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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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All hands on deck! By Laura Kizior, curriculum developer for ALL’s Culture of Life Studies Program When American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program releases a new lesson or unit study, it is an opportunity for everyone at American Life League to help with his or her unique gifts and talents. Since our team is based in four different states, collaboration can become a little difficult. But somehow, it all works out! This past Christmas, we published a new lesson about Saint Nicholas as the pro-life Santa Claus. As the deadline closed in, we desperately needed a finished craft project to include with the lesson. I drew a rough sketch and sent it to our graphic designer so that she could make a template for the craft photo shoot. As we went back and forth over email, the project continued to evolve as we added embellishments and changed the design. It looked awesome as a digital mock-up, but when I tried to make a practice version of the project, it was clear that my art skills left much to be desired. It got to the point where I would make a version of the craft, snap a photo and email it to the graphic designer who would then make a version to show me what she was thinking. In the end, the collaboration made the project even better than either of us had hoped. This past month, we faced another problem created by distance. When we released our latest unit study, All Shapes and Sizes, we decided to include a special pro-life training as a part of the launch. But this meant that the entire American Life League staff had to pitch in and help with everything from creating graphics, to filming videos, to writing articles and social media posts. In the end, we were able to meet our strict deadlines, thanks to the support of the entire American Life League staff. One great thing about working for a prolife organization like American Life League is that our own unique gifts and talents are appreciated and cultivated. We understand that every single human being is created by God for a special purpose—and we know that we can use those talents for the glory of God and to save precious babies. We might be separated by distance, but we are united in our mission. AMERICAN LIFE LEAGUE’S Associate Program As a member of American Life League’s Associate Program, your group will have access to • Exclusive information and outreach materials to help you battle the culture of death; • ALL speakers and a staff to help you with research, media consultation, and assistance on a wide range of pro-life, pro-family topics; • A periodic newsletter to keep you informed and connected with your pro-life peers; • Total independence while gaining national recognition as an ALL Associate. For information on joining ALL’s Associate Program, e-mail Bridget Carroll at, or visit Has Celebrate Life Magazine or any of American Life League’s other great resources impacted your life or helped you impact someone else’s life? We’d love to share your story! E-mail us at or mail CLM, PO Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555. 24 Celebrate Life Magazine | WINTER 2018

Priceless value the world does not see A response to physician-assisted suicide Granny showing Lori’s oldest daughter, Kristen, how to crochet. By Lori Hatcher My grandmother suffered from dementia. During the last year of her life, she couldn’t leave her bed, didn’t recognize any of us, wore a diaper, and had to be fed every meal she ate. Some people said her life was worthless and non-productive—saying it was a waste of resources, space, and energy to care for her. Every Monday afternoon, for two years, I’d pack up my two little girls and their schoolbooks and drive an hour to visit her. Sometimes my grandmother would be asleep. Other times, she wouldn’t acknowledge me. She never remembered we’d been there. “An entire afternoon and several gallons of gas wasted,” some would say. “Her life isn’t worth living.” But my girls and I continued to visit. We spooned pudding, ice cream, and scrambled eggs into my grandmother’s mouth. We kissed her, talked to her, and held her hand. I brushed her soft grey hair and rubbed lotion on her feet. We sat by her bed, called the nurse when her diaper needed changing, and pretended we were having a two-sided conversation. I’m sure my grandmother suffered in ways we’ll never know, because she couldn’t tell us. But her suffering wasn’t purposeless, nor was her existence. While her life may not have been pain-free or productive from her—or the world’s—perspective, it accomplished a lot from mine. My granny’s suffering wasn’t wasted. It was invested. Every time I made the long drive to visit my grandmother, cared for her, and loved her more than I loved myself, my schedule, and my convenience, I was becoming a better person. Caring for my grandmother made me Four generations—L-R Back row, Lori’s mother, her grandmother, and Lori; Front row, niece Jamie and Lori’s daughters Mary Leigh and Kristen more compassionate, more appreciative, gentler, more unselfish, and humbler. Dying to my flesh that sometimes wanted to be anywhere but walking through the doors of that nursing home taught me courage, loyalty, commitment, and love. It taught me that we don’t abandon our loved ones when they can no longer care for themselves, that family sticks together no matter what, and that we serve each other at all times, even when it’s neither convenient nor fun. And those little girls whom I dragged along at the expense of their school lessons? They were learning the same lessons that I was. Someday, they’ll be taking care of me. I pray they will have learned the lessons well. Lori Hatcher is the author of the devotional book and blog, Hungry for God… Starving for Time, 5-Minute Devotions for Busy Women (LoriHatcher. com). Married for 33 years to her pastor husband, she lives delightfully close to her three grandchildren in Lexington, South Carolina. There is an excellent organization called the Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance ( The organization promotes and develops concrete pro-life healthcare alternatives for those facing the grave consequences of healthcare rationing and unethical practices, especially those at risk of euthanasia and assisted suicide. WINTER 2018 | Celebrate Life Magazine 25

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