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Pro-life photos of the week: Pregnancy care center sign beats Planned Parenthood wall

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The Catholic Globe reported on an interesting competition in Iowa:

Location was a huge factor for Mary’s Choice, a pro-life pregnancy resource center in Sioux City as it is next to Planned Parenthood, because it could be seen by those entering the facility.

According to Sherill Glassmaker, director of Mary’s Choice, when Planned Parenthood erected a tall wooden wall, visibility of the pro-life center was impacted.

“We had a sign on the side of our building and people would pull into Planned Parenthood. A lot of times people would call from the parking lot and they would hop over the wall,” she explained. A shorter concrete wall had originally separated the two centers.

Here is a “before” photo…

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After the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic erected the wall to hide access to the other choice, Sherill told me when we spoke by phone yesterday that they thought to erect a sign, but such a move would be in the distant future, since it was a big expense – $50,000. But, back to The Catholic Globe:

“Then one of the local businessmen contacted me in December of 2013 and on his own, he had ideas and plans made up,” she said. “This had tugged at his heart. Every time he drove by and saw the wall, he felt he had to do something. He felt the Holy Spirit was calling him to spearhead the possibility of putting up a big sign.”

Thanks to that volunteer who did much of the legwork, an electronic sign that emerges above the wall of Planned Parenthood went up at Mary’s Choice in July.

“The sign is as big as it can be because the size is based on how much frontage you have and it is as far to the street as it can get,” said Glassmaker, who said the sign was paid for partially through fund-raising and partially out of the center’s budget. “If they go higher with the fence, the sign is designed that it can go higher. It’s on a telescopic pole.

Until the sign was in place, she acknowledged, she had no idea how beneficial a sign like that would be.

A simple software computer program allows Mary’s Choice to put various messages and images on the sign.

“The visibility is huge,” Glassmaker said, “especially if they are going in on abortion day and they see a sign that says, ‘Choose life’ or ‘Pregnant? We can help.’”

Great story, eh? Thanks to Dawn at Mary’s Choice for sending me photos that all simply make me smile! Here are a couple more:

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Pro-life photos of the week: Planned Parenthood’s rainy rally; “controversial” pro-life ad

To protest the one-year anniversary of North Carolina’s legislature passing a law establishing abortion clinic regulations, Planned Parenthood hosted a rally on July 10. Too bad, so sad, it rained cats and dogs…

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Our next shot isn’t a photo, per se, but I’m broadening the term for this one. The ad looks so controversial doesn’t it? The City of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, thinks so.

City officials are  blocking Women’s Health Link from posting the ad on its city buses, because the website, they say, discusses “controversial issues.” With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, the pregnancy care center is suing. Read more at LifeNews.com….

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Ambitious expansion of urban crisis pregnancy outreach underway

slattery-courtFor 28 years Chris Slattery (pictured right), founder of Expectant Mother Care Frontline Pregnancy Centers, has focused on helping pregnant mothers in crisis in the New York City area, where 40% of all babies are killed by abortion, and worse, 60% of all black babies.

EMC now operates in 12 locations in four NYC boroughs.

But this summer Slattery plans to exponentially expand EMC’s urban outreach to 10 other major U.S. cities with high abortion rates and underrepresented crisis pregnancy outreach – Austin, Baltimore, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C.

EMC offices are already open in Charlotte, Detroit, and DC. EMC’s Miami branch will launch next week.

IMG_1804Slattery plans to accomplish this ambitious expansion through innovative use of flexible workplace rental space and high caliber college and grad school interns.

Slattery is affordably locating in typically high rent districts by renting day offices, which come complete with furniture and receptionists. Pictured left is EMC’s Detroit suite.

“A typical city has half a dozen of these sorts of offices in a central part of the city or suburbs,” Slattery explained to me a phone interview. “We will make use of these efficient and attractive offices two to five days per week depending on the market.”

These urban prcs will be marketed primarily on the Internet and through referral from suburban and rural prcs.

IMG_5573Slattery will staff his prcs with college and graduate school interns, most from outside the U.S. Forty have been recruited thus far, 90% from Spain. Pictured right is intern Betty Cona, already staffing the Charlotte office.

