Pastoral Plan for Respect Life Activities

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's statement, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life, calls upon us to promote and defend human dignity through prayerful, committed action in four major areas:

  1. Education … to deepen others' understanding of the sanctity of human life and the humanity of unborn children, the moral evil of intentionally killing innocent human beings—whether at the beginning of life or at its end—and the mission of the Church to witness to and serve all human life. (Click here for content relating to educational programs, events and resources)
  2. Pastoral Care … including emotional support, counseling, material and spiritual aid for those experiencing pregnancy-related problems; for all who have been involved in abortion; for the disabled, sick, and dying, and their families and caregivers; for those who have lost loved ones to violent crime; and for those in prison sentenced to death. (Click here for content relating to pastoral care programs, events and
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  3. Public Policy … efforts directed to restoring legal protection to the lives of unborn children and those vulnerable to pressures to end their lives by assisted suicide, and to providing morally acceptable alternatives to abortion and assisted suicide. (Click here for content relating to public policy programs, events and
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  4. Spirituality … directed to participation in the sacramental life of the Church and in programs of communal and individual prayer, that the culture of death that surrounds us today will be replaced by a culture of life and love. (Click here for content relating to spiritual programs, events and
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At every level—national, regional, state, diocesan, and parish—it is important to seek the support of individuals and organizations involved in other ministries and, in turn, to be supportive of their work on behalf of human life as well. Together we are involved in God’s work in promoting the dignity of the human person.

Efforts of the laity, especially at the parish and school levels, deserve and require the encouragement and support of priests, deacons, and religious.

For the full USCCB statement: Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life