Jan 142009

I’ve missed the starting date for this Novena but I believe it’s never to late to pray. Our Catholic blogging friends from the US have been posting this on  their blogs and many of you may have received emails from friends urging you to pray.

Here in Victoria legislation has been passed to legalise abortion – the details are horrendous. What happens in each state or country affects us all. We now need to support our brothers & sisters in the US. Many of you have heard or already begun prayers and novenas, but if you haven’t please join in. This is a spiritual battle we’re fighting …. and no matter what the outcome, God has the upper hand.

I have copied some info from Esther’s blog A Catholic Mom In Hawaii …..

If you are opposed to abortion then there is bad news on the horizon.
For those of you who do not know, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is
set to be signed if Congress passes it on January 21-22 of 2009. The
FOCA is the next sick chapter in the book of abortion. If made a law
then all limitations on abortion will be lifted which will result in
the following:

1) All hospitals, including Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions upon request. If this happens Bishops vow to close down all Catholic hospitals,
more than 30% of all hospitals in the United States.

2) Partial birth abortions would be legal and have no limitations.

3) All U.S. tax payers would be funding abortions.

4) Parental notification will no longer be required.

5) The number of abortions will increase by a minimum of 100,000 annually.

Perhaps most importantly the government will now have control in the issue of abortion. This could result in a future amendment that would force women by law to have abortions in certain situations (rape, down syndrome babies, etc.) and could even regulate how many children women are allowed to have.

For all Victorians the passing of similar legislation last year is still fresh in our minds, but we must continue the fight even when it means our prayers are needed overseas. prayers are never wasted – Our Lord puts them All to good use. These horrendous laws affect us all regardless of where we live. I encourage all Catholics and pro-lifers to pray earnestly and fast whenever possible.

We must fight on together in Jesus’ name.

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