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40 Days For Life 2020

40 DAYS FOR LIFE – BAKERSFIELD

September 23 – November 1, 2020
Family Planning Associates Abortion Clinic
Corner of 25th and H Street

Downtown Bakersfield

To sign-up for a prayer vigil shift or for more information visit 40daysforlife.com or contact
Right to Life of Kern County at 661-864-7508 or email marylee@rtlkc.org.

Right to Life of Kern County is pleased to announce it will host this year’s 40 Days for Life campaign in Kern County. 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful, all-day vigils in front of abortion businesses.


In Bakersfield, the visible, public centerpiece of the campaign will be a focused, 40-day, 12-hour-per-day, prayer vigil September 23 – November 1 outside the Family Planning Associates Abortion Clinic at 2500 H Street. The campaign will serve as a peaceful, educational presence.Those of us who are called to stand witness during those hours will send a powerful message to our community about the tragic reality of abortion.

ADVOCACY TRAINING AND CAMPUS OUTREACH

Advocacy Training and
Campus Outreach

At Right to Life of Kern County, we’re about changing hearts and minds in a compassionate and persuasive way. RTLKC hosts spring and fall outreaches on the campuses of Bakersfield College and California State University Bakersfield, where we dialogue with students and challenge students to question what they think they know about abortion. Ready to defend innocent human life? Join us and we’ll show you how.

S01E01 Voices For Life with Marylee Shrider & Judy Goad

On Saturday, May 2, 2020, Right to Life of Kern County was pleased to introduce local listeners to its first-ever broadcast of Voices For Life on KERI 1410 AM. Join us every Saturday at 7 a.m. as we tackle life issues important to you and feature life advocates from Kern County and throughout the state.

Our first episode features Marylee Shrider, Executive Director, Right to Life of Kern County and Judy Goad, Community Liaison, Right to Life of Kern County.

Remembering Roe 2020

As the California legislature celebrated abortion on demand this week to honor the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we who value life in all its precious stages continued to pray for the end of abortion everywhere.

Right to Life of Kern County thanks the 50 volunteers who came together on January 18 to erect the beautiful and impactful Remembering Roe Memorial on the grounds of St. Philip the Apostle Church at 7100 Stockdale Hwy., where it will stand throughout the Sanctity of Human Life Week. The memorial will come down on Sunday, January 26.

Twenty-five hundred crosses plus one stand at the site – 2,300 to denote the number of preborn children lost to abortion each day in America, 200 pink and blue crosses representing the decline in abortions from last year, and a single 6-ft. cross representing the grace, mercy, and healing found at the foot of the cross for women and families impacted by abortion.

RTLKC thanks Sen. Shannon Grove and Assemblyman Vince Fong for their no votes on resolutions praising and promoting abortion in California. Assemblyman Rudy Salas, who co-authored the assembly measure, and Sen. Melissa Hurtado, voted in support.

Do we value all innocent human life or not?

Eight months ago in Bakersfield a young woman and her boyfriend decided 30 weeks into her pregnancy that they didn’t want to be parents after all. The woman told police she instructed the baby’s father to punch her in the stomach to rid them of that responsibility. At least 10 gut punches later, the deed was done.

According to police reports, the woman went to Kern Medical Center, telling medical staff she had fallen while mopping, leaving her stomach severely bruised. Not long afterward, doctors delivered a baby girl, dead with a fractured skull and spinal injuries.

The horrifying case and what to do about it was rumored to have caused heated debate among law enforcement officials over whether a crime had been committed. The case is still pending at the Kern County District Attorney’s office, but California law is clear. Taking the life of a preborn child is not murder if the “act was solicited, aided, abetted, or consented to by the mother.”

“Had that baby drawn a single breath we could have considered any number of charges,” said former District Attorney Lisa Green shortly before her retirement in early January.

For want of a single breath, the brutal death of that seven-and-a-half month old preborn girl is all but forgotten. When the story broke in May, local prolife voices expressed shock and disgust over the baby’s death. Predictably, pro-abortion leaders cited the case as the need for greater access in one of the most abortion-accessible states in America, taking care not to mention the dead baby lest they inadvertently acknowledge the child’s humanity.

It’s not the fault of local law enforcement that a nearly full-term preborn child was killed with impunity. And it’s doubtful such a heinous act could have been foreseen by those who wrote California’s legal definition of murder, but with our abortion-happy legislature rubber-stamping every abortion bill that comes before them, that door surely stands wide open.

