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Pro-Life Rosary

We found this interesting Pro-Life rosary online. Mary’s Way Worldwide Apostolate strongly encourages others to pray for the unborn. When we find interesting items and articles, we share them here. We found this one on Etsy here.

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This pro-life rosary may be purchased from the link above

 

 

The Blessed Mother loves all of her children. The age of a life does not make a difference to her. Pray for the unborn that mothers considering abortion may be swayed.

“This simple crystal rosary is meant to symbolize the sweet innocence of a life gone too soon from pregnancy loss or miscarriage. It features a detailed crucifix and a centerpiece with mother gently cradling the baby. The beads come in your choice of birthstone with a clear crystal accents for the Our Father beads (November is shown, select your option from the drop-down selection). The photos show a new charm that I’ve added to the design of the traditional baby feet image enclosed in a heart.

It would be a thoughtful gift for someone who has lost a baby through miscarriage or premature birth. After losing my son in my second trimester of pregnancy, I longed for ways to remember him including tangible items that reminded me of his short life.

This rosary could also be used to pray for the babies lost to abortion. I can see someone standing in peaceful, prayerful vigil with this rosary.

The rosary includes up to ten letters of personalization so the baby’s name can be included in the rosary. It is so comforting for the baby to be recognized by name. Sometimes parents don’t name the baby and another word is requested such as Angel or Hope.

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All items in my shop will arrive in a box with ribbon around it and a card making it ready for gift-giving!

Ten percent of all my profits are donated to Catholic charities including a pro-life medical clinic.

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Covenant House

The covenant House depends almost entirely on gifts from friends like you to help over 60,000 homeless and runaway children every year. We provide food, clothing, shelter, medical attention, educational and vocational training and counseling to kids with no place to go for help. Please help if you can

https://www.covenanthouse.org/help-the-homeless/mission-sem?origin=DHQEI1600EBGBN&gclid=CMnJ8-Gjr8sCFYEjHwodGvUO9g

 

 

365 days a year, help is always available

Are you between the ages of 17-21 and living on the streets or in a home that is not safe?  Have you been forced to trade your body for basic necessities like food and shelter?  If the answer is yes, then Covenant House is here to help. In 21 cities across the United States, Canada and Latin America, safe refuge is just a phone call away.  Our crisis shelters are open 24 hours a day with the promise of a hot meal, a warm bed and the chance to rebuild your life.

 

Crisis Care for Homeless and At-Risk Kids

Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today we are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.

If you are a youth in need of immediate assistance, please drop by or call a crisis shelter near you.

United States and Canada Locations

Covenant House Alaska
755 A Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 272-1255
Covenant House New Jersey (Atlantic City)
929 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 348-4070
Covenant House California (Los Angeles)
1325 N. Western Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027
(323) 461-3131
Covenant House New Orleans
611 North Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA  70112
(504) 584-1111
Covenant House California (Oakland/East Bay)
200 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA  94607
(510) 379-1010
Covenant House New York
460 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 613-0300
Covenant House Florida (Fort Lauderdale)
733 Breakers Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33304
(954) 561-5559
Covenant House Pennsylvania
31 East Armat Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 951-5411
Covenant House Florida (Orlando)
5931 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL  32801
(407) 482-0404
Covenant House Texas
1111 Lovett Blvd.
Houston, TX  77006
(713) 523-2231
Covenant House Georgia
1559 Johnson Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 589-0163
Covenant House Toronto
20 Gerard Street East
Toronto, ON M5B 2P3
(416) 598-4898
Covenant House Michigan
2959 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48208
(313) 463-2000
Covenant House Vancouver
575 Drake Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6B4K8
(604) 685-5437
Covenant House Missouri
2727 North Kingshighway Boulevard
St. Louis, MO  63113
(314) 533-2241
Covenant House Washington D.C.
2001 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
(202) 610-9600
Covenant House New Jersey (Newark)
330 Washington Street
Newark, NY  07102
(973) 621-8705

