RTL Current and Recent Activity

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40 Days of Life Campaign – UPDATE

The last report I’ve received is that 402 babies were saved from abortion thanks to the attendance, prayers, and actions of all the people who joined together to stop abortion.

National Pro-Life Alliance

(Abortion Stops a Beating Heart!)

Letter from National Pro-Life Allieance – PLEASE keep sending those Petitions, Emails, Letters and making those phone calls.

“We set a goal — you did it.

I knew with your help, we could do it. And you and your fellow NPLA members more than stepped up to the plate. You hit it out of the park.

Thanks to the efforts of you and other NPLA members, your National Pro-Life Alliance was able to unleash an all-out targeted cosponsor blitz for the Life at Conception Act.

All told, NPLA members raised well over $100,000 for our targeted grass-roots campaign.

In response to your petitions, emails, and letters, the total number of cosponsors of the Life at Conception Act bills in the House now stands at 94, up from the original 54….”

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40 Days for Life Procession to Planned Parenthood
Deacon Rich Badics will lead the Eucharistic Procession in Ann Arbor

You are invited to join our witness of faith and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, March 28 at 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM., as we Pray for the End of Legalized Abortion and Healing and Mercy for All Victims of Abortion, starting in the pews of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, processing to the Planned Parenthood Abortion facility, 3100 Professional Drive, Ann Arbor. A one way journey of 1 1/3 miles. All clergy, priests and deacons are invited to wear your stole. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

We will have volunteers ready to take drivers back to St. Francis to pick up their cars, or arrange to go with a friend – one park at Planned Parenthood, the other at St. Francis and shuttle each other.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In case of bad weather, there will be Eucharistic Adoration with praise and worship from 11:15 AM to 12:15 noon at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Hosted by: The 40 Days for Life Ann Arbor Campaign and the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Community.

Right to Life of Michigan, Barbara Listing, Speaking on 3/26/2015

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2550 Edsel Drive, Trenton, MI 48183 is honored to have the President of Right to Life of Michigan, Barb Listing , as our special guest speaker on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM. She is an excellent speaker and is an absolute warrior for Right to Life have led the efforts to defeat the assisted suicide referendum in Michigan in 1998, and the recently successful petition drive to remove abortion as an automatic inclusion in Michigan health insurance policies as envisioned by the Affordable Health Care Act. She has been President of Right to Life of Michigan for 34 years, and has made RLM a national leader in the pro-life movement.

All are welcome to attend the Southern Downriver Right to Life Annual Meeting.

40 Days for Life Campaign – Update

We are close to the end of the fourth week of the 40 Days for Life campaign, and as far as we know of … … 265 babies were Blessed with mothers who chose life at the last moment.  Since the “40 Days for Life Campaign” begin, over 10,000 babies have been spared from abortion thanks to people gathering around abortion clinics, getting the word out, and praying for the mother and child.

Young Leaders Speaking Out for Life

The local 26th Annual Right to Life of Michigan (RLM) Educational Fund High School Oratory Contest was held at the Southgate Veteran’s Memorial Library, on March 7, 2015. Area affiliates sponsored the local contest. Contestants and their families enjoyed light refreshments and a comfortable setting while encouraging the contestants.

First prize of $125 was awarded to Maria Tizedes, a home-schooled junior, for her speech emphasizing the positive influence of ultrasound on frightened expectant mothers. When one mother-to-be was asked by a nurse “what impact did the ultrasound image have on you?” she simply answered “I saw her face!” After choosing life for her daughter, this mother later referred to her as “her little miracle” as she asked that same nurse if she wished to hold this miracle.

Second prize of $75 went to, Dearborn High School junior, for her speech extolling our first right—the right to life—and reminding us that “there are other choices than executing our nation’s children.” Her quote from Ronald Reagan, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has been already born,” produced some thoughtful smiles as the words soaked in. Shannon pointed out that the damage to the unborn baby is obvious but she continued to point out the damage, physical and emotional, to the mother.

Kristen Hornbeck, a home-schooled junior, took the $50 third prize for her litany of the indirect effects of abortion on entire families—grandparents, parents, siblings, and spouses. One father of an aborted daughter lamented “I supported the physical destruction of a human life. I never found true and lasting peace and acceptance no matter how hard I looked for them.”

Honorable Mention and $25 was earned by Joseph Hornbeck, a home-schooled sophomore, who asked “Why do people change?” Reviewing possible explanations such as peer and family pressure, political pressure, and religious pressure, Joseph pointed out that “Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Jesse Jackson were once ‘pro-life’.” Conversely, Norma McCorvey, “Roe” of Roe v Wade, “had a heart change” in 1994 which led to becoming 100% pro-life.

Maria Tizedes will move on to the state competition in Holt, Michigan, on May 9. Her goal will be to qualify for the national competition in New Orleans on July 11.

Aborted Fetal Tissues Being Used

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According to CitizenGo, “Merck Pharmaceuticals uses vaccines that are derived from aborted fetal tissue. They provide no ethical alternative for conscientious objectors, who might otherwise get innoculated against dangerous diseases. Let’s urge them to provide an alternative vaccinations that do not further exploit aborted children.

The Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine, among others, use human diploid cells derived from two aborted children in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, their bodies have been exploited by pharmaceutical companies like Merck to create vaccines. This is exploitation on a grand scale, which poses serious difficulties for pro-life families and other conscientious objectors.

After massive outcry, Merck promised in 2008 that “No further fetal tissue would be needed now or in the future to produce vaccines.” But one year later, they broke that promise and contracted with a Dutch company to create a new aborted fetal cell line, taken from the retinal tissue of an 18-week gestation baby, which will be used in their new HIV vaccine. Now, even the new Ebola vaccine under development uses aborted fetal tissue cell lines.

