Thursday, October 31, 2019

Eucharist, prayer sustains Ed Mohs

NW Catholic

  • Written by Nathan Whalen
  • Published in Local

Ed Mohs, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Everett, is a longtime advocate for pro-life issues. He spends time praying in front of Planned Parenthood and recently was named to the board of Two Hearts Pregnancy Aid. Photo: Courtesy Ed Mohs Ed Mohs, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Everett, is a longtime advocate for pro-life issues. He spends time praying in front of Planned Parenthood and recently was named to the board of Two Hearts Pregnancy Aid. Photo: Courtesy Ed Mohs
EVERETT – On Wednesdays, Ed Mohs stands in front of Planned Parenthood, praying for an end to abortion.
“It’s just always been very important to me to be a witness,” said Mohs, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Everett. “In my heart, I knew right from wrong.”
Mohs has a unique perspective as an advocate for the unborn: His birth mother, Irene, was a rape victim who gave her baby up for adoption instead of having an abortion.
Praying outside abortion clinics like the one in Everett is just one way the Marysville resident advocates for the unborn. A former pro-life chair for the Knights of Columbus council in Marysville, Mohs coordinates pro-life activities at other parishes, sits on the board of Two Hearts Pregnancy Aid in Everett and has advocated for life issues in Olympia.
“He’s got a heart of gold and he is so committed to the cause,” said Michelle McIntyre, a member of North American Martyrs Parish in Seattle.
Mohs has championed the pro-life cause since his high school days in the 1970s, when he invited a Human Life of Washington representative to visit his health class for a debate on life issues with a Planned Parenthood official.
Now 64, Mohs remains persistent in his efforts to end abortion. The only way to accomplish that is through the power of the Eucharist and prayer, he said.
“It’s God who actually changes hearts and minds,” Mohs said.
Finding his birth mother
Mohs was raised in the Catholic faith by his parents, Raymond and Mary Mohs, who adopted him at 9 months old. The family attended St. Pius X Parish in Mountlake Terrace.
When he was in his 20s, Mohs began looking for his birth mother. “There was a feeling I wanted to find my birth family,” he explained.
The search “was very scary,” said his mother, Mary Mohs, “because he didn’t know if he would be accepted or rejected.”
It took more than 20 years and the help of a private investigator. In 2002, Mohs met Irene over cookies and ice cream. Because of her fragile mental state, he was simply introduced as a family friend (Irene died in 2014).
Using God’s gifts as a witness
His pro-life work, Mohs said, is a natural spiritual progression for him. The retired Boeing engineer and married father of four said he is using the gifts God gave him — mouth, hands and feet — as a witness for Christ.
One of his regular advocacy activities is participating in 40 Days for Life, a worldwide Christian effort that uses prayer, fasting and peaceful activism outside abortion clinics in the effort to end abortion. Local campaigns, like the one outside the Everett Planned Parenthood clinic where Mohs participates each spring and fall (the fall campaign ends November 3), are independently organized. Mohs was the local organizer in 2008 and 2009.
“The intention on being there is to pray,” Mohs said, adding that he often prays 15 decades of the rosary.
Occasionally, Mohs, a member of his parish choir, breaks out in song while standing vigil. Two of his favorites are “Jesus Loves the Little Children” and “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.”
“He’s been dedicated since the beginning,” said Rachel Carrier, coordinator of the Everett event, which began in 2007. She described Mohs as kind, gentle and calm. “He’s a solid rock.”
‘We try our best to lead them to Christ’
In the back of his car, Mohs carries several signs that bear photos of infants or unborn babies. “Real men support life born and unborn,” reads one. “Every child is a wonderful creation,” another says. He also has informational pamphlets on hand to distribute to passersby.
When Mohs prays in front of Planned Parenthood on Mondays and Saturdays, he sometimes encounters aggressive pro-choice supporters.
“As followers of Christ, we don’t hate them, we try our best to lead them to Christ,” Mohs said. “The spirit of Christ is within us and we’re to love our neighbors as ourselves.”
Roberta Wolcott, a member of St. Mary Parish in Marysville, has seen Mohs for years at various pro-life functions. “He always has a positive attitude,” she said.
Earlier this year, Mohs took his pro-life advocacy to the state Capitol. He joined the annual Washington State March for Life in January; in February, he participated in Catholic Advocacy Day for the first time, lobbying his state representative on pro-life issues.
On Fridays, Mohs attends Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in north Everett, and then ventures to nearby Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church for adoration.
“It’s really the overall grace of being present,” Mohs said of adoration. “It gives me the energy and grace to push on.”

