Is abortion right, or is it wrong? It’s the big question that’s lost in a societal debate that’s mostly focused on legality. But, really, whether it’s right or wrong is the most important question about abortion.
Hillary Clinton has promised that any justices she appoints to the Supreme Court will be pro-abortion. Donald Trump has promised that any justices he appoints will be pro-life. The age and health of the present justices make it likely that there will likely be three or four openings to be filled in the next four years.
At a speech to the Women in the World Conference in April 2015, Hillary Clinton argued, “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care (aka. abortion) and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” In order to expand worldwide access to abortion, she suggested that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
A Hillary Clinton victory would virtually guarantee that none of us will live to see the end of the scourge of abortion in our country.
In order to have a chance at overturning Roe v. Wade or passing any pro-life legislation we need a pro-life president and pro-life legislatures. All of the Republican candidates who would represent Chester County in Washington are pro-life; all of the Democrats are pro-abortion. Please think of the babies when you vote.
On Saturday, September 10th, Pro-Life Americans will honor the memory of the millions of unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance.
Noon Mass will be celebrated at St. John Fisher Church
4225 Chichester Avenue, Upper Chichester, Pa., 19061
Immediately following Mass, An Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, 1701 Market Street, Upper Chichester, Pa., 19061
(For more information visit ABORTIONMEMORIALS.COM)
There is an organization based in Arlington, Virginia called Crossroads which was founded in 1995 by Steve Sanborn, then a student at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. The now-international organization was launched in response to a call by St. John Paul II during World Youth Day in Denver in 1993 — that youth around the globe take an active role in the pro-life movement “to establish a culture of life.”
For several years, the organization has sponsored three simultaneous pro-life walks/pilgrimages across the United States; a fourth takes place in Canada.
This year’s three U.S. walks — northern, central and southern — started May 21-22 in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. The U.S. walkers ended their sojourn Aug. 11-12 in Washington, with a pro-life rally on Aug. 13.
One of our local pro-lifers, Briana Zembruski, a May graduate of Franciscan University, a Catholic school in Steubenville, Ohio, said she was moved to participate in the walk by encounters with women who had undergone abortions.
She recalled attending a pro-life rally in front of a clinic where abortions were performed when she was in high school. She saw a childhood friend going in.
“Now, I’m walking for people like that,” Zembruski said.
This is a community event which will be held on September 18th in downtown West Chester from 12:00PM to 5:30PM. The Chester County Pro-life Coalition will have a booth which will enable us to get the pro-life message to a wider audience. There is a need for volunteers to support this effort. For info call David Walsh 610-304-2851 – Cell
“UNITED” 40 DAYS FOR LIFE
SEPT 28TH TO NOV 6TH 8 AM TO 8 PM
8 S. WAYNE ST, WEST CHESTER, PA.
America is at a crossroads and the second half of 2016 provides an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the end of abortion. Many good people are still not aware of the plight of the unborn and the impact abortion has on our country. When our country was unraveling in our past history, our forefathers turned to prayer.
This Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign is uniting all 50 of the United States simultaneously in prayer, fasting and public witnessing. All 50 states have previously held campaigns contributing to the saving of 11,796+ babies but never before have all 50 states participated in one campaign.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE KICKOFF RALLY
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH 12:30 PM to 2 PM
COVENANT FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
1 FELLOWSHIP DRIVE, GLEN MILLS, PA
All are welcome to share in a pizza lunch. Videos and testimonies to educate and share the joys of choosing life. Your attendance will encourage others to step up and witness and pray in front of Planned Parenthood.
4th ANNUAL “EARLY MIDWAY” BABY SHOWER AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD
SATURDAY,OCTOBER 1ST 10 AM TO 2 PM
Twenty years ago, on August 6, 1996, Planned Parenthood of West Chester began destroying unborn children on 8th S. Wayne St. For 20 years, and continuing to the present, every Tuesday an entire classroom of children are obliterated at the West Chester’s Planned Parenthood abortion facility. This Planned Parenthood is responsible for the deaths of over 20,000 children and counting.
Ironically, the borough of West Chester’s population consistently averages out to be approximately 20,000 residents. These two statistics gives a visual conception of the loss this particular Planned Parenthood is perpetrating upon our nation.
By putting our concern in action, our baby shower brings attention to some of the joys of life. From 10 AM to 2 PM we will be walking with baby strollers and balloons celebrating life in front of Planned Parenthood. Stop by and walk with us and help us fill up the strollers.
Also, please, encourage your churches and organizations to participate in this event. Dollar Store items are more than welcome. Also, larger size diapers are always in need. Used clothing items up to age 4 is also a blessing. If you are collecting items, I am more than willing to come and pick them up at your convenience anytime or place if you cannot visit PP on Saturday. All proceeds are shared with Chester County Women Services, Birthright in West Chester and Birthright in Coatesville.
