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Life news in brief October 2019

40 Days for Life

The Duluth 40 Days for life is happening all month at the Building for Women, 32 E. First St., Duluth. For more information or to register for vigil hours visit Prayer warriors are needed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day from Sept. 25 to Nov. 3. New volunteers are needed and will be paired with a veteran. Help save babies and mothers in the area with your prayers and presence.

Prolife speaker

Dr. Haywood Robinson, a nationally renowned speaker for life, will be speaking at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Second St., Duluth. On his way to this engagement, Dr. Robinson will stop by the Duluth abortion center, 32 E. First St., Duluth, at 6:30 p.m. for a few words. Dr. Robinson was an abortion doctor for many years until he found the Lord. Join Dr. Robinson as he shares his testimony to expose the facts of the abortion industry and to be a voice for the unborn. Event sponsored by 40 Days for Life.


Thinking about separation or divorce? Hurting? Angry? Feel helpless? Retrouvaille is a lifeline for troubled marriages. Since 1977, more than 40,000 marriages have been saved. Couples learn the tools to rediscover each other and heal their marriage. One hundred percent confidential. The next event is Oct 4-8 at Dakota Ridge Best Western Hotel, 3450 Washington Dr., Eagan. To register, contact [email protected] or (800) 470-2230. For more information, visit

Birthmother retreat

Our Lady of Grace Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina, is holding a birthmothers retreat Oct. 12 from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. This retreat is for women of all faiths who have experienced the pain of relinquishing a child to adoption. Cost is $15, which includes breakfast and lunch. Scholarships available. There is a parish Mass at 8:30 a.m. for those interested. For questions contact Erin Merrigan (612) 298-9369. To register, contact Melissa Miller [email protected] or (952) 929-3317 x9040.

Assisted suicide bill receives committee hearing

A Minnesota House committee last month held an informational hearing on a bill to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota. The legislation, which would authorize doctors to prescribe lethal drugs so that patients can intentionally end their lives, is strongly opposed by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. “Assisted suicide is a danger to all of us,” said Scott Fischbach, MCCL executive director. “Contrary to the assertions of activists trying to generate public support for this bill, legalizing assisted suicide would pose real risks to Minnesotans.” The hearing on H.F. 2152, authored by Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley, was informational. Similar legislation has been proposed in recent years but has never advanced out of a legislative committee. MCCL cites the following dangers of the bill: Once the lethal drug has been dispensed, no safeguards exist to prevent pressure, coercion, or abuse. No one is required to witness the death. Public and private insurers have a financial incentive to steer patients toward suicide rather than expensive life-extending treatment. Some patients in states with assisted suicide have been denied treatment and offered assisted suicide instead. The bill does not require a psychiatric evaluation before the patient receives the drug. In Oregon and Washington, only a tiny fraction of patients seeking suicide are evaluated, and research shows that some patients receiving lethal drugs have suffered from depression. The bill says only patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live are eligible, but these predictions are often unreliable. In states with similar laws, some patients qualifying for assisted suicide have gone on to live for years. One study found that, each year in the United States about 12 millions adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed.