Published January 3, 2013
The Archdiocese of Atlanta will observe the 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortions in this country. On Jan. 22, 1973, the court issued its rulings in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.
In Atlanta, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, there is scheduled a Mass for the Unborn and the Together for Life memorial service, followed by the Silent Memorial Walk.
People are invited to attend the Rosary for Life starting at 9:30 a.m. The Mass for the Unborn is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Both will be held at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, at Central Avenue. The Archdiocese of Atlanta Respect Life Ministry sponsors the Mass and rosary.
The Together for Life Memorial is scheduled for noon at the Georgia Capitol steps, on Washington Street, a short walk from the Shrine. The Silent Memorial Walk is at 1 p.m., starting from the statehouse. These events are sponsored by Georgia Right to Life.
On Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Archdiocese of Atlanta Chancery, at 2401 Lake Park Drive, Smyrna, there will be an evening Mass and banquet to benefit the Advice and Aid Pregnancy Problem Center. The center is located in Hapeville. Father Joshua Allen will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.
National observances in and around Washington, D.C., are scheduled to start on Thursday, Jan. 24, and conclude on Saturday, Jan. 26. The events begin with a prayer vigil at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, followed by the ticket holders-only Youth Rally and Mass for Life on Friday, Jan. 25, and then, at noon, the March for Life. The Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, on the same day is sponsoring “Life Is Very Good,” a morning rally and evening of prayer at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The final event on Saturday, Jan. 26, is the Cardinal O’Connor Conference for Life in Washington, D.C.