Protecting the Unborn

Florida’s Catholic bishops release statement marking 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision

Saddened by yet another anniversary of the January 22, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, the Catholic bishops of Florida recognize in their annual Roe v. Wade statement the courage of lawmakers who this past year sought to reduce abortion in our state. The bishops were deeply moved by the post-abortive women who came forward in committee hearings during Florida’s 2015 legislative session to support a reflection period prior to abortion. The full statement can be read in English and Spanish by visiting

The full text of the Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida on the 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade is available online in English:

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is an agency of the Catholic Bishops of Florida. It speaks for the Church in matters of public policy and serves as liaison to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The archbishop and bishops of the seven (arch)dioceses in Florida constitute its board of directors.

9 Days for Life, January 16-24, 2016

 9 Days for Life is a focused period of prayer, penance and pilgrimage set aside to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the Supreme Court case which legalized abortion during all 9 months of pregnancy). During this time, all are invted to participate by taking part in local events and by joining together with thousands of Catholics across the country in prayer for a new intention each of the 9 days. Visit to download a free app for your mobile device or to sign up for daily emails or text messages. 

January 22 – Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard. We are called to observe January22 through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms. Visit Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn for prayer resources.