pro-life

Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York attended Pope Francis' general audience Feb. 22 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

WASHINGTON -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee's chair to support only pro-abortion candidates "disturbing" and "intolerant."

The cardinal, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged members of the Democratic party to "challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position."

St. Louis aldermanic committee passes Board Bill 203

Lisa Johnston  |  lisajohnston@archstl.org  |  twitter: @aeternusphoto

St. Louis Ward 19 Alderwoman, Marlene Davis, expressed her concern over Board Bill 203 during the  Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee meeting. Chair and Ward 17 Alderman Joseph Roddy, listened. Davis made an effort to amend the proposed ordinance but the measure passed without it.  The St. Louis Housing, Urban Development and Zoning committee passed Board Bill 203 and will be sending it to the entire St. Louis Board of Aldermen. The bill, introduced by Alderwoman Megan Green, is an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on a person's reproductive health decisions or pregnancy; and containing a severability clause and an emergency clause.

A proposed St. Louis City ordinance affecting reproductive health decisions and pregnancy could have an effect on Catholic small business owners, such as Craig Schlapprizzi and his family.

Calling Board Bill 203 "overly broad," Schlapprizzi, vice president of Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law, added that "on the most basic level, it's a violation of a person's fundamental right to freedom of religion, and there's no exemption for private business owners."

'Life is winning in America,' vice president tells March for Life rally

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a rally at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 27.

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence told pro-life advocates from across the U.S. Jan. 27 that "life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress."

Pence addressed the March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, making him the highest government official to address the annual event in person. As a member of Congress, he had addressed the March for Life in previous years, including in 2002, 2003 and 2007.

Doctor: ‘Maybe God is telling me abortion is wrong’

Dr. Vansen Wong, a former abortionist, spoke at St. Louis University.  The talk was  hosted by Students for Life and SLU med Students for Life.

Dr. Vansen Wong delicately held the clear instrument before the crowd who came to hear him speak at St. Louis University

"It looks like a fairly innocuous device," he said as he displayed a cannula, an instrument used to suction a baby from a mother's womb. "It's the size of a large straw and it's bendable, but it's also been responsible for the deaths of millions of unborn babies."

St. Louis pro-life activist featured in documentary on abortion

Reagan Nielson, Midwest regional coordinator of Students for Life, was featured in an upcoming documentary on abortion. The film includes interviews with women struggling with unplanned pregnancies, abortion providers and activists on both sides of the issue.

A local pro-life activist featured in an upcoming documentary on abortion said she's grateful for the experience, even though the film doesn't represent the pro-life movement very well.

Reagan Nielsen is featured in the upcoming HBO documentary, "Abortion: Stories Women Tell," which is coming soon to the cable channel. HBO officials have not announced a release date yet. Nielsen is Midwest regional coordinator of Students for Life of America.

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