The Sanctity of Life

Did You Know?

In the United States, "In 1997, 1.33 million abortions took place, down from an estimated 1.61 million in 1990. From 1973 through 1997, more than 35 million legal abortions occurred." from the Alan Guttmacher Institute whose "mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world"--clearly not a pro-life group.

As Orthodox Christians:

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We acknowledge that God created man in His image and likeness.

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We believe that life begins at conception, as evidenced when the unborn John the Baptist "leaped for joy" in his mother's womb when the Virgin Mary approached.

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We affirm the sanctity of all human life and believe that it should be protected and defended from conception to natural death.

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We still hold the same belief upon which this country was founded: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

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We condemn any form of violence in the name of preserving life.

Resources

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Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN
on the occasion of Sanctity of Life Sunday--January 19, 2003

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Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan THEODOSIUS
on the occasion of Sanctity of Life Sunday--January 20, 2002

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First Resort Medical and Counseling Services

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Pregnancy Choices Clinic

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Walk for Life 2002

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Foothill Pregnancy Center

Good Reads

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Real Choices--Listening to Women; Looking for Alternatives to Abortion by (Khouria) Frederica Mathewes-Green

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Won by Love--Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Speaks Out for the Unborn as She Shares Her New Conviction for Life by Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) with Gary Thomas

contact Father Matthew Tate (Priest in Charge) at 503-381-3588 or Deacon Elias at 209-532-7899 or Church Contact

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