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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 & Do-It-Yourself Abortifacients

National Right to Life speaks of 58,586,256 abortions in the U.S. since 1973.  Yet if you properly count "chemical, mechanical, and surgical" means of abortions, Pharmacists for Life International puts the genocide at 308,000,000!  More than 5.25 times higher!

According to the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation, a National Right to Life affiliate, the Pa Department of Health is reporting 31,818 abortions in Pa for 2015.  While obviously NOT following rigid and strict demographic practices, multiplying 31,818 by 5.25 would bring us to close to 167,000 abortions in Pa for 2015!  Are we failing to connect the dots and missing that MOST abortions are the result of abortifacients (See Abortifacients – HLI Educational Series for additional information.)?

Now, good luck finding a pharmacy (including those in department stores and supermarkets) which does not sell contraceptives!  And as the Church has constantly taught the absolute prohibition of contraception, ads for providers of contraceptives should have NO place in parish bulletins/publications.  How all the more horrific it is that much of what gets passed off as "contraceptive" can work as an abortifacient!  Is it possible that parish advertising for providers of contraceptives/abortifacients is being allowed, because pastors are inaccurately understanding "material cooperation" as "cooperation that does not matter"? (cf., Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Pontifical Academy for Life, 6/9/2005).
Despite the witness of uncompromisingly pro life physicians, many may be unaware that so-called "emergency contraception'' is even used in Catholic hospitals for individuals identifying themselves as victims of sexual assault!  
Email USCCB President Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB Pro Life Chair Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop Chaput, and National Catholic Bioethics Center President John Haas, PhD, STL, to ask for an end to ANY use of emergency (so-called) contraception in Catholic hospitals.

From: Maria
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2016 1:22 PM
Subject: News release: Abortion totals in Pennsylvania drop to record low

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        CONTACT:  MARIA GALLAGHER, PA PRO-LIFE
December 30, 2016                                                                                                                 717-541-0034
Good News for PA Women and Families as Abortion Numbers Decline in Pennsylvania

Technology and Support for Pregnant Women Help Abortion Totals Tumble

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The number of abortions in Pennsylvania declined in 2015 to a record low—a welcome development for women and children in the Keystone State, according to the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life.

Statistics just released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health show 308 fewer abortions occurred in PA in 2015 compared to 2014. In all, 31,818 abortions took place in PA in 2015—the lowest number ever recorded in the Commonwealth.

“The downward trend in abortions in the Keystone State is encouraging news for Pennsylvania women and families,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. “Technological developments such as 4D Ultrasound have helped show the humanity of the preborn child, and have aided in strengthening the bond between mother and baby.”

Pennsylvania women and children are also benefiting from the comprehensive counseling and life-affirming support offered by pregnancy resource centers, which provide everything from ultrasounds to life skill classes, and from diapers to daycare referrals for pregnant women and their families.

“The abortion rate in Pennsylvania would be much higher were it not for the state’s Alternatives to Abortion program, which is administered by Real Alternatives, Inc. ( ),” Gallagher added. “This ground-breaking program provides women with encouragement and resources so that they are fully supported during their pregnancies. Real Alternatives centers, along with other pro-life pregnancy help centers throughout the Commonwealth, are offering a much-needed lifeline to women and children.”
Details about this agency that provides government-funded alternatives to abortion services throughout Pennsylvania. Includes adoptions centers, pregnancy centers ...

“When women receive comprehensive support and affirmation, they are far more likely to choose life for their babies,” said Kevin Bagatta, President and CEO of Real Alternatives, Inc.

The Department of Health figures indicate that abortion totals decreased in a number of counties, including Philadelphia, Dauphin, Lehigh, and York, helping to bring about the statewide decline in abortions.

Troubling, however, is the number of repeat abortions. The figures show that in more than 47 percent of cases, Pennsylvania women who had abortions in 2015 had had at least one previous abortion and, in some cases, four or more prior abortions.

“Women in challenging circumstances deserve better than abortion,” said Gallagher. “We must continue to reach out to women to let them know that help is available for themselves and their babies—and that no one has the right to coerce them into having an abortionist end the lives of their children.”     

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is a grassroots right-to-life organization with members statewide.  As the state affiliate of National Right to Life, PPLF is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children.

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