respect life

Editorial | Be not afraid

During Respect Life Month in October, the Church draws attention to the importance of promoting the sacredness of human life. It's an opportunity to remind ourselves that this respect extends to all human beings — from the unborn to the elderly, to those who live in poverty or face injustices because of their race, and those with physical or mental illness, as just a few examples.

Being pro-life is a way of life, and as Catholics, we should not shrink from our duty to share these values. This duty applies not just in our private lives, but in the public square as well.

Planned Parenthood, ACLU file lawsuit against Senate bill establishing new standards for abortions

Several Planned Parenthood branches and the ACLU of Missouri have filed a lawsuit against a Senate bill that establishes new standards for abortion facilities.

The lawsuit, filed in state court Oct. 10 by Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and the ACLU of Missouri, asks the court to block SB 5, noting that it "severely restricts access to safe, legal abortion for Missourians."

We respect life when we belong

Respect for life and the word "belong" have a lot in common.

Pope Francis cites our "throwaway culture that treats human life as disposable." The elderly are marginalized and the lives of people with disabilities are deemed less worth living. Babies in the womb who are unwanted are aborted.

Editorial | Respecting life shows we care

The compelling story of Dr. Vansen Wong, told in an article in this issue of the Review, is a reminder of the need to continue the fight against legalized abortion in our nation

For almost seven years, the Sacramento, Calif., OB/GYN performed hundreds of abortions as part of his regular medical practice. He then experienced a conversion and now advocates for pro-life issues, also working as a medical director of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento.

‘Moved by Mercy’ is theme of Respect Life Month, yearlong observance

WASHINGTON — Each year, October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the theme this year is "Moved by Mercy."

It draws on a quote from Pope Francis: "We are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us."

The first Sunday of October, which is Oct. 2 this year, is Respect Life Sunday, and kicks off a yearlong pro-life program for the U.S. Catholic Church.

U.S. bishops, Iran religious leaders issue joint declaration

WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic leaders and some of Iran's top religious figures issued a joint declaration that calls for the end of weapons of mass destruction and of terrorism and the assigning of blame for terrorist acts to an entire religion.

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