Abortion Statistics

  • Abortion is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States.
  • From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 million abortions occurred in the U.S.
  • In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed in the U.S.
  • The abortion ratio, the proportion of pregnancies ending in abortion, was 22.4.  In other words, 22% of all pregnancies in the U.S. (excluding miscarriages) ended in abortion in 2005.
  • Each year, about 2% of U.S. women aged 15–44 have an abortion; 47% of them have had at least one previous abortion.

Respect Life Ministries

...when I was in the womb, before my birth, He had pronounced my name. Isaiah 49:1

The Pro-Life Committee of the OLGC Women’s Club is responsible for parish activities and involvement in Diocesan events, such as the National March for Life, the Life Chain, reviewing and recommending current pro-life literature to the parish, and monitoring legislation and other area events that affect our parish and community.  

For more information, or to be added to the committee or email list, contact Betsy Argauer, 703-255-3744.

Pro-Life Events

January

March for Life - Fri. Jan 22nd - Website: http://www.marchforlife.org/

Sign up on the weekends 

11:00am Mass for Life - Sacred Heart Chapel

11:45am Bus leaves for March For Life in Washington, DC returns around 4pm

Each year we organize a bus to go to the March for Life.  Sign-ups are the 2 weekends before the March, which is typically on or near the date of January 22nd.

Women’s Club Annual Pro-Life Meeting, Sat. Jan. 23rd  from 2-4pm in DeSales Hall  Subject is:  Alzheimer's:  a Crash Course for Friends and Relatives.

Mary Cail received her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision in 1993 from the University of Virginia. She was a support group leader for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia from 2007 to 2014. In 2012, she was honored by the Charlottesville Newsplex series “Making a Difference” for her efforts to alleviate the social isolation of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

 

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May

Mother’s Day Rose Sale to raise money to benefit a Pro-life cause.

 

 

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July

Christmas in July – Baby clothes and items are collected for crisis pregnancy centers and local moms in need.  A tree is set up in the Narthex the last two weekends in June. Items are collected at the Donut Social the first Sunday of July.

October

Respect Life Sunday, first Sunday in October

Rosary Rally - We will pray the rosary in Falls Church, 900 S Washington St. More details to follow. 

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - There will be a 40 Days for Life fall campaign from September 25-November 3 at the Falls Church Healthcare Center at 900 S. Washington Street Fall Church VA 22046. It is a peaceful, prayerful event to pray for the end of abortion and for all those affected by abortion.  We will pray for 40 days from the hours of 7am-10pm.  Can you not watch for just one hour? Please feel free to contact the leadership team at 40daysfallschurch@gmail.com

Life Chain takes place in Falls Church at Broad and Washington Streets on the first Sunday of October from 2-3:30 pm.  It is a peaceful, prayerful witness to being pro-life.

December

Giving Tree - Baby items are collected to be donated to the local pregnancy center. Also, monetary donations are made to help a mom who chose life to have her baby.

Others

Pro-Life Speaker - Each year, the Women’s Club and Pro-Life Committee sponsor a pro-life speaker.  There is a talk followed by questions and answers.  Topics have included end-of-life issues, abortion, legislative decisions, and sonograms as a life-saving tool.  This is usually in January.

40 Days for Life - A peaceful, prayerful vigil is kept for 40 days across the country outside of abortion mills.  There is usually one in the Spring and one in the Fall.  OLGC tries to commit to one of the 40 days to sign up parishioners to take a one-hour slot to pray.

Additional Activities

Spiritual Adoption

We pray for nine months for a baby, whom we don’t know personally, but is in danger of being aborted.  We pray that the mother makes the right choice, and we continue to pray for her developing baby.

Project Isaiah at OLGC

The OLGC Women’s Club has spearheaded an initiative to collaborate with the National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA) to provide ultrasound equipment to a Pregnancy Help Center in Northern Virginia.  

NIFLA developed The Life Choice Project, or TLC, which enables Pregnancy Help Centers become licensed medical clinics.  An element of TLC is NIFLA’s Institute in Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound, a course which equips the leadership and medical personnel to achieve excellence in the provision of ultrasound services to clients.

Through the use of the ultrasound equipment, a pregnant woman has the opportunity to see an image of her unborn child for the first time, including the beating of their child’s heart.  Among abortion-vulnerable women, the combined provision of counseling and ultrasound results in nearly 60% more stated decisions for life than with counseling alone.

OLGC will be providing funds for the Alexandria Pregnancy Help Center (Sanctity of Life Ministries) to be used to convert to a licensed medical clinic which includes funds for the training of staff, the purchase of ultrasound equipment and renovations to the clinic as needed.  To do this, we must raise $65,000.  Please consider a donation to this or our other Pro-Life activities.  For further information, please contact Patrice Roe, Director of Development, at 703-896-7424.

Outside Organizations

Project Rachel (888-456-HOPE) - A ministry to help post-abortive women and men to heal from the damage suffered through abortion.  Contact us if you are in need of healing.

Catholic Charities (703-425-0100) – Adoption is a loving choice.  Whether you are pregnant and looking for options for you and your baby, a couple wanting to adopt, or a family needing post adoption services, Catholic Charities' Center for Adoption Services is here for you.

Gabriel Project (866-444-3553) - Assistance to any pregnant woman in need: emotionally, mentally, financially, or just in need of a friend!  Contact us if you are in need or would like to be an angel to help a mom.

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