Christmas Card Contest Winners!


These are the winners of the Christmas card design contest: Abraham Hornbeck (2nd place, grades 5-8), Maya Mehall (1st place grades 5-8), Katelyn Lesko’s (1st place grades 9-12), and Sarah Hornbeck (2nd place grades 9-12). The first place cards are for sale at the Right to Life Resource Center in Wyandotte, 2010 Eureka, Wyandotte, MI 48192 for $10 for 10 cards.

We are so proud of our local young people who participate in our Christmas Card Contests, Oratory Contests, and Infographic Contests.  They are the next leaders of the Right to Life movement.

Bernadette Catholic Books for Children Series by Emily Ortega

Looking for a Christmas or other gift for a young Cath0lic child – then look no further because the Bernadette Book Series of three books is perfect.

Emily Ortega earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. After working for two years as a campus missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, Emily earned her Master’s degree in Humanities from Stanford University. She currently resides with her husband and their seven children in Sedona, Arizona. She’s excited to bring a fictional Catholic family to life and offer young Catholic readers the possibility that their lives in a big, Catholic family aren’t really that odd.

All three of her books are available at the St. Joseph Bookstore at the Fatima Shrine, 18637 Ray St., Riverview, MI. They have limited hours, Wed. and Sat. 11 am to 4 pm or call 734- 284-1445, or they can be ordered at:

Authored by Emily Grace Ortega
Illustrated by Meg Ross Whalen


Bernadette doesn’t know what to do when the principal, Sister Teresa Jerome, announces that her school will celebrate All Saints’ Day with saint costumes. That means no Halloween costumes and no princess dress for Bernadette! Everyone else is excited about finding a great saint costume. But Bernadette doesn’t want to think about it. And to make things worse, her two younger brothers seem to be determined to make trouble for her at home! But with the help of her family, she’s hoping to find the best saint for the first annual All Saints’ Day parade!


Bernadette and her family are back! With Christmas approaching, Bernadette wants to give everyone gifts. But it’s so hard with only the pocket change of a seven year old. And Mama’s about to have a new baby…which is exciting, but seems to wear her out. Will everything at home at school smooth out to give Bernadette and her family a beautiful and blessed Christmas?


Victor, a fourth grader at St. Cletus Academy. He is not excited about Lent. To make things worse, using his tools continually lands him in trouble. Even when he’s trying to be helpful! With some help and understanding from Mom and Dad as well as his teacher, can Victor learn how to be helpful with his tools by Easter?

This book features the same characters as Ortega’s popular “Bernadette” series. This time, however, Bernadette’s brother Victor is the main character.

Complicated Situation in Pregnancy, Suicide and Euthanasia

This is a great opportunity to hear the insights and the wisdom of one of the most important moral thinkers in the United States–

On Saturday, December 3rd at St Thomas the Apostle Church, 530 Elizabeth St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Fr. Tad Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center
will give two presentations.  You are welcome to sign up for one or both.

Cost to attend is $15 per session or $25 for both.
Refreshments will be offered.


Morning session: Examining Complicated Situations in Pregnancy: Prenatal Interventions and Seeking to Protect Both. Please join us for mass at 9:00 am. This session will start at 10:00 am and will end at 12:00 noon.

Afternoon Session: A Good Death: Why Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Fail the Patient. Please join us for 4:30 pm vigil mass. This session will start at 6:00 pm and will end at 8:00 pm.

These topics are of importance to all and may be of particular interest to those who work in the health care profession. Please share this information with your friends, family, co workers and fellow Catholics.

Space is limited, please register soon.  To register, contact Barbara Grant-Yopko:
734-355-3503 or

Upper Downriver Right to Life at Wyandotte Cookie Crawl

The third Friday in November event this year was bustling with music, the lighting of Christmas trees, the laughter and talking between couples and families as they walked from one business to another and listened to a DJ, and danced in the heated tent on First and Elm Street. People purchased a cookie tin and filled it with delicious cookies of all kinds, going from one store to another and from one booth to another to get a different kind of cookie from the Jo Brighton Bakery. To learn more about the Jo Brighton Program, click on:

Our volunteers helped work at the Right to Life table inside the heated tent, selling tee shirts, children’s books written by a previous Wyandotte resident, Emily Grace (Bloomfield) Ortega, music books full of Christmas Carols, Christmas tree ornaments, pro-life license plates, and Christmas cards created by the winners of our recent Christmas Card Contest, as well as a few other items.

We had our display of rubberized babies showing the progression of growth inside the womb, set up and needless to say, had an opportunity to talk to many, many people about pro-life.  The children were so excited to be able to hold the babies at different stages of development.  So many moms were eager to tell their little ones that
“this is the size you were at one time while you were in my tummy”.

One story that touched me the most was a mom with her twelve year old daughter (who originally thought that abortion was okay), had her daughter look at the various stages of growth and explained to her how the baby before it was born was a human child that felt pain, and was very much alive even though it wasn’t born yet.  As facts were explained to this young girl about when the heart begin to beat, when the baby had lifelong fingerprints already developed, etc., you could see it in her eyes that the reality of life became apparent and I believe she walked away with a different feeling about abortion vs life.


Coffee and Catholic Conversation


Join us and our Guest speaker, Raymond de Souza, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Coffee and Catholic Conversation at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Library of Our Lady of the Scapular (10th and Superior, Wyandotte)

Raymond de Souza, KM is Brazilian by birth, Catholic by grace and American by choice. He is the Delegate for International Missions for Human Life International and regularly travels all over the world to represent HLI in our mission activities as we refute the Culture of Death and proclaim the Gospel of Life.

