Author Archive

Women’s Right-to-Know Act: Ultrasound gives more information

March 5, 2012

The following was published in The Patriot News on Saturday March 3.

There is one area of Pennsylvania health care that allows doctors to routinely withhold some of the best information from their patients — information that women deserve — and we now have an opportunity to stop this from continuing.

A doctor just told my father-in-law he might have thyroid cancer. He went for a biopsy and now a specialist wants to run further tests to get a better look.

Every step of the way, the doctor is showing him the results of these tests. In the same way, if you tear your ACL or are planning to have your wisdom teeth out, the doctor will show you the X-ray and other information prior to performing any procedure.

Why? To let you know exactly what is happening and to best inform you of what the doctors are recommending. That way, people like my father-in-law can feel confident in making a decision — a choice — about a surgical procedure. It’s called informed consent. Unfortunately in Pennsylvania, women are often denied this right.

Abortion clinics should offer women the best information technology can provide about what is happening inside their womb and about the abortion procedure so she is fully informed when making her decision.

It’s with that right in mind that Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering the Women’s Right to Know Act (House Bill 1077). Ultrasound technology is an amazing advancement. It allows doctors to see the gestational age of the unborn baby, observe any health concerns and give insight into important information related to performing an abortion.

That is why abortion facilities nearly universally conduct ultrasounds already.

However, this information is rarely shown — or even offered — to the woman.

HB 1077 would provide every woman the opportunity to see their ultrasound, but it remains her choice. It’s an effort to ensure the opportunity for a woman to receive the best information available to help her in making this important, life-changing decision.

20 states in the U.S. have ultrasound laws in place. This is evidence of the resourcefulness that this technology provides — to doctors and to women seeking abortions.

Each woman is capable and should be empowered to make her own decisions.

Part of that empowerment is providing complete information.

With abortion clinic operators already performing ultrasounds for the benefit of the doctor, why not allow for that information to be provided for the benefit of the patient as well?

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in Pennsylvania and nationwide, claims in its mission that it believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility. If Planned Parenthood truly means that, there’s no reason it should deny women the full information that they deserve, including the chance to view a routine ultrasound.

Without the passage of the Women’s Right to Know Act, many women across the state of Pennsylvania will continue to be denied the opportunity to base their health care decisions on full information.

A woman seeking an abortion would only be affected by this law in one way: the doctor would offer her the chance to view the ultrasound of her developing baby.

I certainly hope and pray my father-in-law doesn’t have cancer. But I also hope his doctor — and every doctor — makes it a standard of care to provide the best information possible.

National Pray for Marriage Day – Feb. 26, 2012

February 16, 2012

Pennsylvania Family Institute along with Pennsylvania For Marriage and other organizations are encouraging you to take time to pray specifically for the protection of marriage on Sunday February 26th.

A federal lawsuit from California (the ‘Prop. 8’ case) threatens to destroy the future of marriage, crush your religious freedom – and radically change the world in which your children or grandchildren will be raised.

But the threat is even closer to home. There is a federal lawsuit right here in Pennsylvania challenging the state and federal Defense of Marriage Acts. Attorneys for a woman who was “married” to her same-sex partner in Canada have petitioned the court to declare Pennsylvania’s marriage law to be unconstitutional. It is a case not unlike this one that led the high court in the state of Iowa to legalize same-sex marriage there in 2009.

Much is at stake – for Pennsylvania and for the country – but much can still be done if We, the People take action and stand firm for marriage, for families, and for our nation.

Will you commit to take action by joining PFI – and thousands of others across America – on Sunday, February 26th to pray for the future of marriage and families?

We’re encouraging you to sign-up for a specific time-slot(s) to help us be in prayer throughout the entire day on Feb 26. To sign-up, go to

For a specific prayer request list, click here.

To download a bulletin insert or 1-page prayer request list, click here.

Teens Become Leaders, You Play Golf & maybe even Win a Ford Mustang Convertible!

June 2, 2011

  We’re excited to be holding our 4th Annual Golf Classic, sponsored by WDAC, and again benefiting the students of our City on the Hill Youth Leadership Conference.

  As a player, your contribution brings the opportunity to experience the exclusive Bent Creek Country Club – cited by the USGA as “a benchmark for golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic.” After 18 holes of golf at this prestigious course, our evening concludes at Bent Creek with an elegant awards dinner.

  We will have prizes to give away from local supporting businesses along with the opportunity to win a 2011 Ford Mustang Convertible!

  As a sponsor, player or supporter of this event, your sponsorship and participation helps students to attend this life-changing experience. As one of our students from last year wished to express:

  “The truths taught at this camp are priceless. Thank you for giving of your resources to make it possible for students like me to attend such a Bible-based, faith-building leadership camp.”

