Today in the United States is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. It falls on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America – a sad day, indeed. It is also the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.
Some people wonder why the Catholic Church is so vehemently opposed to abortion. One need only look to the Fifth Commandment – Thou shall not kill. We believe that every human person, from the first moment of conception, is created in the image and likeness of God. When we kill the innocent child in the womb, we interfere with God’s perfect plan for that person. In essence, we are playing God.
To close today’s reflection, let us join our voices with the Church in praying the opening prayer (called the Collect) in today’s Mass.
God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother’s womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.