Latin America Locations

*Nicaragua*
Edificio Conrad N. Hilton
Del Estadio Nacional 3c. al Norte y 1c. al Este
Costado Este del Ministerio del Trabajo
Managua, Nicaragua
Phone: 011-505-2228-6771
*Honduras*
Calle Morelos, Avenida Cervantes, Frente Optica Matamoros
Tegucigalpa, M.D.C.
Honduras  2401
Phones: 011-504-2222-39-38
*Guatemala*
*Asociacion La Alianza (ALA)*
13 Avenida 0-37 Zona 2 de Mixco
Colonia La Escuadrilla
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala.
Phone: 011-502-2250-4964
*Mexico*
Fundacion Casa Alianza Mexico, I.A.P.
Plaza de las Fuentes 116
Col. Jardines del Sur
Del. Xochimilco
C.P. 16050
Mexico D.F.
Phone: 011-52-55-5510-9737

Not near one of our locations?
Help is still just a phone call away. 

Covenant House works in collaboration with the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) – a crisis care hotline that can provide you with assistance 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   The NRS can connect you to help and hope through hotline, online and offline resources. NRS also provides a family reunification program offered in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc.  For more information, call 1-800-RUNAWAY or visit www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

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Dinner for an Entire Shelter

Many homeless kids struggle to make it through the week, but the love of our Covenant House family makes it easier. Help them celebrate everyday successes with a festive Sunday dinner.

Price: $

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Adoptive Parents- Catholic Charities FAQ

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We found this interesting post on adoption services and becoming adoptive parents. Take a look at the link or read the text below and let us know what you think.

http://www.catholiccharitiesoregon.org/pregnancy_parent_faq.asp

 

Pregnancy Support & Open Adoption Services

Becoming Adoptive Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We are interested in adopting, what can you tell us about the Catholic Charities adoption program?

    Catholic Charities has been providing adoption services since 1902. We are committed to providing life-affirming options to pregnant women whether they choose to parent or entrust their child for adoption. We need adoptive parents who are ready to adopt a baby and willing to have a respectful, caring, life-long relationship with the birth mother and/or birth father. This not only honors birth parents for choosing life but also honors the child by respecting the important role that his/her birth parents have in providing additional information and love to the child.

  • What is an open adoption?

    We consider an open adoption a genuine, covenantal relationship based on trust, respect, and candor that truly honors the child’s need for information about him/herself.

  • What does an open adoption look like?

    At Catholic Charities, the birthmother carefully chooses an adoptive family from albums that contain photographs and non-identifying information about each of our couples. We only show her albums of families who fit with the needs of the birthmother and baby. After choosing one or two couples that she believes may be the best match for her child, the birth mother (and perhaps the birth father) meets with them in an initial interview. The birthmother will decide which family she thinks is the best fit. The potential adoptive family is also given the opportunity to decide if they feel it is the best fit for them. Once the decision is made and both agree to the match they all begin to develop a trusting life-long relationship that often resembles extended family or close friends. This relationship is built through the quality time spent together while getting to know one another. The amount of contact between birth families and adoptive families is unique to each adoption plan but typically includes ongoing letters, pictures and six to twelve visits a year.

  • Why does Catholic Charities require all prospective adoptive parents to have an open adoption?

    Catholic Charities believes that an open adoption truly honors all the participants in adoption, especially the child. The current research supports this belief. Research and our own experiences have demonstrated to us that the birth parent’s grief is better resolved by seeing with their own eyes that their child is being loved and doing well in their new family. The adoptive family receives the affirmation and sanction of the birth parents, which increases their sense of entitlement to the child. The child benefits by understanding the reasons for their adoption and having ongoing medical, social and genetic information about themselves. Most importantly, the child benefits by having their questions answered directly while receiving the affection and care of both the adoptive family and the birth family. Finally, openness helps eliminate the shame and secrecy of the closed adoption system.

  • Do we have to be Catholic?

    No. Catholic Charities welcomes and actively recruits families of any faith background. We desire diversity, including different educational levels, ethnic backgrounds, family size, personalities and interests, in our pool of waiting families to better meet the needs of our pregnant clients considering adoption.

  • What are some of the other requirements of Catholic Charities for prospective adoptive parents?

