Bible Verses Addressing Life
There are many verses in the Bible that deal with respecting the sanctity of human life. Verses are in different Bible versions:
KING JAMES VERSION
NEW KING JAMES VERSION
NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
Statistics Show More Than 56 Million Abortions Since Roe v. Wade
There have been more than 56 million abortions performed in the US since the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton court decisions were handed down by the US Supreme Court Justices. That action legalized abortion in all 50 states through all nine months of pregnancy in 1973. The most recent statistics show 26,395 abortions were performed in Michigan in 2016, and there have been 1,194,427 abortions in Michigan since statistics were first kept in 1980.
ABORTION STATISTICS IN THE U.S. AND MICHIGAN
Ideas for Churches
Every church can have a positive prolife impact. Actively promoting a culture of life throughout the year can be inspiring and enjoyable!
WHAT CHURCHES CAN DO TO PROMOTE LIFE
The Story of Right to Life
The Story of Right to Life is a PowerPoint presentation for use in churches and group settings to educate about what it means to be prolife and the work of Right to Life groups.
This is a story about relationships. And, as such, it’s a story about us all. It’s as broad as the human journey, for it is woven into the fabric of our deepest issues. Human rights, preventing violence, child abuse and caring for the terminally ill are all spokes of the same wheel. And at the center of this wheel is the respect for human life.
In the Image of God
In the Image of God stresses that all life comes from our creator. In that way, we are called to protect the least among us, the unborn child. This PowerPoint briefly describes how abortion became legal in the United States, its impact on our nation and the developmental facts and pictures which show us that unborn children are human, too.
Creado a imagen de DIOS
"Creado a imagen de Dios es una presentación de PowerPoint para que las iglesias enseñen sobre la Inviolabilidad de la Vida Humana, y también los dos fallos de la Corte Suprema que legalizaron el aborto por cualquier razón hasta los 9 meses del embarazo.
Cruel and Usual Punishment
Cruel and Usual Punishment is a PowerPoint presentation that contrasts the wonder of fetal development with the brutality of abortion. The presentation does not utilize any graphic abortion photos but does provide detailed descriptions of abortion procedures used and compares them with detailed facts about fetal development.
What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath gives a broad introduction to the history and practices of Planned Parenthood. Contrary to the public image of a trusted health care provider, Planned Parenthood has a troubling history as the nation's largest provider and promoter of abortion.
MORE ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Discussion Guide
SoHLS DISCUSSION GUIDE- This guide helps to facilitate thoughtful discussion about the development of the unborn child as well as provide for dialog about legal abortion and the need to defend, protect and value innocent human life.
Being Prolife: How the Church can Help the Least of These
This flyer is designed as a bulletin insert that provides a basic overview of the prolife movement and our key issues of abortion and euthanasia. It's great to use for Respect Life Month in October or other times of the year to highlight prolife issues.
Prolife Educational Materials
Books and videos are available from the Right to Life of Michigan lending libraries in the educational resource centers. Help your congregation have a better understanding of prolife issues by makign some of these resources available for classes or group discussions.
PROLIFE VIDEO LISTING
Reflection on Psalm 139
Rabbi Loren Jacobs' message, based on Psalm 139, makes the case for the sanctity of all human life, including unborn children. We must know that we are never alone. God was with each one of us from our very beginning, at the moment of our creation and before, and He will be with us at our end and beyond! God Himself is very much involved in our life! Read this message and be inspired.
Monthly educational updates for the faith community.
Church Bulletin Suggestions
The following information can be used for church bulletins or newsletters. Feel free to edit the information as needed.
200th baby surrendered under Michigan’s Safe Delivery law
On August 21 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that the 200th infant has been surrendered since Michigan’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Act went into effect in 2001. Rather than abandoning and risking the life of a newborn, the mother can safely and confidentially surrender the newborn to an emergency service provider up to 72 hours after birth. This life-saving law only works when women are aware of its existence.
Down syndrome disappearing in Iceland?
On August 13 CBS News reported on Down syndrome in Iceland. Prenatal screenings influenced by legalized abortion and negative attitudes about people with disabilities has led to most children with Down syndrome being eliminated in Iceland before birth. Abortion rates for children diagnosed with disabilities are also extremely high in America. Learn more about abortion and disabilities on the Right to Life of Michigan website at www.RTL.org.
Pregnancy help grants highlight needs in Detroit
On August 29 Right to Life of Michigan awarded grants to four pregnancy centers located in Detroit. The grants represent a step towards increasing the prolife movement’s focus on addressing the fact that a quarter of the state’s abortions happen in Detroit. Abortions continue to decline around the state, but Detroit’s abortion rate remains high. New plans and additional actions to address abortions in Detroit and educate people about this ongoing problem are in development.
Resource Helps Explain Importance of Life Issues
The Preaching the Prolife Message brochure explains to church leaders why it is important to discuss life issues in faith settings, and gives some tips on preparing sermons on abortion and other prolife issues.
PREACHING THE PROLIFE MESSAGE
Need a Visual?
Showing the reality and impact of abortion without using graphic pictures is challenging. However, one powerful way to "see" how abortion has damaged our country is to juxtapose the war on the unborn to the number of American's who lost their lives in battle. This handout is especially helpful around Memorial Day.
AMERICAN WAR CASUALTIES & WAR ON THE UNBORN
Guidelines for Political Activity
Congress has enacted special tax laws applicable to churches, religious organizations, and ministers in recognition of their unique status in American society and of their rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
This brochure gives pastors and churches general guidance on what activities they can and can't engage in involving election or legislative activities.
WHAT CHURCHES CAN AND CAN'T DO
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers this more in-depth reference guide of federal tax law and procedures.
FEDERAL TAX LAW GUIDE