By Mark Pattison | Catholic News Service | twitter: @MeMarkPattison
WASHINGTON — The U.S. abortion rate is down to its lowest level since the Supreme Court made abortion legal virtually on demand in 1973, and the rate is half of its early-1980s peak.
According to a study issued Jan. 17 by the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate for U.S. women ages 15-44 is 14.6 per 1,000 in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available. The figure represents a 14 percent decline from the 2011 numbers, and less than half of the 1981 rate of 29.4 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age.
The National Night of Prayer for Life is a time for eucharistic adoration and prayer for the unborn, praying for the end to abortion and for protection of the sanctity of human life. The evening prayer bridges the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Dec. 8, and the anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's first apparition to St. Juan Diego on Friday, Dec. 9. Prayers are offered through the intercession of the Blessed Mother for the establishment of a culture of life.
This year, 26 archdiocesan parishes will participate in the 27th annual event.
By Jennifer Brinker | email@example.com | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Sue Cooke carefully inspected a stack of girls' clothing as she folded each piece and placed it in a bag.
"These are cute," she said, holding up a pair of khaki pants. "I hope they fit her."
Cooke was preparing to visit an old friend, Karina Eberhardt, and her 10-year-old daughter, McKenzie. Cooke has known the two since before McKenzie was born, when Karina was living in a maternity home. When the time came for her to move out, Cooke helped her find a car and a place to live and babysat McKenzie. Cooke essentially became a second mom to her.
Respect for life and the word "belong" have a lot in common.
Pope Francis cites our "throwaway culture that treats human life as disposable." The elderly are marginalized and the lives of people with disabilities are deemed less worth living. Babies in the womb who are unwanted are aborted.
By Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @josephkenny2
Dolores Klaesner of St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville is recharged after attending the Annual Respect Life Convention.
"I go home more enthused and wanting to do more for the pro-life movement," Klaesner said of the many conventions she's attended, including this year's version on Oct. 16 attended by about 700 people, the 40th year for the event. "You tend to get discouraged, but we get some legislation passed every year that gives you new hope — and we can't stop, that's for sure."