Warning from National Right to Life

Live calls are being made to lists of pro-lifers asking if the person is pro-life, pro-choice or mixed. When the person responds pro-life, they are asked to donate to the “Right to Life Committee.”  When the person questions the caller about the committee they are given a PO Box in Washington, D.C. 20024.  When asked about what they do, the caller does not provide any information.

Further, when you Google Right to Life Committee, the first several items that come up are National Right to Life Committee.

These calls are not being made by and the money donated is NOT coming to National Right to Life Committee or Missouri Right to Life.  IF you should receive one of these calls, or if you hear from someone who receives one of these calls, it is suggested that you report the call as potential fraud to your state Attorney General’s office.

Disclaimer: NRLC and MRL both do telephone fundraising, but the caller will use the full name of the organization at the beginning of the call.

Passing the Torch

A message from retiring MRL President, Pam Fichter:

“He who saves a single soul, saves the world entire”
The Jewish Inscription on Oskar Schindler’s ring given to him by the Jews at Brunnlitz

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 1.06.42 PMWhen the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was handed down, I sought a way to make a difference for life. The greatest opportunity to do that has been the privilege of serving as President of Missouri Right to Life for the past eleven years. During that time, I have been blessed to play a small role in the passage of many pro-life bills including increased oversight of abortion clinics, a ban on late-term abortions and web cam abortions, and an extension of the required reflection period to 72 hours. Through the work of the MRL PAC, I have tried to help in building one of the largest pro-life majorities in any state legislature.

I have heard first-hand from many people across the state of their respect for the mission and the work of Missouri Right to Life. As President of the only Missouri affiliate of National Right to Life, I have had the opportunity to participate in their life-saving work at the federal level. All of these great privileges and blessings for me have been because of Missouri Right to Life.

I thank the board for giving me this opportunity, and I thank our dedicated staff for their tireless work. Any success that I had in my role was only because of the support of these wonderful people. I thank the regional boards, the chapter leaders, and the thousands of members of Missouri Right to Life for sharing this journey with me.

With a grateful heart and my very best wishes, I pass the torch of leading MRL to my very dear friend, Steve Rupp. Steve has been part of the pro-life battle for many years serving as Vice President of MRL, Chairman of the Eastern Region and St. Louis Chapter, bus captain of the Missouri Life Caravan, and in many other pro-life endeavors. I know that Steve’s leadership will bring many blessings to MRL.

Therese Sander, former state legislator and long-time board member of MRL, will serve as Vice President. Her experience in the legislature and commitment to MRL’s mission gives her unique insight into our legislative efforts. She will be a great support and resource for Legislative Liaison Susan Klein and Legislative Director Jerry Nieters in our work in the Capitol.

I will always support the work of MRL and know that new opportunities to make a difference for life are ahead of me. A new generation of pro-life Fichters is in the wings! Tom and I will be taking our oldest grandchild to Washington in January for her first March for Life. I pray that this new generation will be the last generation to fight this battle.

Whenever the holocaust of abortion comes to an end, as it surely will, I know that Missouri Right to Life will play a role in that victory. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me share in this great work.

Wishing you a joyous and blessed Christmas,
Pam Fichter

Help Save Lives with Your (Last Minute) Christmas Shopping!

e-scripIf you are doing some or all of your Christmas shopping on-line, you can help save lives at the same time by doing it through the eScrip On-line Mall. When you designate Missouri Right to Life Education Fund as your benefiting organization, we will receive a percentage of what you spend. That percentage will depend on what merchants you patronize.

In order to sign up for On-line Mall shopping click on the address below. Download “Forgetmenot” at the Online Mall site and register. Each time you shop online, “Forgetmenot” will remind you when you are shopping at a participating merchant’s site with a pop-up box. By clicking in that box whenever it appears, your purchase will generate a donation to MRL Education Fund.

(Note: if you were previously signed up on the on-line Mall using Autoearn, you will have to remove the Autoearn program from your computer and download Forgetmenot.)

Sign up and start shopping at: https://shopping.escrip.com/

MRL Statewide Meeting Rescheduled for December 6

Due to the threat of bad weather and not wanting anyone to be put in danger, we have decided to reschedule the meeting for December 6. It will still be at Immaculate Conception Parish but in Kertz Hall.

All other details remain the same. Please mark your calendar now and join us to hear Nancy Valko, past president of Nurses for Life, discuss the decline in medical ethics and the impact of that on the right to life in our state and nation.

Registration is required. Email or call: righttolife@missourilife.org or 573-635-5110.

Additional notices will be included in the next three Lifelines.

Join Us This Saturday for the MRL Statewide Meeting

nurse-for-lifeJoin us this Saturday, November 15th for a presentation by Nancy Valko, past president of Nurses for Life. Ms. Valko will discuss the decline in medical ethics and the impact of that on the right to life in our state and nation. Ms. Valko has both personal and professional experience in medical and ethical decisions for end-of-life care and non-heart beating organ donations.  

The presentation will be of special interest to all those in the medical profession as well as those making end-of-life legal and medical decisions. Other presentations will include an update on the legal challenges to Obamacare and the latest educational and legislative information.

The event is at Immaculate Conception Parish, Pleus Hall, 1206 E. McCarty, Jefferson City, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Lunch is provided with free-will offering. Registration is required. Email or call righttolife@missourilife.org or 573-635-5110.

A Prayer for Election Day

baby_praying_hands[1]O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.
We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.
We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.
We thank you for the opportunity that this election
year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.
Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.
Awaken your people to know that they are
not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.
Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.
Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.
Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.
May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Priests for Life

We Like Women and Babies Too!

veto-rallyOn September 10, two diverse groups converged on the Missouri Capitol, both with supposedly the same goal – to protect Missouri women.

A small group of Planned Parenthood supporters in purple shirts gathered on the Capitol steps calling for opposition to the override of Gov. Nixon’s veto of the 72-hour reflection period. They held signs which said “Protect Missouri Women.”

Hundreds of Missouri Right to Life members and other groups supporting the override filled the Capitol rotunda in a sea of red shirts calling out, “We like women, yes we do. We like women, how about you?” Post-abortive women and those conceived in rape rallied the crowd with their personal witness of how abortion hurts women, calling for the increased reflection period.

But which group is truly interested in protecting women?

In the book Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women, authors Angela Lanfranchi, Ian Gentles, and Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy document the devastating impact of induced abortion on women. After several years of intense and rigorous research, the authors outline their findings that abortion harms women physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.

The authors present evidence that the link between abortion and breast cancer is incontrovertible with 56 studies showing a positive association. The book also documents immediate physical risks of abortion from injury, including perforation of the uterus, and infections – and subsequent problems such as miscarriage, placenta previa, infertility, and premature births.

Several large studies indicate a significantly higher maternal mortality from induced abortion than from childbirth. The psychological impact of abortion includes much higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide. Post-abortive women are also more likely to contract autoimmune diseases.

Chemical abortions too are associated with various risks including fetal malformations in later pregnancies, fatal toxic shock syndrome, hemorrhages, and ectopic pregnancies. The overall failure rate of chemical abortions is at least four percent with some studies suggesting a failure rate as high as 80 percent.

World-wide studies show that sex-selective abortions overwhelmingly target baby girls. These sex-selective abortions have resulted in the loss of over 160 million girls, leaving an imbalance in the population of some countries, like China and India, that puts the remaining women at risk of sex abuse and sex trafficking.

Those in the purple shirts called for women to have less time to consider all of these risks. How can that protect women? As for those of us in red: “We like women, yes we do. We like women and babies, too!”

Pam Fichter

President, Missouri Right to Life

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