coalition for life st. louis

Planned Parenthood protest makes concrete the reason for the March for Life

Lisa Johnston  |  |  Twitter: @aeternusphoto

Priests for Life and Silent No More held a protest outside of Planned Parenthood in Washington, DC on July 18.  Pro-life leader Father Frank Pavone led a group of about 200 in prayer, most of them young people.  Father, and others, extended their hands towwards the abortion facility while in prayer.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yoi Reyes believes that her son should not have to pay for a crime that was committed by another.

Years ago as a teenager, Reyes was raped by her stepfather in her native Cuba. The first time, she was 13 and forced to have an abortion. The second time, the baby was too far along, and the doctor refused to do the abortion. Her son Pedro, now 27, welcomed his first child into the world on Thanksgiving Day.

Birthright examining effects of 72-hour waiting period for abortion

Helen Pennington, a counselor at Birthright in St. Louis, stopped at the facility’s “hope wall.” Pennington reports a 21 percent increase in cases at Birthright since the 72-hour waiting period for abortions was made into law in Missouri.

Last week, a woman came to Birthright seeking help. A friend was with her for moral support.

The woman already took a pregnancy test at Planned Parenthood. It was positive. She was told she had to wait 72 hours before she could have an abortion; the Missouri law went into effect a little over a year ago.

DEFENDING LIFE: Pro-life organizations in St. Louis

Archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate: Offers programs based on the four pillars of spiritual support, pastoral care, education and public policy; specific programs include the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Fund to help families in need, Project Rachel and Project Joseph post-abortion healing ministry, annual convention and speakers’ bureau and spiritual adoption. Call (314) 792-7555 or visit

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