Young Pro-Life Voices Inspire Hope for the Future

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By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director

Just when we all needed a glimmer of hope and a boost in optimism, they delivered. They are the students who entered our annual pro-life essay and oratory contests and they are an impressive lot.

As a former English teacher, I think I have some pretty high standards. These kids met them! With eloquence and conviction, they took on tough topics, articulated strong arguments for life, and exposed the lies of the culture of death.

Lydia, for example, doesn’t buy into faux feminism that offers abortion as a tool of empowerment. She beautifully proclaims, “Pregnancy isn’t a hindrance to equality, it is something that makes women special.  The ability to conceive is a wonderful gift that women should use to honor and glorify God.”

Alyssa says nature supports this miraculous gift of life, explaining how the release of the “love hormone” oxytocin bonds mother and father with child. This beautiful, natural bond is horribly violated by the act of infanticide. “Protecting the lives of the innocent from infanticide…should be one of our most prioritized goals today.”

“Even animals realize that a baby, and an unborn one at that, is part of the family. They understand that the baby isn’t some impediment, or something they can get rid of…If animals can understand that, then why can’t we?” penned Helena, a passionate and wise eighth grader.

Gwen urges us to heed the silent crying of the babies. “It is our job to protect them, to speak for their rights.”

Camryn, in just seventh grade, wrote about the high percentage of abortion centers in minority neighborhoods. “No matter what the crisis is, abortion is never the answer…Society needs to stop this tragedy and help mothers, especially minority mothers.”

Clare spoke up for those whose abilities may be different but not less. “Unborn babies with disabilities can also live good lives. But we must give them a chance at life so they can show the world that they are not a hardship; they are a gift.”

LJ warned that, “Giving a person less value because they are in the beginning stages of life is the ultimate exploitation of our youth,” while Elise urged being pro-information to help others “appreciate the greatest art: the creation of a human being.”

Abigail points out the travesty of babies created in laboratories to be destroyed for research. “In short, lives are created with the complete understanding that the majority of those lives will be taken soon thereafter,” treating life not as a gift, but as disposable property.

Emily recognizes this destruction of life to be in conflict with our civil rights, citing the “guarantee of life” under the 14th amendment. She writes, “The legalization of abortion not only violates the unborn child’s right to life but also strips them of their ‘due process of law’.”

Alluding to the current crisis, Nathalia says, “If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it is to honor the value of life.”

In a time of great turmoil, Thomas reminds us of who we are and what we must do. “The United States is called the land of the free and the home of the brave. Yet, we allow abortion, an attack on the helpless…Let us turn the minds and hearts of this country back to those great principles of truth, protection of the innocent and freedom for all.”

May the passion and wisdom of these young people inspire in all of us a renewed commitment to defend and protect all human life.


Intimacy: “Into-Me-See” Inherent Value

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By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director

George Floyd’s life, without qualification, had inherent value.

His death and subsequent events come after a long period of nationwide isolation. At this time, we should be re-uniting in solidarity to proclaim the sanctity of a man’s life, of every human life, but instead society seems to be fracturing into shards of disunity and destruction.

How can we reconcile and heal? How can we fix the ills that beset our society?

There are no easy answers.  We have much soul-searching to do. But we must be willing to address the core of such unjustices.

Racism, and other –isms, such as sexism, ageism, and able-ism, are rooted in the same thing: a failure to fully and consciously recognize the inherent dignity that belongs to every person by virtue of being human.

In failing to recognize this fundamental dignity, we tend to objectify the other, seeing him as someone whose worth is based on what he can do, or looks like, or possesses, or knows, or some other arbitrary criteria, rather than the premise that a person has worth simply because he IS.

Someone once explained to me that “intimacy” means ‘into-me-see.” See the person. Truly see the person. In all his goodness and glory, with all his faults and imperfections.  Peer through the surface, and see their unrepeatable value.

We must look into the eyes of a person of a different race or creed, the eyes of a person with autism or Down Syndrome, the eyes of an elderly person frail and dependent, and allow ourselves to see the treasure of that individual.

We must truly listen to and hear those with whom we differ, dialogue earnestly with those who disagree with us, and persistently strive to remain civil even to the uncivilized.

We must advocate for the vulnerable, marginalized person threatened and overpowered by those bigger and stronger.

We must regard the sanctity of every life, without qualification, as our first and foremost right, seeking to defend, protect, and honor every life from its natural beginning to its natural end.

Let us honor the life and memory of George Floyd by changing how we look at one another.

Let us gaze selflessly and intimately at the other to see the value within.  Into-Me-See.

The Next “Generation” of Abortion: A Call to Action

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By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director

Two red lines. She sunk into a sea of panic. Fear blinded her.

She called the clinic, but no physician would see her in person. Rather, she was given a Telemed appointment with a doctor via computer.

Within an hour, two pills were ready, a “lifeline” amidst the waves that tossed her about.

No one will ever have to know. It’s early, just a clump of tissue. This is safe.  This is easy. This will give me my future back.

She believed all that.  She wanted to believe all that.  Reality said otherwise.

The excruciating cramping induced tears to rain down her face. The bleeding seemed interminable, weakening her until all she could do was lay on the cold, tiled floor.

For weeks, not days, the agony lasted. She was never more alone.

No one had told her.

No one told her that the “tissue” she’d pass would have a tiny nose and upper lip.

No one explained she’d deliver a tiny fragile human into a toilet, an image she could never unsee.

She was further along than suspected.  But a doctor never examined her. He simply prescribed the abortion drug via computer.

Who is she?

She is any woman in crisis who turns to the abortion industry. A daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend. And she is in danger.

As more surgical facilities close, chemical abortions steadily rise, ensuring the strong profit margin of the abortion industry.  Profit at the expense of desperate young women who’ve received little information, even less counseling, and no examination.

Three abortion facilities in Pennsylvania have applied for telemedicine status, one of which failed its recent inspection.

Abortions are not sinus infections. Antibiotics are not equivalent to drugs that kill and expel a fetus. And put a woman’s life at risk.

With no physical examination, an ectopic pregnancy goes undetected. So do twins.  So does any undiagnosed medical condition that could endanger her life.

Had she gone to a Pregnancy Resource Center, someone would have held her hand, wiped her tears, given her options, offered her hope. She would have been told about the Abortion Pill Reversal. Her child might be alive today. She could live at peace with her decision.

But the “ease” of a Telemed abortion, the temptation to hide a secret, the myth that this would be easy and even “good” for her, all these coalesced into an irreversible decision. A tragic decision.

This is the next “generation” of abortion that not only kills the next generation, but threatens the present one.

Please take action today. If we don’t, blood will be on all our hands.

Legislative alert: Call your PA state Senator today to urge them to support the House Amended Version of the Telemedicine Bill 857 which would prohibit Telemed Abortions. Find your legislator here.

The Pro-Life Movement Speaks Truth

By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director   

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The world is flat. People are property. Tobacco is harmless.

Like many other long-held but misguided beliefs, over time these ideas were proven wrong. Consequently, people and societies function differently, in light of what we’ve come to know to be true.

Let’s consider another strongly held belief: preborn life is an insignificant clump of cells, mere tissue possessing no inherent dignity.

This belief was held by early advocates for abortion who regarded the origin of human life to be an unsolvable mystery. Denying the humanity and personhood of the fetus was foundational in the January 22, 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision.

But then science demystified the mystery.

As enlightening as a spherical earth or revolutionary as the emancipation of an enslaved people, ultrasound technology obliterated the “clump of cells” myth, giving us a clear view of the previously invisible universe of the womb. In 3D imagery, a heart beats as early as 18 days after fertilization. Brain waves are measureable at six weeks. Every organ system is in place by 10 weeks and by 12 weeks, fingers grasp and the unborn baby hiccups.

This science cannot be dismissed. Through it, our very eyes witness the undeniable humanity and personhood each of us has possessed since our own conception.  And this expanding knowledge has consequences.

In writing the majority opinion for Roe vs. Wade, years before such evidence was revealed, Justice Harry Blackmun, stated that if personhood were able to be established, the  “the appellant’s case…collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”

If personhood were established, the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed.

That time has come.  Science and law must be in harmony.

As we approach the 47th anniversary of Roe, a case decided in a darker era, we must abandon the cognitive dissonance that says sometimes we are human and sometimes we are not.

We must acknowledge that our society was misguided in our beliefs and we must embrace the truths that have become apparent.

Abortion takes the life of a living human being, violently. That alone should give us pause. But there’s more.

Abortion has failed to deliver on its promises. Poverty still exists. Children are still abused. Women are still mistreated. Abortion has solved nothing.

Rather, abortion feeds a culture in which the more powerful annihilate the weaker, where “wantedness” determines worth, where the supposed safe haven of the womb has become the hardest border of all to cross.

Abortion wounds women, forsakes fathers, undermines families, and weakens society.

We are less because of abortion.  Sixty-one million Americans less. Less their talent, less their genius, less their love.

We are less morally because of abortion. Ending life at the very start makes it easier to end it at the very end, or at any point in between.  The sacredness of all life is compromised.

This is where abortion has taken us.  Abortion based on a faulty proposition that has since been disproven.

Life, your life, my life, all life, begins in the womb. Science recognizes that. Now so must our laws.

As we commemorate the 47th anniversary of legalized abortion on January 22, let’s steadfastly proclaim the truth so that we will not commemorate a 48th year of mass genocide.

Let’s work to end legalized abortion.

Breaking News–Down Syndrome Protection Act Passes PA Senate

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By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director

The Pennsylvania Senate has approved the Down Syndrome Protection Act, House Bill 321, by a vote of 27-22.

The bill bans abortion for the sole reason of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The PA House previously passed the measure by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin.

The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill noted it was appropriate to consider the bill on National Child Day, calling it a common sense piece of legislation.

Speaking to people with Down syndrome, the Senator said,  “We believe you have the right to be born and the right to enjoy a full and productive life.”

Another of the bill’s supporters, Senator Scott Martin said, “Disability rights begin in the womb.”

The bill is a response to the sky-high abortion rate for babies with Down syndrome. It has been estimated that the vast majority of children in the womb who are diagnosed with an extra chromosome are aborted.

What you can do to respond to Rep. Brian Sims

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 Our office has been inundated with calls and emails regarding Rep. Brian Sims’ self-promoted harassment of a peaceful pro-life prayer warrior. People are outraged and want to know what to do.

First, contact your state representative and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to let them know that the people of PA will not tolerate this disgusting behavior from an elected official.Click here to find your rep.

Secondly, sign the petition calling for Rep. Sims resignation which has over 26,000 signatures already but needs every single pro-life Pennsylvanian to be on it. Click here to sign the petition.

Thirdly, you can join others in supporting the work of the Pa Pro-Life Federation as we endeavor to educate on life issues and promote legislation that protects and honors the dignity of all life, from conception to natural death. Click here to donate now!

We cannot be silent in the face of this egregious act of aggression toward pro-lifers exercising their Constitutional rights!

Reclaiming the Good Samaritan


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By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director

Familiar to most people, the parable of the Good Samaritan seems to cut across all cultural and religious lines.  Who among us, whatever faith tradition or lack thereof, would not help the stranger in crisis?  Who would forsake the lost child, the thirsty traveler, the injured victim?  Responding to the needy is not a moral imperative relegated to Christians alone, but is embedded in the instinct of every person. We are “wired” to defend and protect the vulnerable, recognizing the inherent value of all human life. They are us. We are they.

Ironically, in a recent debate, “Christian abortionist” Dr. Willie Parker twisted the parable of the Good Samaritan to defend his abhorrent practice. While he views the woman in crisis as deserving “compassionate care”, he fails to recognize the personhood of the child growing within her, although conceding it is a living human being. He sees competing interests, operating under the misguided notion that killing the unborn child “helps” the woman. Rather than allowing both to live, he creates a false dichotomy, choosing to extinguish the life of the weakest and most vulnerable. A Good Samaritan he is not.

In contrast, a long-running television show of my youth exemplified what it means to be a true Good Samaritan. Based on the events of the Korean War, M.A.S.H. dramatized the tragedies and triumphs of a mobile army surgical hospital.  Army doctors treated our wounded soldiers so they could return to the battle lines or home to family.  But Army doctors also treated enemy soldiers, working furiously to save their very lives.  Our country enlisted medical professionals to save the lives of men who, only hours before, fought our soldiers in combat. Is that not the epitome of the Good Samaritan– seeing the humanity of our perceived “enemy” and doing everything we can to preserve his life?

All this illuminates why so many find the Congressional pro-abortion politicians’ repeated blocking of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to be shocking to the core.  A human baby, subjected to the violent act of abortion, manages to survive and is now separated physically from the mother.  Clearly wounded, the infant struggles to overcome injuries inflicted by invasive medical instruments, which the child just might do with the benefit of medical intervention.  The surviving child might be placed with one of thousands of couples waiting to grow their family through adoption.  If injuries inflicted are too severe to sustain life, at the very least, palliative care can be given to the infant, making him comfortable and cared for as he draws his last breath.

Appallingly, all Democratic Senators (save for three, including our Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey) blocked legislation that would have required basic medical attention to an abortion survivor.  In essence, these Senators voted to give legal protection to medical professionals who ignore the needs of a helpless, injured baby, allowing a viable child to suffer indefinitely.

Unlike the enemy soldier who was shot but then treated, these surviving babies are viewed as an “enemy” unworthy of any life-saving efforts.  Outside of the womb, separate from mother, this is no longer abortion, but its inevitable consequence, infanticide. The in-born human instinct to help is callously over-ridden by an evil agenda of death-no-matter-what.  The abortion survivor becomes the beaten man along the road, ignored by passers-by, with no Good Samaritan in sight.

And we are all the less for it.

News from DC: Projecting Life

by Katie Schriner, Internultrasound machine

On February 14th, EWTN hosted its weekly pro-life program outside of the White House in Washington D.C. Catherine Hardo, head anchor of EWTN, spoke to several different people about different subject matters within the pro-life movement. Some of those people include Melissa Ohden, Dr. Russell Moore and more who are involved in the pro-life movement. However, what makes this segment so unique is the opportunity that Melissa Ohden got with President Trump, Catherine getting a chance to have a conversation with Dr. Russell Moore about the roles of the pro-life movement, and how the Knights of Columbus donated their 1,000 ultrasound machines to pregnancy centers.

Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor, got the opportunity to not only meet President Trump but also to have a conversation with him about her experience and the pro-life movement. She tells the story about how 41 years ago, her mother was forced to have an abortion done against her will. Melissa was soaked in a toxic salt solution for 5 days (normally this process takes 72 hours), and was “accidently” born alive. Melissa tells Catherine that meeting President Trump was “surreal” and she describes meeting him like she was meant to be here today to tell her story and how important survivors are in the pro-life movement. She also emphasizes how passionately he is committed to life and what he is willing to keep doing legislatively to protect life.

The discussion that Catherine Hardo had with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religion Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, was very effective, highlighting the Pro-Life Leadership. The highlights of the leadership in the Pro-Life Movement includes religious background, power that triumphs over vulnerability, the power in elderly and disabled, and most importantly the idea of seeing people in terms of their usefulness in the movement. But what makes this conversation so effective is what Dr. Russell Moore says about people who dismiss pro-life views (faith issues). What he says about this is “faith certainly informs the conscience but faith does not create the conscience out of nothing” and that the conscience “deeply knows that something is wrong here” which he says is the reason why people are self-protective about this movement.

Apart from this, the Knights of Columbus do tons of volunteer work within communities; one of their biggest ones is protecting babies. In Virginia, the Knights of Columbus has donated 1,000 ultrasound machines to a Catholic Charities clinic. Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus states about 10 years ago, “We began this program with just two machines, we didn’t know how large it would grow. Now we have more than a 1,000 machines and these machines are saving tens of thousands of babies, soon to be 1 million lives.” How this program works is that local knights raise HALF of the necessary expenses of an ultrasound machine through a variety of efforts. Then the Supreme Council Culture of Life fund matches that amount, which is valued around 50 million dollars. The Knights’ efforts ensure that there’s at least one Knight Sponsored Machine in every state in the U.S. and also in other countries such as Puerto Rico, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Peru and Africa.

The efforts of the pro-life movement are highly powerful when it comes to the communities all around the country. What we can remember is that in doing the work, we raise not just money but awareness of the pro-life movement. We show that it is so effective in protecting innocent lives and saving tomorrow’s future.

Taking a Deeper Look at PA Abortion Statistics

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By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director

Figures recently released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health show the total number of abortions in Pennsylvania are at an all-time low.

Still, looking deeper at the statistics, certain trends emerge that are of serious concern.

For instance, late-term abortions…abortions performed at 21-23 weeks…rose to 436. Keep in mind that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would have changed the abortion limit in PA from 24 weeks to 20 weeks gestation to reflect changes in viability. Thanks to medical breakthroughs, doctors and nurses are able to save babies at ever-earlier stages of development. The bill would have also banned the brutal practice of dismemberment abortion, where a baby is torn limb by limb from a mother’s womb.

Meanwhile, the abortion pill RU-486 accounts for an increasing number of abortions in Pennsylvania. These chemical abortions–also known as medical abortions–account for 11,496 of the 30,011 abortions performed in the Commonwealth.

Also of concern is the number of repeat abortions in the Keystone State. Nearly half of the abortions–14,172–were performed on women who had anywhere from one to four or more previous abortions. This demonstrations the disturbing trend of abortions being used as a method of birth control.

Nevertheless, the downward dip in abortions in Pennsylvania is welcomed news. The closure of abortion facilities, advances in ultrasound technology, and the concrete support provided by pro-life pregnancy resource centers have all helped to make this miracle happen.

46 Reasons for Hope

StudentBy Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director

As we come upon the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion, here are 46 reasons for hope for the decision’s ultimate demise:

  1. Statistics show the number of abortions in the U.S. are on the decline.
  2. Polls show the Millennial Generation is more pro-life than young people of generations past.
  3. The iGeneration, those born after the Millennials, are also largely pro-life.
  4. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring taxpayer funding of organizations that perform and promote abortions overseas.
  5. The White House supports no federal funding for abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
  6. Vice-President Mike Pence has been outspoken in his defense of innocent human life.
  7. The Trump Administration is a pro-life administration.
  8. The President has vowed to appoint Supreme Court Justices who will not legislate from the bench, hastening the day; when Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
  9. The annual March for Life continues to attract huge crowds, largely made up of young people.
  10. Pregnancy resource centers are reaching out to pregnant women everyday with compassion, love, and support.
  11. The number of pregnancy resource centers in the U.S. far outnumber abortion facilities.
  12. Abortion centers are closing all across the country.
  13. The U.S. Senate is dominated by strong defenders of life, as are many state legislatures throughout the nation.
  14. 4D ultrasound technology is showing babies smiling in their mothers’ wombs.
  15. Women who regret their abortions and who want to help other women avoid similar heartache have found their voice in organizations such as the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
  16. Healing retreats such as those of Rachel’s Vineyard are bringing hope to women scarred by abortion.
  17. A number of Planned Parenthood workers have left their jobs in the abortion industry and have become powerful spokespeople for the pro-life cause.
  18. Abortion survivors such as Melissa Ohden are speaking out about being targeted for abortion when they were preborn babies.
  19. A number of men are taking responsibility for pressuring their wives and girlfriends into having abortions.
  20. Scientific research supports the pro-life contention that abortion hurts women physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  21. The blogosphere is filled with pro-lifers willing to share their knowledge.
  22. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter enable the pro-life movement to get accurate information out into cyberspace.
  23. Nurses who work with premature infants are sharing their experiences about the fragility of human life.
  24. A number of abortionists have stopped doing abortions and now promote life instead.
  25. College students are organizing and motivating their classmates to support pregnant women on campus.
  26. Teens for Life are finding innovative ways to promote life in their communities.
  27. Local chapters of National Right to Life are educating people about the life issue at area fairs and festivals.
  28. State affiliates of National Right to Life are passing pro-life laws and changing hearts and minds about abortion.
  29. Campaigns to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide have failed much more often than they have succeeded.
  30. Popular culture is recognizing the humanity of the preborn child by sharing Ultrasound videos and praising “baby bumps.”
  31. People with Down syndrome are showing why it is inhumane to abort a child diagnosed with a disability in the womb.
  32. New attention is being focused on the brutal practice of dismemberment abortion, where a child is torn limb by limb from a mother’s womb.
  33. An increasing number of people are questioning the practice of sex selection abortions, in which babies are aborted just because of their sex.
  34. The gruesome practice of partial-birth abortion, in which a baby is partly delivered, then killed, has been outlawed.
  35. A number of members of Congress are determined to shine a spotlight on allegations of baby body part harvesting in the abortion industry.
  36. Public opinion polls continue to show most people oppose most abortions.
  37. Polls also indicate that the vast majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
  38. Polls demonstrate that most Americans oppose late-term abortions.
  39. A number of states have passed laws ensuring that no taxpayer funding of abortion can occur in the health insurance exchanges created by Obamacare.
  40. Many individuals want to make the Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayer funding of abortion except in rare cases, permanent.
  41. A distinguished counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, spoke at the March for Life.
  42. Women across the country are courageously stating that Planned Parenthood does not speak for them.
  43. People with disabilities are leading the fight against doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia.
  44. Some people who joined the pro-life movement way back in 1973 continue to serve the cause with dignity and honor.
  45. A number of celebrities, such as actress Patricia Heaton, are bucking the Hollywood trend and boldly proclaiming their pro-life views.
  46. The end of Roe v. Wade is in sight, given the changes in our society.