He is also the President of the Sacred Heart Institute in the United States; EWTN program Host; Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Coordinator of the Knights of the Sacred Heart Legion.

Raymond has distinguished himself as an international Catholic Pro-Life activist, apologist, author and broadcaster.

He will be attending the Call to Holiness Dinner November 15. (Tickets are still available or call Debbie Bloomfield, 734-934-2599) We are pleased to welcome him for this informal Coffee and Catholic Conversation.

2016 Annual Wyandotte Christmas Parade


Upper Downriver Right to Life invites you and everyone you know to come march with them in the 2016 Annual Wyandotte Christmas Parade, which will be held Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Line up for parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on Biddle Ave., between Spruce and Cedar Streets (closer to Spruce Street). Parade Unit Number: #39 (in Section 3). Line Up Location: On Biddle between Spruce and Cedar–closer to Spruce.

Special Instructions: Dress in layers. Parade goes on rain, shine, snow, etc. Bring EVERYONE YOU CAN to walk for LIFE!!! We’ll make sure everyone gets back to their car. Wear festive Christmas colors–red and green.

A dose of reality: the abortion industry’s sanitized language of death


Remember Deborah Nucatola? Planned Parenthood’s top doctor who explained how to crush a baby’s body in order to harvest more intact body parts? Though she was spirited away from the public eye when the Center for Medical Progress video investigation broke, she remains busy at work.

Nucatola co-authored a study in the current October 2016 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her study examined the most efficient way to kill unborn children in a late-term abortion.

When you watch the Center for Medical Progress videos, you’ll see Nucatola and others often discussing “didge,” or “didging;” the practice of using the drug Digoxin before an abortion. While invented to treat heart conditions, in massive doses Digoxin causes a heart attack. Those looking to buy and sell the body parts of aborted babies did not want a “didged” baby; they needed the baby’s organs as fresh and pure as possible for experimentation or implantation into rodents.

Nucatola’s study compared the results from injecting Digoxin directly into the baby to just injecting it into the amniotic fluid. The terms in the study are “intra-fetal” injections to achieve “fetal asystole” before performing a “dilation and evacuation.” What do those terms mean? A needle is inserted through the woman’s belly and into the baby’s body and the lethal drug is administered to give the baby a fatal heart attack. The baby is then examined to determine if the desired outcome was completed. A “failure,” as the study calls it, is the baby surviving the lethal dose, only to die later through bleeding to death or shock as her arms and legs are literally torn off of her body in a dismemberment abortion.


20 week baby

Nucatola’s study coolly concluded that injecting the drug directly into the baby led to fewer “failures” than injecting it into the amniotic fluid for the baby to inhale. The “sample size” of the study was 270 babies between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Why give a baby a massive heart attack before dismembering her? One of the worst outcomes for an abortionist is a born-alive baby. Abortionists are legally required to treat babies who survive abortions the same as any other baby, but because of lax abortion clinic regulations they often are not equipped to provide proper life-saving care. The goal of the abortion is after all not to end the pregnancy, but to end the baby’s life, even if it’s past the point of viability.

The way this study is written you would never know it is talking about giving viable babies fatal heart attacks. A medical journal dedicated to the arts of welcoming life into this world should be no place to calmly discuss the most efficient ways of disposing of “unwanted” lives.
Deborah Nucatola is not alone. When the topic of late-term abortion comes up in a political context, euphemisms and medical terms are deployed by politicians to distract people from the
reality of abortion. In a few days we’ll all be voting on a candidate, Hillary Clinton, who firmly supports late-term abortions, even during the process of birth.

Prolifers can cut through the fog and hold the abortion industry and their political allies accountable simply by asking them to plainly describe what they support. History has shown that people are more likely to support injustices when they can rely on euphemisms to pretend to the public and even their own consciences they aren’t engaging in an injustice.

You never know when that honesty might change the mind of even the most hardened abortion supporter.  For more information click the following link:

Downriver Volunteers Needed to Help With Election


Right to Life of Michigan has identified people who are most likely to vote pro-life. We have the lists and the scripts at the Right to Life Resource Center, 2010 Eureka, Wyandotte (inside the mall on the corner of 20th & Eureka). You can make phone calls at home or bring your cell phone to the office. There are two land lines that can be used.

I intend to make phone calls each afternoon from 1-4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Will you join me?

I am also taking information door to door in my neighborhood. Let me know if you want to help in your neighborhood.

We have pro-life information cards to hand out at the polls. Can you take the day off and help? It would be great if there were people at every poll!

You can find all of the pro-life candidates at

We need your help in one way or another, to defend innocent life!
Upper Downriver Right to Life


Picket Summit Medical Services Abortion Center


Dear Defenders of LIFE

I truly hope that you will mark your calendars NOW–we will again picket the Summit Medical Services abortion center on Saturday, Nov. 12th from 8:00am to 10:00am, 15801 McNichols Ave, Detroit (Corner of McNichols and Ferror Street).

PLEASE make every effort to be there. This will be the first Saturday after the election. If Hillary wins- we must show that our pro-life commitment is as strong as EVER!! We must be there to witness to the sanctity of LIFE and reach out to the mothers scheduled for abortion. There have been a number of turn-aways from Summit in the last month! So we have hope to save babies!

If Trump WINS– then this picket will seize the momentum going forward as we show our continued resolve to END THE INJUSTICE OF ABORTION!!

Please send this memo to your own lists. Post this memo on FACEBOOK! I will see you there Nov. 12th!!

A project of Citizens for a Pro-life Society and Pro-Life Detroit


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