December 15, 2011  

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Online News  
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.

Bill Allowing PA to Opt Out of Abortion Funding Passes
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has a message for the Obama Administration:  The Keystone State should opt out of abortion funding under President Obama's health care law.

The House has passed HB 1977, a common sense piece of legislation which would ensure that Pennsylvania is not forced into the abortion business as a result of the new health care reform law.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the state affiliate of National Right to Life, applauded the passage of HB 1977:

"Congress said states have the right to opt out of abortion coverage and we want to ensure that for the state of Pennsylvania.  This continues Pennsylvania's long-standing policy of not using government resources for abortion," said Maria Vitale Gallagher, Education Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

A Quinnipiac University poll found that 67 percent of the Americans surveyed opposed funding abortion with federal funds under the health care law.



Measure Increasing Regulation of Abortion Facilities Approved
The state legislature approved SB 732, a measure which will increase regulation of abortion centers throughout the Commonwealth.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.

The measure is a response to the massive tragedy in West Philadelphia, where abortionist Kermit Gosnell is charged with the murders of seven newborn babies and one female patient.  His wife, Pearl, pleaded guilty this week in connection with the atrocities at the facility.  Gosnell's Women's Medical Society operated 17 years without being inspected by state health officials.


Why Every Single Life Matters
Maria VitaleEducation Director Maria Vitale Gallagher has written a touching tribute, explaining why her mother's life mattered greatly.  You can read the article at  .  We dare you not to shed a tear!

January Church Bulletin Inserts Now Available
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is offering church bulletin inserts for January--just in time for the Jan. 22nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  To obtain a bulletin insert that you can copy and distribute to your congregation, email [email protected] with "bulletin insert" in the subject line.  Be sure to specify if you want the full-size (8 1/2 x 11 inch) or the half-size insert.

One-Day Pro-Life Retreat in Carlisle

There will be a daylong pro-life retreat in Carlisle, Cumberland County, on Saturday, January 14, 2012.  In case of severe winter weather that day, the retreat will be postponed until, Saturday, January 28, 2012.  The theme for the day will be, "Building a Culture of Life -- A Day of Discovery, Reflection & Hope."

Michael Ciccocioppo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, will be one of a number of speakers.  Others include:   nurse Ann Marie Kalloz on The Dignity of the Human Person; the Rev. Paul Schenck of The National Pro-Life Center in Washington, D.C.; Joy Crimmins of Rachel's Vineyard; Kathy O'Donnell of the 40 Days For Life campaign; George Pollin of the St. Patrick Council of Knights of Columbus; Erin Donley of Holy Spirit Health System's Center for Women's Health; Lori Peters of the Carlisle Area Family Life Center; and the Rev. Dwight Schlaline of St. Patrick Church.  

The retreat will take place at the St. Patrick Parish Activity Center, 85 Marsh Drive, Carlisle, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The $25 registration fee includes lunch.  To download and print a registration form, please go  and click on the "Pro-Life Retreat" link.   For more information, please call Theresa Riskis at 717-241-2036.

In This Issue
Bill Allowing PA to Opt Out of Abortion Funding Passes
Measure Increasing Regulation of Abortion Facilities Approved
Why Every Single Life Matters
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Chapter Information from Around the State


Lewistown--A local pro-life march will step out on Sunday, January 15, at 1 p.m.  Marchers will begin at N. Dorcas and 3rd Streets in Lewistown, then proceed to the Old Court House at Monument Square.  For more information, email [email protected].

Scranton--Julia Holcomb
, the former girlfriend of American Idol Judge Steven Tyler, will be the keynote speaker at the annual respect life prayer breakfast being held Saturday, January 28 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton.  Julia's relationship with Steven resulted in a the abortion of their unborn child.  For more information about the breakfast, please go to .

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 [email protected] or by phone at 215-485-6683.

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 [email protected]  or by phone at 717-541-0034.

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