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Editorial | Making a big impact bigger

Estimates show that 50 percent of the people at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., each year are under the age of 18.

It is an impressive number. And it makes a big impact for a day.

The challenge is for all of us, the young people included, to follow up on the day of action throughout the year. Citizen-advocates can make a big difference in not just changing attitudes but also changing laws.

Nine days of prayer part of Roe vs. Wade anniversary events

WASHINGTON -- For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring "Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage," planned for Jan. 18-26 this year, as part of several events marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand in the U.S.

"Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence," says a posting on the website www.9daysforlife.com.

EDITORIAL | On abortion and contraception, Vatican puts words in context

On successive days in mid-January, Pope Francis and his top collaborator at the Vatican made public statements that provided a lesson in Franciscan contextualization of highly loaded moral issues.

On Jan. 13, the pope told the Vatican diplomatic corps that he found it "horrifying just to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day."

Federal judge strikes down part of new Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal judge voided one section of Texas' new abortion law that was scheduled to take effect Oct. 29.

Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court in Austin ruled Oct. 28 that the admitting-privileges provision of the new law was unconstitutional.

Britain's top prosecutor confirms gender-based abortions are legal

MANCHESTER, England -- Abortions on grounds of gender are legal in Britain, the country's top prosecutor clarified in a letter to the government.

Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions, said in an Oct. 7 letter to Attorney General Dominic Grieve that the 1967 Abortion Act "does not ... expressly prohibit gender-specific abortions."

In the letter, released to the media Oct. 7, he explained the reasons why the Crown Prosecution Service had declined to lay charges against two doctors who had agreed to arrange abortions of female fetuses because of their gender.

Pope condemns abortion as product of 'throwaway culture'

VATICAN CITY -- In his strongest public words to date on the subject of abortion, Pope Francis affirmed the sacredness of unborn human life and linked its defense to the pursuit of social justice.

"In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science!" the pope said Sept. 20 to a gathering of Catholic gynecologists.

Pope Francis characterized abortion as a product of a "widespread mentality of profit, the 'throwaway culture,' which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many."

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