Presbyterians Pro-Life
Presbyterians Pro-Life ENEWS
May 2013

Happy Mother's Day from Presbyterians Pro-Life! I am thankful to God for my own mother today and also grateful for all those who have given birth to the children God has given into the care and protection of their womb.

Mother's Day can be emotionally charged and even painful for many. Those whose mothers are no longer living may feel grief and sorrow in the days surrounding Mother's Day. Women who want children but who have not been able to conceive may feel left out and hurt by the pervasive reminders that celebrate mothers. This can also be a time of painful regret and memories for women and men who have experienced abortion. As Christ's Church let us all be on the lookout for 'divine appointments' and opportunities for extending Christ's love and care to women (and men) who are hurting in the days surrounding the celebration of Mothers.
1991 Women's charge rings on!
joyful women

Women from one of PPL's Chapters crafted a declaration in 1991 that still rings as a proclamation of commitment for pro-life Presbyterians today. PPL calls women to accept this charge as we honor all our mothers in May.

We, women and members of Presbyterian Churches - sisters, daughters, mothers, and grandmothers - believe children are a gift from God, created in His image.

BOP Annual ROC Report raises concerns
Annual Review 2012 cover
The PCUSA Board of Pensions recently released their 2012 Annual Report. On the very last page is the Relief of Conscience (ROC) Plan Report Facts. This annual ROC report is required by an action of the PCUSA General Assembly in 2008. Three items in the report raise concern for pro-life members of the PCUSA. Read more

Helping others with chronic diseases, & why it matters
Caring for ill woman
In a previous article, Dr. Martha Leatherman and I wrote about helping people who have terminal illnesses. Love, care, and support for those at the end of life can be a powerful witness to Jesus Christ. It can be a powerful witness against assisted suicide and euthanasia. Equally important is love, care, and support for those with chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses include asthma, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, and many others. These are long-lasting and ever present in the person who has them. Living with these conditions can lead to depression and hopelessness. The musician Kurt Cobain took his own life. It was reported that he had Crohn's disease, and was tired of living with it. We can only speculate if things would have been different if he had a Christian friend who cared for him.

In June, PPL will begin a series of three articles about the harm that abortion causes to women. Drs. Patricia Lee June and Martha Leatherman will share important information with us in that series. Look for it in your inbox in early June.

Join us in praying for God's help in defending life by using the prayer calendar in the right column of this ENEWS.

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Let us know how we can support you in your ministry to uphold the value of every human life from fertilization to natural death.

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In Christ for Life,
Marie Bowen
Executive Director
Presbyterians Pro-Life
Heading to the EPC General Assembly, June 18-22? Please be sure to come by the PPL Exhibit Table to greet us and explore our resources!
In This Issue
1991 Women's charge
BOP Annual ROC Report
Helping others with chronic diseases
Pray with PPL
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Pray with PPL
May 12-18

1. Read Gen. 1:1,3; Psalm 121:2; Isaiah51:16; Jeremiah 32:17; 2 Corinthians 5:5

2. Pray and thank God for His creation; ask
Him to forgive you for not trusting Him in the little things when He is able to do anything.

3. Pray and give thanks that God created us, knitted us together in our mother's womb.
And for our own mother's and the sacrifices they made to give us birth, nurture, and care for us.

May 19-25

1. Read
Deut. 33:27;
Psalm 102:27;
Isaiah 46:4;
2 Peter 3:8; Revelation 4:8

2. Pray and give thanks to God for being eternal and for giving you eternal life with Him.

3. Pray for those who are waiting on adoption; for the children they desire to adopt; that they will rest in God's grace and trust
Him to carry them through.

May 26-June 1

1. Read
Joshua 23:14; 2 Timothy 2:19;
Titus 1:2;
I Peter 4:19;
I John 1:9; Revelation 6:10

2. Pray for those who suffer on behalf of life; that they will trust God's will and His faithfulness as they seek to do good.

3. Pray and give thanks that when we confess our sins they are forgiven and we are
cleansed of all unrighteousness.
A Mother's Joy
(Jesus) "A woman when she is in labor has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child*, she no longer remembers her anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world." (NKJ)
(*Gr. anthropos meaning 'human being')
John 15:21