December 5, 2016
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The Best Christmas Gift of All

by Maria Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director

Each year when the coldness of winter is just about to settle in, I return to Bedford Falls, where the town streets are wrapped in a blanket of snow and the ivory lights glistening in the trees signal the celebration of Christmas.

It is my December destination because I want to spend some time with George Bailey, the town dreamer, who mapped out plans of seeing Italy, Greece, and the Parthenon, but ended up sacrificing it all to stay in his little corner of America and help his family.

I want to journey with George as an angel named Clarence shows him what the world would have been like, had he never been born. George's brother Harry would not have grown up to be a military hero, saving the lives of his fellow servicemen. Instead, Harry would have died at the age of nine, the victim of a tragic accident--drowning after falling through a layer of ice, because George wasn't around to rescue him.

So it was not just one brother that George had saved--but a band of brothers. As Angel Clarence tells him, "Every man on that transport died. Harry wasn't there to save them, because you weren't there to save Harry."

The eccentric angel introduces George to a surreal world in which his first employer ends up in jail...his uncle forever emotionally broken...his wife alone and without children...and his hometown a Hell hole...
the result of his absence.

Clarence: "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

George's daughter Zuzu had prayed, "Please bring Daddy back."

And after seeing Bedford Falls through the eyes of a stranger...and viewing the devastation of a world without his presence, George recognizes the immeasurable value of one life--his one life.

George: "Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence. Get me back. Get me back. I don't care what happens to me. Only get me back to my wife and kids. Help me, Clarence, please. Please! I want to live again. I want to live again. I want to live again.....Please, God, let me live again."

And in all its cinematic splendor, the film "It's a Wonderful Life" concludes with George being reunited with the many who love him, whose lives have been touched and transformed by his.

Though it was released on Christmas Day 70 years ago, the movie communicates a transcendent truth which so many in the U.S. need to hear today, amidst the tragic push for doctor-prescribed suicide and the traumatic ordeal of mothers pressured to give up--just as their babies are growing inside them.

Clarence: "You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?"

Help Wanted

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation has an IMMEDIATE OPENING for a part time position (up to 15 hours per week) as a Data Entry Specialist at the state headquarters in Harrisburg. Previous data entry experience and competence in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, are prerequisites for this position. If interested please email resume and cover letter to Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo at . For more information, call him at 717-541-0034.

Planned Parenthood Facilities Closing
Across Pennsylvania

 Planned Parenthood facilities in Chambersburg, Gettysburg, and Scranton have announced they will be closing by the end of the year. These closings mean that fewer women will be referred for abortions so this is a victory for pre-born babies and their mothers.

For more information, click here
Save Lives With Your 
Christmas Shopping This Year

Are you looking for a great way to help save the lives of those most vulnerable among us while doing your Christmas shopping? Now, you can  support our life-saving work by clicking the link below, sign in to and select Pennsylvania Educational Fund to help us save babies and their moms!

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National Right to Life Committee Praises Selection of U.S. Rep. Tom Price

This National Right to Life article talks about President-elect Donald Trump's selection of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., (R-GA) as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

To read the whole article click here

Chapter Events

PEOPLE FOR LIFE, ERIE: Pro-Life Breakfast featuring Ruth and Windsor Graham: January 14, 2017 9:00 A.M. at Bayfront Convention Center--
1 Sassafras Pier, Erie PA. Purchase tickets  here.

PEOPLE FOR LIFE, ERIE: March for Life: January 21, 2017 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. starting at Perry Square (please arrive by 10:45 A.M.). 
For more information, click  here.

For pro-life events in your area, click here . For a complete list of chapters, click here .

Live in Southeast PA? Contact SE Regional Coordinator Carla Ezell to find out more about joining a chapter in Bucks, Mongomery, Chester, Delaware, or Philadelphia County. You can reach Carla by e-mail at
If you live in another part of the state and you'd like to get involved in a local chapter, contact Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo at or by phone at 717-541-0034.
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