Dear Friend of Life,
On May 30, 2018, Charles County Right to Life sent surveys to all registered state and local candidates in the relevant representative districts (Charles County School Board, Charles County Courts, Districts 27a and 28, and Congressional District 5, as well as statewide offices such as US Senate, Governor/Lt. Governor, Comptroller) in an effort to collect and publish information on where the candidates stand on Life Issues. All candidates were given 2 weeks to respond and a follow-up reminder. We received 22 responses in total.
Some candidates question why they should answer our survey questions, which are legislative in nature, when they are running for a non-legislative position such as school board. We respond that School Board is often a spring board to future political aspirations and the voters have a right to know their stance on issues that are relevant to pro-life voters. Personally, we feel School Board Members should desire to protect the vulnerable at all stages of development.
The candidates were asked to state whether they would support or oppose the following:
The candidates' results can be found here:
It cannot be overstated that Charles County Right to Life cannot and does not endorse candidates. We can, however, urge you to vote pro-life. Every candidate was given the opportunity to respond and at least one follow-up reminder. If you do not see a candidate listed, consider their name to be annotated with DID NOT REPLY. As we know from experience, a person choosing not to respond signifies a disagreement with the policy positions of that particular organization.
Whatever your current affiliations, you have a pro-life choice to make.
For more information on pro-life endorsements and for candidates not included in our own survy, please see the Maryland Right to Life endorsement results here: https://www.mdrtl.org/electioninformation.html
Additionally, the Maryland Catholic Conference, which is an organization that lobbies for the prerogatives of the Catholic Church in Maryland, surveyed all candidates on five of their own issues. There were two pro-life questions pertaining to public funding for abortion and physician-assisted suicide. If you would like to see how the candidates answered those questions, you may find those results here: http://www.mdcathcon.org/generalassembly-responses. Several District 28 candidates completed this survey.
While this email is for our own CCRTL subscribers, there are thousands of pro-life voters in the state of Maryland who might be sitting this primary season out because they feel they have no good choice. Please go to our Facebook page and SHARE our results with those voters. Knowledge is only power if we use it.
May God bless our efforts and soon deliver to us life-affirming governance,
CCRTL Leadership Team
Dear Friend of Life,
Charles County has been wanting to get the students involved in an organized pro-lifeactivity for quite some time. There is now a vibrant, growing Students for Life movement in the DC area.
If you are youth, are parents of youth, or are a youth leader...
Please read the following from Sam Matthews, Capital Area Intern, Students for Life of America:
On Saturday, November 18th, Students for Life of America will be hosting a Leadership Workshop at the Catholic University of America. The workshop should run from about 9:30am-4pm and includes a light breakfast and lunch.
We have made this year’s event unique! Students will participate in several interactive sessions focusing on a variety of pro-life topics all tying together how we can most effectively abolish abortion in our lifetime! The workshop will be attended by David Bereit, former CEO of 40 Days for Life. One leader from each school will be able to personally meet David during the workshop for an exclusive leadership session!
The cost per student is $15 for lunch and supplies. Get your group signed up right away before space runs out: https://prolifeamerica.org/washington-dc-leadership-workshop/
Capital Area Intern
Students for Life of America
May God bless our efforts,
Charles County Right to Life
stretched from the Courthouse to Rt 301 and included several signs on the northbound Rt 301. Two Catholic priests from Sacred Heart Church attended (Father Larry Swink and Father Sam Plummer). I would like to thank Jennifer Crispell for organizing and coordinating the La Plata effort.
The Life Chain in Benedict had 12 in attendance (all with ties to the Latin Mass at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church). The signs were along Rt 231, at Benedict Avenue. I would like to thank Father Kevin Cusick for taking the initiative to set up the Benedict location. Next year, with better promotion on my part, attendance at Benedict should be greater. Several Calvert County residents attended the La Plata location said that, had they known about the Benedict effort, they would have stopped at the Patuxent River and attended the Benedict location.
Many cars passed by and honked in favor.
