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2017 Personhood Alliance Defender of Life Award

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Dr. Patricia McEwen was presented the 2017 Personhood Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award on May 20th, 2017. The "Defender of Life" award is granted for those who have faithfully served the "least amonst us." 

Dr. McEwen is President of Life Coalition International and Vice President and co-founder of Personhood Florida, and currently serves on the Personhood Board of Directors. Pat received the Personhood Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award for her life-long commitment and dedication to equal protection for all human beings. She continues to serve as the Administrative Director of Operation Save America, a position she has held for 23 years.

"Pat has almost single-handedly planted and developed our international acceptance and support for personhood as the 21st century answer to a post-Christian culture. There are a number of countries now dedicated to pursuing personhood as a direct result of her lifetime of service to defend the sanctity of life" said Daniel Becker, President of Personhood Alliance. 

In addition to the award she was also given the first printed copy of the Alliance's new book, Personhood the Tree of Life: The Biblical Path to Pro-Life Victory in the 21st Century. "Her chapter (Chapter 21) is a testimony to the LORD's glory of how personhood is spreading among the nations. She is truly a servant of the LORD in her ministry to those who are voiceless," said Becker.

Personhood Alliance Initiates Fulltime Lobbyist on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C.—One of today's fastest growing grassroots pro-life organizations inaugurated its fulltime lobbying efforts for the 2016 legislative session in Washington, D.C. this week. "I am pleased to announce our legislative agenda for 2016," said Personhood Alliance President Daniel Becker. "We are meeting with the nation's pro-life political leadership to discuss two pro-personhood pieces of legislation. We are requesting a hearing on two bills H.R. 426 (Hice-GA) Sanctity of Life Act and H.R. 816 (Mooney - WV) Life at Conception Act, which reflect a personhood approach to legal protection for all human life at any stage of development."

"We are actively working these two bills toward a single hearing that would anticipate a post election 2017 re-introduction and vote. These two bills represent the stated historical objective of the pro-life movement and we would like to begin the job of educating the grassroots base and setting expectations for a new bill in 2017 that firmly respects the biblical standards established by the movement in the early '70's", said Becker.

Each bill establishes the personhood of the pre-born as its legal objective. This has been the objective of the pro-life movement since its inception four decades ago. Recent "message" bills such as the 2015 Pain Capable Bill and S.R. 3762, a partial defunding of Planned Parenthood, have confused this legal objective by stipulating that there are classes of human life that can be sacrificed for the "greater good of the greatest number". "This utilitarian approach by pro-life leaders and politicians dilutes the standard that all life is to be protected by equal protection of the law" Becker claims.

Due to a Presidential veto, these bills have NO path to enactment. "These bills are simple 'message bills.' Politicians can show no credible path to enacting the protections for pre-born children that they so loudly proclaim. These type of bills will never save a single baby—they are designed to save politicians in an election year." said Becker. "We want substantive protections and we believe that a Life at Conception Act in 2017 would assure that every baby is protected from her earliest biological beginning."

Personhood Alliance is one of the only full-time pro-life lobbying efforts on capitol hill reflecting this pro-personhood position.

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Personhood Alliance Welcomes New Organization to its International Board

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Contact: Daniel Becker, Personhood Alliance, 770-667-3777

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Our nation's newest national prolife group, Personhood Alliance, today announced the addition of a new at-large organization—SpeakLife Inc. (SpeakLife) to its membership.

SpeakLife Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides online courses for individuals, churches, and organizations in the Christian pro-life movement. They feature professionally designed curricula which presents the truth about life with evidence, compassion, and integrity and in the unique context of history, culture, and God's Word.

Sarah Quale, president and founder of SpeakLife, Inc. is to hold one of five at-large chairs and will be specifically representing the area of education, philosophy and pro-life apologetics.

Sarah Quale headshot portrait medium"We are blessed to have Sarah Quale join our efforts to help lead this nation back to first principles and biblical compliance in pro-life thought and action," said Daniel Becker, founder and president of Personhood Alliance. "Her unique abilities and contributions gives the Personhood movement the intellectual foundation to reshape the pro-life dialogue in ways the world has not seen since Dr's Francis Schaeffer and Jack Wilke came on the national scene in the early '70's." says Becker. "Beginning with the Enlightenment and then through every century of recent history, SpeakLife identifies and traces the consequences of embracing false philosophies in the Church and the culture and how these 'mis-steps' are perpetuating the travesty of failure that we see in current pro-life policy and politics," says Becker.

"SpeakLife is honored to partner with Personhood Alliance to take a principled stand for life. They—like we, understand the current crossroads the prolife movement faces and recognize this time in history as an opportunity for the movement to rediscover its values, return to first principles, and reclaim its spiritual authority. We are excited to provide the educational foundation the movement needs to seize this opportunity and prepare Christians to boldly speak the truth in love," said Quale.

