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IWKnights Corner For January 24, 2021
( Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / Sunday of the Word of God)

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Students from Oakcrest School, an all-girls school in northern Virginia, lead the 47th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., past the U.S. Supreme Court building Jan. 24, 2020. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno.

The annual March For Life is only a bit more than a week away.  Over the next several weeks we will present some of the Questions and Answers the Knights of Columbus' Columbia Magazine posed to the president of the March.

"After months of social and political unrest amid an ongoing global pandemic, the 48th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., will take place Jan. 29 under a banner of unity and hope: “Together Strong: Life Unites.”  This year’s theme underscores the fact that, for decades, the March for Life has been the largest peaceful protest for human rights in the United States.

Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund since 2012, has long been an eloquent and passionate advocate for the unborn and pregnant women in need.  Columbia recently spoke with her about this year’s theme, the momentum of the pro-life movement, and social and political challenges in the new year."

"COLUMBIA: If the cause for human life should bring people together, why is the issue of abortion so divisive today?

JEANNE MANCINI: The very act of abortion and its consequences are intrinsically divisive.  Abortion divides a mother from her child.  Reality is not arbitrary, and abortion by its very nature is a divisive, disintegrating act; it can never be unifying.  The abortion industry has deceived many women into believing that pregnancy is a disease, that motherhood means giving up her dreams and that abortion is empowering.

Abortion divides women from the support and love they need.  Studies show that the majority of women who choose abortion do so because of a lack of support from their partner, or a lack of financial support, or for similar reasons.  Instead of providing women with what they need to thrive as mothers, the abortion industry preys upon their fear and insecurity, even actively spreading misinformation about the pro-life organizations that would love to offer support.

Abortion also divides a man from his fatherhood.  Some abortion activists attempt to remove men from the discussion by advancing a “my body, my choice” narrative.  But being a voice for the voiceless unborn is everyone’s concern.  In other cases, abortion allows men to walk away from their responsibility and duty to protect and care for mother and child.

Similarly, abortion divides siblings, ensuring some children will never know their sisters or brothers.  It divides grandfather from grandson and grandmother from granddaughter.  The abortion industry callously turns a blind eye to the devastating loss of generations that it has caused.

And it even divides us from reality itself when it denies the scientific fact that human life begins at fertilization."

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Links Related to this week’s column:

‘Together Strong’
An interview with Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, about the unity, growth and challenges of the pro-life cause.
By Columbia Magazine Staff (1/1/2021)
Click here for Website
Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic
A Novena which seeks Our Lady’s Intercession for Protection in Time of Pandemic
By His Holiness, Pope Francis (3/2020)
Click here for the Prayer

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