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"The first right of the human person is his life... [It is] the
condition of all the others. Hence it must be protected
above all others. It does not belong to society, nor does it
belong to public authority in any form to recognize this
right for some and not for others. It is not recognition
by another that constitutes this right. This right is
antecedent to its recognition; it demands
recognition and it is strictly unjust to refuse it."
~ Declaration on Procured Abortion, Sacred Congregation
of the Doctrine of the Faith, 1974, n. 11
Pope Paul


May Prayer Guide

Pray


Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be


Reflect

Chemical abortion is now the most common form of abortion in the United States. Chemical abortion is a process that involves a pregnant woman taking a series of pills early in pregnancy to kill and expel a developing child from her womb. This form of abortion not only takes the life of a child, but also poses significant risks to the health and safety of women.

Despite these serious risks, chemical abortion is widely accessible. Since 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shown continued disregard for women’s health by loosening safety standards, extending the limits of when the drugs can be used, and decreasing the number of required doctor’s visits. Most recently, the FDA has allowed abortion pills to be prescribed through virtual appointments, ordered online, and made available at neighborhood pharmacies, enabling a nationwide mail-order abortion industry. In addition to putting women’s health at risk, these policies also increase the chances that women may be exploited by violent partners or human traffickers.

In March, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that has the potential to restore limitations to chemical abortion that the FDA has removed. The Supreme Court’s decision is expected to be released in June. While the case before the Supreme Court will not end chemical abortion, there is the hope of curbing its accessibility and therefore protecting the lives of pre-born children and their mothers. Let us unite in prayer as we await the Court’s ruling.

Act (Choose one.)



• Pray the Prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life every day until the decision is released: usccb.org/prolife/nationwide-invitation-prayer.
• Choose one day this week (or each week until the decision) to offer a sacrifice for this month’s intention. Consider fasting from snacks, a favorite food or drink, social media, or TV shows and movies.
• Offer some other sacrifice or prayer that you feel called to do for this month’s intention.

One Step Further

Learn more about chemical abortion to better understand the threat to women’s health and be able to share your knowledge with friends and family: Abortion Pills: The Basics | Understanding Abortion Pills: Q&A on Chemical Abortion.








Petition


New proposals in Congress threaten human life and religious freedom.
The need to accompany and support the increasing number of families struggling with infertility is real. But after largely misunderstanding a recent ruling by the Alabama state supreme court, many members of Congress – including those who consider themselves pro-life – are in a rush to impose a new national “right” to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other such technologies that threaten preborn human lives and turn people into property (like surrogacy, gene editing, and cloning). At least one of the current proposals could also threaten religious hospitals, charities, schools, and other organizations that do not enable or cover these medical procedures, and even could apply to minors. Please tell your members of Congress to oppose bills and resolutions that claim to protect these problematic “rights” to IVF and other “assisted reproductive technologies” (ART) that cause the death of countless human embryos and violate human dignity.

Take Action Now


Say NO to Physician Assisted Suicide in Massachusetts
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD NOW!
The Massachusetts State Legislature is again considering passing into law two deeply troubling bills this
session which would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide. The bills, House 2246 and Senate 1331, are
identical in text and titled “An Act relative to end of life options”. To read more click here


Online child exploitation threatens the safety and well-being of our young people and destroys families and communities. In recent years, these abuses have increased exponentially, in large part due to the Internet and mobile technology.
Catholics are sadly familiar with the grave consequences of a culture that fails to give adequate attention to the problem of child sexual abuse and exploitation, and we have a responsibility to act to ensure children and the vulnerable are safe.
Thankfully, members of both parties in Congress are putting forward various pieces of legislation that would address and help prevent the destructive effects of online child exploitation. Your voice is needed to urge Congress to use their authority to protect children and vulnerable people online.
Join USCCB in asking your member of Congress to protect children online today!
To learn more, read the USCCB’s letter outlining three moral principles Congress can use to protect children online.
Messages in your own words can be more effective. Please consider customizing the message to Congress with your own story
.
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The Word of Life intercessions for the month

Diocese of Worcester Word of life May,  Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing

End of  Life Handout,  Bridges of Mercy

Serving Mom's in NeedHope for Married Couples

Life Matters, An Adoption Story,  Reflection






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