Abortion Pill Update

On August 16, 2023, a 5th Circuit panel issued a ruling in the ongoing Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA chemical abortion case. The panel affirmed in part and vacated in part the district-court order from April that ruled against the FDA’s initial approval of the abortion drug mifepristone.

The ruling is a significant win in that it would invalidate the FDA’s 2016 and 2021 changes to distribution of mifepristone, and would restore requirements regarding dating a pregnancy, preventing remote prescribing, and prevent mailing the drugs (among several others). But the restoring of these important guardrails WILL NOT become effective unless and until the Supreme Court agrees with the Fifth Circuit or denies the FDA’s petition for certiorari.

See more here:

NRLC press release – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Determines that Food and Drug Administration’s 2016 and 2021 Changes to Mifepristone Were Unlawful

White Paper: What the Media Missed in Its Coverage of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Regarding: mifepristone

We will be posting more information about the abortion pill and abortion pill reversal in our next newsletter and at our Proudly Pro-Life Banquet on November 9.

Jericho Walk Next Weekend

Please join us Saturday morning, September 23 at 10 a.m. for our third Jericho Walk, Rhode Island’s Annual March for Life.

We will gather for an opening prayer at the west end of the parking lot at St. Patrick Church, which is adjacent to RI Right to Life at 266 Smith Street. After a brief opening prayer, we will proceed east on Smith Street to the Rhode Island State House, encircling the perimeter three times in silent prayer (Gaspee Street and Francis Street), before proceeding back to RI Right to Life for a closing prayer. The total walking distance is approximately 2.5 miles, and should take nearly one hour.

Our prayer intention will be for the repentance and conversion of our elected representatives in Rhode Island and in Washington D.C., that they may turn away from evil and promote a culture of life by prohibiting the taking of innocent human life, from conception to natural death.

The Diocese of Providence has prepared a promotional graphic for this event, which you may download, print, and share with your friends at church this weekend.

This Jericho Walk will also serve as the Kickoff Rally for the 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign, which begins Wednesday, September 27, and continues through Sunday, November 5. We encourage you to sign up and participate in the Providence Campaign and urge you to commit to some sort of extra daily prayers and weekly fasting during these forty days for an end to abortion in America and the conversion of those who wield power in our country. Please visit https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/providence for further information and to sign-up for one or more hours.

Tuesday 9/29 Webinar – Best Ways to Advocate for the Unborn

In the long struggle against legalized abortion, Jim Bopp is one of the most experienced and authoritative voices in the national pro-life movement. Our colleagues at Massachusetts Citizens for Life are hosting a virtual seminar where Jim will dig into the most effective strategies for championing the rights of preborn children. Please register in advance for this Zoom Webinar at this link.

October End-of-Life Lecture Series at St. Philip’s in Greenville

In this three-part series (October 5, 12, 19) Dr. Peter Colosi and other guest speakers will present the fullness of Catholic teaching on suffering, death and dying, and explain the false premises of the pro-euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide movements. This series will help us to better understand and carry out Christ’s mandate to care for the sick and dying in a manner that honors God and respects the dignity of persons. For more information, please click this link.


Can your church spare some pocket change to help Right to Life Services provide diapers, wipes, clothes, gear and accessories AND to help keep Ancora on the road? We are happy for the coins nobody else wants. It’s so easy! We need a dozen churches this October. Please contact Brittany at services@rirtl.org or (401) 521-1860 if you can help!

Save the Dates

  • State House Jericho Walk & 40 Days for Life Kickoff Rally
    • Sat., Sept. 23, Starting at 10 a.m. from the parking lot of St. Patrick Church
  • 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign (9/27/23-11/5/23)
  • Life Chain Sunday – October 1 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. state-wide
  • Diocese of Providence Human Life Guild Day
    • Sat., Oct. 28 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul. RSVP to lcooley@dioceseofprovidence.org by Fri., Oct. 20, $25 per person includes brunch.
  • Proudly Pro-Life Awards Banquet – Thursday, November 9
    • We hope to see you in the basement gymnasium of St. Patrick School / Church in Providence. . Your invitation will arrive soon. Please mark your calendar now.

Lastly, all of our pro-life work is possible only because of your generous support! Please consider making an online contribution today and/or visit our Amazon Baby Registry.

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