MARCH FOR LIFE ON FRIDAY JANUARY 27TH AT OUR NATION’S CAPITAL, WASHINGTON, DC.
The National Sanctity of Human Life (SOHL) Sunday was instituted in 1983 by
President Reagan and is honored on the Sunday closest to the day on which the Roe v. Wade and Doe V. Bolton on January 22, 1973 which made abortion legal in our country. The Catholic Church celebrates Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on the nearest Sunday to January 22nd to dignify life on the behalf of the unborn, elderly, embryonic stem cell research, children with disability, the sacred marriage covenant, and euthanasia. On January 22nd we remember each year the massive loss of life that has occurred since the Supreme Court ruled on the case of Roe vs Wade—that same date in 1973 that legalized abortion (the killing of little boys and girls) in a woman’s womb. War, deadly violence in women’s own bodies was legalized in our country. Women’s bodies became an acceptable “battle field.”
“I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born.” Isaiah 44:2
Yesterday, Monday January 23rd, the Catholic chaplain at Virginia Tech dedicated his sermon to this issue. The main point was that abortion is a grave sin against God and that those who support it do not believe or recognize it as such. If they do not recognize it as “a grave sin” than they will not confess it to God, or ask for His forgiveness, and thus lies the perpetual sin. He went on to say that abortion is something that people do not want to talk about, BUT we must find a way to speak about it, to continue to have a conversation about it withlove.
“And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40
Feminists, at least in the past, decried the practice of selective abortion of female babies, practiced in some Asian countries where women were not valued. I vaguely remember reading about a poor woman in a village in an Asian country boasting to researchers approaching her village,
“In our village there are no female babies. Girls are worthless”
Before science was able to distinguish the sex of a child in the womb, these cultures practiced “female infanticide” immediately after birth.
The belief in the sanctity of human life, is not limited to Christians (Catholics or otherwise) but to many great religions of the world namely Islam. From the history of time, people from all over this planet believed in the “sanctity of life.” Perhaps it was not expressed as such, but pregnant women who were sentenced to death for a crime, as for example, their punishment was often delayed until after the birth. They recognized the innocent life that was inside the women and needed protection.
Let’s call a spade a spade! Let’s us not “sanitize” our language to accommodate our over sensitive ears. Let’s not call abortion (willful and brutal killing of innocent boys and girls in their mothers’ wombs), “reproductive rights.”
Reproductive rights sounds “fair” and even “just.” But it is far from it. There is no justice in it; there is no mercy in it; and certainly there is no love in it.
With the present movement for late term abortions, even up to the ninth month of life, we are now, advocating “infanticide.” Our civilization is regressing.
I am a “feminist” who believes in equal rights for women as men, but the “New Feminists” seem to think that all that women care about is abortion (infanticide) and free contraceptives. Now, that is the greatest assault on womanhood of all times!
I would like to start a conversation with anyone who want to discuss this issue with faith, hope, and with love.
Join thousands of women and men, young and old, Christians and non-Christians, believers in God and non-believers, rich and poor, healthy and sick, powerful and powerless, black and white, Republicans and Democrats, from East coast to West Coast, from cities to small towns all over this great country, on Friday, January 27th at our nation’s capital. Let’s stand up and give voice to the voiceless. Contact your parish and other Pro Life organizations in your area for information on buses and other accommodation available, in most cases, free of charge to you. More information on this event (in the diocese of Richmond) can be found at http://bit.ly/2ieYqKQ.
Don’t stay home because you are alive this day because your parents and others around you gave you a chance to live! We were all a “fetus” once. Let’s not forget from where we came from.