20 Apr 2014

LEGACY ARTICLE: Bravo, Margaret Lyon!

Recently, a friend of Life, Margaret Lyon, wanted to express her opinion about the failure of the Ky. State Health and Welfare Committee in the recent Legislative Session to move our prolife bills to the floor for a vote. She wrote a letter to the editor of the Courier-Journal, but it was also important to her to show photographs of a developing fetus and a baby. "A picture is worth a thousand words."

The C-J Letters to the Editor section does not permit photos, so Margaret made a decision to submit her letter with her photos as an advertisement. Some may not realize what an expense this was! We do, because we are familiar with the C-J's rate card. Our special THANKS and admiration is extended to Margaret for her devotion to Life.

True devotion may be expressed in many ways. It is inspiring to learn of a real-life example. Below is her Letter/ad that was published in the C-J in April.

PAID ADVERTISEMENT

April 20, 2014

"Point of View"

In the April 9 edition of The Courier-Journal, in Representative Tom Burch's reply about the failure of the bills regarding abortion to pass in the Health and Welfare Committee, there were only two sentences about the actual bill, and there were several pro-life bills being presented. These bills would have helped girls to make an informed decision about abortion.

Similar bills have been submitted for several years and have been placed in the 16 member Health and Welfare Committee with Chairman Tom Burch. It's apparent to me that the Democrats in House Leadership have appointed the majority to the Health and Welfare Committee and each year they have been successful in keeping the pro-life bills from going to the House floor for a vote. This year, if the House has been given the opportunity to vote, there were sufficient votes on the floor to allow the bills to become law.

The intent of the Informed Consent Bill is for the woman considering an abortion to have a face-to-face meeting with a trained counselor. The purpose of such meeting is to discuss the development of her unborn child, options that are available, and resources to help her. At the present time counseling is permitted over the phone, often by recorded message.

Abortion in Kentucky is a multi-million dollar business. The abortion clinics in Louisville and Lexington (which are run by the same people) charge from $600 to $2,000 for an abortion and $200 for an ultrasound. In 2013, 3,435 went into the clinic in Louisville and about 2,000 in Lexington.

Sadly enough, 27 agencies are listed in the phone book to help with adoptions.

We pray and try to pass out leaflets at the abortion clinic at 2nd and Market Streets. The leaflets show the development of the baby, dangers of abortion, and a list of places that give assistance in Kentucky. There are at least two places that will provide a home for pregnant girls to stay until they have their babies.

It is important that everyone knows who their senator and house representative is and his/her position on life issues.

Call 1-800-372-7181 in Frankfort to get the name of your representatives.

The people of Kentucky have the right to know what's going on!

Margaret Lyon

P.S. Several Christian churches support counseling service and have free ultrasound. It's next to the abortion clinic at 2nd and Market Sts.

Courier-Journal Letter-Ad of Margaret Lyon
29 April 2014

LEGACY ARTICLE: Remembering Sr. Prisca

February 15, 1916 – August 12, 2015

Sister Mary Prisca Pfeffer, R.S.M., who passed to her eternal reward, August 12, 2015, was a truly exceptional woman in many respects. One of the earliest members of Right to Life of Louisville, she also served as its secretary for many decades.

As a teacher, she realized early in the 1970’s that students needed to be educated on the issues of abortion and euthanasia so that respect for all human life would be emphasized. In those years, Sister Prisca was principal of Mercy Academy. Right to Life speakers, both national and local, were invited there frequently by her and her colleague, Sister Mary Imelda Lee, R.S.M., who was also a RTL of Louisville Board member, and has been deceased for several years.

Sister Prisca’s history of attending pro-life prayer services, meetings, walks, marches, conventions, seminars, bus trips to Washington D.C., and praying and picketing at abortion mills, during the last 40 years is remarkable. She has been an outstanding fundraiser for the pro-life causes, such as our annual Walk for Life.

In 1997 Sister Prisca received the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by the Right to Life of Louisville. Sister received the 2001 Red Rose–-White Rose Award presented by the Kentucky Right to Life Association.

As a Sister of Mercy for 81 years, she was a well-known teacher and principal at Mercy Academy, and was founding principal of Assumption High School. In November 2014, Sister Prisca received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, the highest award of the Roman Catholic Church for her distinguished and lifelong service to the Church.

We will miss her deep respect for human life at all stages, her wise advice in so many matters, and her joy of living a blessed life for 99 years.

Margie Montgomery with Sr. Prisca

Margie and Sr. Prisca