The Story of Katie Hawley


Katie Hawley is a fighter.

Katie was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 9.  Since the summer before she started 4th grade, she has been through at least a dozen surgeries, two dozen chemotherapy treatments, more than two dozen radiation treatments, and dozens more scans and blood transfusions.

Understandably, Katie was ready to quit. In an interview with ESPN, Katie’s dad told the reporter Katie told him, “Dad, I’m done this time. I just want to go.”

Thankfully, her willingness to fight was restored by an unlikely source—the Anaheim Ducks, and their All-Star center Rickard Rakell.  Katie’s family had a number of friends and neighbors who were Duck season ticket holders. They would often donate their tickets to Katie to go see a game when she had a rough day.  When the Ducks organization, and Rakell specifically, heard about Katie’s condition they were quick to encourage her to keep fighting, even making her an honorary “21st Duck” and sending her to All-Star Weekend.

Katie’s story stands in stark contrast to that of another young woman, Brittany Maynard. In Brittany’s case, instead of having an organization come alongside her and encourage her to fight, she was encouraged by the old Hemlock Society, rebranded as “Compassion and Choices” to kill herself.

The contrasting stories of Katie and Brittany are a good reminder to all of us that sometimes people fighting serious illness need someone to come alongside them and encourage them to fight. Part of being pro-life is being like the Ducks and coming alongside those who need help and showing that assisted suicide is not the answer.

Help Save Lives of Babies with Down Syndrome


House Bill 2050 has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by speaker Mike Turzai to ban the abortion of preborn babies who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Martin from Lancaster is introducing an identical bill in the Senate.

Here are some ways you can help this legislation become law.

  1. Plan to attend a rally in support of House Bill 2050 on Monday, March 12th at 2:30 PM in the Capitol rotunda.  For more details or to share the event on Facebook, click here.
  2. You can share with us your story. If you, or someone you know, has had their life changed by someone with Down syndrome, please contact Education Director Matthew Wagner at or by calling 717-541-0034.
  3. You can contact your state Representative and state Senator and encourage them to co-sponsor these bills to protect preborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. If you don’t know who your state lawmakers are, or you need contact information, please contact Legislative Director Maria Gallagher at gallagher@paprolife.orgor at 717-541-0034. Thank you for sharing these stories and making these important contacts to remind people they can always choose life!

Wagner Has Solid Pro-life Record


By Maria Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

            Some individuals who call themselves a name similar to the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation have put out a false report, suggesting that state Senator Scott Wagner is not pro-life. Wagner, a candidate for Governor in the May 15, 2018 Pennsylvania Primary Election, has a 100 percent pro-life voting record, has co-sponsored pro-life bills, sponsored a bus to the March for Life, and distributed a clear statement condemning Roe v. Wade, the tragic U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion nationwide.

             Wagner has also worked to ensure that the Pennsylvania Department of State would not repeat the mistakes that led to the lack of enforcement that enabled abortionist Kermit Gosnell to ply his trade in West Philadelphia. Gosnell was ultimately convicted in connection with the deaths of three full-term babies and a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.

             Pro-life voters who have questions about candidates for public office at the state or national levels are welcome to contact Maria Gallagher at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC at 717-541-0034.


by  Carla Ezell Southeast PA Regional Coordinator Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation


34 Philadelphia Carla speaking

We African-American women were and are being used for various reasons.

In the abortion industry we have been used to sell the belief of some in our society that abortion is an answer to unexpected pregnancy.

It’s a known fact that if a woman has sex she could get pregnant.  Planned Parenthood knows and relies on this.  Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses push abortion in the African-American community.  Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist and founder of Planned Parenthood in the late 1920’s and 1930’s, planned an effective way to convince African-Americans to abort their babies.  Her plan was to tell them that they did not have the means to raise large families.  This, they were promised, would be a way for our people to attain more in life if our families were smaller.

This was called The Negro Project.  Sanger believed the key to selling her secret agenda of reducing the Black race was to use the Black Church and its pastors.  Well, African-American families are smaller and we are a shrinking minority.  Our women abort our babies more than any other race in America.  Over 17 million African-American children are gone forever without a whisper.

February is Black History Month, and a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans.  But it is a time set aside to recall the struggles of African-Americans in this nation.  The targeting of African-American women is nothing new.

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, new forms of birth control, such as the intrauterine device (IUD) and different forms of birth control pills were tried out on African-American women in the inner cities.  The IUD alone came with many negative reports, but a promise of no unwanted pregnancies.  This form of birth control was a research project—but that fact was never told to the women who were its unwitting subjects.

The IUD was implanted in girls as young as 13 years old.  Many women became pregnant while using IUDs.  During some pregnancies the implants became embedded in various parts of the bodies of the infants.  As you can imagine, this caused complications for these children.  Some women became sterile because the IUDs would move inside them and cause tears in their uterine walls.

