Religious Pro-Life Organizations
Project Rachel Post-Abortion Ministry
This is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pittsburgh's ministry to post-abortive women; the Archdiocese's Office for Respect Life can be contacted at 412-456-3156. Individual parishes often have Respect Life co-ordinators. The Secretary of the Secretariat for Social Concerns is William Batz, 111 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Priests for Life
"To network priests who are particularly active in pro-life work . . . to assist priests who may be hesitant about addressing abortion and euthanasia . . . [and] to assist priests to relate to pro-life organizations, and vice versa.
"PPL is . . . made up of members and pastors of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is a voice for renewal in our denomination. With the Christian Church throughout history, we believe that God, who made us in His own image, has forbidden us to shed innocent blood." The organization publishes a newsletter, available on the Web site, twice a year. Mrs. Marie Bowen is the Executive Director and local contact person, and the organization is based in Allison Park, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh.
ZOE is a non-profit Christ-centered support organization with three major goals: to help women in crisis pregnancy, to assist Orthodox Christian couples seeking to adopt, and to create an Orthodox Christian abstinence program to educate young people.
Lutherans for Life
This group has a Facebook page ("Lutherans for Life") and the local chapter has 16 members (as of March 2009). The Rev. Dr. Douglas Spittel, priest at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 535, N. Neville Street, Oakland, is a local member.
Anglicans for Life
“A life-affirming ministry in the Worldwide Anglican Communion,” local representatives can be found at St. Stephen's, Sewickley. 412-749-0455; Fax: 412-749-0422; 405 Frederick Avenue Sewickley, PA 15143; Creator of Project Life, an 8-part adult education series on DVD, suitable for churches.
Knights of Columbus (Contact the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan offices.)
Jewish Pro-Life Foundation, Inc.
8519 Wittmer Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237-4140
Orthodox for Life
For information or a speaker for any parish event, contact Chris Humphrey, Ph.D., assistant editor of The Word, a magazine of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church (Oakland). See his article on "Orthodoxy and the Unborn Child" for a theological defense of personhood from conception on.
Religious Pro-Life Groups Outside Pittsburgh
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
C-FAM was founded in the summer of 1997 in order to monitor and affect the social policy debate at the United Nations and other international institutions.
C-FAM is a non-partisan, non-profit research institute dedicated to reestablishing a proper understanding of international law, protecting national sovereignty and the dignity of the human person.