effort to join Wednesday's webinar, and plan to be a part of the big event coming February 11.

On behalf of my #ProtestPP co-directors Monica Miller and Mark Harrington, I want to thank you in advance for doing your part to defund Planned Parenthood.



Holy Redeemer Hospital to Offer Creighton Model FertilityCare System Introductory Sessions



from Friends of Fertility Care - Philadelphia 

Are you trying to conceive?     Or trying to space out pregnancies? 
Do you have problems with infertility, PCOS, ovarian cysts, abnormal bleeding, PMS, short cycles, recurrent miscarriage?

The Creighton Model and NaPro Technology can be used effectively to avoid or achieve pregnancy. It also can be used to help couples with infertility, and to assist in the assessment and management of women's health problems.

Learn more about the natural family planning method which helps you address fertility and gynecologic issues in a natural way. 




Free Introductory Sessions

January 19
February 9 and 23
March 9 and 23
April 6 and 20
May 4 and 18
June 22 and 29

Location 
Holy Redeemer Hospital
1650 Huntingdon Pike
Meadowbrook, Pa. 29046
Conference Room #2

Time7:00 pm

To Register, please call (215) 938-3365.


The Friends of FertilityCare Philadelphia are a group of health care professionals and members of our community who wish to promote effective, integrated health care for women and couples. To that end, the Friends of FertilityCare are dedicated to making Creighton Model FertilityCare™ services and NaProTechnology known, respected and applied throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. The primary intention of the Friends of FertilityCare is to educate all people in the "good news" of Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTechnology.  

For more information, please use this link.  

Buses from Bucks County, PA Going to Washington for the March for Life


March for Life
January 27, 2017
Washington, DC

Need transportation to the March for Life in Washington, DC?  

Below is a list of Bucks County, PA churches with buses leaving from their parishes.  

St. Agnes, Sellersville  215-257-2128

St. Andrew, Newtown   215-968-2262

Assumption B.V.M., Feasterville  215-357-1221

St. Bede the Venerable, Holland   215-357-5720

St. Ephrem, Bensalem  215-245-1698

St. Frances Cabrini, Fairless Hills  215-946-4040

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Yardley  215-493-3377

St. Isidore, Quakertown  215-536-4389

St. John the Evangelist, Morrisville  215-295-4102
 
St. Jude, Chalfont  Full

St. Michael the Archangel, Levittown  215-945-1166

Nativity of Our Lord, Warminster  215-675-1925

Our Lady of Mount Carmel/
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Doylestown (Bus Full)
 St. Robert Bellarmine, Warrington  215-343-0315
Shrine Of Our Lady of Czestochwa  215-345-0600






















PLEASE NOTE: Annually, the Pennsylvania delegation hosts a joint reception for Pennsylvania constituents that attend the March for Life. This year, the March and reception will be on Friday, January 27th in the Transportation and Infrastructure hearing room located in Rayburn House Office Building, room number 2167. The reception starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 4 pm. Pennsylvania constituents are encouraged to come! 

 Also, we do not know the exact time that the Congressman Fitzpatrick will be stopping by the reception yet. When we receive this information, we will publish another post.  


She Saved Hundreds Of Twins From Being Murdered. Who Was Mary Slessor?

 Remembered for Her Campaign Against Human Sacrifice and the Murder of Twins
Mary Slessor of Calabar

By Mark Woods
Christian Today

Just over 100 years ago today, a great woman of God died of fever in a remote village in Nigeria. She was Mary Slessor of Calabar, and she had given her life to minister to the people there.

Born in 1848 in Aberdeen to a poor family – her father was a shoemaker but became an alcoholic and could not continue his trade – she was inspired to become a missionary by the death of David Livingstone. After training, she arrived in what is now Nigeria in 1876, at the age of 28.

