I recently attended a talk where the female attendees were shocked to learn that the total number of abortions in the U.S. is more than 58 million. One million occur each year--more than 32,000 in Pennsylvania alone. That is the equivalent of a city, wiped out in one year by abortion.
The figures are staggering and are still news to Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers and Millennials. Even some individuals who are pro-life do not realize the mind-boggling toll abortion has taken on our nation.
It was the single U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade which has claimed more lives than all the wars America has ever fought.
When the High Court issued its ruling in 1973, who could have predicted the massive death toll from abortion--more than 40 years later?
At the end of the workshop I attended, a young woman went up to the speaker, with tears in her eyes, saying how much her mother is hurting from her abortion so many years ago. The woman wanted so desperately to help her mother. Perhaps, too, the woman was grieving for the brother or sister she never got a chance to meet.
Let's use our collective voices to speak out on behalf of the victims of Roe--and to work toward ending the national nightmare that legalized abortion has created.
Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence Reaffirms Commitment to Pro-Life Issues
This LifeNews.com article talks about a speech pro-life candidate for Vice President Mike Pence gave at Liberty University in which he reiterated his, and his running mate Donald Trump's, commitment to defunding Planned Parenthood and overturning Roe vs. Wade.
A Great Life-Affirming Video
Today's youth are being called "the pro-life generation". This pro-life music video by a member of that generation, 17-year-old Noah Hinshaw, exemplifies why that is so true.
October is Respect Life Month
In honor of October being Respect Life month, we have created bulletin inserts for your church. The inserts come in either half-page or full-page. To get your bulletin insert, email Education Director Matthew Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-541-0034.
Change in Online News Format
Beginning Monday, October 24, 2016 Online News will be undergoing some minor changes. We will be changing to a weekly schedule which will allow us to shorten each newsletter and make the pro-life news we are sending you even more timely. Please let us know what you think of the new format by emailing Education Director and Online News editor Matthew Wagner at email@example.com
Caveat Emptor--Buyer Beware
The pro-life group 2nd Vote has released an updated list of companies that contribute money directly to Planned Parenthood. This is a handy list to have as pro-lifers head into Christmas shopping season.
Remember, you can always shop here and a portion of your purchase will go to the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Fund.
Chapter Information From Around the State
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life
Federation is made up of more
than 40 volunteer chapters all across the state. Check out upcoming events of our chapters and consider getting involved:
MEET & GREET--Pennsylvanians for Human Life--Bethlehem/Easton Chapter: Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Saints Simon and Jude Parish Hall, 730 West Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Come hear about the latest on current legislation, goals, accomplishments, and how you can help the pro-life movement in the Lehigh Valley with Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo and Legislative/PAC Director Maria Gallagher. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------For more pro-life events in your area, click here. For a complete list of chapters, click here.
Live in Southeast PA? Contact SE Regional Coordinator Carla Ezell to find out more about joining a chapter in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, or Philadelphia County. You can reach Carla by e-mail at email@example.com. If you live in another part of the state and you'd like to get involved in a local chapter, contact Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 717-541-0034.
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
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State of NJ Issues
Click to email all of Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, and Burlington's members of the senate and assembly in Trenton.
Governor Murphy can be reached at 609 292 6000, Fax: 609 292-3454, or by clicking here.
Catholic institutions and parishes should proclaim the sanctity of human life without compromise
Click to Email USCCB President Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB Pro Life Chair Cardinal Dolan, USCCB Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth Chair Archbishop Chaput, and National Catholic Bioethics Center President John Haas, PhD, STL
from the Fall 2014 Vatican Colloquium on Man and Woman in Marriage
"Quick Explanation re Catholic Teaching & Contra-ception"
Oh and by the way, THE PILL KILLS!
NaPro-TECHNOLOGY, New Hope in Infertility
Grotto of the Innocents in the Holy Land
St. Thomas More
Our 1st allegiance must be to God (a clip from "A Man for All Seasons").
Catherine of Aragon
"A Queen cherished by the English people for her loyalty, piety, courage and compassion."
Msgr. John J. Ryan
Dietrich von Hildebrand
Blessed Clemens Von Galen
Seven decades ago, he condemned attacks against human life.
The fictional Father Barry's "Sermon on the Docks"
Jesus stands beside us, to strengthen us in our most challenging moments.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, M.D.
Servant of God Dorothy Day
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Her speech at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast
The Fictional Aunt Mae from Spiderman II
“Lord knows, kids...need a hero — courageous, self-sacrificing people....I believe there’s a hero in all of us…that keeps us honest…gives us strength…makes us noble…and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most – even our dreams.”
Judie Brown, formerly of the Pontifical Academy for Life
Professor Robert George of Princeton
"people who suppose that prostitution, adultery, fornication, & the like are morally innocent are profoundly mistaken....Laws against intrinsic evils such as prostitution, pornography, drug abuse, & the like, as well as those regulating gambling & alcohol, are justified, in part, by a concern to protect the public environment" (A Clash of Orthodoxies, pp. 101 - 108)