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Pro-Life News & Events


Save the Date for these 2013 Events for Life with Bishop Kevin Farrell:  
April 6 – The Bishop's 20th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner
April 9Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Austin

Pope Benedict speaks out against abortion

Pope Benedict speaks out against abortion
by Patsy McGarry, The Irish Times
The path to attainment of the common good and peace is “above all that of respect for human life in all its many aspects, beginning with its conception, through its development and up to its natural end,” Pope Benedict XVI has said. “True peacemakers, then, are those who love, defend and promote human life in all its dimensions . . . Anyone who loves peace cannot tolerate attacks and crimes against life.”

In his message for World Day of Peace yesterday, he said: “Those who insufficiently value human life and, in consequence, support among other things the liberali[z]ation of abortion, perhaps do not reali[z]e that in this way they are proposing the pursuit of a false peace.  The flight from responsibility, which degrades human persons, and even more so the killing of a defenceless and innocent being, will never be able to produce happiness or peace. Continue reading


Bishop Farrell Leads the Exodus!

  On January 19, 2013, we will mark a tragic milestone in our country – 40 years of legalized abortion on demand. Bishop Farrell urges all Catholics and people of good will in the Diocese of Dallas to join in prayer, penance and public witness at the Roe Memorial Events. (Read the Bishop's Letter of Invitation here.)
Exodus 20:13 – this year's theme – is a “most fitting reminder from Almighty God in the year 2013, the 40th year of the legalized killing of the unborn, that life is sacred and must be protected and that the killing must end.

The day will begin with a Rosary outside the Routh Street abortion center from 7:45 to 8:45 AM, followed by the 10 AM Mass celebrated by Bishop Farrell and diocesan clergy at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and then at noon, Bishop Farrell will lead thousands in the Dallas March for Life to the Rally outside the Earle Cabell federal courthouse where Roe was first filed in 1970. Click here for a complete schedule and locations.

Join the thousands to remember the millions and stand witness for life!  You also have special opportunity this year to partner with the March by helping defray the costs of the event and support pro-life ministry, plus get an Exodus 20:13 t-shirt!  Click here for more details.

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Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Not So Underground Railroad Monthly Event

Date: Sat., January 12
High school students are invited to join us for an afternoon of dynamic speakers, pro-life service projects, and a monthly pro-life challenge.  The theme of this meeting will be “40 Years of Roe: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?”  Learn more at prolifedallas.org/railroad.
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Place: University of Dallas, Irving, in Anselm Hall
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Gabriel Angel Training

Date: Sats., January 26 & February 2
Become a Gabriel Angel and learn how to mentor a mother facing a crisis pregnancy.  All meals and materials are provided.  For more information and to register online (required), please visit prolifedallas.org/angeltraining. If you have additional questions, contact Patty Sherrod at or 972-235-5554. Attendance at the February 2nd follow-up session and Angel Commissioning is required.   
Time: 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Place: St. Mark, Plano
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Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat

Date: January 25-27 Rachel’s Vineyard™ is an extraordinary opportunity for any person who struggles with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion.  For more information and to register, contact or the Abortion AfterCare-Healing helpline, 214-544-CARE (2273) in English or or 972-679-4760 in Spanish or visit racheldallas.org.  All inquiries are kept strictly confidential. 
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Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day

Date: Saturday, January 26
The day will begin at 7 a.m. with a Prayer Vigil that will meet at San José Parish in Austin. The rosary for life will begin at 9:45 a.m. at San José Parish followed by the diocesan Pro-Life Mass at 10:30 a.m. The Texas Rally for Life will be at 1 p.m.; participants will meet at 15th and Colorado and march to the Rally on the South Steps of the Capitol. A Party for Life will conclude the day from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the University Catholic Center. For more information, call (512) 949-2486.
Place: Austin, TX
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Breaking News

Texas Judge Rules State Can De-Fund Planned Parenthood
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

A Texas state judge has delivered a ruling in response to the second legal challenge Planned Parenthood has brought against the state for removing the abortion business from its taxpayer-funded women’s health program.

The judge refused today to grant a temporary restraining order allowing Planned Parenthood to rejoin the Texas Women’s Health Program* in time for the January launch of it. The judge ruled the program can move ahead as planned, without the abortion giant, while its lawsuit continues.   Continue reading

*While the CPLC supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood, it maintains grave concerns about the Texas Women's Health Program, specifically the support of providers who distribute contraception in the guise of healthcare.
Abortion Coverage Expanded for Women in Military
by Dave Bohon, The New American

Abortion advocates have won a significant victory in their efforts to make the murderous procedure available to all women at all times. In late December Congress dismantled the decades-long ban on the federal funding of abortions for female military personnel in the case of rape or incest. Since 1981, insurance coverage for abortion has only been allowed in the military under the context of saving the life of the mother. But under the . . . National Defense Authorization Act, women in the U.S. military will now be able to cite rape or incest to use their health insurance to obtain the procedure. Continue reading

Dominos Pizza Founder Wins Emergency Order to Stop HHS Mandate
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

The founder of Dominos Pizza won his bid for an emergency order to prevent enforcement of the mandate while the lawsuit it filed against the Obama administration over the HHS mandate that forces religious employers to purchase drugs that may cause abortions for their employees continues.  Continue reading

Also of Interest: Hobby Lobby to risk daily $1.3 million fine over HHS birth control mandate

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