Life issues

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.

Appeals court makes new decision on Missouri abortion laws

A federal appeals court has decided not to extend a temporary stay of a lower court order blocking several Missouri abortion laws.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision Oct. 2. Initially the court's temporary stay had stopped a lower court ruling that blocked longstanding laws requiring abortion doctors to have local hospital privileges and that abortion clinics be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.



Sister Pat Sevcik opened the heavy wooden door, greeting one of her first visitors to the convent. "Welcome," she said, offering a warm hug and smile that would put anyone at ease. "It's so nice to meet you."

Billboards promoting life highlights group’s 15-year effort

Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso presided at a blessing Aug. 24 at DDI Media for a new billboard to be placed along eastbound Highway 40 near Kingshighway Boulevard. The billboards are sponsored by the nonprofit organization Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life. The bishop also blessed five additional vinyl coverings and wooden extensions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to sit on top of each billboard. The extras are to replace billboards that have worn out over time.

In the warehouse at DDI Media, Our Lady of Guadalupe towered over a small gathering of people, waiting to be blessed.

The Blessed Mother was preparing for her perch — all 19 feet of her — along eastbound Highway 40 near Kingshighway, to greet more than 123,000 drivers passing by her every day.

This was the latest endeavor of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life, a small nonprofit organization of Catholics who have been dedicated to sharing a pro-life message of love for all life — born and unborn.

Generation Life is not just in January

Riley Kurczynski from Eureka High School and Amy Hohenberger from Cor Jesu Academy prayed at Planned Parenthood with the Holy Infant youth group. Members of the Ballwin youth group were demonstrating a commitment to protecting life that goes beyond the March for Life in January in Washington, D.C.

Brad Pike is certain his presence on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood is causing some raised eyebrows from people inside the fence.

The 16-year-old has gone with his grandfather several times to the sidewalk, offering prayers that those coming for an abortion would seek a different choice. On a recent Saturday morning, he and about two dozen friends from the youth group at Holy Infant in Ballwin made a visit. The teens were there to send a message that they're pro-life beyond the March for Life.

Generation Life, he said, is not just in January.

Report: Iceland population of people with Down syndrome ‘disappearing’

WASHINGTON — Iceland is on its way to "eliminate" people with Down syndrome, a report from CBS News explained, causing uproar in the pro-life community over the high numbers of abortions following prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

With only one or two people, on average, born with Down syndrome each year, Iceland's population exemplifies what pro-life leaders say is the tragic reality of an abortion-driven society.

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