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, April 28, 2017

Attack on Pro-Life Activist at an Abortion Facility Results in Capture of Child Rapist

By Cheryl Sullenger
Operation Rescue

Montgomery, AL — April 14, 2017, seemed at first like just another routine day at the abortion clinic for a number of pro-life activists who spent the morning offering help to women and their companions as they reported to Reproductive Health Services, an abortion facility located on Perry Street in Montgomery, Alabama.

As one of the activists, Daniel French, approached one couple, the man became angry and threw his coffee on French and spit in his face.

The police were called to the scene where they arrested Logan Craft inside the abortion facility then marched him out to an awaiting police car. He was charged with Aggravated Assault and Harassment.

Continue reading this article and view Operation Rescue's video using this link.

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. 

Does Your State Senator Know You Support PA SB300?

Friends of Life,

Right now we have a window of opportunity to encourage your State Senator in shifting your tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood, the state's leading abortion business, after a committee just passed SB300, bringing it to the full Senate.

Here's the roll call:

Voting YES on SB300: Argall (R), Aument (R), DiSanto (R), Eichelberger (R), Hutchinson (R), Scarnati (R), Ward (R).
Voting NO on SB300: Blake (D), Browne (R), Costa (D), Haywood (D), Hughes (D).

To find out who your State Senator is, use our Citizen Action Center by entering your zip code at the bottom of the page.

Know the facts surrounding Planned Parenthood's extreme activities in Pennsylvania.

For our detailed report explaining these facts - including the lack of any prenatal care – click here to get your free copy.

SB300 passed with a vote of 7-5 in the State Senate Finance Committee. A few dozen Planned Parenthood supporters were in the committee room - including their head lobbyist - and they are currently pushing hard to stop SB300 from advancing. A big reason why - over the last four reporting cycles Planned Parenthood has received over $21 million in both federal and state taxpayer funding.

Here's a glimpse into what Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania looks like:

1) Zero prenatal care - not one Planned Parenthood facility in Pennsylvania offers prenatal services. (Although, until we exposed this fact, they had advertised this fact on their websites.)
2) Zero mammograms - not one Planned Parenthood facility is even licensed to perform mammograms. (Even though they frequently have suggested women would be denied access to mammograms if they were defunded.)
3) Drop in patients served. Planned Parenthood has had a 16% decrease in patients over their last two reporting years (2013-2015).
4) There are only 25 Planned Parenthood facilities compared to over 300 Community Health Centers across Pennsylvania.
Planned Parenthood is a bad investment for PA taxpayers. There are better options that provide more comprehensive women's health services that don't include abortion. That's why Pennsylvania needs SB300. Be sure to encourage your State Senator to support SB300.

Thank you!

Michael Geer, President
Pennsylvania Family Council

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Bucks County Right to Life to Host Town Hall Meeting on May 22nd

from Bucks County Right to Life

Pro-Life Federation Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo and Education Director Matthew Wagner will be in our area on their statewide Pro-Life Town Hall Tour to share the most up-to-date information on a variety of pro-life topics and to answer questions about current efforts to bring about a culture of life in our state and the nation. 

Topics will include: 
  • Life is Winning 
  • Death is Losing 
  • Roe Will Go, 
  • Fake News is Failing, 
  • How to Achieve the Dream
Here’s your opportunity to learn and to share with those at the epicenter of LIFE in Pennsylvania.

Monday, May 22, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish 
St. Mary's Hall
East State Street & Maple Avenue
Doylestown, Pennsylvania (map)

All are welcome to attend. No registration or fee required. For details, contact Kathy Cox at 215-348-4381.  

The meeting is sponsored by Bucks County Right to Life and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

Bucks County RTL is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian group of community members who believe in the inherent dignity and value of every human life. Through educational, legal, and peaceful means, we seek to impact Bucks County with truth and support for key life issues.  For more information, please use this link. 

