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see that the pro-life cause is changing minds and hearts? JEANNE MANCINI: There are so many tangible signs of hope! The abortion rate and numbers are hitting historic lows — lower than any year since Roe v. Wade. Public opinion polls continue to reveal that most Americans believe abortion is morally wrong. And contrary to Roe’s legacy of abortion on demand, the annual Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll shows that 75% of Americans would limit abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy. The number of abortion centers is decreasing and the number of pregnancy care centers is increasing. I recommend reading a wonderful report about these centers recently published by the Charlotte Lozier Institute titled A Legacy of Life and Love: Pregnancy Centers Stand the Test of Time. Despite these signs of hope, the reality remains that more than 800,000 abortions occur annually and that any abortion takes the life of one and wounds another. All of this presents a heartbreakingly daunting task; our work to build a true culture of life is cut out for us. COLUMBIA: With looming threats to

pro-life legislative measures, how can the pro-life movement respond and continue to build on the momentum it has gained in recent years? JEANNE MANCINI: It is critical to stay engaged and communicate effectively with elected officials on pro-life policies. One way that pro-life Americans can do this is through March for Life Action and our broad activist network, which makes contacting your representatives on the most important policies easy. You can sign up at marchforlifeaction.org. It is important to support groups like the March for Life that strongly advocate for pro-life policies at all levels of government. Stay educated, run for local office, write opinion pieces. There is no lack of work or need. Finally, please remember that the most effective way to build a culture of life in a hostile environment is through the spiritual means of prayer and fasting. B 12

Native Americans Proclaim Life is Sacred

A member of the Native American pro-life group Life Is Sacred participates in the 2020 March for Life in Washington, D.C. THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS strengthened its partnership with the Native American pro-life organization Life is Sacred this past year, after welcoming more than 200 members of the group to Washington, D.C., for the 2020 March for Life. “Native Americans are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and they are so often forgotten by the culture at large,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told members of the organization following the march. “Together we march as people of faith, standing up for the rights of every human life.” After COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, K of C councils in Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota and Hawaii helped Life is Sacred to raise money, buy essential supplies and deliver more than 37,000 boxes of food to native and indigenous people across several reservations and communities. The Supreme Council contributed more than $40,000 to these ongoing efforts. “It is a common principle among Indigenous peoples of the Americas that humanity and personhood are not distinguished by an arbitrary barrier such as birth,” explained Supreme Director Patrick Mason, a member of the Osage Nation and one of the founders of Life is Sacred. “All life is sacred, at all points in time, and at all points in human development, from conception to natural death.” Mason, an attorney who also serves as assistant supreme secretary, further noted that the Navajo Nation Supreme Court has affirmed the sanctity of human life. In a 2010 decision, the court stated that “the child, even the unborn child, occupies a space in Navajo culture that can best be described as holy or sacred.” B

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