Respect Life

Office of Pro Life Activities
1626 N. Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19806
Phone: 302-220-4793
Director: Ms. Eileen Gaus
[email protected]

Helping Hope Bloom, an initiative of the Maryland Catholic Conference. It is about lifting up women who are pregnant and parenting with practical resources, prayer, and support.

We have compiled ideas for parishes and individuals who want to do something – or do more – to help women in need. You also can find resources available for pregnant and parenting women across Maryland, including a number provided through our Catholic ministries. Click here.


Physician Assisted Suicide is Wrong for Delaware

Once again, a so-called “End of Life Options Act,” that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Delaware has been introduced. This time it’s called “HB 140 –The Ron Silverio/Heather Block End of Life Options Law.” Efforts on the part of the Catholic community, other faith groups, the Medical Society of Delaware, the Delaware Health Care Association, and advocates for persons with disabilities, kept this legislation from becoming law in 2017 and 2018.  We need to do so again this year, and are asking for your help.

Visit for info and to contact your legislator!

Once again next year, proponents of assisted suicide will likely try to legalize this dangerous practice in Delaware and Maryland, putting some of our most vulnerable at risk and devaluing the sanctity of human life because of age, illness, or disability. The Diocese of Wilmington€™s Office for Pro Life Activities is actively engaged with others in Delaware and Maryland to oppose PAS legislation. What can you do? Be sure to sign up for the latest legislative updates and alerts provided by the Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network at  or the Maryland Catholic Conference at and watch this page for more information.

Click here to learn the TRUTH about physician-assisted suicide.

Read about efforts to oppose PAS legislation in The Dialog.

For additional information, including videos, click here.

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

“The dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform.”
–Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995

Click here to learn more about the Church’s stand on the Death Penalty/Capital Punishment

I Lived on Parker Avenue: A Short Documentary Film About Adoption
Adopted at birth and raised in Louisiana, David Scotton is on a journey to Indiana to meet the birth parents he€™s never known.  His tattooed birth mother, Melissa, and reserved birth father, Brian, anxiously wait for him, concerned David will reject them for decisions they made before he was born.   I Lived on Parker Avenue is a short documentary about a mother€™s agony in choosing what€™s best, the joy of a couple starting a family, and young man€™s search for where his life began.

 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 to fine a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil near you.

Click here for information about Rachel’s Vineyard.


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 302-856-4344
536 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE

Cecil County Pregnancy Center
410-398-7888 126 E. High St., Elkton, MD

 Choices Pregnancy Center, 505 Dutchmans Lane, B1,
Easton, MD 21601. 410-822-3311.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Eastern Shore, 1300 S. Division St, Salisbury, MD
21801. 410-546-5433 or 1-800-712-4357 (24/7 help line).

Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health, 10226 Old Ocean City Blvd,
Berlin,  MD 21811. 443-513-4124.

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