Community Health Care Center of Pensacola is now American Family Planning.

We praise God for the 9 months lives were saved with the closing of the Community Health Care Center of Pensacola. Thank you God for allowing us to witness a miracle. We must praise God in all things!

Let us ask God to send out laborers for his harvest as we peacefully stand vigil in prayer for LIFE in Pensacola.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Originally published on June 12, 2008; Latest Revision June 4, 2010.

As the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure approaches, some Catholics are asking the question: “Should I participate?”

The following common questions were originally addressed by Msgr. Kevin T. McMahon, former archdiocesan episcopal vicar for moral and religious matters related to health care and biotechnology, and Mrs. Christina Heddell, M.T.S., former director of the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate. The responses were recently updated by the current director, Mrs. Beth Lauver, based on the updated archdiocesan position statement.

Q. What is the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ official position on the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure?

A. The archdiocese’s official position is available on the Respect Life Apostolate’s website, You can also request a copy of the statement by calling 314.792.7555

The statement notes that the archdiocese does not encourage participation in the race. The archdiocese has directed its parishes and institutions not to organize any group participation in the race, because such participation, although aimed at fighting breast cancer, would lend Church support to all that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure promotes or funds. The most serious problem is that, according to the last data available, some Komen affiliates provide financial support to Planned Parenthood. Susan G. Komen for the Cure-St. Louis is not one of those affiliates.

Although this money is earmarked for diagnostic testing for breast cancer, it frees up other monies which Planned Parenthood can then use for the immoral practices which are the mainstay of its operations—contraception, sterilization, and abortion. Participation by Church groups in the race would send the wrong message; namely, that support for these evil practices can be justified by the pursuit of a good cause. People would rightly ask, how evil can such things be if the Church is willing to give any support to them? To act in a way that may lead others to accept or promote evil is to give scandal, which Jesus condemns and demands that we avoid. A Church group’s participation in the race would likely be a source of grave scandal.

Q. Does the archdiocese have any other objections to Komen?

A. Yes, there are two other very serious objections: First, Komen has encouraged embryonic stem cell research by identifying it as a promising avenue in the fight against breast cancer. Obtaining embryonic stem cells requires the destruction of human embryos, which is gravely immoral and cannot be justified for any reason. Even if pluripotent stem cells (the type that are extracted from embryos) were effective in preventing, treating, or curing breast cancer, and this is a big “if,” new techniques for obtaining such cells which do not require the destruction of human embryos are now being perfected. And, adult stem cells have been used successfully in treating a number of other diseases. We encourage Komen to support stem cell research that does not involve the destruction of human life.

Second, recent studies have found a link between abortion and breast cancer, while others have found no link. More research needs to be done to settle this question, so we find Komen’s premature denial of the connection between abortion and breast cancer to be irresponsible. Although Komen may not wish to fund such research, it is wrong for it to discourage an avenue of research that may identify factors related to abortion that can be linked to this disease. Such knowledge could aid in the prevention or cure of the disease.

Q. Why is it important that the archdiocese take this position, and why is it important for Catholics to know that the Church does have a position on Komen and the race?

A. The Church has an obligation to instruct the faithful in the moral truth, so that they can form their consciences correctly. Many people in good faith support Komen not knowing about its regional support of Planned Parenthood, of its denial of abortion as a cause of breast cancer, or of its endorsement of embryonic stem cell research. These are important facts which people must consider in reaching a judgment of conscience about their own participation in the race.

Q. How should Catholics who would like to participate in the race view the position of the archdiocese?

A. It is unfortunate that Komen has become morally tainted for the previously stated reasons. The Church has encouraged Catholics to find moral ways to prevent or cure every form of human illness and disease, including breast cancer. For this reason the archdiocese has asked those who might be inclined to participate in the run to write to Komen and to urge them to change its stance on embryonic stem cell research, and to stop funding Planned Parenthood. The archdiocese also encourages the faithful to fight against breast cancer praying for its victims and continuing to seek morally licit research organizations.

Q. Do you think that the Church may appear unconcerned about those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by breast cancer?

A. Given the Church’s own involvement in research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer and the dedication of her health care institutions to preventing and treating this disease, it would be both inaccurate and unjust to make such a claim. Almost all of us have loved ones who have suffered or died from this disease. We share Komen’s goal of preventing, treating, and curing breast cancer, and we encourage the faithful of the archdiocese to support all morally licit programs directed to this cause.

The archdiocese appreciates the tremendous contribution the Komen Foundation has made to the fight against breast cancer. We encourage Komen to cease providing funds to Planned Parenthood, to support further research on the possible connections between abortion and breast cancer, and to stop promoting embryonic stem cell research. Should Komen stop supporting such immoral practices, the Church would no longer be in the regrettable position of having to discourage participation in the race.