    Families must be committed to an open adoption, be residents of the State of Oregon, have a faith commitment, have completed fertility treatments (if they have chosen to pursue fertility treatments), be married a minimum of 2 years, and comply with the other minimum State of Oregon requirements which include good physical health, a history of financial stability and a safe residence.

  • What is a Home Study and how long does the process take?

    A Home Study is a comprehensive evaluation of you, your family, lifestyle, parenting beliefs, marital relationship and views on adoption. It is a requirement of the State of Oregon as the first step when you plan to adopt. Although it can feel intrusive at times, it is an opportunity to reflect on your life, marriage, parenting ideas and hopes for your future and can be an enjoyable process. An agency Home Study consists of 4 or more interviews, with one being in your home. The Home Study process usually takes 2 – 6 months depending on how quickly paperwork is completed and appointments are scheduled.

  • Is there an age requirement for adoptive parents?

    The minimum age for an adoptive parent is 21 years old. Catholic Charities does not place a maximum age for adoptive parents but birthmothers tend to choose parents who are younger than their mid to late 40’s.

  • How long does it take to be picked by a birth mother?

    Because the birth mother chooses the couple from a pool of available prospective adoptive parents, there is an unpredictable range in the waiting time ranging from one week to two years. However, most of our couples are matched within a year after the completion of their home study.

  • What is the age range of children Catholic Charities places in adoption?

    Because our primary mission is to provide support to pregnant women to make good decisions regarding their unborn child, the majority of the children we place are infants. Due to the sometimes complicated needs of older children, we restrict ourselves to the placement of children under the age of three years old.

  • What are the birth parents like?

    The pregnant women that we meet are of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious faiths, educational levels, and various living situations. The one thing they share is that they are experiencing a pregnancy that they feel unprepared for. Approximately 85% to 90% of the pregnant women we work with chose to parent their child. The other 10% to 15% choose adoption.

  • Can the birthmother change her mind?

    The birth mother does have the right to change her mind at any time during her pregnancy. In Oregon she is not allowed to sign consents to the adoption until after her child is born. After the birth she may sign the consents if she is sure about her decision. We consistently remind her of her rights and want her to be as certain as possible before she makes a decision that she will have to live with for the rest of her life. However, in the state of Oregon, once the birthmother signs consents and the child is placed with the adoptive parents the birthmother cannot disrupt the adoption unless she can prove fraud or duress. Because Catholic Charities provides extensive counseling to birthmothers, the birthmothers we work with are sure of their decision when they sign the adoption consent.

  • What is the cost for an adoption?

    Catholic Charities charges through a fee for services schedule. Fees will be paid at the time of the service. We anticipate the average cost of an adoption to be around $20,500. This does not include attorney fees or your child’s medical expenses. We do not pass on birthmother expenses to our adoptive parents. For those families with a low income and/or who are open to a child with risks, we offer a grant application to off set some of the costs of the adoption.

  • How long does it take to finalize an adoption?

    Although the finalization time can vary, adoptions are usually finalized within 6 months of placement.

  • What if we become pregnant while waiting?

    We ask that our parents complete any fertility treatments prior to joining our adoption pool but we understand that even “infertile” couples are occasionally surprised by an unexpected pregnancy. Naturally we would be excited and hopeful for a couple who became pregnant during the Home Study process or while waiting in our pool of families. However, we would not allow them to be considered by pregnant women interested in placing their child for adoption. We believe that each child, whether biological or adopted, deserves the undivided attention of his/her expectant parents. We would place the family on hold until the outcome of the pregnancy is determined.

  • Is there support available for adoptive parents while they are in the process and waiting for a placement?

    At Catholic Charities we understand how difficult the waiting can be for prospective adoptive parents who have often suffered the grief of infertility and/or miscarriage. We strive to provide our waiting and adoptive parents with as much support and encouragement as they need. We strongly recommend attendance at our “waiting family” gatherings, which provide on-going education, as well as emotional support. Many of our families have become friends after first meeting at these gatherings. We also encourage you to call your caseworker whenever you need reassurance or information.

