Respect Life

The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October. The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes new materials each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials are especially helpful for priests, parish groups, schools, and other organizations.

Click here for materials.


Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director and now a pro-life activist and author of Unplanned will speak at the banquet of Cecil County Crisis Pregnancy Center on Sunday, November 1, at the Rising Sun Banquet Hall, 300 Joseph Biggs Memorial Hwy, Rising Sun, MD 21911. The Banquet begins at 1:30 p.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. The cost is $25 per ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance at or by mail from the Center, 138 Cathedral Street, Elkton, MD 21921.

The annual October Life Chain will take place in all three counties in Delaware on Sunday, October 4, 2015. In New Castle County, we will meet on Route 202 across from Fairfax Shopping Center in front of AstraZeneca from 2 – 4 p.m. In Kent, participants will gather along Governors Ave. in front of Planned Parenthood from 12 – 2 p.m. Sussex County will hold two Life Chains, one in South Bethany Beach at S. 9th St. at Coastal Highway and in Lewes in front of St. Jude’s Church on Route 1. Both events will be from 2 – 4 p.m. Please come and make a stand for life.

Tell Washington that it’s time to defund Planned Parenthood.

The release of undercover videos showing a willingness by Planned Parenthood officials to traffic in fetal organs and tissue has quite properly stirred strong reactions in Congress and the general public. A bill “To prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America” was introduced in both House and Senate (S. 1881, H.R. 3301). Consideration of the Senate bill was blocked but can be brought up again.

On August 3, 2015, a Cloture Motion to limit debate and allow a vote on the bill to defund Planned Parenthood (S. 1881) failed to receive the 60 needed votes in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) supports S. 1881. However, in a procedural move, he voted against the Cloture Motion so he can ask for the vote to be reconsidered at a later time.

S. 1881 and H.R. 3301 specify that “no Federal funds may be made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics.” The bills also provide that “overall Federal funding available in support of women’s health” shall not be reduced.


Please contact your Senators and Representative today!

Click here to send an email message.

 40 Days for Life 2015



Office for Pro Life Activities and Respect Life Committee

Rev. Leonard R. Klein
Diocese of Wilmington
PO Box 2030
Wilmington, DE 19899-2030
(302) 295-0626
[email protected] 

Good News: HB 150, the physician-assisted suicide bill has been tabled in the Delaware Legislature. We will keep you posted as it is expected to surface again early in 2016. Please keep praying for the preservation of life fro conception to natural death in Delaware, Maryland and our country.

Save Lives! Join 40 Days for Life! 

Physician Assisted Suicide Debate Comes to Delaware:

Maggie was diagnosed with brain cancer and strongly opposes assisted suicide. Hear this story of a strong woman with much left to give to her family and society. She has a powerful story of hope and courage – and that no doctor can put a timetable on anyone’s life.

Click here to read, “To Live Each Day With Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide” from the USCCB.

Click here to read, “Whose Life Is It Anyway: Thoughts on Physician Assisted Suicide” By Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p

For a secular source for information regarding natural family planning, click here.

To read Bishop Francis Malooly’s letter to Members of the Delaware Legislature regarding Senate Bill 19 which proposes to repeal the death penalty in Delaware, CLICK HERE.

 Catholic Advance Health Care Directive for Delaware:  

Every person has the right to make his or her own medical decisions. But what happens if you become so seriously ill or injured that you can no longer make your own medical decisions or communicate them to those around you? That is when an advance heath care directive can be of great help. An advance health care directive, sometimes called a “living will,” is a legal document that allows you to give directions about your future medical care in the event you become unable to make your wishes known. An advance directive lets others know how you wish to be treated if you become seriously ill or injured and are unable to make decisions for yourself.  Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the Catholic Advanced Health Care Directive. Click here to download the document and instructions.

 Catholic Advance Health Care Directive for Maryland: 

A copy of the Maryland Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, Comfort and Consolation Pastoral Letter, and Advanced Directive are available here.



If you are experiencing a crisis pregnancy
or are grieving after an abortion and need to talk to someone about it,
call our toll-free, 24-hour confidential pregnancy/post-abortion counseling hotline at

Click here for information about Birthright of Delaware.

Click here for information about the 40 Days for Life Campaign in Wilmington and Dover.

Click here for information about A Rose and a Prayer.

Click here for information about Rachel’s Vineyard.

Click here for information about Delaware Right to Life.


A Door of Hope—302-998-9000
3407 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE
218 E. Main St., Newark, DE

Bethany Christian Services –
Newark, DE

Mom’s House, Inc.—302-658-3433
1718 Howland St., Wilmington, DE

Pregnancy Help Center of
Kent County 302-698-9311
1991 S. State St., Dover, DE

Pregnancy Help Center of Kent
County 302-335-4225
3624 Bay Rd., Milford, DE

Sussex Pregnancy Care Center—
536 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE

Cecil County Pregnancy Center
247 Bridge St., Elkton, MD 

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center, 8221 Teal Drive Unit 408,
Easton, MD 21601. 410-822-3311.

Eastern Shore Pregnancy Center, 1300 S. Division St, Salisbury, MD
21801. 410-546-5433.

Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center, 10226 Old Ocean City Blvd,
Berlin,  MD 21811. 443-513-4124.

Maryland Pregnancy Center
24-Hour Hotline—1-800-492-5530