Although the March for Life itself is not a political event, a keen awareness and a strong motivation of the marchers themselves this year is the fact that we have before us in 2016 the most important election we have ever faced.
The March for Life is on January 22 precisely because the Supreme Court ruled on that day in 1973, through the twin decisions Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, that abortions can be performed throughout pregnancy. Marchers this year are keenly aware that the next President and Senate will have the opportunity to substantially shape the court in one direction or the other. And on the issue that these marchers care most about — abortion — the Republican and Democratic parties are diametrically opposed.
“I do ask you to protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15).
Reflection: If you are wrong on abortion, you can’t be right on other issues.
To permit abortion, but then to cry out for the right to work, housing, education, health care, and so forth, is to say that these other rights belong to some people but not to all. They obviously do not belong to those who were snuffed out by abortion.
Prayer: Lord, protect your people in all of their rights. Preserve the goods you have given us, and help us to protect one another, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The past few days have been such an exciting time in the pro-life movement! In spite of the weather on the East Coast, the March for Life was a great success. Those that were able to attend were a powerful witness to life as were all of the events surrounding the March. After the March in DC, I flew out West to the Walk for Life in San Francisco for more great events commemorating the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Please keep an eye out at PriestsForLife.org where we have some photos posted and will continue to post photos and video throughout the week.
Recently, I had the following op-eds published for the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. I invite you to read and comment on them and also share them on your own social media accounts, email lists etc. This is a simple action you can take to help spread the pro-life message and counter any anti-life comments that others may have submitted. Below the op-eds I have provided links to some good news articles about the March.
Finally, please see our media schedule for the week here.
Those of us who were part of the diverse and large congregation that filled the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on the Martin Luther King holiday Monday for the King Center’s 48th annual Commemorative Service were not weary at the end of a service that lasted more than four and a half hours. On the contrary, we were energized, as I have been after each of these services that I’ve attended for over a decade…MORE
The March for Life and the 2016 election (FoxNews.com, January 21, 2016)
This week, hundreds of thousands of Americans will participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. as well as in other marches on the West Coast and in cities, town and villages everywhere in between. This flood of concerned citizens represents a deeply unsettled issue in our country: the lives of children in their first nine months are not protected by law…MORE
Uncanny Convergence: MLK Jr., the March for Life and Christian Unity (Aleteia.org, January 22, 2016)
Each January, three observances converge that reinforce each other and summon the Christian world to work together against injustice. January 15 is the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on or around that day we observe a national holiday in his honor. A week later, on January 22, we recall the tragic decision made that day in 1973 by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, unleashing a policy of abortion on demand. On or around January 22, large rallies and marches for life are held from coast to coast. And from January 18 to 25 each year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed….MORE
The March for Life and Jane Roe (PewSitter.com, January 22, 2016)
The reason the national March for Life in Washington DC is on January 22, this Friday, is because that is the date of the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton Supreme Court decisions in 1973 permitting abortion throughout pregnancy. Much will be said and debated about these decisions, their legal ramifications, how the Court has weakened them over the years, and what the prospects are for the future…MORE
Pro-Woman is Pro-Life, and Pro-Life is Pro-Woman (National Catholic Register, January 22, 2016)
Almost a year ago, I had the honor of meeting a young woman named Andrea. Months earlier, on learning she was pregnant, she had taken the first drug in the RU-486 abortion regimen, and immediately regretted her decision. Racing against the clock, she found a doctor about an hour away from her home in New Jersey who would immediately begin a reversal protocol that stops the starvation of the baby. Her son Gabriel was born healthy on Dec. 31, 2014…MORE
One of the most frequently heard observations about the annual March for Life, to take place again this Friday in Washington, D.C., is that it consists mostly of young people. And this gives hope to those who are part of this movement. But the cause for that hope is deeper than it first seems. The involvement of so many young people is encouraging not just because they are the future and will carry forth the cause into the culture, into their families, into the voting booth, and into the legislatures and courts…MORE
Planned Parenthood Tries To Abort The First Amendment (The Daily Caller, January 19, 2016)
Last year a federal judge in Idaho ruled that a so-called “ag-gag law” – which prohibited undercover recordings from being filmed inside agricultural and food-processing plants – is unconstitutional. That good news for cows, chickens and pigs could spell bad news for Planned Parenthood…MORE
Below are news clippings. Please comment on and share these as well.
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4)
Reflection: January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, concludes the week of prayer for Christian Unity. The Church prays that the whole world may convert to Christ, upon seeing strong unity among his followers. Christian Unity is not about pretending that there are no differences between denominations, but rather it is about recognizing and building on what we hold in common. The pro-life movement continues to be one of the most powerful practical ways that Christians are coming together.
Prayer: Lord, we praise you for the conversions taking place each day. Bring the world to unity in you. Amen.
“Anyone who still questions when life begins has to at least admit that when a human heart is beating, life has begun. The Supreme Court’s unfortunate decision not to review the North Dakota or Arkansas cases regarding heartbeat laws means continued delay in protecting those beating hearts..”
“The disciples asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Then Jesus beckoned a child to come to him, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 18:1-3).
Reflection: It is an understatement to say that children are loved by God or important to Him. They are central, and they exemplify certain virtues and attitudes God wants us to have.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, keep our minds clear about who is most important, and keep our hearts focused on the children, that we may learn from them. Amen.
“You may ask, how does a man guilty of such a sin become a priest,” Father Stephen said. “But a core mission of the Church has always been to extend the mercy of Jesus, and that mercy was extended to me. The Catholic Church not only ordained me a Catholic priest; the Church forgave a man with an abortion in his past.”
Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5537-priest-to-talk-about-his-abortion-at-march-for-life-
“We have called on all of our supporters, and everyone who supports the sanctity of human life, to be in touch with their senators before Monday to voice support for this bill. Sen. Kirk’s vote is important and I hope he will make the connection that Bryan Kemper has articulated: Human trafficking includes the illegal sale of human body parts.”
Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5329-Youth-Director-appeals-to-Illinois-senator-to-vote-to-defund-Planned-Parenthood
“I will grant them the safety for which they long” (Psalm 12:6).
Reflection: Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., was marching at the annual March for life, and was asked, “Does this remind you of the civil rights movement and the marches with your uncle?” Her response was, “This is the civil rights movement.” The message of Martin Luther King was not just about the equality of our black brothers and sisters; it was about the equality of all our brothers and sisters. Civil rights begin with the right to life.
Prayer: Defend your people, O God, and protect the rights you have given to them all. Amen.
“The Kansas court’s tie vote on a law that states unborn babies cannot be killed by having their arms, legs, and heads torn from their bodies means that a lower court judge’s radical ruling still stands,” said Fr. Pavone. “But the decision is also a reminder to the hundreds of thousands marching for life in Washington, D.C. today that while we have come a long way, we have many more steps to take and prayers to pray to protect our brothers and sisters in the womb.”
Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5539-kansas-court-decision-and-the-march-for-life–more-steps-to-take-says-fr-frank-pavone