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.

Upcoming Events

Project Rachel Support Group - Thursday, Feb. 22

2018 8th Grade Creative Writing Contest - Now through Friday, Feb. 23

Project Joseph Support Group - Monday, March 5

Catholic Women for Christ Conference - Saturda, March 10

RLA Parish Coordinators/Committee Meeting - Monday, March 12

"Show Me Life" Rally in Jefferson City - Monday, March 13

Helpers Mass & Rosary - Saturday, March 17

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Latest News

Missouri Bishops Issue Statement on the Death Penalty

The Bishops in Missouri released a statement through the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) outlining the Church's opposition to the death penalty, and the recent escalation in the number of executions.

Click here to read the full statement.

Parents Are the First Teachers

How much time do we spend as parents preparing our children for the choices they will make between the ages of 13-26?

Did you ever compare the amount of time we spend teaching our children to drive to the amount of time we spend teaching our children about human sexuality? We teach them the dangers involved in driving, but do we teach them the dangers involved in sexual activity before marriage?

Snapshot of Abortion

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court justices evaded the scientific medical evidence that life begins at conception.  Their decision in legalizing abortion on demand, Roe v. Wade, was based on privacy, for a woman to choose to abort her unborn offspring with no real protection at any time during pregnancy.  The right to abortion was not found in our Constitution; and the right to privacy was an interpretation by seven justices, making legalized abortion the law of the land.  Baby FeetRepresentatives in Congress and their constituents had no input into this infamous decision of legalized abortion, and this decision is void of Christian principles.

Minors cannot legally sign for an operation without the written consent of their parent or guardian.  However, a young girl under the age of 18 may legally have an abortion, which is a surgical procedure (Belloti v. Baird, 1974).

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