Ministries

Respect Life

Knowing that every human person has equal,
God-given dignity, we promote respect for life in all stages.

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Call: 410-547-5537
Email: life@archbalt.org

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“We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.” -Pope Benedict XVI

What We Do

Equip You to Defend Life

With regional and local programs, print and internet materials, and a newsletter to keep you up to date, we are a resource in your efforts to defend, protect and promote life. Our ministry is dedicated to educating and informing the public, to deepen the understanding of the sanctity of human life.

Promote Human Dignity in a Culture of Death

Drawing not only on the teachings of the Catholic Church but also on well-established and cutting-edge scientific research, we are a voice defending life in a culture increasingly intent on restricting human rights. Our practical efforts are built on our foundational calling: to PRAY for life.

Advocate for Life-Affirming Laws

Both at the archdiocesan level and in support of individual citizens, we press for laws that reflect an understanding of human dignity and universal human rights.

Care for Those Grappling with Death, and Those Who Need Help Embracing Life

Whether you are a woman with problems related to pregnancy; someone who’s been involved in abortion; someone who is disabled, sick, or dying, or the family or caregiver of someone who is sick; if you have lost a loved one to violent crime; or if you are in prison sentenced to death, through this ministry you will hear Christ’s invitation, “come to me … and I will give you rest.”

Latest News

Trump has chance to reshape high court in choosing successor to Kennedy

President Donald Trump has the chance to reshape the Supreme Court by filling the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

Baltimore’s crisis pregnancy centers will not be forced to post government-mandated signs

“I am reminded of a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,’” Archbishop Lori said.

Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire from Supreme Court

Kennedy is one of five Catholic justices on the Supreme Court along with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor.

Archbishop Lori praises Supreme Court ruling on pregnancy centers

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 June 26 that a California law that placed requirements on crisis pregnancy centers that oppose abortion violated the First Amendment.

Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is like Nazi eugenics program

Children are God's greatest gift and should be welcomed "as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even if at times they are sick," the pope said.

Hype and reality on family planning

According to a 2016 fact sheet by the Guttmacher Institute, a former Planned Parenthood affiliate, the federal government spends well over $2 billion a year on family planning, mostly through Medicaid (not affected by the regulation).

Blogs & Commentary

Recovering from vacation, for Pete’s sake, a new iCade, household chores, and the worst sounds in the world (7 Quick Takes)

Nothing is more fun than taking a vacation week at the beach. But I can’t believe how tired I still am from a vacation that ended a week ago.

Cycle of life, interrupted, for bad and then good

It’s been three weeks since a man with a grudge and a rifle shot down the doorway to the Annapolis Capital and murdered five of its employees, among them two colleagues. Every one of those 21 days has been required to process the mysteries of life and what can only be described as survivor’s guilt.

Nothing is ‘normal’ after the death of a child

The day after Nick left us, I was sobbing uncontrollably, pacing the floor alone in my living room, when my husband was out. I screamed at God, saying, “How could you take my son? My son!! Why did you take him from me???!!!”

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