Roe V. Wade Anniversary Press Conference Texas Rally for Life

Roe V. Wade Anniversary Press Conference
This past January
marked the
heartbreaking 41st
anniversary of
legalized abortion
in America.
As always, the
Houston Coalition for Life lead the protest outside the doors of
Planned Parenthood’s annual event, the luncheon “celebrating”
this horrible anniversary. Many people showed up to join us in
letting passersby know of the tragic event occurring inside.
Texas Rally for Life, Austin TX
Dear Pro-Life Friends,
We also sent representatives to Austin to join the
annual pro-life march at the Texas Capitol, and ran
into many friends as we listened to our governor
and Attorney General speak at the Rally for Life!
When you combine the intercessory prayers from the Stand & Pray
folks on the street with the picture of the unborn child we show the
moms on our big screen TV, miracles happen. We see hearts and
minds changed daily and women and their unborn children saved
from the horror of abortion.
I am sure you have heard the GOOD NEWS that abortion facilities
across Texas are shutting down! This is because they cannot meet
the basic health standards put forth with the passage of HB2!
As we await the fourth and final provision of HB2 to go into effect
September 1st of this year, we ask for your prayers. This provision
will require that every abortion facility in Texas be an ambulatory
surgical center (ASC).
You will see some of these children on the next page and read about
our second mobile crisis pregnancy center, Baby Blue, who will be on
the street this summer. We will take her to a different abortion facility
each time we are out unannounced, so we won’t be divulging our start
date. But, don’t worry, we will report to you soon after that.
In April of this year a lawsuit was filed in federal court to invalidate
key portions of HB2 that have already gone into effect and to bring
a facial challenge to the ASC requirement. The trial will begin on
August 4th with District Judge Lee Yeakel presiding. He is the judge
who previously filed an injunction against certain provisions of HB2
from going into effect. This was (thanks be to God) overruled by the
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
But we are very concerned about the threat from this lawsuit. If it is
successful thousands of women will continue to be subjected to
abortion in substandard facilities and an opportunity to close them
will be lost.
Spring 40 Days for Life and MOTSY
This Spring’s 40 Days for Life began
with our Kick-Off, hosted by
Montgomery County Right to Life and
featuring Steve Karlen, 40 Days for Life
North American Outreach Director.
This 40 Days was very well covered by
many different churches, groups and
individuals making great sacrifices to
help cover the hours. Let’s keep that
momentum going! The next 40 Days for Life campaign will be September 24-November 2, so email theresa@houstoncoalition.com to
join as soon as possible!
The Spring
March of the Surviving Youth
(MOTSY)
took place on March 22nd.
We had a great turnout!
If ever your prayers and action were needed in Texas it is now!
The Houston Coalition for Life has teamed up with other pro-life organizations from around the state to organize a massive prayer vigil
outside of the federal court house in Austin where the case will be
heard.
All of the details for this prayer vigil can be found on our website at
www.HoustonCoalition.com, or please feel free to give me a call on
my cell at 832-244-8724.
This year we were so blessed to have the pastor of Our Lady of
Walsingham, Father Charles Hough IV, come to Planned Parenthood
and lead our Good Friday Stations of the Cross. Several dozen people
joined us for this peaceful time of prayer on a very solemn day.
Christine Melchor
Executive Director
The Houston Coalition for Life 2014 Newsletter, Volume 1
You can choose to do a two mile walk OR a 5K run and help keep our mobile crisis pregnancy center on the road!
The #1 fundraising Walker/Runner wins a trip for two to the 2015
March for Life in Washington DC on January 22, 2015.
Last, but certainly not
least, I am so excited
to share with you the
numbers from our Big
Blue Bus!
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2014 Run& Walk for Life
Join us September 6, from 8am-11am at All Saints Catholic Church,
215 E 10th St., Houston, TX 77008.
The #1 fundraising church or group will receive a table for ten at our
2014 Benefit Dinner!
PLUS if you can't do the walk/run on September 6th you can do the
walk or run wherever you like and whenever you like!
In just the first half of this year we have had 1823 visits to our bus,
that is 846 more visits than last year in this same time frame. There
were 737 positive pregnancy tests and we have been able to confirm
that 697 (94.6%) of the moms are continuing their pregnancy,
Praise God!
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Thank you so very much for your prayers and monetary support,
without you our work would not be possible.
I look forward to seeing you on the street in prayer real soon!
We know that all things are possible through the Grace of God and
are asking you to make the sacrifice of going to Austin to be part of
this prayer vigil. We need to show the world that Texans are pro-life
and are willing to stand up and be counted.
It is possible that on September 1st, when the ASC provision is due to
take effect, that we will be down to six abortions facilities in Texas;
this will be down from forty-one in 2011. You can see why your prayers and action are so critical right now!
Good Friday Stations of the Cross
The Houston Coalition for Life 2014 Newsletter, Volume 1
Please sign up to participate in our upcoming Run/Walk for Life on
September 6th, this fundraiser is what keeps our Big Blue Bus parked
next to Planned Parenthood daily. I’m really excited about our number one prize this year, check it out below!
