• Only 1% of abortions are performed because of rape or incest.
  • 1% of abortions are performed because of the mother's health problems.
  • 3% of abortions are performed because of fetal abnormalities.
  • 95% of abortions are performed as a means of birth control or to end an unplanned pregnancy.
  • Half of all abortions are performed on women who chose to use abortion as their only means of birth control.
  • 43% of women who have abortions will have two or more.
  • Every fourth baby conceived dies from abortion in this country.

That's 1.4 million every year. 4000 deaths every day - more than were killed in the September 11th tragedies. 1 baby is killed every 22 seconds.

There are better choices!

The average abortion takes 5 to 10 minutes. The average wait for a couple wanting to adopt a child is 2 to 10 years.

Frightened?  "What if after I have the baby I think I have made a mistake, I just don't want/can't handle want this baby?"  You can still make the right choice for both of you.  Illinois has a safe haven law to allow you to legally, safely, and privately (no one will ask your name) make sure your baby has a good home.  Please click here to learn more!

Office of Respect Life Ministry

May the Catholic Diocese of Belleville be a witness to human dignity in all stages and circumstances.  May we protect and defend it against all assaults, and nurture and celebrate it through all transitions and milestones. May we be quick to recognize Jesus in the poor, the weak, the vulnerable, the lonely, and the person with whom we need to be reconciled. Because of the witness of our love for one another, may people be drawn to the love of the Father.  Amen

Upcoming Event

March for Life - January 18-19-20, 2018 - Annual Bus Trip to Washington DC

  • Join us and thousands of others from across the nation for this huge pro-life gathering in the nation's capital.

pdf Click here (198 KB) for the March for Life 2018 Fact Sheet
pdf Click here (310 KB) for the March for Life 2018 Registration Forms


Project Rachel

The physical, emotional, and spiritual pain of abortion is undeniable. Because it is such a traumatic event, many who experience an abortion develop a form of post-traumatic stress disorder known as Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS). Project Rachel provides healing and hope to women wounded by abortion. Project Rachel is for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Confidentiality is key to Project Rachel and your privacy will be respected.

Click Here to learn more about Project Rachel or call 888.456.HOPE (4673).

Respect Life Corner

A weekly topic focusing on Respect Life issues that can be used for publication in bulletins and newsletters.

RL Corner 

Topics:  Begin Again, Human Trafficking, Taking Young Children to Mass, The Journey Continues,  
Holy Week is Here



Respect Life Side Info

Diocesan Pastoral Center
2620 Lebanon Avenue, Building #2
Belleville, IL 62221
FAX:  618-257-2969

Director of Worship

Mrs. Sue A. Huett
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Word of Life

Word of Life is a monthly resource for dioceses and parishes. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Each month, you will find:

  • bulletin quotes
  • occasional homily notes
  • petitions