Life issues

Local marches show strong pro-life witness

Walkers participated Saturday in a march for life and rally hosted by the middle school ministry at St. Alban Roe School. The crown marched from the school down Missouri Route 109 to Wildwood City Hall for a rally that included an address from Mayor Jim Bowlin.

For about a half-hour on either side of noon Jan. 20, students and parishioners from St. Alban Roe Parish and School bore powerful witness to the pro-life movement.

About 200 people — 30 students in the middle-school youth ministry joined by roughly 170 parishioners of all ages, from babies to seniors — marched on the bike path along Highways 109 and 100, chanting, singing and carrying signs.

Planned Parenthood protest makes concrete the meaning of the March for Life

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, at 13, she was 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.

These women from St. Louis describe why they are part of the March for Life

Anna Jones

After attending the Generation Life pilgrimage for the first time as a freshman, Anna Jones marched back to St. Louis, determined to start a pro-life club at Kirkwood High School.

At the end of their pilgrimage, Generation Life teens were invited to make a personal commitment to life issues — thus how Pioneers for Life was born.

Poll shows majority of Americans favor abortion restrictions

WASHINGTON — The annual poll of Americans' views on abortion sponsored by the Knights of Columbus indicates that more than three-fourths continue to be in favor of "significant restrictions" on abortion access, even though a slim majority describe themselves as "pro-choice."

The poll, conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, surveyed 1,267 adults in December and another 1,350 adults earlier this month.

Seventy-six percent indicated support for "significant" limits, while 51 percent of respondents overall called themselves "pro-choice."

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

Lisa Johnston  |  lisajohnston@archstl.org  |  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.

MLK Mass: Don’t lose connection with the divine

Father Arthur J. Cavitt, pastor of St. Nicholas Parish and director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, delivered the homily at the 42nd annual Archdiocesan Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. likely would have had much to say about the times in which we live today. Dr. King, who would have been 89 this year, was remembered at the archdiocese's annual Mass commemorating his birth and legacy Jan. 14 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

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