 

Caitlin Jane- Unborn

Unborn- we found this interesting song that inspires pro-life enthusiasts around the world. What do you think?

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/young-singer-reluctantly-pens-pro-life-song-and-uploads-music-video-to-yout

October 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Twenty-six year old singer Caitlin Jane didn’t set out to be a pro-life singer. On the contrary. While she was raised in a Christian home and had always considered herself pro-life, she told LifeSiteNews.com in a recent interview that she was intimidated into silence by the mainstream media’s portrayal of pro-life activists as angry and bitter.

“It made me uncomfortable,” Caitlin said, “and I think I had a false impression of the pro-life movement, thinking it was kind of negative people, and I saw how the mainstream media portrayed pro-lifers and I said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to get involved with this.’”

Caitlin says she spent her childhood feeling called to two very different worlds: the music industry and the mission field. “Even as a child, I was thinking about these two things all the time, and thinking about where the Lord might lead me with my life. My heart was being tugged at,” Caitlin said.

But it wasn’t until she arrived at college that Caitlin finally found her voice, both in music and in activism. She said there was a local group in Delaware devoted to praying specifically about legislation being introduced concerning life issues.  Some of the bills they prayed about, recalled Caitlin, were “really scary.”  She was particularly frightened by a bill she said would have allowed human cloning in order to destroy the embryo for research purposes.

Finally, during Caitlin’s senior year, she watched a friend go through an unplanned pregnancy.   “I was just extremely moved by it,” she said.  “The day I found out, I just thought, ‘What if that was me?’  As a young woman who is in the Christian community, raised in the church, it hit me for the first time how these women must feel pulled between the world and the message that ‘It’s your body, you know, it’s your choice, it’s just tissue, it’s easy , it’s comfortable, get rid of it, that’s your most convenient option,’ and then the Church, which endorses life, but at the same time, doesn’t really offer a lot of support or encouragement to the women many times.  I thought how I might feel condemned going into church, and going, ‘oh, look at my [unwed pregnancy].’  It would be a tough situation.”

Said Caitlin, “I think the whole issue just really hit me in a very strong way, and that night I couldn’t sleep, and I scribbled these notes of lyrics while lying in bed.”  Those notes were the first draft of “Unborn.”

“When I woke up the next morning, I came up with the music,” said Caitlin.  “As a songwriter, that was sort of extraordinary, because often it takes a lot of work crafting a song, and I really felt like the Holy Spirit just gave me this song.”

Even with divine inspiration on her side, Caitlin was hesitant to share her creation with the world.  “I didn’t want to sing it for anyone at first,” she said.  “I still felt a little uncomfortable about the whole [pro-life] issue.”

But when she told her father about the song, he urged her to take it public.  “My dad is a man of character and loves truth, and he said, you know, ‘God gave you this, and you need to sing it, and you need to record it. Now.’”

So Caitlin found a friend with a recording studio who could record the single on short notice, and teamed up with another singer, Nicolle Maurer, to add depth to the track.  She chose Maurer in part because she has an emotional connection of her own to the pro-life movement – as the ninth child born to Afghan immigrants who could barely feed the eight children they had, Maurer was placed with a loving family through open adoption.  As a result, Caitlin said, Maurer is “passionate about life.”

Unborn- the song

“I knew Caitlin from college,” Maurer told LifeSiteNews by phone. “She told me one day, ‘I have this song, and I want to play it for you.’ So we sat in the chapel on the campus and she played it, and I don’t know if she asked me to start singing with her, but I just, like, started singing, harmonizing with her.  And I really liked the song.  So it was just really cool, and the video came later.”

“Your choice is all I have.
Your voice my only chance.
Please keep me.“

Those are the words of the chorus of the song, called “Unborn.”  The song and accompanying video, which features a woman facing a crisis pregnancy and follows her through her decision to carry the baby to term, have been slowly gaining momentum on Youtube, with over 70,000 views as of this writing.

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Unborn- A Pro-life song for the generations

Caitlin said she knows of multiple babies that have been saved after their abortion-minded mothers watched the video, and the song’s popularity has opened up opportunities for her to participate in pro-life events all over the world.

