While we give thanks for this historic legislation [omnibus pro-life bill HB 2], I ask the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Dallas to continue to pray that all in our country will be led to recognize and protect the inalienable right to life for the unborn who are precious children of God.  - Bishop Farrell, Current News

Pro-Life News & Events

*** SAVE THE DATES for the 2014 Events with Bishop Farrell ***
January 18 – Roe Memorial Events
(with Mass at the Dallas Convention Center!)
April 5 – The Bishop's 21st Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner


Governor Signs Historic Pro-Life Legislation and TX Bishops Thank All Who Heeded the Call!

Report by TX Catholic Conference:

Two weeks of awe-inspiring activity among Texas Catholics and other pro-life advocates culminated late Friday with the Texas Senate passing House Bill 2, the Omnibus Pro-Life Bill, by a vote of 19-11. The vote followed an equally decisive 96-49 vote taken by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
. . . The Texas Catholic Conference must thank so many legislators for standing their ground and standing up for the lives of the unborn and the health and safety of Texas women. . . .
Our greatest appreciation goes to our Diocesan Life and Family Life directors and the thousands of Catholic pro-life advocates from Dallas, Tyler, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Austin, Lubbock, Abilene, Laredo, and Houston, who heeded the call of the Texas Bishops and showed up every day to carry the fight.  Read entire article
From the Office of the Governor:

Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by Texas legislators to stand for life and sign House Bill 2, which protects unborn babies after the fifth month of a pregnancy and raises standards for women's health care in Texas.

"This is an important day for those who support life and for those who support the health of Texas women," Gov. Perry said. "In signing House Bill 2, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built."  Continue reading

*CPLC Executive Director Karen Garnett, along with CPLC Speakers Bureau Director Sheree Havlik and Education Coordinator Jan Storey and Knights of Columbus State Pro-Life Chairman Tom Clark, were honored to be among the guests at this historic event, representing so many of the Dallas Diocese faithful who stood for life through prayers, calls, emails and pilgrimages to Austin.* 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to contact your legislators (voting record here), as well as Governor Perry and Lt. Governor Dewhurst to thank them for their courageous stand4life!


Upcoming Pro-Life Events 

Quarterly Mass, Adoration & Rosary Procession this Saturday

Date: Saturday, July 20
Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. by Rev. Joseph A. Mehan, followed by Eucharistic Adoration and a Rosary Procession by bus to the Planned Parenthood abortion center.  We will return to St. Michael for closing Benediction.  For more information, contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785 or .
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: St. Michael, Garland
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"It's a Girl" Exclusive Movie Screening

Date: Thursday, July 25
This powerful documentary tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son.  A Q & A will follow the film, featuring the President of Women's Rights without Frontiers Reggie Littlejohn. Tickets are $10 and available here.  Only a few tickets left!
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Angelika Film Center, Dallas
Watch trailer

National NFP Awareness Week

Dates: July 21-July 27
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign scheduled to highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.  The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.  For further information and resources, click hereSponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

40 Days for Life-Dallas Weekly Planning Meeting

Date: Thursday, July 30
It's that time again!  We are beginning to plan for the Fall 2013 40 Days for Life-Dallas campaign beginning September 25 through November 3.  If you are interested in learning about leadership opportunities or helping prepare for the upcoming campaign, join us for our weekly planning meetings.  For more information, please visit prolifedallas.org/40days or contact Dallas campaign director Lauren Muzyka at or 972-365-4305.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Birth Choice-Greenville, Dallas


Breaking News

Hispanic pro-life congress to take place in Dallas
by Seth Gonzales, The Texas Catholic

Organizers said they are expecting at least 2,000 participants will be in attendance for the third Hispanic Congress of the Americas for Pro-Life and Evangelization, a three-day event set to take place at the Plano Centre Aug. 16-18. The bi-annual event, which is organized by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, is open to the public and will feature prominent cardinals, bishops and lay speakers from across the country.

Congreso Hispano 2013

“The Catholic Pro-life Committee has done a tremendous job in creating a dynamic pro-life movement in North Texas and our diocese is very blessed to have such a large Hispanic Catholic community,” said Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, who is scheduled to preside over the congress’ opening Mass. “It is my great hope that Latino Catholics, who bring so much to the church in Dallas, will attend this third congress in greater numbers than ever to join in the critical work of protecting the unborn.”  Continue reading

For more information about the Congress and to register, visit congresohispano2013.org.  (Note: Presentations will be offered in both Spanish and English.)

Planned Parenthood closing three Texas clinics, including Abby Johnson’s former clinic
by John Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews.com

On the same day as Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the state's new late-term abortion ban into law, Planned Parenthood has announced that they are closing three more clinics in the state, one of which performs abortions. 

In a press release, Planned Parenthood blamed the closures on funding cuts that Republican lawmakers passed in 2011. Those funding cuts have already led to the closure of numerous Planned Parenthood clinics across the state.

However, one of the three clinics, the Bryan clinic, is also subject to the requirements of the new abortion law. Abortion advocates have said that the law could close as many as 37 of the state's abortion facilities.  Continue One of three clinics closing is where pro-life leader Abby Johnson once worked as director.

To build a Culture of Life, we need saints!
by Fr. Shenan Boquet, CNA/EWTN News

Why are the Philippines, Malta, Costa Rica and now Ireland succumbing to the population control mentality and anti-religious sentiment? . . . The process has been slow but successful. Even a short time ago, it seemed unimaginable that a country like Ireland would abandon its ardent defense of life in order to follow the “new way”; that Mexico City, under the watchful gaze of Our Lady of Guadalupe, would legalize abortion (up to the twelfth week) or that Costa Rica would legalize in vitro fertilization.

Yet here we are, with what seems at times to be a paradoxical commitment to hope even among societal decay. The answer the Lord gives us to our question “What can we do?” is both ancient, and relevant to our struggles today.  Continue

Also of interest:  Pope Francis: All life has inestimable value

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