“All of these young people have had experience serving the poor around the world,” Chris explained. “On average these kids have completed two to three summers of service to the poor. They are all aged 20 to 28 and are fluent in multiple languages, particularly Spanish.”

Slattery’s secondary goal is to bolster Hispanic outreach, which is lacking in our movement.

The interns will receive three to four weeks of training in New York before teams of four are sent to various cities. There they will receive free housing and be connected with American counterparts, local female college and grad students who it is hoped will expand this effort into year-round operation of the prcs. In most markets there will also be seasoned, older pro-life women also working with them side-by-side.

A 45-hour work week will be equally divided between sidewalk counseling in front of urban abortion clinics and peer-to-peer counseling and education in the office. On any given day two interns will stand in front of an abortion clinic while two staff the office.

abortion_doc_296“We will be at Santangelo’s clinic all summer, for instance,” Chris said, referring to the late-term D.C. abortionist recently exposed by Live Action as conducive to infanticide.

Interns will receive $110 stipend per week.

Slattery says they still need housing and local talent. He is also open to expanding to other cities if he can find solid partners. “I’m not looking at small towns,” Chris reiterated. “Large cities are our underserved market.”

Slattery can establish a new urban market for $2,000-$3,000 a month, which covers office space, intern stipends, and advertising.

Stage II will be to partner with pro-life ob/gyns and clinics. In NYC, eight of these partner with EMC.

If you live in one of these locations, and can provide housing or financial aid, email Chris at slatteryny@gmail.com.

Breaking: Justin Bieber’s mom to promote life-affirming film, “Crescendo”

image004UPDATE 10p: I couldn’t put this any better than did Vanessa on Facebook:

Hey BIEBER Fans!!!! Great recommendation from a woman who knows what it is to be a young pregnant single parent. It goes to show that you cant do away with a life that will change your world and can potentially change many worlds. Thank you Pattie Mallette.

Indeed! Thank you, Pattie. Here’s Pattie’s special message to pregnancy care center directors, a fundraising promo for a screening of Crescendo

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5:49p: I wrote earlier breakingthis week that the inspirational short film, Crescendo, would have a VVIP (very, very important person) take a lead in promoting the film.

Movie To Movement has just announced that person is Pattie Mallette, singer Justin Bieber’s mother.

Mallette has agreed to take on the role of executive producer of Crescendo.

4750w800In that capacity Mallette will promote Crescendo in Movie To Movement’s initiative to raise $10 million for pregnancy care centers  this year by hosting 1,000 screenings across the globe. (The initial goal I reported of $1 mil via 100 screenings is for opening night, February 28.)

Mallette has videotaped a message to be shown at prc screenings.

Very shortly MTM will release a teaser video, which I will put up post haste.

From the press statement:

“My hope through this involvement is to encourage young women all over the world, just like me, to let them know that there is a place to go, people who will take care of you and a safe home to live in if you are pregnant and think you have nowhere else to turn,” says Mallette.

Mallette, also known as Justin Bieber’s mom, has been vocal about the trauma, abuse and addiction that marked her early childhood and adult years. In her debut memoir Nowhere But Up (Revell), she tells the amazing story of the help she received from a pregnancy center, when she found herself scared and unprepared as a young teenager, while pregnant with Justin.  The pregnancy center who cared for her gave her life skills, hope, help and love, which she says literally “saved their lives.”  Mallette will share her personal story at screenings worldwide, to help support the work of similar centers around the world.

Beginning February 28, Movie to Movement will launch the initiative to raise $10 million for pregnancy centers nationwide by hosting 1,000 screenings across the globe. Nearly 100 pregnancy centers have currently made the pledge to support the film opening weekend.  Key markets screening the film include Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif., St. Louis, Mo., Chicago, Ill., and Columbus, Ohio.   The film is also slated to be screened in Ireland and across Europe for thousands of attendees.

To learn more about scheduling a screening of Crescendo, go to cpcmovie.com.

Award winning film producers hope to help PRCs raise $1 mil in 1 night

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Have you heard of the new short film, Crescendo?

HollyShorts_LaurelsWinner of 16 International film awards, including the Best Short Film at the Hollywood Film Festival, Crescendo was produced by Eduardo Verástegui, Jason Jones, Leo Severino, and Alejandro Monteverde – the team that brought us Bella.

