Please join us in prayer for our new Holy Father:
O God, Shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, Look favorably on your servant Pope Francis, whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd; grant, we pray, that, by word and example, he may be of service to those over whom he presides so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may come to everlasting life."

Pro-Life News & Events


TX Bishops Support Reform of End of Life Care

Advance Directives reform is one of the highest priorities for the Texas Bishops this legislative session. The legislation supported by the Bishops—SB 303, introduced in the Texas Senate by Senator Robert Deuell—would reform end-of-life care by improving communication between medical providers and families and balancing the protections of human life and a medical provider's conscience. The Bishops and the Texas Catholic Conference support this bill because it is based on Catholic moral principles and on reasonable medical standards for protecting patients, families, and physicians.  Continue reading.

Click here for list of pending TX legislation affecting life issues.

Watch CBS 11 interview of CPLC's Becky Visosky regarding proposed legislation to raise standard of care at TX abortion facilities.

Don't miss your chance to speak up for the most vulnerable among us on April 9th at Catholic Advocacy Day in Austin.  A final briefing in preparation for Advocacy Day will be held tonight, Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish (Gym).  Click here for more information and to register.

Pro-Life Community to Welcome Dr. Alveda King to Keynote the Bishop's Dinner!

On April 6, 2013, author and life advocate Dr. Alveda King will keynote the 20th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner hosted by Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell and benefiting the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas.

Dr. Alveda King is no stranger to fighting for those marginalized in our society.  [She] grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky.  Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement.  She sees the movement to protect the unborn as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.

Dr. Alveda King
Inspired by the heroism of her family and having experienced the tragedy of two abortions herself, Alveda is devoted to restoring the right to life, promoting healing for post-abortive women and men, and fighting the devastating effects of abortion in the African-American community.  Continue reading
Tickets for the Bishop's Dinner are going fast!  Click here to reserve your seat today at the reduced price. (Tickets increases to $125 on March 25.)
*Click here to listen to Dr. Alveda King and CPLC's Karen Garnett on GRN's "Good News" program*


Upcoming Pro-Life Events 

Pro-Life Trainings

Sidewalk Counselor & Prayer Partner Training this Saturday

Date: Saturday, March 23
How can you save an innocent life? Learn how at the next sidewalk counseling training. If you feel called to be a prayer partner, then this training is also for you! A continental breakfast and materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required and available online at prolifedallas.org/sidewalktraining. For more information, contact 469-767-5785 or .  
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Holy Spirit, Duncanville (Community Center dining room)
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The “Not So Underground Railroad” Youth Event this Saturday

Date: Saturday, March 23 High school students are invited to join us for an afternoon of dynamic speakers, pro-life service projects, and a monthly pro-life challenge.  This week's topic will be pro-life developments in the Texas Legislature. For more information, contact Jacquelyn Smith at 972-416-9591 or .
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: University of Dallas, Anselm Hall (Campus Ministry Rm)

"Project Life" Series Tomorrow

Date: Every Thurs., thru April 11 (exc. 3/14 & 28)
Join the "Project Life" series – a new adult 8-week pro-life teaching series created by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee in collaboration with Anglicans for Life. The next class on March 21 will address "Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Who Controls Death?".  A full class schedule is available at prolifedallas.org/projectlife. Sponsored by St. Patrick's Respect Life Ministry.

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Place:  St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Dallas
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Pro-Life Prayer Events

Good Friday Pro-Life Stations of the Cross

Date: Friday, March 29
Join us as we pray the Pro-Life Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy led by Fr. Paul McCormick, O.Cist., and unite our sufferings and the sufferings of aborted babies with those of Christ. For more information, contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785 or .
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Southwestern late-term abortion center, Dallas
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40 Days for Life-McKinney Hour of Power this Sunday

Date: Sunday, March 24
The prayer vigil continues through March 24 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 in McKinney (map).  We encourage you to to come at least one more time during this final week and for the final hour of power to close the Vigil!  Please park at the Albertsons for the hour of power. Sponsored by 40 Days for Life-McKinney.

Save the date for the Victory Celebration on April 7!

Vigil Location: Planned Parenthood, McKinney (Stay on sidewalk)
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Note: The CPLC covers the 5 Dallas abortion centers in daily prayer and counseling throughout the year. For more information, see prolifedallas.org/sidewalk.


Breaking News

Pope Francis: 'Be Protectors of God's Gift'

An estimated 200,000 faithful flocked to St. Peter’s Square for the Inauguration of the Petrine Ministry Mass celebrated by Pope Francis this morning. . . . Prior to the start of the Mass, Pope Francis greeted the faithful aboard an open-top SUV, foregoing the bulletproof Popemobile. During the drive around the square, the Holy Father asked the motorcade to stop in order to personally greet one of the faithful present who suffered from a physical disability.
Reflecting on the Gospel, which was sung in Greek, the Pope focused on St. Joseph’s role as custos, or protector, of not only Jesus and Mary but, as Blessed Pope John Paul II said, as the one who “watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model.” . . .  “The vocation of being a ‘protector’, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone,” the Holy Father said. “It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us.”  Continue reading

North Dakota Set to Ban Abortions at Six Weeks of Pregnancy
by Dave Bohon, The New American

The North Dakota legislature has passed a pair of bills that, if signed by Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple, will give the state the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation. On March 15 the state senate gave its final approval to a bill that would ban most abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy, as well as another measure prohibiting a woman from having an abortion because of indications her pre-born baby has a genetic defect such as Down syndrome. The bill would also ban abortions based on sex selection.  Continue reading

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