Pro-Life

Thou shalt not kill.

~Exodus 20:13 

You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.

~Matthew 5:21


Abortion

Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation

"The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being's right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death."

"The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child's rights."

Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being. 

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 2270, 2273 & 2274

Euthanasia

Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible. 

Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable. 

Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded. 

Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of "over-zealous" treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one's inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected. 

Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.

~CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, PARAGRAPHS 2276-2279

"Abortion: From Controversy to Civility:" STEPHANIE GRAy (Talks at Google)

YouTube Video: Published on Jun 19, 2017. "Stephanie Gray, internationally renowned speaker and author, applies the Socratic method and storytelling to the debate surrounding abortion. She invites the audience to be "pro-conversation" on a topic that can be one of the most divisive, and demonstrates that it is possible to be gracious and respectful when encountering different ideas."
To learn more about Stephanie Gray and her ministry, visit her personal website:

abortion procedures: What you Need to Know

A website by "Live Action" dedicated to exposing the truth of abortion. 

Abortion Procedures: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Trimesters

Former abortionist, Dr. Levatino explains the medical procedure involved in an abortion, depending on the trimester of pregnancy. Dr. Levatino wisely uses animated illustrations to depict these methods, as opposed to graphic real-life images.

A Conversation with a Former Abortionist

**Jocelyne's Resource-Of-The-Month, November 2016**
Interview : Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, bravely shares his personal testimony and reveals the reality of abortion

Birthright International

An organization that provides information, resources and support to women facing unplanned pregnancies. With locations in Canada, The United States ofAmerica and Africa.

Campaign Life Coalition

Home of 40 Days for Life, March for Life and Life Chain. This organization sets out to change pro-choice laws using the power of prayer, peaceful protest and political activism in many different forms.

Catholic Answers Live: Questions Regarding Abortion

Catholic Answers staff respond to callers' questions about abortion.

Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

CHAC describes their mission as. "Inspired by the Gospel and grounded in shared beliefs and values, the Alliance is a forum for Catholic health and social services Sponsors in Canada, to exchange ideas and develop shared strategic initiatives that support their ability to strengthen the healing ministry of Jesus."

Catholic Issues in Healthcare and Bioethics

Fraciscan University Presents: Host Michael Hernon and a panel comprised of Dr. Regis Martin, Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest, Dr. Marie Hilliard, discuss Catholic issues in the areas of healthcare and bioethics.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

This organization, headed by Alex Schadenberg, has created the documentary, "The Euthanasia Deception," in order to shed light on the realities of legalized Euthanasia. The EPC provides subscribers with a newsletter, and the website lists various other Euthanasia-related resources. The EPC is also taking legal action to ensure conscience rights for Canadian doctors. 

Human Life International: Pro-Life Missionaries to the World

HLI defends both the God-given life and dignity of all human persons from conception until natural death, and the natural family based on marriage—the  fundamental human institution defined by a lifetime union between one man and one woman that is open to life. As followers of Jesus Christ and members of the Catholic Church, our goal is to build a Culture of Life and of Love around the world through education, outreach, and advocacy.

Life Begins at Fertilization

Princeton University: A collection of quotes from Embryology textbooks illustrating the reality of human life beginning at the moment of conception.

Priests for Life

Priests for Life refers to a very specific effort to galvanize the clergy to preach, teach, and mobilize their people more effectively in the effort to end abortion and euthanasia. Priests for Life represents a family of ministries called, the Gospel of Life Ministries, that reach and enrich every aspect of the pro-life movement. This is a great website if you are looking to do something to restore protection to the most vulnerable members of the human family!

Pro Life Logic - Dr. Peter Kreeft

Dr. Peter Kreeft approaches abortion from a uniquely philosophical standpoint. He does not address the religious, psychological sociological, political, legal or feminist aspects of abortion.

Rachel's Vineyard

Rachel's Vineyard provides support to men and women who have been impacted by abortion. They specialize in retreats geared toward post abortion healing.National Hotline for Abortion Recovery: 1-866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)

Second Chance Ministry

Second Chance Ministry was founded by Father Vince Heffernan and by Walter and Angelina Steenstra to support those struggling with emotional and psychological effects of abortion. They are located in Ontario.

Sisters of Life

The Sisters of Life offer their services in many locations in the United States and in Canada. They welcome pregnant guests to live with them, they assist pregnant women in need of practical assistance, they host retreats, and they help those who have suffered abortion to find hope and healing, along with various other services.