Pennsylvanians for Human Life Logo - PHL provides educational information to approximately 35,000 people each year. Pennsylvanians for Human Life Logo - PHL provides educational information to approximately 35,000 people each year.

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The History of PHL:

in May 1970, a subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Catholic conference (PCC) met in Harrisburg to formulate plans to combat abortion through educational means. The committee established a non-sectarian state-wide group (separate from PCC) to be called pennsylvanians for Human Life (PHL) with seven regional offices throughout the state including the Southeastern Region that encompassed the Philadelphia and suburban area, west Chester to the west, and Doylestown to the north. By November, eight local chapters, eager to stem the growing abortion clamors, were underway.

The PHL southeastern Region set up its office in Bala Cynwyd, a suburb of Philadelphia, A steering committee composed of chapter representatives established by- laws and elected officers including Dr. Dorothy J. Czarnecki, a gynecologist, President; Dr. Donald F. McGuigan, a dentist, vice-president; John E. Arnold, with degrees in civil engineering and in law, Treasurer. The Board of Directors, consisting of representatives from the local chapters included: Dr. William o'Connell of Chestnut Hill, Robert Reymos of
Coatesville, Dr. James Kelly of Delaware county, Mrs. Michael McDonough of jenkintown, Mrs. Edward Flynn of North Penn, Robert Lambert of Yardley, and Nurse Regina Bennett of warrington. Louise Bolger was hired as Executive secretary, later becoming Executive Director, in its first year, PHL trained speakers, spoke to 250 groups including high schools, colleges, medical and nursing schools, ministers' meetings, church groups of many denominations, civic clubs, and PTAS.

in 1975 PHL was reorganized with more emphasis on education, the true purpose of the work.

A smaller board with less chapter representation resulted because some of the chapters, working on their own, preferred to engage in political activity and public demonstrations. The State PHL office in Harrisburg was now truly political in nature and became the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Other chapters chose to concentrate on other Pro-Life issues including Chastity Education and Crisis Pregnancy Centers, such as Birthright. The Philadelphia area southeastern region, retaining the original name, PHL, and the original focus on education, was the only group not a member of the Federation.

In 1993, having already dropped the Southeastern region designation, Pennsylvanians for Human Life added “Pro-Life Educational Services” to its name. Although the PHL office has physically moved from its original location in Bala Cynwyd its educational presentations have developed strongly through the years while its purpose has never wavered :to protect forever the human infant in the womb.

In 2000, the official title became Pennsylvanians for Human Life Education Services.0

Past Presidents

1975-1976 Sally McCann
1976 -1977 Dr. Edward M. Sullivan (acting)
1977 -1979 Dr. Donald F. McGuigan
1979-1983 Molly Kelly
1983 -1985 Dr. Donald F. McGuigan
1985-1987 Anne Barr
1987 -1989 Margaret Hoffner
1989 -1991 William Donohue, Esq.
1991 -1993 Karen Byer
1993-1995 Alvin A. Clay.III
1995-1997 Margaret R. O'Rourke
1997-2000 David Portnoe
2001-2003 Terence K. Heaney
2004-2006 Anita Nardone

Executive Directors

1971-1987 Louise Bolger, Program Administrator
1987 -1994 Mary Ellen Devlin, Program Director
1994 -1996 Kristen Haaf Ciaccia, Program Director
1996-1998 Anne Schmiesing, Program Director
1998-1999 Kristina Balten, Office Manager
1996-1999 Martha H. Short. Office Manager
1999 - Present Martha H. Short, Executive Director
1999 - present M.Kathleen W. Bond, Office Manager


Vince Benedict, Peg Luksik, Molly Kelly & Steve Friend

Vince Benedict, Peg Luksik, Molly Kelly & Steve Friend

Since 1970 Pennsylvanians for Human Life has been a leader in educating students regarding the protection of the most basic human right - life itself.
PHL is non-sectarian and non-partisan, hoping always to reach its widest audience, young and old. No fee is imposed but donations do help with educational materials used in presentations and are gratefully appreciated.



Louise Bolger, Exec. Director with Rep. Chris Smith (R)

Louise Bolger, Exec. Director with Rep. Chris Smith (R)

NJPHL presents programs designed for students throughout the Delaware Valley. All programs are presented by dedicated volunteer speakers who wholeheartedly offer their expertise and time to explain the beauty of young life in the womb, emphasizing that each human being’s life has value and begins at conception.



Al CLay, former president of PHL

Al CLay, former president of PHL

PHL presents major aspects of the current abortion debate and challenges students in grades 9-12 to examine the facts regarding fetal development, abortion procedures, the abortion industry and the effects of abortion on mothers, fathers and society as a whole.




Louise Bolger, Executive Director of PHL, 1971-1987

Louise Bolger, Executive Director of PHL


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