Presbyterians Pro-Life
Presbyterians Pro-Life ENEWS 
February 2014

On Christmas Day our second son and his wife announced that a new baby had entered our family. This week we learned he is a boy! His first picture is in the article below. New life is incredibly good news, but sometimes death follows too closely and expectant parents find themselves facing grief even before birth. The church has love and comfort and hope to offer grieving parents but we need knowledge too and I hope you will find helpful resources in this email that will inform your ministry.

We have spotlighted a medical missionary in the Cameroon, Dr. Paul Atem in this newsletter because we know that our readers understand that it is not enough to stand against abortion--we must also support women in choosing life affirming alternatives. We'd like to lift up Dr. Atem's ministry as one deserving of your church mission dollars!

by Marie Bowen

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Baby Boy Bowen

"Our hearts were crushed. Yet, we determined that every moment we had with Sophia would be a celebration of her life and the time that God gave her."


These words were written in a blog journal kept by Lindsey and Kevin Dennis when the daughter they loved was diagnosed prenatally at 20 weeks with anencephaly. They chose to celebrate Sophie's life while she lived in the womb. Their story is poignantly told by Brad Mattes of in a January 28 article, on perinatal hospice.


Excerpts from a story by Bridget Smith
Dr. Paul Atem
Dr. Paul Atem
After attending university, Dr. Paul Atem worked for a Baptist hospital for two years to meet educational requirements. While he was working there, he witnessed the heart breaking stories of numerous young women who came to the clinic out of desperation to seek abortions. He grieved the tragedy of women who were choosing this wrong path and longed to offer them an alternative. Read more.
PPL recommends. . .

Warning: there are graphic images not suitable for children 5 minutes into this video. The discussion between these three pastors is excellent.

Will to Live Resouces Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at The National Right to Life Committee

Conferences & Events

Imago Dei: Male & Female He Created Them, February 28-March 2, 2014 at Providence Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Robinson Township, PA

Life Team Summit, Saturday, March 8, in St. Louis, MO, sponsored by Churches for Life
Be sure to read about PPL's newest chapter Choose Life in Fair Oaks, California. They are the first EPC PPL Chapter and the are off the ground and running to defend the imago dei in tiny vulnerable lives!

God's Spirit seems to be moving in a wave of pro-life awareness in many places. PPL appears to be on the edge of explosive growth one minute and incapacitated by our small staff and tiny budget the next. Pray for us and please give as generously as you are able. Remember to thank God daily for your own life and for His LIFE within you!
In Christ for Life,
Marie Bowen
Executive Director
Presbyterians Pro-Life
In This Issue
Birth & death, bittersweet companions
A heart for Cameroon
PPL recommends
Promoting Life: PPL Chapters
Quick Links
PPL's new EPC Chapter
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If you are attending the EPC Pacific Presbytery meeting at Centerpoint Church in Roseville, CA today or tomorrow, you may see a table sponsored by PPL's newest  (and the first in the EPC) PPL Chapter: Choose Life! Founded by members at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church after Suzi Kneedler talked with Marie Bowen at the EPC General Assembly in June, the chapter is already experiencing growth as God calls individuals from other churches to join their lively witness to the value of human life.

With encouragement from Choose Life leaders, Amy Scherschligt and Melinda Klopsch, the Fair Oaks church observed Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 26 at all four of their services by showing a 4 minute video on the dignity of human life from Focus on the Family. Amy & Melinda had a table in the Caffe Presse following each service to introduce their chapter to the congregation. 

In addition to their presence at the presbytery meeting, chapter members are working cooperatively with their local 40 Days for Life effort and also paying visits to local government offices in a public pro-lfie witness effort. With others in their community they are planning a Life Summit for June.

To learn how you can begin a chapter in your church or presbytery visit our website or contact the PPL Office.


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