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English: Pro-lifers from the 2004 March for Life.

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Highway Department responds to Thomas More Society letter, confirming
40 Days for Life participants’ free speech rights


(March 2, 2015 – Fayetteville, AR) – Today the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (the “Department”) has confirmed pro-lifers’ First Amendment right to hold signs, including along the State’s Highways, in response to Thomas More Society’s letter challenging the Department’s censorship of Fayetteville 40 Days for Life participants’ pro-life signs.


“The Department’s letter officially confirms what we already knew to be true: the First Amendment applies even next to a State Highway,” said Corrina Konczal, Thomas More Society Associate Counsel.  “This amicable resolution ensures that the 40 Days for Life participants are able to hold signs informing passing drivers of their public stand for life without the fear of unjust criminal punishment.”


During the pro-lifers’ eighth peaceful prayer vigil outside the Fayetteville Planned Parenthood abortion facility along Highway 265, a Department employee told the pro-life volunteers that they could not display any signs—not even hand-held signs—during their vigil. The official threatened each participant with a fine between $25-$100 if they continued to hold any signs.


Thomas More Society’s letter, sent last week, challenged the censorship of the pro-lifers’ signs as a clear violation of the First Amendment.  Fortunately, the Department’s prompt response confirms the pro-lifers’ right to hold signs “on a matter of public importance” during their vigil.


“Since last week, we have not been able to use signs informing people of why we are praying in front of the abortion clinic—a key part of 40 Days for Life,” said Sheena Archambault, 40 Days for Life Fayetteville coordinator. “Thank you to Thomas More Society for working with the Department to protect our rights.”


Read Thomas More Society’s letter to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department here.


Read Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s response letter here.


Pronunciation guide:

Archambault: “Ar-sham-bo”

Konczal: “CON-zul”


About the Thomas More Society

The Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Based in Chicago, the Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court.



Breakthrough pro-life laws approaching critical stage

In the past week we’ve seen overwhelming votes in state legislatures to: 1) ban abortions when an unborn baby is developed enough to feel pain; and 2) ban dismemberment abortions. 

It’s tragic the Supreme Court won’t let us pass laws that protect the lives of every unborn baby.  But that’s the reality in 2015.  So we’re passing laws that will save lives now as we keep working hard to change the outlook of the Supreme Court. 

Last week, the West Virginia Senate passed by a vote of 29-5 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that bans elective abortions when an unborn baby reaches the stage that a preponderance of evidence demonstrates she can feel pain.  West Virginia’s House previously voted 87-12 for the bill!

This bill, created by National Right to Life to save babies we believe the Supreme Court will allow us to protect, has now passed in the legislature in 12 states; tragically, Democratic governors in two states – West Virginia last year and Minnesota in 2011 – vetoed the bill, allowing pain-capable little babies to still suffer horribly and be killed by abortion in those states. 

Last year, the West Virginia legislature ran out of time to override the governor’s veto before the legislative session ended.  But this year, with new leadership in the state Senate, they’ve passed the bill early enough in the session to bring up an override vote and West Virginia is soon expected to be the 11th state to enact this life-saving bill! 

Several other states are considering similar protection for the unborn.  South Carolina’s House has already passed the bill by an overwhelming vote of 80-27, and Right to Lifers there are working to win in the Senate.  Other states are taking up the bill, as well. 

While those important fights for unborn lives are occurring, at least three states are advancing another breakthrough law:  the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Ban. 

Dismemberment abortions are a brutal method in which an abortionist uses a forceps or similar instrument to clasp an unborn baby in the womb and then kill him by twisting and tearing off limbs and other body parts until the baby bleeds to death.  Bills now advancing in Oklahoma, where it overwhelmingly passed the House 84-2, and in Kansas, where it passed the Senate, 31-9, would ban this barbarity.  The bill has also been introduced in Missouri, where it is expected to get strong support.    

We want more states to take up these breakthrough pro-life laws!  Please share this email about these laws with your friends, family, and associates of all kinds.  Even people who think of themselves as “pro-choice” find these horrible abortions that dismember or inflict pain to be repulsive. 

Every citizen needs to know this is happening in America in 2015. 

It’s also very important to talk with your elected officials and ask them to support legislation that will actually protect unborn babies right now – that is, bills we believe the courts will uphold – and ban abortions when the baby is developed enough to feel pain, and ban dismemberment abortions. 

Finally, please know that National Right to Life is the driving force behind the education and lobbying to pass these laws.  That education and grassroots citizen lobbying work takes money – in other words, your generous support can help us pass these humane and needed laws in more states.

In addition to passing laws, your financial support can help us with the badly needed process of educating millions of Americans that such abortions are occurring, that unborn babies are not a “blob of cells” as abortion advocates try to deceive us into believing.  

