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Celebrate Life Magazine - Winter 2018

The winter 2018 issue of Celebrate Life Magazine contains "The end of neutrality" by Terrell Clemmons, "Pro-life essay winners," "Humane Vitae's golden anniversary" by Janet E. Smith, PhD, "Priceless value the world does not see" by Lori Hatcher, and "Seven suggestions for recognizing the personhood of the preborn" by Evelyn French

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3 As soon as you know you are pregnant, give your child a name. Choose both feminine and masculine forms of a favorite name, settling on the appropriate gender when the sex is known. Never refer to a preborn child as “it.” Say “he,” “she,” “the baby,” or use an affectionate nickname. 4 Make it known to those attending to you and your child that you want your baby baptized immediately after birth. A baptism can be done in the delivery room or even in the labor room. 5 If your baby is miscarried, ask your pastor to conduct a memorial service. Some pastors will conduct a memorial service for a child who died through miscarriage as privately as a family wishes. A Catholic priest will probably offer the Mass of the Angels, especially if the family requests it. 6 Recognize grieving parents in obvious and practical ways. For example, bring them dinner, help them plan a memorial service/funeral, but most of all, make sure to be present and to listen. Sometimes listening empathetically without saying a word can do more for a person in grief than any wisdom-filled discourse. 7 If you, or parents you know, have lost a child through miscarriage, know that help is available. For example, Elizabeth Ministry International ( offers many resources such as a “miscarriage delivery aid plus burial set” to allow a mother to deliver the child with as much dignity as circumstances allow and small burial vessels for funerals. Another excellent resource is God’s Little Ones (, which offers tiny life-like dolls to help with the grieving process. It is important to realize that everybody experiences loss and grief differently. Some will find comfort where others find none. What one might find beneficial, another might find trite. We must always be sensitive to these differences and keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all remedy for grief. Properly handling miscarriage, a tragic loss, will promote our 100% pro-life stance, recognize the personhood of the preborn, help grieving parents, and serve as a witness to those who refuse to admit the preborn are human persons from the moment of their biological beginning. Evelyn French is a retired nurse who has been writing from Colorado Spring for the last 28 years. She is the author of A Treasury of Plays to Celebrate Our Faith, the mother of eight children, and a convert to Catholicism. She writes on topics of faith to inspire others. For further reading, Celebrate Life Magazine has another superb article on miscarriage entitled “When a baby dies from miscarriage” by Jeannie Hannemann ( WABDFM), as well as a fascinating article on Catherine Jacob’s lifelike doll ministry, “God’s Little Ones,” by Diane Stark ( An exciting program to save preborn babies’ lives through American Life League and Real Estate for Life! Just call 877-543-3871 or visit Buying or selling a home or commercial property? Work with realtors who share your values and support American Life League at the same time! © Image features models and does not imply endorsement. It’s easy for you to support ALL’s life-saving mission! Real Estate for Life will receive a referral fee at no cost to you. 80% of that fee — often thousands of dollars — will be DONATED to support the urgent mission of American Life League! 10 Celebrate Life Magazine | WINTER 2018

CULTURE OF LIFE STUDIES PROGRAM What every pro-lifer should know about January 22, 1973 By Laura Kizior Every year, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, hundreds of thousands of dedicated pro-lifers gather in Washington, DC, to stand in solidarity with the babies who have lost their lives through abortion. January is an important time to reflect on how we can continue to work to end abortion—both during and after the March for Life. This usually occurs on January 22; this year, however, it occurred on January 19. Remember the babies Every year, over one million babies are slaughtered through surgical and medical abortion, and over 55 million babies have died since 1973 in the United States. Those facts alone should be enough to urge every pro-life person in the United States to work tirelessly to end abortion. The spirit of solidarity that we share with the preborn babies as members of the same human family should encourage us to stand against abortion in our own communities, schools, and families every day of the year, not just on January 22 in Washington, DC. Help the mothers and fathers One day each year, we protest, we gather with other pro-lifers, and then we go home, often forgetting that millions of mothers and fathers are hurting from the horror of abortion every day in our own communities. The speeches we hear, the signs we carry, and the conversations we have on January 22 should inspire us to take the pro-life message into our own communities. Every abortion hurts our entire society. Women who have had abortions not only suffer from physical consequences, but emotional and psychological problems as well. With every abortion, a person is denied the chance to enter society and make the world a better place. As pro-lifers, we must make a conscious and deliberate effort to help those around us who have been hurt by abortion. We need to work harder to ensure that pregnant mothers who are facing difficult situations do not think of abortion as their first and only option. Abortion is not the only threat against human beings When human beings are not respected at their earliest stages, how can we expect society to respect people with disabilities or those near the end of their lives? With the decriminalization of abortion, other threats have become increasingly salient in our society, particularly in the right-to-die movement. Euthanasia is quickly becoming the next urgent pro-life battle. As states begin to claim death and suicide as “rights” or as replacements for compassionate care, it is important for us to be aware of the threats to human beings in our own communities. We need to educate ourselves on these topics—not only to be strong witnesses of the gospel of life, but also to combat the culture of death proactively in both public and private settings. We need heroic homeschool parents, teachers, students, business people, janitors, and doctors. No matter where you are or what you do in life, there is a way for you to share the gospel of life with those around you in unique and creative ways. Laura Kizior works in American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program as a content developer. Her work has appeared on,,, and, and in the Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance newsletter. WINTER 2018 | Celebrate Life Magazine 11

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