Live Action: All the Way Pro-Life

Lila Rose

By Katy Schriner, intern for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

In 2003, at the age of 15, Lila Rose decided that she wanted to create a presentation that showed the reality of abortion and to expose what abortion does to the preborn child. In 2006, at 18 years old, she started doing undercover investigations of the abortion industry. By 2008, Live Action was born, legally formed as a non-partisan, non-profit organization that has the largest and most engaged online following in the pro-life movement. Today, Live Action’s goal is to shift public opinion on the killing of preborn children and defend the rights of these most vulnerable among us by using compelling educational media, human interest storytelling, and investigative reporting to reveal the humanity of the preborn and expose the abortion industry exploiting women for profit.

Live Action gives strong viewpoints on the problems the pro-life movement has with abortion. There’s so many to choose from but I believe the most important ones to look at are Human Rights and whether abortions are “safe”. According to Live Action, they state that “all human beings have human rights, and we possess them by virtue of our humanity and not because they are granted to us by the government or other people. The most foundational human right is the right to life.” Another thing to add is the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights states in article 3: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person”. And article 6: “Everyone has the right of recognition everywhere as a person before the law”. The most important part of that section is the statement that says “If we hold to the validity of these statements, and if preborn children are human beings, then we would have to conclude that the youngest among us have the same inalienable right to life as those who are born. This really opens my eyes as it states in our human rights that EVERYONE has a right to life and that every voice matters, preborn or born.

Most people don’t educate themselves when it comes to abortion. Are abortions actually “safe?” There are 4 statements that answer the question on abortions being safe.

  1. Abortion is NEVER safe for preborn humans- it dismembers, suctions, or poisons them to death.
  2. Even if an argument could be made that legal abortion is safer for the women, if abortion ends an innocent human being’s life, then it isn’t ethical to legalize killing in order to make it supposedly safer for those participating in it.
  3. Abortions, whether legal or illegal, carry the risk of negative effects to women’s health. In other words, some women were hurt or killed in illegal abortions and some women are hurt and killed by legal abortions, too.
  4. The number of women who died from illegal abortions prior to Roe vs. Wade (1973) was greatly inflated by those lobbying for the legalization of abortion.

There was one statement that stood out to me the most when I was viewing Live Action’s website, which states, “Since the preborn are humans and since humans have human rights, it follows that “we ought to respect the preborn and protect them from abortion.”. Live Action has a lot of information on the reality of abortion, in terms of effects, laws, industries, etc. It’s important that we spread the truth about abortion, tell others about the pro-life movement and end legalization of abortion in America.


Lila Rose: Exposing Truth about Abortion to Young People

We are busy getting ready for our annual Celebrate Life Banquet in Pittsburgh next week.

Our featured speaker is going to be Lila Rose, the young president and founder of Live Action. She has become the face of the young pro-life movement. Still in her mid-20s, Lila and her organization Live Action have accomplished so much. Through LiveActionvideoundercover videos, they have exposed many abuses and lies in the abortion industry.

Every pro-lifer should check out Live Action’s undercover investigations. The videos are short, but telling. Watch them here:

Inhuman: Live Action goes undercover in America’s late-term abortion industry

Protect Our Girls: This investigation exposes sex-selection abortion practices at Planned Parenthood

The Mona Lisa Project and Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Cover-Up of Child Sex Trafficking: These video investigations show Planned Parenthood failing to properly handle and report child sex abuse

The Rosa Acuna Project: Live Action documents the lies Planned Parenthood tells its patients, ignoring scientific and medical facts about abortion

Educate yourself about the abortion industry, and then come hear more from a young women who is on the front lines exposing these horrible practices.

Sign up now for the banquet on Tuesday, October 29 at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North, in Mars. You won’t want to miss this special opportunity to hear Lila Rose. Plus you’ll learn about the progress we are making right here in Pennsylvania to protect preborn babies and their mothers from abortion.

Click here for more details or to register. You also can call us at 717-541-0034.

Hope to see you there!

Everyone Can Do Something for Life This Autumn

One person cannot do everything to protect life, but every person can do something.

That’s a message our Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo shares with pro-lifers when he is out on the road. How true it is.

Bucks County Right to Life volunteers

If you’re one of those people who has always wanted to do something more, this fall is a great time to get involved.