The public needs us to share the truth with them: that these are well-developed babies with arms and legs, heads and torsos, that an abortionist callously tears off until the baby dies, his or her remains discarded like so much garbage.  

Please help with a generous gift today to stop this carnage. Because stop it we must.

Carol Tobias,
National Right to Life President
P.S.  The pro-abortion group NARAL held several poorly attended “Stop The Bans” events across the country last week to protest our Pain-Capable and Dismemberment Abortion bans.  We’ve got them on the run!  Help us pass more of these humane laws with a generous gift today!
Because we work to pass laws to save unborn lives, donations to the National Right to Life Committee are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.

National Right to Life, 512 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


By  Maria Vitale Gallagher

The Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act states that the public policy of the Commonwealth is to encourage childbirth over abortion.

Then why does the state of Pennsylvania link to a website that promotes abortion?

If you visit the information page on the PA government website, you’ll find a tab labeled “Health and Wellness.” Clicking there will bring up a number of options, including “Women’s Health.”


But if you click Women’s Health, you end up at the Women’s Law Project – an organization that opposes laws restricting abortion. In fact, the top item on the page’s resource list is “abortion and family planning.” Click on that, and you’ll be directed to a page that connects you with abortion facilities.

In this way, PA government has become an electronic portal to abortion.


Why doesn’t the Pennsylvania website link to a neutral site, one which disseminates information about women’s health topics such as heart disease and cervical cancer? Why, instead, does it link to a pro-abortion advocacy group?

The Governor should not use his office to promote a pro-abortion agenda. If he is truly concerned about women’s health, he will direct state workers to retool his website.


March 2, 2015

Dear Friends,

This coming year marks ten years since the death of my sister Terri. It has been quite a journey, and the pain of Terri’s passing still lingers deep in our hearts.

At the same time, we celebrate the abundance of healing and hope that has been achieved only through the grace of God. We are thankful, not only that the outpouring of support has enabled us to commemorate Terri’s legacy, but that we have been able to help and protect many other vulnerable individuals through the organization that bears her name.

In acknowledgement of this special anniversary, the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is having its Third Annual Life & Hope Award Gala on Tuesday, March 31st, beginning 6:30 p.m. at Philadelphia’s historical Union League. The gala will be headlined by keynote speaker Glenn Beck.

Just prior to the event, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate a Memorial Mass in remembrance of my sister at the nearby Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The Life & Hope Award Gala will be a time to remember Terri, but it will also honor this year’s winner of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Award. This award is presented to an individual or family who defended the life of a loved one against overwhelming odds.

If you are able to attend this event, you can go directly to and purchase your tickets.

If you’re unable to make it to the Award Gala, but would still like to support our work of assisting our medically vulnerable and their families, please consider a generous gift of $100 as a Contributing Sponsor.

With your individual sponsorship, you’ll receive your own copy of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Award Gala Full Color program where your name will be listed as a contributing sponsor. Just click here for a safe and secure link to make your $100 Contributing Sponsor donation.

Your participation in this Award Gala helps the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network continue its work to protect medically vulnerable people, educate individuals about life and health issues, and foster a culture of equality for people whose lives have been touched by disability.

May God Bless you,
Bobby Schindler

P.S. Perhaps you are unable to sponsor Terri’s Life & Hope Award Gala at this time, but would still like to donate to Terri’s Life & Hope Network. Any amount is helpful! Your gift would be sincerely appreciated and will be used to help other brain injured persons. Click here to donate!

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is a nonprofit group dedicated to ensuring the rights of disabled, elderly and vulnerable citizens against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing. Incorporated in 2001 to fight for the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo, the clear focus now and in the future is to help others avoid future tragedies that reflect what Terri endured.

Operation Rescue's Troy Newman Speaking At Pro-Life Events from Coast to Coast

By Cheryl Sullenger


Detroit, MI – After shutting down his problem-plagued Cleveland, Ohio, abortion facility in 2013, due to his inability to comply with clinic licensing standards, abortionist Martin Ruddock now finds himself in trouble in Michigan.


The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has filed two disciplinary petitions against Ruddock for administering low-dose sedation consisting of controlled substances without a valid dispensing license from the Drug Enforcement Agency.


“Ruddock seems incapable of complying with the laws of any state. We urge the Michigan medical licensing authorities to strip him of his license before he seriously injures or kills anyone else,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, referring to past abortion injuries inflicted by Ruddock that Operation Rescue has documented.




 (c)Mary TV 2015




March 2, 2015


Dear Family of Mary!


Here is the message from Our Lady for March 2, 2015, given through Mirjana:


Dear children! You are my strength. You, my apostles, who with your love, humility and silence of prayer are making it possible for one to come to know my Son.

