Legislation/Respect Life Newsletter - January
9 Days for Life
As we enter into this month it is important to note that it was 47 years ago on January 22nd that the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the United States in its companion decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe.v. Bolton. Ever since that day in 1973, millions of babies have lost their lives and women and their families have been traumatized by abortion. It has now become a staple that in all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. There will be a “9 Days for Life” novena Tuesday January Tuesday, January 21 – Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Resources can be found in multiple locations including a specific website dedicated to it: 9DAYSFORLIFE.com
Choices Do Matter
In November 2019 a day-long conference was held in New Brunswick, NJ. It was a program to allow speakers, exhibits, music and fellowship to come together. Speakers took the time to discuss the importance of keeping Christ in our decision-making.
One of the speakers at this event was Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former associate professor, medical student director, residency program director and private practice physician that terminated pregnancies. He was pro-choice when he graduated from medical school and stated that “over four years, I performed about 1,200 abortions, including second-trimester ones”. The turning point in Dr. Levatino’s life was when his daughter died in a car accident. It was at that point that he realized his choices could change. He gave up performing abortions and became a pro-life advocate instead. The message he was trying to get across was that the Church sets up the moral framework to help you choose and form your own conscience. The church doesn’t tell you what to do, who to side with or who to vote for, it gives you guidance and allows you to make choices and change your point of view.
A look back at 2019
In 2019 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop offered lots of advocacy, but got few results on Capitol Hill. In fact, Anthony Granado, vice president for public policy for Catholic Charities USA, can be quoted as saying “"In reality, Congress has been slow to pass legislation”.
Of the many things USCCB advocated for in 2019, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the House but has seen no action in the Senate. The bishops also backed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced in the House. It would accord babies who survive abortion the same medical attention any newborn would receive.
For more details visit: https://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2019/catholics-offer-lots-of-advocacy-get-few-results-on-capitol-hill.cfm
Prayer for Renewed Strength Entering into a new year always comes with a sigh of relief that the hustle & bustle of the holiday season has passed but it also comes with a since of new responsibility and even resolutions to improve upon ourselves. That being said, I thought it was an appropriate time to reflect and pray for Renewed Strength.
Oh Lord, my God, Please give me the grace to maintain my hope in you through all of life’s changes and to taste and see your goodness. I praise you for the gifts you have showered on me for so many years. Help me find joy in a renewed strength of spirit. Please bless me with good health, and inspire me to be a good example to others. For you are Lord, forever and ever. Amen.