Those reports were never exposed to the public, but I worked in a hospital in North Philadelphia across the street from a neighborhood housing project.  These young women were used for study without being informed that they were the subject of medical research.

How long will society use us African-American women for abortion and other secret experiments?  Today, abortion is the great deception and it will continue if the NAACP, Black Caucus, African-American legislators, mayors, and civic leaders continue to keep silent and turn a blind eye to the plague of abortion that has devastated our African-American community.  We have accepted the lie that killing our children is an answer to our problems.  We are the ones that must reject it.

Nothing in life is perfect.  Life comes with struggles and pain no matter who we are.  But we make it harder when we do not tell the truth about aborting our preborn babies.  The fact is we are killing our future.  I see nothing to be proud of when babies are sucked out of the wombs of mothers every day and then sold to industries that use the organs of these little ones for the financial gain of Planned Parenthood and others in the business of abortion.

We are accountable for our silence.

For Immediate Release: Pennsylvanians to Join Hundreds of Thousands at March for Life in DC


January 16, 2018                                                                        717-541-0034

28 Marchers making their way up Constitution Ave                                                                                                                          

Pennsylvanians to Join Hundreds of Thousands at March for Life in DC 

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvanians are set to join hundreds of thousands of other Americans at the March for Life on Friday, January 19th in Washington, D.C. The event has been called the largest annual peaceful demonstration in the United States.

“It is highly appropriate that the theme of this year’s March is ‘Love Saves Lives,’” said Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the state affiliate of National Right to Life. “The pro-life movement has empowered women across the country to make loving and life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families. On the other hand, abortion has had a devastating effect on women, leaving countless numbers of mothers to grieve for the children they have lost.”

Statistics obtained from abortion facilities themselves indicate that almost 60 million unborn children in the United States have died from abortion in the years since the tragic 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade. In Pennsylvania alone, over 30,000 unborn babies died from abortion in 2016, according to the most recent figures released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

“Nearly 100 children die each day from abortion in the Keystone State. That means we are losing the equivalent of about five kindergarten classes daily from abortion. It’s an unparalleled tragedy,” said Ciccocioppo.

Still, the abortion rate would be much higher were it not for a number of important developments. “Pro-life pregnancy centers, the miracle of 4D Ultrasound, the closing of abortion centers, and the prevalence of social media have all combined to bring down our abortion rate over the past few decades,” said Ciccocioppo.

As many as a half-million people are expected for the March for Life—the majority of them high school and college students and young professionals.  Chapters of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, along with a number of church groups, have organized bus trips to the annual March, as they have for decades.

“Our dream is the day when we no longer have to march—when abortion is not just illegal, but unthinkable so that the lives of all preborn children are protected and their mothers are saved from the heartache of abortion,” Ciccocioppo said.

Note:  If your news organization would like to know about buses to the March for Life from your area, please contact Maria Gallagher at 717-541-0034 or at

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.



Either Suicide is a Big Deal…..or it isn’t

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YouTube sensation Logan Paul has recently come under fire for an insensitive video he posted on YouTube.  In the offending video Paul, whose YouTube channel has over 15 million followers, visited Japan’s Aokigahara forest, also known as the “suicide forest.”  During their visit, Paul and his friends came across the body of someone who recently committed suicide and made jokes about the suicide victim.  Their insensitivity led to him to delete the video and issue an apology.

The backlash to the insensitivity of Paul and his friends has been swift and strong, and rightly so. What’s interesting is the notable silence of the Hemlock Society, rebranded as Compassion and Choices.  Its advocacy for legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide (and ultimately euthanasia) hinges on an assumption that suicide is no big deal and should be treated as cavalierly as Paul and his friends did.  The fact that the organization has not come out in full-throated defense of Paul is indicative of its hypocrisy.

Paul has stated he posted the video “to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention” but admits he doesn’t expect to be forgiven.  He has even apologized to the family of the person who committed suicide.  Similarly, Compassion and Choices, and other advocates of doctor-prescribed suicide should apologize to all who commit suicide for the cavalier attitude they display toward suicide and should refocus their attention on reminding people considering suicide they can always choose life.

