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Harvard Law Journal Concludes Unborn Babies Have Constitutional Rights

The Fourteenth Amendment, which was adopted in 1868, declares that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” A debate that has been raging in courtrooms for years is whether the “life” part includes unborn persons.
Harvard Law student Joshua Craddock did some constitutional …

Harvard Law Journal Concludes Unborn Babies Have Constitutional Rights


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Pope Francis: No Research Justifies Killing Human Embryos, Unborn Babies “Precious in the Eyes of God”

With so many unborn babies being aborted every year, it can be easy to forget that countless others are being destroyed while they still are embryos.

Pope Francis drew attention to their plight Thursday in a meeting at the Vatican with researchers and families who are suffering from Huntington’s disease.

The pope urged the researchers to continue their work seeking relief and cures for…

Pope Francis: No Research Justifies Killing Human Embryos, Unborn Babies “Precious in the Eyes of God”


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House Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

House Republicans voted today to approve a bill that would defund to Planned Parenthood abortion business.

This was the second attempt to get enough votes on…

House Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz


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President Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order Protecting Little Sisters of the Poor From Obama Abortion Mandate

President Donald Trump signed a religious liberty executive order today that would protect Christian organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced to pay for abortions.

“Freedom is not a gift from government. It is a…

President Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order Protecting Little Sisters of the Poor From Obama Abortion Mandate


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Pope’s Letter for World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018

“We hope that Pope Francis will come to Dublin for the World Day of Families and celebrate the Mass,” said Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, to which the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, added: “Not only does he have interest, but desire to come, he said to me.” … https://zenit.org/articles/popes-letter-for-world-meeting-of-families-in-dublin/


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Trip to Springfield

HB 40 is heating up — it could be called for a vote any day!  If passed, the bill will allow for public funding of abortions, coverage for abortions in state health plans, funding of organizations that perform abortions (like Planned Parenthood), among other things.  We must make our voice heard!

There is an urgent need to meet with legislators in Springfield to personally ask them to “Vote NO” on HB 40. The Diocese of Rockford will be heading to Springfield for a day of lobbying on March 29, 2017: …https://www.rockforddiocese.org/life/life-dignity/current-events-life-issues/life-advocacy-day/


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URGENT: Your help is needed in Springfield

HB 40 is heating up — it could be called for a vote any day!  If passed, the bill will allow for public funding of abortions, coverage for abortions in state health plans, funding of organizations that perform abortions (like Planned Parenthood), among other things.  We must make our voices heard!

There is an urgent need to meet with legislators in Springfield to personally ask them to “Vote NO” on HB 40. The Catholic Conference of Illinois will provide a training session prior to meeting with our legislatures. Please join us and others from throughout the Diocese of Rockford on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Your help is needed! Departure locations to Springfield and times will be determined based on participation. Please register early so that we can arrange transportation for everyone who would like to attend. Visit www.rockforddiocese.org/LIFE for more details and to sign up online. Questions? Contact the Life & Family Evangelization Office at LIFE@rockforddiocese.org or (815) 399-4300.