Susan Rogacs, State College

Rich Benacci, Pittsburgh
Vice President

Tim Broderick, Erie

Robert Boehner, CPA, Gettysburg

 Board of Directors:

Jacob Dvorak, Natrona Heights, PHL Southwest

Helen Gohsler, Scranton, PHL Northeast

Cynthia P. Rearick, Harrisburg, PHL Southcentral

Gerald Sekerak, Bethlehem, PHL Mideast

Douglas Braendel, Citizens Concerned For Human Life, Central Region

Dr. Denise T. Wilcox, Doylestown, RTL of Southeast PA

Shari Lewis, Westmoreland County, Midwest Region

Who we are
and what we do

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Inc.
Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Inc., is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children. Through legislation, political action, education and other legal means, we proclaim the truth about abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. 

We are a statewide grassroots right to life organization and the Pennsylvania affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee in Washington, D.C. (  We seek legal protection and societal respect for the right of every child to live, and promote viable alternatives to abortion, such as adoption and assisted parenting. 

PA Pro-Life is divided into a three-arm approach to changing the culture and making Pennsylvania a safe haven for life.

Arm 1-Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Inc.
General Fund
Pennsylvania's Voice for Life in Harrisburg and Washington, DC. 

What we've done:

  • Successfully lobbied for passage of the PA Abortion Control Act, which provides women with information about the development of their baby and alternatives to abortion before having an abortion, and requires parental consent for a minor's decision to abort.

  • Successfully lobbied the state legislature for the nation's first public funding of abortion alternatives. Tax money once allocated to the abortion industry now goes to Real Alternatives, a pioneer program that reimburses financially-strapped local pro-life pregnancy care centers enabling women to choose life for their children.

  • Maintained continuous contact with state and federal legislators, keeping them informed on life issues and encouraging them to adopt legislation protecting life and reject legislation threatening it.

  • Kept pro-life citizens informed of the status of legislation protecting or threatening life, so they can make their views known to their representatives.

  • Lobbied Congress for a partial-birth abortion ban and exposed the harsh reality of the procedure to the public.

The results:

  • The abortion rate in Pennsylvania reached a 20-year low and has decreased more than 45% since 1980 --and in the 1990s, PA experienced a decrease more than twice as sharp as the overall nationwide decline in abortions. 

  • Pennsylvania had the nation's first post-Webster comprehensive law including parental consent and women's right to know.

  • The Pennsylvania Congressional delegation had one of the nation's highest pro-life voting records on partial-birth abortion, as 18 of the 21 House members, including nine Democrats, and both Senators from PA voted to override the Clinton veto.

Arm 2- The PA Pro-Life Federation Educational Fund.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Educational Fund (PPLF Ed Fund) is a tax-exempt organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The PPLF Ed Fund is an outgrowth of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Inc. These organizations are Pennsylvania's leading voice in promoting the dignity and sanctity of human lives threatened by abortion.

The PPLF Ed Fund became operational in August 1984. Since its birth, the PPLF Ed Fund has undertaken projects to educate Pennsylvanians about the personhood of children in the womb; the truth about what abortion is and what it does to mothers and their preborn children; the importance of teaching teens to live a chaste life and avoid unwanted pregnancy; and the availability of viable, life-affirming alternatives to abortion, such as adoption and assisted parenting. 

What we've done

  • Been instrumental in cutting the state's abortion rate almost in half.

  • Promoting viable alternatives to abortion resulting in more than 100,000 clients being served.

  • Significantly changing public opinion on abortion.

  • Reaching 10 million people with pro-life messages through broadcast media.

  • Helping more than 3,500 Pennsylvania churches disseminate the pro-life message to their parishioners and communities.

  • Printing tens of thousands of copies of our newspaper, LifeLines, each year.

  • Educating more than 250,000 teenagers on the right to life and abstinence.

  • Holding periodic pro-life conferences.

  • Establishing Pennsylvania's premiere pro-life website at

Arm 3-The PA Pro-Life Federation PAC

What we've done

  • Identified more than one-half million pro-life voters in the state, provided them with accurate information on candidates' stands on life issues, and encouraged them to vote for pro-life candidates in state and federal elections.

  • Helping pro-life candidates in crucial races defeat pro-abortion candidates for election.

Position Statements


On abortion:

Medical and scientific evidence leaves no room for doubt that an individual is a unique human person at the point of conception and that person's right to life should be respected by society and protected by law. 

Legal abortion hurts women and denies them their right to legal protection from the death of their children and the destruction of their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. 

The right-to-life movement must continue to reach out in love to women in need, before and after birth to provide positive alternatives and enable them to choose life for their child.


On post-abortive women:

Abortion is a lethal choice many women never cease to regret.  We actively reach out to women who have been pressured or deceived into aborting a child and help them find the physical and emotional healing they need, so that they may restore their lives and be enabled to have good relationships and stable families. 


On euthanasia:

The right to life should be protected until the point of natural death.  We do not seek measures to unnaturally prolong life and pain, but measures to prevent a physician or other individual from ending a life prematurely when natural causes don't. 

We promote better education and pain management and programs like hospice that allow terminal patients to cherish their last days of life in relative comfort and maintain their human dignity.  We believe euthanasia robs patients of their right to comfort care and treatment for depression brought on by a terminal illness. 


On fetal tissue research and transplantation:

We object to the nonconsensual use of human beings as "guinea pigs" through experimentation on aborted babies and disagree with the assertion that the society can benefit from the violence of abortion by making use of the aborted bodies for our own needs. 


On violence:

We support only peaceful efforts to restore the right to life and strongly condemn any acts of violence against advocates of abortion.  Such violent acts are not "pro-life" and only hurt the cause of generating respect for human life. 

We do not take part in or condone any illegal activity in the fight against abortion.


On Political Activity:

            Political Activity Resolution
2008 Guidelines for Right to Life Organizations
Political Activity Guidelines



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