2023 Pro-Life To-Do List

Happy New Year!

We tend to create a list of things to accomplish during the year. For the pro-life cause, it is no different. Here is a list of things to do in 2023.

  • Attend the March for Life
  • Take part in prayer vigils in your area
  • Ask your pastor to host monthly Holy Hours for an end to abortion
  • Donate maternity items to pregnancy resource centers
  • Have a birthday fundraiser benefit a pro-life charity
  • Learn CPR
  • Give blood
  • Write to your representatives holding them accountable when they don’t vote on issues that protect life from womb to tomb
  • Create signs that promote And Then They Were None for the workers and volunteers to see
  • Chalk pro-life messages on the sidewalk
  • Listen or watch pro-life interviews
  • Host a pro-life movie night at your parish or campus
  • Host a fundraiser for a pro-life group
  • Attend a pro-life dinner
  • Give food, clothing, or shelter to those without a home
  • Attend pro-life conferences
  • Write a pro-life op-ed
  • Make a movie with a pro-life message
  • Write a pro-life short story
  • Read up on pro-life apologetics

Make 2023 a life-saving year

Time to cut the ties to CVS and Walgreens

Companies that sell chemicals for killing babies cannot be companies where we do business. If a company decides to profit from limitless access to chemicals that are used to kill unborn babies, we cannot also allow them to sell us medicines. 

It may be a bit of an inconvenience for us, but we should switch our prescription service from abortion chemical sellers – to pharmacies whose products heal rather than kill. 

If you currently use CVS or Walgreens for your prescription drugs, please consider using Rite Aide or a local pharmacy – rather than allow your business to provide profits to abortion providers. Read the article here, and take action!

Let the offenders know why you are no longer willing to do business with them! 

One Month Until National March for Life

Believe it or not, the National March for Life will continue in Washington, DC.

Be ready to attend on Friday, January 20th. For many, they will make a week or days-long stay in our nation’s capital. The good news is Roe v Wade will not celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The event will continue to become an annual event for all to recommit to the cause. Many states will see the issue be decided by their state legislature. At the same time, we must continue to educate the weak and mediocre minds on why abortion should be unthinkable.

Here are the details about the March for Life.


Classy Chicks Interview Philly Pro-Lifer

In a recent interview, the Classy Chicks podcast interviewed Mickey Kelly. He has been a guest contributor for Savannah Speaks 4 Life newsletter that publishes on a weekly basis. The interview shares why men are needed in the fight against abortion while sharing the staggering number of abortions that is more than 10x higher than the 2021 homicide rate.

To listen to the interview, click here.


We have a slate of states that will host their annual state marches.

Thanks to the Dobbs v Jackson decision in June 2022, the abortion debate has been sent to the state. Pro-lifers, this is your call to action to defend life at its most vulnerable stage in your state level.

Illinois will host its inaugural state march in Springfield on Tuesday, March 21st.

To view the schedule of state and province marches, visit here.


The biggest night for 1,200 pro-lifers across the Greater Philadelphia area occurred on November 20th. Those gathered celebrated the past year’s accomplishments on the state and national level while looking to the future.

Ashley Garecht, a board member of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, took time to address the crowd and plea to those gathered to double their efforts in the now Post-Roe society. Though the Supreme Court made a half-century error right, it didn’t “the end to abortion”. Instead, the issue was sent back to the states.

The event was broken into two parts. The first was hearing from a keynote speaker. Given the 40th anniversary of the dinner, it was a no-brainer that the keynote speaker this year was David Bereit, former director of 40 Days for Life.

Bereit helped lead the first 40 Days campaign at a Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX which is now the national headquarters for this life-saving ministry since 2013. 40 Days is now in 700 cities throughout the United States and the world.

Bereit, a native of western Pennsylvania, felt great to be back in his home state, but he knows more happens in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

He opens his remarks with where he was with the Dobbs decision and acknowledged the fact that more work must be done now that the abortion issue will be decided state by state. He and his wife Margaret wept for the decision and those that continue to be lost.

“The most important work is ahead of us.” David said as he alluded to the 32,123 abortions in Pennsylvania in 2021 with half in the Greater Philadelphia area and drawing attention to the results of the recent state elections.

