Respect Life Month

Respect Life Month 2021

October is Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is designated as Respect Life Sunday. This year’s focus is on St. Joseph, Defender of Life. 

In a prepared statement, the USCCB called St. Joseph “the faithful protector of both Jesus and Mary, we find in St. Joseph a profound reminder of our own call to welcome, safeguard, and defend God’s precious gift of human life.”

The USCCB has various resources, including webinars, posters, prayer cards, homily helps, and graphics to help celebrate.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, H.R. 3755. This bill would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute. It would also eliminate pro-life laws at every level of government -- including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities.

Last week, the Archbishop Naumann of the USCCB’s pro-life committee released a statement saying the “bill assumes that abortion can be the only, or best solution to a crisis pregnancy. H.R. 3755 is built on a false and despairing narrative that utterly fails women.”

In addition, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will be holding an informational webinar based on the report “How Americans Understand Abortion: A Comprehensive Interview Study of Abortion Attitudes in the U.S.” You can learn more and register here.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will also be holding a virtual speaker series throughout the month of October on numerous topics related to the reverence for life. Learn more here.

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Life Issues Forum

For on-going information on Respect Life issues, read the Life Issues Forum bi-weekly columns from the USCCB.  (Click here.)