The pro-abortion camp tries to say that pro-life folks are just anti-abortion. . .
That they don’t take the necessary steps to fully back up their “pro-life” views.
But a recent call-to-action from pro-life leaders proves just how wrong those people are.
The pro-life movement is ready to put its money where its mouth is, in more ways than one.
Individuals are stepping up all over the country to support the pro-life cause with more than just lip service or a quick donation.
In Marietta, Georgia, the fight for the sanctity of life transcends political debates and rallies; it’s about the simple act of being there for vulnerable mothers, walking with them in their moments of crisis, and providing the support they need.
At St. Joseph Parish in Marietta, the Walking with Moms In Need ministry, initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in March 2020, is transforming lives through genuine relationships and true empathy.
Keri Ninness, the leader of the ministry at St. Joseph Parish, emphasizes the importance of personal connections.
She states that delivering diapers and financial assistance are crucial, but building relationships and offering a listening ear are equally vital.
In a world where relationships are often overshadowed by transactions, this ministry aims to bring back the human touch.
It’s about being “the hands and feet of Jesus,” showing unwavering support, and standing alongside mothers during their most challenging times.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, echoing the sentiment, emphasized “radical solidarity” with pregnant women in a letter titled “Living Radical Solidarity.”
He highlighted the urgency of surrounding mothers in need with life-giving support, describing this as the most immediate way to save both babies and mothers from the tragedy of abortion.
This “radical solidarity,” rooted in the teachings of St. John Paul II and Pope Francis, calls for a new mindset, pushing people beyond their comfort zones.
Father Peter Ascik, who coordinates the Walking with Moms in Need initiative in the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, shares his experiences of implementing this ministry.
He describes the importance of availability – being willing to respond to text messages late at night, stepping up when a mother needs help, and being a constant presence in their lives.
The initiative not only offers material resources but also builds networks of social services, addressing various needs that mothers might have.
Additionally, organizations like the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame are taking a comprehensive approach.
Their Women and Children First initiative unites scholars to address the multifaceted challenges faced by vulnerable parents.
By engaging researchers in public policy, healthcare, employment law, housing, and other relevant areas, this initiative aims to create a culture of life where mothers and babies can flourish.
Through partnerships with organizations like the National Maternity Housing Coalition, they are conducting studies to understand the impact of maternity homes on improving outcomes for mothers and babies.
Washington State’s dioceses have also pioneered the Pregnancy and Parenting Support program (PREPARES), emphasizing the dignified support of mothers, children, and fathers.
The program has witnessed remarkable growth, serving thousands of families annually.
Lisa Green, PREPARES director for Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, emphasizes the importance of trust and care, explaining how once families trust their parish, they become advocates, spreading the word about the support available.
The Walking with Moms In Need ministry and initiatives like Women and Children First and PREPARES are embodying radical solidarity.
They are not merely slogans or political agendas; they represent empathy in action.
By standing with vulnerable mothers, these initiatives are rewriting the narrative, demonstrating that every life is precious and worth protecting.
Through genuine relationships, unwavering support, and a radical commitment to humanity, these pro-life Christians are proving the pro-choice camp wrong and transforming lives, one act of kindness at a time.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.