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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Strong Presence of Youth and Young Adults at 3rd Annual Walk for Life

Out of the 100 that braved the unseasonably hot fall Sunday, 80 of them represented high school, college and young adult groups in the Philadelphia area.

Barry Kirsch with members of Archbishop Carroll's pro life club

This year's speakers were Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America and Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life.

"We wanted to have dynamic and passionate speakers to light up the city pro-lifers" said Steve Bozza of the Life and Family Office.

This year’s speakers were two passionate and dedicated leaders of two essential ministries in the pro-life movement, Kristan Hawkins and Shawn Carney.

Kristan Hawkins of Students of Life of America addressing the crowd

Connecting with an experience that would forever change her life, Hawkins shared when she was in high school and asked how she can help. It would soon shape her pro-life convictions.

Teresa Peterson provides praise and worship during the rally

She reminded everyone to “ask how they can be pro-life and do more for the cause.”

“I stumbled across a pro-life pregnancy center. They had me organize the diapers and formulas, newsletter, and computer work.”

Shawn Carney of 40 Day for Life
Shawn Carney, Director of 40 Days for Life Campaign, came all the way from Houston, TX to be a part of the event and was use to the sweltering heat.
Founded in 2007, 40 Days for Life takes place in the fall and spring (Six weeks prior to the General Election in the fall and Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday for spring). The ministry has 374 cities in twenty five different countries, including Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs.
Four young men leading the procession

After the rally everyone processed around the Cathedral in solidarity for life. It was later followed with a holy hour, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Sunday evening mass with Archbishop Chaput at the Basilica.
His Excellency welcomed the five members of the Sisters of Life who recently moved to the Philadelphia area and “grateful for their ministry”.
In his sermon, he reminded those gathered to “Recommit themselves to be change into the world with the lord walking with them.”
Archbishop Chaput poses with Sisters of Life after mass



Be a Part of Something Spectacular! Become a Sponsor for the Fatima 100 Conference

One hundred years ago, the Mother of God appeared to three shepherd children six times in Fatima, Portugal.  The Blessed Mother's message included a warning that "Russia would spread her errors.."  
On May 13, 1982, a year after his encounter with a Soviet agent assassin's bullet, St. John Paul II went to Fatima and declared that message "more urgent than ever before."
The Fatima 100 Conference is a one-day event commemorating the events that took place in 1917.  This conference will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Internationally known authors and evangelists,  Dr. Ralph Martin, Dr. Paul Kengor and Christopher West, M.T.S. will be the features speakers at this conference.  

Those wishing to sponsor this event can use this link to download the sponsorship form. Completed  forms can be sent to: 
Pro-Life Conference 
300 Greenwood Road
Lansdale, PA  19446 

Make checks payable to 'Pro-Life Conference'. For more information, please call 215-393-3610. 

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When a Clump Is Not a Clump

Can we finally give the myth that an unborn baby is “just a clump of cells” a decent burial?

By John Stonestreet
National Right to Life

Eric Metaxas told you about a manipulative article from The Atlantic that heaps scorn on the pro-life movement’s use of ultrasound technology to show pregnant women and others the humanity of the unborn child.

Just as a refresher, in the piece, author Moira Weigel shares such gems as this:
 “The technology has been used to create an ‘imaginary’ heartbeat and sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus.” Katie Couric thinks kids can feel gender in the womb, but an actual heartbeat is just a “stimulus?”
And here’s another utterly baseless claim from the article: “Ultrasound made it possible for the male doctor to evaluate the fetus without female interference.” Huh? What if the OB/GYN is a female?!

We shouldn’t be surprised by irrational attempts to undermine the cause for life. The case for life is stronger than ever. The abortion rate is down, and those who profit from abortion aren’t happy.

So they’re probably not going to be popping the corks off their champagne bottles when they read a fascinating new article in Public Discourse by Ana Maria Dumitru. It’s called “Science, Embryonic Autonomy, and the Question of When Life Begins.”

What is “embryonic autonomy,” you ask? According to a recent study, titled “Self-organization of the human embryo in the absence of maternal tissues,” human embryos from the earliest stages of life can direct their own development—in or out of the womb; Why is this important? Here’s how Dumitru, who is a fifth-year M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Dartmouth, explains it:
“As scientists, my colleagues must concede that embryos are made up of living cells, but they don’t accept the embryo as a living organism. If the early embryo is ‘just a clump of cells,’ then you can justify abortion. By this logic, it’s not an autonomous being, and it’s definitely not a human person yet. It’s just a few cells growing in the mother’s body, and so the mother can choose to get rid of those cells if she wants to.”
The problem for this view, Dumitru writes, is that so-called “clumps,” whether in a uterus or in a lab, don’t behave like clumps of cells. Instead, they appear to act independently, or autonomously, of any signals from the mother’s body, whether in or out of the womb. And “clumps” don’t do that.