"As noted, SpeakLife (see speaklifeinc.org) provides online courses that educate, equip, and empower Christians to stand for life in the unique ways they are called. This knowledge is essential for such a time as this." said Genevieve Wilson, officer and executive board member of Personhood Alliance.

The Personhood Alliance currently has established member organizations in Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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The Planned Parenthood shooting was directly related to the Christian pro-life movement

Reprint from LifeSiteNews

COLORADO SPRINGS, December 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Yes, you read that correctly: there was a strong Christian pro-life element to the tragic shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood. But it is not the motive or the person the media has been focused on.

The person is Officer Garrett Swasey, and his motive was his Christian faith.

I would like to see at least one news story cover the shooting at the Planned Parenthood from the perspective of Officer Swasey. I would like at least one reporter to ask: what was his motivation?

I think Officer Swasey earned it, don't you?

Instead of focusing on the motivation of a deranged killer, from which we will learn nothing of substance, why not focus on the motivation of a committed Christian pro-lifer who laid down his life for his prodigal brothers and sisters at the abortion mill?

Of course, other than the empty platitudes from president Obama and others, Officer Swasey's motivation has not been a story of interest for the media. Instead, immediately following the murders, the media went into a frenzy to link the deranged killer to the pro-life movement and advocate for more gun control laws.

Never mind that there is not a single credible pro-life organization in the whole world that advocates violence against abortionists or that most of these big shootings occur in tightly regulated gun-free zones. Never mind that the shooter apparently didn't target or kill a single abortionist or any of their helpers. The story was already written, and the motive was known – and the solution, too.

Swarms of reporters were dispatched by the media, and within hours, "clues" as to the motivation of the deranged killer started to emerge – pictures of twigs taped together to a shack vaguely resembling a cross in one of the former dwellings of the accused murderer, Robert Dear; a decades-old statement uttered to an ex-wife (!); apparent disgust at Planned Parenthood's trafficking of aborted baby parts.

Immediately, Planned Parenthood started – I should say, continued – to callously fundraise from the killings.

What was not reported was that the officer who had rushed to the abortion mill to stop the killings was a vocal opponent of abortion and a committed Christian pastor, who signed the petition that I wrote to amend the Colorado constitution to recognize all unborn human beings as persons. 

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Officer Garrett Swasey's signature.

For that amendment, which Officer Swasey and another 140,000 Colorado voters supported and put on the ballot in 2014, personhood supporters have been labeled as American "Taliban," "extremists," and "anti-woman." They've been labeled potential right-wing extremists by the Department of Homeland Security.

Let me repeat that so that it can sink in: for supporting the view that all human beings deserve to be constitutionally protected, pro-lifers are considered potential extremists.

In reality, holding the view that all human beings are endowed by their Creator with inherent dignity and constitutional protection (even the most heinous abortionist or other such mass killers) should make the holding of pro-life views an indication not of violent extremism, but of extreme civic-mindedness. But the media is not interested in that story.

The heroic death of Officer Garrett Swasey proves this point. Here was a man who believed that what is going on inside Planned Parenthood is nothing less than the killing of innocent persons, but he was willing to lay down his life, leaving his wife and young children, in order to protect the lives of those who profit from the killing of the unborn.

So instead of looking into the motivation of the deranged killer (who will probably plead insanity), why don't we ponder the motivation of Officer Swasey? Why don't we think about the thought process and beliefs that probably motivated his heroic actions?

As for me, I imagine that, being an evangelical pastor, Officer Swasey was well aware of the biblical commandment to love even the evil and unrighteous. I can imagine the words that Jesus himself spoke racing through his mind as the bullets flew towards him. 

You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Mt. 5:43-48)

It takes a great man to make the ultimate sacrifice for evildoers, and that is exactly what Officer Swasey did that day at Planned Parenthood. In doing so, he followed the steps of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who died to redeem others less worthy than He.

The ludicrous media narratives and the Obama administration's obsessive focus on Christians and pro-lifers as potential terrorists are completely exposed by Officer Swasey's sacrifice and his consistent Christian pro-life beliefs and actions. Signing the 2014 Personhood Amendment to protect unborn babies and dying to protect abortionists most probably had one and the same motivation: Jesus Christ.

That snowy day on the hills of Colorado Springs, the entire Christian faith was replayed for all to see. A righteous man laid down his life for many who did not deserve his sacrifice.

I pray that the heroic action of Officer Garret Swasey reaches even the most hardened hearts of the worst abortionists and causes them to undergo a conversion. When that happens, I know that those abortionists will stop committing abortions and will stop the taking of innocent life, choosing instead to protect that most precious gift. That is what Christian pro-lifers do.

Gualberto Garcia Jones is the author of the 2010 and 2014 Colorado Personhood Amendments and the national policy director of the Personhood Alliance.


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