Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation December 1, 2015
A Heroine for the 21st Century
By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
It would not be unusual for a woman in her 20s in the 21st century to question what is love. But it is unique that a person of that age would be able to answer that eternal query through her own life story.
Such is the case with Chiara Corbella Petrillo, whose biography of the same name is captivating readers worldwide.
Not once but three times Chiara could have been tempted to abort her baby. Yet, with courage and grace, she managed to say "yes" to life-even when her own life was slipping away from her.
Chiara’s first baby, Maria Grazia Letizia, was anencephalic, a condition in which a major part of the brain, skull and scalp are absent. Advocates of abortion refer to such cases as fetal abnormalities. Chiara and her husband, Enrico, saw her as a blessing. The book describes how Maria died a half hour after being born and baptized.
Despite the heartache of losing a child, the couple hoped to conceive again and did-a baby they named Davide Giovanni. This time, doctors discovered that the unborn child was missing one leg–the other was a stump.
Chiara is quoted as saying, "The first time, with Maria, the Lord asked us: ‘Are you willing to accompany a child even to where I ask you and no further?’ We did, and it was beautiful.
"The second time with Davide, He asked: ‘Are you prepared to accept a disabled child into your family, even one with serious problems?’ Also in that case we said yes, as in response to a gift of grace that had preceded us."
A subsequent ultrasound revealed that Davide was missing kidneys and was unable to breathe properly. He also did not survive.
But a third pregnancy produced a healthy unborn baby. This time, however, Chiara herself became ill, as she battled cancer. Chiara postponed treatments in an effort to prevent putting the baby, who would be named Francesco, at risk. As the authors write, "Chiara did not wish to risk the life of Francesco in order to save her own. It was not enough for her that the dangers to the baby were reduced; she desired that there were none at all."
I will leave the story there, because you owe it to yourself to experience the book for yourself. It is a work that pays homage to the fact that no force on earth is stronger than a mother’s love, and even death cannot overcome it.
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Pennsylvania officials recently discovered unsafe and unsanitary conditions in two Philadelphia abortion centers during special monitoring inspections. The discoveries also include finding the remains of aborted babies stuffed in a closet at a time when the abortion business is under investigation for possibly selling aborted babies’ body parts. Read more here.
Crazed Gunman Kills 3 at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood
A lone gunman holed himself up inside of a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood abortion facility Friday, shooting a dozen people and killing at least three, including a pro-life police officer. The shooter’s motives do not appear to be abortion-related. Pro-life groups quickly condemned the violence after the shooting. Read more here.
Catholic Bishops: ‘Intrinsic Evil’ of Abortion Must Be Opposed
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently updated its guide on political responsibility, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." The new guide emphasizes citizens’ responsibility to oppose abortion and assisted suicide. Read more here.
Give to Help Babies Today for Giving Tuesday
You know about Black Friday, the big shopping day after Thanksgiving. You know about Cyber Monday, the online shopping day.
But have you heard about Giving Tuesday? It’s the day for giving just to make a difference.
You can take part in this special tradition of caring with a gift to the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Fund.
Giving Tuesday is a time to pause and think about what’s most important. It’s a time to take a break from getting deals at the stores and turn our attention to doing good and giving back.
Now you can get involved in supporting our cause to save preborn babies and their moms from abortion. Please support these precious lives with your special Giving Tuesday gift. Click here to give online, or mail a check to the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, 4800 Jonestown Road, Ste. 102, Harrisburg, PA 17109.
New Biography: The Man Behind the Myth that Abortion Is Power
The biography of a former Cosmo magazine writer and sexual revolution advocate reveals how the modern feminist movement became closely connected to the abortion movement. Click here to read Legislative Director Maria Gallagher’s review of "Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement."
Newborn Baby Found in
NYC Church Nativity Scene
Last week, a Queens church custodian found a newborn baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached lying in the manger of his church Nativity scene. The baby was just 5 pounds, but he was taken to the hospital where he is doing well. Read more here.
CDC: Abortions Down to Historic Low since Roe v. Wade
Abortion rates in the U.S. continue to fall thanks to the work of millions of pro-life advocates all across the country. The CDC recently released its 2012 abortion report, showing that about 31,000 babies’ lives were saved from abortions, in comparison to the previous year. Read more here.
Looking for a Bus to the March for Life? Contact Us
The 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C. will be held on Friday, Jan. 22 this year. Dozens of buses from all across Pennsylvania will be traveling to the March. Please consider attending this important event.
To find a bus in your area, contact our office at 717-541-0034 or email [email protected] And check back soon for details about local pro-life events happening in January across Pennsylvania.
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ABC Show ‘Scandal’ Plays ‘Silent Night’
as Main Character Aborts Her Baby
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Abortionist Kneels on Sidewalk, Thanks God She Can Abort Babies
Pro-life protesters in Chicago videotaped a disturbing moment recently when an abortionist knelt down on the sidewalk beside the photo of an aborted baby and thanked God for abortions. Read more here.
9 Abortion Workers Quit during Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign
Leaders of 40 Days for Life prayer campaigns across the U.S. report that at least nine abortion center workers quit their jobs during the fall campaign. Read more here.
Dems Complain about Money for Planned Parenthood Investigation
Pro-abortion Democrats attacked Republicans for giving $300,000 to a Congressional panel that will begin investigating whether abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood are illegally selling aborted babies’ body parts and changing abortion procedures to harvest them. The same Democrats also are fighting to keep taxpayer funding of the abortion business, which receives about $550 million annually. Read more here.
Run for LIFE in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon
Help the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Education Fund save precious lives by participating in "Dick’s Pittsburgh Marathon." Sign up to run at PittsburghMarathon.com and then click here to join our team, and press the BIG YELLOW DONATE BUTTON to save lives!
Go ahead, don’t be shy! Click the Button and Help Save Precious Babies, so one day they can run in this great race too! We are running for LIFE on May 1, 2016 in Pittsburgh! Please join us for this great cause to help those who are most vulnerable.
For more information, please contact Betty Berry at [email protected]
FROM AROUND THE STATE
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:
ERIE MARCH FOR LIFE — 11 a.m., Saturday, January 9. Begins at Perry Square and concludes by 12:30 p.m. with a brief memorial service in West Perry Square.
ERIE PEOPLE FOR LIFE 38TH ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BREAKFAST — 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. January 16, 2016 at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier Erie. Special guest speaker is Steven Mosher, President, Population Research Institute. For details, click here.
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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