By Emily Drooby
Young people came together Wednesday, February 6th, to pray for an end to abortion.
During his homily, Father Roger Landry, said, “What happened in Albany on January 22nd 2019; what happened at the Supreme Court on January 22nd, 1973, subverts the foundations of common life and culture.”
A Mass held at St Patrick’s Cathedral for young adults searched for a way to cope with New York’s recently passed Reproductive Health Act.
Catherine, who went to the Mass said, “I’m struggling a little bit with how I’m going to deal with it. You can pray, and you can be angry, and you can post on social media. But when it comes down to it, it’s like Father said in his homily, we all have to figure out what we are going to do ourselves.”
The bill does several things but one of the most troubling to Catholics, it legalizes abortions up to birth in some cases. It has stirred up the late-term abortion debate across the country even being mentioned during the State of the Union when President Donald Trump said, “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.”
A recent Marist poll, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, says 75 percent of Americans think abortion should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy.
Father Landry explained, “If NY is going to become not the abortion capital of the U.S., but the pro-life capital of the U.S., it’s going to be by Catholics and others working together to bring a culture and life to a place where unfortunately, the culture of death is celebrated.”
Meg C, who went to the Mass said, “One of my friends referred to it as grieving, and I realized that was what I was actually doing, it really was heart-wrenching to me.”
Young people who attended the Mass say during this trying time, being among other like-minded people is a comfort.