USCCB observes Jan. 22 as Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

The over 56 million abortionssince the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.”

However, we have great trust in the God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designates January 22 of each year as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children:”

“In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, #373)

As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting, and/or giving alms.

Another way to participate in the work of the Church is through participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

There are several ways that you and your family can participate:

Pray the 9 Days for Life Novena

The 9 Days for Life Novena is a “digital” pilgrimage” of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life. A multi-faceted novena highlighting a different intention each day provides reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions.

The novena is available in several formats at www.usccb. org/prolifeactivities through the 9 Days for Life app, daily emails, or daily text messages. Access the novena in one of several ways:
• The free mobile app;
• Daily emails: Sign up at to receive the day’s intention through an email sent directly to your mailbox;
• Text message: Subscribe to receive daily messages with a new intention and link to a onepage prayer and action guide each day. Simply text “9DAYS” to 55000;
• Through the USCCB website;
• Print a pdf document of the entire novena by visit

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Jan. 22

Organize a Day of Prayer on Jan. 22. Talk to your pastor about hosting a Day of Prayer in your parish on Jan. 22. Visit www. usccb.or for prayer resources under “Life Issues and Pro-life Activities.”

Participate in Louisiana Life March Cenla on Feb. 1

Participate in any of the Life Marches in Louisiana or the National Life March in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 24.

The Louisiana Life March Cenla will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Louisiana College campus in Pineville. For more information, visit

Participate in 40 Days for Life, Feb. 26 - April 5

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local
communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods. Putting into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion, the campaign draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of three-point program: Prayer and fasting, constant vigil, and community outreach. If you are interested in leading a 40 Days for Life campaign in your area, please visit

Pray the Rosary

Even if you are unable to attend any of the pro-life events mentioned here, please consider praying a rosary at home for the intentions of all pro-life issues.