“How many people pay a high price for their dedication to truth! How many upright persons prefer to go against the current so that they don’t deny the voice of their conscience, the voice of truth! Upright persons, who aren’t afraid to go against the current. And we, we should not be afraid!” – Pope Francis, Martyrs of Conscience and Our Fierce Fortnight for Freedom
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops extends its most sincere thanks to all those who came out to support Life this past week. Your efforts paid off.
At midnight on July 2, the House State Affairs Committee voted out House Bill 2 – the Pro-life Omnibus Bill – to be considered by the full House of Representatives as early as Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Continue
We Are Not Done; You Are Needed Still
On Monday, July 8, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 1 (identical to omnibus pro-life bill HB 2) at 10 a.m. in Room E1.036. We need people to "sign in" to register support for the bill, and to request to testify in the hearing if comfortable. A Pro-Life Rally is scheduled on the South Steps of the Capitol at 7 p.m., sponsored by Concerned Women for America and featuring national speakers including Mike Huckabee, Penny Nance and Michelle Duggar.
On Tuesday, July 9, the full House is expected to begin debate on House Bill 2. The Texas Catholic Conference is hosting a prayer gathering with Senator Eddie Lucio and Representative Bill Callegari on the South Steps of the Capitol at 9 a.m. that morning, followed by procession to the House gallery to pray and support as the House considers and possibly votes on HB 2.
Media Alert: Tune in this Monday, July 8, to Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo from 8:28-8:48 a.m. to hear CPLC Executive Director Karen Garnett highlight the latest happenings in the Texas legislature. (Listen live locally on 910 AM or via the internet here).
Whether in Austin or Dallas, please offer your prayers in support of these critical efforts to protect women and unborn children in Texas. And stay tuned for further action and prayer alerts! To get the quickest updates, be sure to"like us" on Facebookorfollow us on Twitter.
Upcoming Pro-Life Events
Quarterly Mass, Adoration & Rosary Procession
Date: Saturday, July 20
Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. by Rev. Joseph A. Mehan, followed by Eucharistic Adoration and a Rosary Procession by bus to the Planned Parenthood abortion center. We will return to St. Michael's for closing Benediction. For more information, contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785 or .
This powerful documentary tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. A Q & A will follow the film, featuring the President of Women's Rights without Frontiers Reggie Littlejohn. Tickets are $10 andavailable here.Reserve your ticket by July 18; seating is limited.
It's that time again! We are beginning to plan for the Fall 2013 40 Days for Life-Dallas campaign beginning September 25 through November 3. If you are interested in learning about leadership opportunities or helping prepare for the upcoming campaign, join us for the initial planning meeting. For more information, please visit prolifedallas.org/40days or contact Dallas campaign director Lauren Muzyka at or 972-365-4305.
Catholic, Southern Baptist Religious Liberty Leaders Lead Open Letter Effort For Conscience Protection Given HHS Mandate USCCB.org
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, Russell D. Moore, Ph.D., president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and a wide variety of over 100 prominent national religious leaders and scholars released an open letter July 2 entitled Standing Together for Religious Freedom. The letter calls on the Administration and Congress to respect conscience rights and religious freedom.
The open letter highlights the threat to conscience posed by the Administration's mandate that almost all employers cover contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs and devices in their health insurance plans. As the signatories write, freedom of religion goes beyond mere freedom of worship and extends to believers' roles as citizen and employer. Continue
Pro-life writers in NY Times: Sharing stories of abortion will help women reject culture of death By Kristen Andersen, LifeSiteNews.com
In the New York Times’ latest “Room For Debate” feature, themed “Coming Out on Abortion,” the paper posed the question: “Would support for abortion rights grow if more women discussed their abortions?”
The answer from pro-life contributors? A resounding “no.”
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