Monthly Archives: September 2017

40 Days for Life & Culture Project

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Friends for Life:

  1. This Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 Days for Life Campaign internationally and right here in Toledo! Join us as we kick off this year’s campaign on Wednesday September 27th at 6 pm at Capital Care, 1160 West Sylvania Ave., Toledo. We will be joined by Pastor Matt Purdi of H2O Church of the University of Toledo as well as many other pro-life leaders! Join us for what truly can be a historic campaign as we await on the ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court on whether or not Capital Care will have to shut down their doors for good! Finally, we are in desperate need of prayer warriors to pray every day from 7 am – 7 pm at Capital Care. To take a look at the hours visit!


  1. Secondly, the Culture Project is returning to the Diocese of Toledo to help build what is the foundation of the pro-life movement with our young people inviting them to live lives committed to the dignity of the human person and to live the virtue of chastity. Schedule these missionaries at before their schedule fills up! Also, if you are interested in meeting the Executive Director of the Culture Project, Cristina Barba, we are hosting a special lunch at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Toledo on Friday October 13th at 12 noon. To rsvp to meet Cristina and enjoy a FREE LUNCH email me at


  1. Thirdly, this Thursday join us at the Catholic Charities Mass Celebrating the Mercy of God & Memorial Service, with Fr. George Wenzinger, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Rose Church, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH, to honor all children who have died and for families who have experienced a pregnancy loss through: still births, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, abortions or early infant deaths. Testimonies from those who have experienced infant loss will follow the Mass at 7:30 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available during testimonies. Fellowship will follow in the St. Rose Cafeteria. For more info, contact Clarissa Lapinski, Project Rachel Coordinator at 419.583.6817; or email


  1. Fourth, this Sunday is the interdenominational “Life Chain” event which brings people out of the pews and into the street to witness for the unborn. For Toledo area locations visit: and for the Life Chain brought to you by Tiffin Right to Life in Bascom call 419-937-5615. All events begin at 1:30 p.m.!


  1. Finally, save the date and plan on joining Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for the “Mass in Celebration of the Dignity of Human Life” followed by a Eucharistic Procession to Capital Care. The mass begins at 9 am at St. Catherine’s Church, 4555 N. Haven Ave.,Toledo.


Until every human life enjoys the first fundamental right: the right to life, WE MARCH ON!







P.S. Two more great events take place this weekend for life:


  1. Women’s Health Seminar – Saturday September 30th at the University of Toledo student union 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; for more information visit or contact Family Life Coordinator Nick De La Torre at


  1. Respect Life Sunday at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, 4106 State Route 269 – Sunday October 1st Mass with Fr. Rick Friebel, C.PP.S begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch then Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary Walk through the woods. For more information contact: Gayle Alt, Administrative Asst. at Sorrowful Mother Shrine, (419) 483-3435.




Peter Range

Director of Office for Life and Justice

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo

1933 Spielbusch Ave.

Toledo, OH 43604

419-244-6711, ext. 4933

440-821-1533 (cell)



Healing a family after abortion, on Defending Life

Below is our weeky media schedule but first let me give you an important update.

This week we are launching our special project to urge all pastors to publicize alternatives to abortion. The collaboration of Good Counsel Homes and Heartbeat International — with their resources and hotlines numbers — will be central to this project. I will be sending you a separate e-mail with more details letting you know how you can get involved.


Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

Special Appearances

Hear us on EWTN radio on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. Fr. Frank Pavone will be on with Teresa on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8:35 am. Call-in to the live show with questions at 877-573-7825. For more information and to listen to the live show on the internet, go to

The Gospel of Life on Radio Maria: Life Dynamics

New Episodes Each Week

Airing: Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on Thursday, September 28 at 2 a.m. ET and Monday, October 2 at midnight ET (11 p.m. CT Sunday).  Go to to listen online.

Topic: Father Frank Pavone will talk with Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, an organization that works to get out the truth about the abortion industry. Also, Priests for Life Brian Young will discuss the 2018 midterm elections.

