October 2019 Respect Life Month Article Resources

Below are samples of articles that you can find at www.respectlife.org/articles.
Article topics include Adoption, Supporting Women who are Expecting a Baby, Planning for Your Future, Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing, Abortion, and Building a Culture of Life.

An Adoption Love Story
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Having children and raising a family had always been our expectation. We soon learned, however, that our chances of becoming pregnant were small. It wasn't long before we started talking about the possibility of adoption. I wondered if my heart was big enough to love an adopted child as I would have loved a biological child. But with prayerful discernment, we decided to start the process. On Christmas Eve, Bill and I left the hospital with Andrew. It didn't take long before there was no doubt in our minds that he was our son, the greatest gift from God! We can't imagine loving a child whom we conceived more than we love Andrew.

Children as Commodities
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At seventeen, Natalie discovered that her parents has contracted with another woman to become pregnant using her father's sperm and the woman's own egg. Natalie became estranged from her parents, hurt that money, rather than the physical expression of married love, was the context in which she was brought into the world. Since the advent of IVF (in vitro fertilization), the floodgates have been opened to bringing about reproduction through the egg and sperm donation and serrate pregnancies. Yet these technologies are fraught with medical, legal, and moral complications. Children deserve to not be created as a product of reproductive technology, but to be given by God, and to be born through married love. 

Healing Within Marriage from an Abortion
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When Susan's husband, Juan, told her about the abortion he was involved in during college, she finally understood why he was so depressed and having trouble bonding with their children. The devastation of abortion brings with it many challenges. Often, the people who have participated in an abortion are unaware of the countless ways it is affecting their lives. It is scary to tell a spouse or fiance about a past abortion. It requires great trust in that person's love and trust in God. But with the help of an abortion healing ministry, couples can successfully work through abortion-related challenges. God's grace can bring true healing to the relationships of those who trust in His infinite mercy.

What to Do When a Friend is Considering Abortion
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When a woman I facing a difficult pregnancy, the reaction of the first person she tell tends to set the tone for her decision-making. How do we respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby?  First, prioritize listening over speaking. Ask her about her feelings, thoughts, values, belief, and wants. When her story is fully shared, it is your turn to provide factual information in a loving and carrying way. Encourage her. Help her set goals that extend beyond her due date to help her life beyond her pregnancy. reassure her that she is not alone, and provide practical support. Pray with her, offering Christ's love at a crucial life-saving and life-defining moment.

Top Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide
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Some polls indicate that the public is receptive to assisted suicide. But the same polls show that people's views shift when they learn about its dangers - especially the dangers for those who are poor, elderly, and disabled, or without acres to good medical care. In Oregon and California, some patient's health insurance offered to pay for assisted-suicide, but not treatment. And in states where assisted-suite is legal, often no psychiatric evaluation or treatment is required. Additionally, assisted suicide fosters discrimination by creating two classes of people: those whose suicides we spend millions of dollars to prevent and those whose suicides we assist and treat as a positive good.