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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22

On January 22, the anniversary of the fateful SCOTUS decision of Roe v. Wade;  if the day falls on a Sunday, then the day is celebrated on Monday.

January 22 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

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Pope Francis

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Day of Prayer for Unborn Children, prayer card

Relevant Radio

Today, January 22, is the day established by the church as a day of penance for abortion.  It is officially called, “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.”

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 23

The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.”

However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “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 prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.”

As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms. Another way to take part is through participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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