Ask questions on the live show at 866-333-6279 (MARY) or email us ahead of time at

Shows are archived at

Defending Life on EWTN: Fatherhood Redeemed

New Episodes and New Airing Times

Airing: Wednesday, September  27 at 3:00 a.m. and Friday, September 29 at 11:00 p.m. You can also stream EWTN online by going to and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: David Rosa will share his abortion experiences and how he found healing for himself and his family.

For more information and details, go to

The Catholic View for Women on EWTN: Leaps of Faith

New Episodes and New Airing Times

Airing: Thursday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, September 30 at 3:30 a.m.; Sunday, October 1 at 11:30 p.m. ET. You can also stream EWTN online by going to and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: The co-hosts will take a look at some Olympic medal-winning champions who keep their Catholic faith front and center in their lives.

Go to for more information.

Facebook Live

Please connect with us on Facebook and tune in to regular Facebook Live videos with Fr. Frank Pavone and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato. Please watch and share them either as they are being recorded live, or afterwards at your convenience.

Recent videos:

Fr. Frank: It’s human reason, not clerical authority!

Fr. Frank: There is no right to be offended

Fr. Stephen: Daily Offering for September 25

Fr. Stephen: Prayer for Unity within the Pro-Life Movement

Fr. Stephen: Daily Offering for September 20 from a New Mexico abortion facility

Fr. Stephen: Daily Offering for September 19 from a Virginia abortion facility


My team and I often write op-eds for various media outlets that are posted online. A list can be seen at our Priests for Life online library. I invite you to read and comment on them. By doing so you can help to spread the pro-life message and counter any anti-life comments that others have submitted.

Stephen King’s Blockbuster It and America’s Abortion Trauma (by Kevin Burke,The Stream, September 20, 2017)

Did Pope Francis Question President Trump’s Pro-Life Credentials? (By Fr. Frank Pavone,, September 19, 2017)

Aftermath Of A Tragedy: No-Cost Abortions Offered In Texas (by Janet Morana, The Daily Caller, September 7, 2017)

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Vote on 5-month abortion ban scheduled!

Today, I stood with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and half a dozen Members of Congress outside the U.S. Capitol as he announced that the House will vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act a week from today on Tuesday, October 3rd! (scroll down for photos)

Will you go all in with your SBA List team to push this bill through the House, through the Senate, and to President Trump’s desk?

Click here to make your gift now — and it will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, by a generous donor:

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortions after 5 months, a point by which science shows unborn children can feel pain. The bill actually passed through the house in the last Congress (2015). But we need to pass it again through the House and send it to the Senate to build momentum to 
get it to the President’s desk!

Thankfully a very generous friend of SBA List just stepped forward and made a $50,000 Matching Challenge to you and other SBA List members. He will match every gift you make by midnight on September 30, dollar-for-dollar.

Your gift of $5 will be doubled to become $10. Your gift of $25 will double to become $50. And your gift of $100 will be doubled to have $200 worth of impact for the cause of LIFE!

This matching challenge could not have come at a better time. Will you stand for life and join the fight to push this bill forward — and save lives? Please click the link below to make your special gift now:

>> Marjorie, please accept my gift towards the September Matching Challenge:

Thank you for standing alongside me and the rest of your SBA List team as together we raise our voices for unborn children!

— Marjorie

P.S. I’ve included some photos from today’s press conference below.

P.P.S. We still need to raise $31,952 in order to meet the $50,000 matching challenge made by a generous friend of Susan B. Anthony List. With just a few days left to go before the September 30 deadline, I’m starting to get worried we may not reach this goal. Please will you make your most generous gift today, remembering that your impact will be doubled thanks to this generous friend. You can click here to make your special gift right now:

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy meets 5-year-old Micah Pickering who was born at 22 weeks.

At the press conference today I shared the disturbing fact that the U.S. is one of only seven nations in the World to allow elective abortions after 5 months.

Representative Diane Black and I discussing the bill after the press conference earlier today.

We had such a great media presence at the press conference today! I counted 12 news cameras.

Pioneer Therapy Awakening Persistently Unconscious Patient

NRL News Today

 September 26, 2017   PVS

Persistently unconscious patient awakened after receiving pioneering therapy

By Wesley Smith

On the right, the warmer colours indicate an increase in connectivity following vagus nerve stimulation among brain regions responsible for planned movements, spatial reasoning and attention. Illustration: Corazzol et al.

