Jun 192013
 

by Tony Perkins | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/24/1310:45 AM

Dr. Anthony Levatino understands plenty about post-abortion grief. When the Ob/Gyn lost his little girl in a car accident, the man who had performed as many as 1,200 abortions said he couldn’t finish another one without getting sick.

“For the first time after all those years… I didn’t see her wonderful right to choose; I didn’t see what a great doctor I was helping her with her problem. All I could see was somebody’s son or daughter,” he said quietly.

Today, Dr. Levantino brings that passion and emotion to the debate over abortion–most recently in his testimony this morning for Rep. Trent Franks’s (R-Ariz.) fetal pain bill. In a roomful of people, the longtime doctor explained with stomach-turning clarity the reality of abortion.

“Imagine,” he said, “if you can, that you are a pro-choice obstetrician/gynecologist like I once was… and [your patient] is asleep on an operating room table.”

In graphic detail, he described the instruments he would use on women who, at 24 weeks, had already felt their babies kicking. Dr. Levatino talked about a specialized clamp, whose wide jaws and rows of sharp metal teeth were for “grasping and crushing tissue.” “When it gets a hold of something,” Dr. Anthony Levatino warns, “it does not let go.”

I won’t go into the horrific details, but Dr. Levatino makes it quite clear that “If you refuse to believe that this procedure inflicts severe pain on that unborn child, please think again.”

Under Rep. Franks’ bill, America would at least outlaw this inhumanity when babies can feel pain, at 20 weeks. Eleven states have similar laws, but Franks’ H.R. 1797 would extend nationwide.

Jill Stanek, a nurse who helped expose infanticide in U.S. hospitals, testified on the hypocrisy of the abortion movement. Why is it, she asks, that premature babies “are routinely given pain relief who are born at the same age as babies who are torn limb from limb?” “The World Health Organization,” she told the Committee, “goes so far as to recommend analgesia for preemies getting simple heel pricks for a couple drops of blood.” Do people think that “babies marked for abortion are somehow numb, while their wanted counterparts aren’t”?

Dr. Maureen Condic, an expert on pain science, gave a lengthy background on the medical facts of these babies’ suffering.

“Imposing pain on any pain-capable living creature is cruelty,” she told leaders. “And ignoring the pain experience by another human individual for any reason is barbaric.”

Based on the latest polling data, an overwhelming majority of Americans agree. Sixty-four percent of the country said they would support a law like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act–including 47% who identify as “pro-choice.” They understand, as Trent said, “We’re not trying to subjugate women or restrict freedom. We’re trying to protect children.” It’s time Americans stopped trying to numb their consciences and started focusing on the real pain of abortion.

Urge your Congressman to help by backing H.R. 1797.

Jun 192013
 

KingDr. Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, spent a whirlwind two days in our area this past May 6th  & 7th.   Hundreds of people came out to hear her as she appeared at six different venues in two days.  She was originally invited by the Respect Life Committee of St. Peter Church to present for “Life, Love & Sexuality – The Series” on the topic of Post Abortion Healing – which she accepted.  To make the most of her time here five other locations were added.   Monday included a luncheon at the Blue Café with local clergy and educators.  Immediately following that, Bishop Shanahan High School’s Pro-Life Club was her host for a well-received program, titled “Can You Hear Me Now”?  It was attended by students, teachers and members of the community.   The Presentation at St. Peter Church, “Healing the Woman, Healing the Family, Healing the Land” took place Monday evening and was attended by close to 200 people.

After a well-deserved rest, Dr. King rose early on Tuesday, May 7th to speak at a breakfast hosted by the Minister’s Alliance of Coatesville & Vicinity.  Coordinated by Rev. Lorraine Acey with help from members of the Alliance, it was another well-attended event that included vibrant prayer, hymns and a delicious breakfast at the Hutchison UAME Church.   That was followed by a brief stop at Planned Parenthood in West Chester during the time abortions were taking place.  A large crowd that included students from St. Agnes School, greeted Dr. King there as she prayed forcefully for the babies, mothers, the staff and volunteers of Planned Parenthood.   She gave a brief history lesson to the students about William Wilberforce as the visit ended with all singing “Amazing Grace”.  One last stop before heading to the airport was the Chester County School for At Risk Kids, where she spoke with great empathy and love to the boys and girls in that facility.

At each location, Dr. King was extremely warm and personable and gladly posed for pictures with anyone who wanted.  She was a real trooper and was pretty exhausted as she left us to head back to Atlanta.

One last note:  Arrangements for Dr. King’s visit were made through Priests for Life, where she is a Pastoral Associate and Director for African American Outreach.  There was no fee charged – only expenses with a request for donations to either Priests for Life or Dr. King’s own foundation, King for America.  Donations can be sent to either King for America, 3695 F Cascade Rd., #307, Atlanta, GA 30331 or Priests for Life, P.O. Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314 (note Trip #10243).

Jun 192013
 

The following table lists the number of surgical  abortions committed in Chester County over the past 5 years and the facilities at which they were performed.  The source for these numbers is the PA Dept. of Health.

Facility
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Paoli Hospital

5

1

3

6

2

Phoenixville Hospital

23

8

21

12

11

Planned Parenthood- West Chester

992

1126

1192

1035

1056

Jun 192013
 

6/27 – 9 am to 1:30 pm

Mary, Mother of the Redeemer

North Wales, PA

Training to prepare ministers to offer  comprehensive support to parents carrying to term following a poor prenatal diagnosis

For more info: srschipa@adphila.org or 215-587-3530.

Jun 192013
 

WASHINGTON, DC (USCCB) – The second annual Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, and will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. As with last year’s Fortnight, the event will begin and end with a special Mass.

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, will open the 2013 Fortnight for Freedom by celebrating Mass at Baltimore’s historic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, scheduled for June 21 at 7 p.m. EDT. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington will celebrate the closing Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on July 4 at 12 p.m. EDT.

“The need for prayer, education, and action in defense of religious liberty has never been greater,” explained Archbishop Lori. “The Fortnight for Freedom exists to meet that need. This year’s Fortnight occurs just weeks before August 1, when the administration’s mandate coercing us to violate our deeply-held beliefs will be enforced against most religious non-profits.”

“During the Fortnight the Supreme Court’s decisions on the definition of marriage will likely be handed down as well. Those decisions could have a profound impact on religious freedom for generations to come.”

Further details about the Fortnight are available at www.usccb.org.

The site hosts resources such as one-page fact sheets outlining current threats to religious freedom both in the United States and abroad; frequently asked questions about religious liberty, including quotes from the Founding Fathers, the Second Vatican Council and Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI; and a study guide on Dignitatis Humanae, Vatican II’s document on religious liberty.

The website also lists sample activities already planned in several dioceses, an image gallery of photos from last year’s Fortnight celebrations, as well as resources and recommendations for other local efforts, such as prayers for use in special liturgies.

Jun 192013
 

Generation Life

2nd  Annual Banquet

Saturday June 22nd 2013  6 pm,\ to 8:30 pm

Plymouth Country Club

888 Plymouth Rd

Plymouth Meeting PA 19462

Join Generation Life and friends for a night of celebration of love and life.

For any questions please contact: Emily Ortiz at eortiz@generationlife.org or visit our websitewww.generationlife.org

Jun 192013
 

EVENTS IN JUNE

3    Helpers of God’s Precious Infants  (see “Monthly”)

22   Generation Life Banquet

29   Be Not Afraid Peer Ministry Training **

 

EVENTS IN JULY

6     Helpers of God’s Precious Infants  (see “Monthly”)

12    CCVA concert **

EVENTS IN AUGUST

3    Helpers of God’s Precious Infants  (see “Monthly”)