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41st annual Respect Life Convention is a day to re-energize, celebrate life

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The message at this year's Respect Life Convention was clear — we will never give up.

With more than 700 in attendance at the 41st annual convention Oct. 22 at the St. Charles Convention Center, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson set the tone for the afternoon with a clarion call: "We will not falter, we will not give up, we will not quit. We're in it for the long haul."

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.

St. Louis aldermanic committee passes Board Bill 203

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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."

Pro-lifers experience “trial by fire” in their witness to life, archbishop says at annual Roe vs. Wade Mass

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the rosary walk to Planned Parenthood and was followed by Kenrick-Glennon seminarians.  The annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil commemorating the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion was held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the celebrant and homilist. In his homily he spoke passionately against Board Bill #203 proposed by the St. Louis City board of Alderman.  Following the Mass about 650 participants walked in a rosary procession to the Planned Parenthood facility nearby to pray.

Those who witness to life are undergoing a trial by fire, from the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, to the recent effort in St. Louis City to protect abortion and other reproductive health decisions.

More than 1,000 people attended the annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil Jan. 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Mass, organized by the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate, commemorates the 1973 Roe decision and includes a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood.

Archdiocese opposes proposed city ordinance affecting reproductive health decisions

A bill introduced in St. Louis would amend the city's anti-discrimination law and add pregnancy and reproductive health decisions, including abortion, as protected classes. The bill, sponsored by Alderwoman Megan E. Green (D-15th Ward), has been referred to the city's Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee. A separate bill, not yet introduced, would recommend a buffer zone around the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Avenue, where coalition for Life intern James Germain approached to offer abortion alternative pamphlets to cars arriving and leaving Planned Parenthood Jan. 10.

A proposed city ordinance seeks to make the City of St. Louis a "sanctuary for abortion," said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, who called the measure an attack on the "most deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of this great city."

On anniversary of legalized abortion, pro-lifers stand tall as 'disciples of life'

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People prayed the Rosary Jan. 16 outside of Planned Parenthood in the Central West End. The Respect Life Apostolate’s Annual Memorial Mass and Prayer Vigil was celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and included a rose procession and Rosary walk.

Dressed in a crisp suit, Ken Sanders clutched a red rose, waiting to process into the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Hanging from his bloom was a small laminated card with the number 2004 -- the year in which the 11-year-old was born in the Xinjiang Province of China.

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