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Inc., is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children. Through legislation, political action, education and other legal means, we proclaim the truth about abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.  For more information or to find out how you can become involved, please use this link.  

Mother Gives Birth to Healthy Conjoined Twins After Refusing Abortion

Callie and Carter Torres
By Micaiah Bilger
Life News

When doctors told Chelsea Torres that she was carrying conjoined twins, they warned her that the babies probably would not survive past the first trimester.

Doctors encouraged Torres and her husband, Nick, of Blackfoot, Idaho, to consider having an abortion, The Daily Mail reports. They refused.

The Idaho parents now are so thankful that they did not listen to their doctors’ advice. Their twin girls, Callie and Carter, were born in January, and they are doing well, according to the report.

Here’s more from the report:

Callie and Carter are omphalo-ischiopagus twins, which make up less than five per cent of conjoined twins.  This means they have just two legs and one pelvis between them, but have two separate torsos that face each other.  The girls do not appear to share any vital organs.

Today, the girls are three months old and healthy. The family said Callie and Carter are doing so well that doctors do not recommend separating them.

Daily living is more difficult with conjoined twins. The twins require a lot of custom-made things, like car seats and clothes. Chelsea said she sews clothing together to fit the twins.

She said a few people stare when they see the twins, but most are very supportive.

“I’m so happy I didn’t terminate Callie and Carter, they are amazing,” their mother told the Mail. “I knew termination would not happen and I’m glad that little speck of thought I did have, I pushed away.”
Life News story continues 

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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 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.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

PA Pro-Life Urges You to Protect Your Right to Vote

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

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation urges you to protect your right to vote for appellate judges in Pennsylvania! House Bill 111 would take away that right and allow our pro-abortion Governor, counseled by a small, elite group of people, to appoint these judges rather than having them elected by a vote by the people.

House Bill 111 could come up for a vote in the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee soon. Therefore, we ask you to contact the following pro-life members of the committee and urge them to oppose House Bill 111 because you don’t want your right to vote for judges to be taken away!

Chairman Ron Marsico (R )-- rmarsico@pahousegop.com; (717) 783-2014

Rep. Joseph Petrarca (D)-- jpetrarc@pahouse.net; (717) 787-5142

Rep. Becky Corbin (R )-- bcorbin@pahousegop.com; (717) 783-2520

Rep. Harold English (R )-- henglish@pahousegop.com; (717) 260-6407

Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R )-- bjozwiak@pahousegop.com; (717) 772-9940

Rep. Kate Klunk (R )-- kklunk@pahousegop.com; (717) 787-4790

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R )-- jknowles@pahousegop.com; (717) 787-9029

Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R )-- TNesbit@pahousegop.com; (717) 783-6438

Rep. Jeff Pyle (R )-- jpyle@pahousegop.com; (717) 783-5327

Rep. Rick Saccone (R )-- Rsaccone@pahousegop.com; (717) 260-6122

Rep. Paul Schemel (R )-- pschemel@pahousegop.com; (717) 783-5218

Rep. Tarah Toohil (R )-- ttoohil@pahousegop.com; (717) 260-6136

Rep. Jesse Topper (R )-- jtopper@pahousegop.com; (717) 787-7076

Rep. Martina White (R )-- mwhite@pahousegop.com; (717) 787-6740

Thank you for making these critical calls and sending these important emails!

The Cross of Adverse Diagnosis [Divine Mercy]

Theresa Bonopartis, Director
Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion

I have been very blessed to present a webinar for “Be Not Afraid,” an organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive, practical, peer-based support to parents experiencing an adverse prenatal diagnosis so they will carry to term. Unfortunately, many couples receiving an adverse diagnosis are pressured to abort given little time to find out the resources available to enable them to have their babies. Sadly, some give in to the pressure only to recognize later how wrong the decision was.

My training, "Special Considerations When Providing Support to Post-Abortive Mothers Who Experienced an Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis" focuses on ministering to those who terminate pregnancy after receiving an adverse diagnosis and how it is beneficial for these parents to have their own healing ministry.

We at Lumina have been holding retreats for those who have experienced abortion due to an adverse diagnosis for a number of years. The retreats touch my heart in a profound way as I listen to the stories of couples who very often were prepared for the birth of their child only to receive heartbreaking news of an abnormality, coupled with the undeniable pressure to terminate the pregnancy as “the loving thing to do.”

What is sadly lacking in our communities are resources to give these couples hope, and the means to continue to love their unborn children no matter what the abnormality or length of life. In spite of the diagnosis, abortion is never the answer but only adds to the pain and denies the family of time spent with their child, no matter how short it may be.

As one woman told me, “Looking back, I can see what was missing from the conversation in the doctor’s office. They never mentioned anything remotely positive. Surely there was something they could have told us that wasn’t bleak and morbid, like the fact that we could love our daughter no matter what her physical or mental condition.”

Over the years, I have been privileged to work side by side with one of the founders of “Be Not Afraid,” Tracy Windsor, with the shared hope of being a sign of Christ to these couples, whether they brought the pregnancy to term or gave in to the pressures of termination.

As we celebrate Divine Mercy, a time that calls us to Mercy Himself, I am reminded of the unfathomable beauty of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the love and redemption found at His cross, a redemption that embraces us whether we follow Him without reserve, or give in to our human weaknesses.

Those who have chosen to bring their pregnancy to term surely walk the way of the cross in choosing to “Be Not Afraid,” trusting in Christ as they embrace their cross and loving their child through its life no matter how short or challenging.

Those who give in to the pressure to abort, feeling pressured or believing it is the loving thing to do so their child will not suffer, also find in the end, the ultimate love of the cross, walking the way of Calvary to the only love deep enough to forgive and heal our wounds: Christ’s redemptive sacrifice, and His unfathomable mercy.

He is there for them both, because He loves us all. Let us remember in our prayers and sacrifices, those who carry the cross of an adverse diagnosis. If we do not have an outreach, let us try to promote organizations like “Be Not Afraid” so those who receive an adverse prenatal diagnosis are offered support in their sorrow, resources, and hope that they can love no matter what. Let us also pray that those who terminated will come to find the love of Christ on the cross, His mercy that forgives, understands, and desires to heal.

Living with the pain of abortion can be overwhelming. Feelings of anxiety, panic, grief, guilt and shame can often seem insurmountable, but there is a way out of the pain. You do not have to suffer alone! Countless women and men have reached healing through Lumina’s services. In addition to our own programs we refer to professional therapists, clergy, and other post-abortion resources.  Use this link for more information on Lumina.

Delaware Clinic Leased by Stephen Brigham to Close

Note: Moira Sheridan is a Delaware pro-life activist who attended a tenant/landlord hearing on April 24, 2017, involving Stephen Brigham's Premiere ObGyn and a landlord that has tried for three years to remove the abortion business from his property. Below is Sheridan's encouraging first-hand report. -OR Staff

By Moira Sheridan
Operation Rescue

Wilmington, DE - It took only 15 minutes for the fate of Premier Ob-Gyn to be decided: CLOSED. The abortion clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, is leased by disgraced abortionist and scofflaw, Stephen Brigham, who was on record as the "manager," renting the property under the auspices of Integrity Family Health. At the short hearing in the Court of Common Pleas in Wilmington, attended by local pro-lifers, David Williams and Moira Sheridan, Judge Susan Ufberg accepted Brigham's lawyer's offer to "vacate the property within two weeks" after a brief rehash of his failure to pay 9 months' rent totaling $37,708.05.

Continue reading Sheridan's encouraging, first-hand report!

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.  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Will Trump End the Obamacare Mandate Forcing Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions?

Pro-life advocates have complained that big corporations were protected from the mandate, but Catholic nuns were not.  

By Steven Ertelt
Life News

Will President Donald Trump end the Obamacare mandate that forced the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious organizations to fund abortions?

A legal filing the Trump Administration made with a federal appeals court doesn’t bring pro-life advocates any closer to the answer. Although pro-life voters supported Trump with the hopes that he would strike the mandate and protect the religious rights of pro-life advocates, the question is still up in the air.

According to the legal filing, the Trump Administration has asked for 60 more days to consider whether to end the lawsuit the Obama Administration is participating in to force the pro-life advocates to pay for abortion causing drugs or to continue it.

The Washington Post has more today on this a non decision:

The Justice Department has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for an additional 60 days to negotiate with East Texas Baptist University and several other religious groups objecting to a requirement to which they are morally opposed.

The request doesn’t necessarily mean Justice plans to continue defending the mandate — the agency could just be buying extra time as the new administration figures out its next move. A DOJ spokeswoman said Tuesday she had no comment on the request to the fifth circuit.

Life News article continues 

Blogger's Note: Prayer is a powerful weapon in this war between light and darkness.  Please pray that the Obamacare mandate will be reversed for all religious groups.

"The prayers of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16 
Jesus is our righteousness.

Planned Parenthood Doc Who Wanted Lamborghini for Selling Aborted Babies Caught Selling Baby Parts Again

By Steven Ertelt
Life News

Mary Gatter, the Planned Parenthood senior executive who infamously was caught on tape saying “I want a Lamborghini” while discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies has been caught again.

As LifeNews reported in 2015, Mary Gatter, the Medical director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in California, was caught selling aborted baby body parts to undercover investigators posing as officials with a biotech company that acts as a middleman to sell aborted baby body parts to universities and other places that conduct such research.

In the prior video, Gatter discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts — telling the biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable. She also tells the officials that she could talk with the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners to potentially alter the abortion procedure to kill the baby in a way that would best preserve those body parts after the unborn child is killed in the abortion.
In this new video, Gatter is again caught haggling over per-specimen pricing for livers, lungs, and brains, even while insisting the purchaser must do all the work to harvest.
The video is the second of a never-before-seen batch of undercover footage being released by The Center for Medical Progress.

At a Planned Parenthood conference evening reception, CMP investigators posing as buyers from a biotech company are introduced to Dr. Gatter for the first time by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services.

“I wanted you to meet Mary Gatter,” says Dr. Nucatola, before Dr. Gatter steps forward.

Gatter was for many years the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, before moving to the same position at the Pasadena affiliate, and then being elected President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council. As Medical Director at PPLA, Gatter oversaw the affiliate’s partnership with Novogenix Laboratories, LLC, a local for-profit fetal organ and tissue harvesting company.
“I did it in LA, I’m committed to it, I think it’s a great idea,” says Gatter to the purported body parts buyers. Discussing the number of abortions at her Pasadena clinic, Gatter asks, “What kind of volume do you need and what gestational ages?”

Dangerous Depo Deception Continues

While Admitting Risks, WHO Continues to Recommend
 Injectable Contraceptives for Women at High Risk of Contracting HIV

by Jonathan Abbamonte
Population Research Institute

Since 1991, numerous studies have shown that injectable contraceptives like Depo-Provera may increase women’s risk of contracting HIV. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now changed its recommendations on certain injectable contraceptives in light of mounting evidence and increasing concern.

A new guidance statement recently released by the WHO has moved progestogen-only injectable contraceptives from category 1 to category 2 for women at high risk of contracting HIV.

A meta-analytical study[1] sponsored by the Population Research Institute released last year found that women using certain injectable contraceptives (DMPA-IM) were nearly fifty percent more likely to contract HIV (HR: 1.49, 95% CI 1.28 – 1.73). Other meta-analytical studies using different methods have arrived at similar results.[2]-[3]

Many recent studies have also explored possible biological explanations for why medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), the active ingredient in injectable contraceptive like Depo-Provera, may increase the risk for HIV transmission or viral replication.

Read more about this here

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