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Rest in Peace, Magaly Llaguno, Great Champion of Life

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 • Category: Press Releases Full Post
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2013 – CONTACT: Adam Cassandra | | 540-622-5230 | FRONT ROYAL, Virginia – With very heavy hearts, Human Life International announces the passing today of our dear friend, Magaly Llaguno. HLI president Father Shenan J. Boquet said the following: “As many knew, last year Magaly suffered a relapse of cancer that was particularly aggressive, leading to her resignation from Human Life International earlier this year so she could focus primarily on her health…

Doctors for Life Targets Controversial Philippine RH Bill

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 • Category: Asia and Oceania Full Post
A new organization of doctors from across the Philippines dedicated to defending the sanctity of human life is targeting the “anti-life” Reproductive Health (RH) bill currently under consideration by Filipino lawmakers. “Right now, Doctors for Life is active in the congressional hearings on anti-life bills, especially the RH bill, and in giving talks on related issues all over the country,” said Dr. Ligaya Acosta, a Doctors for Life board member, and Regional Coordinator for Asia and Oceania at Human Life…

El Salvador Supreme Court Upholds Right to Life of Mother and Child in Beatriz Case

Posted on May 30, 2013 • Category: Latin America Full Post
HLI President applauds decision The Supreme Court of El Salvador ruled 4-1 on Wednesday to uphold the country’s life-protecting laws and denied a petition to allow doctors to perform an abortion on a 22-year-old woman known only as Beatriz. In its decision, the court noted (contrary to the claims of those using Beatriz’s difficult situation to legalize abortion in El Salvador) that her life was in no immediate danger from her pregnancy. “The rights of the mother cannot be privileged…

HLI Fights Anti-Life Forces in Mexico

Posted on May 20, 2011 • Category: Latin America Full Post
Catholicism is still the main religion in the Republic of Mexico (76.5%, according to the 2000 census), but secularism is very strong, especially in key areas like Mexico City. Remnants of the 1920s persecution of the Church (when even the public celebration of the Mass was banned) are still visible in cities like Morelia, in the state of Michoacan, where many churches, seminaries and schools that were taken over by the State at that time are still kept as museums.…

First Father Paul Marx Pro-Life Award Given to John Smeaton

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 • Category: Uncategorized Full Post
Human Life International has established the Fr. Paul Marx Pro-life Award both to honor HLI’s founder, Fr. Paul Marx, and to recognize the commitment of outstanding pro-life leaders. The first recipient of this award is Mr. John Smeaton, National Director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Children, who received the award today at a banquet concluding HLI’s Seventh Prayer Congress for Life in Fatima, Portugal. HLI president Father Shenan J. Boquet presented the award to Mr. Smeaton.…
Pro-life and pro-family working group.

HLI Makes Pro-Life Gains at International Assembly

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 • Category: Latin America Full Post
The Organization of American States (OAS) held its 44th General Assembly from Monday, June 2 to Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Asuncion, Paraguay. The theme of this year’s assembly was “Development with Social Inclusion.” Several representatives of Human Life International were on hand to bring the pro-life and pro-family message to this important international event. HLI Regional Director for Latin America Mario Rojas and Richard Izquierdo, President of Generation for Life in Paraguay, served as HLI’s chief representatives during the…

An Integral Defense of Life

Posted on May 29, 2012 • Category: Commentary Full Post
The following comments were adapted from a speech given on May 12, 2012 as part of Italy’s March for Life weekend celebration. In the defense of life, it is absolutely essential that we are committed to the abolition of all laws and judicial decisions that would permit even a single abortion. But we have to look further ahead to protect in an integral way the whole of human life from its biological beginnings until natural death. The same logic of…
Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee with husband, Governor Raul Lee, both are pro-life advocates!

Inspired by ASPAC, Filipino Mayor Declares City Pro-Life

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 • Category: Asia and Oceania News & Commentary Our Mission Field Full Post
SORSOGON CITY, Philippines — Mayor Sally Lee declared Sorsogon City a “Pro-Life City” on February 2, in honor of pro-life month in the Philippines. The executive order highlights pertinent provisions of the Philippine Constitution, which recognizes the sanctity of family life, the protection of the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception, and the role of the state to protect and promote the health of its citizens. Affirming the right to life, liberty, and security,…
Molly with HLI President Fr. Boquet.

My Summer as a Pro-Life Intern

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 • Category: North America Full Post
Though I have always been pro-life, my passion for defending life in the public arena has grown significantly over the past few years. Like many other pro-lifers, I have prayed outside abortion clinics, attended the March for Life, and participated in Life Chains over the years. But while many young, and sadly, many adult Catholics do not spend much time studying the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life, I was blessed to have formation in these teachings throughout…

A Pivotal Opportunity to Rally in Defense of Life

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 • Category: Commentary North America Full Post
While it’s great news that substantial political pro-life victories were won in the mid-term elections, we must now ask ourselves, “What do these victories mean for the protection of human life and family?” Pope Saint John Paul II inspires and instructs us in this opportune and pivotal moment to rally in defense of life: “What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life” (Evangelium…