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Presbyterians Pro-Life ENEWS 
March, 2013


Have you read the good news about the 44 babies saved in the first week of the 40 Days for Life campaign? Prayer unleashes the power of God in the world. I urge you to spend at least one hour praying for God to end abortion during the next 40 days. Will you include PPL in your prayers so that God might strengthen us to be Evangelists for Life in a culture of death?

In this season of Lent many are participating in special Bible studies to draw our hearts toward repentance in this season when we remember Jesus' journey to the cross for us. The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness (formerly Washington Office) has posted a study titled "Advocacy as Discipleship: A People Called to Witness." PPL has criticised the advocacy of the Office on many occasions in the past, but I am glad to participate in this study. I am certain I will not agree with everything in it, but truly, the Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus has come to set captives free, to feed the hungry, and to heal the sick. We are called to advocate for the weakest among us and to restore justice in our communities and the world. There will undoubtedly be one whole class of humanity missing from the advocacy focus of this study because of the abortion policies of the PC(USA). I feel certain there will be no mention of the unborn child in this study. "Justice begins in the womb" is more than a cliche. I'll be blogging about that in the next 40 days....follow my comments here.
 
Our eyes are open Wordle of life issues

by P.J. Southam

Which of these are life issues?

Does the Christian pro-life community care about more than the unborn? Presbyterians Pro-Life has a particular focus, does that mean we wear blinders to every other human need? Read Southam's essay here.

Three person embryo fertilization: Why should Christians be concerned?
Baby at 1 month in utero
Illustrates a baby at 1 month in utero
a PPL blog post by Marie Bowen
Last week an FDA committee heard from proponents and critics of an embryo fertilization technique using DNA from three persons. Is it safe? Is it wise? Is it moral? 
 
Should Christians be concerned that such genetic manipulation crosses an ethical line? 
 
Are we interfering with something sacred? 

Basic information on the "morning after pill"

Three brands of the medication known as "emergency contraception" or the "morning after pill" are sold in the U.S.: Ella, Next Choice, and Plan B. All are available in pharmacy aisles (and likely your grocery store) without prescription or ID. They work to prevent pregnancy if taken within 3 days (72 hours) of sexual activity, but do not work if the woman is already pregnant. They may work in three ways: 1) to prevent ovulation 2) to prevent fertilization or 3) to prevent implantation (PPL would define #3 as an abortion of a tiny person created by God to be a unique and separate human being with DNA from mother and father).

 

Some web pages with more information including side effects and risks: 

Health and Human Services (HHS) page
For a pro-life view, go to OptionLine

 

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide this coverage. Churches may request exemption, but not non-profits or businesses. Court cases are pending (i.e. Little Sisters of the Poor, Holly Lobby.) PPL has chosen Medi-share for our Executive Director, a Christian sharing plan approved by government as an insurance alternative.

Presbyterians Pro-Life receives no funds from any denomination. Will you send a donation today to support our voice for the dignity and value of human life in the Presbyterian and Reformed family of churches? Your partnership is very important to us! 
 
In Christ for Life,
 
Marie Bowen
Executive Director
Presbyterians Pro-Life
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Our eyes are open
Three person embryo
"Morning after pill"
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Members of PPL GA Team 2012
PPL's GA team will be at 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA),in Detroit, June 14-21.

If you come, please drop by Courtyard by Marriott (Skyline A) on Friday, June 13, 8:00-10:00 pm, for PPL's Welcome to GA Reception. Sit down for a cup of tea or coffee and chat with our board members, staff, and team. 

 

Have you grieved the loss of a child? Come sit with us at the feet of Jesus in a service of healing and worship at the Assembly, Tuesday, June 17, at 7pm, Courtyard by Marriott (Skyline A). We will mourn your loss and thank God for the gift of each child's life.

 

Check out PPL's resources at the PPL Exhibit Booth at Cobo Center.
Our booth at the Assembly offers many educational resources to assist you in increasing awareness of the value of life in your congregation. Find aids for ministry in the areas of crisis pregnancy, adoption, abortion recovery, end of life, elder care, and encouraging sexual purity for all.

 

PPL will be at the 34th Evangelical Presbyterian Church General Assembly in Knoxville, TN, June 18-21. More information soon.

Find PPL at the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) National Gathering in Dallas, Texas, August 18-20. Plans pending.
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