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Planned Parenthood videos a 'wake-up call for the community'

WEston Kenney | westonkenney@archstl.org 
Mary Roy was among protesters who prayed outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis July 21 in response to a video that showed a Planned Parenthood worker apparently negotiating the sale of fetal tissue and organs. Roy is a parishioner at St. James in Potosi.

Mary Maschmeier says the life-size images of babies dismembered from abortion have an impact, whether people like it or not.

The posters were displayed by protesters outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis last week as news continued about the recent undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood allegedly selling fetal tissue from aborted babies. Maschmeier and about a dozen other protesters stood outside the abortion facility, the group called together to pray in response to the videos.

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Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

SAN FRANCISCO-- A video released July 14 appears to show a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, and also discussing ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts.

The nearly nine-minute edited video -- filmed undercover and produced by the Center for Medical Progress -- quickly went viral and Planned Parenthood denied making a profit on the sale of aborted baby parts.

Editorial | Winning lives, hearts, minds

The Vitae Foundation, whose mission is to encourage a culture of life through researched-based media, embraces the slogan "Together We Are Winning: Lives. Hearts. Minds."

Since 1992, when the organization began using mass media to reach women facing unplanned pregnancies, Vitae has expanded into markets across the nation with media campaigns to restore value and sanctity to human life.

YourOptions.com was launched in 2009 to provide a website that offers comfort, reassurance, knowledge and support to women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

AP: Number of abortions in U.S. has gone down since 2010

WASHINGTON -- An Associated Press survey of abortion in the United States this decade has revealed that the number of abortions has gone down by 12 percent since 2010.

The news was welcomed by pro-life advocates.

"It's important to realize, first of all, that the factors accounting for this are multiple, complex and often hard to measure," said a June 7 statement from Father Frank Pavone, the national director and chairman of Priests for Life, based in Staten Island, N.Y.

Abortion survivor stirs pro-lifers to ‘keep moving forward’

Aug. 29, 1977, was supposed to be the day that Melissa Ohden was delivered from her mother's womb as a "successful" abortion.

But she lived.

Ohden shared her story with nearly 800 people at the 38th annual Respect Life Convention Oct. 26 at St. Charles Convention Center with the hopes that it inspires people "to keep moving forward" in the pro-life movement, especially on those days when it might feel too difficult.

EDITORIAL | Save two Missouri pro-life bills

When state legislators convene in a veto session Sept. 10, they will consider three critical pieces of legistaltion vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

First is legislation that would increase the waiting period for having an abortion to 72 hours from 24 hours. Another is a bill that increases tax credits available for pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes and food pantries. A third seeks to restore funding for grants to provide services to ex-offenders to help them in their transition from prison.

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