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Signs of Hope
February 13, 2008, 12:18 am
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae, Pro-life

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“You have come to the sprinkled blood” (cf. Heb 12: 22, 24): signs of hope and invitation to commitment.

Here are a few quotes from the Gospel of Life where John Paul II reminds us to have hope:

“The blood of Christ, while it reveals the grandeur of the Father’s love, shows how precious man is in God’s eyes and how priceless the value of his life….”

“It is from the blood of Christ that all draw the strength to commit themselves to promoting life. It is precisely this blood that is the most powerful source of hope, indeed it is the foundation of the absolute certitude that in God’s plan life will be victorious. ‘And death shall be no more’, exclaims the powerful voice which comes from the throne of God in the Heavenly Jerusalem (Rev 21:4)….”

“In effect, signs which point to this victory are not lacking in our societies and cultures, strongly marked though they are by the “culture of death….”

“Unfortunately it is often hard to see and recognize these positive signs, perhaps also because they do not receive sufficient attention in the communications media….”

 

Here are signs of hope for the Pro-life movement:

1. We all know that more states are passing Pro-life legislation. Each year Americans United for Life has an annual report on the progress made: Changing Law to Protect Human Life, State by State.

2. There are more Pro-life Pregnancy Crisis Centers in the U.S. than abortion providers. In an a pro-abortion article in the Palm Beach Post called The New War on Abortion it states:

“Abortion opponents are running thousands of centers, called crisis pregnancy centers — dispensing everything from baby clothes to free ultrasound pictures to prayer. There are as many as 4,000 crisis pregnancy centers in the U.S. and about 130 in Florida.

By comparison, about 1,800 centers in the U.S. provide abortions.”

3. Pro-lifers are coming up with new and innovative ways to bring the Pro-life message to our country. Here are four examples:

Truth Booth TruthBooths” are kiosks or carts set up at local malls showing 3D and 4D ultrasound images of babies in the womb.

Bound4Life A group of young people who stand before abortion clinics, courts and other public places praying and fasting in silence with red duct tape across their mouths. On the duct tape is written only one word: LIFE

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Silent No More The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is an effort to make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families. Women and Men whose lives have been affected by abortion speak out.

Crossroads Young people walking across America to save lives.

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4. Embryonic stem cell research alternative:

As we have all heard scientists in Japan and Wisconsin were able to create embryonic-like stem cells from skin cells without the destruction of human life.

Here are two interesting quotes from articles on this subject:

Scientist at Work | Shinya Yamanaka
Risk Taking Is in His Genes

“When I saw the embryo, I suddenly realized there was such a small difference between it and my daughters,” said Dr. Yamanaka, 45, a father of two and now a professor at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences at Kyoto University. “I thought, we can’t keep destroying embryos for our research. There must be another way.”

After years of searching, and at times almost giving up in despair, Dr. Yamanaka may have found that alternative. Last month, his was one of two groups of researchers that independently announced they had successfully turned adult skin cells into the equivalent of human embryonic stem cells without using an actual embryo…

And just this week scientists at UCLA have replicated this research -Here is what one of the scientists at UCLA had to say about this research:

Kathrin Plath, an assistant professor of biological chemistry at UCLA and lead author of the study, told the Daily Breeze that the stem cells they created “were virtually indistinguishable from human embryonic stem cells.” “We’re very excited about the implications of this,” she said. Full story at LifeNews.com.

There are many more new signs of hope but we thought we would highlight a few – we all need a dose of hope.

 

 


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