I would also like to thank the pastors of the churches which promoted the prayerful witness.
The next area wide event will be praying in front of Planned Parenthood from 10-11 am on October 14. Mark your calendars...details will be forthcoming.
May God bless our efforts.
Charles County Right to Life
A message from Ashley Morgan:
As we focus our prayer this week on the Senate to Defund Planned Parenthood, who killed over 328,000 boys and girls last year according to their annual report, I want to remind everyone that there will be another prayer effort at Planned Parenthood Waldorf this Saturday from 1000-1100. I will not be able to attend this event. Please park at the CVS across the street, make a small purchase, and join the prayer effort.
ALSO, please read the below letter from the FRC (Family Research Council) and call or email your Senators and encourage them to defund Planned Parenthood through the Health Care Bill. The bill may not be perfect, but it's better than what we have. Also, the plan is to incrementally improve it; and it's good enough to pull $390 mil a year from Planned Parenthood.
Dear Fellow Pro-Lifer,
New shocking undercover expose videos have emerged showing high ranking Planned Parenthood officials and others at a National Abortion Federation conference talking about gruesome late term abortions in the most horrific of terms.
The time for action to defund Planned Parenthood and to repeal and replace Obamacare is now, and the House-passedAmerican Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) is the best vehicle to do it!
Here are disturbing samples from the new undercover video:
"An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross!" [laughter from the crowd]
-- Dr. Uta Landy, Founder of the Consortium of Abortion Providers (CAPS), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
"I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so it's not PBA [partial-birth abortion]."
-- Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, Director of Abortion Services for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
As a nation, we are without excuse in continuing to fund these atrocities with our tax dollars. Moreover, days after the new video's release, Planned Parenthood released its annual report, showing that while its abortions and taxpayer funding increased, its prenatal care, contraception, and screenings decreased.
Under the American Health Care Act, pro-lifers will see over $390 million (over 85%) of federal taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood rescinded and Obamacare gutted, stopping subsidies for health care plans that cover elective abortion. The bill's "replace" components include funding restrictions on elective abortion for new tax credits to purchase health insurance and all other funding streams for health care. These House-passed pro-life provisions must be retained and supported in the Senate version which, as a budget bill, can pass with just 51 votes!
Please call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 to urge them to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal and replace Obamacare, and retain elective abortion funding restrictions in any Senate version of the House-passed American Health Care Act(H.R. 1628). After you've called, you can also email them by following this link.
Thank you for your efforts in defense of life and the family!
Standing (Eph. 6:13),
Urge your Senators to Defund Planned Parenthood and Repeal/Replace Obamacare
Students for Life of America just made a BIG impact with their #SockIt2PP Tour where they collected 196,543 baby socks to represent just a portion of the lives lost to Planned Parenthood through their abortion services. Planned Parenthood just released their annual report and it shows that the number of abortions is actually higher. Students for Life needs to collect 127, 805 baby socks to meet the 328,348 goal which Planned Parenthood reports is their number of abortions performed from 2015-2016. They plan on taking these socks all over the nation to college campuses to show students the effects of Planned Parenthood's abortion services. Students for Life needs your help to meet this goal! Click here to see just how you can do just that! Any donation you can make would also be appreciated.
When Catholic apologist Trent Horn headlined our Pro-Life: An Awakening Conference in September, he spoke of the pro-life fight as one "to restore the right to life of the unborn". He reminded us that pre-born humans did once have the legally protected right to life and so we must cling to the hope that it WILL be restored once again.
Pro-life strategy has changed a lot in 44 years. Gone are the days of Operation Rescue laying down in front of an abortion clinic for weeks on end. Now we see 40 Days for Life prayer campaigns. Sidewalk demonstrators are being replaced by sidewalk counselors. Even apologetics are changing. Religious arguments have become a faux pas of the movement, instead being replaced by reason, logic, science, and more secular philosophy.
The face of the pro-life movement has changed, but opposition looks quite the same. If last weekend's Women's March wasn't evidence enough, just head on over to Facebook and take a gander at the comment thread of any recent article from the mainstream media with even a hint about women's rights.