Pro-Life Freedom Rides Campaign

Birmingham, AL & Atlanta, GA

Friday, July 23& Saturday 24th 2010

“My Uncle Martin had a dream that Protestants and Catholics and Gentiles and Jews would join together and sing the age old spiritual ‘Free at Last,’” stated Dr. Alveda King.  We will be singing and praying on the Pro-life Freedom Rides. We urge all people of good will to join us as we link the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century to the heart cry for life in the 21st Century.”

Friday, July 23

7pmCST: Rally (Assembly/Concert) at Birmingham Jefferson County Convention Complex (BJCC) Theatre 205.458.8400 /

2100 Richard Arrington Blvd. N Birmingham, AL 35203


205.324.5000 ∙

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Saturday, July 24

9amCST: Prayer Vigil at Killing Center. Planned Parenthood: 1211 27th Place South, Birmingham, AL 35205

11:30amCST: Pro-Life Freedom Ride Campaign Caravan

Departs Birmingham for The King Center

450 Auburn Ave. NE Atlanta, Georgia 30312

4pm (EST) – Pro-life Service at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at

The King Center in Atlanta 404.526-8900


The Bulletin – Keenan:  Pro-Life Movement Attracting Young, Zealous

NARAL President: Pro-Aborts Aging, Pro-Lifers More Active
By Kathleen Gilbert
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Washington — The pro-life movement in America is growing in leaps and bounds, attracting young, zealous women to defend the unborn in droves — a fact that even the president of NARAL has now admitted.

NARAL’s Nancy Keenan told Newsweek last week that she considers herself a member of the “postmenopausal militia” — a phrase that captures the situation of pro-abortion leaders who are aging across the board, including the leadership of Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization for Women.

Newsweek’s Sarah Kliff notes that “these leaders will retire in a decade or so.”

Keenan also remarked on the enormity of this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., and, according to Newsweek, is troubled that such passion has faded among the youth on her side of the movement.

“I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” Keenan said about stumbling on this year’s March for Life in Washington. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.”

While March for Life estimates it drew 400,000 pro-lifers to Washington for this year’s March, Planned Parenthood’s “Stop Stupak” rally in December only drew about 1,300 attendees.

In addition, Newsweek revealed that NARAL’s own research on American youth shows more reason for Keenan to worry: a survey conducted by the group found that, while 51 percent of pro-life voters under 30 considered abortion a “very important” voting issue, only 26 percent of abortion supporters in the same demographic felt similarly.

“Keenan is right to be worried,” commented Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, to (LSN) this week.

“As more evidence proves the humanity of unborn babies and pain that abortion causes mothers and babies, more people will be pro-life,” Wright said, adding that “pro-abortionists motivate by anger; pro-lifers are motivated by love” – a fact that appeals “especially to a generation that is desperate for the bonds of family.”

Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America told LSN that the fears expressed by the pro-abortion giant are playing out visibly on college campuses, where she says pro-life groups are routinely more vigorous and longer-lasting than pro-abortion groups.

“That’s exactly what we see every day on college campuses,” said Hawkins. “We’ll have pro-choice groups that spring up in reaction to the pro-life groups that are started on campus and those groups, they last maybe a year. The only purpose they serve is to be reactionary towards our pro-life students.”

Hawkins noted that groups such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Feminist Majority Network struggle to maintain campus chapters. “They all are incredibly well-funded, have a lot more money than Students for Life of America, yet none of them can [keep] active groups,” she said.

“More and more, this generation treats abortion as a fundamental human rights violation,” said Hawkins.

Katie Walker, Communications Director of the American Life League, has already made several appearances on television news shows as a spokesperson for the pro-life cause – and she only recently turned 24.

“Nancy Keenan and her aging ‘postmenopausal militia’ should be shaking in their combat boots,” Walker told LSN. “Poll after poll has confirmed what the pro-life movement has known for a long time – young people are pro-life – young women especially are pro-life.

“Despite the pro-abortion movement’s stranglehold on the entertainment media, our educational institutions, our laws – they’re selling an unsustainable bill of goods. They’re asking us to deny our womanhood and our femininity in exchange for a selfish me-first philosophy that has led too many of our friends, too many of our mothers to pain and suffering in the aftermath of their abortions, their divorces, their joyless corporate climb.”

Young women, said Walker, “aren’t looking at the Nancy Keenans of the world and thinking – ‘I want to be just like her some day.’” “They’re looking at the joy that comes with selflessly embracing life and human rights and dignity,” she said.

“As Alice Von Hildebrand says – every woman whether single or married is called to be a mother in some way. Most young women I know, myself included, are looking at the joy on the faces of the young mothers in our lives and thinking – ‘I want to be just like THAT some day.’

