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January 21, 2018, 12:00 PM

What can we do to protect unborn children?


The Catholic Church teaches that every child, from conception onward, deserves love and the protection of the law. Since the 1973 Supreme Court Decision, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion, there have been over 60 million abortions! What can we do to reverse this decision? Here are some options. First, we can pray (an alltime favorite!) that all involved, including the doctors, nurses, and pregnant women have a change of heart. Second, we can serve as counselors to women with problems related to pregnancy. Third, we can participate in peaceful demonstrations such as praying the Rosary in front of an abortion clinic or walking in the annual March for Life in Washington DC. Fourth, Congress needs to know that we expect them to protect life. Here are three proposed laws that we need to tell Congress that we support. The Conscience Protection Act would ensure that those who provide health care can do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children. Most doctors and nurses are unwilling to participate in abortions and should not be driven from their professions if they refuse to perform abortions. Second, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would protect unborn children from late-term abortions. It makes it unlawful to perform an abortion if the post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater. Since a child can experience pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, there is a compelling governmental interest in protecting unborn children from this stage. Third, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 said that each infant who is fully born and shows signs of life must be recognized in law as a human person. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require any health care practitioner present when a child is born alive following an abortion to exercise the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. There is a lot we can do. Standing on the sideline, uniformed, is definitely not one of them. Promoting a “culture of life” is a great start! Now you know!


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