A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

Choosing Life

Posted on: January 28, 2013

During the 40 Days for Life campaign last fall, our parish took part in a peaceful and prayerful protest across the street from a downtown abortion clinic.

I’d been very moved by a talk a fellow parishioner had given about her involvement in the pro-life movement and by Abby Johnson’s Unplanned book, and so I signed up for a one-hour shift.

Wearing a 40 Days for Life sign, I walked up and down the street praying for a change of heart for the women inside who might be considering an abortion, for the health of their babies, and for the clinic workers to find a way to care for expectant mothers outside the abortion industry.

I’m so glad that I participated but saddened by the knowledge that this won’t be the last pro-life protest we need to have in this diocese.

According to a recent press release by Campaign Life Coalition, 25 years have passed—and at least 2.5 million children have been aborted—since the Supreme Court of Canada struck down our nation’s abortion law in the Morgentaler decision. A fact sheet on abortion on the CLC’s website states that “Abortion is legal throughout all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason, up to the moment of birth.” And in much of Canada, abortions are paid for by tax dollars.

Yet the Catechism tells us this in s. 2270:

baby picture

A baby picture of me

Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person—among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

If the right to life matters to you, here are some ways you can make a difference:

  • If you know someone who is pregnant but unsure of what to do, you can help them find the resources they need on websites such as those for Adoption in Canada and Action Life. The Priests for Life Canada site also provides resources for pregnant women who need support, and for women in need of healing after an abortion.
  • You can take part in pro-life events such as the National March for Life, which will happen in Ottawa on March 9, 2013.
  • You can pray for an end to abortion. The Priests for Life site provides a page of pro-life prayers and meditations.

For you formed my inward parts, you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am wondrously made. Wonderful are your works! ~ Psalm 139:13-14 (Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition)

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2 Responses to "Choosing Life"

I think I know the abortion clinic you mean. When we were visiting Ottawa last summer, i struck up a conversation with a gentleman who was standing in prayerful vigil on a busy street across from an abortion clinic. It’s May 9, 2013 isn’t it?

Oops…thanks for catching that. May 9, 2013, is the right date.

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(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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