People for Life Email Update

September 21, 2023

Legislator Info


Life Run 5K/10K & Fun Walk

People for Life's board of directors and our Life Run planning team hope you will join us for our 10th Annual Life Run on Saturday, October 14. Whether you are a serious competitor or would just like to come out for a leisurely stroll, we think you will have an enjoyable morning!

Slade Road Park in Harborcreek Township will be our base of operations. All three events, 5K, 10K, and Fun Walk, will be routed over secondary roads in Harborcreek and North East townships, all surrounded by the area's familiar vineyards.

Registration is $25 for ages over 15 and $15 for ages 7-15.

For complete information or to register online go to For the very latest news, follow Life Run on Facebook at

Race Director Karli Van Der Volgen is available to answer any questions you might have. She can be reached at (814) 450-5049 or

You can also register in-person at People for Life, 1625 W. 26th St. (It is always a good idea to call ahead, so we can make sure someone will be there when you arrive.)

Proceeds benefit the educational work of People for Life. Optional fundraising pledge forms are available.

PA March for Life Bus Trip

Just two days after People for Life's annual Life Run, we will travel by chartered bus to Harrisburg for the 3rd Annual Pennsylvania March for Life on Monday, October 16.

Plenty of seats are still available, very reasonably priced at only $30 per seat.

Our bus will leave Erie at 5 a.m. and return at approximately 8 p.m.

A Rally in front of the state Capitol will begin 11 a.m. The March will begin at noon.

Online registration is available at

Please give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions.

To register by mail, send your payment along with the names and contact information for each person being registered. You can also register in-person at People for Life headquarters, 1625 W. 26th St., Erie. But please call ahead so we can make sure someone will be there (or just look for the "open" sign if you are driving by).

Pro-Life Booths 2023

Our community outreach season has drawn to a close, and we are happy to report that it was a great year to be advocating for the pro-life cause and representing People for Life all around the Erie-area.

People seem to be more alarmed than ever before about the direction our country is headed. But they have by no means given up hope for the future.

The 2023 season included outreach booths at: the Lake City Fire Company Carnival, Waterford Heritage Days, Dan Rice Days, and the three fairs at Wattsburg, Waterford, and Albion. The number of events was down this year, due to several unavoidable contingencies. We hope to do better next year, when the human life issues will be front and center because of the presidential election.

The mission of our community outreach program is multifaceted. There are always young people who need to learn the basics about human development and the evils of abortion. Occasionally, although not frequently, there are adults who don't understand our point of view but are genuinely open to considering what we have to say. Perhaps most adults have opinions that are set in concrete, but there are some who are still ambivalent or undecided.

Many of our visitors who do consider themselves pro-life are not fully up to speed on the current challenges we are facing. This year, we focused on the topic of chemical abortion. We collected signatures on a petition to the big three pharmacy corporations, who have indicated their willingness go distribute the Mifepristone abortion drug. We also offered literature with background information about Mifepristone. Governor Shapiro's shocking move to de-fund our pregnancy resource centers, adoption agencies, and maternity homes was also on our radar. We handed out hundreds of flyers asking everyone to contact the governor's office and their state senator and representative to insist that the Real Alternatives program, which channels state funds to these worthy services, be continued.

Our booths equip our pro-life friends and neighbors to be more vigorous pro-life advocates. We offer some very powerful pro-life car stickers and magnets, vote pro-life yard signs, 3-month fetal models, many other promotional items, and of course many timely and attractive literature selections.

We believe, however, that the most important thing that the booths accomplish is simply to "main stream" the pro-life message, taking it out among the general public where it belongs--claiming the public square for the pro-life cause, if you will. By distributing hundreds of "I love life" balloons, we claim not only the small footprint where out booth is located, but the entire real estate of each particular venue. Frequently, people see the balloons circulating, for instance, the fairgrounds, and they make a special effort to search out the pro-life booth. It is truly heartening to see how many hundreds, no thousands, of parents and grandparents unreservedly say, "yes" when offered free pro-life balloons for their kids. The price of helium has gone through the roof, but we still believe the balloons easily double or triple the effectiveness of our outreach efforts.

We cannot mention the balloons without giving due credit to our fetal model display. We use a set of high-quality scientific fetal models from Germay, and also a fun set of soft polyurethane "Touch of Life" models that most everyone loves to touch and handle. The models, balloons notwithstanding, are truly the centerpiece of our pro-life booths.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are always part of our presentation, too. Thankfully, the specter of deliberate killing at the end of life has not been an immediate threat to Pennsylvania. That day may come, however. There are forces in our state that are constantly pushing in that direction.

Wattsburg Erie County Fair

Waterford Community Fair

Albion Area Fair

Albion Area Fair

We are well-received everywhere we go, but at the Albion Area Fair, you might say we are swarmed. People are very receptive to our action alerts and other new information. Pro-life promotional items such as magnets, stickers, and Precious Feet jewelry fly off the tables. The most popular promotional item is our soft silicone, 3-month fetal models, known as Precious Ones (but sometimes we just call them "squishies").

Pro-Life Breakfast Special Guest Speaker

People for Life's 46th Annual Pro-Life Breakfast will be held on January 13, 2024 at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Our Special Guest Speaker is a young man with a very interesting personal and professional story to tell. Born in Egypt, his name is Sherif Girgis. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and his curriculum vitae is quite imposing. But don't let that fool you! He is plainspoken and very likeable, and his passion for truth and justice is contagious.

Sherif Girgis joined Notre Dame Law School in 2021. His work at the intersection of philosophy and law—including criminal law, constitutional theory, and jurisprudence—has appeared or is forthcoming in academic and popular venues including the New York University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, the Cambridge Companion to Philosophy of Law, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He is coauthor of What Is Marriage? (Encounter Books, 2012), cited in a dissent in United States v. Windsor (2013), and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Prior to joining Notre Dame, he practiced appellate and complex civil litigation at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., having previously served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Now completing his Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton, Girgis earned his J.D. at Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and won the Felix S. Cohen Prize for best paper in legal philosophy. He earned a master’s degree (B.Phil.) in philosophy from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and a bachelor’s in philosophy from Princeton, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.

Check out this interview with Jim Havens on YouTube.


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