There has been much written and discussed about the bill South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed that bans all abortions in the state Many pro-lifers have discussed the prudence of doing this at the present time. Obviously pro-abortion groups will bring this into the courts and it is quite possible that it could make it to the Supreme Court if they later agree to hear the case. Considering that we are likely to have four steady vote, it comes to needing Justice Kennedy to side with Justices Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito. If this doesn’t happen and the law is overturned we have the situation where it is unlikely that the court would hear a similar case for sometimes.
I think this analysis offered by many is politically astute and if we look at the ban from just the level of political strategery it looks like the right law at the wrong time. Though I do think it also needs to be looked at from another level and that we should do more than just talk about the consequences of the bill.
In 1571 a force of Ottoman galleys in the Gulf of Lepanto looked like it would handily defeat the The Holy League’s fleet. The fleet was insignificant compared to the number of ships and men available to the Ottoman empire. On a pure strategic level the s Habsburg-controlled fleet had no chance for success but at the end of the day their small fleet was victorious with the Ottoman fleet loosing over two thirds of their fleet and suffered over three times as many causalities a the Holy League. Leading up to this battle Pope St. Pius V asked for public prayers in Rome for the success of the fleet and specifically that Rosary fraternities pray to Mary for victory over the Islamic forces. The next year he instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory (now Our Lady of the Rosary) held on the day of this decisive battle (Oct 7th).
The point of this little history of which I am sure most of my readers were already aware of is to urge you all to storm heaven in prayer, especially with the Rosary, that what might be an imprudent bill or a tactical blunder, might instead be a decisive victory protecting unborn children from abortion. No one expected an abortionist testifying in congress to admit to the fact that the numbers of partial birth abortions were much larger in number than abortion advocates had portrayed. Much happens that is unexpected (just ask Goliath) and the power of prayer is behind much that is unexpected.
If this case makes it to the court possibly it wouldn’t be heard till the next session of the court. The Supreme Court term starts on the first Monday in October and even though the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is five days later this year – that’s close enough for God.
Our Lady of the Rosary pray for us and for your children under threat of attack.