I was surfing the Internet and found myself on Facebook. Imagine my surprise when my friends told me that the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade and had sent it back to the states to decide.
Of course, ever since the "leaked" document about their upcoming ruling had made it into the press, all were waiting for the decision.
As someone who has been active in the pro-life movement since my teenage years, this was welcome news. I was fifteen years old when the Supreme Court made Roe. v. Wade the law of the land, and I have been opposed to it ever since then. I wrote an editorial that explained the evils of abortion in my high school newspaper and attended the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. when I was nineteen years old. It was a wonderful experience, being surrounded by so many who believed the unborn had a sacred right to live, most of them Catholics and those of other Christian denominations.
During my adult years, I became the pro-life representative at my parish. From my diocese, I receive pro-life initiatives from the local diocesan and the national United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This concerns writing letters and emails, and making telephone calls to my state legislators and to my national senators and my Congressional regresentattive. I live in a state that is not pro-life, but I find it a moral obligation to fight for the defenseless unborn, and make my voice heard.
We also publish statements in church bulletins about upcoming legislation, asking parishioners to contact their representatives about it. I always include their emails and telephone numbers as well as their addresses. However, if you don't have them, they can be easily looked up on the Internet. It's important that we continue to contact legislators now with our pro-life views because many states are passing their own harsh pro-abortion laws to get around the Supreme Court decision. Also, President Biden wants Congress to vote abortion as a right into law.
A battle has been won, but the war on the killing of the innocents continues.
Also, we can follow the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Walking With Moms in Need guidlines. This program took place from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. This was an initiative where we accompanied mothers who have unwanted pregnancies on their journeys soo that they would have their babies. You can go on their website to get ideas of how you could implement ways to help mothers and babies. Google: Walking with Moms in Need.
We do this by aiding mothers financially, emotionally, and spiritually.
You can donate to your local Catholic pregnancy center or volunteer your time there. You can be a loving, compassionate friend to a pregnant woman in distress. We must get pregnant women away from Planned Parenthood centers that only want to abort babies for a profit.
Also, you can sponsor baby showers at your parish to collect baby clothes and supplies for new mothers. Each Catholic pregnancy center has different ways that you can help.
You can support Heartbeat International, an online pro-life service that counsels women with crisis pregnancies and directs them to local pregnancy centers.
On this Feast of the Sacred Heart, Jesus is showing His power and His support for unborn babies with this momentous decision by the Supreme Court. He wants us to journey with women and babies, too. We can do this by contacing our legislators, speaking to our friends and family members in defense of life, and supporting pregnant women and their babies in practical ways. Jesus will bless you a hundred-fold.