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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.

Parents of children with disabilities now have a resource

Crystal Showers-Maynard played with her son Jace when she got home from work. Jace was born with myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and spinal canal does not properly close. Throughout her pregnancy Showers-Maynard received help from Birthright’s The Melissa’s Smile Assistance Program.

Thirty two weeks into her pregnancy, Crystal Maynard received worrisome news.

A prenatal care visit revealed that her unborn son, Jace, had myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and spinal canal do not properly form.

"I Googled about 80 million articles," she recalled after learning the news. "My entire world changed in just one day."

Pro-life groups laud the passage of Senate Bill 5

Pro-life groups across Missouri lauded the passage of a bill they say will protect the health and safety of women and unborn children and provide protections for pregnancy resource centers.

Taking ‘vital coverage’ from those in need ‘unacceptable,’ says bishop

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate must reject any health care reform bill that will "fundamentally alter the social safety net for millions of people," said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

"Removing vital coverage for those most in need is not the answer to our nation's health care problems, and doing so will not help us build toward the common good," Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., stated in a letter.

EDITORIAL | Scaling back regulations can have unintended consequences

It seems that for every generation in the last century, a public health crisis surfaced involving drug abuse. Cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana and amphetamines are among the illicit drugs that led to addiction and death by overdose.

Today, the United States is experiencing a new type of dependency involving legal, prescription drugs, particularly opioids.

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