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Post-abortion ministry

Hurting after abortion? You are not alone. The Diocese of Duluth is here to help you heal through its post-abortion ministry, Project Rachel. This ministry offers a confidential helpline for you to speak with someone about your experience. A willing person to listen who has been specially trained to help you sort through unresolved feelings and conflict is just a confidential call away at (218) 421-7110. Move beyond the pain, call today.

MCCL opposes assisted suicide legalization

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Minnesota’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, strongly opposed legislation introduced in the Minnesota Senate that would legalize assisted suicide in the state. A companion bill was introduced in the House last week. “Proponents of assisted suicide claim that there are safeguards to prevent any problems,” said Scott Fischbach, MCCL executive director. “The truth is that this legislation poses real risks to Minnesotans.” S.F. 2286/H.F. 2152, authored by Sen Chris Eaton and Rep. Mike Freiberg, is modeled after laws adopted by a handful of other states. It would authorize doctors to prescribe lethal drugs so that patients can intentionally end their own lives. Among other concerns, MCCL officials said no one is required to witness the death, and the bill contains no safeguards to prevent pressure, coercion, or abuse once the lethal drug is dispensed. They added that the bill does not require a psychiatric evaluation before the patient receives the drug; that decision is left with the prescribing doctor. In places where assisted suicide is legal, concern about physical pain is not a major reason patients give for seeking suicide, they said. “All people deserve support, care, and protection,” Fischbach said. “Let’s improve our support for patients who are sick, elderly, and disabled. Let’s make sure good palliative care is available to everyone who needs it. Let’s fix our elder abuse problem. And let’s continue to say no to the dangerous practice of assisted suicide.” A similar bill received a Senate committee hearing in 2016 but was pulled from consideration because it lacked the necessary votes to pass.

Christ Child Society Donation Challenge

The Christ Child Society of Duluth is sponsoring a $10,000 donation challengefor the Star of the North Maternity Home opening in Duluth this year. Officials say donating now will help pregnant homeless women get off to a good start, as donations will be doubled up to $10,000 through Mother’s Day. Visit www.togetherforlifenorthland.org to donate.

Bill protecting pain-capable unborn children advances

Legislation to protect pain-capable unborn children from the lethal violence of abortion passed on a voice vote through the Minnesota Senate Health and Human Services Policy Committee and advanced to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life applauded the vote. “We have many laws,customs, and traditions that seek to protect others from pain,” said Andrea Rau, MCCL legislative director, in testimony before the committee. “Should we not extend this to the most vulnerable child – the unborn child?” The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.F. 1609 and H.F. 1312) authored by Sen. Michelle Benson and Rep. Peggy Scott, would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization (about 22 weeks gestation), when scientific evidence shows that unborn children can feel pain. Minnesota law currently allows abortion at any time during pregnancy and for any reason. The bill includes an exception when abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the mother or to prevent “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.” Abortions at this state usually involve the dilation and evacuation (D & E) method, which dismembers the unborn child and removes her from the womb piece by piece. “Unfortunately, in Minnesota, the number of pain-capable children forced to endure this grotesque procedure has been growing substantially,” Rau said, noting that Minnesota saw a nearly 500 percent increase in abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization from 2013 to 2017. “A pain-capable unborn child is a member of our human family,” she said, and ought to be “recognized as such and protected by law.”

Retrouvaille

Trouble in your marriage? Call your local Retrouvaille Community at (320) 255-5314 or (800) 470-2230 to find out more about healing troubled marriages, or visit the website www.retrouvaille.org.