40 Days for Life is always aided by pregnancy centers in so many ways. This is a great way to show our appreciation and help lighten their burdens in their helping of the mothers and babies. Rain or shine we will be there.
COLUMBUS DAY OCTOBER 10th 8 AM to 8 PM
Men of faith have been an intricate part of the success of 40 Days for life since its inception. Their visibility from organizations such as the Knight’s of Columbus, King’s Men, and all who profess the Gospel of Life have had a tremendous success in saving the lives of many unborn children.
CLOSING — 57 MEMORIAL WHITE CROSSES
Nov 6th @ 2 PM ST AGNES CHURCH
To reach as many people as possible at this crucial time in the history of the United States, 40 Days For Life will close this Fall Campaign by carrying the 57 white Memorial crosses though the borough of West Chester stopping at the old courthouse.
We will gather in the back parking lot of St. Agnes’ Catholic Church, 233 W. Gay St. at 2 PM.
Each person will be asked to carry one white cross representing 1 million babies lost to abortion. We will be processing in silence giving reverence to those lost to abortion and praying in thanksgiving for the opportunities that we have to offer help and hope to women in crisis pregnancies and to pray for those who regret their involvement with an abortion as there is hope and healing for them also
We will conclude the procession at the Knight of Columbus Hall, 110 W. Market Street. A light lunch will be served in appreciation for your participation in 40 Days and making this Memorial Procession possible.
This is a great event to invite those that have not yet participated in a 40 Days for Life event as they will have the opportunity to meet other people who have a concern for the unborn and their families. All are welcome.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE WEBSITE
IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO AS YET, PLEASE SIGN UP ON 40daysforlife.com/chestercounty where all the updates and podcasts are available to you. If possible log in your planned vigil hours. God Bless and continue to pray for the success of this Fall Campaign.
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In memory of God’s Precious Children who have died through abortion. Each week, hundreds of tiny pre-born babies are killed by abortion in the Delaware Valley
An Ecumenical Memorial Service will be held on
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.
ST. MONICA CEMETERY
Old Lancaster Road, Berwyn, PA
(Near the Daylesford Train Station)
Please bring a flower to place at the cemetery symbolizing each life not allowed to unfold.
(For additional information, please call Mary Dressler 610-644-0614.)
Nationally acclaimed, Jesse Romero, will be speaking on Sunday, October 23, 2016
at St. Peter Church, 2835 Manor Rd., West Brandywine, PA 19320.
The topic: “Moral Relativism” – the root cause that feeds the culture of death. Jesse will address current moral and cultural issues.
There will be two presentations:
4:00 pm for adults
7:00 pm for teens.
Jesse is a full-time bilingual Catholic Lay Evangelist, who is nationally acclaimed for his dynamic, upbeat Christ centered preaching. His preaching apostolate is “On Fire Evangelization.” Jesse is a resident of Arizona and a retired Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff.
The presentations are free and no reservations are required.
The program is sponsored by the Respect Life Committee as part of their “Life, Love & Sexuality Series”.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will be dedicating the new shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe (the patroness of the Pro-Life movement) at 10 am on October 22 on the grounds of Malvern Retreat house.
The following table shows the deaths that have taken place at the West Chester Planned Parenthood facility since they began committing abortions in 1996.
|Year||Number of abortions|
(Source: Pa. Dept of Health)
It has been said that, “one man’s death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” As the number of tragedies increases, at some point, our minds become saturated and we have difficulty comprehending. The 57 million babies who have been killed since the Roe v. Wade decision fall into that category.
Even when thinking about it locally, it is overwhelming. The above table shows, year-by-year, the number of babies that have been killed at the West Chester office of Planned Parenthood. The number, 18,903, still boggles the mind.
If we consider a single average week, 19 babies are killed at the West Chester Planned Parenthood. That is the equivalent of the Sandy Hook classroom shooting happening every Tuesday morning. John Donne famously said, “Every man’s death diminishes me.” We are all diminished by these 19 deaths – every week. They are 19 holes in the fabric of our lives – every week. What is an appropriate response?
We pray for the babies, their parents and our community We ask God for the grace of repentance and healing for all of us. The following are two responses to the deaths:
Helpers of God’s Precious Infants
One response to the killings is provided by the Helpers of God’ Precious Infants. On the First Saturday of each month at St. Agnes Church, West Chester. The 8:00 a.m. Mass is dedicated to the Pro-Life cause. It is followed by a Rosary Pilgrimage to Planned Parenthood. After which, there is a short meeting in the school cafeteria.
Helpers praying in front of Planned Parenthood in May
Another response to the killing is provided by the Forty Days for Life group. They organize two campaigns a year where they maintain a prayerful presence in front of Planned Parenthood for twelve hours each day for 40 days. Their fall camaign will be starting on September 28.
Part of the campaign will include a baby shower to collect baby clothes for Birthright and Chester County Women’s services. Please start collecting what you can.