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Pro-Life News & Events

In this Lenten season, as we all journey to find our way back to the Father, please join us in prayer for those suffering under the burden of abortion, including those seeking hope and healing at this weekend’s Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat.

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Vatican Official Endorses Pro-Life Movie Doonby – Opening Today in Plano, Grand Prairie and Grapevine

by Peter Roff, U.S. News & World Report

The popular culture remains resolute and largely of one mind in its defense of abortion. . . . Is there any other issue in the legal or medical field that Hollywood treats with such one-sided reverence?

Well, all that is slowly changing. The growth in the audience for Christian-themed films has not escaped the notice of the Hollywood studios, which have finally come to understand that such films can mean big business at the box office. 

One such film that is soon to open in limited release is Doonby . . . . (continue reading)

Pro-life movie Doonby opens in Dallas-area theaters today

Purchase your tickets here

Theater Locations (thru Mar. 1): Plano Cinemark Legacy 24, AMC Grapevine Mills 30, UA Grand Prairie 10 (Denton location canceled).  Opening weekend is critically important!  (Film not recommended for children under 13 years of age.)

Doonby star John Schneider will appear for live interview and performance at The Bishop's 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner on April 14 – Don't miss it!

*Note: Technical difficulties with purchasing tickets online have reportedly been resolved by the theaters. 


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Project Life – Abortion: Main Symptom of the Culture of Death
presented by Bishop Doug Deshotel

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Project Life is a new 8-week pro-life series, every Tuesday evening through Apr. 24 (excluding Mar. 27 and Apr. 3).  This Tuesday's topic will be Abortion: Main Symptom of the Culture of Death presented by Bishop Doug Deshotel.  Light refreshments served.  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 (Room 123)
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YFL Leadership Council Meeting

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28
The Youth For Life Leadership Council welcomes adults interested in planning and chaperoning youth pro-life events throughout the year.  Learn how you can help form the young pro-life leaders of today!  For more information, contact Jacquelyn Smith, 972-416-9591 or .
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Catholic Pro-Life Committee Office, Dallas

40 Days for Life-McKinney

Date: Feb. 22 - April 1
The largest-ever Spring 40 Days for Life campaign began this week.  McKinney is hosting the only spring campaign in the Diocese of Dallas.  The McKinney 40-day Prayer Vigil is 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 to pray, visit 40daysforlife.com/mckinney

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

LIFE Today with James Robison

Date: Mar. 12, 13
Come hear incredible life-changing stories.  Join Carol Everett and Abby Johnson on Monday, March 12 or Lila Rose and Chet McDoniel on Tuesday, March 13 – or both! – as part of the live studio audience when they tape the Life Today show with James Robison.  Tickets are free, but you must reserve your seat.  To do that, email or call 817-354-3655. 

Sponsored by Life Today TV

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Life Today Studio, Euless
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Pro-Life Person of the Year to be recognized at The Bishop's 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
Actor and Singer John Schneider

This year, we are pleased to focus recognition on one special hero of the movement, who will receive The Father Edward Robinson, O.P., Pro-Life Person of the Year Award Please share with us who you think has best exemplified and evangelized the Gospel of Life.  Click here to submit your nomination by March 1.

You won't want to miss this spectacular evening, that's better than ever in so many ways!  Don't wait – reserve your seat or table today.
For more info, visit prolifedallas.org/dinner or call 972-267-LIFE (5433)


 USCCB: Congress Must Act to Fix the Problem

Sweeping HHS Mandate Stands, Violating Conscience Rights and Religious Liberty Congress Must Act to Fix the Problem

On January 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed a rule that virtually all private health care plans must cover sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception. The exemption provided for "religious employers" was so narrow that it failed to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations . . . On February 10, the Obama Administration made this rule final “without change”; delayed enforcement for a year against religious nonprofits that were still not exempted (our charities, hospitals, and colleges); and promised to develop more regulations to “accommodate” them by the end of that additional year.  But, as explained below, that promised “accommodation” still forces them to pay for “services” that violate their religious convictions. (continue reading)

We urgently need legislation to correct the mandate’s threats to religious liberty and conscience rights. (more)

ACTION: Contact your U.S. representatives by e-mail, phone, or FAX letter [Find your representatives here]: ButtonEmailCong.png

MESSAGE: “Please co-sponsor and support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179, S. 1467). The Obama administration’s decision to mandate coverage of sterilization and contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an abortion, makes passage of this measure especially urgent. Please ensure that the religious liberty and conscience rights of all participants in our nation’s health care system are respected.”

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Breaking Pro-Life News

Largest ever 40 Days for Life [spring] campaign kicks off Ash Wednesday
by John Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews.com

This year Ash Wednesday isn’t just the first day of the Christian penitential season of Lent, it is also the beginning of the largest ever 40 Days for Life campaign.

The massively successful international pro-life effort is set to launch in a record-breaking 258 locations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Spain.
The peaceful campaign unites pro-life advocates around the globe in 40 days of prayer and fasting, constant vigil in front of hundreds of abortion clinics, and community outreach.  Continue reading.

**The closest participating campaign in the Diocese of Dallas is in McKinney.  For more info, visit 40daysforlife.com/mckinneyWatch video of 40 Days National Director David Bereit and former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Treviño at McKinney vigil site here.**

Shocking Video: Planned Parenthood Targets Kids With Sex
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

A new video exposé and report from a pro-life group shows how the Planned Parenthood abortion business exposes children to sexual material in order to seed a generation of sex addicts who will become future customers for the abortion giant.  Continue reading (Note: Article describes video's graphic content)

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

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