Today is the anniversary of the sad Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion throughout the United States at any point in pregnancy. The states, subsequent to the end of the 1st trimester, could however, regulate the procedure in the interest of maternal health and the potential life of the unborn child.
Rather than settling the issue for the states, among which the legality of the procedure varied at the time, the decision handed down unleashed a tempest that has only grown in the last 39 years. Indeed, nothing has been settled: the battle rages for the lives of women and their children and the fabric of society, the family.
Events commemorating Roe have been occuring all weekend in the nation’s capital. One of the most significant is the National Vigil for Life held at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. This video will only begin to give you a sense of the enormity of the mass and prayer events that will follow all throughout the night and into the morning before the annual March for Life.
Tens of thousands or more will march on the mall tomorrow in Washington remembering the lives lost – in excess of 50 million, not to mention the chain of woundedness in the lives of those still here – mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, communities, etc. As I often say, abortion leaves a tremendous amount of destruction in its wake, most assuredly in the personal lives of those most closely touched by it, but in the greater society as well.
So today and tomorrow, if you can, light a candle and when you pass by it during the day pray for the lives lost, the brokenness left behind, the courage of all those who work in the pro-life movement and the future of our world. Lord knows, now more than ever, we need to pray, pray, pray.
May God have mercy on us all.