This week the elected officials we sent to Sacramento are kicking off the new year with their annual resolution celebrating the awesomeness of abortion. And they’ve already promised to renew last year’s failed effort to bring medical abortions onto our college campuses. Those same elected officials are no doubt green with envy over the announcement this week that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act, legislation that makes abortion available to women essentially on demand up to the point of birth.

That’s right. Up to the point of birth. It should surprise no one when our own legislature follows suit.
In the 46 years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, America has become the quintessential throw-away culture, starting with our most innocent citizens. Yet, even those who identify as pro-life tend to take little notice of the goings-on at our state capitol. And too many mainstream Protestant churches, once among the most reliably vocal defenders of life, have grown increasingly silent on abortion, inexplicably relegating the topic to the political-issues-we-don’t-discuss-in-church category.

It’s up to all people of good conscience in California to decide how far down this road we’re going to go. Will we finally resolve to respect and protect the humanity of our precious preborn citizens? Or will we cave to our most base instincts as they did in New York?

In memory of that seven-and-half month-old pre-born girl who was killed before she could take her first breath and the 2,500 pre-born Americans lost each day to abortion, Right to Life of Kern County, in partnership with RiverLakes Community Church and other pro-life churches and organizations, will host a 2,500-cross Remembering Roe Memorial the week of January 20 – 27 on the church grounds at the corner of Hageman Road and Calloway Drive.

It’s our hope that this evocative memorial will serve as a reminder that the killing of innocent preborn children is still a common occurrence and will encourage those who value life to speak up and defend it.

Governor Brown gifts California with a pro-abortion veto

In a going-away gift that delivered a rare victory to California’s pro-life forces, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 320, legislation that would have required all UC/CSU student health centers to provide chemical abortions to students by January 2020.

In his brief veto message of the bill, Brown delivered a wrist slap to bill author Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) and its supporters, dismissing SB 320 as “unnecessary.”

Talk about an understatement. We prolifers are grateful for Brown’s moment of clarity, but such a poorly conceived bill never should have made it out of its first committee hearing, let alone to the Governor’s desk. For nearly two years, Right to Life of Kern County and its California allies labored to impress upon our logic-impaired legislature that providing abortion-inducing drugs on campus is not only dangerous and fraught with liability, it’s also utterly unnecessary given the proximity of abortion providers to college campuses.

No matter. When it comes to checking ideological boxes, California’s Democratic lawmakers never met an abortion bill they didn’t like. Apparently, our elected representatives aren’t required to demonstrate an actual need for the bills they introduce as long as said bills align with the party narrative. And with the Democratic majority so firmly entrenched there’s not even a pretense at bipartisanship, at least when it comes to the sacred cow that is abortion.

We opponents of SB 320 at Senate and Assembly committee hearings on the bill watched in astonished dismay as Democratic lawmakers nonchalantly dismissed all evidence debunking claims supporting the bill.
No, students don’t have to travel “hours and miles” to get their abortion pills because the average distance from California’s college campuses to the nearest abortion provider is six miles; some are within walking distance.

No, female athletes don’t lose their scholarships if they become pregnant. NCAA and Title IX gender equity policies mandate that unless the athlete voluntarily drops the program, her financial aid is secure.

No, the cost of abortion pills is not a burden for college students, not with the state ready to pick up the tab via its Medi-Cal Presumptive Eligibility program.

No, the $200,000 in grant monies allotted to each university to cover set-up costs is not enough to finance the necessary abortion equipment and training, according to university officials. The UCs and CSUs wouldn’t take a formal position on the bill but were represented at the hearings. In what became a recurring pattern, the expert opinions of the people who run the schools were heard, then utterly ignored.

And so it went. The only thing Leyva did have in her corner was an ever-present and enthusiastic group of UC Berkeley co-eds who believe that having to take public transportation to pick up their free abortion pills is some sort of oppression. But for the overwhelming majority of Democratic lawmakers, that was enough.

When it comes to abortion access, no state is more obliging than California, with its 512 abortion providers and none of the major restrictions that are found in many other states. SB 320 wasn’t about access, but about normalizing abortion by forcing it into every nook and cranny of California’s current anti-life culture.

All of which makes Brown’s veto nothing short of a miracle.

