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EVERYONE DESERVES A LIFE

Pope John Paul II August 1993 Homily & Farewell said, “In our century as in no other time in history, the culture of death has assumed a social and institutional for of legality to justify the most horrible crimes against humanity: genocide, final solutions, ethical cleansings, and the massive taking of lives of human beings even before they are born, or before they reach the natural point of death.”
The culture of life means respect for nature and protection of God’s work of creation. In a special way it means respect for human life from the first moment of conception to its natural end. . . .The culture of life means thanking God every day for His gift of life, for our work and dignity as human beings and for the friendship and fellowship He offers as we make our pilgrim way toward our eternal destiny.”


WHO WE ARE / WHAT WE DO

Teach respect for all human life, from conception to natural death and organize for its protection.  The Respect Life Ministry provides education and advocacy about the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. At the heart of Catholicism is an abiding belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all human life. Whether you consider yourself a pro-life “activist” or “quiet Catholic,” you are a necessary part of building the culture of life, called to help promote a society that respects and defends all life, especially the most vulnerable: the unborn, disabled, sick and elderly. Catholics help feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the sick and dying and offer prayer and support to those in need. Catholics speak up on behalf of the unborn and fight for just laws that honor the dignity of all human life from conception until natural death.

 

Respect Life Team

 


RESPECT LIFE SUBJECTS

**Please watch this fetal development as it progresses.  A coalition of national pro-life groups invite you to participate in a special project called, A Journey Through Pregnancy: March 25th (Day of the Unborn Child) – Christmas Day, 2019. With each week of pregnancy, basic fetal development facts are shared and during the nine month journey, we will provide resources for education, social media, and prayer. See www.BabyChris.org. <=Click to access

This project is a great pro-life teaching tool for any parish, school, family or pro-life group. I hope you can take part in it and share it on all of your social media platforms. 


1. Abortion - 

(Prayer Booklet)  Rosary Pro-Life - Print duplex, (3) 8x14 pages then fold in half. (The Glorious mysteries are said on Sunday and Wednesday, the Joyful on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Luminous Mysteries are said on Thursday.)
Fr. William Saunders - Church has always Condemned Abortion.
The Catholic Church has always Condemned Abortion as a grave evil.


2. Post-Abortion Healing - 

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available:
Visit the "Find Help" map on Hope After Abortion  Or Spanish - Esperanza posaborto. (This is part of the RACHEL help community)
USCCB: post-abortion-healing Check the many links on this most needed web page. This also includes Rachel and many other areas of available help and advice.
RACHEL Hope After Abortion (Take note, the women photo's are only actors for the articles on this site as are many other sites because of the personal nature of the subject matter.)


3. RU486 -

Is an artificial steroid that interferes with the action of progesterone, a hormone crucial to the early progress of pregnancy. Progesterone stimulates the proliferation of the uterine lining which nourishes the developing child.
Info on-line https://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ru486/
USCCB Stop the bloodshed and pass Holly's Law - United States Conference ...
USCCB RU-486: "No Magic Pill" - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
USCCB RU-486- Mifepristone/Misoprostol Abortion
A terrible deception - example of glossing over a dangerous medicine plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/the-abortion-pill


4. Cremation -

Refer to the Sacraments / Funerals menu tab item for info and allowed procedures.


5. Euthanasia - 

We must first remember that the Catholic Church holds as sacred both the dignity of each individual person and the gift of life. Therefore, the following principles are morally binding: First, to make an attempt on the life of or to kill an innocent person is an evil action. Second, each person is bound to lead his life in accord with God's plan and with an openness to His will, looking to life's fulfillment in heaven.
What Is the Catholic Church teaching on euthanasia
Brief Reflections on Euthanasia By Fr. Frank A. Pavone (National Director, Priests for Life)
USCCB euthanasia


6. Assisted Suicide - 

Intentionally helping another person to kill themselves is known as assisted suicide. This can include providing someone with strong sedatives with which to end their life or buying them a ticket to Switzerland (where assisted suicide is legal) to end their life. In our case, it is legal in California. Intentionally helping by driving to a location would be assisted suicide.
USCCB Assisted Suicide
USCCB euthanasia


7. Conscience Protection -

Your Conscience RightsConscience protections apply to health care providers who refuse to perform, accommodate, or assist with certain health care services on religious or moral grounds.
Your Conscience Rights


8. Stem Cell Research –

There is some Catholic Acceptable Stem Cell Research
USCCB Stem Cell Research
Catholic Acceptable Stem Cell Research
Human genetic engineering

9. IVF/Reproductive Technology - 

In Vitro Fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) commonly referred to as IVFIVF is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus.
 
Assisted Reproductive Technology Materials
USCCB Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology
USCCB The-Human-Cost-2014
USCCB InfertilityIVF / Reproductive Technology

 


10. Human Trafficking - 

Sex, labor, Ransom, and Organ Harvesting are all terrible crimes to human life.

Need help? United States:1 (888) 373-7888 National Human Trafficking Hotline SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages

Website: humantraffickinghotline.org

Bishop Gerald Barnes Statement on Human Trafficking

USCCB Human Trafficking And CST

USCCB Human Trafficking Backgrounder


11. Contraception -

There is a lot more than just birth control pills and condoms in this discussion here.
USCCB Contraception - This has a many Links that may answer all your questions.
life-matters-contraception-bulletin-insert

 


12. Teen Sexual Behavior -

Made in His Image
USCCB Sex what do women and men really want?


13. Family Values -

 Although this is in the outer border of our reach, it does affect our life condition and for that we look to add our assistance in this arena, because we all share the same values and want to elevate the correct ones, that are needed to honor the dignity of all human life from conception until natural death.
Wikipedia says: Family values, sometimes referred to as familial values, are traditional or cultural values that pertain to the family's structure, function, roles, beliefs, attitudes, and ideals.
Several well-known online dictionaries define "family values" as the following:
  • "the moral and ethical principles traditionally upheld and passed on within a family, as honesty, loyalty, industry, and faith."[3]
  • "values especially of a traditional or conservative kind which are held to promote the sound functioning of the family and to strengthen the fabric of society."[4]
  • "values held to be traditionally taught or reinforced within a family, such as those of high moral standards and discipline."[5]
Our life condition is hinged on our family values but it doesn’t end there. We are called from where we are and in whatever condition we find ourselves. With God, we have no excuse because His call to us is at wherever He finds us, it is personal, and the perfect level for wherever we find ourselves.  He is our God and Father He wants us to succeed and He calls us in that way. 
So what does that do for us, all of Wikipedia said is true. Our biggest value, is the adhesive to everything else. This is Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit directing us and reminding us of our way, God the Father directing all things into His will and making good of all evil that has occurred on Earth since Jesus observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky (Lk 10:18).  We must train our children the road home, how we have to keep our soul ready for the trip home and leave our body here and all we possess, and that all we have is our creators, because all things have been given to us from God so that we could fulfill His will. This is our temporary home, in our temporary temple (body). All things our body desires is carnal and worldly so that it can survive with as much as it can have as any animal wants without a soul. We must separate ourselves from the wants of the world and work to grasp and aspire to the way of Jesus for He told us that “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ” (Jn14:6).
USCCB Renewing the Vision
USCCB Marriage and Family
USCCB Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers

 


14. Federal and State Senate and Assembly Bills -


15. Choosing Pro-Life Political Candidates - 

In all cases, it is selecting the lesser evil. It has become blurred sometimes and very difficult to choose.  We need to highlight these candidates and cut through the ambiguous especially from obscurity or indistinctness.