Sunday, January 6, 2019
Jan 3, 2019
As we enter this last week of the Christmas season, I pray and hope you will continue to enjoy the light of the Savior in your life.
I am turning the rest of my space over to an important public policy issue, which is on the New York State legislative agenda in early January, entitled the Abortion Expansion Act.
New York State has a rate of 29.6 abortions for every 1,000 women of reproductive age. That is more than twice the national average. New York legalized abortion in 1970, three years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe vs. Wade. Abortion is legal here for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and any time after that if, the mother’s life is at risk. So even if Roe were to be overruled, the vast majority of abortions in our state would continue to be legal and available.
The leadership in the New York State Legislature want to go further, making it more expansive than it is now. The so called “Reproductive Health Act” to be enacted early in 2019. This bill would: *Allow non-doctors to perform abortions. *Allow abortions for any reason in the third trimester of pregnancy right up to a mother’s due date. *Remove all criminal penalties for abortion, even if it was contrary to the mother’s choice, such as the intentional targeting of an unborn child in an act of violence. *Remove our state’s protections for infants accidentally born alive in the course of an abortion.
People who believe in the dignity of life from conception to natural death need to take action now. We need to stand up in unison and make our voices heard on behalf of women and their unborn children. Speak with your state lawmakers and here is a simple way to do this.
Go to the New York State Catholic Conference website at www.nyscatholic.org. Click on “Stop Abortion Expansion.” Enter your home address information, then select “Send Message.” Your message will automatically be sent to your State Senator, State Assembly Representative and the Governor. Please do it right away after January 9 (first day of the 2019 legislative session). While you are there, you can join the Catholic Action Network and receive occasional emails (no more than once a month) when issues like this come up which need our action by contacting our legislators. If the legislation is indeed enacted into law this year, we must do all we can to ensure that vulnerable women facing unplanned pregnancies do not avail themselves of it.
What More Can We Do? As a caring and compassionate people, we can also:
- Pray for the intercession of St. Gianna Molla, the patron saint of mothers, physicians and preborn children.
- Provide life-affirming choices for women. In the Diocese of Rochester, there are several resource centers: *Catholic Family Center 585-546-7220 ask for Pregnancy Counseling, *Women’s Care Center 585-865-0360, *Focus Pregnancy Center 585-200-9477, *Birthright Rochester 800-550-4900.
- If you or someone you know is struggling with this, urge them to contact Project Rachel 888-9-rachel (888-972-2435)
All of us need to build the Culture of Life by talking with family members, friends, coworkers, schoolmates, we can change the culture one person at a time. We must nurture leaders who are unconditionally, unapologetically supportive of the dignity of every human person, who understand the connection between their faith and their politics. In summary, we need to teach by example loving and giving value to every human being.
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,