Leyva responded defiantly to the veto, promising to reintroduce the bill next year under the new governor. Demonstrating his fealty to party overlords Planned Parenthood and NARAL, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsome said he would have signed SB 320 into law.

If and when that happens, the state’s small but tireless army of proactive pro-life advocates are ready to do battle once more, but the decision to bring abortions to our college campuses ultimately lies with the voters and the choices they make at the ballot box.

Bully bill forces pregnancy centers to promote state-funded abortions

Less than a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court found that engaging in business doesn’t demand the surrender of speech and faith freedoms. Still, that hasn’t stopped a gaggle of state legislators from trying to impose on pregnancy centers a law mandating they promote abortion services.

That’s right, the California Assembly on Tuesday passed AB 775, a bill that would force pregnancy care centers like those in Bakersfield and Tehachapi to use their lobbies, websites, forms, and literature to promote state-funded free abortions. The bill, backed by a coalition that includes NARAL Pro-Choice and Planned Parenthood, now moves to the Senate.

As the authors of the “Reproductive FACT Act” are well aware, most of California’s 160 pregnancy centers were founded by people of faith to provide women alternatives to abortion. Unlike Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, pregnancy centers receive little-to-no government funding but rely on the support of compassionate individuals, businesses, and churches to offer women pregnancy-related services.

What thanks do they get? A bully bill so glaring in government overreach, it’s hard to know where to begin. Perhaps we could start by asking what other private organizations are compelled to offer free advertising for competing enterprises, especially when the services offered by those enterprises violates deeply held moral standards.

During a hearing on the bill in the Assembly Health Committee in April, Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, attempted to clarify what AB 775 does not do, saying the bill had been mischaracterized.
“It does not require referral to abortion clinics … it doesn’t discriminate based on religion,” said Chiu before approving a bill that forces faith-based pregnancy centers to inform women where they can get free abortions and whom they should speak with to see if they qualify.

Since it was founded in 1985, the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center has served more than 30,000 women and their families, offering pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes, and miscarriage and grief counseling, all at no cost to clients or taxpayers. Pro-lifers and people of faith who remain silent while this bill makes its way to the governor’s desk should be ashamed of themselves.

Meanwhile, while lawmakers in California are proving to be incredibly slow learners, our elected reps in Washington must be congratulated for their most recent pro-life victory.

When the House of Representatives failed in January to vote on legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, pro-lifers across the country threw a collective fit, dumping the blame high and wide on House leadership.

Their angst was understandable, though tabling the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act was likely the leadership’s best option at the time. Caught flat-footed at the 11th hour by a contingent of Republican lawmakers in a tizzy over the bill’s rape report requirement, House leaders reluctantly, but wisely, chose to postpone the vote.

A newly revised bill was put to a vote on May 13 and the measure passed mostly along party lines, 242-184. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said working with fellow lawmakers to revise the bill took “a lot of time and effort,” but bringing the life-saving measure back to the floor was a promise he was determined to keep.

“There were some who didn’t think we could do it, but everyone wanted to work toward the same goal,” McCarthy said. “Our commitment to consider this legislation has been steadfast.”

The new bill makes some revisions to the earlier version’s rape exception, which required a woman seeking an abortion after 20 weeks to report the rape to law enforcement. The amended bill allows an adult woman to receive the late-term abortion if she reported the rape, or has received medical treatment or counseling at least 48 hours prior to the abortion.

Now that the House has done the heavy lifting, the Senate has no excuse not to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. Our heartfelt thanks to McCarthy and his pro-life colleagues in the House for their eloquent and tenacious defense of life.

Pro-choice is to be pro-abortion, Mr. Morrison

It’s hard to know where to begin with Danny Morrison’s recent column “You can be pro-life and pro-choice at the same time,” (Feb. 21) a piece whose all-over-the-map conclusions may cover his hinder with the pro-choice crowd, but can only be arrived at by denying the humanity of the unborn.

Sorry, Mr. Morrison, you can’t have it both ways.

In his column supporting abortion and choice, Mr. Morrison ironically notes that men don’t have the right to chime in on the subject of abortion and choice. He says his support of a woman’s right to abort doesn’t mean he supports her decision to abort.

He decries the high abortion rates among blacks as a “shameful situation,” yet chooses to stand silent in tacit approval as future generations of black men and women are decimated. He lays credit for the lowest abortion rates since Roe v. Wade at the feet of the most pro-abortion president in the history of our nation without citing a single source supporting his assumption that Obamacare is the determining factor.