“I feel totally in awe of God and the Holy Spirit and how He moves,” Caitlin said, laughing. “I’m just this girl who wanted to hide my pro-life position, you know, and just be a quiet pro-lifer, and now He’s put me out there on the stage.”

While Caitlin admits that center stage is a place she’d always dreamed of being, she said, “I guess I wanted [to deliver] a more comfortable message.”  But she says she’s come to realize that “the truth isn’t always comfortable, but truth sets you free.”

Added Caitlin, “I guess the whole lesson is, just listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, and when he calls you to something, definitely walk down that path, even if it’s not something you’re comfortable with.”

As for Caitlin’s childhood dilemma between her dreams of musical stardom and her pull toward missionary work, the singer says she feels like right now, she has the best of both worlds.

“It’s interesting because I feel like [God] has really combined those two passions,” Caitlin told LifeSiteNews.  “I’ve been able to use music as a mission, and that’s been such a blessing.”

Discover more of Caitlin’s music here. Her “Unborn” is fantastic but more beautiful songs there are!


 Unborn

Early Opposition to Abortion within the Church

We found this content on the Diocese of Phoneix webpage. Visit them here or take a look below:

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Q: Has the Church always opposed legal abortion?

A: Some critics of the Church’s teaching on abortion have attempted to twist history and make it seem as if the Church has only recently opposed abortion. But a through look at the writings of the Church fathers and members of the magisterium shows that this is simply not the case. Consider the following examples of Church teaching on the issue of abortion (available from Catholic Answers):

“You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a newborn child
Didache 2:1–2 70 A.D.

“we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from the other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in its seed”
—Tertullian. Apology 9:8 – 197 A.D.

“Let her that procures abortion undergo ten years’ penance, whether the embryo were perfectly formed, or not”
—St. Basil the Great. First Canonical Letter, canon 2 – 374 A.D.

John Paul II recounts how the Popes of the 20th century carried on this ancient tradition and says this in Evangelium Vitae:

“Given such unanimity in the doctrinal and disciplinary tradition of the Church, Paul VI was able to declare that this tradition is unchanged and unchangeable. Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, in communion with the Bishops — who on various occasions have condemned abortion and who in the aforementioned consultation, albeit dispersed throughout the world, have shown unanimous agreement concerning this doctrine — I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written Word of God, is transmitted by the Church’s Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium.”
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Stopping Culture of Death Tragectory

We found this article that you might enjoy reading at:

http://www.all.org/stopping-the-culture-of-death-trajectory/

Stopping the Culture of Death Trajectory

February 26, 2016 09:00 AM
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By Judie Brown

It doesn’t take a physicist to figure out that our planet is collapsing under the weight of a culture steeped in gook! It’s like quicksand; it sucks you in before you know what’s happening.

If you think this statement is merely bologna, think again! Take a look at some recent news items to see what I mean.

A 47-year-old woman is the surrogate mother of triplets and is living through what she calls the “dark side” of her trade. The father of the babies—the sperm donor—wants her to abort one of the babies she is carrying for him. In plain English, she is carrying a single man’s children because he donated sperm, and now this father wants one of his children killed. Insane but true. And of course, they are deeply entrenched in a legal battle over this.

In other news, in a recent speech given by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, she applauded the alleged fact that 55 million women are getting free birth control through Obamacare. And they have no co-pay. Why? Because American taxpayers like you and me are footing that bill and Planned Parenthood is making a killing!

When Planned Parenthood’s fees are examined, we see that it has estimated annual contraceptive sales of $85 million and an annual profit from the sale of contraceptives in excess of $64 million. That’s a profit margin to make any business owner smile!

Not only that, but since the birth control pill can cause an early abortion, Planned Parenthood’s total number of babies killed before birth is through the roof! Nobody really knows the exact body count.

And speaking of abortion, some folks argue that because preborn babies can feel pain around 20 weeks gestational age, these children should be given anesthesia before the killing! In other words, yes he is a baby, and yes he is going to die, so golly gee, let’s make sure that baby does not feel pain!

Say what?