Are you excited? We sure are, so register now to join the fun!
Visit www.houstoncoalition.com to get the details to sign up!
Also, we're on Twitter now, so help us spread the tweets! Our handle is @HCL_prolife and the event hashtag is #LivesDependOnUs.
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Counseling beyond the sidewalk: “A Christ Incident”
The sidewalk sometimes extends beyond the front doors of the
abortion clinic…. Early on a beautiful May, Tuesday morning, our
first client arrived at our Big Blue Bus under unique circumstances.
She had come to us after a providential and completely
unexpected encounter with the daughter of our director,
Christine. Around 7:30 AM that morning the director’s
daughter, Laura, just happened to be in a convenience
store and overheard the woman ask the cashier where
4600 Gulf Freeway was. Laura immediately told the
woman not to go to that address (which was Planned
Parenthood), but instead to go to the blue bus across the
street. She gave her 2 cell phone numbers for staff of the
blue bus. The woman then called one of the numbers,
and was guided to our bus. She had scheduled an
appointment with Planned Parenthood for an ultrasound
to plan an abortion. When she arrived at the bus, she
explained that she had been raped in March in the parking
lot of a business late at night, but did not report it to the
police. In fact, she had told no one. We immediately
contacted Choices4Life (a ministry for victims of rape),
and the woman talked to the director for close to 4 hours,
while sitting in the counseling room; soon the
wastebasket was half full with tear-saturated tissues.
When Christine arrived at the bus, she told the young
woman, “I was the one you spoke to on the phone this
morning. My daughter, Laura, is the one you met at the
convenience store. This was not a coincidence; it is what I
like to call a Christ incident.” The girl was greatly affected
by this realization. After talking and crying for hours, she
decided to get in touch with her mother in California,
where she also had lived. Her mother was very supportive and told
her to have the baby. The young woman was then anxious to see
her baby via ultrasound. She was a totally different woman when
she left the bus. Just before she left, the young woman asked
Christine to tell Laura thank you so much and she would never
forget her. She had found new hope!
Baby Blue - soon to be Due!
Dear friends of the Coalition,
Happy summer! Don’t forget your sunscreen, that Texas heat
will cause a sunburn in a flash.
Speaking of flash, I want to give you an update: Baby Blue is
almost ready!
For those who aren’t aware, Baby Blue will be the second mobile crisis pregnancy center in our fleet…
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Though we are progressing quickly, we are not quite
done. Baby Blue still needs your help to get on the road
and be fully operational. We are almost 90% funded, but
the women of Houston, their unborn children, and all of
the thousands of others who will benefit from this undertaking need your generous help. Like little Jacob here:
because of your donation last year, his mommy saw him
on the ultrasound… his heartbeat made her heart melt…
and her choice to keep him was the best one she ever
made.
Thousands of other “Jacobs” are
on their way… but their
mothers need a gentle push in
the right direction. I’d like you to
consider giving that push.
(Here is a sneak peak at the not quite finished
design for “Baby Blue” - our new RV crisis mobile
unit that is currently being refurbished!”)
Can you help us?
and while our Big Blue Bus stays vigilant at the Planned
Parenthood on Gulf Freeway, we are excited to say that with
Baby Blue, each remaining abortion facility will be in our
sights: we will take Baby Blue to a different abortion facility
each day, initially three days a week, unannounced. The abortion facilities will never know where we will be next.
Priceless new faces!
Little blessings from God !
More darling “bus babies” we’d like you
to meet!
Abortion affects so many more people than just
the baby and the mom! We are actually missing
members of our community. Please consider
making a tax-deductible donation to help
support this important work. Every little bit
helps, and God makes it go a long way!
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Even more important than that, the women of Houston
won’t have to come to us… we are going to them.
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Thanks,
Luke
NOW 2000 Blankets!
Thank you Blanket Ministry for contributing to the Big Blue Bus and gently touching the hearts of
2000 women undergoing crisis pregnancies!!!
Each pregnant woman who enters the Big Blue Bus and decides to choose life for
her unborn child is presented with a soft hand crocheted baby blanket. Two ladies
from Our Savior Lutheran Church initiated this ministry when the Big Blue Bus first
opened in Feb. 2011. Now seven (7) (LCMS) congregations participate and have
presented us with the astounding number of 2,000 blankets! Each blanket is
wrapped around a little message for the mother and presented as gentle sign of
hope to girls in crisis. Each soft fold offers a warm welcoming hug to the new precious baby! We are deeply grateful to these women who give hours of their time
and talent and so offer a gentle reminder of love to each pregnant girl and her unborn child– a sign of Love that will continue to guide them as they embrace their
new baby!
We can not thank these ladies enough for all the love they show through a gift that
might be the very first present this child receives. May God bless you all!
The Houston Coalition for Life 2014 Newsletter, Volume 1
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