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Beginning September 2019, this monthly podcast series goes weekly, every Tuesday! Still monthly topics, but weekly interviews with different people. We cover varying topics that fall under the category of respecting human life. This includes topics related to abortion, assisted suicide, religious freedom, capital punishment, immigration and persons with disabilities. Each episode features an interview with someone personally affected by the issue and a call to action on how to get involved.
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This is the first Episode in a monthly series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati called Being Pro-life. This month's episode features an interview with Magalia, which highlights her sad experience with an abortion center, and the positive work that a pregnancy care center did for her during her pregnancy, and continues to do for her years after the birth of her child. It closes with the many different ways you can help your local pregnancy center continue to help women and save lives. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This month's episode features an interview with Kristen Hanson, which highlights her experience with her husband's final years with terminal brain cancer. Through that challenging journey, she and her husband learned a lot about the dangers assisted suicide bring to society and what it can mean for people who have no interest in it. It closes with ways you can get involved in the fight against its legalization. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
Jose shares the story of how his parents brought him to the United States when he was just 4 years old, and how the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program gave him the opportunity to afford college, work and accept an internship to Washington, DC. Jose also helps dispel some misunderstandings of why so many people find themselves in an undocumented status in the United States.Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
Elizabeth had an abortion when she was young, and when she came to the Church to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, was told she had done the unforgiveable and could not receive absolution.  After years of self-destructive behavior and being away from the Church, she found the forgiveness and healing from God she longed for through Project Rachel, a Catholic post-abortion ministry. Hear her story and learn how you can support this ministry.   Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
Tonya Folks is the Human Trafficking Liaison at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  She shares stories of the harsh reality of human sex trafficking right here in Southwest Ohio, how easily minors and young adults can be manipulated into it, and dispels myths of how adults who appear to be simply choosing the lifestyle, are actually victims of traffickers.  She closes with several practical ways on how to help. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the sixth episode in a monthly series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati called Being Pro-life.  This month’s episode features interviews with several people, who share stories of their experiences with racism.  They then share how stepping out of our comfort zones and getting to know people of different races can make a real difference in helping improve race relations, so that we can all do a better job of respecting human dignity in all its diversity. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the seventh episode in a monthly series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called Being Pro Life. This month's episode features interviews with several guests, who share their stories of loss from ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, and early infant loss. They share the pain of early loss, and give advice on how individuals and parish communities can better serve those who suffer from this kind of loss. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the eighth episode in a monthly series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called Being Pro Life. This month's episode features interviews with several guests, who share their stories of what it is like to bring a child with autism spectrum disorder to church, specifically Catholic Mass, and religious education. They encourage people to be more understanding and inviting, rather than treat them as disturbing and unwelcome. They also share ways parishes can be more prepared to serve these families, including how to make Mass more friendly. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the ninth episode in a monthly series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called Being Pro Life.  This month's episode features interviews with Hillary Byrnes, Assistant General Council for the USCCB on Religious Freedom, Cathy DeCarlo, who was forced to participate as a nurse in an abortion, Steve and Bridget Tennes, who were asked to renounce their beliefs on marriage in order to participate in the local farmer's market, and Kate Anderson from Alliance Defending Freedom. It ends with suggestions on how to be better informed on similar issues and even help those being discriminated against because of their Catholic beliefs. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the 10th episode in our series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called  Being Pro Life. This is Part one of a two part episode on Capital Punishment.  Part One features an interview with Joe D’Ambrosio, a man who spent 22 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.  With him is Fr. Neil Kookoothe, a priest who saw the lack of evidence in his case, and worked to have his case dismissed. It ends with ways you can get involved in the work towards abolishing the death penalty, especially in Ohio. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the 11th episode in our series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called  Being Pro Life. This is Part two of a two part episode on Capital Punishment.  Part Two features an interview with Bill Pelke, a man whose grandmother was brutally murdered by a group of teens, one of whom was sentenced to death, at only 16 years old. Bill talks about his conversion experience against the death penalty, and how the young woman's sentence was ultimately changed to life in prison. It ends with ways you can get involved with his organization, Journey of Hope, which helps families of murder victims find healing through love and forgiveness, rather than death. This revision clarifies that Death Penalty Action is the name of the local organization where Abe Bonowitz and Scott Langley work. It also invites people to write the Ohio Governor without presuming his current position on the issue. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the 12th episode in our series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called  Being Pro Life. The topic is Welcoming the Deaf in our Parish Communities. We speak with Adam Frazier, teacher and campus minister at St. Rita's School for the Deaf, and Mary Ann Barth, who is deaf, and has done a lot of ministry with the deaf community both locally and internationally. The voice you hear in place of Mary Ann, is of an interpreter. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the 13th episode in our series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called  Being Pro Life. The topic is Welcoming the Blind in our Parish Communities. We speak with Chris Sabine, who is blind, about his experience as an active member of a local parish, and how parishes can be more accommodating and welcoming to the blind and visually impaired at their parishes today.  Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the first of a four week episode on Abortion Pill Reversal/Rescue in our series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called  Being Pro Life. We speak with Dr. George Delgado, founder of Abortion Pill Rescue, who explains the process of how a woman who changes her mind after taking the RU486 pill, can receive treatment to save her baby. The podcast ends by sharing ways anyone can help get the word out and make the treatment available to more mothers who are looking for a second choice. To see the video, go to www.catholiccincinnati.org/being-pro-life.  In the coming weeks we will hear personal testimonies from women who have gone through the treatment. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the second of a four week episode on Abortion Pill Reversal/Rescue in our series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called  Being Pro Life. We speak with Sarah, a client of Abortion Pill Rescue, who shares the story of her crisis pregnancy with her fourth child, how she took the first abortion pill (RU486 pill), regretted it, and found Abortion Pill Reversal treatment to save her baby, Isaiah. To see the video, go to www.catholiccincinnati.org/being-pro-life. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the third of a four week episode on Abortion Pill Reversal/Rescue in our series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called  Being Pro Life. We speak with Rebekah, a client of Abortion Pill Rescue, who shares the story of her crisis pregnancy with her second child, how she took the first abortion pill (RU486 pill), regretted it, and found Abortion Pill Reversal treatment to save her baby, Zechariah. To see the video, go to www.catholiccincinnati.org/being-pro-life. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the fourth of a four week episode on Abortion Pill Reversal/Rescue in our series from the Office for Respect Life Ministries called  Being Pro Life. We speak with Dr. Ann Moell of the Women's Centers of Ohio, one of the doctors of the Abortion Pill Reversal network. We discuss more about the abortion pill, Abortion Pill Reversal process. The podcast ends by sharing ways anyone can help get involved or help area pregnancy centers better respond to women in crisis pregnancies. To see the video, go to www.catholiccincinnati.org/being-pro-life.Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the first week of a five-episode series on Domestic Violence. This week Bob talks with Dr. Sharon O'Brien of Catholics for Family Peace in Washington, DC. They discuss a few statistics on domestic violence in the United States, how victims can get help, and how the average person can get involved to help as well. In coming weeks we will hear personal stories from those who have been in domestic violence situations.Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the second week of a five-episode series on Domestic Violence. This week Bob talks with Gloria Sheppard. She was a victim of domestic violence as a young child, and continued to be abused in her adult relationships as well. Carol shares her story, giving further insight on why it is that people abused as children are more likely to continue to choose abusive relationships as adults. She also talks a little about her foundations, Unplanned Parenthood, to help mothers in unplanned pregnancies keep the job training they need to provide for their children. Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
This is the third week of a five-episode series on Domestic Violence. This week Bob talks with Carol Owens, Director of the Office of Life and Family Ministry for the Diocese of Providence. She and her children have both been victims of domestic violence as well. Carol shares her story, giving further insight on why it can be difficult for victims to leave their abusers. They also close on how parishes can get more involved in making their fellow members more aware of the reality of domestic violence and how to help Support the show (http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/respect-life-2/being-pro-life/)
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