Cardinal Wuerl Offers Words of Encouragement to Those Protecting the Unborn

“Countless unborn infants are reaching out to hold on to us with all of their strength since we are the only voice they have in their struggle to find a place, a home, a life in this world.”

January 01, 2012

Marking one year since one of the nation’s most notorious late-term abortionists joined a clinic a half-mile from Mother Seton parish in Germantown, Maryland, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, gathered with hundreds of Catholics to celebrate Mass.

“Today, we are confronted with the evil of abortion on demand. It is almost inconceivable that in a society which calls itself civilized it would be legal under the heading of “abortion” to kill a perfectly healthy, almost full-term child. We should be appalled at how easily unborn human life is killed throughout this nation,” said Cardinal Wuerl in his homily.

LeRoy Carhart, one of the few doctors in the nation performing controversial, late-term abortions, joined the Germantown center in December 2010 after his home State of Nebraska passed legislation to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks after conception. The State of Maryland does not regulate abortion clinics as the outpatient surgery centers that they are, and abortions can be performed through all nine months of pregnancy if the person performing the abortion decides the mother’s health is threatened or if the unborn child is disabled (has “fetal abnormalities”).

Cardinal Wuerl went on to explain why the Church speaks so strongly, consistently and persistently in defense of human life. “We are present in order that unborn children, in the millions around this world, have someone to hold on to, someone to cling to, someone who will speak for and protect them.”

“Prayer does change hearts…Prayer does work and it must be our instrument of change,” Cardinal Wuerl said during the Mass. Immediately following the Mass, Cardinal Wuerl joined many in a candlelight prayer procession to Germantown Reproductive Health Services.

According to 2008 figures(latest available) from the Guttmacher Institute, there were over 34,000 abortions in the State of Maryland in 2008 which puts the abortion rate in Maryland at nearly 40 percent higher than the national average.

There are resources for women in crisis pregnancies or who are suffering after abortion available online at These include Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Sanctuaries for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington’s Project Rachel ministry for women and men suffering after an abortion; Isaiah’s Promise, which provides support for parents continuing with their pregnancy after a devastating prenatal diagnosis; the Gabriel Network, an interdenominational, church-based outreach to women facing crisis pregnancies; and pro-life pregnancy centers and maternity homes.

Each January, the Archdiocese of Washington hosts a youth rally and Mass for life in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The event is attended by more than 35,000 young people from around the country. The 2012 rally will be held on January 23. For more information, please visit:

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Chieko Noguchi
Office of Communications
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