In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States invalidates 50 state laws and makes abortion legal — on demand — throughout the U.S. in the decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.
The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities called President Joe Biden’s stance on abortion “religiously and ethically incoherent” during his homily at the opening Mass of the annual National Prayer Vigil for Life Jan. 28.
Just after 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, Thomas Hackett stood in the middle of about 50 people crowded on a Washington D.C. street corner. With his eyes closed and fist clenched around wooden rosary beads, he led the group through a series of Hail Mary prayers.
For about 200 people, subfreezing temperatures, blistering winds, and a recommendation to stay at home didn’t matter. They joined about 60 pro-life advocates for the 48th National March for Life from the Museum of the Bible to the Supreme Court.
Ever since Vice President Mike Pence, at the 2017 March for Life rally, announced, “Life is winning again in America,” the pro-life movement’s association with the Trump administration grew stronger.
The nationwide “9 Days for Life” Novena, sponsored by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishop’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has officially begun in the Diocese of Brooklyn. This year, the Novena takes place from Jan. 21 to 29, providing parishioners with daily reflections and opportunities for prayers and actions to promote the respect of all human life.
Catholics across the country are invited to take part in the “9 Days for Life” novena Jan. 21-29 for the protection of human life.
For the first time since 1974, when it first began, the message of the national March for Life to participants is: Stay home.
Cathy Donohoe cut class in 1974 to attend the first annual March for Life with her father. Forty-six years later, she’ll be down in Washington D.C. again, on January 29th, to show her support for the unborn despite the pandemic.
Each year on the night before the annual March for Life, at least 10,000 people have filled the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington for the National Prayer Vigil for Life. This year, due to local restrictions on attendance sizes because of the pandemic, the prayer vigil will be virtual.