December 1, 2010

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Pennsylvania Pro-Life Online News from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Picture of an unborn babyA twice-monthly publication of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation/4800 Jonestown Rd., Suite 102/Harrisburg, PA/17109/717-541-0034.

Abortion Totals Reach 53 Million

The U.S. is marking a tragic milestone. It's now estimated that 53 million abortions have occurred in this country since 1973, when abortion was legalized under Roe v. Wade. However, there is some cause for optimism, given the fact that abortions have declined in recent decades. As National Right to Life has concluded:

"After reaching a high of over 1.6 million in 1990, the number of
abortions annually performed in the U.S. has dropped back to levels not seen since the late 1970s," NRLC says.

In a previous interview with LifeNews.com, National Right to Life's Education Director, Randy O'Bannon, noted:

"Over the past twenty years, however, we have seen that pro-life efforts can make a difference, as the number of abortions performed in the U.S. has declined from 1.6 million to 1.2 million a year. We've still a long way to go, obviously, but we see that pro-life legislation, education, and outreach can save and has saved hundreds of thousands of lives," O'Bannon added. "Our task is great, but our cause is just."

For more on this story, visit http://www.lifenews.com/2010/11/26/nat-6891/ .

In This Issue
Abortion Totals Reach 53 Million
Justice Scalia Says Founders Didn't See Abortion as Constitutional Right
Worldwide Prayer Vigil Focuses Attention on Preborn
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Justice Scalia Says Founders Didn't See Abortion as a Constitutional Right
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently reaffirmed that the nation's founders never envisioned abortion as a right when they drafted the Constitution. In a speech, Scalia also stated, "The Constitution says what it says and it doesn't say anything more. For flexibility, all you need is a legislature and a ballot box." You can read more about the speech at http://www.lifenews.com/2010/11/23/nat-6875/ .
Worldwide Prayer Vigil Focuses Attention on Preborn
A recent worldwide prayer vigil focused media attention on preborn children. Education Director Maria Vitale talks about one Pennsylvania city's participation in the vigil at http://www.lifenews.com/2010/11/29/int-1700/ .
March for Life 2011

Plans are already underway for the 2011 March for Life in Washington, D.C. The march is a wonderful way to show your support for preborn children and their mothers. This year's march will take place on Monday, January 24th. For more information on the march, please visit www.marchforlife.org.
Bulletin Inserts for January Now Available

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is making available church bulletin inserts for January. These black-and-white inserts can easily be printed and copied from your personal computer. If you'd like a copy of the insert for your church, e-mail us at lifelines@paprolife.org. Be sure to specify if you want the full size (8 1/2 x 11 inch) or the half-size.

A Pro-Life Success Story

The Milwaukee Catholic Herald has posted a story about how a priest came to save the life of a boy who would grow up to offer his own special pro-life message. You'll find the inspiring story at http://www.chnonline.org/news/local/9939-man-to-man-challenge-thwarted-abortion.html .

National Right to Life Officials Receive Life Prize Award

Two prominent members of National Right to Life have been awarded the prestigious Life Prize award. Legislative Director Douglas Johnson was recognized for his work in achieving pro-life victories in Congress, while Jeanne Head was cited for her achievements as National Right to Life's United Nations representative. Johnson and Head are among six individuals who will receive a total of $600,000 in prize money. The Gerard Health Foundation awarded the prizes. Gerard's President, Raymond Ruddy, said, "These six winners are doing some of the pro-life movement's most important work, and it is right to celebrate their sacrifice and dedication. Each of them is an example to follow and we look forward to their future accomplishments in the cause of life." For more information, see www.LifePrizes.org .

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Chapter Information from Around the State

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 e-mail at wilson@paprolife.org.

Live in the Southwest?
If you'd like to become involved in a chapter, contact Development Director Bryce McMinn, who serves as a liaison with chapters in southwest and midwest Pennsylvania. You can reach Bryce at 74 Oak Spring Road, Suite 101; Washington, PA 15301; Work Phone: 724-228-1162; Cell Phone: 412-835-2812; E-Mail: mcminn@paprolife.org .

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 ciccocioppo@paprolife.org or by phone at 717-541-0034.

For a complete list of chapters, visit http://www.paprolife.org/chapters/chapters.html .

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