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Everett 40 Days for Life

Hello Dear Friends,
The Everett 40 Days for Life 2019 Fall Campaign begins September 25th through November 3rd. Here are some reasons to get involved in 40 Days for Life again this year for our 12th year running: 40 Days for Life is a peaceful pro-life effort that has been embraced by more than 1,000,000 in 61 nations. By the Grace of God, 40 Days for Life has achieved proven results: 16,004 babies spared from abortion, 191 abortion worker conversions, and 104 closed abortion centers. Join us in this largest national campaign to save lives!

God Bless You!


Friday, August 30, 2019

Mother and Child

Frequently, those of us who oppose abortion and value human life from the moment of conception until natural death are accused by abortion proponents, including Planned Parenthood, of only caring about the babies.  Once the infant is  born, we no longer give a hoot about the newborn or its mom.  False!

PREPARES, a statewide initiative of the Catholic Bishops of Washington State, provides pregnancy and parenting support for all families from pregnancy to their child’s fifth birthday, seeking not only to assure healthy births and avoid the tragedy of abortion, but also providing emotional support and promoting healthy, flourishing families. 

Catholic Adoption Services of Washington State is a program of Catholic Community Services providing adoption planning for birth mothers and adoptive placement services throughout Washington State since 1937. Services are provided at no charge to the pregnant woman. 

Two Hearts Pregnancy Aid’s most important service is friendship and concern for every person who contacts them, furnishing free of charge layettes for newborns, new car seats, infant formula plus maternity, children and infant clothing. Founded in 1971, Two Hearts Pregnancy Aid distributed over 4,700 diapers in 2019, while serving more than 400,000 clients. 

Next Step Pregnancy Services in Lynnwood helps women and men who are facing an unplanned pregnancy by offering confidential, compassionate counselling, free pregnancy tests, and diagnostic ultrasound tests, maternity, baby clothes, diapers, formula, strollers, even potty chairs.

Pregnancy Resource Center also in Everett and faith-based offers confidential, compassionate care while furnishing maternity and baby clothing, diapers, and pregnancy testing.

Lastly, Living Hope House is a faith-based, non-denominational home in Arlington serving homeless and homeless-vulnerable women who may also experience an unexpected pregnancy. Living Hope House believes every person is uniquely created and loved by God while striving to meet the women’s spiritual, relational, and material needs.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Safe, Legal, and Rare: Seriously! January 22, 2019

Pro-choice advocates claim abortion is safe, legal, and rare; not completely true. Pregnancy termination is certainly legal in the U.S.  Yet, this barbaric procedure still extracts a real cost, not in dollars, but human lives.  

    More than 60 million abortions were performed in America since January 22, 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled abortion legal in all nine months of pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood terminated 321,384 pregnancies in just one year according to its most recent annual report for 2016 to 2017.  Washington abortionists committed nearly 19,230 abortions in 2014 as stated by Planned Parenthood’s research arm, Guttmacher Institute, representing 2.1% of all abortions in the United States.

    Operation Rescue, a national pro-life organization, tracks the appalling human stories silently left behind following legal abortion. Their website is dedicated to proving that “abortion is not safe” as medical emergencies accounted for a minimum of roughly 275 women being transported to hospitals. Six women in Washington were maimed by abortionists.