Bereit offered three things all pro-lifers can do.

The first is to understand the nature of the struggle. Bereit shared his visit to Grand Rapids on visiting a place that changed his life on 72 Ransom Ave. He met the owners of a pregnancy resource center in a once-abortion facility after being a church for a hundred years. The people of faith came together and prayed for the abortion facility to close and it did in 1999. As he was touring the facility, he heard harrowing stories of the once-abortion facility as went room from room. Pro-lifers have to understand the “spiritual struggle on the issue of abortion and engage it with prayer and fasting.”

“With God, all things are possible,” Bereit exclaimed.

The second is to hear the call from God to get involved. Bereit challenged those gathered to ask God how can they answer the call to be part of the pro-life movement.

“It is a question worth asking. Then we must listen to God’s answer.” Bereit suggested.

Drawing from his friend David’s idea to be present for 40 days and 40 nights outside of a Planned Parenthood in their community, they answered the call to stop abortions from happening in their community. It paid off as abortions dropped by 28% in its first campaign.

The third piece of advice he offers is to work together. He wants all pro-lifers to come together to pray, fast, and give alms for the cause of life.

The next part of the evening served as the second biggest hallmark of the annual gathering. The Pro-Life Union of the Greater Philadelphia area awarded pro-lifers past and present for their ground-breaking achievements. The evening saw the debut of two new award categories, the St. John Neumann Award and Warrior of the Decade hence the 40th anniversary of the dinner. The other awards given that evening are the St. John Paul the Great Be Not Afraid and Defender of Life.

Fr. Chris Walsh was the first recipient of the St. John Neumann Award. Fr. Walsh was an active member of the Pro-Life Union for the last 15 years. He put much effort into improving the spiritual aspect of the coalition. He was chosen for the award as he continues to strive to serve God and his people, no matter the challenges that lie ahead of him.

The organization gave its inaugural Warrior of the Decade to four worthy recipients, Mary Daly, Molly Kelly, Father John McFadden, and Kim Savage.

Since 1969, Mary Daly has been at the forefront of the pro-life movement. Her accomplishments are many, but it is something to be emulated among every pro-lifer.

Molly Kelly is considered the “Golden Girl” of the pro-life movement. She was instrumental in bringing the chastity message to thousands of students. She has emceed the annual dinner for many years and is known for her great enthusiasm and her Irish humor.

Another priest from Philadelphia has made the list of award recipients this year. Fr. John McFadden was the pivotal mover and shaker of the establishment of Mothers Home in Darby, which today serves pregnant homeless moms. He also took part in many of the operation rescues in the early pro-life movement.

The final recipient of the Warrior of the Decade is Kim Savage. Kim was placed for adoption by her birth parents and it has been her guide in her involvement in the pro-life movement as she depends on Jesus. She was the founding director of Generation Life and takes the pro-life and chastity message across the Delaware Valley and beyond.

Ed Blaney is the recipient of the 2022 St. John Paul the Great “Be Not Afraid” award. For 24 years, Blaney has organized Pro-Life Benefit for Guiding Star Ministries. He also spent countless hours in front of the abortion facilities on Comly Road and Center City Philadelphia.

40 years and the dinner continues to go strong. We march on.


The following is from Barbara Rose, Please consider supporting them with #GivingTuesday approaching on November 29th.

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is entering its fourth year at the Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton, providing much needed early pregnancy medical care and referrals for material support to all women in the Greater Philadelphia area. Dr. Delia Larrauri, like Dr. Monique Ruberu, practices authentic Catholic health care for women, diagnosing and treating them with the NaProTechnology protocols developed at the Pope Paul VI Institute. Dr. Larrauri has one other talent – and that is a proficiency in speaking Spanish 🙂  

As you know, authentic pro-life health care for women is practically non-existent in our area.

That is why we are participating  in  #iGiveCatholic – on Giving Tuesday (first Tuesday after Thanksgiving). Advanced giving is happening now

For details, please see this link

Please remember that the Gianna Center is not just a medical clinic – it is truly a center. A center for pro-life health care and a health educational center. In October, we conducted an educational program for mothers and daughters aged 10 go 13. For photos, please see this link.   This is needed more then ever today. We have also purchased a program from the Diocese of St. Louis called the Wonder of Eve for teenagers. We hope to do this by zoom a few times a year.