As you head to the March for Life this week, remember that while the opposition has not changed, you must remain on the path that has improved the pro-life image in recent years: that of a well-reasoned, calm, collected, gracious Pro-Life Ambassador. How do you become an ambassador, you say? Just follow these 5 simple rules, detailed by Trent Horn throughout his book, Persuasive Pro-Life: How to Talk About Our Culture's Toughest Issue:
#1 Don't be weird.
So, what does this mean? This means don't be intentionally weird or over-the-top. Don't be unnecessarily grotesque or scary. Don't wear a head stone as a costume with "Here Lies Your Abortion" on it. We don't need to be hyperbolic about abortion in any way - the actual act and medically accurate descriptions of the various procedures speak for themselves. When the cameras are rolling on you this Friday (and it looks like they will), have a dignified message on a sign you may be holding and smile so people can see that you are a real human being and not an anti-choice boogeyman.
#2 Make your evidence bulletproof.
Science has revealed a lot of truth in the past 44 years. There's no need to lie about when babies can feel pain or at what stage of development all organs are in place. Again, as stated above, there's no need to lie about anything; the facts speak very loudly. However, be wary of where you obtain your evidence. While pro-life news sources are great for firming your own resolve, they get a big eye-roll from pro-choicers (trust me, I used to be one). Instead use the CDC, Guttmacher Institute, or Planned Parenthood's own reports to make a case for the realities of the abortion industry.
#3 Ask questions instead of making statements
Should you run into a pro-choice person at the March, refrain from engaging in shouting or debate. Instead, try a dialogue. Ask lots of questions, so you can understand where the other person is coming from and to prove yourself trustworthy. When you ask questions, you can actually see an illogical argument come around to its unavoidable conclusion without having to make a point of your own. Avoid Fetus Tunnel Vision when someone asks you about rape or a woman facing a crisis pregnancy while in destitute poverty. Along with Trent Horn, the masters of dialogue, in my very humble opinion, are the guys at the Equal Rights Institute. Check out their video course on pro-life apologetics, specifically designed to improve your person-to-person conversations, the Equipped for Life Course*.
#4 Agree whenever possible
Common ground is your friend. Facebook comment threads may not convey this, but the overwhelming majority of Americans actually support limits on abortion to the first trimester and vehemently oppose late term abortions for most reasons. It doesn't betray your pro-life bona fides to agree with a pro-choice interlocutor about these things. Remember #3 above? Ask someone if they believe that abortion should be allowed at any point in the pregnancy, up until birth. If they say no and perhaps offer that abortion should be illegal after 14 weeks, agree with them that you wouldn't want to see abortion after 14 weeks. Then follow with a question: "Let me ask you, though, what's the difference between a 14 week fetus and a 13 week fetus?" Use common ground to challenge someone's view in a much more gracious way than some of the shouting matches you may have engaged in in the past.
Don't listen just for your next opportunity to talk; actually listen. A person's reasons for supporting legalized abortion may be much more complicated or nuanced than you think. While the pro-life position may be cut and dry for you, it may not be that way for other people. Actually listen, with an open-mind, to what the person you are speaking with has to say so that you may respond with compassion and grace. Listening helps you to avoid the dreaded logical fallacies of ad hominem attacks and straw men as well! Don't take my word for it, though, here's an actual quote from someone who recently completed our Persuasive Pro-Life book study:
"I have also been enjoying this book. Not only is it helping me to become more pro-life than ever, it is inspiring me to ask more questions. Questions about politics, government, God.... And more often than not, God answers my prayers and enlightens my mind, whether it be through tough interactions on Facebook, readings, or conversations with others. I am finding that I can apply these strategies in general conversations, but not to be right, but to better understand the person I'm speaking with. I can't tell you how many times I have asked someone to clarify what they meant by a certain word only to find out I interpreted it the wrong way!! Each person we talk to is just that: A person. If we are to be pro-life, we have to believe that and treat others accordingly, with the respect they deserve as a person with feelings and experiences that we don't have. "
On Friday at the March for Life, remember the words of St. Paul: "If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal" (1 Corinthians 13:1). Silence the cymbal; be an ambassador instead.
