“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

Pro-Life News & Events

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April 5 – The Bishop's 21st Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner


UPDATE: Pro-Life Bill Progresses/House Vote Expected Tuesday

From the Texas Catholic Conference:

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, 2013Continue

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. 

Please make plans to come to the Capitol to share this historic moment!  Click here for further details on both days' events.  We need a lot of Pro-Life Blue both Monday and Tuesday!!

*** If you are interested in bus transportation from Dallas to Austin on Monday or Tuesday, please click here for transportation details, and let us know as soon as possible at . ***

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 Facebook or follow 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 .
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: St. Michael, Garland
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"It's a Girl" Exclusive Movie Screening, July 25

Date: Thursday, July 25
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 and available here.  Reserve your ticket by July 18; seating is limited.
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Angelika Film Center, Dallas
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Youth For Life Pro-Life Boot Camp – Session 2

Registration Deadline:
Session 2: July 19

Youth For Life Pro-Life Boot Camp is one of the best opportunities for young people (high school, ages 14-17) to become involved in the work of the pro-life movement.  Session 2 of Boot Camp will feature Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life of America, Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, and The Crossroads Pursuit: Marcellino and Anthony D’Ambrosio, plus praying at abortion centers, skits, volunteer projects and Mass.  For more information and to register, visit prolifedallas.org/bootcampSponsored by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Fort Worth.
Camp Dates:
Session 2: July 26-30
Location: University of Dallas, Irving 

40 Days for Life-Dallas Planning Meeting

Date: Thursday, July 18
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.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Birth Choice-Greenville, Dallas


Breaking News

Catholic, Southern Baptist Religious Liberty Leaders Lead Open Letter Effort For Conscience Protection Given HHS Mandate
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

Open letter available here.

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.”

Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life, wrote that her experience as founder of the “Silent No More” Awareness Campaign makes her think that the more women talk about the reality of abortion, the less often women will choose it.  Continue

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