Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation June 16, 2015
47 Babies Killed by Gosnell Are Buried in Unmarked Grave
By Micaiah Bilger, Education Director
A tiny blue silk flower is the only marker that memorializes the gravesite of 47 babies who lost their lives at the hands of notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Pro-lifers recently discovered that the City of Philadelphia cremated and buried the babies more than a year ago in an unmarked plot at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.
On June 10, some of our staff joined about 60 people at the gravesite for the first memorial service to honor and remember these tiny victims of Kermit Gosnell.
The burial and memorial of the 47 babies is something that many pro-lifers have been attempting to do for years.
After Gosnell’s trial, several pro-life and religious groups attempted to claim the babies’ bodies to give them a proper burial; but the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office denied their requests.
In June 2013, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office revealed that it planned to cremate and bury the babies’ bodies but did not say where. Until now, no one knew.
Read more here.
Senate Confirms Secretary of State Linked to Gosnell
The Pennsylvania Senate recently confirmed Pedro Cortes as the Secretary of State amid lingering concerns about his link to abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Cortes previously served as the head of the Department of State when it failed to take action against Gosnell. Read more here.
Three Hollywood Legends Had Abortions, Experienced Regret
Hollywood is filled with the sad aftermath of abortion, and it has been for a long time. Click here to read our Legislative Director Maria Gallagher’s latest column.
ANNOUNCING: Our 2015 Celebrate Life Banquet
We are thrilled to announce the details about our statewide 2015 Celebrate Life Banquet!
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Pittsburgh for an evening of pro-life inspiration. Our special guest speakers will be Ruth Graham, the daughter of Billy Graham, and her daughter Windsor Bauders. Ruth and Windsor will share how their family faced two teenage pregnancies — while being related to one of the most famous religious leaders in the world.
Please register today – or consider becoming a sponsor. For details, click here.
We hope to see you there!
Miss Piggy Says She
In a bizarre event, a feminist group awarded the Muppet character Miss Piggy with an award. Read more here.
Groups Protest Professor who Wants to Euthanize Babies
Disability right advocates from Pennsylvania and New Jersey held a protest at Princeton University this month to call for Professor Peter Singer’s resignation. Singer advocates for the euthanasia of disabled babies. Read more here.
Did You Know …
Abortions are dropping to historic lows in Pennsylvania and all across the United States, according to a new report. Read more here.
New Issue of Our PA Pro-Life Newspaper Is Here!
Put the new issue of our PA pro-life newspaper on your summer reading list. Our Summer 2015 LifeLines is full of the latest pro-life news and information from across the state. Read the inspiring first-place essays from our student contest, learn the latest in our work to curb the growing threat of assisted suicide, find information about post-abortion healing programs, and learn how our state alternatives to abortion program is saving lives.
Read LifeLines online here, or request a free print copy by contacting us at [email protected] or 717-541-0034.
Pregnant and Homeless, Teen Becomes Valedictorian
It’s stories like Trameka Pope’s that prove that there is always hope, even in the darkest of times. When Pope was in eighth grade, she was pregnant and homeless. This spring, she graduated as a proud mother and valedictorian of her class. Read her amazing story here.
A Plea from the Son of a Euthanized Belgium Woman
Tom Mortier knew his mother was depressed. But when his mother requested and was granted euthanasia, he didn’t find out until after she was dead. Read more here.
Free Church Bulletin Inserts for 4th of July
We are offering free pro-life church bulletin inserts for the 4th of July weekend. The bulletin inserts remind church-goers that our forefathers established our right to life as founding principle of our nation. They encourage people to pray and become involved in restoring the right to life for preborn babies.
These color inserts are available in full- or half-sheet sizes. To request the free bulletin inserts, contact our office at 717-541-0034 or [email protected]
Paramedic Becomes Pro-Life after Seeing Miscarried Baby
David Baxter and his wife always debated abortion. She was pro-life, and he was pro-choice. Then Baxter, a paramedic, witnessed the tragic miscarriage of a 17-week baby. Read more here.
Pro-Life Institute Set for June 25 in Carlisle
Saint Gabriel Respect Life Ministry’s Pro-Vita Institute will conduct a program focused on the defense of human life in our nation. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church Parish Activity Center, Carlisle.
Speakers will include our Legislative Director Maria Gallagher, who will give a presentation on "Defending Life in Public Policy." The cost is $10 and includes lunch and reading materials. For more information, contact Patty at [email protected] or Gabriel at [email protected]
National Pro-Life Convention Is July 9-11 in New Orleans
The line-up at this year’s National Right to Life Convention is full of names you’ll recognize. Pro-life celebrities and presidential candidates will be among the speakers at the national pro-life convention on July 9-11 in New Orleans.
The keynote speakers at the prayer breakfast are Duck Dynasty’s Alan, Lisa and Miss Kay Robertson. Candidates Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Hon. Rick Santorum also are confirmed guests at the convention.
The annual convention also includes dozens of workshops led by pro-life experts. For details, click here.
CHAPTER INFORMATION FROM AROUND THE STA TE
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is made up of more than 40 volunteer chapters all across the state. Check out our chapters’ upcoming events and consider getting involved:
LAKE CITY VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY CARNIVAL – June 18 to 20 visit the outreach booth by People for Life of Erie
CORRY FEST – June 19 to 21 visit the outreach booth by People for Life of Erie
CREATION FESTIVAL – June 24 to 27 visit the outreach booth by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
GATHERING AT FRENCH CREEK – July 10 and 11 visit the outreach booth by People for Life of Erie
NORTH EAST FIREMEN’S CHERRY FESTIVAL – July 15 to 19 visit the outreach booth by People for Life of Erie
LYCOMING COUNTY FAIR — July 16 to 25 visit the outreach booth by the Susquehanna Valley Pennsylvanians for Human Life
SHIPPENSBURG FAIR – July 20 to 25 visit the outreach booth by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Attention Pro-Lifers in Carbon, Franklin
and Schuylkill Counties
Here is your chance to get involved now in helping organize a brand new pro-life chapter in your own area to make a difference for LIFE. If you have ever thought that you should be more active in the pro-life movement, but you don’t have the time to go to places where the action is, here’s your lucky break!
Residents of Schuylkill and Carbon Counties are invited to a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, to lay the groundwork for a new two-county chapter of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Help us build an organization that will become a strong force for LIFE in the region. The meeting will be held at the Simon Kramer Cancer Institute, 15 Alliance Street, New Philadelphia. No advance registration. For details, contact Dr. David Moylan in New Philadelphia at 570-277-6218 or Michael Ciccocioppo in Harrisburg at [email protected] or 717-541-0034.
Franklin County residents are invited to a meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. Local organizers believe it is time for Franklin County to form a new chapter of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. There are high expectations for this chapter to become a dynamic channel for pro-life education and advocacy in the county. The meeting will be held at Merge Ministries/Abednego Coffee Roasters, 540 E. Washington St., Chambersburg. Full espresso bar at 5:30 p.m. No advance registration. For details, please contact Jeff Myers in Franklin County at [email protected] or Michael Ciccocioppo in Harrisburg at [email protected] or 717-541-0034.
For more pro-life events in your area, click here. For a complete list of chapters, click here.
Live in Southeast PA? Contact SE Regional Coordinator Carla Ezell to find out more about joining a chapter in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, or Philadelphia County. You can reach Carla by e-mail at [email protected] If you live in another part of the state and you’d like to get involved in a local chapter, contact Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo at [email protected] or by phone at 717-541-0034.
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