Respect Life Ministry

ST. MARK Pro-Life Committee

The Pro-Life Committee actively promotes a renewed respect for human life by helping to make our parish a center where parishioners will pray for, witness to, and understand the issues and the importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable. These especially include mothers and their unborn children, the elderly or disabled at risk for euthanasia, and those on death row who proclaim innocence.

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Pro-Life Newsletter

Issue 12, November 2018

National News
STDs Reach Record Highs Despite Planned Parenthood and Its Taxpayer Funded Sex-Ed Programs
Planned Parenthood is trying to hide its own failing sex education and health programs by claiming it needs Americans’ tax dollars to combat rising STD rates in the U.S. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly 2.3 million people were diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2017, an increase of more than 200,000 from 2016, according to Vogue. The 2017 numbers represent the fourth consecutive year of an increase and the highest number of STDs ever reported, according to the CDC.
Planned Parenthood’s materials suggest why. In 2015, pro-lifers discovered a Planned Parenthood booklet telling patients that it is their “human right” not to tell their sexual partner that they have HIV.
“Some countries have laws that say people living with HIV must tell their sexual partner(s) about their status before having sex, even if they use condoms or only engage in sexual activity with a low risk of giving HIV to someone else,” the booklet states. “These laws violate the rights of people living with HIV by forcing them to disclose or face the possibility of criminal charges.”
The abortion chain also tells children that promiscuity is not a bad thing. “There’s nothing bad or unhealthy about having a big number of sexual partners,” Planned Parenthood tells students on its Tumbler page.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America, aborting about 320,000 unborn babies every year. Abortion is a lucrative practice, and sexual promiscuity often is connected to abortion.

Abortion Pill Has Killed 22 Women and Injured 2740 More, And That’s Just in the United States
The Food and Drug Administration website states: “As of December 2017, there were reports of 22 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal.”
It is reported that the deceased women perished from a range of complications associated with the abortion pills including; liver failure, sepsis, toxic shock syndrome and hemorrhaging.

BillboardNew Billboard Campaign Markets Abortions to Black Women as “Self-Care.”
A billboard in Dallas, Texas has sparked backlash from conservatives on social media and rightfully so, as it promotes the destruction of
human life as “self-care.”
Prominent black anti-abortion activists were quick to speak out about it, reminding the group that Planned Parenthood continues with the eugenic racism of its founder, Margaret Sanger.

Tim Tebow Releases New Feature Film “Run the Race” Celebrating Life and Faith
Heisman Trophy winner, national champion and NFL veteran, and professional baseball player Tim Tebow can now add “filmmaker” to his impressive list of accomplishments. Tebow and his brother Robby are executive producers of the new film RUN THE RACE, telling the inspiring, fictional story of two high school athlete brothers who see their relationship tested as they seek different paths out of their troubled lives.
NFL legend Eddie George (THE BEST MAN) appears as a college recruiter. He found that the movie’s background of athletics created the perfect context for a story about the brothers’ struggles and relationship. “Sports really is a microcosm of how life is,” George said. “Somebody’s going to deal with adversity. Somebody’s going to deal with loss. Somebody’s going to deal with pain. Somebody’s going deal with victory and success. I think this film reflects that.”
“RUN THE RACE is in its final stage of postproduction,” Reeves said, “Theatrical distribution and release date will be announced soon.”

The letter recipient for this month is:
Operations: advertising/marketing (Print Advantage), broadcasting (television), internet (websites: magazine-related),
publishing (magazines: Ageless Iron, AllRecipes, American Baby, American Patchwork & Quilting, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Gardens, Diabetic Living, Do It Yourself, EatingWell, Every Day with Rachael Ray, FamilyFun, Family Circle, Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Midwest Living, My Wedding, (Ser) Padres, (Ser) Padres Bebé, Pädres Espera, Parents, Parents Latina, Shape, Successful Farming, Successful Marketing, Traditional Home, Wood).
Please write to:
Mr. Stephen M. Lacey, Chairman & CEO
Meredith Corporation
1716 Locust Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Meredith has been on The Boycott List since 2010 and
we last wrote to them in November 2012. Thank you
for your continued support of Project Mustard
Seed. Your letters are making a difference!

Tell him to stop funding Planned Parenthood

China Cracks Down on Religion
President of ChinaWhile the U.S. is beginning to see a revival of religious freedom, not all of the world is so fortunate. In China, Christians are watching in disbelief as the government takes a more violent approach to faith — burning Bibles, boarding up churches, destroying houses of worship, and even ordering people to “sign papers renouncing their faith.” The crackdown is so severe that even major news outlets like the Associated Press are making noise about it.
President Xi Jinping is taking a heavier hand, despite (or maybe because of) a booming religious revival. Now, activists say, he’s “waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.”
It’s clear that Americans cannot become complacent with the restoration of religious freedom here at home while Christians and other religious minorities are dying for their faith abroad. We must continue to pray and to act!
Family Research Council September 10, 2018

State Shuts Down Catholic Adoption Agency Because It Won’t Compromise Its Catholic Values
Yet another adoption agency is closing its doors, at a time when thousands of young victims of the opioid crisis flood America’s foster care system.
This time, it’s Catholic Charities of Buffalo, New York. The agency can no longer cooperate with the government there because the state will not allow Catholic Charities to operate consistently with its religious mission. Catholic Charities of Buffalo represents another
example in a disturbing trend toward driving out faith-based agencies from America’s child welfare system entirely—a trend that could cause children immeasurable harm.
Catholic Charities places children in homes with both a father and a mother in accordance with Catholic teaching on marriage and the family.
Unfortunately, the state now considers that belief to be discriminatory against LGBT individuals. New York issued an ultimatum: Abandon your beliefs, or quit your ministry. Catholic Charities is unable to comply with these rules and now must shut down, leaving the state with even fewer agencies to meet the needs of kids.
Earlier this year, the city of Philadelphia canceled its contracts with Catholic Social Services due to its religious beliefs about marriage, displacing hundreds of children in the process.
Meanwhile, the ACLU and Lambda Legal are litigating in Michigan and Texas in hopes of making these shutdowns the new normal nationwide.

American Flag and FDA SymbolGovernment Cancels Controversial FDA Contract for Aborted Remains
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the termination of a contract between the Food and Drug Administration and Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. The news comes after members of Congress and pro-life advocates expressed concern about the research goals of the experiment. The announcement was made Sept. 24 in a statement posted on the HHS departmental website.
In July, the Food and Drug Administration signed a $15,900 contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) to procure fetal tissues obtained from elective abortions. The tissue was to be used in the creation of “humanized mice.” The mice would be injected with the tissues, causing them to develop an immune system similar to that of a human for the purposes of clinical testing. This is called a “chimeric animal.”
After news of the deal was reported, several members of Congress spoke out in a letter requesting that the FDA terminate the contract. The letter raised concerns that ABR may have violated federal law concerning the sale of fetal remains. and


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