Public Policy

An important component of the work of the Respect Life Apostolate is its effort to impact public policy. Without successfully improving our laws, our efforts to educate and provide abortion alternatives will achieve limited results.

The RLA works with Parish Respect Life Committees to maintain and build effective communication networks which can be mobilized to contact public officials regarding pertinent legislation. The RLA works in close cooperation with the Missouri Catholic Conference and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to keep the people of the Archdiocese well-informed about legislation on the state and federal levels, such as the current Missouri Abortion Ballot Initiative. 

2023-2024 Missouri Abortion Ballot Initiative Updates & Resources

CURRENT RESOURCES (June - November 2024)  

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PRIOR RESOURCES (October 2023 - May 2024) 

2022 - 2023 USCCB Dobbs Resources for Parish Leaders

Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) Public Policy Updates

The Missouri Catholic Conference is the public policy agency for the Catholic Church in Missouri. The MCC works for the common good of all Missourians by reviewing all legislation in the Missouri General Assembly that directly relates to Catholic social teaching. Sign up updates and action alerts, including respect life, at this link: https://www.votervoice.net/MOCATHOLIC/Register 

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Pro-Life Prayer & Action Alerts

RespectLife.org is a project of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, under the guidance and direction of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death, and organize for its protection. To serve this goal, we develop resources on pro-life topics in support of the Church's mission to proclaim that every human life is a precious gift from God. Our work is guided by the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, which calls upon the Church—its people, services, and institutions—to pursue this effort in four major areas: prayer and worship, public information and education, public policy, and pastoral care. We create resources to help dioceses, parishes, ministries, and individual Catholics share the Gospel of Life. 

USCCB Respect Life Prayer and Action

When you sign up for Respect Life Prayer and Action, you will receive prayers, action alerts to contact Congress and government leaders, ways to strengthen a culture of life in your community and more, to help protect the innocent against attacks on human life. Join thousands of Catholics as we seek to transform our culture. Together, we are powerful! Click here to sign up: https://www.respectlife.org/prayer-and-action