We had a wonderful time at the Kick Off Rally for the 40 Days For Life Fall 2011 Campaign in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Meeting in front of the Planned Parenthood abortuary on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road on the evening before the official 40 Days start date of September 28, more than 100 people were encouraged by a heartwarming and motivating speech by keynote speaker, Ricardo Davis, from Georgia Right To Life.
Using the Scripture text Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you — But to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”, Ricardo exhorted the 40 Days crowd to humbly prepare for vigil duty; have a merciful and empathetic attitude; and trust that God will apply perfect justice on behalf of the 50 million unborn American babies.
Keynote Speaker -- Ricardo Davis of Georgia Right to Life
The 40 Days For Life Fall 2011 Campaign in Lawrenceville will run from September 28 to October 6, 2011. The 40 Days For Life campaign in Lawrenceville plans to fill the vigil calendar for 12 hours per day — for 40 straight days. There are still many vigil time slots that need to be filled. Please visit the website at http://www.40daysforlife.com/lawrenceville/ or contact Mary Hayes at 770.853.1756 to sign up.
For more information, email Gwinnett Right to Life at GwinnettRighttoLife@gmail.com or telephone 770-339-6880.
Are You A Modern Pro-Life Activist? Here are 3 Tests to Find Out!
- What words would you use to define the Pro-Life Activist and the Pro-Life Campaign in the twenty-first century? Do any of the following words come to mind?
Local, National and International
Coordinated and Effective
Our Apologetic is Logical, Ethical and Scientific
Trusting God to Protect Us and Lead Us
- Were you standing vigil or marching in the streets on these dates in the past year?
Life Chain 2010 – Sunday, October 3
Fall 40 Days For Life 2010 – September 22 to October 31
Together For Life 2011 — January 21 in Atlanta
Spring 40 Days For Life 2011 – March 9 to April 17
- Where Do You Plan to Be On These Dates in The Coming Year? Please answer, “Standing vigil or marching in the streets!”
Life Chain 2011 – Sunday, October 2
Fall 40 Days For Life 2011 – September 28 to October 6
Together For Life 2012 — January 23 in Atlanta
Spring 40 Days For Life 2012 – February 22 to April 1
Our next opportunity to participate in local pro-life activism is at the Fall 40 Days For Life Campaigns that are taking place from Wednesday, September 28, 2011 to Sunday, October 6, 2011 at almost 300 locations across the globe. Visit the 40 Days For Life website, to find a location near you.
If you are not familiar with 40 Days For Life, it is an international event which began nationally here in the U.S. in 2007. Pro-Life activists gather at their local abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood locations across the country and around the world to conduct peaceful prayer vigils. 40 Days For Life Campaigns also include prayer and fasting, and community outreach to private residences, churches and nursing homes.
Participating in the 40 Days For Life prayer vigil at your local abortion facility or Planned Parenthood location is an unparalleled opportunity to do two things:
It is both an opportunity to witness to a watching world that a staggering number of infant deaths by abortion occur every day in our nation, and then a time to bring this before God in prayer. It matters to the God of the universe who created every single human life in the womb, that 35 millions infants have been murdered by abortion in the US. Four thousand babies are aborted daily. We are witnessing a staggering human tragedy – let’s not stand by in discouragement. Get involved with 40 Days For Life this fall and pray to end abortion.
If you are a north Georgia resident, please visit Gwinnett Right To Life at the 2011 Gwinnett County Fair from September 15 to September 25. We are seeking “Modern Pro-Life Activists” to come assist us at the Fair by handing out literature and engaging people in conversation as we ask them their thoughts about the following question, “Do you believe that abortion should be legal during all nine months of pregnancy?” You would be surprised at the varied answers we have received to this question at colleges across north Georgia this past year!
For more information about attending the Fair, visit the Gwinnett County Fair Home Page. If you would like to volunteer in the Gwinnett Right To Life booth, please call 770.339.6880.
The federal government is now mandating insurance companies to pay for birth control, including abortifacients.
The Gwinnett Right To Life Federal Family Planning page highlights this recent federal legislation announced August 1, 2011, by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The legislation will force insurance plans to cover (without co-payment or deductible) all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and devices, as preventative care.
Religious institutions offering health insurance may choose to opt out of offering birth control, but representatives of the religious community object to the extent of the legislation. The archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo issued the following statement:
“HHS says the intent of its ‘preventive services’ mandate is to help ‘stop health problems before they start,’” he said. “But pregnancy is not a disease, and children are not a ‘health problem’ – they are the next generation of Americans.”
Jeanne Monahan, Director of the conservative Family Research Council’s Center for Human Dignity, commented: “The new rule will force many Americans to violate their consciences or refrain from participating in health care insurance, further burdening an already costly system,” she said.