I can never thank you adequately for all of your support!  I realize you have done so much already, but I am humbly asking that, if you have facebook, please go to the Gianna facebook page and share the link to the #iGiveCatholic.


This week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected a new president, vice president, and a new pro-life chair instrumental in enforcing canon law.

Archbishop Timothy Brogolio, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Military Services, was elected the new president of USCCB. Brogolio has been a prominent critic of the vaccine mandate that affects military members coerced into taking it.

“No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” he stated. “The denial of religious accommodations, or punitive or adverse personnel actions taken against those who raise earnest, conscience-based objections, would be contrary to federal law and morally reprehensible.”  

His vice president is no stranger to the pro-life movement. Brogolio’s vice president is Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. His last position was chair of the pro-life ministries overseen by USCCB. He currently is the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, which he has held since 2005.

In his role with the bishops’ pro-life committee, Lori has spoken out repeatedly in favor of assistance for pregnant women and against President Joe Biden’s advancement of abortion. He has been a vocal proponent of the bishops’ 2020 “Walking with Moms in Need” initiative to help pregnant women, mothers, and babies.

“The president is gravely wrong to continue seeking every possible avenue to facilitate abortion instead of using his power to increase support and care to mothers in challenging situations,” Lori said on October 25.

USCCB appointed a new chair of pro-life ministries. Succeeding Lori is Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, VA. He has scolded both Biden and Pelosi on how they’ve supported abortion while claiming to be “Catholic”.

When asked about denying Pelosi communion, he said the decision was “pastoral, not political” and said the communion denial was not a punishment but a way of encouraging someone to repent and get right with God.

“All people, including those who are not public individuals, have to approach the sacraments truly in communion with the Church and Our Lord,” Burbidge said.

Last month, Burbridge criticized Biden who promised to sign a bill allowing abortions up to birth.

“The role of Congress is to pass laws that serve the common good — and yet this priority of the president only brings about pain and death.”

Let’s see what the Brogolio administration can do in the next three years.


Cardinal Wilton Gregory, a cardinal of our nation’s capital, announced the end of a long pre-March for Life tradition.

In a statement yesterday, the cardinal stated “After a consultation process that involved dialogue with other dioceses, ministry leaders, and the partners who assist the Archdiocese in hosting the annual Rally and Mass, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has decided not to move forward with hosting the larger multi-Diocese Rally,” the cancellation noticed stated.

The letter told pro-life youth that “as difficult a decision as it was to cancel” the rally that draws in thousands every year, the Archdiocese of Washington still “support[s] their local work and pray[s] for their success” and asked for groups who’ve planned to come to the youth rally to continue supporting the National March for Life at the National Mall and attend the Vigil Mass at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler, TX, denounced the move by the Archdiocese of Washington, arguing that the cancelation could hurt the pro-life voice nationally.

In a tweet, he argued, “I must protest this cancellation. We have an extremely anti-life President & we cancel our national voice? Yes to state efforts, but we desperately need a national voice for life at this critical time.”

The question that many of us have is why. Why would a cardinal cancel a long tradition that has gathered thousands of youth from before the March for Life in our country? It has been a long-standing staple for the experience in January every year since 1997.

People are asked to persuade his eminence to reinstate the tradition by visiting this link here.

Memorial Mass In Remembrance of Pro-Lifers

Mass of Remembrance – Monday, November 21 at St. Mary Magdalen, Media for all in the pro-life movement who died in 2022. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM. Mass will begin at 7:30 PM

We remember:  Randy Beckman, Rev. Mr. Frank Bizal, Harold Boston, Dan Brusstar, Marcia Cassidy, Tom DeShula, Patrick Hinnegan, Kathy Lauber, Pastor Herb Lusk, Rosemary Mascaro, Mike McGrail, Bishop Robert Maginnis, Betty Maier, Dan Moran, Joe Scheidler, Jim Sedlak, Brother Bob Sembrat, Sandy Slater, Marcella Wall, Dr. Mary Wirshup