Yesterday, we witnessed history with the inauguration of President Obama. It was objectively exciting to see, ignoring the problems I have with Obama, and in some respects it was a great moment for our country. However, it seems that unfortunately he will lose no time in reversing the "Mexico City policy" which was first instated by President Reagan in 1984 and has been reversed back and forth by President Clinton and then President Bush early in both of their first terms as president. The Mexico City policy is essentially a ban on using U.S. money to fund international family planning groups that promote and provide abortions. This means that, if Obama acts as is expected, money from U.S. taxpayers will be going to fund abortions around the world possibly by the end of the week.
It would be sadly almost appropriate if he were to do this tomorrow: January 22 marks the 36th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. Thousands upon thousands of people will be gathered in Washington DC tomorrow, a far less celebratory group than was gathered in the same place yesterday. These people will be taking part in the annual March for Life, which I was lucky enough to attend twice in the last four years. It is truly a remarkable thing to see so many people of many different backgrounds and places in life united for the same cause. It might not result in much, but it shows the world that there are people committed to fighting actively against abortion. For those of us too far or otherwise unable to attend the March, we can still unite with those who will be in DC by taking part in a day of prayer and penance, as established by the USCCB in 2002.
Read more about the day of penance here.
It may seem like a futile effort these days, but we can still fight for what we know to be true. Abortion is a grave evil that needs to be stopped, not funded more. Here are some ideas, from the above article, of what you can do to help the pro-life movement tomorrow and any day:
Peacefully praying outside of an abortion clinic
Praying a rosary or chaplet for the unborn
Praying for those who have been wounded by abortion
Visiting and praying before the Blessed Sacrament
Reading and reflecting on Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae in full
Becoming involved with the pro-life group in your town or area
Tomorrow is certainly a good day to do any (or all!) of these, but there is a lot of praying to be done even after tomorrow. The Freedom of Choice Act still looms large, which would be devastating for those of us working to free our country from the grip of abortion. We must continue to pray that this law doesn't pass.
We should have hope that the fears of pro-lifers won't come true with the passage of FOCA (and other legislation) now that Obama has achieved his historic goal, but we need to take part in prayer and fasting tomorrow and beyond to remember the 50 million Americans who have been killed in the last 36 years - and in hopes that the number will someday soon stop climbing.