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MidWest March for Life TOMORROW!

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Reminder: The Midwest March for Life is tomorrow, January 31. The March will begin at 10:00 am at the Governor’s mansion, followed by a rally and a luncheon (reservation required) where MRL president, Steve Rupp, will be a guest speaker.

Prior to the march there will be educational booths and prayer in the state capitol rotunda. Please come and show your pro-life support and Wear Red For Life!

Missouri Remembers Roe, 2015

Pro-life citizens from around the state have scheduled activities to commemorate the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade and remember the over 57 MILLION unborn children who have been killed as a result of that ruling.

In addition to the thousands of Missourians who have traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life, several Missouri Right to Life chapters will also have events in their communities:

January 22, Sedalia — Annual Memorial Observance, 12 noon, Pettis County Courthouse.

January 22, Kansas City — Prayer Vigil for Life – 12:00 noon, Illus Davis Plaza (across from Federal Court House). Email mrl-wr@att.net for more information.

January 22, Independence — Candlelight Vigil 7-8 pm Noland Rd & 24 Highway, Independence. Sponsored by Independence Chapter MRL. For details: call 816-836-0830.

January 22, Warrensburg — Candlelight Children’s Ceremony, 7 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church, 416 NW Hwy 13 about three miles north of Warrensburg.  Keynote speaker, Patti White, RN, founder and leader of New Beginnings Women’s Center in Warrensburg. For further information, please call 660-747-5772.

January 22, St. Louis — Young adult pro-life holy hour and rosary, 7 pm at the Cathedral Basilica.

January 25, Lamar, Barton County — Barton County Right to Life January 22nd  Memorial Service. Memorial Hall, Lamar MO, 2:00 pm. Keynote Speaker will be Randy Gariss, pastor of College Heights Christian Church in Joplin MO.

January 31, Statewide — Midwest March for Life and Rally, Jefferson City, Prayers and Exhibitors, Capitol, 8:00 am to 10:00 am, March, Governor’s Mansion 10:00 to 10:40 am, Rally 10:45 Capitol Rotunda, Luncheon immediately following at Selinger Center, reservations for luncheon are required, call (573) 340-8444.

MRL President Steve Rupp to Speak at Midwest March for Life Luncheon

sruppNew MRL president, Steve Rupp will be one of the speakers at the luncheon following the Midwest March for Life and Rally on January 31, 2015.

The luncheon will be held in the Selinger Center at St Peter’s church (across Broadway from the capitol) and will begin immediately following the rally, which starts at 10:45 am. Reservations are required for the luncheon and can be made at (573) 340-8444.

The March will begin at 10:00 am at the Governor’s mansion, corner of Capitol and Madison. Prior to the march there will be educational booths and prayer in the State Capitol rotunda. Please come and show your pro-life support and Wear Red For Life!

Why We March

The 41st annual March for Life in Washington DC on January 22 will draw hundreds of thousands of marchers from across the country.  Largely ignored by the media every year,  last year’s march included an estimated record number of participants – over 500,000.  While these marchers represent all 50 states, all ages and walks of life, we are united in our purpose and commitment.

We march because it is our First Amendment right as citizens to freedom of speech, assembly, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievance. We march in Washington because it is from there that the Supreme Court handed down concurrent decisions on January 22, 1974,  Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton,  that struck down all existing state laws regarding abortion and unleashed 41 years of abortion-on-demand for the full nine months of pregnancy in all fifty states.

We march because we believe in the words of the Declaration of Independence which acknowledge “self-evident” truths of the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  As good citizens, we seek to restore these rights acknowledged by our founding fathers which have been denied to millions of unborn children.

We march to protect women.  According to reports by The Elliott Institute, almost one-third of women having abortions report suffering physical health complications; 10% suffer immediate, potentially life-threatening complications.  Post-abortive women have a 65% higher risk of clinical depression vs. childbirth; 65% suffer symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; and have a 3.5 times higher death rate from various causes after abortion than after giving birth.  The suicide rate among post-abortive women is six times higher than those who give birth.  Abortion nearly triples a woman’s risk of breast cancer and increases a woman’s risk of future miscarriages by 60%.

We march because we’re saving lives. National Right to Life reports that there is a long-term trend for fewer abortions.  The number is down significantly from 1990 when the country saw an all-time high of 1.6 million abortions per year.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control reported that abortion numbers for 2009 reflected a 4.6% reduction and another 3.1% reduction in 2010.  If the number of abortions had remained at 1.6 million, seven million more babies would have died.  In Missouri, the number of abortions has been reduced by almost half in the last ten years.

The efforts of the pro-life community to educate people on the truth and consequences of abortion, to provide alternatives to women in crisis pregnancies, to elect candidates who support the right to life of unborn children, and to support legislation that seeks to protect women from being victimized by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry is saving lives, millions of them.

We march because we know that each and every human life has dignity and worth and must be respected and protected from the moment of conception.  We know that the abortion culture has degraded that respect for all human life that is displayed daily throughout the American culture.

