The tragic anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973) is once again upon us. It is important for us to continue to pray, fast and make sacrifices for the end of abortion (whether legal or illegal) in our nation and throughout the world.
Roe v. Wade was a tragic mistake that legalized abortion in our country in almost every conceivable circumstance. But remember what may be legal is not necessarily moral. Justice Thomas wrote a dissent to the decision, joined by the late Chief Justice Rhenquist and Justice Scalia, saying of Roe v. Wade: "that decision was grievously wrong."
The deliberate and intentional taking of an innocent human life is morally wrong and can never be justified—not even in the case of rape or incest. Even in the most horrible of circumstances (like rape or incest) in which the conception of a child can take place, killing the child does not and cannot remove or change the circumstances in which the child was conceived. In fact, it only makes the situation worse because violence is now inflicted on an innocent unborn child.
I thank those who publicly protest Roe v. Wade at the March for Life in Washington, DC. Always remember that while protesting and an outward display of faith certainly have value, more things are wrought by the power of prayer than we can imagine. So keep praying continually!
May God have mercy on those who have mistakenly thought that abortion was a “choice” that they somehow needed to make. Abortion has many victims including the mother herself. There needs to be much healing and forgiveness through God’s mercy for those who make a “choice” that can never be undone.
Whenever you hear someone recite the mantra about a “woman’s right to choose,” remind them that we can never choose that which is morally evil—the taking of an innocent human life in the womb.
Fr. Ed Namiotka