The pro-life luncheon group’s purpose is to bring together pro-life minded workers, to allow them a reprieve from the day to day battle of combating abortion.The group shares ideas and concepts that are successfully being implemented to save the lives of unborn babies. The monthly lunch meetings are open to all religious denominations. All attendees are encouraged to share their testimonies to encourage their fellow pro life workers. In addition to sharing their stories, each attendee is encouraged to reach out to the pro-life advocates that they don’t know, and help them in whatever way possible in the pro-life mission.
A Pro-life informational talk/Sidewalk Counseling Workshop, conducted by Pam & John Richard, will be offered on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 9 a.m. until noon in the conference room at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 835 Melody Drive in Metairie. The workshop will cover general pro-life education, compassionate methods of talking to the abortion-minded woman and the legal aspects of sidewalk counseling. A $15 donation covers educational handouts. RSVP to Pam Richard at (504) 460-9360 or (985) 809-0773.
by Allison Schoonmaker, Maternity Counselor
Sellers Maternity Ministries seeks to provide single moms-to-be with housing, transportation, counseling, education, and lots of love. Every resident at Sellers leaves a lasting mark on the staff and makes her way into our hearts. This is the story of a recent graduate of the Sellers program and our joy as we’ve continued to watch her grow as mom and as an individual over this past year.
The night before Beth* moved in to Sellers she slept in a local motel. She was 19, had tried life “on her own” for several years, but through a series of circumstances, Beth was no longer able to support herself financially. She experienced tremendous guilt after having an abortion the previous year and her life spun quickly out of control with substance abuse and continued abusive relationships. Beth knew she could not make the same decision for this pregnancy. Her life to this point had been anything but easy, and much of what she expected to be her support system had either passed away, left, or was closed-off due to conflict. To make matters worse, she just lost her job from pregnancy-related illness and was consequently unable to stay in her apartment. As she drove herself to the Sellers campus, her car badly in need of repair, it was apparent: Sellers was her last chance at salvaging her life. Read More »
by Rachel Adair
This past spring we received a call from a woman named Emily who wanted to come to our center to discuss her options. When she came in, she was visibly pregnant and seemed very distraught. She shared with Lydia, our nurse, that she wanted to have an abortion. This was particularly upsetting because she appeared to be quite far along in her pregnancy. Lydia began to ask her some questions about her situation. Emily shared that she was not certain about the father of the baby, but the man whom she suspected was abusive and frightening. She had experienced an unplanned pregnancy as a teen and was very wounded by the outcome of that situation. Although Lydia provided education and counsel on adoption, Emily felt strongly opposed to this idea and regarded abortion as her only option.
Bella HERO’s’ Mission is to provide the powerful life-changing film to thousands of Pregnancy Care Centers throughout the United States. Our goal is to give the movie Bella to any woman in an unplanned pregnancy that is making the most important decision in her life.
If you are a pregnancy care center and you are interested in using this powerful movie as a tool in your center, please click here to enter your information and we will be happy to send you an introductory kit.
Below is one of the now 200 success stories since we started giving out the movie Bella.
Hartford Pregnancy Center
A Friend’s Story
The mom chose to: Carry and Parent
Circumstances of Pregnancy:
Laura was counseling a woman who had had three abortions and was planning to attend the center’s abortion recovery program. For some reason even though her friend was not pregnant, she gave her a Bella movie. “A few nights later this woman called me in tears,” said Laura. “She had heard from her sixteen year old daughter who had gone to live with her father. Her daughter informed her crying that she was pregnant and dad had kicked her out.
How did Bella play a part in the mother’s decision?
My friend said that if she had not seen Bella she would have advised her daughter to get an abortion as she had done. Instead, she told her daughter to come home and she would help her raise the baby.”
Monday, Nov. 1 – 6:00 p.m. – Closing Ceremony for 40 Days for Life – thank you, thank you for your commitment to this effort. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, Nov. 2 – Election Day – Remember to Vote
Saturday, November 13 – Archdiocesan Sidewalk Counseling & Prayer Ministry – 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Ridgelake Abortion Facility
Saturday, December 11 – Archdiocesan Sidewalk Counseling & Prayer Ministry – 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Ridgelake Abortion Facility
Thursday, January 13, 2011 – Proudly Pro-Life Dinner – Chateau Country Club – Cocktails at 6:00; dinner at 7:00 p.m. – $100 per person
Saturday, January 22, 2011 – Louisiana Life March – marking the 38th Anniversary of the 1973 Roe vs. Wadeecision -More info to follow in December. Here’s the release from Louisiana Right to Life:
Now, the time has come to gather the people in our state’s Capital and hold the first ever Louisiana Life March. It is our hope that the Louisiana Life March will change Louisiana history and mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Louisiana.
On Saturday January 22, 2011, we will be gathering between 9 AM – 10 AM behind the Old State Capitol in downtown Baton Rouge. The march will depart at 10 AM and travel up North Blvd and then continue on Fourth Street to the current Capitol (0.8 mile walk). On the steps of the Capitol, faith, community, and government leaders will lead prayer and address the crowd. Aftewards, a ‘Life Ministy Mobilization’ area will be set up to give participants the chance to take the next step and get involved various life ministries.
March 28, 2011 – Golf Tournament to benefit LA Right to Life – details TBA – SAVE THE DATE
April 1-3, 2011 – Louisiana Camp Joshua – Baton Rouge – Sponsored by LARTL & KC’s
We were contacted by a young woman a few days ago who we met as she was going into Midtown Medical Clinic, the abortion clinic on St. Charles Ave. She is 19 weeks pregnant. She took the pro-life information and went into the clinic for her counseling session. She called us to tell us that she couldnt abort her baby. She had changed her mind! She has some needs. Her immediate need was paying her rent. I gave her the info for St. Vincent De Paul , but they could not help her. Apparently they are swamped with so many requests from people in need. We were able to help her with that need. She is looking for a job. Shes a medical transcriber, specializing in pediatric, psych, and OB/GYN transcription. She would do any kind of office work and also she has experience with tutoring school children.
We thank God that she decided for life for her unborn baby which is a result of so many people praying for the lives of the unborn to be spared. If anyone can help this pregnant woman please contact Pam Richard at 504-460-9360. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
John and Pam Richard
Archdiocesan Sidewalk Counseling and Prayer Ministry
John Barros (Pro Lifer from Florida)
Friday was a day much like any other, eight women went in to kill their babies. They were very cold and wouldn’t even take any materials. The counselors were praying and the preaching was about to begin when a young man, Augustus, came up to enter the clinic. He asked if this was the place that he could schedule an abortion for his sister Rosie? The counselors told him that there were other options. He said that his sister had a high risk pregnancy and that she was told to end it. The counselors showed other places that they could go. Read More »
By Rachel Adair
I was asked to speak at a women’s breakfast to kick off our baby bottle campaign at a local church. I was asked to talk about the role of the crisis pregnancy center in this community. After I finished speaking, a girl stood up and said that she would like to share her personal story of how the Northlake CPC impacted her life. When she stood up, I immediately recognized her as one of our clients.
She shared with the group that she had been invited to this church two weeks ago and read in the bulletin that they would be raising funds for our organization. She had not been involved with church for several years and saw this as a sign from the Lord. I was astonished by her bravery as she stood up to speak.
She had come to our center two years prior. She had recently moved to the area with her high school sweetheart who was transferred here. She became pregnant shortly after the move. Her boyfriend strongly encouraged her to abort. They went together to the abortion clinic in Metairie for a consultation and scheduled the abortion for later that week.