Abortion Activists OK With Killing Kids in Abortions But Don’t Want Kids to Protest Abortion

By Micaiah Bilger
Life News

Abortion activists will twist and spin any topic to their advantage, including teaching children to stand up for the most vulnerable in today’s society.

A new Huffington Post piece criticized pro-lifers for bringing their children to marches and sidewalks outside of abortion clinics.

One abortion activist who spoke to the liberal news outlet went so far as to describe it as “religious and emotional abuse” to take a child or teenager to a pro-life event.

According to the report:

… children all over the country are party to anti-abortion protests at the behest of their parents and their parents’ religious groups. According to patients and clinic staffers that spoke to HuffPost, this participation sometimes crosses the line from simply attending a protest to engaging in harassment.

One volunteer clinic escort based in Atlanta, Karen, told HuffPost that at the clinic she volunteers at, she’s seen an increase in this kind of harassment since the 2016 election.
“Since the election, we have a group from Abolish Human Abortion (AHA) and they often bring at least one little girl to participate in holding giant signs and speaking into the wireless-amplified megaphone,” Karen said. “The little girl will read from the Bible or from an AHA script. It’s clear [these girls] have no real understanding of what they are reading.”
Karen recalled an incident in which one of these young girls looked at her and called her “evil.”
“With direct eye-contact she asked me, ‘Why are you doing this? Why do you want to make money off of murdering babies? Do you know you are evil? Do you know you will burn in hell?’” Karen told HuffPost. “It’s chilling to see young children used this way … I’ve seen babies being carried as props, and toddlers tagging along as props with the AHA group.”
And of course, abortion activists found a way to justify taking their own children to events like the pro-abortion Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

Steven Meyers, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, claimed that children are ok participating in pro-abortion protests because they are very different from pro-life ones.

‘Because of Grácia’ Star Shares Powerful Pro-Life Message With His Fans

By Susan Michelle-Hanson
Live Action News

At the young age of 25, “Because of Grácia” star Chris Massoglia knows that life is precious and that choosing life is the only option.

In a video entitled “My Pro-Life Heart,” Massoglia takes a few minutes to share his view on the value of life. Massoglia, who has appeared in several movies and television shows, is outspoken about his faith in God and his passion for social justice, beginning first with the right to life.

In the video, Massoglia says he is “gripped with God’s heart for the value of every human life, and especially the unborn.”

He points out that his “generation really does care about people, about life,” noting the way young people have been involved in responding recently to the hurricanes and other issues. “Our generation… our generation is so pro-life,” he says. 
“Because we genuinely care about people. And we need to turn the tide in the culture and break down the lies of deception about how the human being isn’t a real person…. A baby is a baby is a baby… it’s not a decision of a mother than makes a person a person.”
READ: 9 facts you need to know if you’re considering an abortion

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 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.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

In Shocking Vote, British Doctors Endorse Legalizing Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth

By Steven Ertelt
Life News

In a shocking vote today, the Royal College of Gynecologists (RCOG) voted to endorse legalizing unlimited abortions up to birth.

The RCOG’s General Council voted to support the removal of all criminal sanctions associated with abortion in the UK. Only 33 council members were allowed to vote on this important issue, despite the RCOG having 14,000 members, fellows and associates.

Currently abortion on demand is only legal in Britain up to 24 weeks and late-term abortions on unborn babies after that point are limited. The vote endorses opening up abortion throughout pregnancy for any reason.

Leading pro-life campaigners in Britain were upset by the vote.

Clara Campbell of the pro-life group Life told LifeNews: “It is shocking that a mere handful of RCOG representatives have decided such a crucial RCOG policy, while their vast membership were not given a vote.
If the measures voted through were to be implemented, and all legal sanctions associated with abortion were removed, there would be no law stopping abortion up to the 7 month of pregnancy, and potentially up to birth if the Infant Life Preservation Act was scrapped also.”
“This is an extreme position made with secrecy behind closed doors. Last year, the Royal College of Midwives were slammed by the public and their membership after using shady and undemocratic tactics to adopt a position of decriminalization,” she added.
Campbell said “The public have been outraged that RCOG President, Lesley Regan, compared abortion to the removal of a bunion in a national newspaper. It is an insidious and insulting comparison and shows she is out of touch with both the public and the rest of the medical profession.”
Life New continues 

How One Man’s Fight to Save His Dying Wife Allowed Him to Witness Two Miracles of Life

"I have no doubt whatsoever that prayer kept us going in our darkest days."

By Susan Michelle-Hanson
Live Action News

The doctors wanted to harvest her organs, but her husband believed there was still hope for her. Thanks to his resolve, today, he still has his wife, as well as a baby.

The Daily Mail reported recently on the story of Alexander Way and his wife Beatrice. The couple, aged 44 and 42, respectively, found themselves in a life or death crisis six years ago when Beatrice had a heart attack which resulted in a coma.