    Life Dynamics, whose mission is to end legalized abortion in America and restore legal protection to the unborn, documents 250 women who died at the hands of callous abortionists. Thirty-three were under age 18; two were just 13 years old. After an abortion, M.Ortega-Rodriguez, age 23, died on Jan 18,2016. Tanya Reaves, age 24, entered a Chicago, IL Planned Parenthood to obtain a legal abortion on July 12, 2012; she later died as well.

    Operation Rescue and Life Dynamics investigators draw their information from the actual 911 recordings, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) available through Open Record laws. Further, photographs, autopsy reports, state medical boards & inspection reports, malpractice suits, and death certificates backup reporting of medical emergencies.

    Medical emergencies uncovered: hemorrhages; vaginal, uterine punctures,  lacerations, and tears; overdoses, sepsis, severe abdominal pain, non-breathing, unresponsiveness, high fever, seizures, incomplete abortions, and those medical emergencies resulting in death.

    “Abortion just isn’t safe. Certainly it is fatal for the baby, but women also risk their lives at shoddy abortion clinics, as we have seen over and over,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “ Spokane, Washington 4/28/2015
    “I was left with an incredible feeling of sorrow to have witnessed this event.  We know that babies die there (Planned Parenthood) on a regular basis and women are hurt during every abortion but there is never any formal public recognition of that,” said Mary Emanuel, Abortion in Washington, blogger.
    Consider Albuquerque, New Mexico between November, 2008 and December, 2009: eight women were rushed to hospitals due to botched abortions. In addition, late-term abortionist Shelley Sella faced a New Mexico Medical Board hearing after a woman suffered a ruptured uterus during a 35 week full term abortion.  
    A Falls Church, VA abortion facility, Falls Church Healthcare Center, incurred 13 pages of violations on November 17, 2016 in the most recent inspection report. Further violations were found in a 33-page document dated June 12, 2018.  
    “The abortionist cannot hide his dirty work behind ‘sheets of shame.’ While we only see a small fraction of the abortion injuries inflicted upon women, the truth about unsafe clinics and shoddy abortionists continues to come out,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
    Operation Rescue obtained the 911 recording from a September 16, 2015 incident at Planned Parenthood in Spokane, WA. The caller hesitated when asked by the 911 dispatcher what happened. “Um, uh, uterine perforation,” the Planned Parenthood caller said.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Two Hearts at Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County

Since 1971, Two Hearts at Pregnancy Aid helped over 100,000 families providing clients with pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, baby layettes, formula, diapers, brand new car seats, and gently-used clothing to include 18-24 pack items plus jackets, toys, and books. This compassionate and loving aid is offered free without judgement and no strings attached.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Gosnell Movie

I saw the movie Gosnell about the convicted murderer, Dr. Kermit Gosnell. The Philadelphia abortionist was found guilty in May of 2013 of three counts murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, 21 counts of illegal late-term abortion and 211 counts of violating informed consent laws. Gosnell is now serving three-consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

This non-graphic film highlighted Gosnell’s delusional dis-regard for humanity, not only for the aborted infants, but also the women who came to him in desperation. Gosnell’s 30-year abortion clinic business, Women’s Medical Society had not been inspected for 16 years. What if Dr.  Gosnell’s clinic had been inspected on a regular basis? What may have been different? 

Sanitized instruments, floor regularly swept and mopped; the garbage, and “medical waste” removed, local and state permits and inspections kept up to date. The deaths of the women may not have occurred, countless women’s lives not destroyed, no stored aborted infants, and  
Gosnell’s business would have been shut down much sooner. Yet, countless other abortions would still have occurred as the savage procedure is legal in America.  

Case in point: Planned Parenthood clinic located at 1509 - 32nd Street in Everett.  When was this facility inspected by Snohomish County Health District?  Has anyone died at this Planned Parenthood?  Has anyone been injured? Legal, surgical abortions end the lives of several unborn children each Wednesday at the Everett Planned Parenthood.  Do we care? 

E. M.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Abortion: America's Great Holocaust - Thoughts on this January 22, 2018

Between 58 and 59 million preborn infants have died by abortion in America since the January 22, 1973 - when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. 

