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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
April 9 – Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Austin

Drop in abortion numbers could reflect changing attitudes

By Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency

A new government report estimates the number of U.S. abortions dropped five percent in 2009, drawing praise from pro-life advocates and researchers who say the drop could be due in part to an increase in the numbers of pro-life Americans.

“Overall I’m pleased to see the abortion numbers are coming down,” Michael J. New, a political science professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, told CNA Nov. 26. “We’ve seen a pretty consistent downward trend in abortion since 1990. The numbers have declined almost every year. The numbers are down almost 25 percent overall since the early nineties. Overall, that’s a good thing.”
New said it is “very hard to say” what caused the short-term decline. He suggested a combination of more pro-life laws, the lack of abortion clinics in many parts of the country, and the change of “hearts and minds” on abortion. Continue reading


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Sidewalk Counseling and Prayer Partner Training

Date: Sat., December 1 Be a part of the ministry that has helped over 6,000 abortion-minded mothers choose life in Dallas!  If you feel called to be a sidewalk counselor or prayer partner, then this training is for you. Pre-registration for this bilingual training is required and available online at prolifedallas.org/sidewalktraining.  For more information, contact Joanne Underwood, or 469-767-5785.
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Pius X, Dallas, Parish Hall
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YFL Trip to DC March for Life 

Trip Dates: Jan. 24 - 27, 2013
Youth For Life is going to DC for the 40th Annual March for Life!  The trip is open to all high school youth.  Cost is approximately $600.  Registration is due by December 3.  Safe environment-cleared chaperones needed.  For more info and to register online, visit prolifedallas.org/dcmarch
Registration Deadline: December 3
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** Save the date for the Dallas Roe Memorial Events with Bishop Farrell on January 19 **

Not So Underground Railroad Monthly Event

Date: Sat., December 8
High school students are invited to join us for an afternoon of dynamic speakers, pro-life service projects, and a monthly pro-life challenge.  The theme of this meeting will be “Conception: What’s God Got to Do With It?”  Learn more at prolifedallas.org/railroad.
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Place: St. Paul, Richardson

A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty 

Date: Tues., December 4  The conversation will address the challenges of moving Texas toward a culture that does not rely on the death penalty.  Panelists include Deacon Charlie Stump of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, along with clergy from the Lutheran, Baptist and Methodist faith traditions.  Reserve free tickets, submit questions for the panel, and learn more at tcadp.org/faithful-conversationSponsored by the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Quinn College, Dallas
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National Night of Prayer for Life

Date: Sat., December 8-9
The vigil encourages Eucharistic Adoration from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., spanning the Feasts of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe’s first apparition to St. Juan Diego.  During the 11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. hour, parishes in all times zones in the U.S. will be praying together in the "hour of unity".  If your parish plans to participate, please contact David Carr at 469-230-9664 or , so we may include your parish in our promotions.  Sponsored by National Night of Prayer for Life.

Locations: Mary Immaculate, Farmers Branch; Mater Dei, Irving; St. Joseph, Richardson; St. Monica, Dallas; St. Philip, Dallas

*Contact parishes to confirm vigil time.*


Breaking News

*Media Alert:  CPLC Exec. Director Karen Garnett to be interviewed on The Curtis Initiative on Dec. 8.  Listen in on 970am KHVN at 3:00 p.m. (click here to listen online).*

Activist Admits Texas Ultrasound Saving Babies From Abortion
by Rachel Bohannon, LifeNews.com

When the Sonogram bill was being debated in the Texas legislature last year, the abortion lobby claimed that the measure was an unnecessary intrusion and that it would not impact women’s decisions to have an abortion.

However, one abortion advocate has recently admitted that the Sonogram Law is, indeed, having an impact for Life. Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Woman’s Health — one of Texas’ largest abortion chains — told the Texas Tribune last week that abortions at her five centers have declined since the law took effect in October 2011.  Continue reading

Pope’s emissary in US: Dissident Catholic profs are ‘grave’ threat to religious liberty
By Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews.com

Pope Benedict’s emissary to the United States warned earlier this month that Catholic professors and public officials who rebel from Church teaching on key issues such as abortion and marriage represent a “grave” threat to religious liberty.
“We have witnessed that some instructors who claim the moniker ‘Catholic’ are often the sources of teachings that conflict with, rather than explain and defend, Catholic teachings in the important public policy issues of the day,” said Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. “This, my brothers and sisters, is a grave and major problem that challenges the first freedom of religious liberty and the higher purpose of the human person.” Continue reading

Archbishop's full statement available here.

40 Days for Life ... we're moving onward into 2013!
from National Director David Bereit and Campaign Director Shawn Carney

At the end of this record-breaking 40 Days for Life campaign, we praise God for 821 babies saved from abortion  — that we know of [including 36 outside the Dallas vigil site]! In addition, six abortion workers have quit their jobs ... and one Planned Parenthood abortion center closed its doors forever five days after the campaign ended!

We've just set the dates for the first 40 Days for Life campaign of 2013 for February 13 – March 24.* Continue reading

*McKinney will once again participate in the Spring Campaign.  More details coming soon at prolifedallas.org/mckinney

The CPLC also supports a prayer and counseling presence outside the 5 Dallas abortion centers throughout the year.  Click here for more information and to register for the next training on Dec. 1.

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All together, let us build a culture of life!

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