Pro-Life News: France, Abortion, BarlowGirl, Verastegui, Assisted Suicide

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 21, 2011   |   12:23PM   |   Washington, DC

 The following are pro-life news briefs from across the world.

Thousands Plan to March for Life in France

Paris, France — The seventh annual March for Life in Francewill take place in Paris on Sunday January 23 at 2.30 pm. The march will begin at the Place de la République. On the previous evening, Saturday January 22, a prayer vigil is taking place at 8.30 pm in Saint Francis Xavier Church, Place du Président Mithouard (7th district), Paris.

The event has grown in size from year to year since it was first held. The 2010 March was a huge success. Attendances at past marches have reached between 15,000 to 20,000 peaceful participants, many of whom are young people under the age of 25.

Delegations from other European countries usually attend and the organisers once again expect that there will be a significant attendance from across Europe. We encourage anyone who is in a position to do so to support this March for Life. ELN. January 10.

Christian Rock Band BarlowGirl to Headline Youth Rally

Washignton, DC — Rock for Life, Students for Life, 40 Days for Life and Human Life Alliance are proud to host Christian Rock Band BarlowGirl as headliner of the first ever annual National Pro-Life Youth Rally.  “We are so excited to play National Pro-Life Youth Rally,” said Becca Barlow, guitarist for BarlowGirl, “It is our hope and prayer that our participation and performance will encourage youth to speak out and be compassionate for LIFE and Christlike in their efforts to restore protection for all children in the womb.” See

Mexican Actor Eduardo Verastegui to Build Large Pregnancy Center

Los Angeles, CA — Mexican producer and actor Eduardo Verastegui has announced that his organization, Mantle of Guadalupe, is planning to build the largest pro-life women’s clinic in the United States. erastegui’s announcement came during the first-ever gala held by Mantle of Guadalupe and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. The gala took place Jan. 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and brought together 300 noted guests, including Philip Rivers from the San Diego Chargers, Mexican actor Karyme Lozano, actor Sean Astin from “The Lord of the Rings,” violinist Roddy Chong and motivational speaker Nick Vujicic. Vujicic also received an award for his courageous testimony in defense of human life. (Catholic News Agency)

European Court of Human Rights Dimisses Swiss Assisted Suicide Case

Strasbourg, France — Switzerland did not violate any human rights when it refused to give a mentally ill man over-the-counter access to a drug in order to end his life. In a ruling on Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg dismissed an appeal by the 58-year-old man, who after two suicide attempts in 2004 turned to Dignitas, a Swiss assisted suicide organisation. However, no doctor was prepared to write a prescription for the necessary 15 grams of sodium pentobarbital, which is available only on prescription.

New Montana Anti-Assisted Suicide Group Forms

Helena, MT — The Montanans Against Assisted Suicide and For Living with Dignity have formed as a group of individuals and groups to support Senator Greg Hinkle’s Senate Bill 116 to oppose assisted suicide and prevent elder abuse in Montana. The Montanans Against Assisted Suicide and For Living with Dignity have organized a post-card campaign and they are encouraging Montanans to send hand-written letters to their Representatives to encourage them to support Senator Hinkle and oppose assisted suicide.