On January 20th 2021 I attended the Vigil, Mass and Rosary prayer service that was held within The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC., USA for the protection and defence of the unborn. I appreciated the learning from the Mass Services that referred to Roe v. Wade, as the Roe anniversary takes place on January 22nd. This legislation was established in 1973, the law gave legal right for a woman to obtain an abortion. This right intersects with a woman’s right to privacy. There are differences of view and opinions especially from a religious / faith perspective, to legal / state decision, to decide and decipher what is best for an individual, that also serves as an outcome for society. Within these lines we also take into consideration the gestational age of a fetus, where one decides upon an abortion.

In terms of abortion if a mothers life is at-risk, then of-course we have to weigh the benefits vs. risks of pregnancy, and if an abortion is most desired. But I also think that this view goes beyond this thought, especially to consider women who conceive at the most undesirable circumstances or situations. Such as: rape, sexual abuse, physical abuse, poverty, low-income, homelessness and so on, where to abort becomes a personal choice. But we could further argue and say: what is being done to address the root causes of women who seek abortion? Especially to try our best to preserve and protect the unborn.

We could argue that to obtain an abortion that is safe is integral to a woman’s health, and maybe beneficial for a healthy society. But the view must be formulated on a case by case basis. For instance: If a man and women are engaging in casual sex, and conceives once, twice and more, and seeks an abortion each time, then I don’t think it is a good idea or right to seek an abortion. This is where the discussion of contraceptives comes in, and in my-view; I actually disagree with the contraceptive known as the pill, that causes harm to a woman’s natural mensural cycle, and does more harm than good. But who am I to tell you what to do? Again to reflect back to the idea of privacy, and to what extent should the public or Government control the private lives of human beings?

Gestational age is of particular and upmost importance in-terms of pregnancy and seeking an abortion. As when the fetus develops, a tiny and miraculous heart and brain form. Is it right to abort a fetus who is growing and developing into a human baby?

A human embryo at 4 weeks

A human embryo at 8 weeks

As from my writing / tone you too will probably realize that the views and opinions from this topic are deeply personal. The challenge to law-makers and those in the public realm is to find those fine, balancing points to make decisions. And of-course sometimes decisions are not accepted, which is why there are appeals, judicial and demonstrative processes. And are sometimes not carried forward because of emotional / psychological impact and legal costs.

“Men and women of good conscience can disagree, and we suppose some always shall disagree, about the profound moral and spiritual implications of terminating a pregnancy, even in its earliest stage. Some of us as individuals find abortion offensive to our most basic principles of morality, but that cannot control our decision. Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code.”

– Justices of the Supreme Court, (CNN Politics, 2021)

I was really proud of the sisters that took part and took a stand within the Basilica, who are also part of community organizations to help pregnant women in-need. Your voices and presences are inspiring. To reveal the important contribution of women within the church and community. I would like to thank the Basilica for organizing this event and making such possible.

I was proud to hear and see many young individuals also known as Generation Z who were taking a part in the pro-life movement march. Your generational voices are truly inspiring. I appreciated slogans such as: Choose Love. And wish that all forms of conception are derived from the best that love gives. Love between humans is truly a sacred gift, that is too often taken for granted. I also think that that there is room for diverse sexuality or individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ voices to be a part of these movements. Sexuality should not prescribe if you are pro-life or not, or the desire to want children or not. The fact that we are living, that we have this gift of life, is also pro-life.

The desire to preserve life and how this is acheived within the nation of America, also sets a precedent for many other nations. This should also be a reflective time, especially to connect with the humanitarian crisis’ across the Globe, silent genocides, shootings, mass-shootings and tragic events.

A Personal Moment: This weekend I was truly honored and feel blessed to be able to attend the virtual vigil and mass services at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC., USA. As I was looking for a doctorate program, what attracted me to the college where I took PHD courses was the flower of life symbol. Through the courses that I took and of-course learning is constant, I learned what it takes to preserve life, and the many life populations in world-regions that are silenced, ignored and killed from war, “natural” human-made disasters. And sometimes if not mostly to protect and preserve those who we love and cherish is the best pro-life march. Love is gift. To love for the sake of God – to become one in flesh and spirit. Thank you!

Dedications: I would like to dedicate these words to all who desire to protect and preserve life in all forms. To those who are unable to conceive and desire life. To all life, dear God, our sons and daughters we entrust to you. Please take care of our children. Please give us the capacity to take care of our children (Amen). God Bless You and God Bless America!

Thank You!

Related Blog Posts:

  1. 08.19.2021.

Further Reading / Helpful links:

  1. Nancy Pelosi | Speaker of the House | Pelosi Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
  2. JSTOR DAILY | The History of Outlawing Abortion in America
  3. National March For Life
  4. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
  5. CNN Politics | Roe and Casey: The two abortion precedents the Supreme Court may overturn
  6. National Library of Medicine | Fetal Development
  7. Merriam Webster Dictionary | Pro-Life definition
  8. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception10 Verses About Life
  9. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception | Opening Mass and Holy Hour of the National Prayer Vigil for Life – January 20, 2022
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Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on January 22nd 2022. All views and opinions are my own, these thoughts are extended beyond this blog post to reflect upon birth defects, the complexity of relationships, and much more to make decisions with regards to a court ruling.

With Love & Kindness! 🙂

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