Is there a phrase more infamous than "Roe versus Wade"?
The principal people involved in this most infamous legal case were from
Dallas. "Roe" is a pseudonym for Dallas resident Norma McCorvey. Henry
Wade was the Dallas district attorney who filed the original charges in
It all began here – in our home town, where we raise our families, where
we go to church, where we live, and love, and learn, and work.
We are three bloggers who also live in the Dallas area. We are deeply
committed to ending abortion in this country. To that end, we have
committed ourselves to the following: On each First Friday for the next
eleven months, we will fast and pray for the intention of ending
abortion. This will culminate at the annual Dallas March for Life in
January of 2008, where we will join our bishop and the faithful of this
city in marching to the courthouse where Roe was originally argued.
We ask anyone reading these words to join us. Fast and pray with us each
First Friday, no matter how far removed you are from Dallas, for an end
to abortion. We especially ask other Dallas area bloggers and residents
to join us, at least in spirit.
We will not win this battle in the courts. We will not win this battle
in the media. We will not win this battle in any earthly way. We will
only win through prayer, fasting, and devotion to Christ.
It began here. Let it end here.
Jesus, we trust in you.
Mark Windsor – Rafting the Tiber http://yawper.stblogs.org
Julie Davis – Happy Catholic http://happycatholic.blogspot.com
Laura Hughey – …and if not… http://and-if-not.blogspot.com
My husband and I and another couple say the rosary in front of planned parenthood in Syracuse,NY every 1st Friday at about 0930 EST., so we’re with you!
I agree that we need prayer and fasting and all that, but I think something we really need to pray for is unity in the pro life movement and help in standing together to not just pray together but to agree on how we are going to battle against abortion.
My friend, Brendan, works for the Center of Bioethical reform in Canada. When we talk and the issue comes up, he’s expressed that one of the biggest problems in the pro life movement is the fact that we’re battling it as if its some sort of side hobby. Most pro life workers have other full time jobs and families and tend to make pro life events into a social gathering for prayer, while the other side has tons of full time workers who make a living off of keeping abortion legal.
His stance is something I’ve been contemplating for a time. I know the importance of prayer when it comes to the movement, and I kind of argue back and forth with him about it. I don’t know how much of it I agree with or not. But I do think that to make statements of: “We will not win this battle in the courts. We will not win this battle in the media. We will not win this battle in any earthly way.” can get us going down a road where rather than acting as God’s hands and feet and having our actions centers on prayer and giving him all the credit for our successes. We need to take action as his hands and feet and allow him to answer our prayers through His using us, through His calling us to make great sacrifices, to discern where our action is called, etc, etc, etc.
Prayer gives us grace, but it requires action. Our sacrifices for this to offer up to God needs to be more than just a fast.
Good idea. I’ll start the next FF.
I particularly like the idea of Fridays being used for this purpose because next to Sunday, Friday is the most secularized day of the week. I’m in–thanks for asking.
As for the prayer vs action question, there are always fine lines, but because we do live in a democracy and share responsibility for our government and our laws, our prayers must, I believe, lead to a firm public stance. That would be true in any case where lives are at stake in any nation, but I think it is particularly true in a country that has been blessed with freedom.
Count me in…I’ll spread the word too.
Check out Missionaries Evangelium Vitae, part of Priests for Life. You may be insterested in joining.
Yes, right now we fight the pro-life fight part time since my dh is active duty Navy and I homeschool our 5 children. However, I have been informed that it is likely that he will be “unemployable” in the civilian world due to his refusal to participate in the culture of death in the medical profession.
I guess we will be full-time workers in the pro-life movement, but will it put bread on our table? Don’t know. Jesus said we will suffer for his sake, I guess we will find out soon.
I will add decades of the rosary for this intention.
Amy, thanks for the Missionaries Evangelium Vitae suggestion. I didn’t know such an organization existed. I’ll look into it. Priests For Life is something our Church can surely be proud of and especially thankful for.
i will pray every first friday fervently
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