There are 56 million reasons why we march – the number of abortions since Roe and Doe as estimated by National Right Life based on reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood.  56 million – a number that represents the total combined population of over 18 states.  A number 40 times all American war deaths since the Civil War.

The marchers are overwhelmingly young people who recognize that these 56 million lives lost would have been their friends, neighbors, co-workers.  They know that they themselves are survivors of a culture that increasingly seeks to solve its problems with violent means.  They march because they recognize the injustice of these 56 million abortions.  They march because they know that if those 56 million lives had no value, then their own lives are in jeopardy.

The March for Life is the longest, largest, most consecutive public assembly in the history of the United States.  On this January 22, the 41st anniversary of the tragic Roe and Doe decisions, we march once again as we will every year until the promise of our founding of fathers is restored to all Americans – born and unborn.   We march for many reasons – 56 million of them.

Pam Fichter
President, Missouri Right to Life

MidWest March for Life


On Saturday, January 25, hundreds will gather at 10:00 am in front of the Governor’s Executive Mansion at 100 Madison Street for the Fourth Annual Mid-West March for Life. Marchers will proceed through the streets of downtown Jefferson City to rally at the Capitol to focus attention on what 41 years of legalized abortion has wrought.  Missouri Right to Life President, Pam Fichter will address the Rally.

For more information visit: http://www.midwestmarchforlife.com

Missouri Life Caravan Heads to Washington DC

Missouri-Life-CaravanWednesday, January 22nd, marks the 41st year of legalized abortion in the United States, the loss of an estimated 56 million lives. We pray for the unborn and for the safety of those traveling to Washington DC to attend the National March for Life.

Buses from all over Missouri will be headed to Washington DC filled with pro-lifers commemorating the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Missouri Right to Life is sending almost 1,000 people to stand up for life. At this time, the buses are full.

In the morning there will be a meeting with Missouri legislators in room 485 of the Russell Senate Office Building. Click here for the full schedule of speakers.

After the legislative meeting, the participants will proceed to the March Rally. The MRL group will be gathering at the Carousel on the Mall  at 7th and Madison. After the March, participants will visit individual Congressmen’s and Congresswomen’s offices.

Missouri Remembers Roe

Pro-life citizens from around the state are planning activities to commemorate the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade and remember the over 53 MILLION unborn children who have been killed as a result of that ruling.

Thousands of Missourians will be boarding buses to head to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. Several Missouri Right to Life chapters will also have events in their communities.

If you are unable to travel to Washington, please attend a local event to acknowledge the lives lost due to the Roe v Wade decision.

March for Life Bus Trips

Missouri Life Caravan – The annual bus trip to Washington, DC’s March for Life, January 22-24. Call MRL-Eastern Region, 314-434-4900, or MRL State Office, 573-635-5110, or e-mail LifeCaravan@missourilife.org for more information.

Sedalia Chapter – 2012 Right to Life Trip to Washington DC, January 21-24. E-mail David Fall at dfall@gogremlins.com or call 660-221-6138 for more information

Springfield/Cape Girardeau – January 21-24, five buses will leave from Springfield and also pick up passengers in Cape Girardeau. Please call 573-334-7298 or e-mail kkeesee@charter.net for more information

Washington MO – January 20-24. Please call 636-239-5883 or e-mail bill.gegg@att.net for more information

Western Region – Please call 816-353-4113 or e-mail mrlwr@att.net for information.

Community Events

Barton County Chapter – Jan. 22nd, 2:00 p.m., Memorial Hall, Lamar. Guest speaker State Rep. Mike Kelly, and a presentation by Life Choices Pregnancy Resource Center

East Central Area Chapter – Jan. 23rd, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Candlelight Memorial Gathering at two locations: 5th & Jefferson in Washington, MO and at the Courthouse Square in
Union, MO

Mid Missouri March for Life – Jan 18th, 7:00p.m. Dinner, St. Martin’s Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 Rt. T, Jefferson City. Guest speakers Shawn Carney, co-founder of 40 Days for Life, and Dr. Alan Keyes. Jan. 19th, 10:00a.m. March to the Capitol. Guest speakers Dr. Keyes, Bridget Van Means, President of Thrive, and Coach Dave Daubenmire. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Help Center, St. Raymond’s Society, and 40 Days for Life. For more information, call 571-403-2977.

Monroe City Chapter – Ecumenical prayer service and candlelight march in Monroe City. The prayer service is at the K of C Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. and the march will follow. Contact Charlotte Schneider 573-735-2082 for information.

Sedalia Chapter – Jan. 23rd, 12 noon, Annual Memorial at the Pettis County Courthouse. Guest speaker Missouri Right to Life President Pam Ficther.

Western Region – January 22nd Candlelight Vigil for Life, 23rd & Noland Rd., 6:00 p.m. Contact Linda Vansandt, 816-252-2486, for information

January 23rd Prayer Vigil for Life, noon to 1:00 p.m., Ilus Davis Park (north side), 400 E. 9th St., Kansas City, MO. Contact the Missouri Right to Life Western Region office for more information, 816-353-4113


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