St. Pope John Paul II in his Homily during Mass at the Washington Mall, October 7, 1979 stated,

 “Human Life is precious because it is a gift of a God whose love is infinite; and when God gives life, it is forever.”

God created humanity in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27) and knew us before we were born (Jeremiah 1:15).  The Lord in all His goodness, desired humanity to share in his creation, and to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28, 2:28 and Matthew 19:4).  He gave us a few simple rules: The Ten Commandments - to love God with our whole heart and soul, and to love others as ourselves.

The song, Wherever You Go, by the Benedictine Monks of Weston Priory and based on the Book of Ruth, so eloquently expresses this great gift of life.

“I want to say something to all of you who have become a part of the fabric of my life.  The color and texture, which you have brought into my being, have become a song, and I want to sing it forever.  There is an energy in us, which makes things happen – when the paths of others touch ours.  And we have to be there and let it happen.  When the time of our particular sunset comes – our thing, our accomplishment won’t really matter a great deal.  But the clarity and care with which we have loved others will speak with vitality of the great gift of life we have been for each other.”

It has been 45 years; the U.S. continues aborting 2,000 – 3,000 children daily.  America has the highest abortion rate (19.4 per 1,000) of any western industrialized nation.  Washington state doctors are responsible for aborting 21,880 women in 2011.  So tragic! 

“I was 15 years old when my mother and I returned to Planned Parenthood after the contraceptive they provided months earlier failed.  I was told I was 11 weeks pregnant and that my pregnancy was a ‘clump of cells’ and to hurry to make an appointment if I wanted an abortion because at 12 weeks the prices would be higher.  I was not given any counseling of any kind whatsoever.  Today, I regret my abortion.”  Silent No More Awareness – Shadia

In the book, Mother Teresa’s Reaching Out in Love – Stories Told by Mother Teresa, compiled and edited by Edward Le Joy and Jaya Chaliha, Mother Teresa defines the sad reality of abortion this way:

“Abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace in the world today – abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.  And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other?”

Operation Rescue, a leading pro-life Christian activist organization promoting legal personhood to the unborn child, has documented at least 200 abortion related deaths between 1973 and 2014.  Since March 2011, three medical emergencies have occurred in Washington State due to abortion complications: Everett (3/18/2011), Kenmore (10/2/2012), and Spokane (5/18/2011).  Why has the Media not reported the emergencies?

Clearly, abortion is legal.  However, is it actually rare?  No!  Is it safe?  No!  There is a local and national silence (a blackout) regarding the horrendous, tragic story of abortion and its implications - not only the preborn infants killed, but also, the women’s lives now wrecked from abortion.

"If anyone tells you that there are no side effects to having an abortion, I’m living proof that the side effects can be devastating.  Not only do you rob yourself of a person that would enrich your life, you rob all your family as well.  I tell you the pain of that realization is excruciating."  Silent No More Awareness – Adrian, California
"I only would wish that people could see that abortion does not only hurt the little ones who get aborted but that it hurts also us in a very real, serious, and lasting way.  I would wish that people could see that with abortion in our lives we lose a kind of innate God-given blessedness, a life full of innocence and tenderness."  Silent No More Awareness – Anne, MS


Yet, realizing the inhumanity of abortion, lack of protection for the unborn, and a society indifferent to the sacredness of human life, from conception to natural death (Culture of Death), there is hope looking forward.  According to reported statistical data, abortions have steadily declined since 1980. reported the following Associated Press story: since 2010, “Abortions Dropped by 12% in the U.S.”  (June 8, 2015).  Slow but steady, we are moving forward to restoring respect for life, especially for the unborn.

Hope. Although we have tremendous work to do, in any city or region in the U.S., Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC), and Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) are springing up everywhere – helping women face challenging, unintended pregnancies.

