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“GIMME SHELTER” is a Family Friendly Inspiring Movie Masterpiece

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Once upon a time before the world went crazy, there were compassionate people who opened shelters for unwed mothers, offering refuge and care for women and their babies in their desperate times of need. In the 21st Century, we call these shelters “pregnancy care centers.” The setting for much of the riveting new “GIMME SHELTER” movie is a Pregnancy Care Center.

The movie is modeled after a true story in which a young woman, estranged from her pitiful drug addicted mother, and virtually unknown to her well to do father finds herself alone and pregnant. After several brushes with death and skirmishes with the law and her parents, she finds an unlikely refuge. We quickly fall in love with her, the shelter, and her new friends.

I understand why the producers of the film insist that it isn’t just about a prolife message because while the message “choose life” reverberates in the movie, the totality of the telling is much more comprehensive than one would imagine. There is a struggle to overcome bureaucracy, familial dysfunction and even implied racism in the film. Friendship, loyalty, faith, love and grace abound on the screen.

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include a scripture in this review, so here we go. Caregivers in the desired “shelter” reminded me of the midwives in the Bible. Where we are surrounded by the Pharaohs of Planned Parenthood here in the 21st Century, we discover in this film that there are still those who have not bowed their knees to the baals of greed that cause women to make desperate choices in seemingly hopeless moments. Yes, there are angels in disguise, and we meet some of them in the movie. They remind me of the midwives in Exodus chapter one.

“Behold, the people… are too many and too mighty for us… come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply… But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king… commanded them, so God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong.”

Compassion is an act of obedience and humility; an act that says “yes, I’m my brother’s and my sister’s keeper.” The midwives in Exodus were humble, obedient and compassionate. This expression of the love of Christ is predominant in the movie although one wouldn’t come away feeling that they had gone to a religious movie. Evil was confronted and overcome by good in a very realistic way in the movie.

Dealers and traffickers of drugs, greed, abortion and evil in general are enemies to life and family. Yet, there is shelter in the storm. While the film was primarily about a woman’s search for shelter, the role of the father in the life of his children was also poignantly addressed. But I come to close to the plot so I’ll leave something to your imagination until you get to the theater. Don’t wait too long!

My daughter and I went to see the movie, and she was moved to tears. It was a powerfully emotional experience for me as well. Since I don’t want to make this review into a spoiler, I’ll contain my zeal and end this review by urging you to see the film.

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Black leaders release new report, urging DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The National Black Prolife Coalition, has released a new report on the harmful impact of abortion. Visit the website for the latest on the report which was released on Capitol Hill. Click here National Black Prolife Colation

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National Pro-Life Religious Council to Bestow Awards at Jan. 23 Service in Capitol Visitors Center

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Date: January 16, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 18th annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in Room HVC 201 of the Capitol Visitors Center.

The National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) will present its annual Pro-Life Recognition Award to Chris Slattery, founder of EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, and Karolyn Schrage, executive director of Life Choices in Joplin, Mo.

Kelly Clinger, a recording artist and spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Tony Melendez, a guitar player who was born without arms and plays with his feet, will perform.

During the service, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life will also announce a Pro-life Award for Victoria Hearst, founder of Praise Him Ministries in Colorado.

The National Conference for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers was founded in 1994 by Rev. Rob Schenck of Faith and Action and Fr. Paul C.B. Schenck of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill. It is the only pro-life prayer service convened on the U.S. capitol complex. Additional sponsors include the National Clergy Council, National Pro-Life Radio and National Pro-Life Center.

This year’s honorees are involved in providing alternatives to abortion.

Slattery launched Expectant Mother Care-EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in mid-town Manhattan in 1984. It was New York City’s first crisis pregnancy center and remains the largest network of pregnancy help centers in the tri-state area.

He pioneered the use of onsite ultrasound and pre-natal care in a crisis center, and introduced 3D and 4D ultrasound in lifesaving work when the technology became available. He also pioneered using mobile ultrasounds with sidewalk counseling teams outside abortion clinics in major cities.

Mrs. Schrage, a registered nurse, worked as a medical missionary in Kenya for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Mike, produced a film addressing unplanned pregnancy issues in East Africa. The film was translated into eight languages and has been shown in many African countries.

In 2003, Mrs. Schrage and her family moved back to the United States, where she joined the LifeChoices medical team. LifeChoices Medical Clinic and 4U Testing Clinic in Joplin, Mo., provide confidential, compassionate medical services for individuals facing a sexual health crisis or unplanned pregnancy. LifeChoices works in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control to reduce the sexually transmitted disease epidemic in the USA.

