Pro-Life Education Program
Resource List- Websites
Heritage House also has a large variety of Pro-Life materials suitable for classroom use.
Priests for Life Father Frank Pavone has been producing powerful videos for years that deal with the entire spectrum of the Pro-Life cause. There are several that are excellent for grades Eight through Twelve available at their site. Also several audio programs and a huge list of teaching documents are available on their site that can easily be used in class. Phone 1-888-PFL-3448
Lutherans For Life has a tremendous supply of Pro-Life materials. They have Four curricula that when combined, cover Pre-K through Eighth grade and into High School. Visit Lutherans For Life's Abortion Teaching Tools
True To Life: A Curriculum For Christian Schools - For Pre-K through 6th grade. Using a Bible-based approach, life issues are taught in the light of Gods Word. The materials are color-coded by grade for ease of use. Each grade has five lessons that cover various life issues in age-appropriate ways. Teachers will find ideas that are positive and pro-active for teaching the sanctity of human life in an easy-to-use format. (Produced by WELS LFL, Milwaukee, WI.) Order from WELS LFL (800) 729-9535Gods
Gift Of Life - 700R - A graded video and printed curriculum for elementary Lutheran schools (K-8). Neatly packaged in a three-ring binder, the packet includes a three-part video divided into separate presentations (PS/K, 1-3, 4-6) plus four days of printed lesson plans and activities for K-Grade 8. Teacher materials and chapel ideas are included. - $25 ea. (includes S&H)
Dare To Choose - 600C - Provides young men and women with the opportunity to study Gods truth, contrast it with the worlds opinion, and decide for themselves which one they will choose. DTC is designed for high school Bible class or weekday school but can be adapted for 7th and 8th grade Bible class, weekday school, or confirmation class. It can also be used as a parent/teen course. Using movie themes, true stories, and current events such as Columbine High School, this brand new curriculum helps young men and women learn to love themselves as well as their neighbor. Includes: Teachers lesson plans & resources; reproducible student worksheets; 12 each of tracts and handouts; suggested student interaction and congregation witness; suggested Servant Event; two videos (For Life and Ultrasound: Window to the Womb) - $75 (Includes S & H)
My Life, His Creation - 601C - A 7-lesson curriculum by Linda Bartlett for Sr. high study or Christian schools focusing on creation, sexuality, and Gods design for life. Lessons include: “Here By Accident or Created by God?,” “It All Makes Sense with God,” “Male and Female: He Created Them,” and “Preparing for a Future and a Hope.” Includes a 3-ring binder, lessons, worksheets, handouts, teacher/parent resources, and ultrasound video. - $57.50 (Includes S & H)
Human Development from Conception to Birth
Spiritual Adoption Prayer
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION PRAYER
Dear Jesus, child of Mary, I love you and thank you for your unconditional love. I plead with you to save the life of ______ and _______, the unborn children whom we have spiritually adopted and whose lives are threatened by abortion. May these children be allowed to grow in wisdom, age and strength in your presence and in the sight of all. Amen
Bishop Fulton Sheen's Spiritual Adoption of Unborn baby
Jesus, Mary ,and Joseph,
I love you very much.
I beg you to save the life of the unborn baby
that I have spiritually adopted,
and is in danger of abortion.
Mary, our Mother in Heaven,
pray for us, and
especially for your little ones
in danger of abortion!
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION PROGRAM
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FROM CONCEPTION TO BIRTH
THE FIRST MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
Your spiritually adopted baby has been quite active over the past month. Already, your baby is 10,000 times bigger than at conception and has developed the foundations of his or her nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, by the 20th day. During the first 4 weeks, the baby's organs are starting to form. The heart began to beat on the 22nd day and is pumping blood through a circulatory system. The blood type may be different than the mother's.Your baby is the most vulnerable during the next month to being aborted. Pray that the Lord of Life might move the heart of this baby's mother to give him or her the most precious gift-the gift of life.
THE SECOND MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
Your baby is making tremendous progress in his or her development. The brain is functioning more and the baby can move his or her muscles. The mother can hear the heartbeat through an ultrasonic stethoscope. The taste buds are beginning to form and milk-teeth buds are present at 6½ weeks. At the gestational age of 2 months, a developing baby is able to suck his or her thumb.The baby is just over 1 inch long but has unquestionably human characteristics. Incredibly, by the end of the 8th week, all of the major organ systems have been established. Your spiritually adopted baby has developed the essential internal and external features needed to survive after birth and just needs to grow and be refined. Please remember to keep your spiritually adopted baby and his or her mother in your prayers.