Services include maternity and baby clothing, infant formula, free pregnancy test, an ultrasound, confidential, supportive counseling, and fetal development.  Clients receive information on all options, including adoption, and keeping the child.  Women may hear important information on the impacts of abortion.  Local organizations that work closely with women are Two Hearts Ultrasound at Pregnancy Aid, Pregnancy Resource Center, Everett, and Next Step Pregnancy Services in Lynnwood. Prepares, a Washington state Catholic parish based ministry, provides similar services, but also includes parental support through age Five. 

In the past 4 decades, citizens committed to ending abortion formed countless 501c organizations.  Key fundamentals generating this positive pro-life strength and success are education, networking, state legislative abortion restrictions, prayer, and outreach at the abortion site.  Coalition for Life, 40 Days for Life, National Right to Life, Students for Life, Crusade for Life, American Life League, Priests for Life, Anglicans for Life, Pro-Life Across America, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and Washington State March For Life.

Why has not the media reported more on the amazing and heroic success stories and their life-saving work?  (Abby Johnson-former Director of Planned Parenthood who left PP; Shawn Carney-Texas Coalition for Life, 40 Days for Life; David Bereit-40Days for Life, Rebecca Kiessling-Conceived in Rape; Late Dr. Bernard Nathanson-former NYC abortionist turned pro-life.  Late Dr. Jack Wilke-founder, Nat’l Right to Life; Jill Stanek, nurse, blogger; Fr Pavone, Priests for Life; Julie Brown, American Life League; Nellie Grey-March For Life; Gianna Jessen, Saline abortion survivor).

There is an inner passion to end this tragedy in our nation’s history.  God set the truth on my heart even before I was born.

My life began due to my birth mother being raped at age 19 by my biological father.  Symptoms of epilepsy challenged her life while dealing with a pregnancy, too.  After nine months in a foster home, my parents, Ray and Mary Mohs adopted me.  I grew up in a large Catholic family in Mountlake Terrace, WA with seven siblings and three additional foster kids.  I am now married nearly 38 years to my wife, Donna.  We have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

                                             General Reference Information


Abortion - The most divisive, passionate, human rights, moral issue of our time.

Before and after January 22, 1973: Roe v Wade, Doe v Bolton, Casey v Planned Parenthood

Established & affirmed Constitutional Right to Abortion (mostly)

LAW, ACCESS & RESTRICTIONS (Nationally & Washington State):

Referendum 20: November 3, 1970

Initiative 120: November 1991

Roe v Wade; Doe v Bolton; Casey v Planned Parenthood

Life at Conception Act – H.R. 1091

Pain – Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Waiting periods: 24/48/72 hours

Abortion is law of the land in Washington State even if Roe was overturned

Reasons for Abortion: reproductive choice – right to control woman’s body, economics & family size; college (wrong place, wrong time), pressure from partner or other relationship, sexual abuse (rape), fear, lack of self-esteem, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse.

Reasons against Abortion:

Physical, emotional harm to women, including future pregnancies placed at risk, relationships ruined, death of one own preborn child, turning away from God


Diary of the Unborn, Priests for Life

Drama of Life Before Birth, Lennart Nilsson, 1965 Photo Essay, Time Magazine


Deuteronomy 30:1; Genesis 1:27; Jeremiah: 1:15; Psalm 139:13-16


Guttmacher Institute*

Washington State Abortions (2011) 21,880*

American Life League**

Total Abortions Nationally (1973-2013) 56.5 million; abortions per day = 2,899

Washington State Abortions (2010) 21,124; (2013) 17,592; decrease 16.7%

Operation Rescue***

There has been a steady decline in abortions since 1980.

The U.S. has the highest abortion rate (19.4 per 1,000) of any western industrialized nation.