On the right, the warmer colours indicate an increase in connectivity following vagus nerve stimulation among brain regions responsible for planned movements, spatial reasoning and attention.
Illustration: Corazzol et al.

Ever since Terri Schiavo, writing about the wrongness of removing feeding tubes from patients diagnosed with persistent unconsciousness (PVS)–we should never call them “vegetables,” a term as denigrating and dehumanizing a racial epithet–is like spitting in the wind.

But, what the heck.

As mentioned above, such patients are often dehydrated to death by having their feeding tubes removed, which takes up to two weeks.

Never mind that some 40% of such diagnoses are erroneous.

Never mind that some of these people may feel the agony of not eating or drinking if so misdiagnosed. Bioethics and law treat artificial nutrition and hydration as a medical treatment, and any medical treatment can be refused or withdrawn.

But what if scientists found a way to awaken such patients? That may be on the way after an unconscious patients seems to have been roused through nerve stimulation. From the Guardian story:

A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation. The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if they have been in PVS for longer than 12 months. Since sustaining severe brain injuries in a car accident, the man had been completely unaware of the world around him.

But when fitted with an implant to stimulate the vagus nerve, which travels into the brain stem, the man appeared to flicker back into a state of consciousness. He started to track objects with his eyes, began to stay awake while being read a story and his eyes opened wide in surprise when the examiner suddenly moved her face close to the patient’s. He could even respond to some simple requests, such as turning his head when asked – although this took about a minute.

This should be good news that should cause us to pause in removing feeding tubes from the unconscious as this research proceeds. Some bioethicists even want such removals to become the standard of care, say after two years.

But I can hear the bioethicists now–because I have read their advocacy: It is more urgent to remove the feeding tubes from the minimally conscious because they may be in horror at their impaired condition or otherwise suffering.

And, in fact, people with minimal awareness are legally dehydrated in all fifty states.

Except–a study of patients in a locked-in state–the appearance of complete unconsciousness but actually aware–shows that most are “happy,” and majorities would not want euthanasia. (Scientists can now communicate with such patients.)

So, as this research proceeds, let’s care for these seriously disabled patients–both apparently unconscious and conscious–as full and equal members of the moral community, and think twice before removing sustaining treatment that can only have one result; a protracted and perhaps, painful death.

Editor’s note. Wesley’s great blog appears at National Review Online and is reposted with permission.


Passage of Bill to ProtectPain-Capable Unborn Children Urged By National Right to Life

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WASHINGTON – At a press conference led by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), National Right to Life, the federation of state right-to-life organizations and over 3,000 local chapters, urged members of Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). Rep. McCarthy announced that the U.S. House would soon take up consideration of the bill. “This legislation has saved lives at a state level and would save thousands of unborn babies annually from terribly painful deaths,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., National Right to Life legislative director. “Now is the time to say that these babies need to be protected across the country.” Since 2010, National Right to Life and its state affiliates have led the effort to protect pain-capable unborn children, starting with enactment of model legislation in Nebraska. Sixteen states have enacted the National Right to Life model legislation, and the law is currently in effect in 15. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) was developed from National Right to Life’s model. The legislation has previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives and has garnered a majority of votes in the U.S. Senate. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act continues to be one of the right-to-life movement’s top congressional priorities for the 115th Congress. Like the state bills, the proposed federal law would generally extend legal protect to unborn humans beginning at 20 weeks fetal age (22 weeks of pregnancy), based on congressional findings that by that point (and even earlier) the unborn child has the capacity to experience great pain during an abortion. National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said, “We are proud to stand with Leader McCarthy, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), and so many other congressional pro-life heroes, in encouraging the U.S. House to protect pain-capable unborn children. One-fourth of premature infants now survive when born at this stage – and there is strong evidence that were a child to be aborted at that stage, they would experience great pain, as they are torn limb from limb in late abortions.” A 2015 paper by Tobias challenging “media myths” about the bill is available here.