How about outlawing the killing and being done with it? you might ask. Well, obviously logic doesn’t have a whole lot to do with today’s culture. The facts I have given to you, along with so many more not mentioned, do not require a brain surgeon to understand. Our culture is in grave danger, and America should be in crisis mode. But life just goes on with people who are blissfully ignorant, or who blatantly ignore the fact that a baby is a human being prior to birth. And, in this sad culture we live in, that baby has a 1 in 3 chance of being dead before actually meeting her mother at birth.

So what is the answer? We must educate our children. We must devote ourselves to the task of giving them the facts and teaching them the arguments to use in defense of life. We understand that we need tools to accomplish this. But where do we find these tools?

At long last, there is now a full-fledged program providing the very tools that are required to meet the challenge of educating, inspiring, and motivating young people. It is called the American Life League Culture of Life Studies Program, or CLSP for short.

CLSP exists because there is a desperate need for it:

With our culture waging open war against marriage, the family, preborn children, and the disabled, there has never been a greater need for an educational program that teaches students the truth about the value of all human beings, the sacredness of the sacrament of marriage, and the necessity of the family as the building block of society. American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program strives to build a culture of life by helping students to understand the value of every human being and by inspiring a new generation of young people who will defend preborn children, respect all human beings from creation to death, and speak the truth with confidence in defense of the innocent.

Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Well, it is. Find out how you can be an instrument of good in our world today by supporting the solid pro-life education of our children. Take a few moments to browse the website, the Facebook page, and our blogs.

America, please take notice! We can stop the culture of death trajectory.

 

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Days to Weeks to Months

We ran into this great website about pro-life awareness!

Take a look!

 

Baby Developmental Facts

Here is a snippet of the facts they posted: (Click on the link above to read the whole article)

 

1 day to 7 weeks

  • A new individual receives 23 chromosomes from each parent. He or she is truly a unique individual human being, never to be repeated. A new person has been created, who at this stage is a tiny living organism weighing only 15 ten-millionth of a gram. Life begins.
  • First day of new life: The first cell divides into two, the two into four, and so on. Each of these new cells divides again and again as they travel toward the womb in search of a protected place to grow.
  • 18 days from conception, heart begins to beat, with the baby’s own blood.2008-billboard-heartbeat
  • 28 days from conception a baby has eyes, ears, and even a tongue!
  • 28 days from conception: Muscles are developing along the future spine. Arms and legs are budding.
  • 30 days: Child has grown 10,000 times to 6-7mm (1/4”) long. Brain has human proportions. Blood flows in veins.
  • 42 days: Skeleton is formed. Brain coordinates movement of muscles and organs. Reflex responses have begun.
  • 42 days: Brain waves can be detected, the jaw forms, including teeth and taste buds. The unborn baby begins to swallow amniotic fluid. Fingers and toes are developing.
  • 45 days from conception: The unborn baby is making body movements, a full 12 weeks before the mother may notice such stirrings. By seven weeks the chest and abdomen are fully formed. Swimming with a natural swimmer’s stroke in the amniotic fluid, the baby now looks like a miniature human infant.
  • 44-45 days: Buds of milk teeth appear, and the unborn baby’s facial muscles develop. Eyelids begin to form, protecting the developing eyes. Elbows take shape. Internal organs are present, but immature. 99% of muscles are present, each with its own nerve supply.
  • 52 Days: Spontaneous movement begins. The unborn baby then develops a whole collection of moves over the next 4 weeks including hiccuping, frowning, squinting, furrowing the brow, pursing the lips, moving individual arms and legs, head turning, touching his/her face, breathing (without air), stretching, opening the mouth, yawning and sucking.

