As the Argentine Congress debates legalizing abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, the country’s bishops called for a special time of prayer for life, especially for the unborn child. The time of prayer began May 13 and will conclude June 3. The nation’s legislature is considering a bill that would give women legal access to abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The current law in Argentina prohibits abortion, except when the mother’s life or health is determined to be in danger, or in cases of rape.
As reported by CNA, Argentine bishop’s conference stated: “Prayer has a transformational power which will aid the discernment of those who have the responsibility to make a decision of such magnitude.” The bishops asked Catholics to pray unceasingly as individuals and in the community, in parishes, at Mass, as families, among friends, or at work. The bishops’ call for prayer is part of the #ValeTodaVida (every life matters) campaign.
Regarding the various pro-life marches, the bishops renewed their desire to accompany those who participate and encouraged them to exercise the right to freedom of speech proper to a democracy.