Today is the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout pregnancy. It’s a sad anniversary, but one we need to keep marking.
I’m glad to see a lot of discussion about the anniversary, the March for Life and other pro-life events and ideas, on Facebook and Twitter. And it’s the younger people who are really active about this, (along with some of us more seasoned veterans of pro-life work). I’d like to share five quick thoughts about marking the anniversary, though even as I compiled this list I came up with many more.
1. Day of Prayer for the Protection of Unborn Children. The U.S. Bishops have declared January 22 each year as “a particular day of prayer and penance for abortion.” Consider attending Mass, giving up something, or saying a Rosary or other prayers specifically for unborn children.
2. The March for Life. The March actually doesn’t take place until this Friday, January 25. I wish I could be there this year, especially to be able to participate in #3 (see below), but I hope to in future years. The night before the March, there is a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Both events will air on EWTN, so we will be watching along at our house.
3. The 5K for Life. As I wrote about here and here, I’m a LIFE Runner now, and I so wish I could be in Washington, D.C. this Saturday for the inaugural 5K Run for Life. Race director for it is Jeff Grabosky, who wrote Running With God Across America (my review is here and Q&A with him here). I may try to run a 5K if schedule permit this Saturday, so I can run along in spirit with my fellow LIFE Runners. Any one who r
Last year, I wrote about three books on pro-life themes. I’ll share two of those for the remaining two “ideas.”
4. Angel in the Waters by Regina Doman. This stands the test of time as a beautiful reflection of unborn life, suitable for the littlest children. It should be read to kids of every age, and I dare you to do so without choking up. Wonderful!
5. UnPlanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Director’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line by Abby Johnson (here’s my review and Q&A with Abby . For local readers, Abby Johnson will be speaking at St. Jude’s Parish in Dunlap, IL, February 5 (the best way I could find to give details was by directing to the parish bulletin here. I, for one, cannot wait to hear her speak in person, and I think I will bring along my copy of UnPlanned for her to sign. Her book is a great read and very eye-opening.
What are you doing to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade? Do you have any other ideas to share to mark the occasion?