PISCATAWAY – The ninth annual Critical Life Issues Conference, sponsored by the Diocese of Metuchen Office of Respect for Life, will be held on Saturday, October 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane. With the theme, “Illuminating the truth…celebrating life,” the conference, which takes place during nationally recognized Respect Life Month, will address a wide spectrum of issues which focus on protection of human life and the promotion of human dignity.
“Combining education, prayer, service and advocacy, Respect Life Month is a time when we sponsor programs and activities which bring the Church’s teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the forefront for the Catholic community as well as the wider public,” noted Jennifer Ruggiero, director of the diocesan Office of Respect for Life. “The Critical Life Issues Conference is a highlight of our efforts.”
The day will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Edward T. Hughes, D.D. and will feature guest speakers who are experts in their respective fields.
Shedding light on “eggsploitation” will be Jennifer Lahl, national director for the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. In her talk Lahl will discuss the short and long term health risks associated with human egg “donation.”
Patricia Bainbridge will expose the mixed messages spread by Planned Parenthood. Chair of the Human Life International, the largest international pro-life, pro-family, and pro-woman organization, Bainbridge will examine how Planned Parenthood targets youth, minorities and third world countries and chooses profit over truth.
The conference’s third speaker, Loretta Fleming, will focus on effective lobbying and grass roots efforts to enact pro-life public policy. Fleming, deputy director for Field Coordination for the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment in Washington, DC, will also review current federal and state legislative initiatives which are aimed at protecting human life.
Providing testimony and a musical performance at the conference will be award-winning, Christian singer, Jaime Thietten. She has dedicated part of her career to raising awareness of the value of human life from the moment of conception.
The event will conclude at 3 p.m. with benediction. Throughout the day there will be Eucharist Adoration.
Cost for the conference is $25 and includes lunch. More information and a registration form can be found on the diocesan website, www.diometuchen.org.
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