Pray for Dobbs

This Month’s Prayer Focus
This month, we’re praying for women facing unplanned or challenging pregnancies to receive the counsel, resources, encouragement, and support they need to choose life.

Background
When a woman is facing an unexpected or challenging pregnancy, she may not know where to turn. Without a strong support system, she may feel alone, abandoned, overwhelmed, and afraid. Amid challenging circumstances and pressure from friends, family, or even the child’s father, she may come to believe that abortion is her only option. However, pregnancy care organizations can be found in communities across the country, both large and small alike. And they are filled with compassionate staff and volunteers who want to “walk with” her throughout her pregnancy and beyond.
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Key Points
Here are some points to consider in response to a common argument in favor of keeping the “status quo.”  

“Who will help the women who can’t get abortions?” 
 The church will never cease to do what it has always done—to pray, work, and serve until and beyond the day when every human life is protected in law and welcomed in love. Until that day comes, and ever after, we will continue to care for women and children in need, so that every mother has the support to joyfully choose life. Pro-life Americans of all faiths have stepped forward to found thousands of pregnancy care centers and can be counted on to provide even more help as needed.

Get Others Involved: Pick one idea from the list to do this month, or come up with your own!

Pray for this month’s intention with others around the country during the monthly Pray for Dobbs prayer call THIS Thursday, March 17 at 8 PM EDT. (Call-in: 667-770-1244 / Participant code: 3318631#)

Volunteer. Pregnancy help organizations are located throughout the country. (You can visit Heartbeat International’s website to find organizations in your local community.) CareNet and Birthright International are two other networks of pregnancy help organizations. Contact a pregnancy support organization in your area and ask how you can get more involved.

Donate. Pregnancy help centers are always in need of both material supplies and volunteers. Support them financially or donate your time and talents. Consider organizing a fundraiser to benefit your local pregnancy center or sponsor a drive through at your church. (Your local pregnancy support centers can provide you with a list of their most needed items like diapers, formula, or baby clothes.)

Spread the word! Many people are unaware of the broad range of services and support that pregnancy centers offer. Find your local pregnancy center and share what you learn with your church and your social networks.

Could we see the end of abortion in America?

In the USA, abortion takes the lives of over 600,000 babies a year.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health could change that.

The Mississippi law at stake in this case bans abortion after 15 weeks. The question before the Supreme Court is whether all pre-viability bans on elective abortions are unconstitutional.

This is the case that could could overturn Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision which made abortion legal in all 50 states.

Nine justices stand between life and death for millions of innocent children and their mothers.

What can we do?

The most important thing we can do to is to bend our knees in supplication to our Lord Jesus Christ, asking for the end to Roe, and to the brutal practice of abortion.

We all need to pray without ceasing. And we need to tell our friends and church communities to join us.

Can you imagine what could happen if all who want an end to abortion joined together? If each believer committed to prayer and fasting? And if we organized within our local churches so that our communities would do the same?

What would happen if tens or hundreds of MILLIONS of Americans prayed for an end to abortion?

With God, ALL THINGS are possible.

National Prayer Event: Thursday, November 18 at 8:00 PM (EST)

Join Catholics and Protestants uniting in prayer

On December 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This case will address the constitutionality of a 15-week abortion ban passed into law in Mississippi and may reconsider the legal precedent of Roe v. Wade.

After the Supreme Court agreed to take up the case, the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities and Christians from other organizations discovered that we had separately been convicted of the urgent need for unified prayer and fasting for a positive outcome to this case and for the end to abortion.

Thus, the Pray for Dobbs ecumenical prayer campaign emerged. National faith leaders from varying Christian denominations, such as Archbishop Naumann, are calling people of faith nationwide and across denominations to unite in prayer and fasting.

Please join individuals around the country in praying for the court and a just decision. A virtual, nationwide prayer event has been scheduled for November 18th at 8PM.