88.7 percent of all abortions take place by the twelfth week of pregnancy

200+ abortion related deaths 1973 thru 2014

Women’s Issues / Guttmacher Institute ****

Unintended pregnancies account for nearly half (50%) of all pregnancies

Four out of ten (40%) unintended pregnancies end in abortion

Twenty-four percent (24%) of all pregnancies end in abortion

Two out of every hundred (2%) women ages 15-44 have an abortion.  Of these, 48% have had one or more previous abortions

Fifty-two percent (52%) of women choosing abortion are under age 25

Black women are almost four times as likely to have an abortion as white women are

For women having abortions, 43% are Protestant and 27% identify as Catholic

CNS News:

87 surgical abortion facilities closed in 2013, Dec 29, 2013


Providing pregnancy tests, contraception, abortion, limited women & men’s health screenings

Encourages teen promiscuity engaging in explicit, risky, immoral sexual behaviors,

--Info for Teens section (website) *****

Nation’s largest abortion provider: 4 million since 1970**

305,310 abortions in 844 clinics; 374.4 million income from services; 349.6 million grants & government contracts (taxpayer funds);  fiscal year 2007-2008**

327,653 abortions (medical and surgical) 2012-2013**

1,880 adoption referrals** (2012-2013)

Ratio of adoption referrals to abortions: 1 per 174 (2012-2013)

32 (PP) clinics in WA State*****

Margaret Sanger, 1916, Founder*

Abortion Motto: “safe, legal, rare”

--The Guardian, July 9, 2014;, July 14, 2014
ABORTION PROCEDURES: The reality of abortion

Methods duration, cost, side-affects, complications

Saline, suction, D&C, D&E, RU486 (The Abortion Pill - Mifepristone)

Complications: heavy bleeding & severe pain, perforated uterus, cut/torn cervix, pelvic infection, cramping, depression, drug & alcohol abuse, emotional disturbances, relationship difficulties, problems with future pregnancies, and death

Cost: 1,500 1st Trimester (In-Clinic Abortion)

Abortion Pill (medical abortion, Mifepristone): $800


May 18, 2015, Spokane, WA

March 26, 2015, South Wind Women’s Abortion Center, Wichita, and KS

October 2, 2012, Kenmore, WA

July 20, 2012, Chicago, IL, Tanya Reeves (death)

March 18, 2011, Everett, WA

May 31, 2009, Wichita, KS, late-term abortion doctor assassinated

2015, 25 medical emergencies document (thus far), 11 at Planned Parenthood – Operation Rescue

 Two-Hearts Ultrasound at PREGNANCY AID:

3202 Hoyt Ave, Everett

Since 1971, (42 years) supported over 100,000 mothers and families with

Maternity & baby clothing, Car Seat Program, baby layettes, WIC, pregnancy tests, confidential, friendly, caring, nonjudgmental help (all free)

Uniquely located across the street from Planned Parenthood, Everett Ultrasounds:

Raises funds to purchase ultrasound equipment for local pregnancy centers

“Rally Round 4 Ultrasound”: Hosting World’s Largest Squirt-gun Fight


Prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and outreach to end abortion, since 2007

Spring, fall each year: September 23 – November 1, 2015 (next campaign)

Washington: approximately 12 cities

Nationally: 3,588 campaigns, 579 cities, 30 countries, 650,000 individual participants, 10,331 unborn lives saves, 118 abortion workers quit their jobs, 60 abortion facilities closed through the end of 2014.


Ed M (located birth family), Chris M (located birth family), Jiena S, John W, Kevin F

Patience, Perseverance, Prayer - Ed’s adoption search story


Rachel’s Vinyard / Silent No More Awareness

Post-abortive women who have come to terms with and later regret their abortion decision realize an ocean of mercy and love from God.  They fully accept the unborn child they aborted and grieve, but now experience new life in the forgiveness and healing power of Christ.

  SOURCES / References:

Abortion in Washington Blog

American Life League**

Guttmacher Institute******

Louisiana State Department of Health & Hospitals

Next Step Pregnancy Services

Operation Rescue***

Planned Parenthood of Great Northwest

Pregnancy Aid

Priests for Life

Women’s Issues / Guttmacher Institute****

40 Days for Life

Darkness into Light, By Ed Mohs

Patience, Perseverance, Prayer, By Ed Mohs

Ed Mohs Faith Journey, By John Wolcott

Eucharist, prayer sustains Ed Mohs

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