Saturday, March 28, 2015

Darkness into Light


 
 

DARKNESS

 


It was Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 6:30pm.  Our Everett 40 Days for Life prayer had just started. I crossed the driveway to view the Planned Parenthood parking lot.  Just then, an Ecolab car had entered the driveway pulling up close to the building.  Stepping out of his small car, the courier began picking up and removing the clear freezer bag filled with the remains of aborted children from the little white box outside the Planned Parenthood staff door.
 

Despicable and inhumane!  Horrifying and ungodly!  I felt empty and without words. David Graves, friend and past Marysville 40 Days for Life Coordinator, witnessed this tragedy with me, as he had himself on many other occasions. Although this is "reality," it is unbelievable!  David reminded me, "We live in very grave and dark times."  The removal of fetal remains happens at least weekly, especially on Wednesday, following surgical abortion day.
 
"We were standing, we were kneeling; we were praying at the foot of the cross".....modern day Calvary - Planned Parenthood. Father Saguto, Pastor, North American Martyrs Parish, Seattle, WA, led us in the Most Holy Rosary. We gathered for prayer to acknowledge our midway point of the spring 40 Days for Life journey. We prayed not only for the end of abortion and the protection of the unborn, but also for their mothers and fathers, the Planned Parenthood staff and ourselves. Eighty pilgrims were there, many families with young children. 
 


LIGHT

 

The Midway vigil was over. Participants walked across the street to celebrate Pregnancy Aid's new location at 3202 Hoyt Ave, and were served cake, cookies, and juice. Visitors were excited and pleased to experience and share in this joyful occasion. Days earlier, Fr. Hersey, Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, blessed the building.
 
A former law firm, this two-story white office with wine colored red trim, seemed divinely chosen due to its immediate proximity to Planned Parenthood. "Indeed," said John Wolcott, Pregnancy Aid Board Member, this relocation was made possible by divinely inspired, achieved by a series of 'Godcidental' events."
 
John continued, "Its presence is certain to provide a visible, close by alternative for those visiting Planned Parenthood seeking abortions or other help. Pregnancy Aid, with its new six-foot long sign in the front yard and its 'Free Pregnancy Testing' sign in the window, provides an easy visible and inviting alternative to those entering Planned Parenthood."
 
The new Pregnancy Aid home is warmly decorated and furnished. The upstairs opens into a welcoming - reception area. Additional rooms are an executive office, separate clothing rooms for boys and girls. Another space is available for private, confidential one-on-one interviews with clients as Pregnancy Aid volunteers determine individual needs and matching available support services.
 
Downstairs is a large sorting room for incoming clothing and other infant accessories, including stacked cases of diapers. A handy kitchenette is convenient for volunteers and staff.
 

Pregnancy Aid material services include, but not limited to, maternity and baby clothing for mothers and families (100,000 since 1971), and a Car Seat Program - all free of charge. Pregnancy Aid further administers the state Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.







The 24th Annual Pregnancy Aid Auction this fall is a major funding source coupled  with countless individual donors. Pregnancy Aid benefits from several baby showers hosted by the Knights of Columbus, IC-OLPH youth, as well as, Archbishop Murphy High School, and many other dedicated supporting organizations.  


"In this new location," said Roberta Wolcott, Board Vice-President, "Pregnancy Aid continues its 44 and a half years of protecting the lives of unborn children by helping their mothers."
 
 
References & Statistics:
“At the Foot of the Cross” by Ray Boltz and Lawrence Chewning
“Darkness into Light” biblical theme: John 1:5; 8:12; Corinthians 4:6
40 Days for Life (national)
     Total abortions (1973-2013): 56.5 million
     Abortions per day: 2,899
 
 

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Pregnancy Aid Opens at New Location

Hello Friends:
March 18th marks the half way point for the 40 Days for Life!
This event takes place on a Wednesday evening at 6:30 outside of Planned Parenthood. We will pray from 6:30-7:30 at PP and then walk over to Pregnancy Aid.
The highlight of this particular March 18th Midway Rally is the celebration of the new Pregnancy Aid located just across the street from Planned Parenthood. Pregnancy Aid director, Angel, is inviting us over for coffee and Lenten snacks after we pray the Rosary. There she will give us a tour and show us the grounds. Please come and join us in prayer for life and celebrating our new building!

EVERETT
www.40daysforlife.com/everett
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Challenge to Media: Courage

A Challenge to the Media...

     Do you have the courage to fully investigate the long-standing abortion debate and issues? Divisive it is!  So often, news articles and stories touch only surface level, but don’t dig deep into the core – what is factually true and false based on hard facts, and not emotion and political philosophy. YOU have an excellent opportunity to serve the community with your talents and gifts.  Use them to advance the dialogue.  Will YOU accept this challenge?

     Based on science only, what is the development of the fetus or unborn child at key stages of development (one week, 3 weeks, 10 weeks, etc.)?

     Based on medical practice and science, what happens during an abortion (saline, vacuum, RU486, etc.)?  Are women able to view the ultrasound prior to the abortion, as the doctor would? Are women provided specific, accurate details of the abortion procedure?


     Based upon standard scientific survey processes, what do women say that have had abortions?  How was the experience?  Was the abortion experience positive or negative? Would they recommend the procedure? Why or why not? Did they experience any after affects, such as physical or mental, marital or social problems?


     Are places that perform abortions safe?  Are they inspected, and if so, how often and by whom?  Have the facilities experienced patients that have needed emergency care at a local hospital?

     What are the funding sources for abortion clinics?  How much does each abortion cost?  Is there tax money involved in abortion? 

     What are the state and national laws pertaining to abortion? What laws are proposed? 


     Please visit/Contact Pregnancy Aid, Pregnancy Resource Center, and Next-Step Pregnancy Services, Human Life of Washington, 4US.org. Visit/Contact Seattle Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Project Rachel, The Gabriel Project, and local 40 Days for Life Campaigns.

     Please visit/contact local Planned Parenthood & Cedar River clinics.


Ed Mohs