Sidewalk Warriers Helping Women Outside Abortion Centers


Our Lady of Guadalupe

(Report from Guadalupe Partners)

“Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that if they speak of you as evildoers, they may observe your good works and glorify God on the day of visitation.” 1 Pet 2:12 (NABRE)

People that pray or sidewalk counsel outside abortion centers are often maligned as evildoers – but not always. Sometime, they are affirmed. I’ll share two stories from this week.

“Memorial Service today (at Northland Abortion Center – Southfield, MI) showed a woman coming out walking slowly, holding her hand to her face to hide the tears – obviously in great pain, sadness and remorse. The boyfriend/husband had his arm around her walking her back to the customized white van. Obviously an abortion may and actually did take place – a horrible sight to see afterwards of the effect of and affects to – in so much misery.

After the ending (of the Memorial service) and walking back to (my vehicle),  another woman drove over to where we parked and stopped to talk.

She’s smart and spoke about they’re trying to exterminate the black, etc.  We told her
we are here to pray which she affirmed and expressed appreciation.  “They killed a baby”, she said when we told her about the woman in great sadness and pain.  She also spoke favorably about when we’re seen out front and the patrons see us and understand the mercy permeating from our souls of love.

A little report is better than no report.

Hopefully it’ll serve it’s purpose that the Memorial Service is doing what it is intended for – to spread love, prayers, forgiveness and mercy to those victims of the deceitfulness of abortion.”

That was from last Saturday’s 4:30 PM Memorial service:

“This past Wednesday, I joined Emmanuel at Summit Abortion Center. Summit affords marvelous counseling opportunities because the sidewalk is right by the door.
Call me cowardly, but I let Emmanuel do the sidewalk counseling and I pray or, more recently, sing hymns of praise.

After Dr. Sharpe arrived, we briefly talked about the discouragement that we sometimes experience outside these death pits. We have both seen a hardening of attitudes in the nine years that we’ve been on the sidewalks. The women usually do not respond to the help offered and their escorts often imitate Pontius Pilate, washing their hands of the innocent blood and blaming the mothers for coming there. We are often dismissed with a “God will forgive me”,  as if God is okay with people rejecting His gift of life and doesn’t care that people don’t love Him.

I was about to leave after singing “What Wondrous Love is this”, when the door opened and a woman emerged and told Emmanuel, “you touched my heart and I’m going to have this baby. I’m just waiting for my ride to arrive.”  She mentioned her concern that the abortion staff would give her a hard time, but they cheerfully refunded her money and told her she could come back if she changes her mind. Emmanuel gave her info about the local pregnancy resource centers, including ICU, and I could see the beginnings of a friendship.

So, “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5; Yerushalmi Talmud 4:9, Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 37a.  In the case of abortion, a baby’s life spared is a sign of hope to the community and an affirmation that God’s mercy exceeds His wrath.

But there is another part of that quote, which actually precedes it: “Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world.”

Culture of Life versus Culture of Death – “the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

Memorial Service is every Saturday at 4:30 pm on the public sidewalk outside Northland Family Planning, 24450 Evergreen Rd., Suite 220, Southfield, MI.  The Knights of Columbus pray there every Saturday at 8:30 am.

If you are adventuresome, you can join Emmanuel and I outside Summit at 15801 McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI.  from 8:30 -11:30 on Wednesdays,  or join Guadalupe Partners (734) 282-6779, at Summit on Saturdays in the morning.

May God bless you and your loved ones.

Barb Yagley (248) 703-3577


Monsanto and Their Big Food Allies Are at it Again

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They’re trying to prevent clear GMO labeling on the package by persuading Congress to pass legislation that would allow food manufacturers to hide GMOs in their products using just a QR code.

Ever heard of a QR code??

Don’t feel bad if you haven’t, polling shows that more than 80 percent of Americans have never used a QR code. That’s because it’s a fading and unpopular technology that will confuse consumers. Americans have a right to know what they are eating. That means we need clear labeling on the package.

Take action: tell your senators to fight for clear GMO labels on food packaging.

Defeating Big Food’s attempt to block state labeling was a huge win for GMO labeling, but the fight isn’t over. We won’t stop working for you until we’ve secured federal legislation mandating GMO labels on food packaging. But we can’t do it alone. We need you to take action right now.

Tell Congress that you won’t stop fighting for your right to know. Ask your senators to advocate for clear GMO labels, not just high-tech gimmicks.

Thanks for standing with Just Label It!


Announcing Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat in July


Weekend of Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10 – Ann Arbor, MI

The grief and pain of abortion run deep and long, but the unconditional love, mercy, and forgiveness of our Lord is available to all who call on Him. If you or others you know are affected by abortion, you are invited to attend the July 8-10 Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. This retreat is open to mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, extended family, and anyone grieving over this loss.
For information or to register, call or email Beth: (734) 369-3470  or contact her at

To find a retreat in your state and/or location:

Downriver Contestant Wins State Oratory Contest

The 27th Annual Right to Life of Michigan High School Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, May 14 at Community Faith Church in Holt, MI. Maria Tizedes (our downriver affiliate winner) won first place in the state competition, and will be going to the national contest which will be held during the National Right to Life Convention on Saturday, July 9 in Washington D.C.

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 Pictured from left:
Eva Solak, Second Place, Gaylord RTL;
Maria Tizedes, First Place, Downriver RTL affiliates;
Kaylee Tegethoff, Third Place, Holland Area RTL;

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 19 local contest winners competed at the 27th Annual State High School Oratory Contest in Holt, MI on May 14, 2016.

Maria Tizedes

Eva Solak

Kaylee Tegthoff

Everyone Loves a Memorial Day Parade!

What child wouldn’t want to walk in a parade and be part of the fun?  Come join our Right to Life affiliates as they march in the following parades!


Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Islandfest Parade, Grosse Ile – Join Southern Downriver Right to Life to march in the annual Islandfest Parade. Parade line up is 9:30 a.m. at the Grosse Ile High School. For more information contact Joe Connors at (734) 675-8655.


Sunday, May 22, 2016 – Lincoln Park Memorial Day Parade. Upper Downriver Right To Life is Unit #26. The parade begins at 1:00 p.m., and they would like us to line up by 12:15 p.m. We are to line up on the left side of White Street between Fort Street and S. Electric–probably closer to S. Electric. White Street runs parallel with Southfield Road and is located 2 streets away from Southfield Road. S. Electric runs right behind the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts located on Fort & Southfield and S. Electric dead-ends at White Street. North Fort Street will be closing around 11:00 a.m. and you will NOT be able to turn onto S. Electric off of Southfield because of parade traffic– As always, we’ll help everyone get back to their vehicles. Please arrive at Noon. For more information, please contact Anna at (734) 284-5226.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 – Trenton Memorial Parade – Join Southern Downriver RTL to march in the annual City of Trenton Memorial Day Parade. Parade line up is 9:30 a.m. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Marchers please meet 1 Block North of West Rd. on Gorno St. Trenton, Mi For more information contact Joe Connors at (734) 675-8655