You live in me. You carry me in your heart. You know that you have a mother who loves you and who has come to bring love.

I am looking at you in the Heavenly Father – your thoughts, your pains, your sufferings – and I offer them to my Son. Do not be afraid and do not lose hope, because my Son listens to his mother.  


Since he was born he loves and I desire for all of my children to come to know that love. I desire that all those who left him because of their pain and misunderstanding may return to him and that all those who have never known him may come to know him.

That is why you are here, my apostles, and I as a mother am with you. Pray for the firmness of faith, because love and mercy come from firm faith. Through love and mercy you will help all those who are not aware that they are choosing darkness instead of light.

Pray for your shepherds because they are the strength of the Church which my Son left to you. Through my Son, they are the shepherds of souls.

Thank you.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

Mary TV


PS.  The video of Mirjana’s apparition at the Blue Cross is posted on our Home Page:   


PS. Consider this the reflection for March 3. Denis and I are in Medjugorje!! God bless you all, and know we are praying for you!


“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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40 Days for Life

Dear Deacon John,


There’s nothing like starting the week with good news, so here we go! So far during this 40 Days for Life campaign, our local leaders report … 

87 babies have been spared from abortion – that we know of!


Now that is a wonderful answer to prayer!


Many 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers work closely with nearby pregnancy help centers, where young women can find free medical care and material assistance – a true blessing for so many moms who choose life.


Here’s how God has saved lives through this wonderful partnership!


St. Louis, Missouri



Brian in St. Louis reports three turnarounds on one day … “including one in which a Planned Parenthood security guard was attempting to interfere with sidewalk counseling and another which saw a young, abortion-minded college student cancel her appointment at Planned Parenthood to receive pregnancy help across the street at the Thrive Mobile Medical Unit.”


The operations coordinator there shared her gratitude to all of the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers who “make turnarounds possible through their powerful presence and encouragement.”


“God continues to shower us daily with new mercies and new victories,” Brian said.


Santa Rosa, California


In Santa Rosa, a woman had just learned she was pregnant … and had serious doubts about having another baby. So she scheduled an abortion at the local Planned Parenthood facility.


But when she arrived at Planned Parenthood, people were praying outside at the 40 Days for Life vigil. She was immediately reminded of the abortion she’d once had … and knew at that moment that she couldn’t go through it again.


One of the volunteers held a sign with the name and phone number of the pregnancy center. So she went there instead of Planned Parenthood … and learned about the spiritual and practical support they are able to offer.


She chose life!


Orlando, Florida



While the 40 Days for Life team was praying and singing, a young couple outside the abortion center in Orlando agonized over whether or not to go through with a scheduled abortion.


As they did, a counselor reached out to them with offers of help. The young couple went into Planned Parenthood briefly, but when they came out, they were all smiles.


As they drove away from Planned Parenthood, they said they were keeping the baby. The counselor could see the relief and joy all over their faces.


Volunteers were pleased that students from the University of Central Florida joined them in prayer at the vigil. “They left before finding out about the saved baby,” said Irene, the local leader, “but no doubt their prayerful presence helped inspire the young couple to make the right choice! Please be a part of this peaceful vigil in defense of our most defenseless brothers and sisters.”

Today’s devotional is from Dennis DiMauro of Lutherans  for Life.

Day 13 intention

We pray for the strength to love those who do not love us.


But the Lord said “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in the night and perished in the night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left, and much livestock? Should I not be concerned about that great city?”

— Jonah 4:10-11

Reflection by Dennis DiMauro

God doesn’t value people and things like we do.

Jonah loved a shade tree more than an entire city of sinful people. We love our dogs more than a terrorist. We love our cars more than a beggar on the side of the road. And sometimes, we love our money more than a child growing in a desperate teenager’s womb.

But God isn’t like us. Genesis 1 tells us that humans were the capstone of God’s creation.

We were created on the sixth day after God had completed the land, the stars, the plants and the animals. Therefore, His love for us is greater than His love for a plant, an animal, or any other created thing.

And the book of Jonah tells us that He loves even the most sinful people and seeks to bring them into His merciful arms. And it’s a love that seeks to touch all of his created children: that desperate teenager, the baby growing in her womb, even tyrants and terrorists.

So it’s up to us to imitate God’s merciful love by helping and praying for those who persecute us, and those who don’t love us back.


Gracious God, loving our enemies seems like one of most difficult things you could ask of us. Please remind us that this is how you love and that if you ask it of us then you will give us the grace to do it. This we ask through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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How many more lives will be saved over the next 27 days of this campaign thanks to your prayers and faithfulness, Deacon John?

I can’t wait to find out!


For life,

 Shawn Carney


Campaign Director

40 Days for Life


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