Pro-Life News & Events

Save the Date for The Bishop's 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner on April 14, 2012!

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March On, March for Life
By Charlotte Hays, National Catholic Register, with Joseph Pronechen

Across the Country and on Campus
In Dallas, thousands are expected to come for Mass and various commemorations, as they did last year. The 2012 theme for the diocesan memorial events is “That They Might Have Life.”

In calling his flock to witness at the events on Saturday, Jan. 21, Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell, who will be joined by three other bishops, including Bishop Kevin Vann of Forth Worth, wrote in a letter on the prolifedallas.org website: “Since Jan. 22, 1973, more than 52 million unborn children have been killed by abortion in the United States. Abortion is taking the lives of 14,000 innocent unborn children each year in the counties comprising the Dallas Diocese.”

He urged everyone: “Please pray and march with me and thousands more in downtown Dallas on Jan. 21. … It is our obligation as a people of life to remember the lives lost and stand up in prayer and witness for the lives to come, until the tragedy ends in the very city where it began – Dallas. In particular, I would like to see as many young people as possible participating in these events." . . .

Norma McCorvey – the anonymous plaintiff of Roe v. Wade – will be the speaker, said Karen Garnett, executive director for the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas (prolifedallas.org). . . . This year, 2,000 yellow balloons with the word “Life” printed on them will be [carried].  Garnett noted the Dallas march not only memorializes all the lives lost, but will “try to rejoice in some of the incredible blessings and incredible pro-life victories in Texas this year.”  Read entire article.

**Tune in to "The Good News" on GRN (KATH 910 AM) this Monday, January 16, between 12 and 1 as Karen Garnett (Dallas) and Chanacee Ruth-Killgore (Fort Worth) discuss the upcoming Roe Memorial Events with Dave Palmer.**


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Bishop Seitz Presents: What the Church Teaches on Faithful Citizenship
(1st of 3-part series)

Date: Thursday, Jan.19
Bishop Mark Seitz will present “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: the U.S. Bishops’ Reflections on Catholic Teaching and Political Life” – the first in a three-part series on Faithful Citizenship before the Texas primaries.  Please save the dates for parts two and three on February 2nd and February 20th.  Contact Catarina Torres at Catholic Charities of Dallas with any questions: .

Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Dallas, the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Justice Ministry

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Faith Formation Center, Room 130
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Roe Memorial Mass & Dallas March for Life with Bishop Farrell

Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
Bishop Kevin Farrell invites you to the 2012 Roe Memorial Events marking the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making abortion available on demand in America and leading to the death of over 52 million unborn children.

Join Bishops Farrell, Vann, Deshotel and Seitz, diocesan clergy and thousands of people of faith to pray for an end to the scourge of abortion and to march and rally for a Culture of Life!   In addition to Bishop Farrell, rally speakers will include Norma McCorvey ("Roe" of Roe v. Wade), Dr. Barry Creamer of Criswell Seminary, former Planned Parenthood Manager Ramona Treviño, and Lisa Luby Ryan, featured in the "I Am Second" campaign.

Click here for a detailed schedule of events and locations.  Visit prolifedallas.org/roe for more info.

Event Schedule:
Rosary: 7:45 a.m.
Mass: 10:00 a.m.
March & Rally: 12 noon
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**Can you help on the day of the events?  Would you like to participate in the Rose Procession (for persons born in 1973 or later)?  Click here to learn how.**

Rachel's Vineyard™ Retreat in English

Dates: Jan. 27-29
Rachel’s Vineyard™ is an extraordinary opportunity for any person who struggles with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion.  The weekend is a unique and effective process designed specifically to help you experience the mercy and compassion of God.  The weekend will help your soul find a voice and transform the pain of the past into hope!  For more information, contact 214-544-CARE (2273) or healing@racheldallas.org or visit racheldallas.orgAll inquiries are kept strictly confidential.
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Birth Choice Culture for Life Evening with the Arts

Date: Saturday, Feb. 4
Birth Choice of Dallas invites you to its third annual Culture for Life Evening with the Arts.  The evening will feature a fundraising classical music concert with Hubert Pralitz, Principal Violinist.  There will be a silent auction with artworks and other treasures.  Reservations are required.  RSVP to Birth Choice at 214-631-2402 or .