THE THIRD MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
Your baby is quite active in the womb now, although the mother won't feel his or her movements for another couple months. If the mother's womb had a window, you could watch your spiritually adopted baby squint, swallow, and move his or her tongue. Vocal cords are now present, but sound can't be produced yet because of the watery environment. The baby can make a fist if you touch his or her palm, as the skin is very sensitive and reflexes are developing. It is also now distinguishable whether the baby is a boy or a girl, though it's usually a few more weeks before a doctor can determine this with an ultrasound image. The baby is breathing fluid, which will continue until birth. The needed oxygen is obtained through the umbilical cord.The baby you are praying for now weighs about 1 ounce. What a miracle this baby is!
THE FOURTH MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
Well, your baby now weighs about 5 ounces and is between 6 and 7 inches long. He or she has developing fingernails and eyelashes, and already has unique fingerprints that will remain the same for the rest of the baby's life. The taste buds are now working, and the sense of hearing is present and developing at 14 weeks. Growth at this time is very rapid.Your spiritually adopted baby is well formed internally and externally. All that is needed now is time to mature, gain weight, and grow stronger. Please remember to keep this baby and his or her mother in your daily prayers.
THE FIFTH MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
Your spiritually adopted baby's weight is up to 1 pound, and he or she is now big enough for the mother to feel movement. Although the baby has already been moving around in the mother's womb, it wasn't until now that this baby became big and strong enough for the mother to feel his or her movements such as kicking. Hair and eyebrows are growing and visible by this time. The baby can also recognize sounds of the mother, such as her voice, heartbeat, and breathing. Though not yet born, this baby now has phases of sleeping and waking and may prefer a favorite sleeping position.We are midway through the pregnancy now. Your prayers have helped your baby's mother continue with her pregnancy and seek the help she needs.
THE SIXTH MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
Your spiritually adopted baby's development continues to be quite amazing. His or her weight is approaching 2 pounds. At this point, the baby's eyes are open and can respond to light. Also, eyelashes, eyebrows, and fingernails have grown enough to be easily seen.Babies born prematurely at this time have a very good chance of surviving. The medical advances in caring for extremely small newborn infants are extraordinary indeed. United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has remarked that the Roe vs. Wade decision is on a collision course with itself. Each passing year we witness medical advances that allow our medical professionals to save younger, premature infants.In just three short months, your spiritually adopted baby will be born. Please continue to remember him or her in your prayers.
THE SEVENTH MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
Your spiritually adopted baby continues to grow and mature. Brain waves, though already detectable for over five months, now resemble those of a full-term baby. This baby's brain is also now capable of controlling his or her own body temperature. In addition, your baby's bones are strengthening more, and he or she is putting on weight more quickly. The extra fat will improve insulation and provide an energy reserve for the baby following birth.Though birth is not far off, please keep praying for your spiritually adopted baby and his or her mother.
THE EIGHTH MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
You're in the homestretch with your spiritually adopted baby. All of the organs that were developed by the 8th week are now basically completely formed. The baby is just gaining weight and making the mother uncomfortable with his or her size. An interesting detail about this time of development is that the eyes are usually blue, regardless of the permanent color. The final formation of eye pigment or color usually happens a few weeks after birth. In a short time the baby will be born. The mother has planned to bring him or her home or place the baby up for adoption. Either way, she knows she can receive the assistance she needs from the Catholic Church and from the crisis pregnancy centers.The prayers you have said for this baby and his or her mother have certainly been appreciated and helpful. It hasn't been easy, but your prayers have given the baby's mother the grace to seek the help she has needed throughout the pregnancy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPIRITUALLY ADOPTED BABY!
Your spiritually adopted baby was born this month-nine months after conception occurred. The only change at birth is that the baby is no longer receiving life support through the umbilical cord. That is, the baby is no different than before birth except that he or she is now breathing air as we do and needs feeding and nurturing.This baby is truly a miracle. He or she began as a 46-chromosome cell and has developed over the past nine months into this unique human baby. Never before in history, nor ever again, will anyone exist who is just like your spiritually adopted baby.Your prayers have helped to save this baby's life. Thank you, on behalf of all the little babies, that you cared enough to pray for this little one and his or her mother.