Major Victory: Komen defunds Planned Parenthood and reverses support of ESCR!
The tide is turning! On Tuesday, it was announced through news outlets across the country that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest global funder of breast cancer research, has restructured its grant criteria in a way that will effectively defund* abortion giant Planned Parenthood andreversed its former position in support of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). This amazing news is proof positive that pro-life voices are being heard!
Planned Parenthood is reeling, and unfortunately, Komen has reportedly already received more than 2000 negative e-mails about its decision. Komen needs to hear from pro-life people, like yourself, who will applaud these decisions. While there are other issues we will continue to encourage Komen to address (e.g., acknowledging the abortion / breast cancer link), right now they should be affirmed for these major policy reversals.
ACTION: Please write to today to say: "Thank you for defunding Planned Parenthood and reversing your support of embryonic stem cell research." Expressions of thanks will help to ensure more positive changes at Komen in the future.
*Note: Komen reportedly has existing grant contracts with Planned Parenthood that will last for the next 12 months, and then no more grants will be provided.
Upcoming Pro-Life Events
What the Church Teaches on Faithful Citizenship Tonight featuring Bishop Edward Burns of Alaska and CPLC Executive Director Karen Garnett (2nd of 3-part series – attendance at Part 1 not required)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2
Have you ever wondered how our faith applies to today's major challenges and issues? Join us tonight to hear from Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau, Alaska and Karen Garnett of the CPLC. And save the date for Part 3 on Feb. 20 at St. Mark in Plano, featuring Jennifer Carr Allmon of the Texas Catholic Conference.
St. Joseph is hosting a screening of the film "BloodMoney: The Business of Abortion" as a kickoff to the pilot program of Project Life, a new weekly adult pro-life curriculum, beginning February 21 and continuing every Tuesday through April 24 (excluding March 27 and April 3). For more information, visit prolifedallas.org/projectlife or contact Patty Sherrod, or 972-235-5554.
Become a Gabriel Angel! Learn how to mentor a mother facing a crisis pregnancy through the Project Gabriel ministry. More info and online registration for training available at prolifedallas.org/angeltraining. Attendance at both sessions and Angel Commissioning required. Bilingual English/Spanish speakers especially welcome! Questions? Contact Patty Sherrod, or 972-235-5554.
Birth Choice Culture for Life Evening with the Arts this Saturday
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 .
Prayer & Public Witness at Planned Parenthood Fundraiser
Date: Thursday, Feb. 16
Join the public witness for life outside Planned Parenthood's annual fundraising event, featuring Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Our prayer and witness will be as luncheon guests arrive from 11:00 to 12:15. Click here for more information or contact JoAnn Murray at . Sponsored by STOPP of Dallas.
Note: Other participating organizations may use graphic signs at this demonstration.
North Texas Catholic Bishops Call for First Amendment to be Upheld in Latest HHS Ruling: Joint Statement by Bishops Kevin Farrell, Kevin Vann, Doug Deshotel & Mark Seitz January 27, 2012
The United States is a nation founded on the principle of life, liberty and justice for all and throughout the history of this great nation, the religious communities and those in posts of civil authority have recognized that free practice of religious beliefs are foundational to our country. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
But in recent days the latest salvo in the attack on religious freedom was fired by the Obama Administration and, sadly, by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic. On Friday, Secretary Sebelius announced the Administration’s decision to mandate the inclusion of particular health services in insurance coverage which would result in Catholic institutions having to provide coverage that violates Catholic Church teaching and, therefore, Catholic conscience. Read entire statement
Have you contacted your representatives about supporting the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act? If not, please click here. We must make our voices heard! Visit prolifedallas.org/conscience for more info.
Kristan Hawkins is the dynamic, under-30 mom of two at the helm of Students for Life of America (SFLA). . . . Hawkins talks about the students, the children, and envisioning a world without abortion in an interview with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. . . . .
"I’ve spoken to far too many pro-lifers and Christians who are pro-life but don’t think abortion will ever end. They are right to a certain extent — there will always be abortions — but they don’t always have to be legal. How can you work in a movement when you don’t believe that what you are working for will ever happen?
I think we can see from the victories the pro-life movement had in 2011, despite the obstacles here in Washington, that abolition of abortion in our lifetime can actually happen. So how do you envision a world without abortion? Think about a society in which all life is treated as a precious gift." Read entire interview.
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