Maybe it’s just taking an hour to read the latest news about what’s happening in the abortion debate in America. Maybe you can help educate other people in your church by requesting our free Respect Life Bulletin insert (Contact us at or 717-541-0034). Maybe you can read a pro-life book such as “Unplanned” by Abby Johnson or “Why Can’t We Love Them Both” by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke. When you’re done, consider donating it to your church or community library so others can read it, too.

Maybe you can participate in one of these upcoming pro-life events in Pennsylvania:

Lila Rose Red DressCelebrate Life Banquet — On Oct. 29 in Pittsburgh, join pro-lifers all across Pennsylvania for the pro-life event of the year. This special evening will feature Lila Rose, the young pro-life activist who founded the undercover investigative group Live Action. Register now by calling 717-541-0034 or visiting our website. The banquet benefits the life-saving work of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Fund.

“What I saw at the Gosnell Trial” with journalist J.D. Mullane — at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Doylestown, in St. Mary’s Hall across the street from the church. J.D. Mullane is a columnist for the Intelligencer and the Courier Times. He reported extensively on the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the West Philadelphia abortionist convicted of murdering newborns. The event is hosted by the Bucks County Right To Life.

Life Chain — Thousands of Life Chain events will be held on Oct. 6 on sidewalks all across the U.S. People will gather to pray and hold pro-life signs as a peaceful public witness about the devastation of legalized abortion. For a list of times and locations, visit and click on “Pennsylvania” on the left side of the screen.

Respect Life Conference — St. Gabriel’s Ministry will host the conference “Building a Respect Life Community” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at the St. Patrick’s Parish Activity Center, 85 Marsh Drive, Carlisle. Speakers include Monsignor Stuart Swetland, vice president of Catholic Identity, Mount St. Mary’s University; and Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Registration is $25, including lunch. A family rate is available. For more information, contact Patricia Dowling at or Gabriel Marcella at

Pro-life Film Showing — A special showing of “The Voice of John,” a pro-life film produced here in Pennsylvania, will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hill City Church, 600 South Poplar Street, in Hazleton. Come see the newly released director’s cut with never before seen footage. The event is free.

40 Days for Life – Join pro-lifers outside abortion centers to pray peacefully for an end to abortion. There will be ten 40-day prayer vigil sites in Pennsylvania this fall. The outreach runs Sept. 25 to Nov. 3. For locations, visit

For more ideas, volunteer opportunities, and events, click here to contact pro-life volunteers in your community.

Abortionists Say Baby, Life Are Relative Terms in New Video

When is a baby a baby? According to the abortion industry, it depends on the mother.

The definitions of “baby” and its “life” are relative to its mother’s wishes, abortion staff tell undercover investigators in a new video released by Live Action. Watch it here. LiveActionvideo

LeRoy Carhart, a Maryland late-term abortionist, says, “ … life begins when the mother thinks it begins, not when anybody else thinks it begins. For some women, it’s before they conceive; for some women, it’s never. Even after they deliver, it’s still a problem, not a baby.”

And an abortion counselor in New Mexico says, “Well what – how – what do you consider a baby? It’s definitely a fetus. … Um, it depends what the term ‘baby’ means to you, and how you perceive it.”

The truth is not relative. It is not something we perceive. And the truth is on our side.

Whether society calls it a fetus or a zygote or a baby, it’s still a human being whose life begins at the moment of conception. Those are unarguable scientific facts.

And women deserve the truth.

Lila Rose Red DressLearn more about Live Action’s investigation of abortion centers during our 2013 Celebrate Life Banquet in Pittsburgh this October. Lila Rose, the young pro-life advocate and founder of Live Action, will be our featured speaker. Find out more by clicking here. Please join us for this special evening!

Gosnell Not Alone in Inhuman Treatment of Babies Born Alive after Failed Abortions

The two breaking pro-life news stories this week have a lot in common.

First, the Kermit Gosnell murder trial is wrapping up with closing arguments Monday. The prosecution says Gosnell murdered four late-term babies by delivering them alive and then snipping the backs of their necks to kill them. He also is charged with the third-degree murder of a female patient. (The judge dropped three additional first-degree murder charges last week.) Gosnell’s defense claims he killed the babies while they were still in the womb.

Second, the undercover investigation group Live Action released two shocking new videos of late-term abortion centers. In the Bronx, abortion staff said they put babies in jars of toxic fluid to ensure their deaths. And if the baby is born alive at home before the abortion? Flush it down the toilet, says a staffer.

Live Action founder Lila Rose linked their horrific findings to the gruesome practices at Gosnell’s center in Philadelphia.

