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41st annual Respect Life Convention is a day to re-energize, celebrate life

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The message at this year's Respect Life Convention was clear — we will never give up.

With more than 700 in attendance at the 41st annual convention Oct. 22 at the St. Charles Convention Center, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson set the tone for the afternoon with a clarion call: "We will not falter, we will not give up, we will not quit. We're in it for the long haul."

New pro-life law goes into effect, despite attempts by Planned Parenthood to block its enforcement

As a judge denied Planned Parenthood's request to block a portion of Senate Bill 5, demonstrations were held in front of five Planned Parenthood locations Oct. 24 to shine light on Missouri's newest pro-life law, which went into effect the same day.

41st annual Respect Life Convention is a day to re-energize, celebrate life

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Katie Collier from St. Peter's Parish in St. Charles, played with her 4-month-old son Graham during the Respect Life Conference.

The message at this year’s Respect Life Convention was clear — we will never give up.

With more than 700 in attendance at the 41st annual convention Oct. 22 at the St. Charles Convention Center, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson set the tone for the afternoon with a clarion call: “We will not falter, we will not give up, we will not quit. We’re in it for the long haul.”

Editorial | Be not afraid

During Respect Life Month in October, the Church draws attention to the importance of promoting the sacredness of human life. It's an opportunity to remind ourselves that this respect extends to all human beings — from the unborn to the elderly, to those who live in poverty or face injustices because of their race, and those with physical or mental illness, as just a few examples.

Being pro-life is a way of life, and as Catholics, we should not shrink from our duty to share these values. This duty applies not just in our private lives, but in the public square as well.

Planned Parenthood, ACLU file lawsuit against Senate bill establishing new standards for abortions

Several Planned Parenthood branches and the ACLU of Missouri have filed a lawsuit against a Senate bill that establishes new standards for abortion facilities.

The lawsuit, filed in state court Oct. 10 by Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and the ACLU of Missouri, asks the court to block SB 5, noting that it "severely restricts access to safe, legal abortion for Missourians."

Missouri health department to file emergency rules related to abortion complication plans

The state health department will file emergency rules to establish new standards for abortion facilities and hospitals in how they deal with complications that arise from performing abortions.

Abortion doctors will be required to have an OB/GYN or group of OB/GYNs on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to treat any complications related to the prescription or administration of abortion-inducing drugs. The details were outlined in a memo to physicians, abortion facilities and hospitals Oct. 2.

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