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Life News in Brief - January 2016

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Novena of Masses

The Hibbing Deanery will again pray a Novena of Masses to end abortion, euthanasia and all attacks against human life. The Masses will begin Jan. 14 and be prayed for nine consecutive days at different churches in the deanery. The novena will conclude Jan. 22, the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. The dates, places and times will be published in church bulletins and at www.blsachibbing.org.

Together for Life is Jan. 24

Guiding Star Duluth is hosting the fifth annual Together For Life event on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Greysolon Plaza, 227 E. Superior St., Duluth. Guiding Star collaborative exhibits open at noon with a brunch program to follow at 1 p.m. Parking and brunch are free. Award ceremony for those who have made an impact on life issues this year will also take place. Plus there will be live music. RSVP simply by emailing guidingstarduluth@gmail.com.

March for Life

Catholics who would like to help save the lives of unborn children and to protect their mothers from the devastation of abortion can make a real difference on Friday, Jan. 22. Following the 10:30 a.m. Prayer Service for Life at the St. Paul Cathedral in downtown St. Paul, the annual MCCL March for Life will begin at noon on the State Capitol grounds. The 2016 March for Life, sponsored by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, commemorates the 43rd anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. These rulings have resulted in the deaths of more than 59 million unborn children, including more than 600,000 in Minnesota. “Abortion is the greatest human rights issue of our time,” MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach said. “We encourage Catholics throughout Minnesota to speak up for the sanctity of human life by participating in the MCCL March for Life.”

Taxpayer funded abortion in Minnesota: 20 years, 73,000 abortions

More than 73,000 unborn babies have been killed in Minnesota with taxpayer funds since a Dec. 15, 1995, Minnesota Supreme Court ruling required taxpayers to fund abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The Doe v. Gomez ruling established the most extreme abortion-on-demand state policy in the nation. “Twenty years of ‘free’ abortions has been disastrous for Minnesota women and their unborn babies,” said Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. “Minnesotans continue to believe it is not the mission of the state to abort thousands of innocent unborn children each year, yet that is exactly what is happening under this radical ruling.” While the total number of abortions in the state is declining gradually (but rose in 2014), taxpayer funding of elective abortions has risen most years since 1995. Minnesota taxpayers now pay for 38.1 percent of all abortions performed in the state — the highest percentage ever. MCCL is supporting current legislation, H.F. 607 / S.F. 683, to ban taxpayer-funded abortion.