  Thank you for your consideration in supporting this Golf Classic and the students of this year’s City on the Hill. We trust God will bless your investment in the lives of our young leaders. 

Playing Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Eagle Foursome Sponsorship: $2,000. One golf foursome in the tournament, lunch and gourmet dinner for golfers, gifts and prize eligibility, tee-box sign, listing in program, Pewter sponsorship at the PFI fall banquet (two tickets and VIP reception) and a sponsored scholarship toward student tuition at this year’s City on the Hill conference.
  • Birdie Foursome Sponsorship: $1,000. Two players in the tournament, lunch and gourmet dinner for golfers, gifts and prize eligibility, tee-box sign, listing in program, two tickets to the PFI fall banquet and a sponsored scholarship toward student tuition at this year’s City on the Hill conference.
  • Dinner Sponsorship: $5,000. This major sponsorship includes a prominent banner on the golf course and at the post-tournament dinner, special acknowledgement in PFI publications, and prominent announcements at the dinner. Also includes one golf foursome in the tournament, lunch and gourmet dinner for the golfers, and a Gold Sponsorship at PFI’s fall banquet (Eight tickets and VIP reception).

 Individual Golfers: $250 each. Includes golf, lunch & gourmet dinner, gifts and prize eligibility.

Tournament is a 4-player scramble. Men’s, Women’s and Senior Tees used. For more tournament details, click here.

Non-Playing Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Tee Box Sponsors: $300. This sponsorship includes a full-color sign with your company logo at one of the 18 tee-boxes on the course, and a listing in our fall banquet program book. A great value, and a great help to City on the Hill!
  • Student Sponsor: $50 – $450. This sponsorship provides a partial or full scholarship for a student to attend our City on the Hill Youth Leadership and Worldview Conference. Includes listing in City on the Hill materials and on banner at the golf tournament.
  • Alumni Sponsor: $50. This sponsorship includes a full-color picture sign of a past attendee at City on the Hill. (An opportunity for parents to honor their child).

If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Dan at 717-545-0600 or toll-free 1-800-FAMILY-1.

You may also click here to register online or email

Defending DOMA

March 24, 2011

This Letter to the Editor appeared in The Patriot News on March 22:

The Federal Defense of Marriage Act must be defended to ensure the integrity of our government and the protection of state rights defining marriage.

Our president has no right to act as judge and sole policy maker when it comes to any current federal law.

America is a Republic; not a dictatorship. President Obama’s actions against DOMA deliberately undercut the laws that our Department of Justice is duty-bound to defend.

Congress passed overwhelmingly the Defense of Marriage Act and was signed by then-President Bill Clinton.

DOMA is the only federal law protecting the nearly 40 state-enacted DOMAs and 31 marriage amendments to state constitutions.

This law must be defended by Congress to protect current law and the integrity of our branches of state and federal government.

3 Spring Opportunities For Truth Project Training in PA

March 9, 2011

We’re hearing from people all over Pennsylvania praising God for how The Truth Project has been a means to effectively share biblical principles with others – and to ultimately help transform our society.

3 Training Sites in Pennsylvania This Spring!

From inspiring changes in how to run their business to high school students hearing its biblical truths and coming to a saving faith in Christ, The Truth Project is helping to build up the body of believers in our local communities.

Pennsylvania Family Institute is continuing to help others in their Truth Project experience by training leaders through our half-day seminars.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to go through a Truth Project study, or if you’ve been through the series and would like to attend a training event, we hope you consider attending one of our three seminars this Spring:

Western PA: Saturday April 9th
Community Alliance Church

Central PA: Saturday May 14th
Greenview Alliance Church

Eastern PA: Saturday May 21st
Berean Bible Fellowship Church

Each Saturday training starts at 8:30 am and goes until 12:45 pm. The cost is $99 for an individual or married couple and includes one set of the 8-disc DVD curriculum.

Also, we encourage you to contact our office to find out about special discounts on registration, such as

  • Student Rate: $50
  • Group Rate: For every 4 DVD registrations, the 5th registration is complimentary.

To register, you can sign-up at our website or call our office at 1-800-597-9605. To register using any discounted rate or if you’d like to join us but already have a DVD set, please call our office to sign-up.

For more about our upcoming Truth Project Training Seminars, please visit

Here’s a sample of one of the many “Man on the Street” videos used in the Truth Project asking the question, “What is Family?”

Inquirer: “Set standards for abortion clinics”

February 21, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer published this Letter to the Editor on Feb. 20:

Set standards for abortion clinics

Abortion clinic inspections and regulation reform should be mandated by law, and not left up to the preferences of the sitting governor (“Pa. fires 6 in abortion clinic case,” Wednesday). What’s alleged to have happened in the clinic of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is a lack of public safety at its worst.

Gov. Corbett’s reforms are praiseworthy, but these standards were deemed unnecessary by the Ridge and Rendell administrations. Who is to say that a future governor won’t decide inspections are no longer necessary?

It’s common sense to make abortion clinics follow the same medical standards of hospitals and other surgical facilities. The legislature should pass laws that require abortion clinics to be regularly inspected and regulated just like any other hospital or outpatient surgical facility.

Inspections are a must for abortion clinics

February 7, 2011

The Patriot News published this Letter to the Editor on Feb. 6:

There are many to blame for the decades of harm caused by the “House of Horrors” and licensed abortionist Dr. Gosnell’s clinic – and they all should be held accountable – but first we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Both sides of the controversial issue of abortion must agree that we need to protect the health and safety of women having abortions and of premature infants aborted alive. The atrocities uncovered in Philadelphia are bringing to light a glaring need for stronger oversight and regulations over those licensed to perform abortions.

Just recently have we instituted inspections on state clinics that had ceased during the start of Gov. Ridge’s administration. These need to continue and provide insight for more efficient regulations placed on all who perform abortions. Placing blame is secondary to the need of protecting young women and premature infants before more are negligently and horrifically harmed.

The Art of Marriage

February 1, 2011

“Is strengthening Christian marriages worth a few hours of your time? Here’s a hint: The answer is yes…I had a chance to watch part of ‘The Art of Marriage,’ and I was dazzled.”

– Chuck Colson

Pennsylvania Family Institute is excited to join FamilyLife in the launch of their innovative video event on February 11-12. We are sponsoring two The Art of Marriage conferences as an effort to help strengthen marriages in Pennsylvania.

Here’s a look at the topics covered in the conference:

Friday February 11th 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Session One: Love Happens (The purpose of marriage)

Session Two: Love Fades (Our differences and weaknesses pushing us apart)

Saturday February 12th 9:00am – 4:00pm

Session Three: Love Dances (Our roles)

Session Four: Love Interrupted (Communication)

Session Five: Love Sizzles (Romance and sex)

Session Six: Love Always (Leaving a legacy)

“Being on video, I had this expectation that it would be a lecture video, you take your notes, grab the high points, fill in the blanks. But it’s so much more than that. It’s engaging. It’s funny. It’s so much better than a class. It’s challenging.” – Attendee review of the conference

Join us for this Premiere Conference – Register Today!

(Not near Camp Hill or Reading? Though we are just sponsoring these two locations, there are many more host sites around Pennsylvania. Click here to find a host site near you.)

Abortion is Not Health Care

January 26, 2011

Pennsylvania just took a step forward in protecting your rights and the rights of the unborn in our health care system.

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today, January 25, approved Senate Bill 3 by a 12-2 vote. Introduced by Sen. Don White (R-Indiana County) along with 25 co-sponsors, this straightforward, two-and-a-half page bill would ensure that no taxpayer funds are used to subsidize abortion coverage in health insurance plans.

SB 3 is necessary to ensure that Pennsylvania opts out of providing abortion coverage in the Health Insurance Exchange mandated by the new federal healthcare plan (aka “Obamacare”). Specific language in the new health care reform law permits a state to opt-out of allowing insurance plans that cover abortions to participate in that state’s exchanges.

Currently, five other states have already passed similar legislation. Pennsylvania is one of the many other states currently working on passage of this opt-out legislation.

SB 3 is necessary to keep our insurance laws consistent with Pennsylvania’s current Abortion Control Act. Pennsylvania does not use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and we need to make sure it stays that way!

Today was a step forward but we still need passing votes in the Full State Senate and the State House of Representatives to make this bill a reality.

SB 3 ensures that your tax dollars do not subsidize abortion insurance coverage. Abortion is not health care. Give your State Senator and Representative a call and help us make sure they’re reminded of this.

Please Pray this Inauguration Day

January 18, 2011

Today marks the inauguration of Governor-elect Tom Corbett and his administration. As our new Governor takes the oath of office, please be reminded of the importance of prayer for those that are in authority.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

As we dedicate Inauguration 2011 as a Day2Pray, please pray for Pennsylvania. Pray for this new administration. Pray for godliness and honesty in the carrying out of their responsibilities and duties as representatives of the people of Pennsylvania.

Be in prayer for our State Legislators, both in the House and Senate, and for their administrative staff. Pray for their families, for their marriages and for their safety in the coming legislative session.

For a list of newly elected Pennsylvania State officials to specifically pray forclick here.

Please ask God to grant those in authority wisdom and understanding with each piece of proposed legislation. May each passed law be good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.

By God’s grace may He grant us favor this year in strengthening families here in Pennsylvania.

Soli Deo Gloria.