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A few upcoming events for your consideration, plus a link to a timely post by Abby Johnson, and a look at things on the State House's back burner:

Thursday 8/10 on Pennacook Street, Manchester: "Encouraging Pro-Life Witness in New Hampshire"

New Hampshire Right to Life has announced a 9:00-10:00 a.m. prayer vigil on Thursday, August 10 outside the Planned Parenthood facility at 24 Pennacook Street in Manchester. After the vigil, Father Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life will speak about sidewalk witnessing. Contact NHRTL for more information (

Let Father Imbarrato tell you his own story. Father Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life.

Stork Bus Returns to New Hampshire August 18-22

One of the mobile ultrasound units from Save the Storks will be in the Granite State for between August 18 and 22, with locations TBA. This bus won't be in business (yet!), but it will serve as an introduction to the "Stork Bus" for anyone who wants a short tour and an explanation of how local groups could sponsor mobile ultrasound service. If you're on Facebook and following Leaven for the Loaf, 40 Days for Life Manchester, or New Hampshire Right to Life, you'll get updates as soon as they're available.

I was privileged to listen to Jeff Gilbert of Save the Storks at a conference in Washington earlier this year. Here's how he described his work: "We show up with resources and support. It brings hope into darkness, it brings light into darkness.” 

"We must show love....Perception matters in this fight. Lives are depending on it."

Take time to read Abby Johnson's August 7 piece in The Federalist. She remains a steadfast supporter of pro-life witness outside abortion facilities, but she warns about how NOT to do it. Her exit from the abortion industry might have come two years earlier, if not for the behavior of one particular abortion opponent.

"I resigned from Planned Parenthood in 2009, but it could have been two years earlier. I had developed a relationship with one of the anti-abortion sidewalk counselors who stood in front of my facility. We talked regularly through the fence and she had asked me to go have coffee with her one day....I remember sitting at my desk, contemplating whether to pick up the phone and schedule that coffee date.

"Then my cell phone rang. It was my mom telling me that a man who frequently harassed us and our patients had sent a letter to the neighborhood where my parents lived, comparing me to a child molester and telling everyone that I killed children....

"I remembered the times I had seen my pro-life acquaintance talking to this man on the sidewalk. Were they friends? They seemed to be. How could I trust her if she was friends with that guy? I decided that I couldn’t.

"I didn’t move across that fence for another two years. Two years. How many lives had been taken in that two years? How many more babies died by my hands because I didn’t make that call?"

Read the full post. 

40 Days for Life Signups Underway; Spread the Word!

I love this message I recently received from Jackie, leader of the 40 Days for Life campaign on the Seacoast in Greenland NH.

"Just in the past few weeks, I've been totally amazed after speaking informally with at least three fellow parishioners about 40 Days for Life, who have never heard of it!  And didn't know about the local campaigns we've been holding since 2009, even though in the past there have been flyers, information tables, and announcements at Masses, etc. This just goes to show how 'one on one' word of mouth sharing with others about 40 Days for Life, appears to be the best advertising method, and it's something we all can do!"

The next 40 Days for Life campaign is September 27 to November 5, and campaigns have been confirmed for Manchester and Greenland. (A Keene team is looking ahead to a future campaign.) 40DFL includes prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and community outreach.

Greenland information: vigil 7 a.m.-7 p.m. outside the Lovering Health Center, 559 Portsmouth Ave., Greenland NH; parking is available in the Greenland Town Offices lot; local contact is Jackie (; sign up for vigil hours at

Manchester information: vigil 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 24 Pennacook Street in Manchester NH; local contact is Sheila (; sign up for vigil hours at


Summertime Softball in Groveton

The family of Griffin Kenison established a softball tournament in Griffin's memory a few years ago, with the proceeds going to youth sports programs in Groveton. This is an excellent excuse for a Coos County excursion: come to Groveton this weekend, August 11-13, and enjoy the annual tournament! As a bonus, many local merchants have donated raffle prizes, so come prepared to buy raffle tickets. Check the tournament's Facebook page for more information.

On the Back Burner in Concord

The legislature is out of session until January, but there are bills that were "retained." Those items will be looked at by subcommittees later this year, and then recommendations will go to the full House in January. Watch Leaven for the Loaf (blog and Facebook) for updates on work sessions on a fetal homicide measure (HB 156) that could strengthen the just-passed fetal homicide bill, and an abortion statistics bill (HB 471).
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