The U.S. Bishops have issued a nationwide appeal for participation in the Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life.
The Novena runs from August 3 to September 28.
To participate in the Novena and Call to Prayer initiatives sign up at www.usccb.org/pray.
In addition to prayer and fasting, the Bishops are calling on each of us to contact our elected officials on Capitol Hill with timely and important Roe Facts over the 9 weeks of the Novena.
Please contact your Member of Congress and two Senators with this week's Roe Fact.
Additional Novena prayer and education materials are accessible at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/legal-protection-of-human-life.cfm.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement has thrust Roe v. Wade into the news with a disturbing amount of misinformation about the decision. I write to correct some misperceptions.
Before Roe, all states permitted abortion if necessary to save the mother's life, and some permitted abortion in additional circumstances. But Roe deemed any prohibition on abortion as unconstitutional.
If Roe is overturned, policy decisions about abortion will be made by the citizens of each state through the democratic process, rather than by courts. Some states will place limits on abortion, in others there will likely be few limits.
Not until Roe v. Wade is reversed will the people again be able to govern themselves on the important public policy issue of abortion.
I urge you to check out other facts about the extreme abortion policy that Roe forced on our nation. You can see these facts at www.usccb.org/roe