The American Catholic bishops initiated Respect Life Sunday in 1972 (the year I was born!), the year before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States. Since that time, Catholics across the country observe the month of October with devotions and pro-life activities in order to advance the culture of life...
...National Right to Life reports that 48.5 million abortions have been performed since 1973. One would be too many. No war, no natural disaster, no illness or disability has claimed so great a price. (emphasis mine)
The above excerpts are from this great letter that Bishop Martino (Diocese of Scranton) had read at all Masses this past weekend for Respect Life Sunday. It's a great read, please go check it out.
I personally heard a great Respect Life homily on Sunday right here at home. Kudos to Fr. Ken Phillips at the Church of Christ the King for presenting in a powerful way the facts of our current "culture of death" that need to change. The church seemed unusually quiet and the faces I could see seemed to be really hearing and absorbing the facts being presented to them. I could feel the Holy Spirit at work and experienced a very emotional Mass.
Thank you for being a good, strong shepherd for your flock, Fr. Ken!