“Pregnancy centers are on the front lines of the war against abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-life Religious Council. “Chris and Karolyn recognized this and decided to focus their considerable energies and talents to inspire young with the courage to love and to choose life. The National Pro-Life Religious Council salutes these pro-life heroes.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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Pro-Life: From Conception to Natural Death

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

What does it mean to be Pro-Life?

To me, being pro-life is to be in support of life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death and everything in between.

This notion that pro-lifers only care about the unborn is ludicrous. The gamut of issues that make up the pro-life movement are so many and varied that no pro-lifer could possibly be active in all of them. Issues like abortion (legislatively, praying at abortion mills, marches for life, investigations, public awareness, and crisis pregnancy centers), life quality of the child (education, health care, nutrition, and family), adoption, stem cell research, cloning, birth control, abortifacients, RU486, death penalty, and euthanasia are all important and need to be addressed. However, no one pro-lifer can address all of these issues by themselves. So they pick a specific issue or two that they feel called to fight for and that is where their focus is directed. It’s silly to then say that they don’t care about any of the other issues.

In a recent debate on NPR’s radio show Tell Me More between Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, and Rev. Carlton Veazey, President and CEO of Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice, Rev. Veazey made this very claim and without offering any proof whatsoever. I’m not sure if it was by design or by coincidence but just after the claim was made, the commentator brought the debate to an abrupt end without giving Mr. Bomberger a chance to refute the allegation. So I want to refute it now.

This really got me fired up because I am pro-life and I care about abortion as my main focus but I also care about all other life issues facing our children and even the adults. For example, an abortion not only kills the baby but it also hurts the mother and the father, if he’s in the picture. I’m concerned about the baby and the parents.

If they choose to abort their baby, I still care about the harm that comes to the mother and father. Their healing after the abortion, the increased risks of breast cancer associated with abortion, their increased risks of alcohol and drug abuse, their increased suicidal ideation and attempts.

If they choose keep the baby I care about the future of that baby, their access to a good primary and secondary education, their access to good affordable health care, their ability to have a nutritional diet, access to a good family life, preferably with both parents, etc.

I have been invited to speak out about many different issues like education, family, political issues, and others. I have turned most of them down because I don’t have time to address all of these issues. Does that mean that I don’t care about them? OF COURSE NOT. I do care and so I pray about these issues and for the many groups and organizations fighting for these issues. I’m just one person who feels that I have been called to stand and speak for the unborn and that is my focus.

Being pro-life is not just about abortion. It’s about a way of life, a mindset that God created life and we are created in God’s image. He, and He alone, decides when life will be created and when life will end.

Many in today’s society feel that they get to decide and so they murder or they assist in suicide. I pray for them too as they will have a heavy burden to live with and especially to die with. I pray for their souls that none of the children of His flock may be lost.

Everyone is created in His image and if you look hard enough, you can see the face of Jesus in everyone you meet. But to do this you must not only use your eyes but it requires the use of your heart as well. I see Jesus’ face in the unborn child, in the child with Down syndrome, in the child with a cleft lip, in the woman who just aborted her child, in the homeless man sleeping on the street, in the ones suffering with HIV and Aids, in the dying old woman suffering in great pain, in the prisoner waiting on death row, and in everyone who supports abortion who has been deceived by Satan, the father of lies.

I’m thankful for all the groups and organizations that fight for all these different life issues. God in his infinite wisdom and love has placed a calling in everyone’s heart for different life issues, usually through their life’s experiences. I had two abortions before God opened my eyes and heart to the truth and now I have a special desire to fight for the unborn.

Others fight against cancer because they either had cancer or know someone who does or did. That doesn’t mean that they don’t care about children with disabilities. Still others fight against the death penalty and others against euthanasia. Everyone has a calling if you just listen to your heart.

Being pro-Life is about caring for all life, not just the unborn. So, Rev. Carlton Veazey and all you who claim that we abandon the babies once their born, where is your proof? Don’t just make a blanket statement about pro-lifers. I want to see the proof. And don’t ask me how many babies I’ve adopted. That’s just as much of a cop-out. Nobody can adopt 4000 babies a day which is how many babies are being killed by abortions in America each day.

To listen to the debate over abortion between Ryan Bomberger and Rev. Carlton Veazey click here.

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American Idol Again… Steven Tyler has an abortion story to tell!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Okay, I admit it. I watch American Idol, and God hates idols. We are told to keep ourselves from idols. I’m praying about all of this. It would really be a blessing if they changed the name of the show to something else. I’m really praying! Having said all of that, I am generally touched by the lives, gifts and talents of the young people who sing their hearts out week after week on the show. They are not my idols, because Jesus is my Lord. I just love the people on the show, and do admire their gifts, which God gave them. Does this mean that they have to stop singing and entertaining on TV and only join the church choir? Of course not!

