Pro-Life News & Events


Save the Date for these 2013 Events for Life with Bishop Kevin Farrell:  
January 19 – 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade – Mass and Dallas March for Life 
April 6 – The Bishop's 20th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner

Religious Liberty Update from Archbishop Lori

This is just the beginning.

While the Fortnight for Freedom has come to a close, our efforts to save our religious freedom continue.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your help and support in this critical effort. The Fortnight was a tremendous success, as demonstrated by an outpouring of support from Catholics across the country showing up to pray, study, and take action. And many of you took the time to connect with our efforts by texting FREEDOM to 377377. . . .

In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to keep you updated about continued threats to religious freedom and offer ways you can help. Only through a sustained and conscientious effort will we be successful.  Read entire update.
Also of interest from Bishop Farrell:  "The Church and Politics"


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Life Front on the Five Non-Negotiables

Dates: Tues., July 24
Life Front is a chance to pray, to learn, and to act!  Please join us as we gather in prayer, to learn the Church’s teaching on life issues, and actively engage ourselves in the pro-life cause.  Patty Sherrod and Jan Storey of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee will present on the Five Non-Negotiables.  Following the presentation, we will close with Eucharistic Adoration in the chapel.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Tom Grossman, 972-352-7632 or .
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph, Richardson (St. Joseph Rm.)

40 Days for Life-Dallas Campaign Planning Meeting

Date: Wed., July 25
It's that time again!  We are beginning to plan for the Fall 2012 40 Days for Life-Dallas campaign which helps save lives through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach.  To learn about opportunities to participate in and possibly help lead the Fall 2012 40 Days for Life-Dallas campaign, please join us for the first campaign planning meeting.  All are welcome!  If you cannot make the meeting, but would like to sign up your church or organization for a day of vigil prayer, please email
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Birth Choice (Greenville location)

Father Tad Talks: "Making Sense Out of Bioethics"

Date: Sat., July 28
This year's keynote speaker for Pro-Life Boot Camp is Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. (Fr. Tad), Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center.  Fr. Tad will be presenting two talks which are open to the public for only $10/session!  Seating is limited; click here to reserve your spot today. 
Time: 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Location: University of Dallas, Irving

"What the Church Teaches about Faithful Citizenship


Mon., July 30 (English)
Tues., July 31 (español)

Catholic Charities of Dallas is hosting a bilingual teaching and dialogue on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Reflections on Catholic Teaching and Political Life, presented by Patty Sherrod (in English on July 30) and Aurora Tinajero (in Spanish on July 31) of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee.  For more information, contact Sendy Núñez, 214-287-2792 or .
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Good Shepherd, Garland (Parish Hall)


Civic Action Ministry Director

A part-time Director position leading the Civic Action Ministry of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee is currently available for 5-10 hours per week (including occasional weekends).  The position is open for a volunteer or with a modest stipend available.

The Civic Action Director manages the Civic Action Ministry to address advocacy and legislative activities.  The primary objectives of this ministry are to advocate for pro-life legislation, train grassroots citizens in effective advocacy, and provide voter education.  The Civic Action Ministry develops and implements strategies for accomplishing these objectives primarily through public education and interaction with elected officials.  Click here to review complete job description.  

Applicants for the Civic Action Director position must be active members in good standing with their parish/faith community, and must demonstrate belief in and acceptance of Catholic Church teaching, especially on life issues.  

Please send resumes/cover letters to or call 972-235-5554. 


Breaking Pro-Life News

One HHS Mandate Case Dismissed, Don’t Read Too Much Into It
by Kyle Duncan, National Review Online

[Tuesday's] decision by a federal district court in Nebraska to dismiss one of the many pending lawsuits against the HHS abortion-drug, contraception and sterilization mandate is unfortunate (and in one respect, seriously mistaken). But the decision turns on technicalities and doesn’t decide the merits of the dispute. Bear this context in mind if you should hear anyone trumpeting this decision as some sort of “victory” for the federal government on the religious-liberty questions at the heart of the HHS mandate litigation. It’s nothing of the sort.  Continue reading.

Decor No Substitute for Safety
by Anna Franzonello, National Review Online

Last week, the Daily Beast wanted readers to “meet the woman in charge of the last abortion clinic in Mississippi.” Why the introduction to Diane Derzis, who “embraces the moniker” of “abortion queen”? Her clinic was facing closure for failing to be in compliance with a new Mississippi law.

The piece falls short of helping us to make a true acquaintance, glossing over critical pieces of information for anyone who wants to get to know Derzis and what motivates her. The “abortion queen” is no altruistic champion of women. Derzis, quite literally, profits from abortion. And her Mississippi clinic is not the first to face closure for endangering women’s health.  Continue reading.

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