Adopted Pro-Life Advocate: “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about how much life is a gift.”
Ryan Bomberger: The Man Behind the Pro-Life Billboard Campaign by LaShawn Barber, LifeNews.com
Ryan Bomberger tears up when he recites the lyrics to “Meant to Be,” a song he wrote as a tribute to his birth mother—a woman he’s never met. The man behind the controversial pro-life billboard campaign, Too Many Aborted, was conceived in rape. His birth mother was white, and the rapist was black. Despite the circumstances of his conception, his mother allowed him to live.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about how much life is a gift,” Bomberger said in a telephone interview. “I can’t help but think about my biological mother’s decision, the reverberation…that’s like a powerful, resurging thought in my mind every day, and that’s no exaggeration.” Continue reading Ryan's story here.
Upcoming Pro-Life Events
Christ Child Christmas Gift Market (Market is open to the public and free admission)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19
Join us this Saturday for the annual Christ Child Christmas Gift Market! Our unique market offers a large selection of religious and Christmas items for home décor and gift-giving, homemade foods, children’s gifts, vintage books and more – all at great prices!
This event benefits the CPLC and local Catholic pregnancy resource centers. Click here for more information or call Tamara Baril at 214-842-1100.
Special Edition Life Front: An Examination of the Death Penalty
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
Life Front offers weekly prayer and teachings on life issues, with a monthly speaker series. This month, the CPLC and Catholic Charities are co-sponsoring a special edition of Life Front examining the death penalty andfeaturing TN death row chaplain Jeannie Alexander, M.R.S., J.D. The presentation will focus on what it means, in the words of Blessed John Paul II, to be “unconditionally pro-life” and to “proclaim, celebrate and serve the Gospel of life in every situation." For more information and to register for thisfree event, visit prolifedallas.org/lifefront or contact or 972-267-LIFE (5433).
How can you save an innocent life? 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 5,000 mothers here in Dallas. If you feel called to be a prayer partner for a sidewalk counselor, then this training is also for you!
The training is free, and a continental breakfast, light lunch and all materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required and available online atprolifedallas.org/sidewalk. For more information, contact Joanne Underwood, 469-767-5785 or .
Pope on Embryonic Research: Don’t Take One Life to Save Another By Steve Ertelt, LifeNews.com
Pope Benedict XVI gave an excellent speech to attendees of a bioethics conference in Rome last week and one doesn’t have to be Catholic to appreciate his sentiment that researchers shouldn’t take one human life (human embryos) to potentially* save the lives of patients. . . .
Here’s the perspective from the leader of the Catholic Church:
“Since human beings are endowed with immortal souls and are created in the image and likeness of God, there are dimensions of human existence that lie beyond the limits of what the natural sciences are competent to determine. If these limits are transgressed, there is a serious risk that the unique dignity and inviolability of human life could be subordinated to purely utilitarian considerations. But if instead these limits are duly respected, science can make a truly remarkable contribution to promoting and safeguarding the dignity of man.” Continue reading the Holy Father's remarks.
*The purported life-saving "potential" of embryonic stem cells has yet to be proven; by contrast, adult stem cells have been used to treat over 100 medical conditions.
U.S. Catholic Cardinals praise work of post-abortion healing ministry, urge expansion by Thaddeus Baklinsk, LifeSiteNews.com
At the U.S. bishops’ annual plenary in Baltimore, three cardinals praised the work done by the bishops’ post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel, and urged the bishops to expand efforts to provide counseling to women and their families who have been affected by the trauma of abortion.
Cardinals Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and Donald W. Wuerl of Washington noted in their report on Project Rachel that the Church’s post-abortion counseling ministry is crucial to the Church’s mission. . . .
Cardinal DiNardo [explained] that through the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry anyone affected by abortion can find a way “out of the darkness of despair over a past sin” and into “a new life of hope, joy and peace.” Read entire article.
Are you or someone you know suffering from abortion? We can help. For confidential assistance, visit racheldallas.org or contact or 214-544-CARE.
**The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston as Chairman-Elect of its Committee on Pro-Life Activities. After serving a year as Chairman-Elect, Cardinal O'Malley will succeed Cardinal DiNardo as Chairman next November. Please join us in prayer for Cardinal O'Malley as he begins his tenure as Chairman-Elect.**
Study: Patients in “Vegetative State” Often Misdiagnosed by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com
A study published [last week] in the British medical journal The Lancet found patients are often misdiagnosed as in a “vegetative state” when they are not. The study has ramifications for patients like Terri Schiavo who are abandoned by doctors or family members as supposedly “too far gone.”
The Lancet study noted that “a population of patients exists who meet all the behavioural criteria for the vegetative state, but nevertheless retain a level of covert awareness that cannot be detected by thorough behavioural assessment.” . . .
“Science has known for years that many patients diagnosed to be in a “vegetative state” were, in reality misdiagnosed,” [said Suzanne Schindler, Terri’s sister and a director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network]. “The real question is why these understandings haven’t caused us to rethink the morality of removing food and water from such persons.” Read entire article.
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