I pray that they will not seek to be idols, but will seek to be God’s gifts to humanity.

I didn’t watch the show last year, but was drawn back again this year. I actually like it that Jennifer Lopez brings some modesty to her attire, showing young girls that they don’t have to flaunt everything to be beautiful.

I’m also touched by the style of Steven Tyler (Dad of Liv Tyler and other children). From day one, I have been intrigued by his open and loving approach to coaching, mentoring and encouraging the singers. I’m also blown away Steven’s testimony, told in the autobiografical book Walk This Way and also in a recent article by PFL Pastoral Associate Kevin Burke. Kevin takes the time to reveal and explain a side to Steven that many don’t know about. I didn’t. Recently, I asked you what President Obama, Madea and American Idol have in common. The answer remains, they need our prayers.

Steven Tyler’s abortion with his young girlfriend decades ago wrecked his life. Thankfully, Steven has received some healing. It’s not clear if he has experienced actual post abortion healing, but Steven said on a recent American Idol show that he never wants to be a bad father again. He speaks often of his beautiful daughters. He also speaks out about how the abortion of his son hurt him. I wish he would post his testimony at Silent No More. When I watch Steven Tyler, I am encouraged to keep praying.

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Running Scared

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The abortion industry is beginning to get desperate. With the recent House vote in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, they are pulling out all the stops and reaching for straws in order to keep their baby-killing money-making machine running. An email sent from Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s President, Cecile Richards pleads with supporters, not once but five times, to make emergency donations because the next ten days could decide the future of the company. In the email, she states, “Over the next 10 days, we will make sure that every single senator knows just how critical Planned Parenthood health centers are to three million women every year. And we will make sure that every single senator sees the faces of the one in five women who have been to a Planned Parenthood health center in their lifetime. That’s millions of people, standing as one.“ Never in the email did she ask their supporters to contact their Senators, just send money.

A website that has been brought to our attention is Fund Abortion Now. The website is a resource for women to get financial help paying for an abortion. They solicit those with money to help pay for abortions when a woman doesn’t have the money to pay for it. Really sad. Many women seeking abortions are doing so because of financial woes over how they would be able to take care of a baby financially as with the couple in the much publicized MTV reality show, No Easy Decision. Another example is Congresswoman Gwen Moore who said that a baby would be better off dead than to have to eat ramen noodles. It is puzzling to me why anyone would be so invested in someone else killing their child that they would be willing to donate money to make it a reality. As I said before, it’s just plain sad.

On their website, they help women/girls to find money in places to abort their babies. This same money could be used to support life instead of paying for an abortion. The list is extremely long. Someone really put a lot of thought into how someone may find the money to pay for an abortion. Even to the point of taking out a loan, selling your car, sell your furniture, television, or dropping classes in college and getting partial tuition refund. These same tactics can also be used to save that life. Why don’t they mention that? Oh yeah, they wouldn’t make any money then.

Why can’t people see how destructive abortion is? What it does to people and their thinking? What it will do to their health? What it will do to them psychologically?

There are Crisis Pregnancy Centers that can help with resources and life-affirming alternatives to abortion. Just call 1-800-395-HELP (4357).

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Join Us For A Black History Month Prolife Event Sponsored By King For Americas E.M.B.R.A.C.E.

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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March for Life, Walk for Life 2011

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

January 2011 will hold many pro-life events from coast to coast. We hope to see you in person at some of them, particularly at the Prayer Service Fr. Frank will lead on the morning of the March for Life in Washington DC and at the Silent No More Awareness gatherings both at the March for Life and at the West Coast Walk for Life. Details are below. I am asking your assistance to spread the word about these gatherings so that we can make them larger than they have ever been!

Fr. Frank Pavone will be in San Francisco, CA on January 21-22 for the West Coast Walk for Life. On Friday, January 21, he will speak at an Interfaith Prayer service to be held from 8-9pm PT at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Georgette Forney, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will also participate in this event.

On Saturday, January 22 at the Walk for Life, Georgette Forney and Fr. Frank will March in front with the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. At 1:45PM PT the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will gather and give testimonies at Marina Green Park on Marina Boulevard.

Fr. Frank heads to Washington, DC that night on a red-eye flight. On Sunday, January 23, he will do a book signing from 3:30-5:30pm ET at the bookstore of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, along with my full-time associates Theresa and Kevin Burke of Rachel’s Vineyard.

