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(LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life leaders are celebrating the birth of the world’s 8 billionth living person with a message to counter the pro-abortion rhetoric that dominates mainstream media.  

To celebrate, rather than mourn, the birth of another human being, Catholic writer Austin Ruse of the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), along with Population Research Institute president Steven Mosher and founder of the Ruth Institute Jennifer Roback Morse, today launched an advertisement in the Washington Times that opposes the popular pro-abortion narrative. 

“Baby Eight Billion, welcome,” the ad reads. “Baby Eight Billion, boy or girl, brown or yellow, black or white, is not a liability, but an asset. Not a curse, but a blessing. For all of us.” 

“This November, a baby will emerge from her mother’s womb, draw her first breath, and announce her arrival into the world with a tiny cry…That day—the day that our planet becomes home to eight billion human beings—marks an important milestone. But is it a milestone on humanity’s upward path that we should celebrate, or a warning of impending catastrophe over which we should despair?” 

The ad outlines the different responses to this question, depending on who is asked. Over the last ten years, “the population controllers of UNFPA [United Nations Population Fund] and Planned Parenthood have not changed their tune. Their answer is clear: They would have preferred that Baby Eight Billion had never been born.” 

“We, on the other hand, celebrate the birth of Baby Eight Billion,” the pro-lifers wrote. “He or she is a sign of our future, our hope and our prosperity.” 

The message is signed “sincerely” from Ruse, Mosher, and Morse, among others. 

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UPDATE (3/30/23): Fr. Fidelis is jailed along with another pro-life hero

Father Fidelis has been sentenced to 270 days in jail by a Michigan court, while fellow Red Rose rescuer Matthew Connolly was sentenced to 90 days in jail and told to pay fines.

The CFR priest will serve his sentence (90 days per 3 charges) concurrently, so he will be behind bars for 3 months.

Like their companions Elizabeth Wagi and Jacob Gregor, who received lighter penalties, Moscinski and Connolly were pronounced guilty of “trespassing, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace/interfering with a business” on February 24, 2023 at the 46th District Courthouse in Southfield, Michigan.

Wagi received 18 months’ probation with fines and was ordered not to go anywhere near an abortion facility or her co-defendants. Gregor got 12 months’ probation with fines and 10 days community service. He was told not to speak to convicted church members.

LifeSiteNews is still awaiting news of Dr. Monica Miller and Laura Gies, who were found guilty of trespassing and resisting arrest.

The Southfield trial stemmed from a Red Rose Rescue at the Northland Family Planning abortion center, one of three abortion centers owned and operated by Renee Chelian, on April 23, 2021.


UPDATE (1/24/23): 

Pro-life priest and Red Rose Rescuer Fr. Fidelis Moscinski has been found guilty of violating the Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. 

Yesterday Fr. Fidelis was convicted of the federal crime for a July 2022 “lock and block” rescue he conducted at a Planned Parenthood in Hempstead, New York. The priest is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24 and faces up to six months in federal prison. 

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UPDATE (10/26/22): 

A Pennsylvania court issued a split ruling against a pro-life Franciscan priest and activist arrested after he entered an abortion clinic to help women choose life.

Father Christopher “Fidelis” Moscinski was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges and not guilty of a felony trespass and a misdemeanor resist, for participating in a Red Rose Rescue at a Planned Parenthood.

Fr. Moscinski entered the clinic on August 27, 2021 with red roses and pro-life literature ready to hand out to women and persuading them to choose life for their children.

Fr. Fidelis has participated in many Red Rose Rescues at abortion centers, and for this has been imprisoned multiple times.

He was also previously arrested for trying to save babies in Ohio in June 2021 and in New Jersey in January 2020.

After the court decision, Fr. Fidelis urged people to “continue keeping all pro-lifers anywhere who are facing charges, especially federal charges, in your prayers, and that God can bring some good out of this unjust persecution.”

Sign this petition today to let Fr. Fidelis know you stand with him and his heroic fight to save unborn lives from abortion.

Fellow pro-life activist and Red Rose Rescuer Will Goodman told LifeSite’s Jim Hale that the court’s ruling to drop one felony and reject another was a “big victory.”But the crackdown on pro-lifers continues!

Just recently the Biden administration targeted Fr. Fidelis and other pro-life activists for Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) violation charges.

This same law was also used by the FBI to raid the home of pro-life Catholic dad Mark Houck last month.

It’s really a disgrace that in America pro-lifers are increasingly being attacked and persecuted simply because they stand for life.

Fr. Fidelis Moscinski needs your prayers and support now more than ever as he continues to fearlessly battle for the unborn.

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Although the mainstream media encourages the public to fear the arrival of more people in the world, the pro-life message argues for the dignity of every human life and that there is enough space and resources for each addition to the human family. 

“We are not afraid of Baby 8 Billion because we know the world is still a largely empty place,” Ruse told LifeSiteNews in a statement. “Next time you fly, look down. You will see empty fields as far as the eye from 35,000 feet can see. There is plenty of room for Baby 8 Billion.” 

“And who knows, he might cure cancer.” 

In an October 9 Epoch Times article, Ruse and Mosher countered the claims of those who “say the world is overpopulated and that disaster looms” by presenting evidence that continued procreation is necessary. Attempts to control the population will lead to “the population pyramid [turning] upside down,” the pro-life writers stated.  

“A rapidly aging society means stagnant economies. It is the young with their long-time horizons who start businesses, buy homes and cars, and drive the economy forward,” they argue, adding that “mankind is the answer” to so many of the problems facing the world. 

“Who knows what wonders our newest little addition will cook up, and what problems she will solve through her genius.” 

In a November 15 Ruth Institute press release, Morse noted the worldwide decrease in fertility, adding another piece to the argument against population control.  

“Though the world receives its 8 billionth person today, due to worldwide declining fertility, the earth is headed toward a Demographic Winter,” she said. “Instead of bemoaning the arrival of Baby 8 Billion, the Ruth Institute celebrates. Right now, the world needs all the people we can get.” 

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In 2011,  a similar ad was launched in the Washington Times to celebrate the birth of “Baby 7 Billion.” It was signed by 27 pro-life leaders across the globe. 

Last month, LifeSiteNews reported that, as flagged by Daily Wire host Matt Walsh, Planned Parenthood has been actively involved in depopulation strategies for years by promoting abortion on demand, homosexuality, and sterilization as population control methods. 

In contrast, some demographic experts have spoken out against the depopulation agenda, arguing that the public should be more afraid of a total population collapse than of overpopulation.