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Sanctity of Human Life 2014: A Call to activism

January 22, 2014 marks the 41st anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade. Roe legalized abortion in the United States and opened the floodgate to the culture of death which threatens to engulf our nation.

Signs from last year's March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Tara Metzger

To mark the anniversary of the date of this decision, Sanctity of Human Life observances begin the weekend of January 18 to keep Life at the forefront of our year and nation. Churches and other pro-life organizations across the country will remember and pray to see a final end to the travesty of killing the unborn.

Fifty-seven million babies have been painfully and tragically removed from this life since Roe was instituted. So that these lives are remembered, and to expunge abortion in our country, Events are planned in the Washington, DC area (and throughout the nation) leading up to the March for Life on Wednesday, January 22.

The March for Life began in 1974 as a small demonstration observed on Roe’s anniversary: January 22. The organizers feared that the day would pass without any observance of the tragedy that had been wrought on our nation, and its horrific effects on women and children. This March remains the largest Civil Rights event in the world, and last year’s Event saw over 650,000 people participating. This year’s March begins at the National Mall and ends at the Supreme Court. See the March for Life website for Event details and how you can get involved.

For those who cannot march, you can pray. Churches and crisis pregnancy centers across the nation will be conducting Sanctity of Human Life services on Sunday, January 19. The Santa Clarita Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center (The Center) will hold an Open House that day from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center will observe a prayer time at 4:00 p.m. to recognize those lost to abortion and to pray for the country, and those who have participated in, or been affected by abortions. See The Center's website for directions and further details.

You can also join thousands of Catholic brothers and sisters across the country in prayer during the Bishops' Pro-Life Novena, 9 Days for Life from Saturday, January 18 through Sunday, January 26. See the United States Conference of Bishop's website to sign up via email, Facebook or any Android device.

The West Coast Walk for Life happens in one week, on Saturday, January 25 in San Francisco, California. Walkers of all ages, backgrounds, races, and creeds come together for a joyous celebration of life. Visit their website for details on this Event.

Jessica Schildt of, an independent news agency devoted to reporting news that affects the pro-life community, wrote a special editorial commemorating the March for Life, and focuses on awakening activism in those who stand for Life.

“As the week of January 20th approaches, consider ways to get involved. Reflect upon the answers to these key questions regarding abortion: what is wrong with abortion? What are the consequences of abortion? Why should the government protect life? How can we help women facing difficult choices?

This year, share your reasons for supporting life on social media with the hashtag #WhyWeMarch on Twitter, and ‘like’ the March for Life’s page on Facebook.”

Pray. March. Join the movement. Let's end abortion in our generation.

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