Lisa, mother of three and grandmother of one, reacted like this:
“The pro-abortion protest slogan “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries” gives an apt glimpse into the misguided mindset of abortion apologists. Disrespect for prayer and Our Lady aside, it betrays the myth that pro-life supporters and Catholics presume to impose faith and pro-life values on others when nothing could be further from the truth.
The fact is, that’s an unborn human life in a pregnant woman’s womb, and she is already a mother, whether abortion supporters choose to recognize or honor that life or not.
It is flat out false to say that “pro-lifers only care about the baby” when it’s also a fact that in the U.S. alone thousands of pregnancy help organizations assist and support countless women and families facing unplanned pregnancy with material support and more, saving communities hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
Another fact? There are consequences, temporal and eternal, for taking a life. Catholics and other pro-life advocates wish to save unborn life in the womb but also the eternal lives of all. It’s just a terrible shame that those swept up in the “choice” lie are unable or unwilling to see that. Provocative posters won’t save you from hell. We care about you, your ovaries, and every last part of you, body and soul – in the the same we care about the little girl who you may carry in your womb – who also has ovaries and a soul. “
Jeane, mother of six, and grandmother of a bunch more, said:
“When I see a sign saying “keep your rosaries off my ovaries” I feel a profound sense of sadness about the confusion in the culture among many who believe the wrong things about both the Catholic Church and the dignity of women. As the original Christian faith the Catholic Church has brought us the bible and all of its teachings from Jesus regarding the equality and dignity of women. The living Catholic Church has brought both education and healthcare to millions of girls and women all over the world for centuries. The consistent teachings of our faith regarding contraception and abortion have ONLY upheld women. This beautiful faith informs women that their fertility is not something that needs fixing or canceling. When women respect themselves men are much more likely to respect and honor the gift that a woman is.”
Another Jean, mother of 4 and grandmother of 6, had an entirely different reaction:
“One of the first things that came to mind was “Try it, you’ll like it”. The Rosary must be working for them to mention it specifically. When I pray the Rosary for the women contemplating an abortion, those who have had an abortion, and the babies aborted, I ask God and the Blessed Mother to envelop them into their loving arms and cradle them with the love only a Mother knows.
I came across this quote from Archbishop Fulton Sheen: “The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls, precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual, and in that order.
-Archbishop Fulton Sheen
And another: “Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary’s which purifies the monotony of your sins!”
-St. Josemaria Escriva
“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” -Saint Padre Pio
Abortion apologists are misguided on so many fronts. What is the best thing you can do to help? Say a Rosary on their behalf.
[Read an earlier blogpost for more reactions. Don’t forget to get your tickets to our summer dance.]