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U.S. Bishops: "Government Has No Place Defining Religion"

Declare government has no place defining religion, religious ministry
Seek protection for conscience rights of institutions, individuals
Stress action with the public, White House, Congress, courts

The U.S. Bishops are strongly united in their ongoing and determined efforts to protect religious freedom, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said in a March 14 statement. . . . . The bishops thanked supporters from the Catholic community and beyond “who have stood firmly with us in our vigorous opposition to this unjust and illegal mandate" [that forces all private health plans to provide coverage of sterilization and contraceptives – including abortion-inducing drugs].

“It is your enthusiastic unity in defense of religious freedom that has made such a dramatic and positive impact in this historic public debate.”  Read entire press release.  (Learn more here.)


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**Please note:  To the extent any statements or demonstrations at the Rally could be construed to support or oppose any political candidate or party, these are neither the views of nor endorsed by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee.  The Catholic Pro-Life Committee is a non-partisan organization, and therefore does not endorse or oppose any political candidate or party.**




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Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Project Life – Chastity & Abstinence: The Culture of Life & the Culture of Sex

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 20
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 Chastity & Abstinence: The Culture of Life & the Culture of Sex.  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 (St. Joseph Rm)
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October Baby opens!  YFL and Voices 4Life go to the movies

Date:  Opens weekend of March 23
YFL Movie and Lunch (age 14+), March 24: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at AMC Stonebrier and Buca di Beppo in Frisco, $20 per person includes movie and meal (more info), RSVP:  , sponsored by Youth For Life

Young Adult Afternoon at the Movies, March 25:  Lunch at 12:30 p.m. at The Whiskey Cake, Plano, and 1:55 p.m. movie at Cinemark West Plano (more info), RSVP: , sponsored by Voices 4Life

Not in high school or can't make these events, then grab a friend and enjoy anytime next weekend!  Click here to buy your individual tickets.

Location: DFW Theaters

Sidewalk Counseling and Prayer Partner Training at UD

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 28
Come learn the Msgr. Philip Reilly method of peaceful, prayerful presence which has helped more than 22,000 mothers turn away from abortion in New York and 5,500 mothers here in Dallas.   If you feel called to be a prayer partner for a sidewalk counselor, then this training is also for you!

Pre-registration available online at prolifedallas.org/sidewalktraining.  For more info, contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785, or

Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: University of Dallas (Anselm 224), Irving

Speakers Bureau Training Workshop

Date: Saturday, Mar. 31
Learn how to effectively share your pro-life beliefs with others.  The CPLC Speakers Bureau will train you to spread the pro-life message to both youth groups and adults.  Learn the new and fun activities that we incorporate into our presentations!  For more info and to register, contact Jan Storey, 972-986-5463 or .
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: St. Monica, Dallas, (Rm. 212, Family Ctr)
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Good Friday Pro-Life Stations of the Cross

Date:  Friday, April 6
Join us as we pray the Pro-Life Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and unite our sufferings and the sufferings of aborted babies and their suffering parents with those of Christ. 

For more information, contact Tom Grossman, 972-352-7632, or .

Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Southwestern late-term abortion center, Dallas
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Contest to Win $600 Worth of Raffle Tickets

We’re so excited about our 2012 Bishop’s Dinner Raffle, with a $15,000 American Express Gift Card* as the Grand Prize, a Carnival cruise as the second prize and a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as third prize!  All net proceeds from the raffle support the life-saving ministries of the CPLC.
Click here to buy tickets to enter the raffle.  Or you can be the one to sell the most tickets and receive a big batch of tickets to be entered with your name!

That's right – the individual or group who sells the most tickets between March 13 and April 9 will receive 24 tickets, a value of $600To request your packet of tickets to sell:  Contact 972-267-LIFE (5433) or and provide your name, address and number of tickets you think you can sell.

Happy selling, and may the best one win!

Click here for more info and raffle rules.

Grand Prize: 
$15,000 American

Express Reward Gift Card*
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*minus 28% tax withholding



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Breaking Pro-Life News

40 Days for Life Celebrates Planned Parenthoods Closing
by Shawn Carney, LifeNews.com

We start the second half of this 40 Days for Life campaign with HUGE news — and amazing proof that God is at work through your efforts!

This short video documents the historic closure of a Planned Parenthood center on the very day it went out of business following the first — and ONLY — local 40 Days for Life campaign held outside its doors.
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It gets better — this local 40 Days for Life campaign was led by the woman who managed that Planned Parenthood center for more than 17 years!  Continue reading

Join peaceful prayer presence outside McKinney Planned Parenthood through April 1 – For more info and to sign up to pray, visit 40daysforlife.com/mckinney.


CPLC in the News – Debunking myth that Planned Parenthood is the only "health care" provider for low-income women:  Watch Fox 4 interview of Karen Garnett and read Milissa Kukla's letter in Dallas Morning News. 

(Note:  While the CPLC supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood, we have grave concerns about taxpayer funding of alternative providers which distribute contraception.  Learn more from Texas Catholic Conference.)


Message of 'October Baby' film hits close to home for one of its stars
By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service

Actress Shari Rigby sat right across from her interviewer, her legs crossed. On the instep of her right foot was a tattoo of a flower. She was asked what it was.

"Her name would have been Lily," Rigby answered, "and so that's there to remind me."

She was talking about the baby she had aborted 20 years ago.
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Rigby plays a relatively small part in the new movie "October Baby," but it's a pivotal role: She plays the birth mother of Hannah (Rachel Hendrix)   Continue reading.

*See star John Schneider and director Jon Erwin – live and in person – on April 14 at The Bishop's 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner – Buy your dinner tickets here!*



CPLC Job Opening and Needs

CPLC Spanish Ministry Assistant

The Catholic Pro-Life Committee currently has open a part-time position (20 hours per week) assisting the Spanish Ministry.  The applicant must be fluently bilingual (read and write) in both English and Spanish and have written and verbal translation skills.

The principal functions of this position include assisting in preparing materials for conferences, placing telephone calls, conducting mailings, and data entry.  Position also includes attendance at evening and weekend events with the Spanish Ministry Director when necessary.  Click here for a full job description and qualifications.

Submit resumes to  or call 972-639-0259 for appointment.


Material Donations for Abortion AfterCare-Healing / The Rachel Ministries

The CPLC Abortion AfterCare-Healing Ministry is in need of the following items for our Rachel's Vineyard Retreats™:

  • Medium-sized dry erase or chalk board to list hymns during Masses
  • Floor lamps with a 3-way switch or low wattage bulb for meditation time and chapel
  • Tambourine, triangle or any type of large bell to celebrate retreatants emerging from darkness during one of the meditations

If you are able to supply any of these items, please email Eileen Kuhlmann at .



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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