In a nationwide poll of 1,623 registered voters in November 2014, The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 60% would support a law such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, while only 33% opposed such legislation. Women voters split 59-35% in support of such a law, while independent voters supported it by 56-36%. A two-page summary of key points about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is available here. Some of the extensive evidence that unborn children have the capacity to experience pain, at least by 20 weeks fetal age, is available on the National Right to Life website at and also here:
For social media purposes, this release is posted at: Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

5 Lessons for Pro-Lifers from Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa’s 5 Lessons for pro-lifers

By Alithea Williams, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Mother Teresa delivering Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Mother Teresa delivering Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, or, as she is now known to Catholics, St Teresa of Calcutta. (As with her actual death, the anniversary seems to have been rather overshadowed by that of Princess Diana!)

Mother Teresa is best known for her work among the poorest of the poor, caring for “all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society” in the slums of Calcutta. By her death in 1997 the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, had grown from a 13-member Calcutta congregation to more than 4,000 sisters who managed orphanages, AIDS hospices and charity centres worldwide, caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless and victims of floods, epidemics and famine.

However, she was also praised (and fiercely criticised) for her staunch opposition to abortion. She spoke up for the unborn on the biggest stages imaginable, including when she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize. She didn’t let famous people off the hook either, keeping up correspondence over many years with Hillary Clinton to try and change her mind on abortion.

So, on this twentieth anniversary of her death, what lessons does Mother Teresa have for pro-lifers today?

1) Dare to speak out

Speaking out about abortion can be hard. It is such a controversial topic, and people’s reactions can be so extreme, that we can all feel the temptation to be quiet about our beliefs, or perhaps stick to more socially acceptable causes. Mother Teresa’s main work was with the poor and hungry, and I’m sure it would have been easier for her to stick to that work and enjoy the praise she received for it. But she didn’t. She used the platform her fame had won her to speak out for the most marginalised, the unborn. When accepting her Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she said:

“And I feel one thing I want to share with you all, the greatest destroyer of peace today is the cry of the innocent unborn child. For if a mother can murder her own child in her womb, what is left for you and for me to kill each other?”

She reiterated the sentiment at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C, on February 5, 1994, where guests included the then President Bill Clinton, and his wife Hillary.

“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”

Here, she stood in front of the most powerful people in America, if not the world, and dared to call out abortion for what is it – the killing of a child.

2) Reach out in love

However, Mother Teresa also reminds us that we must spread this truth with love. This quote is also taken from the prayer breakfast address:

“How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.”

While I’ve yet to encounter the pro-lifer of common stereotypes, who shouts “murderer!” at women seeking abortion, we can never be reminded too often that the only way to reach out to an abortion-minded woman is with love, and by offering support.

3) Recognise the real difficulties

This also means recognising the very real situations that people find themselves in. Mother Teresa knew that keeping a baby often isn’t easy – love means to be willing to give until it hurts. ​Working with people in the most unimaginable circumstances, she knew better than anyone how difficult it can be, and that a baby changes the parents’ lives beyond recognition. “So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.”

4) Do your part

This recognition requires those of us fighting for the cause to give of ourselves. Mother Teresa told the assembled VIPs in Washington what she and her sisters did to put her pro-life rhetoric into action. “We are fighting abortion by adoption — by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of lives. We have sent word to the clinics, to the hospitals and police stations: ‘Please don’t destroy the child; we will take the child.’ So we always have someone tell the mothers in trouble: ‘Come, we will take care of you, we will get a home for your child.’”

We may not be able to personally care for mothers and babies to this extent, but we should all be willing to translate our beliefs into real action – we too must give until it hurts. This could be by volunteering, or by making it known to those around you that you would help them in any difficulty, or by lobbying your MP, or simply by speaking up for your beliefs. To use another famous quote from Mother Teresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

5) The greatest destroyer of peace

Perhaps the greatest lesson Mother Teresa can give us is an understanding of just what it is we are fighting. Abortion doesn’t just kill babies and damage mothers, it affects the whole of society. It isn’t just those women and those babies that are affected, but all of us. Abortion certainly affects the fathers: “…that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.” ​It also affects the entire country where abortion is permitted: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

There are many other causes worth fighting for, but we must never let ourselves be convinced that the pro-life fight is a side-issue, or one that affects only a small number of people. It’s not just that we care about babies, and also their mothers – we care about everyone. A final quote from the Washington address:

“Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today — abortion which brings people to such blindness.”