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Cardinal DiNardo on HHS Mandate: “We are back to square one”; Action Alert

Letter to U.S. Senate from Cardinal DiNardo, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities
DiNardo.jpg “On August 3, 2011, HHS issued an interim final rule mandating coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs (including a drug that can cause an abortion in the first weeks of pregnancy), female sterilization methods, and related education and counseling as ‘preventive services for women.’ The rule included an incredibly narrow four-pronged ‘religious employer’ exemption . . . . It has been said that Jesus and his apostles would not be ‘religious enough’ to qualify for the exemption, as they healed people of other faiths. . . .
Days ago, on February 10 – despite many thousands of comments urging it to change course – the Administration issued a regulation in which the rule of last August is ‘adopted as a final rule without change.’ . . . In short, we are back to square one -- except that the rule so many hoped would change to accommodate Americans’ right of conscience is no longer subject to change, except by legislation. This brings me to the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.”  Continue reading.
Action Alert:  Have you contacted your representatives about supporting the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act?  If not, please click hereWe must make our voices heard!  Visit prolifedallas.org/conscience for more info.

Also of interest:  
Bishop Farrell:  Moral principles cannot be compromised
USCCB:  Six more things everyone should know about the HHS Mandate


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

What the Church Teaches on Faithful Citizenship
Featuring Jennifer Carr Allmon of the Texas Catholic Conference

Date: Monday, Feb. 20
Join us for the final presentation in the pre-TX primary Faithful Citizenship series:  "Goals for Political Life: Challenges for Citizens, Candidates, and Public Officials," featuring Jennifer Carr Allmon of the Texas Catholic Conference, the Public Policy Voice of the Catholic Bishops of Texas.

Contact 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. Mark, Plano, Upper Room
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Project Life – Age Old Enemies: Life and Death
presented by Fr. Timothy Heines

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21
Project Life is a new weekly adult pro-life curriculum, beginning Feb. 21 and continuing every Tuesday through Apr. 24 (excluding Mar. 27 and Apr. 3).  This Tuesday's topic will be Age Old Enemies: Life and Death presented by Fr. Timothy Heines. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome! For more info and class schedule, visit prolifedallas.org/projectlife or contact Patty Sherrod, or 972-235-5554.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph, Richardson (St. Joseph Room)
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40 Days for Life-McKinney
Kickoff Rally this Sunday, Feb. 19!

Date: Feb. 22 - April 1
The largest-ever Spring 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Feb. 22.  McKinney is hosting the only spring campaign in the Diocese of Dallas.  The McKinney Prayer Vigil will take place from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the right of way outside the Planned Parenthood at the northeast corner of Medical Center Dr. and Eldorado Pkwy (map).  For more info and to sign up for the prayer vigil, visit 40daysforlife.com/mckinney

Don't miss the Kickoff Rally this Sunday, February 19th at 1 p.m. in the St. Gabriel Community Center Way, McKinney. (More info)

Sponsored by 40 Days for Life-McKinney.

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Right of way outside the Planned Parenthood, McKinney

The Bishop’s 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner

The Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell invites you to attend The Bishop’s 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner: “That They Might Have Life” on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, featuring actor and singer John Schneider, the star of two new pro-life movies!

This event benefits the nine-life saving ministries of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee.

The evening will include a private reception with Bishop Farrell and John Schneider, a $15,000 Gift Card Raffle, Wine Pull, Big Board Auction, Pro-Life Exhibits, and more!  Don't miss this spectacular evening – seating is limited. 

Make your reservation and buy raffle tickets today at prolifedallas.org/dinner or call 972-267-LIFE (5433).

This year at the dinner, the CPLC will recognize one special hero of the movement, who will receive The Father Edward Robinson, O.P., Pro-Life Person of the Year AwardClick here to submit your nomination today (open until Mar. 1).

You can also be a part of a part of this exciting event by joining our energized team of committed volunteers!  Please click here if you are interested in helping or email .  Thank you!


Breaking Pro-Life News

Business Insider: "Time To Admit It: The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control"
by Michael Brendan Dougherty & Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Business Insider

Painting the Catholic Church as "out of touch" is like shooting fish in a barrel, what with the funny hats and gilded churches. And nothing makes it easier than the Church's stance against contraception. . . . Here's the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world's biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all of the greatest empires known to man, from the Romans to the Soviets. It has establishments literally all over the world, touching every area of human endeavor. It's given us some of the world's greatest thinkers, from Saint Augustine on down to René Girard. When it does things, it usually has a good reason. . . .

So, what's going on? 

The Church teaches that love, marriage, sex, and procreation are all things that belong together. That's it. But it's pretty important. And though the Church has been teaching this for 2,000 years, it's probably never been as salient as today.  Contine reading

Whistleblower Says Planned Parenthood Defrauded Government; Fox 4 coverage of Dallas protest of Planned Parenthood
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

A former Planned Parenthood employee continues to make the case publicly that the abortion business had a routine policy defrauding government and is pressing a lawsuit against her former employer. . . . Planned Parenthood has been found to have engaged in fraudulent billing or faces accusations of such improper billing in multiple states (read more here).

Watch interview of the CPLC's Karen Garnett on Fox 4 revealing the truth about Planned Parenthood

“Planned Parenthood enjoys a kind of 'sanitized reputation' and the truth needs to be exposed that the products that they have are carcinogenic. They do do abortions. They kill children and their agenda is to hook [our] children on sex. If you see their materials they are graphic, vulgar, obscene and offensive.”

Send an email to Fox 4's to thank her for showing the sign "The Pill, a Group 1 Carcinogen" [World Health Organization] in this story to help get the truth out.

For more information about the truth about Planned Parenthood, see prolifedallas.org/plannedparenthood.


Pro-Life Movie Doonby, starring John Schneider, in Dallas-area theaters next Friday, February 24

A mysterious drifter, a town with troubles, secrets will be revealed and the question on everyone’s lips will be answered: Who is Sam Doonby?

An emotional storyline, Doonby questions the impact we each have on other’s lives. Sam Doonby’s truly is ‘a story worth telling, and a life worth living.’

Theater Locations – Purchase your tickets here
Denton, TX – Cinemark 14
Plano, TX – Cinemark Legacy 24
Grapevine, TX – AMC Grapevine Mills 30
Grand Prairie, TX – UA Grand Prairie 10

Read review by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano

To learn more and view trailer visit: doonbythemovie.com. (This film may not be appropriate for children under 13.)

** Opening weekend for this film is incredibly important.  Even if you can't go, please purchase a ticket to send a message that pro-life entertainment has an audience!! **

A second pro-life film, October Baby, comes to Dallas next month: Pro-Life Motion Picture Opens Nationwide in March

**John Schneider -- star of both these films -- will be featured at The Bishop's 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner on April 14!  Purchase tickets now at prolifedallas.org/dinner.**

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