For Immediate Release: Statement on Governor Wolf’s Veto of Senate Bill 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        CONTACT:  MATTHEW WAGNER,                                                                                              PA PRO-LIFE FEDERATION

December 18, 2017                                                                   717-541-0034

The following statement can be attributed to Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life:

“This is a sad day for women and children in Pennsylvania. With his veto of Senate Bill 3, Governor Tom Wolf is allowing the inhumane practice of dismemberment abortion to continue in the Commonwealth. No living child should have to endure being ripped limb by limb from a mother’s womb, and no mother should have to endure the emotional pain of losing a child in such a brutal manner. Governor Wolf’s distressing decision goes against the will of the vast majority of Pennsylvanians, who want to see cruel dismemberment abortions banned, once and for all.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pennsylvania House Votes to Ban Brutal Dismemberment Abortions


Pennsylvania House Votes to Ban Brutal Dismemberment Abortions

HARRISBURG, Pa. –Preborn babies in Pennsylvania would no longer have to undergo brutal dismemberment abortions, under a bill passed Tuesday by the PA House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 3, which has already passed the PA Senate, would ban abortions in which living babies are torn limb by limb from their mothers’ wombs. The legislation would also change the abortion limit in PA from six months to five months gestation to reflect medical advances that allow doctors to save tiny premature infants.

     “No child in Pennsylvania should be subjected to the inhumane practice of dismemberment abortions, where they are brutally assaulted in their mothers’ wombs,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life. “This long-overdue legislation also ensures that mothers would not have to grieve children whose lives are taken in such a cruel way,” Gallagher added.

Specifically, Senate Bill 3 would make it illegal to cause “the death of an unborn child by means of dismembering the unborn child and extracting the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments.”

A statewide poll found strong support for a dismemberment ban in Pennsylvania.

“A survey of Pennsylvanians showed that the vast majority—61 percent—approve of a ban on lethal dismemberment abortions,” Gallagher said. “The support is even higher among women, with 64 percent of female respondents in favor of such a ban.”

      The bill includes exceptions for saving the life of the mother and to prevent the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of a woman.

“So many women have come to me, asking when we will see an end to the heinous practice of dismemberment abortions in Pennsylvania,” Gallagher said.  “We urge Governor Tom Wolf to sign this bill into law—for the well-being of precious children and their mothers throughout the Commonwealth,” Gallagher added.

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.

End an Atrocity in Pennsylvania Before Judging Others

Diagram of a dismemberment abortion

Diagram of a dismemberment abortion

            I recently had the opportunity to read a article entitled, “Nigerian Slaves Have Organs Harvested, Bodies Mutilated and Are Set on Fire, Horrifying Pictures Claim.” The piece chronicled modern day slavery taking place across Libya.  My first thought was of sadness for the people being subjected to such horrific acts, but then I realized that what is happening there is no worse than what happens in the United States.

            Every day in the United States abortion centers are mutilating bodies in barbaric and horrific dismemberment abortions, a procedure in which a pre-born baby is torn from the mother’s womb limb by limb.  Significant evidence exists to believe that, in many of these abortions, the abortion center is harvesting aborted baby body parts and selling them.  Even the justification is similar. The Libyans accused of committing these atrocities consider those they are enslaving sub-human, much like pro-abortion activists consider the pre-born baby as not a person.

            Thankfully, we are working to end the atrocity of abortion in the United States.  In fact, recently in Pennsylvania the House of Representatives Health Committee passed Senate Bill 3, a bill that would end the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortion in Pennsylvania.  We hope that, with a lot of work by pro-life advocates in Pennsylvania and across the country, we will soon make abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia not just illegal but unthinkable. That will give us the moral high ground when it comes to combating atrocities in other parts of the world. 

Steven Ertelt: We’ve Come a Long Way But We’re Not Done Yet editor Steven Ertelt recently gave the keynote address at the 33rd annual Wyoming Valley Pennsylvanians for Human Life Respect Life Banquet held in Wilkes Barre, PA.

Ertelt began his talk by talking about how far we’ve come since abortion became legal in 1973. He talked about a report published in the American Journal of Public Health that found the number of abortions has dropped by 25% from 2008 to 2014.   He went on to point out that the number of abortion centers in the United States has fallen from its peak of 220o to just over 500…a reduction of almost 80%.   This has all resulted in a reduction in the ratio of women who have had an abortion from one out of three to one out of five.

Ertelt cited several factors contributing to this decline. First he talked about changes to the abortion laws across the country that have led to stricter regulations of abortion facilities such as Act 122, the 2011 Pennsylvania law which required abortion centers to meet basic health and safety standards. Another major factor he cited was an increase of the general awareness of the horrors of abortion brought on by the Kermit Gosnell trial, despite the limited coverage it was given by the main stream media.

Ertelt ended his talk by reminding attendees there is still much work to do.  In the United States almost a million babies are being killed every year and over 30,000 babies were killed just in Pennsylvania alone in 2015. He talked about a recent New York Times article which labeled pro-life websites and even his own as “fake news“ but couldn’t identify any specific fake news stories published by any pro-life news site.  Ertelt pointed out that the pro-abortion writer lamented that pro-lifers are doing a good job of sharing pro-life stories while the main stream media’s lies about abortion are regularly ignored on social media.  He encouraged the audience to continue to fight fake news and spread the truth about abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia through social media and by every means necessary in order to hasten the day when abortion is not just illegal, but unthinkable.