On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decision known as Roe vs. Wade made abortion legal in every state of the nation. Since that time, over 62 million children have been aborted. One in four of all women in the United States and one in four men have been involved in an abortion in some way. This is a national tragedy and calamity.

The annual March for Life in Washington, DC will take place this Friday, Jan. 21. In the past, hundreds of thousands of people have gathered to stand up for the rights of the unborn, and to demand that Congress pass laws protecting them. The March was cancelled last year because of COVID. The numbers this year may very well be down from those of the past for the same reason. Catholic schools are always a big part of the March for Life, and many of them will be very hesitant to expose their students to the risk of infection.

The March ends in front of the Supreme Court building. This year there is a real possibility that the Supreme Court will reverse Roe vs. Wade. If it does, that will not outlaw abortion but will return to the states the authority to decide about whether to allow abortions. At that point, there will be efforts in every state to either declare abortion legal or illegal. Chances are, what will emerge will be a patchwork quilt image of America, with some states legalizing abortion, and others criminalizing it. This fight will go on. 

On Friday, at 7 pm, 10 parishes in the diocese will host a Holy Hour for Life. All are encouraged to attend one of these. If you cannot, take some time that day to join millions of others in prayer for the unborn. The 10 parishes are:

  • Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington
  • Saint John, Covington
  • Blessed Sacrament, Ft. Mitchell
  • Saint Mary, Alexandria
  • Divine Mercy, Bellevue                                   
  • Saint Patrick, Maysville
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burlington                         
  • Saint Patrick, Taylor Mill
  • Saint Edward, Cynthiana                                              
  • Saint Paul, Florence

–Fr. Mike Comer