Missouri lawmakers consider abortion legislation as session closes

With three weeks left in Missouri's legislative session, some lawmakers continue to push measures that address the handling of remains of aborted babies and a plan to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

The bills are the culmination of a legislative investigation into how abortions are conducted in Missouri. The investigation was prompted by a series of undercover videos, released last year by the Center for Medical Progress, that appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal body parts.

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in challenge to Texas abortion restrictions

A person held up the American flag March 2 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first abortion case in nine years March 2 in a challenge by Texas abortion clinics to a 2013 state law that requires them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and their doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

In 2007, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision upheld the federal ban on partial-birth abortion, signed into law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. The law had withstood several court challenges on constitutional grounds before it was upheld.

Abortion case uncertain after Justice Scalia’s death

There are few cases standing before the U.S. Supreme Court that Justice Antonin Scalia's death will affect in a complex way. One of them is the nation's biggest abortion-related case in nearly 25 years.

Pro-life legislation making headway in Missouri this session

Shortly after Evelyn Gallagher was born, doctors diagnosed her with Down syndrome. Her parents were surprised by the news.

But it didn’t take long for her parents to see the beautiful gift God had given them.



In the end, the snow didn't conquer. Life was victorious.

That was the message shared through the witness and energy of 1,000 teens who came to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for a special Generation Life program hosted by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate Jan. 23.

More than 2,200 teens were supposed to attend the 43rd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the day before, but the youth apostolate cancelled its annual Generation Life pilgrimage just days before a blizzard walloped the East Coast, dumping nearly two feet of snow or more in D.C. and surrounding areas.

March for Life marks 43rd anniversary of Roe decision legalizing abortion

Pro-life advocates walk past the Supreme Court building during the March for Life in Washington Jan. 22, the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.

WASHINGTON -- Catholic admonitions about inclusion mixed with strong political language before the March of Life got underway Jan. 22 in Washington.

At a Jesuit-sponsored Mass for life at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church that morning, Father Paddy Gilger's homily reminded a small group of students that because Jesus made an effort to be inclusive when he chose his disciples, they, too, should be respectful of others' opinions.

"As we join in the fight against the scourge of abortion, our differences remain, and that's OK," he said.

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