Slessor suffered badly from malaria at her mission station in Calabar and was forced to return to Scotland. However, on her recovery she returned to Calabar and worked among the Efik people, learning their language and immersing herself in their culture.
She's remembered particularly for her campaign against human sacrifice and particularly the murder of twins, who were regarded as cursed and abandoned in the bush. Slessor sent out 'twins missioners' to find them and would bring them back to her mission compound to be raised.
She is believed to have saved hundreds of lives in this way. She was also a pioneer in education, creating the Hope Waddell Training Institute in Calabar where the children could be given practical vocational training.
Mary Slessor adopted several children to save their lives

She was increasingly recognized for her achievements, being awarded the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in 1913. When she died of fever in a remote village on January 13, 1915, she was given the equivalent of a state funeral. The Union Jack covered her coffin and flags at government buildings were flown at half-mast. There are statues to her at various locations in Calabar today and she is still revered by the Efik people.


Fearful No longer: Parents Keep Twins With Down Syndrome After Adoptive Parents Back Out


By Nancy Flanders
Live Action News


Julie McConnel was a mother to three children from a previous relationship when she married her husband Dan. Together, they had a baby boy and decided to try for a girl. At age 45, McConnel knew she was at risk of becoming pregnant with multiples and having a child with Down syndrome. However, she was shocked to learn that not only was she pregnant with twin boys, but they both had Down syndrome.

“As women get older, our eggs start firing off willy-nilly, so we weren’t too surprised to learn that we were having twins,” McConnel told Caters News.

Having twins was one thing, but learning that the boys had Down syndrome was overwhelming for McConnel and her husband.

“The procedure [amniocentesis to diagnosis Down syndrome] was nerve-wracking and the ultrasound already showed several problems, including spots on their hearts and extra fluid build-up, so we weren’t that surprised when we received the news two weeks later that both of the boys had Down syndrome,” she explained. “Still, it was a terrible day and the months afterward were the most stressful and agonizing time in our lives.”
The couple worried that they were too old to give the boys all of the time and care that they were going to need. Knowing they didn’t want to abort their boys, they decided the best thing to do was place them for adoption and they found a couple who wanted to adopt them. However, when the adoptive parents got cold feet and failed to fill out the necessary paperwork, the McConnels decided to learn as much as they could about parenting children with Down syndrome.

Live Action News story continues

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 or text 610-626-4006  

If you are experiencing pain or loss because of an abortion, please know there are many organizations where you can find help. Call 1-800-5WE-CARE. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Corporate Donations to Planned Parenthood

 
There’s an old saying that goes “put your money where your mouth is”.   When it comes to Planned Parenthood - and the companies that support it - perhaps we would make a greater impact by removing our money.  A little nonviolent boycott activism can be a successful tool if executed consistently.

 2nd Vote describes itself as a "conservative watchdog for corporate activism”. In December 2016, 2nd Vote updated its list of corporations that provide funding directly or indirectly to Planned Parenthood.  In reviewing the lists, much of the money seems to flow via local United Way organizations or through employee gift matching programs.  Specific details are provided by just clicking on each corporation name. In some cases the corporations donate to both pro-abortion and pro-life charities.   The list is continually updated as some companies break ties with Planned Parenthood or conversely, initiate donations to it.


It’s going to be a long winter.  This might be a good time to examine your closets, pantries and medicine cabinets to see what products you have been purchasing that are aligned with companies that support Planned Parenthood and contact their Public Relations departments directly with your concerns.  Remember, the pen is mightier than the sword and the wallet is mightier than both!


(https://www.2ndvote.com/plannedparenthood/)





24th Annual March for Life in Chester County, Pa. to Take Place on Sunday, January 22, 2017



The Twenty-fourth Annual March for Life will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017.  We will begin at 2:30 pm at St. Agnes Church, 233 W. Gay Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The theme for the program this year is 'Prayer and Public Witness'. Our featured speaker is Monsignor Logrip, Chaplain at Camilla Hall Nursing Home. As usual, our Public Witness Award will be given to an individual whose efforts have shown a deep and lasting devotion to the cause of life.

Musical interludes will be provided by Laura and Walter Geis Family singers.

Following the program in the Church, pro-lifers will assemble in the church parking lot in preparation for a Silent March to the old Chester County Courthouse (map).  Marchers will carry white crosses; each of the 57 crosses representing 1,000,000 aborted babies since 1973.

At the courthouse, a short prayer service will be held followed by the singing of 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic'.

Afterwards, everyone is invited to the Knights of Columbus Hall (map) for a social and refreshments.


This event is sponsored by the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition.