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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Vatican Defends Naming Abortion Supporter to Pro-Life Academy


By Micaiah Bilger
Life News


A top Vatican official explained a decision last week to name an abortion supporter to the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Academy for Life.

Last week, LifeNews and others questioned Pope Francis’s decision to name Nigel Biggar to the pro-life academy. Biggar, a professor of theology at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, made statements in the past supporting abortion up to 18 weeks of pregnancy, The National Catholic Register reports.

The Pontifical Academy for Life promotes protections for human life at all stages and conducts research on moral and bioethical issues. It is influential world-wide in promoting Catholic teachings on abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research and other issues involving life and family.

Responding to concerns Saturday, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia said the Vatican remains committed to protecting unborn babies from abortion, the Associated Press reports. He said Biggar will not participate in debates about abortion in his role at the academy.

Biggar’s opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia appear to be the reasons for his appointment. He told the AP that he and the Catholic Church have reached the same conclusions about these life issues.
“Abortion is a very important and, I think, difficult moral issue. But, although I have provisional views about it, it is not one that I have published anything substantial on,” he said.
 “I have on the other hand written a lot about voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide, spoken about it in the UK, Ireland, France, and Canada, and consistently opposed their legalization. On those two issues, my conclusions align with those of the Roman Catholic Church.”
Biggar also said the Vatican asked him to clarify his position on abortion after the controversy arose last week. Paglia said the Archbishop of Canterbury personally recommended Biggar for the pro-life academy.

In 2011, Biggar said he thinks abortions should be legal up to 18 weeks after an unborn baby’s conception, The Catholic Herald reports.
“I would be inclined to draw the line for abortion at 18 weeks after conception, which is roughly about the earliest time when there is some evidence of brain activity, and therefore of consciousness,” Biggar said in 2011.
Life News continues

Daleiden Charges: And the Arrest Is History


Family Research Council

If abortion groups are trying to keep a low profile, they're not doing a very good job of it. While Congress debates whether taxpayers should fund the likes of Planned Parenthood, the industry has spent the last six months trying to avoid headlines. That will be impossible now, thanks to a federal judge who's threatening to send the man responsible for exposing the grisly business to jail.

At issue now is whether Daleiden's team violated the court's order by posting new footage of clinic workers talking about the grisly details of abortion (and an admission that they sometimes "[alter the procedure for financial gain"]. 


BuzzFeed insists the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is in serious hot water now, having "flouted multiple injunctions and court-issued seals by posting more shocking videos of abortion providers and identifying 14 of the John/Jane Does participating in the state criminal complaint against him and his recording partner Sandra Merritt. Those names were previously under a court seal." If the court holds Daleiden in contempt for going public with the tapes, it could be "punishable by fines, jail time and disbarment for the attorneys involved."

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is doing his best to make that pain a reality. Together with the National Abortion Federation, the state's top law enforcer is pushing for the maximum penalty against the Daleiden's team. And with Planned Parenthood's PAC on his donor rolls, it's no wonder why. 

"Before becoming the current attorney general," RedState points out, "Becerra was a state representative and over years received thousands in donations from PPFA." That investment is paying off handsomely for the abortion industry, which has watched with satisfaction as the courts and AG's office work overtime to protect their pals from investigations like David's.
The pro-lifer was already in an uphill climb against federal Judge William Orrick, who's responsible for putting the videos under lock and key to begin with. And according to records, Orrick has some interesting political connections of his own. 
Not only was he appointed by President Obama but as documents show, raised $200,000 for Obama's campaign. So much for impartiality! This is the same judge who -- despite an independent forensic report -- insisted, "[CMP's projects] thus far have not been pieces of journalistic integrity, but misleadingly edited videos and unfounded assertions." 
That intimidation continued with Orrick's warning: "Mr. Daleiden better be well advised by his lawyers ... that he is obligated to follow the Court's orders and not try to skate around them and cause real harm to human beings and [legally] to himself."

Of course, the tragic irony is that real harm is already being done to human beings. And not by David Daleiden! If his work has proven anything, it's who the real culprits are. To the pro-life movement, David is a hero, who's put an exclamation point on taxpayers' insistence that Congress defund these groups. 



Meet Autumn: Star Wars Star’s Family Wanted Abortion, Her Mom Chose Life

“It may seem hard or seem that they’re alone, but they just have to look for resources. I had no idea at first about what was available.”


By Lisa Bourne
Life Site News


The mother who was pressured to abort by the famous family of her baby’s father is going about the business of raising her child that she welcomed into the world last fall.

Maegan Chen was dating Nathan Hamill last year when she became pregnant. Hamill, some of his friends and family members – he’s the son of actor Mark Hamill and his wife Marilou – tried to coerce Chen or manipulate her into aborting.

At one point, she agreed to the abortion and was given the abortion pill, but the drugs didn’t work and her daughter, Autumn, survived. Despite many challenges, Chen is resolute in her belief that giving her child life was the right thing to do and that her daughter is a gift from God.

Chen has that same message for other mothers in her situation: You won’t regret choosing life for your child.
“It’s hard,” she said, “and you will have to sacrifice. And it may seem like a burden, but it’s going to be the best thing you’ve ever done.”
Autumn is a happy baby who is always smiling, Chen told LifeSiteNews.“She’s very affectionate,” Chen said. “I’m really very lucky. She always wants to be with me.” The seven-month-old is beginning to crawl, rocking on all fours, and she loves to play with Chen’s French bulldog, grabbing his face and pinching him.

Autumn’s bright blue eyes always have people approaching to remark on their beauty, said Chen, and the joyful baby always smiles when she sees her six-year-old brother, Ethan, reaching for him.

As gorgeous as her daughter is, Chen hopes that people will see past her physical beauty to recognize that she has the sweetest spirit and other wonderful qualities. Born on Halloween last year, Autumn is named for Chen’s favorite season.

While Chen concedes she has not been a regular church-goer, she is very much a believer in God, and in Satan, and she’s purposeful in stating that God is the only reason the abortion didn’t work.

She’s grateful to God, and His intervention in Autumn making it into the world is not lost on her. 

“He knew my heart,” Chen said, “and He knew I didn’t want to have an abortion.”

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Autumn was baptized on Easter Sunday
Chen had her daughter baptized at a Pasadena, California, church on Easter Sunday. Autumn was sponsored at the service by a friend of Chen’s.

“I wanted her baptized,” Chen explained. “I believe with what she’s going to face (in life), I want God’s protection for her.”

Chen feels that Autumn is God’s gift, especially because she lost another child to abortion between Ethan and Autumn.


Many people around her had told her to abort Ethan, she recalled, but she didn’t and never regretted it. Regret does not come close to covering her feelings for having aborted her next child.

“It really damaged me,” Chen told LifeSiteNews. “It’s like an empty feeling,” she said, describing the desolation. “I felt whole before. Afterward, I felt empty.”

Chen explained how she has had been depressed since having the abortion. So when she was pressured to abort Autumn, it brought the devastating loss back to the forefront.


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, June 21, 2017

First Ever Bilingual Road Show in Center City Philadelphia on July 26th!




from Friends of Fertility Care - Philadelphia 

To help celebrate NFP week, our FertilityCare Professionals are traveling to downtown Philadelphia to give their first ever bilingual roadshow! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 
7 PM to 9 PM 
The Auditorium of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center (first floor)
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 
(free parking available next to the building, use entrance on 17th St.)



Please join us for an information session on NaProTechnology (NaPro) and the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. The evening presentation will be in English and Spanish and will feature a Q&A with two NaPro trained ob/gyn physicians, Dr. Monique Ruberu and Dr. Delia Larrauri. Additionally, there will be a viewing of the film NaPro, A Quiet Revolution.

If you haven't registered already, save your seat by clicking on the "Register Now" button below! For questions, please call Barbara at 215-884-2922.

       
        


     
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.  To learn more about this program, follow this link. 

Use this link for other events and activities from Friends of Fertility Care.





The Importance of Humanae Vitae





by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
CatholicPhilly.com


   
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
A bishop attends a lot of worthy public events and fundraisers. It’s part of the job. And supporting good people doing good things is always a source of satisfaction and hope. But once in a while, an event comes along with an unexpected pleasure.

The June 17 luncheon on behalf of our Philadelphia Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary was just that kind of event. It drew an enthusiastic crowd — honoring Bishop John McIntyre’s 25th anniversary as a priest was part of the focus — and among the many attendees were two long-time friends: Martha and Bill Beckman.

The Beckmans have three children. A daughter will marry this fall, and twin sons are both studying for the priesthood. As members of the Neo-Catechumenal Way, they’ve devoted much of their lives to Church service. That’s included direct missionary work as a couple and as a family. Bill served on my staff during my ministry as archbishop in Denver. He helped me with a number of key projects, including a pastoral letter I released in 1998 on the 30th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (“On Human Life.”).



Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., is the archbishop of Philadelphia. Before his appointment to Philadelphia by Pope Benedict in 2011, he served as bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota and archbishop of Denver. He is the author of two books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (2001) and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (2008).



Former Planned Parenthood Workers Tell of Coercion and Lies in Abortion ‘Counseling’

“Do I have an abortion quota?” 
She asked. “Because that’s really what it feels like.”


By Sarah Terzo
Live Action News


Many former Planned Parenthood workers have come forward saying that, in their experience, Planned Parenthood does not give women who are considering abortion accurate information about abortion’s health risks or about their baby’s development. These former workers say they were required to try to sell as many abortions as possible without regard for the pregnant woman’s welfare (much less that of the preborn child’s).

Live Action recently released a video featuring former Planned Parenthood employees Sue Thayer and Marianne Anderson, who say that Planned Parenthood actually has abortion quotas. They were given incentives to push for an expected number of abortions over a given time frame. Some of these incentives were pizza parties, awards, and lunches out. The video below shows what happens when women call Planned Parenthood to ask about their options:



In The American Feminist, a third Planned Parenthood worker reveals that she was told to sell at least 40 abortions a day. She calls the “counseling” given by Planned Parenthood workers “emotional manipulation.”

The American Feminist article describes how the worker, Annette B, witnessed an interaction between the clinic director and a woman who was unsure about having an abortion:
On many occasions, [Annette] saw women expressing doubts [about abortion], but observed the staff response as uniformly encouraging…. Once, Annette observed the clinic director meeting with a client. To Annette, the woman was asking endless questions and seemed anything but certain about her decision. The patient kept repeating, “I’m really not sure.”
When Annette and the director left the interview room, the director told the staff that the patient was “just fine” and ready to proceed. Annette spoke up and said she didn’t see it that way. … Annette got such heat for speaking up she did not do it again.
She finally asked, in a staff meeting:
“Do I have an abortion quota?” She asked. “Because that’s really what it feels like.”
Live Action News continues



Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition 2017 Celebrate Life 5K Run/ 2K Fun Walk




The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition will once again hold their annual 5K Run/2K Walk this summer.


When:  Saturday, July 29, 2017
             7:30 am Registration
             9:00 am Race (Walk follows Race)
Where: Peace Valley Park, 230 Creek Rd. (Pavilion 1) Doylestown, Pa. 
Purpose: Assists Bucks County Pregnancy Homes & Counseling Center 
   
Registration until July 12th:
Adults 13+      $25.00
Children 5-12  $15.00

Registration after July 12th:
Adults 13+      $30.00
Children 5-12  $20.00

***Register by July 12th to guarantee $25 or $15 fee which includes T-shirt.  After that date, T-shirt availability limited to supply on hand.***

We expect 150 - 200 participants to take part in this event. To register, click on the image below.  (A nominal service fee applies). Registrations accepted until July 25th. 
         



Our goal for this event is to raise money to help support eight crisis pregnancy homes in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. These homes and care centers help women in a crisis pregnancy, and as an extension their newborn children. The help these centers give takes the form of providing shelter, as well as assistance in getting medical care, job training, child care training, and the supplies the women and their children need both during pregnancy and after the birth of their babies.

We are able to contribute virtually 95% of the proceeds from this event directly to the pregnancy care centers and homes. The other 5% is used for expenses for advertising, insurance and the cost of the venue.



   
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


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NJRTL UPDATE AND ACTION NEEDED ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING BILLS



Marie Tasy, Executive Director
New Jersey Right to Life



On Thursday, June 22, the NJ Senate will be voting on S1238, a commercial gestational surrogacy bill. The identical bill was twice vetoed by Governor Christie. For more information on this issue, please read a letter written by Jennifer Lahl here: Lahl to NJ Legislature on S1238.pdf

ACTION NEEDED:

Please email and call your State Senator and urge him/her to vote No on S1238. Please do both: call and email them. The Vote is this Thursday, so please do this asap! Please make sure you contact your State Senator who represents you at the state level of government in Trenton, not Senator Menendez or Senator Booker.

Message for Senator: Vote No on S1238. I am watching how you vote and will remember how you vote on this matter when I go to the polls on November, 7, 2017. Tell them this bill exploits women and will lead to the commercial buying and selling of infants in our state.

Click here to find your State Senator:

You can also call the Office of Legislative services: 1-800-792-8630 during regular business hours to obtain the names and contact info for your three legislators.

Planned Parenthood Funding

Unfortunately, the NJ Senate passed the two Planned Parenthood funding bills yesterday. They are listed below. The bills will now move to the Assembly where they will be sheduled for a vote. I have added the Assembly bill numbers to the Senate bill numbers below for you to take action when calling your two Assembly members.

Background:

Planned Parenthood is claiming that STDs went up in NJ and cases of breast and cervical cancer went up as well since their funding has been cut. They are using this as a reason that they should be funded.

The reality: I attended two Budget Committee hearings this spring where the NJ Commissioner of Health testified both times that STDS have gone up nationally and that although NJ's has gone up in recent years as has the national rate, it has one of the lowest increases in the nation. in addition, the Director of Planned Parenthood, Casey Olesko was quoted in a recent South Jersey news article admitting that there is "no causal link" between the spike in diseases and the closing of health centers in the state," yet she and her minions continue to make these unfounded claims. Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms, a fact they had to admit after being exposed for lying about it, but they continue to try to confuse people into believing that they do.

They are also using a biased poll just released from Rutgers Eagleton and the Health Care Quality Institute which they said shows 78% of NJ voters Planned Parenthood and state funding of them.

The reality: The poll used something called a "List2" for the poll. The methodology included texting people whose cell phones "List2" presumable had and directing them to the poll on-line, which certainly does not seem at all independent.

The truth of the matter is that Planned Parenthood has proved time and time again they are a shameless organization that will do anything to protect their bottom line.

Please take action!

S3302/A4718 - Provides a supplemental appropriation of $7.453M to Planned Parenthood for "family planning services" for the 2018 Budget year.

S3248/A32 - Provides funding to Planned Parenthood for "family planning services' through Medicaid for individuals with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level.

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Call and email your two Asembly members today. Note: These are your two Assembly members who represent you at the state level of government in Trenton. Please call AND email your two Assembly members.
Message for Two Assembly Members: Vote No on S3302/A4718 and S3248/A32. I am watching how you vote and will remember how you vote on this matter when I go to the polls on November, 7, 2017.

Click here to find your State Senator: 

You can also call the Office of Legislative services: 1-800-792-8630 during regular business hours to obtain the names and contact info for your State Senator.

After you take action on the two bills above, please take action on A3492 listed below.

A3492 - PP and Pro-Abortion Legislators are pushing for an override of Governor Christie's veto of this bill which would provide a supplemental appropriation of $.7.453M to their coffers for "family planning services" for the 2017 Budget year.

ACTION NEEDED: Call and Email your two Assembly members and State Senator.
Message: Vote No to override Governor Christie's veto of A3492. I am watching how you vote and will remember how you vote on this matter when I go to the polls on November, 7, 2017.
Click here to find your three State Legislators:

You can also call the Office of Legislative services: 1-800-792-8630 during regular business hours to obtain the names and contact info for your three legislators.


Google Reviews Showed Problems at Harrisburg Abortion Center



By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation


Long before a surprise inspection shuttered the Hillcrest abortion center in Harrisburg, Google reviews painted a haunting portrait of the troubles within the facility's walls.

A year ago, a woman who identified herself as Kaylee posted this assessment of Hillcrest: "I highly do not recommend this place. It reminded me of (an) animal clinic; it even smelled like one."

Kaylee also had sharp words about the staff: "The 'nurses & doctors' or whatever you would like to call them were (un) professional. Honestly I would never call them nurses. Especially the doctor--all he was after was money & hurrying so other girls could come right in & get (their abortions) done also."
She added that her ultrasound prior to her abortion was "in a room that is so crappy I felt like my dog should have been on that table getting checked not me."

Kaylee describes a facility in which compassion was non-existent. She retells the story of her abortion in painful terms: "Once you are in that room it is something you will never forget. As you lay on the table.... You see all the other (girls') dead (babies') blood seeping through the blue cloth that they put them on. The doctor doesn't speak one word to you. He just goes and does what he has to do. You don't have the choice to be put to sleep... You hear everything from the Machine he uses... Which actually broke when they went to do mine."

Kaylee sums up her experience with a warning to other women: "They just wanted your money. & I gotta live with my mistake I made everyday. Hearing that machine... Seeing other (babies') blood... I just wanted to tell my story so hopefully people who see this do not go there."

A woman identified as Vanessa described her visit to Hillcrest this way: "THE WORST medical experience of my LIFE. DO NOT SUPPORT this clinic!"

Meanwhile, a woman named Madison felt the staff was unprofessional: "This place is awful. Absolutely no compassion for the patients. Staff was rude and was talking about each and every woman that was there after they went back."

While some of the Google reviews were favorable, the tone and tenor of those that are not should have provided a clear warning to state regulators that Hillcrest was unsafe for women. After ordering that the facility suspend services until it can pass inspection, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health is now urging patients who have concerns about their health to contact a health care provider.

I only hope that the cautionary message is not too late for women who fell victim to Hillcrest's myriad of health and safety violations over the past six years.


 
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.  


Boston Globe Writes Glowing Tribute to Accomplishments of Abortionist Kenneth Edelin

"In fact, for every case that does become known [of a baby who survives the abortion], a hundred probably go unreported."


By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life


In 1975, Dr. Kenneth Edelin told the New York Times, “Nobody likes to do abortions, but the least we can do is make it safe and humane.” Keep that in mind as we go forward today.

Old timers like me have a much different understanding of Dr. Edelin [pronounced EE-da-lin], the abortionist who passed away in December 2013. Edelin was the defendant in one of the earliest (and stomach turning) cases in which he was first convicted of manslaughter in the death of a baby born alive on October 3, 1973, and then exonerated by the Supreme Judicial Court (Massachusetts‘s highest judicial body). The legal case began in 1975, just two years after Roe v. Wade was handed down.

Why bother to bring up his name at all lo these many decades later? Because “Friends, family, and colleagues of Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin assembled on the lawn outside Boston Medical Center Thursday afternoon to dedicate a public square in his memory,” according to Emily Sweeney of the Boston Globe. “[M]ore than 100 people gathered under a white tent at Boston Medical Center to celebrate Edelin’s achievements and unveil a sign that will mark the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Worcester Square as Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin Square.”

The story is filled with tributes to Edelin, PPFA’s chairman from 1989 to 1992 and a member of the National Abortion Federation, described by The Rev. Liz Walker as “an extraordinary man who lived a life with extraordinary purpose.”

Simply because she explained the case so well, let me first quote extensively from a post written by Sarah Terzo. I will then add a brief comment.

Sarah’s 2013 column about Edelin was sparked by the case of abortionist Kermit Gosnell who eventually was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three late-term babies he delivered alive and then slit their spinal cords, and involuntary manslaughter in the death of a female patient.

In 1973, Edelin was an abortionist at Boston City Hospital. A 17-year-old girl came in for a routine abortion. She claimed she was 17 weeks pregnant. One doctor examined her and said that she was closer 20 weeks. Later she was estimated to be 24 weeks along. Yet another doctor estimated her pregnancy as 22 weeks.

Despite the confusion, Dr. Edelin and Dr. Penza (the abortionists on staff) chose to perform a saline abortion on her. A saline abortion is performed by injecting caustic saline solution into the woman’s uterus. The solution burns and poisons the baby over a period of several hours, and then labor is induced, with the woman “giving birth” to her dead child. This abortion procedure is seldom used today because of risks to the mother and the large number of live births that were attributed to it.