Happy 4th of July - July 1, 2013
Happy 4th of July Everyone,
          This time of year is always such a great time to remember all the values and principles this country stands for; it's also a wonderful time to celebrate our rights, freedoms and all of our life affirming accomplishments.
          Just recently I have been delighted to hear of the many laws being passed nationwide.  Leaders everywhere are risking their popularity by voting to create laws that protect human life.  Over 20 states have now passed laws banning the use of taxes for abortions and many still are attempting to pass laws banning abortions after the 20th week.  These are definitely things we should be grateful for.
          As these laws continue to be passed, however,  let our gratitude never surpass our understanding that we must never stop until every human life, young or old, is considered sacred.  Let us understand that these laws are mere stepping stones towards the complete abolishment of abortion and euthanasia in our country. It is because of people like you that this will one day be a reality.

God bless you and happy 4th of July!

HarveyWith Brotherly Love,

Harvey Arellano

Philly Pro-Life President


In This Issue
Heather's Headline
Did you know
Guest Spotlight
Movie of the Month
Letter from the editor
Kids for Life

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Heather's Headline...

Real Alternatives for Real People 
          On June 17th, Pennsylvania opted out of elective abortion coverage in its state health insurance exchange by signing into law HB 818. Medical coverage through this type of ObamaCare exchange won't begin until January of 2014, but more than 20 states have already enacted similar legislation to guard against tax dollars paying for abortions. HB 818, which still covers abortions in cases of rape, incest, or risk to the life of the mother, received bipartisan support in both the State House and Senate.


          Pro-Life Senator Tim Solobay was one of the 6 Democrats in the Senate who stood behind HB 818. He believes that the measures is in line with existing PA laws that already prohibit state and federal funds from paying for abortions. As Solobay's legislative director Hannah Walsh put it, "this is nothing new." Pennsylvania has a record of common-sense legal restrictions on abortion access and funding; HB 818 adds to that record.


          It's worth mentioning that although PA tax dollars won't be funding abortions, they will be supporting women who face unplanned pregnancies. Since 1993, Pennsylvania's "Alternatives to Abortion" program has received public funding to promote life-affirming choices in the state. The program, administered by Real Alternatives, connects women with free counseling, parenting classes, food, clothing, furniture, housing, financial assistance, career support, and other key services. Visit realalternatives.org to learn more.





Heather Wilson

Did you know...

Do the Math      

Did you know that since the legalization of abortion in 1973, there has been approximately 50 million abortions performed in the United States?


About 1.21 million abortions are performed each year. This amounts to 3322 abortions per day!


How many per minute?  Give up?  The answer is more than 2.3 children die each minute. 


Guest Spotlight...

 Blessings in a Bottle


          I say that I have been called to give my heart, my soul, and my voice to the Pro-Life movement. A colleague and I started a committee in our small parish. The road that we chose has not been an easy one, and we have been met with opposition at every turn, including securing members to our cause to support Pro-Life. Our goal is to be pro-active in our actions. Our committee recently ran a baby bottle drive to raise money to support the work that our community assistance center provides to mothers that have chosen life for their unborn. Starting on Mother's Day our church community was asked to claim a bottle (that our committee had provided), take the bottle home for four weeks and on Father's Day return the bottle filled with spare change.


          As I collected the bottles, I was skeptical as to whether the fundraiser would be successful. At each mass we were only receiving half the bottles that we had distributed. On Sunday afternoon at the last Mass, a girl about the age of five approached me with her bottle filled to the top and confidently informed me that she saved all her change so that a new baby would have all the things that were needed. I returned home and proceeded to empty and count the coins that we had collected. I was astounded when the totals kept rising. When the computations were final, the committee had collected a substantial gift to donate to our center. I was in awe and it brought tears to my eyes. Truly we are blessed. So I say to those that have been called and have answered, continue on the path for Pro-Life, for we are doing the Lord's Work.




Natalie Mucerino




Movie of the Month...

