Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

We are coming up on another anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade case. Recently, we have become aware of the Freedom of Choice Act which abortion advocates are pushing. Thankfully, it is extremely controversial and as an NPR columnist wrote, "FOCA has as much chance of passage as the 0-10 Detroit Lions have of winning the next Super Bowl." However, I believe it is a great opportunity for us to raise our voices and make some noise! You can get the fact sheet and other information at the United States Council of Catholic Bishops website.

As we prepare for our first African-American president to take office, I can't help but be amazed about how far we have moved forward since slavery in our country in recognizing the equality of people no matter the color of their skin. There has been such significant progress in civil rights. One day the rights of the pre-born will be fully valued in the eyes of the law also. The young people will look back and be horrified that the pre-born were not considered human just as we wonder how slavery could have been tolerated. It won't likely happen in my lifetime. But, then again if you talk to older African Americans who experienced life without civil rights, they will repeat what a great surprise it is to witness a black man becoming President of the United States in their lifetime. All things are possible through Christ--right? Right!

The photo to the right is St. Gianna Berretta Molla. She is the partron saint of mothers, preborn children, and physicians. She is part of the Vincentian Family--a member of the Vincent de Paul Society in Italy. She died shortly after the birth of her fourth child. You can read more about her here.

So, keep up the prayers for the preborn, but also make your voice heard with your senators and representatives!

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