By: Tom Stevens, President and CEO, Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia
There is a battle raging. It often remains quiet—at least unnoticed—by the general public. But, right now it is hard to miss. This is probably a good thing. Because when someone flicks a light on, it’s easier to see the reality. Currently it’s harder to ignore the fight for the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of all life. Regular folks are realizing something is happening. As PA State Rep. Kathy Rapp, chair of the PA Pro-Life Caucus, quoted during the caucus meeting I attended on May 13, “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). There is a clear line drawn—Culture of Life or Culture of Death. The time for being a spectator is over—people must choose.
PA Rep. Brian Sims has been harassing Sidewalk Servants for years at Planned Parenthood 12th & Locust. He did it to me twice on two separate occasions during the spring 40 Days campaign. He just never posted videos of himself before. He flicked the light on himself! We continue to ask the state house and senate to take action against his despicable behavior.
On the other hand, Governor Wolf tried to keep us in the dark before the Rally for “Reproductive Rights” he hosted on May 31 in Ambler, PA. His office didn’t announce it until late in the day one day before the rally. But, a pro-lifer gave us a call, and we were able to send out a quick couple email blasts, post on social media, and make some calls. They had approximately one hundred abortion supporters, while we gathered 40 pro-lifers there with a giant sign that said, “The unborn are Americans, too!” There were also signs proclaiming “Abortion Kills Children” and “Abortion Hurts Women.” There is a clear divide, even in Ambler, PA. We’re going to constantly shine a light on the illogical myth-speak of the “reproductive rights” agenda!
This month two abortion-tempted women moved into Guiding Star Maternity Home (GSM) in urgent situations. One chose life; the other was scheduled for an abortion last week. We don’t win them all. I came home and wept while telling my wife, Ann, after being at GSM to talk to the family who was choosing abortion. They couldn’t see the path to choose life, despite all the help we gave and offered. Pray for every person who works in a pregnancy resource center or maternity home, as they are on the life or death front lines.
Happy Father’s Day to all fathers. We are in awe of you and honor the significant and unique role fathers actively play in children’s lives. Thank you for being there, for your strength, and for protecting and providing for your children.
Thank you to all our financial supporters, and particularly this month to those across the U.S. who responded to Joe Garecht’s GoFundMe Campaign and raised $129,000. We are using all the money to the fight for the unborn, to protect, educate, and help both moms and babies.
WHAT CAN HELP WIN THE BATTLE? Become financially involved or continue your support, become involved by volunteering as a sidewalk servant, on a Pro-Life Union Team, or at our office. Start a pro-life group at your church or school. Write letters to those in public office. Talk about pro-life issues with your neighbors and friends. The time is now. The lights are on. What mindset will prevail?
(Article from the Pro-Life Union’s June 2019 newsletter update.)