8 – 10 weeks

  • 8 Weeks: Now a small-scale baby, at approximately 3 cm (1 1/8”) and weighing a gram (1/30gth oz.), yet well proportioned. Every organ is present. Baby’s heartbeat is steady. Stomach produces digestive juices. Liver makes blood cells. Kidneys begin to function. Taste buds are forming.
  • 8 ½ Weeks: The unborn baby’s fingerprints are being engraved. Eyelids and palms of hands are sensitive to touch.Point-Is-Prolife-Billboard
  • 8- 8 ½ Weeks: Of the 4500 structures in the adult body, 4000 are now present in the unborn baby. The skeleton of the arms and legs and the spine begins to stiffen as bone cells are added.
  • 9 Weeks from conception: The unborn baby will bend fingers around an object placed in his/her palm. Unique fingerprints appear. Thumb sucking may occur.
  • 10 Weeks: The unborn baby’s body is sensitive to touch. He/she squints, swallows puckers up brow and frowns. Eyelids, fingerprints and even fingernails are evident.

11 weeks

  • 11 Weeks: The unborn now “practices” breathing, since he/she will have to breathe air immediately after birth. Baby urinates, and stomach muscles can now contract. Vocal chords and taste buds form. Facial expressions and even smiles are evident.

12-17 weeks

  • 12 Weeks: Though too small to be felt by the mother, the baby reaches peak frequency of movement during the third month. The baby’s sex can be visually determined, and the child’s eyes, ears and face begin to display distinctive characteristics. He/she can kick, turn feet, curl and fan toes, make a fist, move thumbs, bend wrists, turn head, open mouth and press lips tightly together.2004TKWhatPain
  • 12 Weeks: The unborn baby is now about 3 inches long, weighing approximately 2 ounces. Fine hair begins to grow on his/her upper lip, chin and eyebrows. The baby swallows and responds to skin stimulations.
  • 13 Weeks: The unborn baby is about 3 inches long, weighing approximately 3 ounces. His/her facial expressions may resemble the parents. The baby is active, but baby is too small for mother to feel anything.
  • 14 Weeks from conception: At this age, the heart pumps several quarts of blood through the body every day. The unborn baby’s eyebrows have formed and eye movement can be detected.

 

No Right to Choose

Choose Adoption

 

We found this article on the USCCB website:

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/life-issues-forum/hearts-ready-to-love.cfm

 

Life Issues Forum: No Right to Choose

Richard M. Doerflinger

December 18, 2015

As I write this, Congress is poised to approve a final “omnibus” bill to keep the government funded next year.  Conspicuously absent from it is anything new on abortion.  Provisions to de-fund abortion giant Planned Parenthood, protect late-term unborn children, or even help protect children born alive during an abortion ended up on the cutting room floor.

Surprisingly, a modest measure to make federal conscience laws on abortion more effective – known as the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act – was also left out.  The Catholic community in particular had made an unprecedented effort to pass ANDA, generating hundreds of thousands of email messages to Congress with the help of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA).

ANDA was different from other proposals because the right to decline participating in abortion has enjoyed broad bipartisan support in Congress for four decades.  The laws protecting this right have been signed by chief executives of both parties — including President Obama, whose Administration has said it strongly supports these laws and wants them fully enforced.  And it is obvious they are not being enforced. Cathy DeCarlo, a nurse illegally forced to take part in a late-term abortion in New York in 2009, waited for four years for federal law to work, until her case was declared moot because her employer finally changed its policy.  Catholic bishops in California filed a complaint over a year ago against an illegal abortion coverage mandate imposed by a state agency even on religious institutions, and nothing has happened to resolve what should be an open-and-shut case.  New York state is now imposing its own mandate, encouraged by California’s ability to defy federal law with impunity.  Passage of ANDA would allow the laws to work as they should.

There are several reasons why that did not happen this year.  While Republican leaders in the House of Representatives strongly pressed for approval of ANDA, some of their party’s most conservative members would not vote for a funding bill that fell short of their fiscal or other policy goals, even if it included ANDA.  So House approval required Democratic votes, and the first thing Democratic leaders wanted was removal of new pro-life language.

But the strongest opponent of ANDA was President Obama himself.  Ignoring his own past statements at the University of Notre Dame and elsewhere that he would fully protect the rights of those who disagree with him on abortion, he threatened to veto the entire funding bill if conscience language were included.  It seems significant progress on this issue must await a new Administration, or at least a major change in this President’s position.

