Respect Life Apostolate

Respect Life Apostolate

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The Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) promotes the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for and legal protection of every human life from conception to natural death by coordinating educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy advocacy efforts with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life - abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and unethical advances in scientific technology.

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EDITORIAL: Our Commitment to a Culture of Life is Rooted in Love

Love Saves Lives.

That's the theme of this year's March for Life, which commemorates the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Forty-five years later, more than 59 million babies have been killed through abortion, according to the statistics from National Right to Life.

But the commitment to stopping this travesty isn't just about attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year. It's a commitment -- rooted in love -- that requires our efforts every day of the year.

The pro-life community understands that choosing life isn't always easy. Facing poverty, abusive relationships, and lack of education or employment are among the reasons women seek abortion.

We're called to love and support both the unborn child and the mother. We must remain committed to building a culture of life from the womb through all stages of life. It isn't only the loving thing to do, but also empowering when a woman chooses life for her child.

Finish reading the St. Louis Review editorial here.

As Abortions Decrease, Pro-Lifers Remain Committeed

Generation Life Pilgrimage Will Send Almost 2,200 Teens to Washington, DC; Other Activitis Planned for St. Louis

By Jennifer Brinker

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering -- more than 59 million since 1973 -- Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

Abortions obtained by Missouri women are down by 39 percent in the past 10 years, according to 2016 statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Additionally, 4,562 abortions were performed at facilities here in Missouri in 2016, which is less than half of those performed in 1975 (the first year data was recorded). Pro-life leaders here have credited extensive pro-life laws in Missouri, as well as state-supported efforts to provide alternatives to abortions, including support for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.

Many activities have been planned for January and beyond to commeorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary, including:

Click here to read the complete St. Louis Review article and for details on the events above.

St. Paul's Ruth Dyer Honored for 40 Years of Respect Life Service

RLA Parish Coordinator Retires After 40 Years, Recognized by Archbishop, Executive Director at January 8 Meeting

There's a saying in the St. Louis Respect Life Movement that "when you're in it for life, you're in it for life." That's certainly true of Ruth Dyer of O'Fallon, MO who recently completed 40-plus years of volunteer service as a RLA parish coordinator for St. Paul Parish in St. Paul, MO.

As a small token of our gratitude, a very surprised and humble Ruth graciously accepted the dozen red roses, gift card, and signed certificate from Archbishop Robert Carlson and presented by Executive Director Karen Nolkemper.

In her 40 years as a parish coordinator, Ruth has tirelessly upheld the sanctity of all human life through countless educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy efforts. These activities and events have included very visible things such as attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and organizing fundraisers to help women facing crisis pregnancies in our local area. 

They've also included more "ordinary" things such overseeing the repair/cleaning of pro-life banners for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and parishes throughout her deanery, and mentoring the next generation of pro-life volunteers and leaders, like Lauren Prize, who has been cheerfully helping Ruth out until a new coordinator is chosen by their pastor.

Although Ruth is retiring from leadership, she said "please don't take me off the list" because "when you're in it for life, you're in it for LIFE!"

Thank you, Ruth, and God bless you.

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