A New York Times Op-Ed article by Vanessa Cullins, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Vanessa Cullins applauds the federal government for its full coverage of costs for birth control, and other services. Her comments include:
“Today’s system of co-payments and deductibles for birth control compromises the health of families, wastes money and sends a terrible message to women like my daughter: when it comes to planning your family, you’re on your own. It’s time to change that.”
Is it not significant that Vanessa Cullins’ employer stands to profit significantly from this new legislation?
For the full article, visit the Federal Family Planning Page.
The Fall 2011 40 Days For Life Campaign will run from September 28 to November 6. The prayer vigil will take place at Planned Parenthood, on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, in Lawrenceville.
The 40 Days for Life Campaign has three primary components including 1) prayer and fasting; 2) a constant prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood — Lawrenceville; and 3) community outreach.
The prayer vigil will be conducted from 7am to 8pm on seven days a week for 40 days. Volunteers are urged to sign up for time periods to come and be part of the vigil at Planned Parenthood, Lawrenceville.
Community outreach focuses on enlisting prayer support for the unborn, and educating residents about the evil of abortion, and alternatives to abortion. For more information, visit the 40 Days For Life Website.
Since 40 Days For Life began nationally in 2007, over 400,000 pro-life activists, and 13,000 churches have come together to fast and pray for an end to abortion. The campaigns have helped to educate the pro-life public about the following facts:
- Thousands of babies are dying each day in our country behind closed doors that we frequently drive past without thinking about what is really happening inside.
- There are practical and effective things they can do to save lives and minister to birth parents, and post-abortive parents.
- God expects us to act on behalf of the innocent unborn.
Come join us at 40 Days For Life in Lawrenceville from September 28 to November 6, 2011!
Dear Gwinnett County Resident:
Your local chapter of Georgia Right To Life needs your participation and support. We are planning Fall events including a booth at the September Gwinnett County Fair, the Fall 40 Days For Life Campaign and Vigil at the Lawrenceville Planned Parenthood office, and the Fall Making Abortion Unthinkable Class scheduled to begin in October.
The goal of the Gwinnett County Chapter of Georgia Right To Life is to restore respect and effective legal protection for all human life from earliest biological beginning to natural death. We hope to accomplish this in our County by being a vital and active “grassroots” organization that works to:
- Educate Gwinnett County residents on all sanctity of life issues;
- Promote the sanctity of life for the unborn, medically fragile and elderly;
- Mobilize and equip residents to take a stand against abortion, euthanasia, infanticide and embryonic stem cell research;
- Advance and support pro-life legislation;
- Promote membership in Gwinnett Right To Life
The Gwinnett County Chapter is in a formative stage. We have many spots to fill to become an effective Chapter. There are jobs that will require a significant commitment of time and many that do not require a significant time commitment. The following is a list of opportunities for service, organized into three sections:
- Event promotion and support
- Committee Chairperson positions
- General support roles and tasks
We would like your valuable contribution of time and energy to be directly spent accomplishing the Chapter goals, and protecting the sanctity of life for the unborn, medically fragile and elderly. Please contact us at GwinnettRightToLife@Gmail.com to let us know if there is either a position of responsibility you would like to assume or a support role (or task) that you would enjoy taking on.
One of the easiest and most helpful things you can do immediately is to become a member of Gwinnett Right To Life. The annual fee is just $20.
Elizabeth Greenewald, Chapter President of Gwinnett Right To Life
For more information please contact us at: GwinnettRightToLife@gmail.com
Recently, I was reminded of the importance of having the knowledge and strategy to communicate a convincing pro-life apologetic while a few friends and I were maintaining a prayer vigil at the Lawrenceville Planned Parenthood. A woman approached us and began talking with us, identifying herself as pro-abortion. She was requesting literature for a friend who is almost 5 months along in her pregnancy, and who is still undecided about whether or not to have an abortion. This woman felt that while abortion is a reasonable option, it would be best if her friend did not have an abortion because the baby is already so mature. We were able to have a good conversation with her, and Kateri Howard of 40 Days For Life — Lawrenceville, provided her with helpful literature. Please pray for her friend.
Defending the Pro-Life position “on the street” – face-to-face with women who have had abortions, or are considering an abortion, is very challenging. Gwinnett Right To Life regularly conucts pro-life training classes in Lawrenceville, Georgia, using “Making Abortion Unthinkable: The Art of Pro-Life Persuasion” by Gregory Koukl and Scott Klusendorf. The material presented in “Making Abortion Unthinkable: The Art of Pro-Life Persuasion” concisely and logically equips individuals to HELP those who are making decisions about whether or not to have an abortion; or individuals trying to come to a better understanding of their sanctity of life views.
As Christians, we are called to love each pregnant mother, and every unborn baby. It is not a matter of winning an argument; it is a matter of prayerfully equipping ourselves to lovingly and persuasively convince people of the truth that an unborn baby is a “distinct, living, and whole human being…” and deserving of life. If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and are interested in attending pro-life training classes, please call 770.880.3405.