This is the latest sign of a shift in the movement formerly known as “pro-choice.”  When Planned Parenthood said in 2014 it would no longer use this slogan, some thought this was just because the word was overused and no longer grabbed people’s attention.  The increasingly visible reality, though, is that pro-abortion groups don’t believe in respecting any choice that disagrees with their own.  The new mantra is that abortion is basic “women’s health care” – so any doctor, nurse or hospital that won’t provide abortions should be kicked out of the health care system for practicing substandard medicine.  Nurse DeCarlo and other women don’t have a right to choose not to do abortions.

That is a frightening reality, but an opportunity as well.  It means that millions of Americans who have evaded the moral reality of abortion for years, by saying they just think everyone should have a choice, may have to choose between a movement that respects neither life nor choice, and one that understands the claims of both.  The abortion industry and some allies think it’s time to celebrate abortion as a positive and essential good.  That doesn’t mean most Americans will fall for it.


Richard Doerflinger is Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  For more about conscience rights see www.usccb.org/conscience and www.nchla.org.

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/life-issues-forum/no-right-to-choose.cfm

Lila Rose debates Ilyse Hogue

Lila Rose has made a name for herself. She leads her company Live Action in a strong, pro-life movement as she promotes abortion alternatives across the nation. We found this great video on her website of a debate she participated in on CNN. It’s worth watching! Below you will find some information about her taken directly from her website, which you can visit here.

 

 

Live Action President Lila Rose

Lila Rose

Lila Rose is the president of Live Action, a new media nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and building a culture of life.

Lila founded Live Action when she was fifteen years old. The group utilizes investigative journalism to expose the Abortion Industry’s threats against the vulnerable and defenseless. Live Action uses the results of these investigations to reveal the humanity of the unborn – to inspire the nation to take action to end abortion in America through new media.

As Live Action’s president, Lila leads undercover investigations into America’s most notorious abortion facilities, shining a light on the greatest human rights abuse of our time through national media campaigns.  Live Action runs stealth education programs, targeted at changing hearts and minds about abortion thought, overseeing the largest pro-life social media platform on the web, including over 1 million Facebook fans and over 58,000 followers on Twitter. Live Action also hosts Live Action News, a widely read pro-life news site.

Lila is a regular guest on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, The Laura Ingraham Show, as well as many other national TV and radio programs. Her work has been featured on practically every major news outlet, from CBS to CNN, from the Los Angeles Times to the Washington Post. Lila has also written for USA Today, First Things, Politico, and others.

Recently, Lila was named among Red Alert’s “30 under 30,” Christianity Today’s “33 under 33,” and among National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35.” She is an international public speaker on life, family, and culture issues.​

Lila is available for radio and TV interviews and select speaking engagements.
If you would like to inquire as to her availability, please email media@liveaction.org.
For speaking requests, complete this form.

New Year Prayer

New Year PrayerNEW YEAR PRAYER:

 Thank You Lord for giving me the brand new year ahead. Help me live the way I should as each new day I tread. Give me gentle wisdom that I might help a friend, Give me strength and courage so a shoulder I might lend. The year ahead is empty, help me fill it with good things each new day filled with joy and happiness it brings.

Amen.

We found this explanation of the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God on the Mary Pages website which you can access here. A portion has been copied and pasted below for your convenience:

The Solemnity of Mary,
the Mother of God

New Year's Prayer

January 1

On New Year’s Day, the octave day of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God, the divine and virginal motherhood of the Blessed Virgin.

It is the highest title of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Theotokos, Mother of God. This title was given to Mary at the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. The council taught, however, that the humanity and divinity of Jesus could not be separated and that they exist in one person, with the momentous implication that we can rightly give Mary the title of Mother of God. Mothers bring life, a gift from God, into the world. That’s why you sometimes hear the Church referred to as “Mother”. The Evangelist, Luke, describes her as the silent Virgin who listens constantly to the Eternal Word, who lives in the Word of God.

This feast is the celebration of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus and is the oldest feast of Mary celebrated by the Catholic Church. Mary has an important role to play in the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. She consents to God’s invitation conveyed by the angel (Luke 1:26-38).

Elizabeth proclaims: “Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.