January 22 marks the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.
Over the next few weeks people all over the globe will participate in peaceful pro-life demonstrations and religious prayer events.
Hundreds of thousands of people will walk in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities.
Protecting the unborn is a religious issue … it’s a political issue … and it’s a personal issue.
Everyone’s stance does not necessarily align between their religious, political, and personal views … though a great many do.
I believe strongly in the right to life of the unborn, but I’m not here to judge others who disagree … or to try to convince them otherwise. (Though I wouldn’t mind if anyone were to be persuaded.)
I felt inspired this week to focus Genuflect on the personal aspect of the unborn child. To provide resources and inspiration for those who may be faced with an unwanted pregnancy … or know someone who is. To offer information for those who want to get more involved in the effort, whether it be at a March for Life event … or through prayer. And to present some supporting points for those who may not have kept up with the latest in the pro-life battle.
Regardless of your religious, political, or personal views, I pray you’ll find value in these resources. And if you or someone you know is facing an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy, contact Project Gabriel for confidential and compassionate help focused on the mother and the baby.
When Annabelle Marie Roos was born on Dec. 29, 2014, her cheeks were pink and full of life, surprising not only her family, but her doctors as well. It was a testament, her mother—Bishop Lynch Volleyball Coach Tricia Roos—would say later, to the faith, hope, and mercy of God’s love. Annabelle Marie Roos was born with Trisomy 18. Months earlier, when doctors told her mother she should have an abortion, forget her and try for another child, the young and popular coach said “no.”This is the story of Annabelle Marie Roos and her inspiration to a high school volleyball team, a community and a family who heeded God’s call to protect life.
One parent shares about the experience of raising a child with Down syndrome, contrasting it with what onlookers might perceive. You are called to love a particular person, and caring for him or her grows out of that love. The challenges that come with his diagnosis make up only a small part of life with our wonderful little boy.
A website for those who have received an adverse or negative prenatal diagnosis. Parents who have gone through similar circumstances want to offer support. Most of the stories on this site are of families who have carried to term after receiving an adverse diagnosis.
To women faced with an unwanted pregnancy and scarce resources with which to care for a baby, abortion looks far easier. The costs of giving your baby up for adoption are apparent, while the costs of abortion are well hidden and less talked about. But the costs of abortion are disproportionately higher than those of adoption. The benefits abortion promises are illusory, while the benefits of adoption, though perhaps less apparent on the surface, are real and tangible.
When a woman is facing a difficult pregnancy, the reaction of the first person she tells tends to set the tone for her decision making. How do we respond to our friend in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby? Consider the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™.
Thousands of pro-life advocates will rally this month in major cities throughout the country, marking the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that mandated legal abortion in the U.S.
If you cannot attend the official March for Life in Washington, D.C., here’s where you can find a local event. And get involved!
The Holy See has granted that a plenary indulgence may be obtained by those who participate in the National Prayer Vigil for Life or other sacred celebrations surrounding the March for Life, being held Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C.
We often hear that abortion is a complex and complicated issue. But although sometimes the circumstances surrounding abortion can be complex, abortion itself is not. Abortion is either right or it is wrong. That stance hinges on the answer to one single, imperative question.
When you really get down to it, there is only one tenable argument in favor of abortion. That argument is that the unborn are not living human beings, therefore they do not have the rights human beings have, such as the right to life. As a result, abortion should be considered the same as any other medical procedure. There is just one problem. None of the scientific evidence about the beginning of life supports the idea that life begins at any other time than fertilization. None.
Caitlin Sica writes: If you had asked me seven years ago if I was pro-life, I would have automatically said, “Personally, yes, but politically, I’m pro-choice.” I took the comfortable position, the position that didn’t impose my beliefs on anyone else. I was able to take this stance because I knew nothing about abortion statistics, and because I had two major misconceptions about what it meant to be pro-life.
Jan. 18 is the March for Life in Washington. To help you appreciate this day, even if you aren’t able to march, here are five pro-life prayers you can pray and meditate on with your family.
If you don’t know what this novena is about, it consists of nine days of prayer and reparation for the protection and respect of all human life, from conception until natural death. This “9 Days for Life” campaign was instigated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and it goes from Jan. 14-22. It started on Monday, but you can catch up. Please pray it with us!
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