Most ludicrous of all, he characterizes himself as “a personally pro-life person” who “will choose life every single time,” while supporting a practice that destroys life. Every single time. There are a number of meandering trails to follow here, but I’ll limit myself to a couple of the most obvious questions.

Why don’t you “personally” like abortion, Mr. Morrison? What is it about the practice you find so “shameful?” Is it because the unborn are human beings, which means every successful abortion kills a full-fledged member of the human family?

Your stance — being personally against abortion while supporting another’s right to do it — is not only self-contradictory, it’s morally baffling.

Further, your insistence that men have no right to speak on abortion would likely come as a shock to the nine old guys in black robes who 43 years ago heard and decided Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.

It’s a shallow argument that suggests men can’t be harmed by abortion. It’s one I’ll remember the next time a distraught young man or his family calls our office asking if he has any recourse because his girlfriend is going to abort their baby, a child he wants, but she doesn’t. Tough luck, dude, you don’t. Get over it.

Mr. Morrison suggested he found the pro-life arguments recently presented to him by a friend to be hypocritical, backward and calloused. While it sounds as if those arguments were perhaps thoughtlessly presented, to dismiss them out of hand is to deny the reality that countless women, men and families have been hurt by abortion. I’ll think about that, too, the next time a woman shares with me, her eyes welling with tears, that she’s still haunted by the abortion she had 20, 30 or 40 years ago and how she wishes in the midst of that life-altering period of panic and doubt that someone had spoken truth to her.

Don’t kid yourself, Mr. Morrison. To be pro-choice is to be pro-abortion. Why not be honest and own it? The idea that one can be personally opposed to abortion while believing others should be free to choose it may feel like some sort of courageous compromise, but it’s merely a comforting illusion since both groups vote the same and both oppose legal protection for the innocent unborn.

As for the baby who dies, which side of that particular fence you’re on makes no difference at all.

Marylee Shrider is executive director of Right to Life of Kern County.

Persuade “quivering daisies” to do their jobs

To say prolifers feel betrayed by the House of Representative’s failure last month to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is an understatement. To lay blame at the feet of House leadership, however, is not entirely fair.

House leaders had every reason to believe the vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy was going to take place. So assured were they of the House’s unity on the measure, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy scheduled the vote for January 22 to coincide with the anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

Why would they not be assured? The House passed this identical bill last year. Every poll out there shows a decisive majority of Americans support it. And in November, voters handed Republicans control of the House and Senate for just such a moment.

Even so, a bloc of Republican lawmakers who should have been emboldened by all of the above, instead were cowed by war-on-women rhetoric and the paralyzing prospect of lost elections.

There’s a scene in the splendid 2012 film “Lincoln” that captures the pressure some lawmakers succumbed to when voting on the 13th Amendment ending slavery in America. When called upon to cast his vote, one congressman panics and dithers, voting first yes, then no, then finally abstaining before collapsing in a defeated heap.

I was reminded of that scene as I read press accounts of the legislative dissension led by Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and other congressional milquetoasts, some of whom apparently had no qualms about voting in favor of the bill last year. The mostly female contingent went weak in the knees over the bill’s rape report requirement, which would ban all abortions after 20 weeks except in cases where rape or incest had been reported to authorities.

Ellmers reportedly derailed the vote for fear of losing the support of women and Millennials. Ironically, it’s those two groups, especially the 18-to-29 year-olds, who support the ban by the widest margins, according to a recent National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, among others.

Ellmers and her cohorts panicked and dithered. House leadership was blindsided. Suddenly no longer assured they would have the needed votes, leaders wisely chose to postpone the vote until concerns could be addressed. Disheartening and embarrassing as it must have been to make that call, the leaders were wise to postpone a vote we cannot afford to lose.

Ellmers and the others failed their constituents spectacularly, but perhaps they can take comfort in the fact that not everyone is unhappy with their performance.  Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, heartily congratulated the dissenters for their “sense of political acuity” in derailing the vote on this “ultra-extreme” legislation.

As for House leadership, their real test comes now as they work to coax these quivering daisies back into the fray and convince them to do the job they were elected to do.

That the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history sits poised to veto the legislation matters not. If the House leadership can’t persuade their fellow lawmakers to come together on a bill so vital, so morally necessary and so overwhelmingly supported by the American people, they’re in big trouble. And so are we.