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PRO-LIFE 000 erecting on Bishop Andrew J. McDonald and involvement with our Respect Office, one has to look no fur- than the unbom baby's feet pin Wears on his jacket lapel every know he is solidly pro-life. As the bishop for the Catholic of Little Rock, he has a courageous, countercul- voice for the sanctity, protec- and defense of all human life conception to natural death, in particular, a tireless and advocate for unborn He has put into practice the truth that all life is a gift God and that, in the final our lives will be mea- by the quality of our love care for the least among us. Shortly after the January 1973 v. Wade Supreme Court deci- Bishop McDonald, having been the bishop of Little a short time, spoke out to media in defense of life, and been speaking out ever since. From the time he came in 1972 atil about 10 years later, there no specific Respect Life Office October 24, 1998 By Anne Dierks and all activities were run from the Catholic Social Services Office. Around 1982 he hired Jacki Ragan to run a separate office. Having started the March for Life prior to being hired, she asked the bishop to help fund not only the March for Life but also a state con- vention and state fair booth. He agreed and January 1999 will be the 21 st March for Life he has led. Shortly after Ragan came to the diocese a state law was passed that those assisting with adoptions had to be licensed. Through her office the process was finalized and licensing for child placement and foster care for infants awaiting Bishop McDonald has led every March for Life since the annual event began 20 years ago. adoption was granted by the Department of Human Services. Adoption Services, Inc. was creat- ed along with a board of directors on which Bishop McDonald has continuously served. By 1985 Bishop McDonald had also been involved in two addi- tional major pro-life events. The first was the founding of Abba House. He made the initial appeal to Mother Teresa, asking her to start a home for homeless preg- nant women. 91