Monday, January 24 is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Please start the day with us at the nation’s premier pro-life service on Capitol Hill from 8:00-10:15am, The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers. Fr. Frank will deliver the homily. We are confirming the exact location in one of our Federal buildings, and that detail will be on Priests for Life shortly. Please publicize this prayer service if you can and invite everyone you know to attend.

As soon as the Marchers reach the steps of the Supreme Court, please join me there for a gathering of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. There we support and listen to the men and women who have lost children to abortion and I will again address the crowd. We have already had over 65 post-abortive men and women sign up to participate.

Whether or not you can attend, please read and spread the testimonies found at Silent No More Awareness.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan Joins Black Prolife Leaders at NY Rally

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Press Release

Contact: Eugene, 757-593-9982,
Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union, 202-834-0844

BRONX, NY, Jan. 10, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — The following is released by the National Black Pro-Life Union:

Momentum is building for “If My People” — A Rally for Life and Justice to be held at Manhattan Bible Church, Bronx, NY Monday, January 10th at 7 p.m. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, of New York and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced that he will attend the rally. The Archbishop recently reiterated the pro-abstinence, pro-life, anti-contraceptive position of the church. “My word, what have we done the last 30 years? There’s candy bowls on people’s desks with condoms, they’re dropping them from airplanes, yet nothing seems to improve, so they’ve been on the wrong track here,” Archbishop Dolan said.

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for NY based Priests for Life will speak at the rally and urges members of the Black Pro-Life Movement from around the country to attend also to address the unprecedented targeting of minority women for abortion. “It’s an outrage that there is an attempt to stifle the life-saving work of New York’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers,” said Dr. King. “We come together in a chorus of protest against Bill 371–legislation that would require pregnancy centers, (CPCs) to post signage in front of their buildings that would discourage women seeking alternatives to abortion from entering their facilities,” she continued.

The Primary target of Bill 371 is Chris Slattery, a white, Roman Catholic, who founded the first pregnancy center in NY. Today, he oversees 12 CPCs–one across the street from Planned Parenthood at E. 149th Street. “Since 1985, our CPCs have saved 38,000 babies through one-on-one counseling to over 100,000 women by providing education about fetal development and alternatives to abortion including parental support and adoption,” said Slattery.

NY statistics broken down by ethnic groups for 2009: Black’s have a 59.8% abortion rate in NY compared to Hispanics with 41.3%, Asians 22.7% and Whites having 20.4% of the abortions.

The leaders are expected to speak about the startling abortion statistics in New York and urge the community to speak out against Bill 371.

Those attending the Rally include: Dr. Gerard Nadal, Center for Morality in Public Life; Rev. Arnold Culbreath, Protecting Black Life; Rev. Clennard Childress, LEARN; Pastor Stephen Broden, LEARN; Rev. Catherine Davis, Network of Politically Active Christians; Rev. Walter Hoye, Issues4Life; and Rev. Dr. La Verne Tolbert, national abstinence educator.

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New York City Council On Blast. CPCs Rock!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

On Monday the 10th I will be going to New York for a rally in opposition of New York City Council Bill #371 which seeks to place stricter restrictions on pregnancy centers.

I have visited many crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) all over the country. In fact, I just visited one today in Kentucky and it was beautiful as most of the ones around the country are. The centers are welcoming, warm, and the staff/volunteers are very friendly. They offer great services such as free pregnancy tests, free sonograms, counseling, free prenatal care, food, clothing and referrals for housing. Not only do they care and help the expectant mothers while she’s pregnant, they also help after the birth of the baby. Many offer parenting classes, continued help with baby needs such as diapers, wipes, formula, clothes and yes, sometimes some financial assistance.

In yesterday’s blog I talked about how “women/couples who are pregnant wouldn’t have to be scared or worried about how they would be able to handle having a baby or another baby. There would be plenty of people to offer help and assistance” if abortion ended in America. In fact, they can stop worrying right now because there are already plenty of CPCs in America, outnumbering abortion centers, which are ready, willing and even eager to help them.

Pro-choice advocates want to try and eliminate their existence because they stand in the face of their abortion agenda. They don’t want you to know that there is another choice to abortion. If they present the choices (from their point of view) the women facing unexpected pregnancies won’t really feel that they have a choice. To be perfectly honest, when CPCs present the choices, they are supporting an agenda too, but that agenda is on the side of life, not death. Someone once said something that makes a lot of sense. Oh yeah, it was God when he said, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

CPCs help women choose life. Abortion clinics help women choose death.

Choose CPCs that you and your child may live.

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