The story tells how “stunned” Alexander was by the doctors’ response to his wife’s illness. The story reports:

‘The doctors insisted Beatrice had very little brain response and that there was no way she could ever improve. If she did wake up at all she would barely respond to others. She would also be blind.
A lot of words were exchanged. In no uncertain terms I told them, “Don’t switch off my wife’s life support”.’
He continued: ‘I was stunned, angry and felt they were ending my wife’s life without considering further treatment. I was adamant that more could be done.’

Doctors also asked whether he would donate her organs for transplants.

Alexander wasn’t buying it. In a coma, Beatrice was sent to a neurological unit with specialists to treat her:

Four weeks later [she] woke up in hospital. The mother-of-one later learned she had suffered the attack due to a heart defect called congenital hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  She went through nine months of rehabilitation to overcome paralysis she had suffered on her left side.

Eventually Beatrice made a a complete and “miraculous” recovery.

Then the couple embarked on another nine month journey when Beatrice became pregnant – something her doctors had warned against. Last year baby Rosemary was born, deemed a second miracle for the family that refused to believe the doctors’ dooming words over their lives.

Please Join us in Warminster, Pa. on Sunday October 1st for our Annual Life Chain

On October 1st, throughout America, National Life Chain Sunday will again draw church congregations to their local sidewalks for prayer and public witness. The mission, now in its 30th year, will focus our minds on the at-risk preborn children in each local area and will join our hearts in prayer for an end to the horror of abortion.

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition will hold their annual Life Chain in Warminster starting at Street Rd. and Louis Drive going west toward Route 263.  
The Life Chain will start at 2:00 and end at 3:00 pm. 

Participants will again hold traditional Life Chain signs and will ask God to minister through the signs to change hearts and save precious lives.  Signs will be provided by our organization.  

For more information on this Life Chain, please contact Pat at  voices4theunborn@outlook.com.   To find a Life Chain in other parts of the county, please use this link

The primary 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.   Follow us on Facebook here.

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ireland: Man Goes on Hunger Strike to Demand Politicians Watch Video of an Abortion

"This is a War on Unborn Children"

By Natalie Brumfield
Live Action News

Day three of Tim Jackson’s hunger strike has politicians in Ireland talking. On Monday, September 18th, Jackson began a hunger strike pleading for Leo Varadkar and his Abortion Committee to watch a video of how a child is killed in an abortion before discussing a referendum on who can live and die in the womb.
Jackson explains, “I’ve got my white flag… which is really a message to the politicians that they have to end this killing of the unborn. Not go any further with it. Stop the war on the unborn which sees 50 million human beings killed around the world every year; 4,000 Irish babies have been killed (per year). And it’s just something that can’t be tolerated in a civilized society.”
The video Jackson wants people to watch is one of the Abortion Procedures videos produced by Live Action. It is a part of a series of the four most common legal abortion procedures, and has been viewed over 100 million times already, between YouTube and Facebook.

He urges onlookers to go to his website, WhiteFlagMovement.com, to sign the petition on stopping the further liberalizing of abortion laws in Ireland. He also reaches out to post-abortive people and those considering abortion in an effort to let them know they are not alone. The website features resources and information on healing after an abortion.
Jackson goes on to say, “There are 1 in 20 babies in Ireland at the moment being aborted. And if this referendum passes it’s going to be a lot more than that. In Britain, it’s 1 in 5 babies that are aborted. Ninety percent of Down syndrome babies are aborted. In Iceland, it’s 100% of Down syndrome babies are aborted. This is a war on unborn children. And people of good will have to step into the breech. And regardless of the criticism that we’ll receive, it will be worth it. Human lives are on the line.”
Jackson passionately asks others to join him on location for the hunger strike until the committee has agreed to watch a video of an abortion. He believes this is necessary before the committee makes life or death decisions on further abortion legalization.

The New Pro-Life Movement: Been There, Done That

Peter Wolfgang
Crisis Magazine

What would the pro-life movement be without its perennial infighting? From the absolutists vs. the incrementalists to the Seamless Garment vs. everyone else, it is a feature of our movement that just never goes away. The latest controversy over something mislabeled as “new” is evidence that there is nothing new about these internecine fights.

Rebecca Bratten Weiss recently lost her job as an English professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville after, she claimed, the school showed her evidence that she wasn’t “pro-life enough.” Bratten Weiss is one of the founders of the New Pro-Life Movement (NPLM), a concept that bundles the traditional pro-life opposition to abortion and euthanasia together with several other causes usually associated with the left.

NPLM advocates seem to view those other causes as being of equal importance to the life issues and frequently attack pro-lifers who don’t share their full agenda as not being truly pro-life. For this reason Bratten Weiss was the subject of a critical LifeSiteNews article shortly after losing her job at Franciscan.

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Peter Wolfgang is president of Family Institute of Connecticut, a Hartford-based advocacy organization whose mission is to encourage and strengthen the family as the foundation of society. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of FIC Action.