Today, is the final day of 40 Days for Life spring campaign.  We hope to see you today (Sunday, March 28th) at 2 PM for a Jericho March in front of AMS of Pensacola, 6115 Village Oaks Drive.  Yesterday, Saturday, March 27th, children did not lose their lives in Pensacola.  If abortions are going to take place in Pensacola, this week, they will most likely occur TODAY, Sunday, Palm Sunday.  We hope you will join us some time today prior to the Jericho March.  Your prayerful presence in front of the AMS of Pensacola is very important.  In the past 40 Days here in Pensacola, we have witnessed at least nineteen (19) women choose life!  AMEN!  Thank you to all those who have participated this spring.  We look forward to seeing many of you today!  Jesus We Trust In You!

Saturday, March 27th, at 4 PM, please join participants in the Panhandle Run For Life, as they pray in front of the AMS of Pensacola abortion facility.  After this prayer vigil, there will be a benefit concert and baby shower to benefit the local pregnancy resource centers.


MARCH 27, 2010 6PM – ?




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As this 40 Days for Life campaign continues, the need
for prayer for an end to abortion grows clearer each
day — as does the need to pray for healing for those
whose lives have been turned upside down because of
their experiences with the pain caused by abortion.

Lynda said that through her efforts with 40 Days for
Life, she often meets both women and men “who come to
confess an earlier and much regretted decision to have
an abortion.”

She had one person tell her, “I always wonder what my
daughter’s sister would look like.”

“It’s so sad,” she said. “There are so many broken
hearts; so much emptiness. There was a person who came
to me in tears saying how sorry she was about her
decision so many years ago. We must continue to pray.”

Nancy’s story is typical of what many 40 Days for Life
vigil participants are hearing.

“I was pregnant — but not by the man I had lived with
for the previous years,” she said. An older friend —
whom she considered wiser and more experienced —
recommended abortion. “No one spoke for the life of
my preborn.”

Nancy is one of the millions who regret their
abortions. Thankfully, she found healing in Christ.

The message that healing is indeed possible is part
of the 40 Days for Life witness at many of the vigils.

There’s a photo of the 40 Days for Life vigil in
Everett, Washington that illustrates that. Prayer
volunteers are carrying signs from the Silent No More
Awareness Campaign (
that read, “Women do regret abortion” and “Men regret
lost fatherhood.”

To see the picture, go to:

“Praying in front of Planned Parenthood has drawn me
closer to the cross than I’ve ever been before in my
life,” wrote Julie. “Twenty years ago, I had an abortion.
I never knew the power of prayer until now.”

For years, she said, the pain, shame and all that goes
with it had been buried deep within her. “This year,
God called me to 40 Days for Life and I was listening.”

She broke down while praying at the vigil. Two days
later, “I made a complete confession and turned my
life over to God, completely.

“I know I still have a long way to go in healing,”
Julie said, “but I can’t express what it feels like
to be forgiven. Thank you for your encouragement and
thanks to all of the participants of 40 Days for Life.
I could not have done this alone.”

“I was in the same situation some 30 years ago,”
explained Alicia. “I was filled with such unimaginable
guilt.” It took years for her to finally listen to God
and actually accept His forgiveness — and forgive

“I thank God that this beautiful ministry exists,” she
said, “and will continue until the end of abortion
comes to pass.”

Today’s devotional is from Carmen Pate, a member of
the 40 Days for Life board of directors.



Pray that all believers participating in this 40 Days
for Life campaign will make every effort to keep the
unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace
(Ephesians 4:3).


And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them,
that they may be one just as We are one: I in them,
and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one,
and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and
have loved them as You have loved Me.

— John 17:22-23

REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, Point of View

Christ prayed that all those who would believe in Him
would be united in single purpose and spirit, just as
He and the Father were united.

I find it convicting to consider that those who would
run to Jesus with their sins, seeking forgiveness, and
falling in love with the Savior, often run from
Christians today.

Is it because they see division and dissension instead
of unity and peace?

No doubt Christ is pleased to see the body unified and
praying together during these 40 days.

This is exactly what we see when we read about the
beginnings of the church. Both the unity and the
prayer are conspicuous, along with the results of
unified prayer.

Acts 2:46-47 tells us, “So continuing daily with one
accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to
house, they ate their food with gladness and
simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor
with all the people. And the Lord added to the church
daily those who were being saved.”

No doubt the enemy is disheartened to see the unity in
prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil, and he will
continuously try to disrupt the bond of peace among
brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let us guard our hearts and minds, exhibiting the love
of Christ that He so graciously gives us, so that
those watching will see the love among us and know
that He must love them too!


Heavenly Father, give us grace in every situation to
work toward unity. With humility, gentleness, and
patience, may we endeavor to keep the unity of the
Spirit in the bond of peace.

There are hurting men and women Lord at the crossroads
of life and death who are looking for love and peace
in their lives.

May they see Christ in us and be drawn to the abundant
life that only He can give. It is in Christ’s precious
name that we pray, Amen.