Join this petition! Merck Pharmaceuticals: Stop Using Aborted Fetal Tissue Derived Vaccines.

Click Here:  http://citizengo.org/en/19395-stop-using-aborted-fetal-tissue-derived-vaccines?tc=gm

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It’s Day 20! We’re at the halfway point of this 40 Days for Life campaign – and so far, we have reports of …181 babies (and their moms) saved from abortion!

Praise God!
Every one of these lives represents answered prayers – your prayers!

WORLD WIDE 40 DAYS FOR LIFE

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Ash Wed (Feb 18th) through Palm Sun(Mar 29th).  Please join us in peaceful prayer at 3:00 PM on Sundays at Womancare of Macomb. It is at the west end of the strip mall on 15 Mile where Dodge Park Road ends, in Sterling Heights.

Pray the Holy Rosary – Fridays: 9:00 AM.and each night at 6:00 PM. with Jenny, or stop by & pray when your schedule allows.

3:00 PM. ~ Palm Sun ~ Holy Rosary led by Fr. Joe of the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, and at 6:00 PM the Holy Rosary will be led by Jenny & others, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in song will be led by Karen Zawadzki.

Thank you HPW’s Tom P, Lillian G, Louise K and the Carmelite Nuns for praying with us “in spirit” for the helpless, voiceless unborn, their moms & dads.

God bless all PW’s.

 Michigan Helping to Close Abortion Facilities

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A new survey conducted by Operation Rescue reported at http://www.lifenews.com confirms that the abortion clinic closure trend continued strongly in 2014. In all, 73 abortion facilities shut down for all or part of the year. Many of them were in Michigan.

The National Catholic Register interviewed Michael New, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Dear-born, who studies abortion data and its trends. He said that despite efforts of the abortion industry to recruit and train a younger generation, they have not been successful in replacing aging or retiring abortionists. “Young physicians are not really eager to perform abortions… And most of the people who go through these [abortion training] programs, either decide not to, or they go to cities where abortions are still pretty easy to get.”

New added that Guttmacher Institute data on abortion also confirms the observation that a “higher percentage of women” facing pregnancy are choosing to carry their unborn children to term.

Wyandotte March for Life

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Despite the cold and snow, seventy people participated in the January 25th March for Life in Wyandotte from Our Lady of the Scapular to the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. We joined in solidarity with the students from Gabriel Richard, Cabrini and Divine Child High Schools and others from Michigan who rode buses to Washington, DC for the national March for Life on January 22, 2015.

At the Monument for the Unborn, Deacon Luis Flores from St. Frances Cabrini, joined by Deacon Richard Bloomfield from Our Lady of the Scapular led a prayer service to remember the babies killed by abortion. The group prayed for the healing of the mothers and fathers as well as those working at abortion facilities, that we might all embrace and protect life from the moment of conception to natural death.

Following the prayer service the marchers joined those who were unable to be out in the cold weather for an Open House and refreshments at the Right to Life of Michigan Resource Center, 2010 Eureka, Wyandotte. Participants represented Calvary Lutheran Church in Lincoln Park, Living Water Church in Southgate, Salvation Army in Wyandotte, and the Catholic parishes of Our Lady of the Scapular, St. Frances Cabrini, St. Pius, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph (Trenton), St. Vincent Pallotti, St. Andrew and Benedict, Our Lady of the Woods, Christ the Good Shepherd and a Jewish Synagogue.

Four other prayer events took place during the last week praying for an end to abortion and for respect for all human life. They were at Community Bible Church in Trenton, New Hope Assembly of God in Taylor, St. Cyprian in Riverview, and St. Frances Cabrini in Allen Park.

Black Lives Matter!

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 Since Roe v. Wade was enacted, an estimated 16 million black babies have been aborted. Abortions have killed more black Americans than cancer, diabetes, aids, heart disease, and violent crime combined.

Where is the outcry when more black babies are aborted in New York City than are born alive? Why is there no public outcry, marches or protests over the fact that for the first time, the latest statistics tells us that more than 50 percent of all abortions in Michigan were performed on black babies?

It is time for all profilers’ to weigh in. Together we must demonstrate that all babies’ lives matter regardless of color! Right to Life will continue to aggressively address the abortion issue as it relates to the African-American community in Michigan, but we need your help and your input and what better time is there then to speak up and take action during Black History Month by reading the website at www.RTL. org.

If you would like an affiliate to come to speak at a school, church, or any organization, please feel free to call us. We have a multitude of handouts, flyers, and videos to help education people on the truth about abortion.

(Information provided by Right to Life of Michigan. To learn more call (616) 532-2300 or e-mail info@rtl.org.)

Lincoln Park Crisis Pregnancy Center – Upper Downriver Right to Life
You don’t have to go through a pregnancy alone!

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If you are pregnant and need help, the Lincoln Park Crisis Pregnancy Center has trained and caring volunteers to help you, FREE OF CHARGE. They offer free pregnancy tests, material assistance and confidential individual counseling.

Serving the areas of Allen Park, Taylor, Dearborn, parts of Southeast Detroit, Melvindale, Wyandotte and Southgate, the Crisis Pregnancy Center is an independent, nonpolitical, non-sectarian organization, prepared to help you whether you are single or married, regardless of age, race, gender, or religion.

Feel free to call the Crisis Pregnancy Center at 1760 Fort St., Lincoln Park Michigan (near Southfield and Fort street) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 Pm, or on Wednesday & Thursday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM, at (313) 386-4005.

If you would like to make a donation of funds, clothes, diapers, bottles, cribs, high chairs, blankets, or any other new or used baby items, you can drop them off at the Center itself or at the office of the Upper Downriver Right to Life located at 2010 Eureka, Wyandotte, MI 48192.  Pregnancy help line: 1-800-57-WOMAN.

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