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AT LARGE | With abortion, non-threatening words describe horrific actions

Dave Luecking

Killed.

There, got your attention.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson used this stark word with great impact in his homily at the Mass for Peace and Justice on Aug. 9, the one-year anniversary of Ferguson.

He used the killing of Jesus as his first example of forgiveness.

"... when He forgives those who killed Him."

That certainly got people's attention, and right off the hop, too. If Archbishop Carlson had used "crucified," the impact wouldn't have been as great.

Women further victimized through harvesting of fetal parts

Women who have an abortion are being further victimized when given the option to donate their child's body parts for research, according to Sue Harvath, who has counseled post-abortive women in the St. Louis area for more than 30 years.

Harvath said it shouldn't matter whether Planned Parenthood is making money from the sale of fetal body parts, as alleged in the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, because even the act of obtaining the body parts is manipulative and flat wrong.

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.

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