Friday, December 15, 2017

Life Issues Forum: Will They Be Free to Serve?

This edition of the Life Issues Forum is available in English and has been posted to our websitewhere its Spanish translation will be posted as soon as it is available.

The Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column by Pro-Life Secretariat staff addressing the latest issues on the culture of life. Columns may be reprinted as they appear here (in full and without alteration) without further permission.

In Christ,
The Pro-Life Secretariat
LIFE ISSUES FORUM                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Will They Be Free to Serve?                                                         December 15, 2017

By Mary McClusky

I can still see the tiny pink socks. And boxes and boxes of diapers. Most of all, I remember the warmth and cheeriness of the staff as I toured the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Help Center in downtown Buffalo, New York. Their love and dedication shone brightly through every word and smile. How tragic that their service to women, children, and families is at great risk this February, when the Supreme Court hears NIFLA vs. Becerra--a case that has nationwide ramifications.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against California's so-called "Reproductive Fact Act." The California law forces medically-licensed pregnancy support centers, in direct contradiction of their mission and beliefs, to provide information to clients about publicly funded abortion. A national pregnancy resource center advocacy group, National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA), is challenging the law, arguing that it violates the centers' rights to free speech and free exercise of religion.

Such unjust laws undermine the ability of the Church and its people to provide pastoral care-the spiritual and material help that the U.S. bishops call "a primary way that the Church expresses its love for all God's children" (USCCB Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, 2001). The U.S. bishops view pregnancy support services as an essential part of reaching out to women who are vulnerable to abortion. Many women feel pressured to abort. A pregnancy help center may be a woman's sole means of emotional, material, or financial support. Many centers provide medical services, helping women who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to obtain high-quality medical care for themselves and their unborn children.

Laws like the California "Fact Act" place a significant burden on those who serve, and threaten the welfare of the thousands of women, children, and families who benefit from pregnancy support and medical care.

There are 3,042 stationary or mobile pregnancy help centers throughout the country. Perhaps you, or someone you know, are among the compassionate people who serve at one of them. You may know someone who's benefited from such help. According to research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), 1.9 million women received pregnancy support or education from pregnancy help centers in 2011. That same year, 230,000 ultrasounds were provided at little or no cost to women, supported by private funding.

How tragic if this unjust, intolerant, and anti-American law stands! In a culture that often gives negative messages regarding parenthood, it is important that those who offer support and medical care to pregnant women retain the right to care for and celebrate the gift of new life.

Spread the word about the plight of pregnancy care centers. Such attacks on the selfless work of caring people are not new, nor will they dwindle. Pray for an end to attacks on the freedom of pregnancy care centers to serve women and their children.
Mary McClusky is Assistant Director for Project Rachel Ministry Development at the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For confidential help after abortion, visit www.hopeafterabortion.org or www.esperanzaposaborto.org

Thursday, December 14, 2017

LifeNews: Legislator Challenges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to Public Debate Before He Vetoes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions


Legislator Challenges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to Public Debate Before He Vetoes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions




LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Thursday, December 14, 2017


For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.
Top Stories Whoopi Goldberg on Planned Parenthood “No One is Harvesting Baby Parts”
 Activists Send Condoms to Pro-Life Trump Admin Officials as Christmas Presents to Promote Abortion
 Judge Who Blocked More Videos Exposing Aborted Baby Part Sales Partners With Planned Parenthood
. Senate Confirms Pro-Life Appeals Court Nominee Don Willett to Federal Appeals Court

More Pro-Life News
 Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Was Almost Aborted Until Martin Luther King Sr. Intervened
 Baby’s Birth One Week Before Legal Abortion Limit Should Change The Abortion Debate
 Couple: Our Child Wouldn’t Be Here Today if a Pro-Life Person Wasn’t Outside the Abortion Clinic
 She Had an Abortion Scheduled, But One Call Changed Everything
 City Wants to Ban Pro-Life People From Praying Outside Abortion Clinics
 15.6 Million Unborn Babies Were Killed in Abortions in India Just One Year, New Report Shows
 Why Would Christians Go Christmas Caroling Outside an Abortion Clinic?
 The Most Pro-Abortion Web Site in the World Just Carried an Article Celebrating Life
 Legislator Challenges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to Public Debate Before He Vetoes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions



By November 2015, 11 undercover videos had already been released by the Center for Medical Process showing that Planned Parenthood had indeed been harvesting fetal body parts.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Activists Send Condoms to Pro-Life Trump Admin Officials as Christmas Presents to Promote Abortion

In a disgusting attempt to promote its abortion agenda, abortion activists sent six pro-life Trump administration officials a box of condoms.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Judge Who Blocked More Videos Exposing Aborted Baby Part Sales Partners With Planned Parenthood

