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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Roe v. Wade: 35 Years Ago Today

On January 22, 1973, 35 years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the companion decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which found a constitutional right to end the life of an unborn child. In protest of this legal abomination, the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. is today. The U.S. Bishops have also designated today as a Day of Prayer and Penance for Life. From the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373:
In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. The Mass "For Peace and Justice" (no. 22 of the "Masses for Various Needs") should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day.
Fast and pray for an end to abortion and all crimes against human life.

O sacrum Cor Iesu, misere nobis.

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