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by Bernadette Smith
The Walls are Talking is diametrically opposed to the “nothing less than propaganda” 1996 film starring Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek and Cher, titled If these Walls could Talk. The Hollywood movie depicts abortion as the only compassionate and safe choice for women who are pregnant, but for variety of reasons, don’t want to be carrying a child.
Former Planned Parenthood insiders are the organization’s worst enemies. Their eyewitness testimonials expose how Planned Parenthood functions through deception, half-truths and outright lies.
The former clinical workers in The Walls are Talking demonstrate how Planned Parenthood exploits women when they are most vulnerable. They reveal how Planned Parenthood is driven by the profit motive, not concern for women. They speak of the horrific methods used to violently take babies from their mothers’ wombs. They speak of the Products of Conception (POC) labs where dead babies’ remains are pieced back together like jigsaw puzzles (to make sure the entire baby was removed).
In short, The Walls are Talking is further evidence, for anyone who needs convincing, that abortion is an evil scourge.
The Walls are Talking, follows Johnson’s first book, UnPlanned, which is the story of Johnson’s career at Planned Parenthood. In UnPlanned, the truth was revealed to Johnson when she participated in an abortion and saw for herself the cold and callous procedure that takes the life of an unborn child.
The Walls are Talking, like UnPlanned, is must read for a nation that, as of this writing, uses taxpayer money to fund Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States.
by Bernadette Smith
Passionate about the cause, Abby soon rose to a Planned Parenthood clinic director. In Abby’s mind, helping to navigate women through the abortion process, although heartbreaking at times, was a necessary and righteous endeavor.
Why then, did Abby have fits of conscience? Why did she have trouble telling people what she did for a living, and at first even hid her career decision from her own mother? Especially irksome were the pesky pro-lifers who marched peacefully and prayed, not only for the women who entered the clinic, but also for abortion providers.
One day, when the clinic was shorthanded, Abby was asked to help in an ultrasound-guided abortion procedure. Holding a medical instrument, Abby saw the baby back away as the probe drew near. The baby struggled in distress. It twisted, turned and then “crumpled” as the abortionist sucked the baby out of its mother’s womb.
Witnessing for herself the baby’s last moments as it struggled for life was Abby’s moment of truth. The scales were removed, and she saw abortion for what it is. She could no longer deny that the murder of innocents was not just wrong, but a heinous crime, not only against women and unborn children, but also against all that is holy.
Abby broke ranks with Planned Parenthood and sought assistance from her former opponents, the pro-life believers who warmly welcomed her into their fold.
In Unplanned, Abby recounts her experiences from the time she signed on to Planned Parenthood to the day she was “Suddenly overcome with sorrow.” Thinking about her role in leading women to discard their unborn babies “like trash,” Abby said, “I fell to my knees and wept.”
Abby has used her knowledge and insight as a former Planned Parenthood director to forge a new beginning. In her characteristic bold and courageous style, she is now telling the truth about Planned Parenthood. She reveals the industry as the profit-driven, deceptive and destructive enterprise that it is.
If you don't know how to get there, or don't want to drive, or maybe you don't share these values with your friends. We are out there! And we go in buses! We currently have a list of local churches providing bus transportation who would like to join in solidarity with other pro-lifers from around the country to peacefully protest this most unjust law on the least of these, the innocent of our nation: the unborn. Please contact us for the list and if you have any questions. Thank you, and in the words of Sid Marcus, our Chairman,
May God bless our efforts.
Trent Horn was our very first speaker to join us at our Annual Pro-Life Symposium here in Southern Maryland. He is a Catholic apologist that frequently makes the case for the unborn and helps us to do the same.
LIVE SPEECH AUDIO:
2017 2nd Annual
Southern Maryland Pro-Life Symposium