Pray for an End to Abortion

Pray for an End to Abortion January 23, 2012

Please remember all those Marching for Life in Washington today.  It wasn’t that many years ago that all the Builders would venture down to DC from Princeton to march and pray for an end to abortion.

I confess that as a busy mother I am often willfully ignorant about the horror of abortion and the frequency of this crime in our nation.  I often joke that I make my own pro-life statement every other January, giving birth to another baby!

I am always reminded of the horror of abortion at this time of year, and never more poignantly so than yesterday, when I had to explain the evil of abortion to my oldest two children.  My body temperature began to rise with rage as I looked at their innocent faces, slowly losing that innocence as their own mother explained that doctors and mommies and daddies choose to kill innocent babies.  I nodded in agreement as Gianna vehemently argued that people should give their babies up for adoption if they don’t want them.  “Why do they have to kill them”, she asked?  My only response was that the world can be a very evil and cruel place, and people can be very misguided, making poor choices because they are confused.  I felt a lump in my throat as Charlie was concerned that someone would try to kill Josie.  We explained that we would never let that happen, but it was really a sad, horrible conversation.  I felt angry that the laws of our nation strip my children of their innocence and make their own parents talk to them about the killing of infants in the womb.

So please take some time today to pray for an end to abortion.  Please pray for all those marching, and please, please pray for the leaders of our nation.  Pray their eyes will be opened to the horror of abortion, and pray their hearts will be changed.

And speaking of the leaders of our nation, the White House and President Obama announced last week that they will not be allowing a conscience objection on the HHS regulations for Catholic or Religious institutions.  In practical terms, what this means is that in a years time, all medical insurance plans will be required to distribute contraception and provide other unethical family planning services–for free–to all women.  The Catholic Church will be forced, against its own religious beliefs, to distribute contraception.  There will be no religious exemption for Catholic Institutions.

In the weeks and months ahead, it will be interesting to see how the Catholic Bishops handle this declaration of war against our Church.  Will they shut down Catholic Hospitals?  Will they refuse to comply?  Will they negotiate and/or will with President change his anti-Catholic position, it is an election year after all?

I don’t have extensive time to write on this today, but I am horrified by Obama’s extreme violation of our religious liberty.  For more thoughts, please read the following two links–

The National Catholic Reporter

Professor Robert George at Mirror of Justice

 


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  • Mary Alice

    I was wondering if anyone could comment on trips to the March for Life.u00a0 I have often thought about going, but then the idea of taking au00a0 bunch of little kids into Washington on a crowded and cold day seems like a recipe for disaster.u00a0 How do people manage it?u00a0 Should I just plan well and go for it, or should I wait until my children are older?

  • Emily

    I’d be curious to know when moms here decide to broach this difficult subject. u00a0Red, did your children ask about it? u00a0Or did you bring it up? How do folks gauge when they think their kids would be ready to hear this? u00a0It’s just so terrible for children, especially those with younger siblings fresh out of the womb, to know about this horror…but it’s a reality…nnTheir innocent, horrified reaction shows the truth, doesn’t it?!?!

  • Rightsaidred Builder

    My children heard about it through a homily at church, which raised questions.u00a0 We actually first talked to Gianna about it a little over a year ago, she was 6.u00a0 Charlie is six this week, so that seems to be the age where they start to pick up on things said and ask questions.u00a0 The homily talked about the March for Life and abortion, so we decided to speak to the children after Mass.u00a0

  • Rightsaidred Builder

    I have managed it by having a baby every other January ;-)u00a0 But I am interested to hear about the experience of other young families attending.

  • Mary Alice

    What amazes me about children is their combination of righteous indignation and compassion — my children picked up pretty quickly that anyone who would do that must be in a really tough situation, because to them the idea of not wanting a baby just doesn’t make sense.u00a0 A crisis pregnancy center director speaks at our church once a year and my children are always eager to contribute whatever they can.

  • Maria

    We have gone many times with the little ones. My home schooled crew think this is the only good reason to get on a bus. Honestly, we have dealt with the logistics in a few different ways depending mostly upon the weather and if the particular bus that we were on that year did a downtown or only at the cathedral. Sometimes we hang out in one of the free museums during the speakers and join our group when they go past, once the baby and I stayed at the cathedral while my husband took the older kids, once we took the metro to the supreme court so that we could see how big the crowd was coming up the street. It has always been a great experience for us and one that the kids look forward to.n

  • Anonymous

    You are right that this regulation under the Affordable Care Act is abominable. u00a0However, there is a narrow exception meant to apply to churches, so the Catholic Church itself will not be forced to provide contraceptive services through health insurance. u00a0The problem is that all the non-church religious organizations, which have a purpose other than “inculcating religious values” (like, say, providing the needs of the poor) or which serve people who are not members of the religion, are not included in the exception.nnThe exception for churches is written so narrowly, I can almost see in it the tiny role its authors think that religion holds in our nation. u00a0In a sea of dry regulation legal-ese, those words jumped off the page. u00a0It is shocking.u00a0