Mission Statement: Respect Life is a ministry that attempts to bring awareness within the parish to the clash between the culture of life and the culture of death.
Current Activities: A summary of the activities that Respect Life conducts on a yearly basis includes: The Rosary Crusade for Life; Pro-life flyers in bulletins; Life Chain in Beaufort; White Cross Display; An annual Rally for Life near the Thrift Shop; Stand Up for Life Rally in Columbia; March for Life in Washington DC; An annual Spiritual Adoption Program; and Prayer Vigils at Savannah Abortion Clinics.
Dear Friends for Life,
There are two parts to this update. First, many thanks to the 125 people who attended our Rally for Life, and also to those who prayed for its peaceful success. With adorable faces like these in our midst, surely we touched the hearts and minds of many passerby!
Dear Friends for Life,
Friends, last week I mentioned that our three Lowcountry representatives -- Jeff Bradley, Bill Herbkersman, and Wes Newton -- voted in favor of the Fetal Heartbeat bill, advancing it from the S.C. House to Governor McMaster for his signature. I neglected to mention that when this bill came before the Senate weeks before, our Senator Tom Davis also voted in favor. Please thank these gentlemen for their pro-life votes next time you contact them.
Fyi, the February issue of South Carolina Living, the monthly magazine sent to all customers by Palmetto Electric Cooperative, contains the 2021-2022 Legislative Directory containing names, photos, and contact info for our elected officials in Columbia and in Washington, D.C. Another helpful resource is our statehouse website: www.scstatehouse.gov , where you can find everything you need to know about what's happening in our state legislature, including the status and texts of bills, records of votes, and the S.C. Code of Laws.
Further north on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate is in the process of evaluating President Biden's nominees for various positions. One of the most powerful is secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Biden's pick is Xavier Becerra, who should be opposed based on the following record as California Attorney General (quoted from The Loop by Catholic Vote, 2/18/21):
Xavier Becerra has a long record of open hostility to people of faith, and if confirmed, will serve as the abortion industry’s puppet.
In fact, Becerra has no formal education, training, or background in medicine or health care. Even liberal groups advising President Biden expressed shock at his nomination. His 'health care' experience mainly involves defending Obamacare and suing to protect abortion while trying to punish pro-life advocates.
Let’s face it, President Biden nominated a deeply unqualified man who has consistently used his office to pursue an extreme ideological agenda." The vote on Mr. Becerra's appointment is likely to take place early next week. Please contact our two U.S. Senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, to express your objection.
Senator Graham: 202-224-5972 (office) or Lgraham.senate.gov (to leave a message via website)
Senator Scott: 202-224-6121 (office) or scott.senate.gov (to leave a message via website)
As always, thanks for all you do for life, seen and unseen.
Barbara Griswold, Secretary
Hilton Head Citizens for Life (a chapter of S.C. Citizens for Life)
If you have driven on I-95 or Highway 315 lately, you might have noticed a few eye-catching pro-life billboards offering free help to pregnant women. These billboards are a life-saving outreach sponsored by VitaBella ("Beautifiul Life").
Each board features an 800 number to a national call center that answers 24 hours a day, and which refers local callers to the Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Lowcountry or to the Savannah Care Center. If you would like to learn more about this project or make a donation, call Catherine Koncul Russoniello at 843-816-3772.
More human beings died in abortions than any other cause of death in 2020, a new report indicates.
A heartbreaking reminder about the prevalence of abortion, statistics compiled by Worldometers indicate that there were over 42.6 million abortions world-wide in 2020. For more information on Worldometers, please click on this link.
March is the 7th prenatal milestone month. This month the baby uses four senses. His eyelids open and close and the eyes look around. The baby can taste, touch, cough, yawn and hiccup. He can now recognize his own mother’s voice, and he responds when her voice reaches his ears. The hair on his own head is growing longer and the downy covering on the rest of his head is disappearing. During this time the baby will receive antibodies from his mother providing him with immunity to a wide variety of diseases.
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph I love you very much. I beg that you spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted and who is in danger of abortion”.
Good News for abortion survivors! Remember how hard we all worked to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, but the speaker of the House would not even allow it to come up for a vote? Well, last week President Trump issued the Born Alive Executive Order that guaratees medical care for premature babies, babies born with disabilities and babies born alive following an abortion. The order also increases federal funding for neonatal research. Thank you for your steadfast prayers o behalf of these vulnerable people!
"Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Mt. 25:40)
This year marks the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II's "Letter to Women." In it the Pope observed that women "acknowledge the person, because they see persons with their hearts. They see them independently of various ideological or political systems. They see others in their greatness and limitations; they try to go out to them and help them. In this way, the basic plan of the Creator takes flesh in the history of humanity and there is constantly revealed . . . that beauty - not merely physical, but above all, spiritual - which God bestowed from the very beginning on all . . . " (12)
St. John Paul II, pray for us as we seek to heal our social ills by recognizing the dignity of every human being in word, deed, and law.
S.C. Statistics, Part Three: Last week we learned that 5,101 abortions took place in 2019, and that 57% were committed at Planned Parenthood clinics. This week's alarming fact is that 39% of the aborted babies were black, yet African-Americans comprise only 28% of our state population. Let us pray, work, and vote to end this insidious form of racism by upholding the first civil right: the right to life! (Source: SCDHEC Dept. of Biostatistics)
"I would like now to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet be healed . . . But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope . . . The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation." (St. John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, Section 99)
More than 700 people from the Diocese of Charleston attended the National March for Life on January 24th, where they made their presence felt with signs, vocal chants, and prayer.
Last week we rejoiced that the number of abortions reported in SC for 2018 declined to 4,646, the lowest number since 1975. The majority of those abortions were divided between Planned Parenthood's two facilities in Charleston and Columbia. The rest were done at the Greenville Women's Clinic, a privately-owned business. Since even one baby's death is too many, we must continue to work in various ways to make abortion unnecessary, unprofitable, and unthinkable.
The St. Gianna Respect Life Ministry of St. Gregory the Great has a year-round prayerful presence at the Savannah abortion facility.
Local Contact: Linda Bauer - 843-706-3441 or e-mail at [email protected]
Vigil Location: Outside Savannah Medical Clinic at 120 E. 34th Street (near the corner of Abercorn).
Vigil Hours: Anytime during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Prayers Needed: Twins were recently saved from abortion at this location, but your prayers are critical for this ministry of love and hope.
We thank God for the results of 20 previous Days for Life campaigns worldwide:
13,305 babies saved from abortion
154 abortion workers converted
86 abortion centers closed
Learn more and get involved by visiting our campaign. Please click this link for more information.
Current Volunteer Opportunities: Participants needed for all the above listed activities. For more detail on these activities see Respect Life Activity Detail.
Throughout the year, announcements in the Evangelization section of the parish bulletin encourage prayer, meditation and action.
Since this is Superbowl Sunday, you football fans might be interested to hear that NFL star Ben Watson, tight-end for the New England Patriots, is now scoring points for the unborn!
"My goal is to unveil the truth about abortion, the laws, the history, and where our country is headed. I believe in the sanctity of life, be it in the womb or on your deathbed. That is my conviction," he said about this upcoming pro-life film, "Divided Hearts of America." Sounds like a winning game plan!
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.
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Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.