Ever since the horrendous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, the New Jersey State Council has been fighting to bring this country back to a Culture of Life. We do this in the following three (3) ways: 1) Preserving the sanctity of life; 2) Demonstrating and preserving the quality of life; and 3) Exercising our voices as Catholic citizens to influence government policy.
We must fight to protect the sanctity of life itself along its entire continuum, from conception to natural death. In order to do this, we must support the choice for life by removing the often very difficult obstacles that stand in a woman’s way to doing so, protect life by educating the public on what abortion really is and why it is wrong, and celebrating life by recognizing those women and families that chose life over death for their unborn child.
Demonstrating and preserving quality of life is also important, because it discourages the myths that are often used to justify actions contrary to life, whether it is abortion or euthanasia. We must show that life, at any age, can be lived to its fullest, with enjoyment and satisfaction.
Finally, the duties of American citizenship are not exclusive to Catholics, but it is our Catholic faith that inspires us to carry out these duties in a particular way. We must work to protect and preserve our society (especially in the area of Life), and exercise our Catholic Voice through voting and speaking out in public forums. Patriotism may be the principal of the Fourth Degree, but it is the duty of every Knight to live it.
Steven J. Richardson, FM
Culture of Life Programs Director
Number of Abortions Since 1973 - Source Guttmacher Institute http://www.numberofabortions.com/
Worldwide since 1980: 1.544 BILLION
As we fight to educate women (and the public) that life is the only right choice, we need to bear in mind that there is another choice to be made by the expectant mother: If I choose life, do I keep the baby? This is a very difficult choice for women to make, and ties into the choice for life itself. We do not want women to choose abortion because they think that the only outcome of their choosing life is to keep the baby; it is not!
One of the things we can do to promote this is to raise public awareness. People need to know that adoption is a better option than abortion. This can be done with our new car magnet! It can be printed inexpensively by your council so that all your cars can promote this idea. Download the template from the link below along with the ordering instructions, order a stack of them, and hand them out to your members!
Ordering Information for Adoption Magnet
To order the “Adoption as an Option” car magnet as depicted above go to this link. There will be an Options Box to the right. Provide the following information:
Specifications for the magnet:
Specify Turnaround: Economy (7 business days)
Leave the “Proof” and the “Online File” at the defaults
In the “File Upload” box, upload the template you obtained from the State Council web site.