“Dr. Kermit Gosnell is not an anomaly,” Rose said. “The gruesome and inhuman practices exposed in Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ are business as usual for the abortion industry in America. These children’s lives are brutally destroyed when they are the most defenseless. This isn’t ‘choice’; this is murder.”

The Pro-life Fight for Women

By Maria Gallagher

The line “War on Women” did not die on Election Night 2012. The pro-abortion lobby carefully coined this phrase in an attempt to neutralize advances made by those who believe that law and public policy should protect an innocent person’s right to life. It’s catchy, alliterative, and denotes violence and death, and so it works well in a soundbite world.

Every time the catch-phrase is uttered—on cable news, radio talk shows, and in the Twitterverse, it should be countered—in an equally soundbite-savvy way. For what the pro-life movement has been engaging in for the past 40 years is a Fight for Women. And many women are leading the charge:

Abby Johnson. This courageous mom once worked for Planned Parenthood, but, Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnsonwhen viewing an ultrasound-guided abortion—and seeing the goodness and kindness of the 40 Days for Life members standing vigil outside the abortion center door—walked bravely to “the other side.” She now assists those who work within the abortion industry to find a safe way out. You can learn more about her And Then There Were None ministry at . (And be sure to read her fascinating account of her transition from abortion proponent to pro-life advocate in her ground-breaking book, “Unplanned.” Abby is a passionate leader in the Fight for Women.

Lila Rose. This remarkable twenty-something is lila3tthe founder of Live Action, which uses the tried-and-true tools of investigative journalism to expose the illegal activity and corruption present in the abortion industry. Lila has been especially effective at lifting the veil behind the cover-up of the sexual abuse of minor girls. You can learn more about her at . Lila is a fearless truth-seeker in the Fight for Women.

Gianna Jessen and Melissa Ohden. These two articulate young women have put a face on “choice.” Both are survivors of attempts to take their lives through abortion. They have raised their voices for those unborn girls who have none, and their testimony is powerful. Discover their stories at and . Gianna and Melissa represent the heart and soul of the Fight for Women.

Kristan Hawkins. She is the Executive Director of Students Kristan_Hawkinsfor Life. She has invigorated pro-life activism on college campuses around the nation, and has helped to show the world that youth have a particular stake in the Fight for Women. The Students for Life success story can be found at . Kristan is among the leading strategists in the Fight for Women.

This is far from a complete list—but it does spotlight the role that young, vibrant leaders are playing in the Fight for Women. Whenever you hear abortion advocates talking about the War on Women, point to the awe-inspiring Millennials and Gen-Xers at the forefront of the pro-life movement and respond, “No, you must mean the Fight for Women—and we are winning!”

David and Goliath revisited

Sometimes we may feel like we’re in a David and Goliath battle.

Powerful leaders reverse the pro-life progress we’ve made with a snap – measures that took us years to accomplish. And loud voices from the pro-abortion side shout out insults and lies as we try to defend the unborn.

Sometimes we feel alone on the field – a young person with a sling against a giant warrior. We feel discouraged, unprepared, inept, and afraid. We want to give up.

Two of prominent pro-life leaders shared similar feelings during the National Right to Life Convention in June.

Lila Rose, the young founder of Live Action, told a story of her first attempt at pro-life advocacy. When she was a young child, she decided to begin a pro-life group with her friends. Rose enthusiastically planned meetings and projects to help protect the unborn. Then one day, none of her friends showed up.

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte also works in a lonely position. A freshman legislator from New Hampshire, she is the only pro-life woman in the Senate.

Ayotte was one of the first Senators to speak out in support of defunding Planned Parenthood in the 2011 budget battle and later voted to not give them $300 million, according to the Susan B. Anthony List. But Planned Parenthood still receives government support.

Rose and Ayotte could have stopped trying after those first attempts, feeling discouraged and beaten. But they didn’t.

Rose went on to expose illegal practices in abortion centers, gaining national exposure. Her undercover videos display the sad fact that many abortion providers support sex-selection abortions, sex trafficking and abuse.

As for Ayotte, she is now considered to be one of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s top picks for vice president. And she promised to continue fighting in the Senate for the lives of the unborn.

Most of us will never be a Lila Rose, a Sen. Ayotte, or a King David. But like them, we can stand firm in the knowledge that our work will restore the value of human life.

We too can save lives in our communities – if we never give up.