Check this One out


Our movie of the month is "October Baby". This movie is about a teenage girl that comes to find that she was affected by an abortion in a very dramatic way.  


As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college.  Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah-unscripted-collapses in front of the stunned audience.  After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth.  This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted after a failed abortion attempt.  Bewildered, angered & confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend.  Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past & find hope for her unknown future.  In the midst of her incredibly journey, Hannah learns that every life is beautiful. 


Be sure to check this movie out and share your thoughts. Please email Gemma@phillyprolife.org




Letter from the editor...

Never Give up



While attending our Rite For Life group meeting at Saint Bernards Church early this month, I do admit that I went into the meeting feeling discouraged and almost defeated. In the past few months, my friend Natalie and I have been feeling that we were almost begging people to come join us at our monthly meetings. I personally have been feeling that my friends were just coming to not hurt my feelings. We have tried everything to get people to come. We spoke in church, announced our meetings in our weekly church bulletin and told our friends, family, and co-workers of each and every meeting.


This month, I told myself that I was not going to beg anyone anymore and so I didn't. I went to the meeting dragging my feet and secretly thinking to myself that I was wasting my time and there was so much more that I could be doing at home.


Natalie and I put the coffee on and set our the doughnuts and waited for the Rectory door bell to ring. It did ring. It rang four separate times. This is better than nothing I thought. Our speaker for the evening came and he was the kindest most soft spoken man I had ever met. His name: Tom Lacey. Mr. Lacey proceeded to tell us he is the father of five and the husband of a very patient woman. "Angel" was the word that he used when referring to her. Mr. Lacy told us that he has been active in the Pro-Life Movement for over twenty years. He asked us if we had any questions, that he was there to educate us on any pro life matter that he could help us with. I shared with him of my feelings of despair, that nobody really seemed to care to much about this cause. A young friend of mine named Jen was at the meeting with us and she said, " I am being honest, at first I came to the meetings just to give you support, but after coming and listening I can truly say I am Pro Life."


Mr. Lacey spoke up and said that it does feel hopeless at times and that is when you have to find your niche in the movement and stick with that. Someone could be happy helping out at a pregnancy center or leading a church group or going to pray outside a Planned Parenthood each week as Mr. Lacey does. In reality there are so many things that a single person can do to find their "niche".


My point on writing about this is that between Mr. Lacey, my young friend Jen and my pro life partner in crime, Natalie, I left that meeting with a brand new outlook. Please don't get discouraged if you feel like you are not turning heads your way when you speak out for the Rite for Life. Take a breath, say a prayer and find your "niche". Never give up, our babies and our mothers need our voices.



Sincerely for Life, 


Gemma Davis

Editor of Philly Pro-Life Newsletter



To submit an article or essay please email your submission to Gemma@phillyprolife.org 




Kids for Life...

How Simple it Should be

I asked a group a kids ages three to twelve to tell me something about babies and their feelings for them. This is what they said:



Age 10 - I care for babies. I care for my baby brother Dominic. I can never leave him out of my sight. I would never want him to get hurt. I will always protect him. He can't do anything for himself yet. That is why he needs me. If he got hurt or sick I would be very upset. I love him so much. You should treat a baby the same way you want to be treated.



Age 3 - I like babies to drink bottles and play with toys. I like mommies to give presents and daddies to play with babies. I would like to hold a baby and I would sing the A B C's to make the baby feel good.



Age 5 - I love my baby brother. We take care of each other. Jesus wants us to be happy together. I love him so much because he is my baby brother.



Age 12 - I think it is wrong to abort a baby because a baby is human life. Babies are cute and they need someone to take care of them. If we didn't have babies we wouldn't have a future.



Age 6 - I like babies! I like to feed them and play with them. Babies are nice and they don't hurt people. Sometimes they bite though.



Age 7 - I feel sad when mommies go to the Doctor and kill their baby. They are only tiny and they cry in the mommies belly and move in the mommies belly. It is not fair!


This is all from the mouth of babes!!!! This is how simple it should be.