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December 19, 2018  
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Office Location
1625 W. 26th St.; Erie, PA

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 Erie, PA 16512

Erie Echo Newsletter
Online now, in the mail soon
The January 2019 issue of our traditional Erie Echo newsletter is being printed this week and we will prepare it for mailing this weekend. Hopefully we will be finished in time to take all 5500 copies to the USPS bulk mail unit on Christmas Eve
This is an important issue. It contains all the particulars about our upcoming January Activities. There is also an article with more information about Obianuju Ekeocha (Uju), this Special Guest Speaker for the Pro-Life Breakfast. That article is re-printed below.
Click here to see the January Newsletter On-Line .   
Volunteers urgently needed this weekend
It's Christmastime, but we are also less than a month away from the annual Pro-Life Breakfast and the March for Life Bus Trip, both of which are purposely scheduled near the January 22nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Getting out the newsletter is just one of the many important concerns that keep us going non-stop as we get ready for the January events.
It would be a huge help to have the newsletter out of the way and in the mail before Christmas. (The USPS Bulk Mail Unit will be open all-day on Christmas Eve.)
So, if you can spare a few hours to help us with the newsletter mailing, it would mean a lot.
The office / pro-life center will be open for volunteers according to the schedule below. Volunteers are free to arrive at any time while the office is open and to stay as long as they like. 
Friday, December 21, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 22 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 23 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
IMPORTANT: Please call (814) 882-1333 shortly before you come to volunteer, to verify that our plans are on-track and that there will be work for you when you arrive.
The work consists of attaching sealing wafers and address labels. The labels have to be placed quite accurately, so if you wear glasses for reading, you will need to bring them along.  
One day only
Special Offer from Lorei Portraits

Your Donation of $99 to People for Life Education Fund gives back in a big way.

When you give $99 on Dec.21, receive a $500 Lorei Portrait Certificate (session + credit towards portrait order.) No additional purchase required. Simply call 814-868-0888 or stop by Lorei Portraits and make your pledge through us to People for Life Education Fund. You will receive a handsome, wrapped and ribboned Portrait Certificate. The studio is open 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Remember, the Big Give is on Friday, Dec. 21st. One day only, your donation quintuples in value to $500.

For more details, please visit the Lorei Portraits' website: or call 814-868-0888.

Breakfast Headliner: Obianuju Ekeocha

She was a featured speaker in January 2016 at the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco. She was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Canadian National March for Life. She is the author of Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century, published by Ignatius Press, and the producer of a soon to be released feature-length documentary titled, Strings Attached. In 2018 alone, she took her pro-life message to: the United Nations, the White House, the U.S. State Department, Capitol Hill, the British Parliament, the Canadian Parliament, the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Harvard Law School, and Vatican City (where she personally presented a copy of Target Africa to Pope Francis). And now this January, Obianuju Ekeocha, known the world over as simply, "Uju," is flying in from the United Kingdom to be the Special Guest Speaker at People for Life's 41st Annual Pro-Life Breakfast.

Uju is the Founder and President of Culture of Life Africa, an organization dedicated to the promotion and defense of the African values of the sanctity of life, the beauty of marriage, the blessings of motherhood and the dignity of family life, values which are being attacked by many western governments, wealthy philanthropic foundations, and international abortion agencies. The title of Uju's new documentary, Strings Attached, refers to the practice of using foreign aid as a lever to force abortion and population control on developing countries.

Uju is fighting tirelessly to expose the harm done to African values and African societies by the western nations, but her witness can also help us comprehend how much harm those of us in the United States and other so-called advanced, industrialized nations have already done to ourselves.

Responding at a United Nations sanctioned event to a European official who would like to see African nations abandon their pro-life cultural values and pro-life government policies to make way for the radical individualism and abortion-on-demand policies of the nations of Europe and North America, Uju had this to say:

"I am from a tribe called the Igbo tribe in Nigeria. If I tried to translate in my native tongue what it means for a woman to 'choose what to do with her body,' I couldn't! Most of the African native languages don't even have a way of phrasing abortion to mean anything good....

"People from the western world come to Africa and try to give us these kinds of [ideas] that we could never translate into our native tongue.... Culturally most of the African communities actually believe by tradition - by their cultural standards - that abortion is a direct attack on human life.... So for anybody to be able to convince any woman in Africa that abortion is actually a good for them, can be a good thing, you first of all have to tell her that what her parents and her grandparents, and her ancestors taught her is actually wrong. You're going to have to tell her that they have always been wrong in their thinking... and that, madam, is colonization!"

Hearing about African pro-life values should make us realize how far we in the western world have fallen. So many in the wealthy nations have lost sight of what is most important in life, even what it means to be human. Yet in many of the more underprivileged countries and in various tribal cultures across the globe, it is still normal practice to welcome every child with open arms, to value family ties above material things, and hold the elderly in high esteem. No nation or culture is perfect. Where humans are involved, there will be shortcomings. Yet in terms of discerning basic priorities and living in-synch with pro-life and family values - in terms of being truly human - it is the "third world" that needs to teach and we who need to learn.

Abraham Lincoln spoke of the United States as "a house divided." The same might be said today of the entire world. "I do not expect the house to fall," declared Lincoln, "but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other."

Then will it be a Culture of Life, or a culture of death? As American citizens and voters, we have more than just a little to say about this. Let us hope that pro-life Americans will be inspired and energized by Uju's example of unwavering dedication to the pro-life cause and her remarkable ability to share her African vision of what it means to be pro-life. May we "highly resolve," as Lincoln might say, that this nation will from this day forward be only a force for Life in the world and a respecter of the pro-life cultures of other nations and never again an exporter of death or the "right to choose" delusion.

Pro-Life Activities this January  

Please remember these dates!

January 12, 2019 - Pro-Life Breakfast

January 17, 2019 - Buses leave for Washington, DC

January 26, 2019 - Erie March for Life

Reservations are now available for the 2019 Pro-Life Breakfast and the March for Life Bus Trip. We hope you will join us!

Use Posters to Tell Others About our Events

Please help us tell more people about the upcoming January pro-life events!

Here are four different posters for you to download, print, and display. Please put them up at your school, church, workplace, or just anywhere you can find a bulletin board.

March for Life Bus Trip

Bus Trip / Erie March Combination 

Color copies of the posters are also available at People for Life, 1625 W. 26th St., Erie.

Help Spread the Message on Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, please share the following two events (1) on your timeline, but (2) even more importantly, by sending them directly to each of your Facebook friends. (at least the ones who live in the Erie area) ;)

Pro-Life Breakfast

March for Life Bus Trip

Last But Not Least, and Most Importantly

Get ready to participate personally and invite your friends to come with you!

These events are not going to happen or have an impact all by themselves!

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