Friday, January 24, 2020

9 Days For Life: Day 4: Expectant Fathers




Day Four:
January 24, 2020
March for Life, Washington, DC
Intercession

May expectant fathers lovingly support the mothers of their children in welcoming new life.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Fatherhood has its origins in God, who chose to reveal Himself to us as Our Father, sending His only Son for the sake of our salvation. Fathers therefore have a special role “in revealing and in reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God” (Familiaris consortio 25). Pope Saint John Paul II said fathers are called to exhibit “generous responsibility for the life conceived under the heart of the mother” (FC 25). They are uniquely entrusted with the protection and defense of both mother and child and, in this way, in safeguarding the sanctity of human life.
As evidenced in our world today, the role of the father “is of unique and irreplaceable importance” (FC 25). Often women choose abortion because they do not have the support of the child’s father, or—even worse—the father of the child pressures her to make the decision to abort. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge with compassion that men can also be overwhelmed by an unexpected pregnancy and that society increasingly tells them that they should have no say in their children’s lives. In the face of these false messages, we pray that expectant fathers will find courage in the example of St. Joseph—who embraced the role of father amid difficult circumstances—and offer loving, life-affirming support to the mothers of their children.


Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Give up sleeping on your pillow—or even your bed—tonight. Offer this small sacrifice for the intention that expectant fathers would courageously answer their call to support both mother and child.

  • Pray a decade of the Rosary for all expectant fathers, that through her intercession, Our Lady may inspire in them the virtues of St. Joseph.

  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Research continues to show that one of the top reasons a woman chooses abortion is due to a lack of financial resources. Read “Poverty and Abortion: A Vicious Cycle,” which explores the connections between abortion and poverty, and how the absence of fathers contributes to this ongoing cycle.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

LifeNews: President Trump Will Headline March for Life


 


   
LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Top Stories
Barack Obama Attended a Planned Parenthood Rally, But President Trump Will Attend the March for Life
President Trump Launches Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders to Support His Re-Election Bid
Abortions Have Fallen 20% Since 2000 and 50% Since 1980 as More Babies are Saved
Catholic Priest Won’t Let Politicians Hold Meeting at His Church Because They Support Abortion
More Pro-Life News
Tennessee Governor Pushes Bill to Ban Abortions After Baby’s Heart Begins Beating
Iowa Senate Panel Passes Bill Saying There’s No Right to Kill Babies in Abortions
Virginia Democrats Push to Repeal Pro-Life Laws Saving Babies From Abortion
New York Legalized Abortions Up to Birth, Now It Wants to Force New Yorkers to Pay for Them
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President Trump Launches Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders to Support His Re-Election Bid

President Donald Trump is launching a coalition of pro-life leaders that will bring together pro-life voters from across the nation who support President Trump’s re-election.



Abortions Have Fallen 20% Since 2000 and 50% Since 1980 as More Babies are Saved

Last year, the nation received good news. Two new reports both indicated that the U.S. abortion rate continues to decline. 



Catholic priests across the world are taking a stand against so-called Catholic politicians who support the legalized killing of unborn babies in abortions.






Tennessee Governor Pushes Bill to Ban Abortions After Baby’s Heart Begins Beating

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee hopes to join a growing list of states that are trying to protect unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeats are detectable.


 
An Iowa Senate committee approved a pro-life measure Thursday to make it clear that there is no right to kill unborn babies in abortions.


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Virginia Democrats Push to Repeal Pro-Life Laws Saving Babies From Abortion


Virginia Democrats rapidly are moving to repeal life-saving abortion restrictions in their state.




New York Legalized Abortions Up to Birth, Now It Wants to Force New Yorkers to Pay for Them

New York lawmakers want to dump more money into the billion-dollar abortion industry this year through a new taxpayer fund to pay for abortions.




March for LIfe D.C.: Marching to Save Baby Girls and Abandoned Widows in China







CONTACT:            Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
PHONE:                310.592.5722 (Currently in Washington, D.C.) 
EMAIL:                  reggielittlejohn@gmail.com
WEBSITE:            http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MARCH FOR LIFE D.C:  MARCHING TO SAVE BABY GIRLS AND ABANDONED WIDOWS IN CHINA

Attached photo:  Reggie Littlejohn with daughter Anni Zhang and her father Lin Zhang march for babies and widows in China at the 2019 March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C.  January 23, 2020.  Women’s Rights Without Frontiers will march to “End Gendercide” – the sex-selective abortion of baby girls -- in China, at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 24.  In addition, WRWF will be marching on behalf of abandoned widows.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of WRWF, stated,  “We believe that women have the right to give birth to their daughters without being pressured to selectively abort them.  And we also believe that elderly women have the right to live out their days with dignity, with food on the table every day, knowing that someone cares about them in their old age – even if that person lives on the other side of the earth.”

The sex-selective abortion or abandonment of baby girls has continued under the Two Child Policy.  For example, a newborn baby girl was found abandoned at the bottom of a six-foot wall in a trash-filled courtyard in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province on Friday, June 1, 2018, International Children’s Day.   She was lying next to her placenta with her umbilical cord still attached.  Although no one witnessed how the newborn got into the courtyard, it is believed she was thrown over the wall, as she was suffering from major injuries consistent with such trauma:  a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain, and injuries to her heart and lungs.   The neighbors who found her called the police, who took the infant to the hospital.  Read the original report and watch a video here.

According to the new Congressional-Executive Commission in China Report, released on January 8, 2020, “Local-level officials reportedly continue to enforce compliance with family planning policies using methods including heavy fines, job termination, and coerced abortion.”

According to one U.N. estimate, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today because of sex-selective abortion.  This gendercide has created a gender imbalance in China, where there are an estimated 37 million more males living than females.  This gender imbalance is in turn driving human trafficking and sexual slavery, within China and from the surrounding countries.

WRWF’s “Save a Girl” Campaign has saved hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment.

At the other end of life, China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.  According to a State Department Report, 590 women end their lives every day in China.  China also has a skyrocketing rate of senior suicide, which has increased 500% in the past 20 years. The One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China.  In the past, the Chinese enjoyed large families and it was not a burden for children and grandchildren to support the elderly.  Now many elderly are completely abandoned and destitute, especially elderly widows.  And the sad solution for many is to end their lives.

Littlejohn concluded, “We at Women’s Rights Without Frontiers are committed to helping Chinese women at every stage of their lives.  We help baby girls to be born, instead of being selectively aborted or abandoned because they are girls.  Likewise, we help their mothers defend themselves against the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.  And now we are extending help to elderly widows, to ease their suffering and give them dignity and new hope in the twilight season of their lives.  We do this because of the infinite value of each human life, from beginning to end.”

Learn more about the Save a Widow Campaign here.

Watch the “Save a Girl” Campaign video here.

Watch the “Save a Widow” Campaign video here.

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Video:  Abandoned Newborn Girl Found in Filthy Courtyard in China