missouri right to life

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.

Presence at abortion clinic makes a difference, former Planned Parenthood manager says

More than 300 people filled the rotunda at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., for the Missouri Right to Life lobby day. Keynote speaker was Sue Thayer, a former office manager of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Iowa. Conservative talk show host Stacy Washington of “Stacy on the Right” also spoke at the rally.

Jefferson City — The first time Sue Thayer contacted Iowa's right-to-life organization, she called from inside a Planned Parenthood clinic.

For 18 years, Thayer worked at the clinic in Storm Lake, Iowa, starting as an entry-level assistant, rising to office manager. As the years passed, she began to feel that the clinic was motivated by profit, not patients. When the clinic announced it would start offering webcam abortions (a procedure that allows a doctor to remotely administer an abortion-inducing medication), Thayer saw that as her "wake-up call."

St. Louis pilgrims brave elements to witness to life

Father Andrew Burkemper, right, hugged Chuck Raymond after Father Burkemper’s bus arrived at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester early in the morning Jan. 25. Four buses from Missouri Right to Life were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in a blizzard after the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The thick grime that coated the bus from top to bottom was the lasting evidence of what a group of pilgrims went through when they traveled to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., last month.

Nearly 50 pilgrims arrived at St. Joseph Church in Manchester around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 25, after spending more than 24 hours stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the massive blizzard that hit the East Coast Jan. 22. The bus was one of four from the Missouri Life Caravan, organized annually by Missouri Right to Life, that were stuck on the turnpike.

Loretto Wagner, mother of local pro-life movement, dies


Loretto Wagner, a mother of the local pro-life movement, died June 17. She was 81.

Visitation for Wagner will be 2-9 p.m. Monday, June 22, at Schrader Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road in Ballwin, and 12:30-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at St. Clare of Assisi Church, 15642 Clayton Road in Ellisville. The funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. June 23 at St. Clare.

Born in St. Louis, she was married for 57 years to Raymond Wagner. He preceded her in death in 2013. They had six children, Anne, Mary, Raymond, John, Catherine, Elizabeth, 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Finding common ground on the March for Life

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org Pro-life demonstrators walked along Constitution Avenue towards the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Supreme Court building  The 40th Annual March for Life  took place in Washington, D.C. which included many groups from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
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