Set in the 18th-century Holy Roman Empire, Crescendo tells the true, life-affirming story of a famous historical figure.

I got to screen this 12-minute film last week and it was great – four stars. Here’s the trailer…

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Crescendo2Crescendo features faces you may know, like former Miss USA and Bella star Ali Landry, and faces Americans may not know but Internationals will, including Swiss pop star and German Idol judge Patrick Nuo (center of picture, left).

MovieToMovement, which owns the film license, is hoping to help 100 pregnancy care centers raise a total of $1 million in one night: February 28.

For $2,500 MTM will rent a theater of a PRC’s choice for the screening and provide the movie to the theater as well as a video introduction by Eduardo and Jason.

surprise-guest-144x130The biggest news is a VVIP (very, very important person), to be announced later this week, has videotaped the appeal for donations for PRCs. (I say “VVIP,” knowing who it is – am not kidding!)

So all PRCs have to do is fill the theater. Everything else is done for them. The introduction, film, and donations appeal will take about an hour. PRC leaders can use additional time for client testimonies, to give info about their PRC, etc.

Find details for this special event here.

Already 86 PRCs have signed up to host a screening. Doing this not only helps PRCs raise money but also helps Crescendo reach a wider audience with an important message.

New blog team members!

I’m excited to announce several new additions to the JillStanek.com blog team!

Hans Johnson is now sharing duties with Laura Loo preparing our “Pro-life video of the day” segment, and has been for several weeks now. Hans and LL are both very diligent, working hard to post the latest videos on our topic, sometimes having to switch gears at the last minute for a time-sensitive entry. I so appreciate how seriously they take this important daily post.

We also have two new moderators: Alice and Tyler! Both are well known to post sage, measured comments and came highly recommended by our other wonderful moderators, Bobby Bambino, Carla, Gerard, and Suki.

Speaking of Carla, she has been promoted to Lead Mod! This is a new volunteer position that gives Carla more oversight of the other moderators if there are questions or concerns about certain comments or commenters, etc. Carla also takes the work of moderator quite seriously and recognizes it as an important ministry.

I might as well mention Kelli, who is maintaining her critical role of keeping me and this blog organized. Only she fully knows what a ditz I am when it comes to certain administrative tasks. I know she cares about this blog’s mission as much as I do.

And this is a good time to thank my son-in-law, Andy Moore, for always being just an email away when we have a web crisis, like a crash or slowdown (like earlier today). These have been waaaay less frequent since we switched servers, but we still have our moments.

Kelli and Suki will still split “Quote of the day” duties, which we all look forward to reading every morning. They manage to find some pretty amazing quotes, both good and bad.

Susie spends many, many hours each week compiling our “Pro-life blog buzz” posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Her work is invaluable for not only disseminating information from other pro-life blogs to a wider audience but also for helping build a better sense of community.

Angela still works quietly behind the scenes proofreading and cleaning up mistakes I make that she spots before you or I do.

The only sad news I have to report is that dear Bethany and Chris are taking a break from moderating. Bethany’s family has expanded by 2 or 3 children (hard to keep track!) since she started moderating here, and Chris has increased his role at a local pregnancy care center. We will miss them both very much, but they know they are always welcome back.

In closing, I want to let you readers and commenters know how much we appreciate you, whether or not you are pro-life. Of course, we are always striving to convert abortion supporters but do like to read what you have to say.

Again, thanks to everyone for your support, and thanks to all the members of our team for their invaluable help.

Vandals destroy Bronx pregnancy care center; “They even stole our Pampers.”

They even stole the Pampers. Click all photos to enlarge.

Chris Slattery, founder and president of EMC Frontline Pregnancy Care Centers, a group of 12 pccs located throughout the New York City area, told LifeSiteNews.com he thought it was likely “drug addicts seeking some quick cash” who burglarized and vandalized EMC’s South Bronx location last night.

Not so fast. With Slattery and EMC at the center of the opposition against NYC’s recently passed hostile law forcing pccs to post signage that they do not commit abortions, my first thought was the vandals were hostile pro-aborts. Would run-of-the-mill ne’er do wells go so far as to tear up the floors?

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