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October is Respect Life Month: Every Life is Worth Living October 13th, 2015
“Every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.”
– Pope Francis’ Address to a Joint Session of the US Congress, Sept 24, 2015
During the month of October the Catholic Church in the U.S. celebrates “Respect Life Month.” This is a time for Catholics across the country to reflect on and witness to the dignity of the human person. This year’s theme, Every Life is Worth Living, focuses on the issues of abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.
Respect Life resources in English and Spanish can be found on the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website, where you will also find a Respect Life Month Statement by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM.
Join us in praying for a greater respect for human life from conception to natural death:
“Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.
–USCCB Prayer for Life–
Consistent Life: Peace & Life Connections March 15, 2013 March 16th, 2013
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Another “Good News” Segment:
Drones – the “flying robots that kill children” – are not getting by unnoticed. Senator Rand Paul did a 13-hour speaking filibuster and got attention for it. Paul has connected opposition to both abortion and war before, and this was an occasion on which civil libertarians of both left and right could be pleased. (The American Conservative also has an excellent article against drones from a pro-life perspective.) Let’s hope we see more objections to these appalling targeted killing machines.
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Peace & Life Connections; February 15, 2013 February 15th, 2013We reproduce the Consistent Life “Peace & Life Connections” weekly newsletter on this website. If you are interested in more information, or in subscribing to the e-newsletter directly, please visit www.consistent-life.org/ Please note that we do not edit the content of this publication.
Cemetery of Innocents, Garden of Justice
Patrick Grillot reports: Like many pro-life student organizations, Students for Life at Saint Louis University annually displays crosses in a prominent area of its campus to commemorate the number of lives lost to abortion. This year we modified our “Cemetery of the Innocents” display to include five subjects, many of which do not traditionally align with what people think of when they think of pro-life issues. Our “Cemetery of the Innocents” was a visual representation of five offenses against the dignity of the human person: abortion, capital punishment, rape, physician assisted suicide and poverty. To make the display more impactful, we used specific, local data where possible, such as abortions on college-aged women in Missouri and the number of people living below the poverty line in St. Louis. See story and photos.
Because we are not only committed to destroying a culture of death, but also cultivating a culture of life, we created a “Garden of Justice” to represent different movements toward restoring the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death. Paralleling the subjects of the “Cemetery of the Innocents,” the “Garden of Justice” comprised color-coded flowers to represent the number of students aided by SLU’s Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance, states that had repealed the death penalty, Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network affiliated crises centers in Missouri, states that have outlawed physician assisted suicide, and meals served by Campus Kitchens nationwide.
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Peace & Life Connections: November 20, 2012 December 1st, 2012
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In the largest single-year drop since legalization, the Centers for Disease Control report the U.S. abortion rate dropped 5% in 2009, the latest year for which it has figures.
The number of abortion clinics plummeted more in the 8 years when Bill Clinton was president than during any other 8-year period. Now the first year of Barack Obama’s term has offered another steep decline of another kind. But unlike that in the Clinton years, this decline can’t be attributed to relative economic prosperity; 2009 was the worst year of the Great Recession.
There are many ideas on why the abortion rate fell. One is that grassroots pro-life people take more action when not relying on presidential lip service.
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Pro-Life Marchers Brave Cold, Wet Weather January 23rd, 2012
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the annual Pro-Life March in Washington, DC today, with demonstrations planned in cities and towns across the country, calling for an end to abortion in America. Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters marched through downtown San Francisco on Saturday, January 21, to mark the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Seminarians attending the rally were hosted at the Oblate headquarters in Washington.
March for Life Rally January 24th, 2011
The annual March for Life rally and demonstration in Washington, D.C. is underway, with thousands of pro-life activists filling the National Mall and the streets to the Supreme Court. Many have included visits to their House and Senate representatives in their plans. Saturday marked the 38th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion.
House Republican leaders are eager to move on a vote to put more restrictions on federal abortion funding.
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and other key members of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus last week introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would prohibit federal agencies and programs from spending tax money to fund abortions. The USCCB strongly supports this measure. Read the letter to Congress signed by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Archbishop of Galveston/Houston, Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
At present, Smith’s measure has 161 co-sponsors and the public backing of the top GOP leadership. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has has directed that the legislation be designed as H.R. 3 and called it “one of our highest legislative priorities.” The Senate is not expected to take up the measure, however.