“For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44).
In addition to today being the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, it is also the Nativity of John the Baptist (though because of the solemnity, we celebrated John’s day yesterday).
Regardless, what an amazing day to celebrate the defeat of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey! Just as Baby John leaped for joy in the presence of our Lord, he must surely be leaping for joy today, knowing that so many babies will be spared the pain of abortion because of the Dobbs ruling.
And Jesus’ most Sacred Heart must likewise be filled with joy.
But the defeat of Roe does not mean an end to abortion. The decision merely goes back to the states to decide. So some states will outlaw abortion, and some states will allow it. Indeed, many pro-abortion states have promised that they will pay for out-of-state women to come into their states for abortion.
We will see that many will stop at nothing to kill babies.
What’s most disturbing is that even our president (who claims to be Catholic) seems to want to stop at nothing to help women kill their babies. In a press conference after the Dobbs decision, he said: “Let me be very clear and unambiguous: the only way we can secure a woman’s right to choose—the balance that existed—is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law. . . No executive action from the president can do that.” He continued, saying that voters “need to make their voices heard” in this November’s elections and that they “must elect more senators, representatives who will codify a woman’s right to choose in the federal law once again.”
At least we know that we must heed some of his words and make our voices heard in the elections. Now is not the time for apathy. Now is not the time to take a breath and sit down, thinking the fight is over.
The ruling today is progress, but it is not the end of abortion. As pro-life people, we know that all babies matter. All babies have value. And so we must speak for them.
But in speaking for them, we cannot forget to speak for their moms. Nor can we forget to help their moms.
I was talking with a woman last week who runs a pro-life pregnancy center, and she told me that nearly every woman she has ever talked to who has had an abortion has said that the reason she did it was because she either had no support or that no one told her she was strong enough to have her baby.
I find that extremely sad.
Women are strong. Women can have both a career and a baby! Many simply need help to get on their feet, and that’s okay. As pro-life people, we are here for them. We have so many programs, homes, and facilities that provide help—from diapers and food to assistance with bills to shelter. But many moms do not even know these places exist!
Now it is up to us to not only get the word out about these programs but to staff them, fund them, and create more! Assisting moms must be one of our primary goals.
So, as we witness irate groups of women, protests in streets, and vitriol and threats of violence from left-wing extremists, let us remember one thing: We must love as Christ loved. As we celebrate this feast day and the protection of tiny babies, let us look to His Sacred Heart and at the love He showed to all—including sinners—when He walked on this earth. And let us emulate that love because both moms and babies need us.