Respect Life Apostolate

Respect Life Apostolate

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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Action Alert: Add Funding for "Show-Me Healthy Babies" Program

Synopsis:  The Missouri House Appropriations Committee will be debating the budget next week, February 9-13.  Contact them early next week and urge them to add funding for the "Show-Me Healthy Babies" health insurance program for unborn children.

BabyBackground:  Last year, Missouri legislators enacted a new health insurance program that provides health insurance coverage for the unborn children of low-income working families. It was one of the major pro-life victories for 2014.

An overwhelming bi-partisan majority of state lawmakers agreed to expand the current Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to include children before birth - something that 15 other states have already done. 
Unfortunately, Gov. Nixon did not include funding for this vital program in the budget he announced last month for fiscal year 2016. 

The good news is that legislators can add funding for "Show Me Healthy Babies" despite the Governor's refusal to do so. Appropriations and Budget Committee members will begin intensive committee meetings next week - starting on Monday, Feb. 9 at noon - and a decision on whether to fund "Show-Me Healthy Babies" might be made sometime later in the week.

Act:  Click here to contact the House Appropriations Committee members.

A Pro-Life Generation!

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Hear some of our Archdiocese youth share why they are pro-life and chose to participate in this year's March for Life!

January: A Time for Prayer, Reflection, and Witness

Every January, we remember the United States Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in our country.

On January 17, hundreds gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for the RLA’s Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Joining him were half a dozen priests as well as numerous seminarians from Kenrick Glennon. The Mass was immediately preceded by a Rose Procession, consisting of individuals born every year since 1973 honoring their peers lost to abortion. RoseDuring the homily, Archbishop Carlson reminded all gathered that “we are called to witness our faith as Jesus did, never afraid of those who opposed him,” words that were put into action following Mass with a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood. A powerful witness was made as hundreds gathered to offer the Sorrowful Mysteries outside of the abortion facility.

On January 22, 2,000 youth, young adults, and chaperones on the Generation Life pilgrimage and hundreds of others from our Archdiocese joined 500,000 others in the March for Life in our nation’s capital. The sheer magnitude of the crowd combined with the prayerful exuberance was truly inspirational. Several of these young people shared their reasons for being pro-life here. With pro-life hearts such as these, we have much reason to hope that abortion will soon no longer be legal or desired by anyone.

Beyond the March, pilgrims partook in other spiritual and educational activities, ranging from the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the DC Armory to the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Generation Life pilgrims got to hear from pro-life speakers such as the Sisters of Life and Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation.

Cathedral Holy HourMeanwhile, numerous parishes held their own special prayer opportunities to allow all to join in prayer for an end to abortion. For example, young adults from around the Archdiocese gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for a special Holy Hour and pro-life Rosary. The event, sponsored by the RLA and the Office of Young Adult Ministry, drew over 60 young adults in addition to a dozen seminarians.

Although it has been 42 years since the legalization of abortion and it is easy to become discouraged when we reflect on the number of lives lost, there is hope. We know that much is being done materially, legally, and spiritually to end abortion.  Let us all work together so that we will no longer have to commemorate Roe v. Wade, but rather live in a country where every human person is respected as a child of God.

St. Monica Youth

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