David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) announced Wednesday that they are filing a new motion in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to request the removal of Judge William Orrick.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com
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Senate Confirms Pro-Life Appeals Court Nominee Don Willett to Federal Appeals Court

The Senate voted today to confirm Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Was Almost Aborted Until Martin Luther King Sr. Intervened

Alveda King, the niece of civil rights advocate Martin Luther King Jr., continues her uncle’s legacy by fighting for the rights of unborn babies across the world.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Baby’s Birth One Week Before Legal Abortion Limit Should Change The Abortion Debate

An international debate about late-term abortions is flaring up again because of babies like Arthur Brumby.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com


Couple: Our Child Wouldn’t Be Here Today if a Pro-Life Person Wasn’t Outside the Abortion Clinic

Kirk Barker and his wife, Chass, know that their son would not be alive today if a pro-life advocate had not been outside their local abortion facility 15 years ago.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


She Had an Abortion Scheduled, But One Call Changed Everything

The phone rang at a call center in Columbus, Ohio, this Thanksgiving weekend.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don't have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.


The Most Pro-Abortion Web Site in the World Just Carried an Article Celebrating Life


Legislator Challenges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to Public Debate Before He Vetoes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LifeNews: Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb





LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.
Top Stories Pro-Abortion Alabama Senate Candidate Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore, Planned Parenthood Applauds
 Ohio Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome
 Former Planned Parenthood VP Tina Smith Replaces Disgraced Pro-Abortion Senator Al Franken
. Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closed 32 Clinics in 2017, Runs Fewer Centers Than Ever Before
More Pro-Life News
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Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb
 Biased Committee Recommends Legalizing Unlimited Abortions on Unborn Babies in Ireland
 Doctors Said to Abort Vanellope Because Her Heart Would Be Outside Her Body, But Look at Her Now
 Planned Parenthood Hails Doug Jones Win as Victory Over “Predators,” As It Covers Up Sexual Abuse
 Planned Parenthood Claims There’s “No Difference” Between a Miscarriage and an Abortion
• Even As Media Whine About Trump, Their Hostile Coverage Shows No Let Up
 Planned Parenthood Exposed for Lying About Pro-Life Judicial Nominee Amy Barrett
 CBS Donates 20 Minutes to Pro-Abortion Joe Biden to Lobby for His 2020 Presidential Bid
 Mom of 6-Year-Old With Down Syndrome: It’s Okay if Babies With Down Syndrome are Aborted
 Doctor Spiked Pregnant Girlfriend’s Drink With the Abortion Pill, He Didn’t Want to be a Father
 Irish Pro-Life Group Slams Committee’s “Appalling” Vote for Legalizing Abortion on Demand


Pro-Abortion Alabama Senate Candidate Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore, Planned Parenthood Applauds

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards urged women to keep bragging about aborting their unborn babies to fight the Trump administration’s pro-life policies.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Ohio Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

An Ohio bill to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from abortion passed the state legislature Wednesday.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Former Planned Parenthood VP Tina Smith Replaces Disgraced Pro-Abortion Senator Al Franken

With disgraced pro-abortion Senator Al Franken stepping down from his Senate seat after being exposed of multiple counts of sexual harassment, Minnesota is getting a new Senator. 

Click to Read at LifeNews.com
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Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closed 32 Clinics in 2017, Runs Fewer Centers Than Ever Before

Planned Parenthood loses 27 more facilities in 2017 and is down to 597 in the US.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb

Pennsylvania lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Tuesday to protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions and prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com


Biased Committee Recommends Legalizing Unlimited Abortions on Unborn Babies in Ireland

The biased legislative committee tasked with considering whether or not Ireland should legalize abortion has issued its recommendation.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com


Doctors Said to Abort Vanellope Because Her Heart Would Be Outside Her Body, But Look at Her Now

Little Vanellope Hope Wilkins would not be alive today if her mother had listened to her doctors’ repeated urgings to have an abortion.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Planned Parenthood Hails Doug Jones Win as Victory Over “Predators,” As It Covers Up Sexual Abuse

The abortion chain praised Alabama voters on Tuesday for rejecting a man who allegedly sexually harassed several women, while congratulating his challenger who supports aborting late-term unborn babies.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don't have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Mom of 6-Year-Old With Down Syndrome: It’s Okay if Babies With Down Syndrome are Aborted

Doctor Spiked Pregnant Girlfriend’s Drink With the Abortion Pill, He Didn’t Want to be a Father

Irish Pro-Life Group Slams Committee’s “Appalling” Vote for Legalizing Abortion on Demand

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