Sponsored by Birth Choice of Dallas.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Museum of Biblical Art
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Pro-Life News

Victory: Texas sonogram bill ruled constitutional
by Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com

A federal appeals court has ruled that Texas may enforce a pro-life law passed last year requiring abortion-bound mothers be told of their baby’s stage of development and offered the option of hearing his or her heartbeat.

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary injunction against the law and advised U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks to reverse his ruling against the law from last August.

The court also flatly contradicted opponents’ claims that the law, which requires doctors to disclose details of the baby’s limb and organ development, was an assault on abortionists’ constitutional rights as a form of forced-speech.  Continue reading.

Also of Interest:

Texas Catholic Bishops Applaud Appeals Court's Upholding of Sonogram Law

Channel 33 interviews CPLC – Appeals court rules Texas abortion law is constitutional

Planned Parenthood: Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds “Abhorrent”
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

ultrasound4d6-e1326327235877.jpg Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement that the Fifth Circuit ruling “sets an abhorrent precedent” as other states prepared to consider similar laws to help women receive factual information about their baby and his or her development before making a life or death decision to have an abortion.
“[Richards'] organization recognizes that the biggest weapon in the abortion debate is the ultrasound machine,” [Tony Perkins of Family Research Council] said. “For thousands of women, this window into the womb is the only persuasion they need to reconsider abortion. And, as Richards’s group has proved, pro-abortion activists will do everything in their power to stop mothers from recognizing the personhood of their unborn babies.”  Read entire article.

Family Stopped From Forcing Teen Girl to Have Abortion
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

Attorneys with Texas Center for Defense of Life representing a 14-year-old girl secured a temporary restraining order yesterday from a Texas court that blocks several of her family members from forcing her to have an abortion against her will.  Continue reading.

Shop and Save Lives!  Your Grocery Purchases at Kroger, Albertsons, or Tom Thumb Can Now Benefit the CPLC!

The Catholic Pro-Life Committee is now enrolled in the Kroger stores’ Neighbor to Neighbor program, Albertson’s Community Partners program, and the Tom Thumb stores’ Good Neighbor program.  This means the CPLC is eligible to receive a percentage of the stores’ annual donations to Texas charities!

But we can’t do it without you – so here’s how you can help:

Complete the steps below, and then every time you shop, a portion of your eligible purchases will be contributed to the CPLC fund, which will support our nine life-saving ministries.  It’s that easy!


Link your Kroger Plus card to the CPLC by taking the customer letter available here with you the next time you go shopping at your neighborhood Kroger store.  (Don’t have a Kroger Plus card?  You can request one at the store.)

Ask the cashier to scan your Kroger Plus card and then the barcode at the bottom of the customer letter to link to the CPLC.  Once the process is complete, you will be enrolled as a supporter for the remainder of the current program year. 

Start by printing and taking the Temporary Community Partners Card with you the next time you go shopping at your neighborhood Albertson’s. 

Each time you shop, ask the cashier to scan your Community Partners card, which is specific to the CPLC.

*Permanent Community Partner cards are being provided to the CPLC.  If you prefer to have the actual card, please call Tamara Baril at 214-842-1100 and she’ll mail one to you, or you can come by the CPLC office to pick one up!  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tom Thumb

Link your Tom Thumb card to the CPLC by filling out the Good Neighbor Program application available here and turning it in at the Customer Service booth at any Tom Thumb store.  The CPLC number you will need to connect your card through the application is: 12776

Have the cashier scan your Tom Thumb card each time you shop. 


Thank you for going this extra step to save babies through your support of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee!

The CPLC depends on friends like you to partner with us to save lives. Please consider making a donation to support our work. Thank you and God bless you!

All together, let us build a culture of life!

Please pass this on to your friends and family!

For more information, call the CPLC at 972-267-LIFE (5433), or visit our web site: www.prolifedallas.org.

This message is brought to you by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas. The CPLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax-deductible donations to support the life-saving work of the CPLC may be mailed to: CPLC, P. O. Box 59852, Dallas, TX 75229, or make a secure donation online at www.prolifedallas.org/pages/donations.

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