With all the anticipation (and military buildup) surrounding today’s inauguration in Washington DC, it may have slipped your mind that our Liturgical calendar designates tomorrow as the day of Prayer for the Protection of Unborn Children.
And before leaving office, President Donald Trump declared Friday to be National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
So I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to talk about the important subject of protecting our unborn.
But this time, with a bit of a twist. Stay with me here.
Most of the discussions center around the legal aspects of abortion. It’s one of the most asked questions of Supreme Court nominees. And there’s always a legal case somewhere working its way through the courts.
Despite the Catholic church’s condemnation of abortion, Catholics are split on the subject. In fact, according to a 2019 survey by the Pew Research Center, more than half (56%) of US Catholics say that abortion should be legal in all cases.
Amazingly though, the abortion rate in the US has actually fallen 20% since 2000. And it’s fallen 80% since 1980!
This is wonderful news because it means that despite the availability of legal abortion … in some places up until the time of birth … fewer women are choosing abortion. That is a blessing that all Catholics can celebrate. It’s a testament to the power of prayer and all the other means for assisting women with unwanted pregnancies.
This week’s issue of Genuflect looks at how all Catholics, even those who consider themselves to be pro-choice, can help protect unborn children: what the Day of Prayer and the Sanctity of Human Life Day are about, some prayers you can use, the recent data on abortions, why you shouldn’t lose hope, details on this year’s virtual March for Life, and a recent abortion victory in the Supreme Court.
Regardless of your stance on legalized abortion, you can still pray for the protection of unborn children. We’re called especially to pray tomorrow, but it likely will take more of us praying and doing what we can to protect the unborn to see even more success. But with God all things are possible!
Founding Editor, Genuflect
Day of Prayer
Tomorrow we are to pray for the legal protection of unborn children. Here’s a nice overview of the reason we pray on this particular day and what this means in the Catholic church.
Day of Prayer For The Legal Protection of Unborn Children | Catholic Culture
Sanctity of Human Life Day
Even on his way out the door, President Trump is still working to protect the unborn. Though his term in office will end at noon today, earlier in the week, he designated tomorrow as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Read his full proclamation here.
We’re called to pray for the protection of unborn children. So here are 5 prayers to help you out.
Pro-life Prayers | Catholic Digest
Abortions on The Decline
A couple of recent studies show that the number of abortions in the US are falling. It’s a great accomplishment worthy of celebration, but unfortunately it goes widely unnoticed. But now you know so spread the word and keep up the good work!
Olivia Spears says what lots of us probably feel at times. We don’t see much positive movement in ending abortion so we get discouraged. But she explains why this is not the time to lose hope.
Reviving Hope For The Unborn | Blessed Is She
Virtual March For Life – RSVP Required
Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the recent security issues around the Capitol, this year’s March for Life has been vastly scaled down. The march is by invite only for Pro-life VIPs, but you can participate virtually on January 29th. But you need to RSVP in advance so get all the details here.
Protecting Unborn Children
We’ve covered the topic of abortion two times before. Here are the links to both of those articles. The first one is for anyone who may be facing an unwanted pregnancy or know someone who is. And the second one provides resources for those who want more information on abolishing abortion.
This Week’s Top Resources for Protecting the Most Vulnerable | Genuflect (2019)
Protecting Unborn Children | Genuflect (2020)
Catholics on Abortion
The Church’s teaching on abortion is very clear. But where Catholics stand is not. Check out these 8 interesting findings from a 2019 survey … especially #6.
8 Key Findings About Catholics And Abortion | Pew Research Center
A SCOTUS Win
When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, a law was passed easing restrictions on the abortion pill so women could receive the abortion pill by mail. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the FDA’s restrictions could not be changed during the pandemic. One small step …
US Bishops Applaud Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of FDA Abortion Pill Regulations | Catholic News Agency
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