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Pennsylvania Pro-Life Online News from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

A twice-monthly publication of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation/4800 Jonestown Rd., Suite 102/Harrisburg, PA/17109/717-541-0034.

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Have You Signed the Petition Against FOCA Yet?

If you haven’t, please make a resolution to sign the petition today! We need your help to stop the radical Freedom of Choice Act, which would wipe out virtually all limits on abortion, including Pennsylvania’s landmark Abortion Control Act. That would mean no more parental consent, informed consent, or 24-hour waiting periods for abortion. It would also mean the return of the heinous practice of partial-birth abortion. You can sign our online petition against FOCA at . Please make sure you share the link with your pro-life friends and family members as well.

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Women at the Forefront of the Battle Against Abortion

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Join Us at the March for Life!

Be sure to join your friends from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation at the annual March for Life January 22nd in Washington, D.C. The march is more important than ever, given the fact that the Obama Administration is threatening to push forward a pro-abortion agenda in the new year. If you need more information about the march, please visit .

Women at the Forefront of the Battle Against Abortion
When the annual March for Life kicks off in Washington, D.C. later this month, women will be at the forefront, according to Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Director Maria Vitale. You can read her column about women taking the lead in the pro-life movement at .

Abortions Down Slightly in PA in 2007

The number of abortions performed in Pennsylvania in 2007 dropped slightly from the previous year’s totals, according to figures just released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The total in 2007 was 36,663, down 0.2 percent from the number that occurred in 2006. African-American women underwent about 39 percent of the abortions, while Hispanic women accounted for about six percent of the total. The single largest age group was the 20 to 24-year-old category, accounting for about 34 percent of all abortions. The vast majority of abortions occurred in seven counties–Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lehigh, and Philadelphia. About 45 percent of abortions were performed on women who had already had at least one abortion–in some cases, more than four. You can find the abortion statistics at .

Eliminating Hyde Amendment Could Drastically Increase Abortions

The head of Louisiana Right to Life says that eliminating the federal Hyde Amendment could result in a rapid rise in the number of abortions performed in the U.S. The amendment, which was enacted in 1976, restricts taxpayer funding of abortion through the Medicaid program. To learn more about the amendment and the threat posed against it, go to .

Pro-Life Presentation for Catholic Churches Now Available

If you are a member of a Catholic church looking for a pro-life presentation, be sure to contact Education Director Maria Vitale. She’s developed a PowerPoint presentation that offers a distinctly Catholic approach to stopping abortion. If you’d like to schedule the presentation for your church or RCIA class, please contact Maria at 717-541-0034 or via e-mail at [email protected] . There is no charge for the presentation. Free will donations to the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation are accepted.

Church Bulletin Inserts for January

If you’d like to have pro-life bulletin inserts for your church this January, you have a couple of different options. If you’d like to buy a quantity of glossy inserts, you can find order information at . If you’d rather have a free black and white insert in Microsoft Word that you can easily copy for your congregation, send an e-mail to [email protected] , letting us know whether you’d like the 8-1/2 by 11 inch size or the half-size for your bulletins. Bulletin inserts are a fantastic way to educate your church members about the pro-life cause and to mobilize more support for your pro-life efforts in your church community.

Attention PA Students–Enter Our Contests!

Pennsylvania students can win cash prizes in the 2009 Pennsylvania Pro-Life Essay and Oratory Contests. The deadline for essay entries is March 1. The oratory contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. Students compete in a regional contest in March or April; the top two finishers in each regional contest then go on to the state contest in Harrisburg April 26th. For complete rules for the essay and oratory contests, go to the Breaking News section of our home page at

Dr. Alveda King to Speak in Berks County

Dr. Alveda C. King, author, civil rights activist, and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, will speak at Shepherd of the Hills Church on Saturday evening, January 24, at 7 p.m. Her talk is entitled, "Keeping the Dream Alive." There will be a Q & A time following her presentation, with refreshments to follow the meeting. There will also be a book table for those interested. Dr. King will also speak at the Sunday morning worship services on January 25, at 8 & 10:30 a.m.
Shepherd of the Hills is located about 4 miles from Boyertown, PA. on Hoffmansville Road. The church phone is 610-754-6446. For more information, visit .

Chapter Information from Around the State

Erie March & Motorcade for Life–January 10 at 11 a.m. Begins at Perry Square in downtown Erie and will conclude with a memorial service conducted by community religious leaders. The service is expected to conclude at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 814-459-1333.

Erie People for Life: 31st Annual Pro-Life Prayer Breakfast; January 17 at 9 a.m.; Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center. Special guest speaker, Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of National Review Magazine and author of "The Party of Death." For more information, call 814-459-1333.
Pro-Life of Mercer County–Annual Pro-Life Breakfast; January 17th at 9 a.m. at the Hickory VFW Banquet Center, featuring Michael Clancy, the photojournalist who took the amazing photo of an unborn child, Baby Samuel, reaching out from his mother’s womb. For tickets, call 724-662-0890.

Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life–Annual Respect Life Prayer Breakfast; January 31st in St. Mary’s Center in Scranton. Keynote speaker is Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries for women and men who’ve suffered the pain of abortion. Members of PHL will receive notice of the breakfast in early January. Others should phone 570-343-5099 for reservations.
Live in Southeast PA? Contact SE Regional Coordinator Heather Wilson to find out more about joining a chapter in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, or Philadelphia County. You can reach Heather by phone at 610-480-8743 or by e-mail at [email protected] .

Live in the Southwest? If you’d like to become involved in a chapter, contact Southwest Regional Coordinator Bryce McMinn, who set up a regional office in Washington County. Here’s his contact information: Bryce C. McMinn, Southwest Regional Coordinator; Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation; 74 Oak Spring Road, Suite 101; Washington, PA 15301; Work Phone: 724-228-1162; Cell Phone: 412-835-2812; E-Mail: [email protected] .

For a complete list of chapters, go to .